The Priory of the Orange Tree
- I’ve liked only one book longer than 600 pages since 2016 – at the time, I had far more patience and time to waste, so I didn’t hate long books as much as I do now. Said long book I liked is also the last book I read, so this isn’t happening anytime soon
- This is… longer than 800 pages. Why should I do this to myself
- Because gays and dragons, that’s the real answer
- And because everyone loves it
The Traitor Baru Cormorant
- I’m 90% sure I’m going to hate this, but in a moment of really bad decision-making, Acqua requested an ARC of the sequel last year. And they approved her. Why.
- Why should I read a fantasy story involving homophobia and the tragedy of being gay when I could, you know, not do that
- (because you own the book and the sequel, you disaster)
- (why do I do these things to myself?)
Girl Made of Stars
- I did really like some aspects of Ashley Herring Blake’s How to Make a Wish, but unlike many of my goodreads friends, I didn’t love it
- this should be hard-hitting contemporary about a heavy topic. In theory, that sounds great, but I… usually end up not liking this kind of book (see what happened with The Nowhere Girls and Sadie)
- but I’m still interested in it, because queer representation and because I do think it’s going to handle this topic well.
- also I’m shallow and I love the cover
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings
- When I was still writing on my old Italian blog, this was on my list of “most anticipated books for 2018”
- Two years later: still haven’t read it, because I’m bad at anthologies, the only ones I read are the ones I get as ARCs
- There are so many authors in here I loved books from: Aliette de Bodard (one of my favorite authors), Alyssa Wong (favorite short fiction author), Sona Charaipotra, Lori M. Lee, Roshani Chokshi, Cindy Pon…
- I always want to read it and then never actually read it because I think I’m going to love it and what if I buy it and then I don’t! This makes no sense. I know.
Red, White, and Royal Blue
- Romance is a very hit-or-miss genre for me
- when it comes to popular queer books, I hate when I’m one of the few who don’t like them. It happened with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, probably the most hyped f/f book, and it was all but a good experience
- I’m not sure real-world royalty anything is a topic that has ever interested me
- but nearly everyone loves it and it still sounds fun?
The Kingdom of Copper
- I have a paperback of this one, and… there’s no way this is a book. This is a brick or a close combat weapon. Not a book.
- I’d need to reread The City of Brass, which is also all but short
- Will this ever happen? Who knows. Not me.
- I want it to happen because I want to know what happens, but I’m just as bad at sequels as I am at long books, so.
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe
- Despite adult sci-fi technically being my favorite genre, I am really good at never reaching for it!
- Why haven’t I read this f/f book set in space yet? Because it’s… long, I guess?
- I have no other reason and it doesn’t make sense even to me
Range of Ghosts
- backlist [/ˈbæk.lɪst/]: the thing that, on this blog, never gets read
- also the reviews are all but promising and this sounds kind of boring even to me
- the same was also true for the author’s most recent book, Ancestral Night, which was amazing, actually
- also the first chapter was nice and the cover is beautiful
- Today in Acqua always requests the wrong ARCs: this is about climate change
- I don’t want to read more about climate change for fun
- the ecology course was more than enough
- a normal person’s brain, while requesting an ARC: I liked the author’s previous book and this synopsis appeals to me at this moment, I had this on my TBR already, can’t wait to read it
- Acqua’s thought process: cover! pretty!!
- I’m trying my best to not be like that anymore, yes
If We Were Villains
- I have absolutely zero experience with this genre, so there is a good chance that I will end up hating this
- I also don’t care about Shakespeare or any English classic, really
- but I’m also intrigued and most of my friends love it
- let’s see how much I regret this in the end?
Have you read any of these?