Stock Your Shelves: February 2015 Releases

Happy (almost) February! We have one major snow storm under our belts, and I’m pretty much ready for spring, I’m not sure about you guys. At least while we wait there are books to be read, including these five February releases that I can’t wait to check out!

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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman: Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. (Goodreads, February 2)

Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder: Girl Runner is the story of Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind. When her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, Aganetha begins to reflect on her childhood in rural Ontario and her struggles to make an independent life for herself in the city. (Goodreads, February 3).

Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries by Ander Monson: An exuberant, expansive cataloging of the intimate physical relationship between a reader and a book.
A way to leave a trace of us, who we were or wanted to be, what we read and could imagine, what we did and what we left for you. Readers of physical books leave traces: marginalia, slips of paper, fingerprints, highlighting, inscriptions. All books have histories, and libraries are not just collections of books and databases but a medium of long-distance communication with other writers and readers. (Goodreads, February 3)

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson: Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming. (Goodreads, February 10)

The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman: In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off of the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Theirs is a world of children; before reaching the age of twenty, they all die of a mysterious disease they call Posies–a plague that has killed for generations. There is no medicine, no treatment; only the mysterious rumor of a cure. When her brother begins showing signs of the disease, Ice Cream Star sets off on a bold journey to find this cure. (Goodreads, February 10)

What are you looking forward to reading this February? I’ve been dying to read the third installment in Maureen Johnson’s Shadow series forever, and I can’t wait to finally find out what happens.

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  1. I recently read My Sunshine Away (out Feb 10) and loved it. I’ve also got Welcome to Braggsville, Golden State, The Half Brother, and A Touch of Stardust on my list for Feb. I’ve seen Ice Cream Star around lately and might read it if the reviews are good…haven’t seen many blogger reviews of it yet. I also have Girl Runner on my radar!

  2. I had not heard of Letter to a Future Lover and I think i need to own it. I used to dream that my partner and I would scrawl stuff for each other in the margins of books and newspapers. It’s never happened. But wouldn’t it be great if it did?

  3. I tried reading The Country of Ice Cream Star when it came out last year in Canada, but the made-up dialect it’s written in proved to be too distracting for me. I’m excited to hear what you think, though! (I also have Girl Runner on my list… I’ll have to get to it ASAP!)

  4. I’m worried about Ice Cream Star, the dialect, haven’t opened it yet. I loved My Sunshine Away. I have too many books again this month…ugh. Hope you’re enjoying