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August TBR

Technically, August hasn’t begun yet and I have already read parts of several of these books, but what can you expect from a Ninefox Gambit fan but calendrical heresy?

How Did July Go?

Not that well, if I look at my TBR; pretty well, if I consider that this isn’t all I read:

  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – still to read
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding read, ★★★★ (RTC on this blog tomorrow)
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas read, ★★★★ (review)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia  read, ★★★★ (review)
  • Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe – still to read
  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – read, ★★★¾ (review)
  • Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – still to read
  • The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos – still to read
  • Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear – read, ★★★★★ (RTC on this blog)

For a month during which I had exams and didn’t have a stable connection for a week – which prevented me from buying new ebooks, which is why With the Fire on High and Don’t Date Rosa Santos had to wait – this is pretty good, especially since I changed my plans halfway through for a read-a-thon. What is less good is that I’m falling behind on ARCs, and I can already tell that September will be problematic (however: I’ll try to not let that stress me, I’m not going to feel stressed because of books of all things.)

Emotionally Difficult Reads

The first third of August should be stable (no exams, no university, finally) – which is more than I can ask for the rest of the year. It’s a small window of time, so I don’t know if I will actually be able to read much, but… I waited a whole year for the perfect moment to read these emotionally difficult books, which this time are my priority instead of ARCs.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – usually, if I end up quitting a book because it feels too depressing, I don’t pick it up again. But this is the most critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy of this decade, so not even giving it another chance would just feel wrong.

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi – this is YA, which means it could be marginally less exhausting than the other two in this category, but I’m just going to say that if I had known that it prominently featured climate change, I wouldn’t have requested an ARC of it. The ecology course was enough for an entire year.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – I am voluntarily walking into something I know could seriously hurt me (and not in a good way), because I’m definitely not smart, and what can we do about it?

I Should Read Some Sequels…

…but I’m not sure which ones yet. I will be starting two new high fantasy series (see previous category), and if I like those first books, I give myself permission to temporarily ignore Jade War and AHoRaS and read The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky and/or The Monster Baru Cormorant instead, or any other sequel. Everything is fine, as long as these three are sequels (note for future Acqua: no, novellas don’t count).

Jade War by Fonda Lee – I’m cheating, because technically this is an overdue ARC that I’m already 40% through, but I know this is going to take me weeks (I’d love this series a lot more, if going through three chapters didn’t take me a day and if Jade War weren’t a 600-page-tome), so I need to motivate myself.

A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna – this is out at the beginning of September, and I’d love to read it before release date, but I don’t know how realistic that is as an idea. I might have to skim through/reread A Spark of White Fire first, too, so we’ll see.

The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore – if everything goes according to plan, this is a buddyread with Silvia! Can’t wait to be back in Ghadid and see other gay assassins. (Yes, this is an f/f assassin book, and isn’t that the best concept?)

Other Priorities

Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe – I know. I didn’t get to this one last month because I ran out of time, but this needs to happen, it was out in June. Also, it looks great?

Of Wars, Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard – I’ve also already started this short story collection, and I will be slowly reading it over the course of the month. I hate reading collections all together, but a little every day? I loved doing that with Conservation of Shadows and The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales, I hope it works for this one too. (I’ve already read two stories and they were amazing.)

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard (reread) – I will be rereading this one to eventually get to The House of Sundering Flames, which came out a few days ago. I can’t wait to get back into this world, and it would mean a lot to me if some of you tried it as well? I get that the first book isn’t the best thing ever, but I really do think this series is underrated.

TBR Add Ban

Right now, my TBR is at 159 books. It might not look like a lot – I know that many people have goodreads TBRs of more than 500 books, and my “owned” (ebooks/eARCs + a few finished physical copies) TBR is actually around 30 – but I really don’t want it to reach 200 again. So I’m giving myself a rule: I can only add a book for every book I remove. Let’s see if it works?

Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?


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The Reading Rush TBR

Here I am, writing another TBR when I still haven’t read half of the books in my last one.

