February reading tally

February is only about 2 or 3 days shorter than other months. And yet, the way everybody talks about it, it sounds like it ends after a couple of weeks. So let’s assume it was 10 days long, in which case my reading tally looks very impressive.

In general, fewer books were read this month than in January. It was also a slow read month, with only one book I would classify as ‘book candy’.

Books acquired: this time I mixed both things borrowed and actually bought/received. Also, by request, I am including non-speculative titles.


Jo Walton! That is exciting. I also spy the new Joe Abercrombie and some completely goofy-sounding fantasy called The Queen of the Tearling. On the back they tell you in large letters that it is apparently already slated to be a movie. I hate when they do that. Obviously nobody would even think of reading not adapted for movie books.


Picture taken at an entirely different part of day, so everything looks sepia’d. Blood Oranges, Strange Bodies, and Boy, Snow, Bird are the most exciting things here. Evie Wyld’s book turned out to be deeply disturbing and really good. In it, there are dead sheep, cold climate, and troublesome pasts.

Finally, acquired last week:


Russians by Gregory Feifer! I will finally find out how my people work. Also, speaking of Russia, there is a copy of Gay Propaganda on top of this pile, which is a collection of true love stories from Russian LGBT folks (yes, there is one trans story, but before you complain that’s not enough – and I agree – read the introduction and realize how hard it is to find a diverse group of  interviewees in a country where you have to be in the closet). It’s bilingual, and I read the Russian part.

Yes, Shirley is a novel with Shirley Jackson as one of the characters.

Books read:

1. Patrick Ness, The Crane Wife

2. Kathleen Tierney, Blood Oranges

3. David Treuer, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life

4. Janet Mock, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

5. Evie Wyld, All the Birds, Singing

6. Louise Erdrich, The Round House

7. Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson, Rodney Ramos, Transmetropolitan Vol 2: Lust For Life (reread)

8. Marcel Theroux, Strange Bodies — review forthcoming when I manage to make words work and not make it 18 paragraphs long. This book has so much in it.

9. Masha Gessen, Joseph Huff-Hannon, eds., Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories (read in Russian)

10. Molly Antopol, UnAmericans

So, 10 books, a whole bunch of non-fiction and non-SFnal literature.

Right now I am only in the mood for short fiction and non-fiction, and thus working my way through Book of Apex Volume 4, Russians, and Tim Cope’s On the Train of Genghis Khan, plus reading various short stories in online mags.



  1. Yea, February was a bit of a slower month for me as well. It started out going gangbusters but things slowed down with work and other life obligations (not bad things, per se) taking up some time. That and getting addicted to Kingdoms of Amalur on the XBox. 🙂 Still, I enjoyed what I did get read.

  2. I’m very curious about the bilingual gay propaganda book. My Russian isn’t nearly as good as it was a few years ago, and bilingual books are a great way to improve it without getting too intimidated. Such a relevant topic, too. 🙂

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