Melissa Ratcliff’s February 2018 Reading List: Zadie Smith, Lev Grossman + More

New releases and new takes on favorite genres.

Melissa Ratcliff February 2018 Reading List TBR

I miraculously came out of January one book ahead of my reading goals while completing all of the books on my reading list, meeting almost all of my monthly reading resolutions in the process – read one book listed in a past TBR, read the Vaginal Fantasy pick of the month, and read one book a week.

In the hope of staying on track this February, I am diversifying my reading list. While I will be continuing with my re-read of Lev Grossman’s Magicians series with The Magician King, I am also reading a few ARCs that don’t necessarily fall into my comfort genres, including Zadie Smith’s upcoming essay collection, Feel Free.

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The Magician King, Lev Grossman

Synopsis: Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent’s house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. And only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.

Thoughts: As I continue to watch SyFy’s adaptation of The Magicians, I constantly find myself battling with a love-hate relationship. While the series gets a fair share of events right, an alternate universe of sorts has developed in comparison to the original.

In an attempt to continue to pick out right from wrong and personally decide on the success of the adaptation, I am determined to re-read the entire series, as reading through The Magicians after quite a long gap made me realize that a number of characters have been re-purposed in the television adaptation.

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Reader, Writer & Translator. Cats, books and video games are my life.