Anyway: The Reading Rush, previously known as BooktubeAThon, is a read-a-thon taking place from July 22nd to July 28th. This is my first year participating (or, at least, making an attempt to participate), because it’s the first year I’ve actually had time during this specific part of Summer.

If you want more details on The Reading Rush, it has a site.

The Challenges

There are seven of them, and I don’t care too much about completing all of them, but I think trying could be fun.

1. Read a book with purple on the cover:


There are many books I could choose for this, but I think I’ll go with Pet by Akwaeke Emezi: I recently got an ARC and it’s barely longer than 200 pages, which makes it perfect for a read-a-thon. (By the way: I love this cover? It’s so unusual. Also, I think that as the – probably – first ownvoices black trans YA novel, this book should get more hype.)

2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time:

Seeing how short it is, Pet would be perfect for this.

3. Read a book you meant to read last year:

I’m still not sure about this one, it depends on what I will be in the mood for, but The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding is an obvious one, since it’s the f/f book that has been on my TBR the longest. Central Station by Lavie Tidhar would also fit.

4. Read an author’s first book:

I could either try to do the right thing and follow my TBR by reading Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno, or I could ignore my TBR, and choose either After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott (this could be the start of another Out of My Comfort Zone post!) or House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig, the only debut ARC I still have to read.

5. Read a book with a non-human main character:


Finally one I’m sure about! I’m going to start – though not necessarily finish, as this is the kind of thing that needs to be savored – The Fox’s Tower and Other Tales, a flash fiction collection by my favorite author. Several stories in here should have non-human characters, and as one can imagine, some of them are foxes. This book also could count for the “book you meant to read last year” challenge.

As I’m seeing a few people struggle with this prompt, some short books featuring non-human main characters I recommend are All Systems Red by Martha Wells (AI mc, less than 150 pages), This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (post-human mcs, f/f, 208 pages), Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee (gumiho mc, 312 pages), The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (graphic novel under 100 pages, non-human mcs), If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho (novelette, imugi mc, f/f, 30 pages) and The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander (novelette, elephant PoV, 98 pages).

6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title: 


There are many on my TBR, like the aforementioned House of Salt and Sorrow, but right now my priority is Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. For an adult fantasy novel, it’s pretty short, and I want to read it before the end of the month.

7: Read and watch a book to movie adaptation:

I am not going to reread it (I remember it vividly and I also recently read On the Come Up, so I don’t feel the need to go back to it right now), but I am maybe going to watch The Hate U Give! Which is more than I’d usually do, as I don’t like watching movies at all, so I don’t care that it’s technically cheating.

Are you participating in The Reading Rush? Have you read any of these?

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5 Star Predictions #3

Last September, I wrote a post about the books on my TBR most likely to be 5 stars. While my first attempt at 5 star predictions was pretty successful (four out of five ended up being 5 stars), this one… was not.

Today, I’m going to try again. Let’s see how it goes?


In the order of the least to most likely (but all likely, or… so I thought) to be a five stars, in my September post I talked about these books:

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko: this was, without a doubt, an experience, and while I’m still glad I read it, it’s not one I enjoyed in any way. I rated it 3 stars for the sheer weirdness of it all, but I didn’t get much out of it (maybe if I reread it in a few years I will? I don’t know). Someone else could, however.

Final Draft by Riley Redgate: this one did end up being 5 stars! A beautiful novel about anxiety and art, with one of my favorite romances (and it’s f/f! with a pansexual Ecuadorian main character.)

