February’s “To-Be-Read” List

Thus far, my plans to have a monthly “To-Be-Read” list are working out just fine. January’s list is nearly complete (I got a little behind on A Clockwork Orange because of our massive push to get videos filmed in time for our channel’s anniversary), so it’s time to move forward with February’s list. For the shortest month of the year (and taking into consideration that I still have to finish A Clockwork Orange) I decided to go with a selection of comics. These are trade paperbacks, mind you, and one of them is a full-series manga compilation, with another a giant library edition compilation, so they’re not super-fast reads or anything like that. I’ve also been dying to read all three of them, so to heck with anyone who scoffs at the lack of a novel on the list! 😛

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The first that I plan to read, which was a present from our good buddy Derek, The Border Geek, is a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai. Anyone who knows me knows that I grew up with the Ninja Turtles and am a huge fan to this day, but I’ve also always had a soft spot for Usagi, the samurai bunny, since I was a kid. Usagi was always a little bit of a niche character, not as well-known, with fewer toys and other merchandise available for him, but my cousins had toys of him and I loved playing as the Turtles’ furry Japanese friend. Therefore I can’t wait to rip through this book that Derek sent me, as it’s been years since I’ve really enjoyed this beloved character.

Once I’m finished with the sword-wielding bunny, I plan to move on to my complete deluxe edition of Tomie, by Junji Ito. Last month I read through the 2-in-1 deluxe edition of Gyo, also by Ito, and it did not disappoint in terms of sheer madness and horrific gore. Ito is surely a little mad in the head himself, which is why I’ve become addicted to his work. Knowing a little of the story of Tomie in advance from the movies, I’m quite confident that I’m going to be more than (disgustingly) pleased with this book as well.

And finally, once I get those other two out of the way, I’m moving on to the big guns: volume one of the library editions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. These are enormous, oversize, deluxe hardcover edition omnibuses, with this first volume covering the first two story arcs of Season 8, plus two one-shots. I’ve been dying to read this for a long time now, as the end of the Buffy TV show left a gaping hole in my soul. Okay, that might be a little bit dramatic, but it does remain one of my favorite TV shows of all time, something that I’m able to go back and watch in its entirety over and over again, so when I first found out that some of the comics were actually an official expansion on that universe, complete with Joss Whedon as part of the creative team, I knew that I needed it in my life. Rather than try to track down individual issues or go for the standard omnibuses, I decided to go with the library editions, as they seem to cram in the most bang for your buck, and are gorgeous at that. I can’t wait to finally sink my teeth back into the amazing world that has captured my heart since I was 13 years old.


So those are my upcoming reads for February! Do you have a TBR list? Are there any comics on it, or are you strictly a novel-reader? Feel free to share in the comments!

4 thoughts on “February’s “To-Be-Read” List

  1. I’m actually trying to focus more exclusively on reading novels this year. I’m currently beta reading a friend’s book. After that, it’ll be Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie. Ancillary Justice, the previous book in the series, was my favorite book in 2017, so I’m really looking forward to the sequel.

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    1. Beta read! Woo! I have great respect for beta readers. XD
      I’d like to read more novels too, but I just can’t seem to find the time these days, so comics will help me flesh out my list a bit. lol I do have a bunch of novels set up for the remainder of the year, though, including several Stephen King’s and some other stuff I got for Christmas. ^_^

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  2. My TBR is usually whatever I decide to get from my public library. For this year, I decided to make a concerted effort to read more fiction, so when I get my two books (I average roughly two books read every 1 to 1 1/2 weeks), I get one non and one fic. As of the day of this post, I’ve already read 12 books.

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    1. Nice job! I wish I could read that much. @.@ I actually read fairly fast, but I never seem to find the time to actually sit down and DO it.
      You read a lot of non-fiction? I don’t find myself able to get into most non-fiction. There are always exceptions, of course, and sometimes knowing something really happened is part of what makes it amazing, but I personally prefer the fantastical. 🙂

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