5 New Books to Look for in February

New month, new books! In the interest of pursuing my 2016 reading challenge to read the books I own, I’m restricting new purchases. I’m only buying books I’ll read in the near future. Or (*clears throat*) trying to, anyway. (January results were slightly less than stellar.)

Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t keep a running list of books to read in the unspecified future. And if I share said list with you, maybe you’ll read one (or three or all – whatever works!)? And tell me which I should move up to the top of my list?

New book releases for February

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Feb. 1)

I still remember the moment I first laid eyes on Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray. I almost confused it with that other novel with “gray” in the title and passed. I’m so glad I didn’t. It’s an eloquent, albeit heartbreaking, novel that sheds light on often-neglected WWII history.

Salt to the Sea is also inspired by often-overlooked WWII history: the 1945 sinking of the Wilhem Gustloff. The German ship was carrying 10,000 passengers, most of them German refugees fleeing the Red army advance, when a Soviet submarine torpedoed it. Over 9,000 passengers died in the sinking, making it the worst maritime disaster in history. Sepetys’s novel follows three refugees whose journeys converge on their way to the ship.

The Revolving Door of Life (The 44 Scotland Street Series Book 10) by Alexander McCall Smith (Feb. 9)

Reading Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers (book nine) recently, I couldn’t stop fretting: What if it’s the final finished book in this series about a quirky cast of Edinburg residents? A quick trip to the author’s website eased my mind with the awesome news that, yes, there is a number ten. (It has already come out in the UK – lucky, lucky!) I may try to put off reading it … but I doubt it.

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri (Feb. 9)

I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Lahiri and am fascinated to see what she does with this, her nonfiction debut. It’s a memoir about her love of Italian, which includes relocating her family to Rome and immersing herself in the language not only as a speaker but as a writer.

The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray (Feb. 9)

Hurray! Another time travel novel to add to my list. Of course, first I should read Jack Finney’s Time and Again (Time Series, Book 1), which has been in my Nook library for-evah. Wray’s novel follows Waldy Tolliver against the backdrop of the 20th century’s iconic events. Haunted by dark family secrets and failed love, Waldy wakes up to discover he’s been exiled from the flow of time. Don’t you hate when that happens?

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (Feb. 16)

Why yes, as a matter of fact, this is another time travel book. 😀 This young adult novel follows 16-year old Nix as she travels across the world and through time in her time-traveler father’s ship.

What on your reading list this February?