Borderline by Mishell Baker: this was really good! I especially loved the main character and the diversity, but it still wasn’t 5 star territory for me – it was a solid urban fantasy novel, but I wasn’t that invested in the plot or in any character but Millie. I gave this one 4 stars.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud: this was… a beautifully written, truly original Moroccan-inspired space fantasy, but a combination of me reading it in a difficult moment and this book employing some tropes I struggle with (main character is isolated and then forced to do things they find painful and/or humiliating) made me not enjoy it that much. I see it as a weak 4 stars.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley: I was told this book was slow. I thought a premise like this one couldn’t go wrong, but it didn’t go right either, and I thought I was prepared for the pacing, but I wasn’t. This book is one of the worst-paced things I read in the last few years. I thought several aspects of this were fascinating, but… a lot of things weren’t. 3 stars. [I still want to try The Bedlam Stacks, though]

New Predictions!

As you can see, last round didn’t go terribly (I still liked all the books at least a little), but I can do better. I hope. As usual, sequels don’t count!

5. Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden


I haven’t heard anyone talk about this yet, so it’s the one I’m most hesitant about, but it’s also true that Drayden’s books don’t get even half the hype they deserve, and… if you like weird novels that blend sci-fi and fantasy in ways you’ve never seen before and that don’t take themselves too seriously without being comedy, try them?

I’m in love with this cover, and I don’t need to know more than “this is Drayden’s take on biological spaceships” to put it on this list, after how much I loved Temper last summer.

4. Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi


All the negative things I’ve heard about this book are actually things I love – so the main characters are unlikable and overdramatic? I love that, especially if they’re teens! Even more if they’re teen girls, let teen girls be messy! – and I’m seeing a few more positive reviews lately, so I hope I like this? I’ve never read anything by this author before. (Also: gay!)

3. The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar


I’ve heard very little about this but all I’ve heard has been amazing and it sounds like a very fascinating, very unique, and very gay novel. Apparently it’s non-linear and specifically plays with that format to put together a very unreliable narration? As I said with Vita Nostra last time, this could either go perfectly or really wrong.

2. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire


Not all of Seanan McGuire’s books end up resonating with me, but when they do… well, she did write three of my favorite books. And when they don’t, they’re still solid stories, and by now I know what to expect from her writing (I don’t always love her tendency to rely on telling rather than showing more than the average author, but by now I know she does). I realize I haven’t said anything about Middlegame specifically yet, but it’s fine. I don’t know what this is about, and I want to go into it that way.

1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo


I guess we’re going to know the answer to this one very soon? Anyway: Elizabeth Acevedo wrote The Poet X. I would be surprised if I don’t end up at least really liking this one. Also, it involves food!

Have you read any of these?


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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

According to my half-a-minute internet search, on July 1st we’re halfway through the year, so what better moment to do this Classic™ tag.

1: Best book you’ve read so far this year.


It kinds of saddens me that I don’t even have to struggle with choosing, but my favorite book so far this year is A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. How often do you read political intrigue that actually surprises you, or worldbuilding that actually feels unique, and how many of these books have a slow-burn f/f romance and also powerful, smart female characters other than the main character or her love interest? I was going to love this book no matter what, with this premise, but the way this book was… relevant to my situation as an Italian person who is constantly in contact with American culture made everything even more personal.

2: Best sequel you’ve read so far this year:


I’ve read only four sequels so far this year, Ruse, In an Absent Dream, Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven and Leah on the Offbeat.

Of these, the best one for me has been without a doubt In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – not only it’s a great novella on its own, with an amazing audiobook, and made me think about so many things, it’s also great as a sequel because it made me want to continue the series: after not liking Down Among the Sticks and Bones and not caring that much about Beneath the Sugar Sky, I was on the verge of quitting, but I won’t. I actually want to reread the previous novellas to see if my opinion about some things has changed.

3: A new release you haven’t read yet but really want to

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – one of the few hyped YA fantasy books that came out this year I’m actually interested in, and I haven’t even tried it? It’s not like I have to wait for a sequel to read it, as we don’t even know if there will be one.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – another of those few! I keep seeing mixed reviews and it seems to be so polarizing that I’m not even sure what I’m getting into. However, I loved Chokshi’s previous YA fantasy duology so much, I hope I won’t feel so differently about this one.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire – I have no idea what this is about and I’d like to keep it that way until I actually read the book, but despite my constant avoidance of the synopsis and of every single review of this, I’m really interested in it and hope to get to it before the end of the year.

