Reading in the Month of Love

What a lovely month February is! It’s still winter but there are more hours of daylight for those of us who need it to function, and best of all, it’s a month full of pink, flowers, chocolate, and love!

I am already stocked up on all things pink, a super-cheery color that I like to fill my home and office with, and I look forward to celebrating hope and brightness this month, especially because everything I’ve been reading and writing of late has been a little grim. That’s a comment on content, not quality: I’m writing stories that I’m actually pretty proud of, and the books I’ve read have been excellent, but none of them have been particularly cheerful and I think it’s probably time to lighten up.

My plans for this month are to read some fashion and lifestyle books, as well as novels that are a bit less grim. This doesn’t mean that I’m avoiding danger, intrigue, or thrilling plots! I’m just looking to take a break from narratives that focus entirely on trauma and extreme violence, and to maybe write a few new short fictions that are also brighter than the ones I’ve been working on.

My TBR list includes Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles and Gloria Chao’s American Panda, both of which have been highly anticipated and I’ve been dying to dive into! I also made a stack of old mass market fantasy paperbacks that I’m looking forward to making my way through, since I haven’t read any of those in a very long time. And I think my fiancé wants to rewatch Cardcaptor Sakura, which is one of my favorite shows of all time and completely uplifting. If you’re unfamiliar with CCS, you should get familiar with it, and trust me: if that show doesn’t add some hope and joy to your life, I don’t know what will.

What are your reading and writing plans for the month of love? Tell me about it in the comments section! I love reading other writers’ TBR lists, and I’m always on the lookout for good movie and show recommendations.

Until next time, I wish you candy hearts and books that lift your spirits and put a smile on your face,
Melissa

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