As many books I've read this month, two themes seem to stand out the most: Superheroes and Steampunk. I read--and thoroughly enjoyed--Carrie Vaughn's After the Golden Age and Dreams of the Golden Age and am currently reading Steelheart by Brian Sanderson. There's something about the superhero theme that speaks to me--loyalty versus duty, the consequences of our actions and reactions (anyone else hearing Uncle Ben saying "With great power comes great responsibility!"). I'm a firm believer we need more superhero stories.
On the steampunk front, I've read Kristin Callihan's Shadowdance, all four books in Bec McMaster's London Steampunk series, and Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden. The fabulous combination of modern gadgetry and historical use, the industrial setting, and the bad guys! Steampunk stories have some of the best bad guys.
As of this post, I've read over 50 books and it's these two genres that I remember the most. If you're like me, and enjoy stories above the norm or with something a little out of this world, you should check out any of the titles I mentioned.
I'm thinking of giving myself an unofficial reading theme for each month to help me whittle down my TBR list. For February, I'm thinking historicals sound good.