4: Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I just posted a list of them! Of all of them, my most anticipated is probably Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, because it’s known that queer space fantasy is my favorite genre (let’s be honest for a moment: Ninefox Gambit is space fantasy).

However, to not be repetitive, I’m going to talk about two books I’m really looking forward to that didn’t make it to the list, one because there was another book by that author already – the anthology Of Wars, Memories and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard, which apparently will have a new f/f novella in it! – another because I forgot to add it to my TBR when I heard about it and so forgot it when I wrote the post – Pet by Akwaeke Emezi, which is a YA book about a trans black girl from a trans black author that is in some way about monsters and denial, and isn’t that A Premise

5: Biggest disappointment


With my DNF-what-doesn’t-work reading policy, I’m reading less and less books I dislike, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t find any disappointing ones. Honestly, the sequel novella Glass Cannon by Yoon Ha Lee was in itself kind of a disappointment (it was at odds with the tone of the rest with the series and just felt weird overall, even without the exposition problem), but as the short story collection Hexarchate Stories as a whole was not, it didn’t register that much.

The disappointment I felt more strongly this year was Wilder Girls by Rory Power. It did many things right, but I can’t ignore a) how simplistic and underdeveloped the attempt at metaphorical cli-fi horror was and b) how underdeveloped and emotionally flat the characters were (as Hermione would say, they had “the emotional range of a teaspoon”). They really did feel like words on a page.

6: Biggest Surprise

I have two of them! My favorite kind of surprise is requesting an ARC of a book I’m interested in but that I don’t think I’m going to love, and then the book proves me wrong! Sometimes I love being wrong.

  • Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali is one of the best contemporary books I’ve ever read and the demonstration that one can write about marginalized young people and what they face without making everything a tragic story. This is such a happy book about Muslim teenagers in love – an adorable happy story, just with a background that isn’t always as happy (it tackles Islamophobia and also follows a character who was just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis).
  • I almost thought that I wasn’t going to read anything by Amy Rose Capetta ever again, after being disappointed by Echo After Echo and being annoyed at the existence itself of The Brilliant Death. But The Lost Coast was amazing, and so queer, and such a welcoming story about the importance of community and acknowledging your own power.
7: Favorite New Author (Debut or New To You)


I thought I was going to have to repeat myself and say Arkady Martine, but technically I read two of her short stories last year, so she isn’t exactly new to me! My answer for this one is Victoria Lee, author of The Fever King, possibly the best dystopian book I’ve ever read.

There are those books you like, there are those books you love but in a… distant way? You think about them, but they don’t follow you. Then there are those that take root in your brain. I thought about The Fever King every day for at least a month and a half, which… usually doesn’t happen. I can only count two other books (or, should I say, two series) that did the same to me for longer. If you’ve been here a while, you probably already know which ones I’m talking about.

8: Newest Fictional Crush

I always feel weird about this question, as I don’t even get crushes on real people, so I’m going to see it as “character I’m very into, even though they’re kind of evil”, because that’s the closest I ever get to something like that.

And the answer this year is Nineteen Adze, “whose gracious presence illuminates the room like the edgeshine of a knife”, from A Memory Called Empire, because what can you expect from me when it comes to very morally ambiguous and just as competent female characters (I’m in love.)

9: Newest Favorite Character


Millicent “Millie” Roper from Borderline by Mishell Baker. She’s such a well-written, complex, and sometimes horrible character. I loved her and her voice so much, and I will always like reading about a main character who is impulsive and really good at lying (it makes for interesting plot developments). Also, she’s an amputee who lost her legs in a suicide attempt and has borderline personality disorder, and I had never read about a character who was either before.

10: A book that made you cry


None, but the one that got closer was The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum. And… probably for the wrong reasons? I loved this book, but I found the idea of some things the characters wanted from their future so upsetting that I was in a really weird place emotionally for a few hours.

11: A book that made you happy


Second place for the “which book made you cry” question is Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, because I did seriously almost cry of happiness after I finished this. This story gave me so much joy, I had almost forgotten books could do that. And Nim!! Such a shapeshifting disaster of a 13-year-old, she was one of my favorite protagonists this year.

12: Favorite adaptation

This time I can answer, because I’ve seen two! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Love, Simon. Honestly, as adaptations, they were both really good? As story, I enjoyed Love, Simon more, but that’s more because romance-focused stories on a screen are never that much my thing. As aesthetic/setting, however, TAtBILB was more interesting, and maybe I like Lara Jean as a character a bit more than Simon (don’t really care for her love interests, though).

13: Favorite post you’ve written

On Ratings and Being Critical. I probably should have made the message about “appreciating books more the more you read instead of the expected contrary” clearer, but I still really like it.

14: Most beautiful book you bought or received so far this year

If we’re talking about physical copies, then definitely Monstress Vol. 3 by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda. The art in this series is one of the best things I’ve ever seen, and there’s one specific panel (at the beginning of Issue/Chapter 14) in which there’s a villainess sitting on a throne (I!!!!) and wow that was attacking me personally

If ebooks count, then it’s Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. The art in this one… so soft. Those panels. So much emotion. I almost want a physical copy just for that, I hope they translate it.

15. A book you want to read before the end of the year:

AHAHAHA all of them

But it would be nice if I managed to read King of Scars before the year ends! I won’t count on it because I still have to reread Ruin and Rising, which I have no intention of doing anytime soon (…it’s so not a summer book)

Also: I’m going to make at least another attempt at reading The Fifth Season or The Traitor Baru Cormorant (two books I know will be difficult to read for me emotionally) before the year ends.

How is 2019 going for you? Have you read any of these?


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Tentative July TBR

Despite June being exam month, the all-queer TBR turned out to be mostly a win (more on that below), and I hope I’ll be able to read just as much in July, which is also exam month.

How June Went

  • The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite – read, ★★★★½ (review)
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone read, ★★★★½ (RTC)
  • The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale – currently reading [might manage to finish it by the time the month ends]
  • Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells – DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil DNF, no rating (I chose not to review this, but feel free to ask)
  • Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – read, ★★★ (review)
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – read, ★★★★ (review)
  • Release by Patrick Ness – read, ★★★½ (RTC)

This is, of course, not all I’ve read this month. I wish I could have DNFed less books, but I can’t always guess what is going to work for me by the synopsis and reviews alone, especially when two of the books are ARCs.


It’s summer! I should be reading contemporaries during the only season in which I actually want to read them.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – she wrote one of my favorite books of last year and I still haven’t read this! I need to fix that. Also, I’m seriously in love with the cover.

The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding – I’ve had this on my TBR for so long, I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. This should be a summer-y f/f romance with a fat main character that talks about fashion.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – this recently got in Italian bookstores (both in the English and translated editions, which is uncommon for a YA book) and of course I bought it; I will try to get to it this month. I hope I will love its characters just as much as I loved the cast of The Hate U Give.

July ARCs

Of course, focusing only on queer books for all of June meant that I didn’t get to some other ARCs, which – as far as I know – aren’t queer, but that are out in June and July.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: I’m finally going to do this. This year I’ve been struggling with fantasy, both in the sense that most of the ones I try don’t work for me as much as I hoped and in the sense that I rarely reach for it, but I hope this will change with this book.

Velocity Weapon by Megan E. O’Keefe: this is me, requesting an ARC of something I had no idea even existed, and then forgetting about it until it’s overdue. Oh well, let’s not do what we did with the two ARCs I still haven’t read from October 2018?

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim: I’ve seen a few positive reviews lately and I’m hopeful? This year me and YA fantasy don’t get along, but I have an ARC of this since March and I want to give it a try. Also, that cover.

It Would Be Nice to Get To

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – I wasn’t that interested in this initially, because I thought it was a Swoon Reads book and I haven’t liked one of them, but: it’s not, it’s an ownvoices Cuban-American book that has been getting amazing reviews from people I trust, and the main character is also bi. It looks like such a summer read, it would be perfect for July.

The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos – a hard-hitting contemporary about a questioning Puerto Rican girl falling in love with a trans boy? I might not have heard about this before but it sounds great and I have an ARC. It’s not a priority because it’s not out until September, but I’d love to read most contemporaries on my TBR in summer.

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear – this one hasn’t been getting the best reviews, but it’s f/f in space and I have to try something with that premise. I’m not sure July is the best time for that, but we’ll see.

Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?

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June 2019 [PRIDE] TBR

June is two things: pride month and exam month, which means that this time my TBR will be both all-queer and mostly short books. I don’t want to give myself any goal apart from “don’t read allocishet books for a month”, because I might even end up not reading anything at all because of real life.

(Or so I say, but I did read almost 20 books last June, and at the time I had even more exams and was recovering from surgery. So who knows)

How May Went

Wanted to Read
  • Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee – reread, ★★★★★ (new RTC)
  • Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee – reread, ★★★★★ (new RTC)
  • Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee – read, ★★★★½ (RTC)
  • The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta – read, ★★★★¾ (review)
  • All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – still to read
  • The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – currently reading (10%)
Wanted to Read If I Had Time (I did not, in fact, have time)
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – still to reread
  • Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear – still to read
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand – still to read

I kind of failed at this, but I still really appreciate how I did? These books are not all I’ve read this month, and I still mostly followed the TBR – and I might be really slow at rereading, but I reread two books and a half this month anyway. Also, I still have no recent overdue ARCs (the recent is there because I have two… from October. I know.)


I’m going to try to read all the f/f ARCs I have this month, because what’s the best month to do something like that?

(I don’t know why, but they all have weirdly long names.)

🏳️‍🌈 The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite – there isn’t a genre I systematically avoid as much as historical romance, but I will make an exception for this one. Look at that cover. I. (Also, astronomy! I really hope it’s good.)

🏳️‍🌈 This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone – I’m hesitant with this one, because I’ve only heard it’s f/f, and the last time I had heard something by Amal El-Mohtar was f/f, I was queerbaited. Also, this is about time travel, and I don’t know how I feel about that. However, the cover is gorgeous and it should be enemies-to-lovers, I have to try it.

🏳️‍🌈 The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale – I’m not even really sure what this is about but I want to give a chance to adult romance novels as a genre, and why not try that with the pairing I’m most likely to care about instead of always trying popular m/f ones.

Other Books I Want To Get To

🏳️‍🌈 Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells – biracial bisexual main character! I’m not sure if this will be m/f, f/f or have no romance, but I know that it involves dragons, and so I want to read it.

🏳️‍🌈 All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – I didn’t make it last month but it’s fine anyway because it’s about a bisexual latinx teen in post-punk San Francisco and I’m sure it’s going to be great

🏳️‍🌈 Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver – After reading the short Date the Lizard last month, I want to know more about this world, and it’s time I overcome my dislike for this cover and get into this series, recommended everywhere for its asexual, trans and polyamorous representation

If I Really Have Time

These are all books I own physical copies of, and I’d like to do something about my owned TBR too.

🏳️‍🌈 The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley – I said I was going to read this… a year ago? I still haven’t, and I don’t know why, since it’s m/m historical fiction that got translated in my language

🏳️‍🌈 Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – this should be a quick read, so I’m probably going to get to it easily? I hope so. Becky Albertalli has been very hit-or-miss for me before, so I don’t know how this will end.

🏳️‍🌈 Release by Patrick Ness – another m/m novel I’ve owned a copy of for a while, but I haven’t managed to get to it yet.

Have you read/want to read any of these?

TBR & Goals

TBR Cleaning + Try A Chapter Time!

I’m not in my third year of high school anymore. I currently can’t read 20 books in a month, I don’t see that happening again anytime soon, and I want to keep that in mind. I want to be honest with myself.

Which means, I want to reduce my TBR, which is currently more than 170 books.


This is a category I struggle to get to. The year gap between a book and its sequel often makes me forget the details that make reading the sequel enjoyable, which is why I try to reread the first book before getting into them… but I’m a very slow rereader, and I’m not going to dedicate so much time to a book that wasn’t a favorite. So, the “being honest with myself” part one has to be “get rid of some sequels“.

It’s just that – I don’t want to read them, but I feel weird recommending the first book, even when I loved it, when I consciously decide not to finish the series. I need to get over this.

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao – this is a sequel of a book I gave four stars to, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. However, it follows a character I’m not as interested into, and the main character was what made me love the first one. I’m going to remove this for now, and let Song of the Crimson Flower (an unrelated book by Julie C. Dao I have an ARC of) be the book that will make me decide if I like this author’s books even when they’re not about villains.

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – I loved the first book, but the more I think about it, the more I dislike the second one. However, I don’t remember nearly enough about it to get into the third. I think I have to admit to myself that this isn’t happening, since I have so many books on my TBR I actually want to read instead of rereading The Girl in the Tower. Removed, even though it makes me sad

All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett – I might have read this, hadn’t this come out a year after the first one, when I had already lost interest and forgotten everything about the first. I skimmed a preview, and I really don’t care – but I’m glad to see that a certain something that bothered me about the ending of book one wasn’t there! That’s all the closure I need. Removed.

Try A Chapter Time!

A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wrightremove
On one hand, I kind of wanted to read the queer space opera novel that came out in 1988 (!). On the other hand, I’ve tried this first chapter two times already and it’s not working, I don’t think I like the writing. (Also, I’m glad it’s 2019 and we don’t open books with two chapters of non-stop infodumps anymore.)

How It Feels to Float by Elena Fox – keep for now
I wasn’t sure about the writing at first, since it’s kind of stream-of-consciunsness-like and that doesn’t always work for me, but I think it could. I’m kind of hesitant because of it but I’ll give this book more of a chance in the future.

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callenderremove
I’ve been on the fence about this one for a long time, since it’s a story about a queer black boy written by a queer black person, but all the people I trust who have read it rated it from one to three stars, and I… I have a lot of contemporaries on my TBR, I’m never going to get to this realistically. Or that’s what I try to tell myself – the most common complaint is the casual cheating, which might not be a bookish dealbreaker for me. However, while I can’t claim to understand romantic jealousy, it’s still characters breaking other people’s trust and that could be not fun to read anyway?

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer – remove
The promise of gray morality almost made me keep it. Almost. It’s just… the first chapters are so boring. You can only go on with “and by the way, did I tell you my main character likes to dissect bodies??” so much before I get bored. The writing is also boring. The cover is more boring than both the writing and the content. I’m tired.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – remove
I said many times that I was going to read this, and it has been recommended to me by… so many people? However, the impression I always get from Jay Kristoff’s writing is one of someone who is desperately trying to be edgy, and this excerpt was no exception. Some say that you get used to the writing, and I kind of want to read this because there’s f/f content in the sequel, but seriously, there are so many f/f books on my TBR that aren’t written by someone whose writing voice I can’t stand.
(Also, it’s a fake!Italy setting. No thank you.)

The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt – remove
I had this on my TBR because queer sci-fi, but I can already tell it’s not going to be my kind of book – it’s that kind of space opera with aliens I tend to hate. Then I saw the reviews and they’re comparing this to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, so. Definitely not reading this one.

Stats Right Now

After removing these books + some novels that sound good but will come out in 2022 (I… don’t need to keep them on my TBR right now), I have a TBR of 154 books. Of these, more than 30 won’t come out until 2020 or later, and less than 70 are out right now. Not bad!

Do you struggle with continuing series too?