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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.


Sequels

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?

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This Leaves To May: TBR

So… as you’ll see in the wrap-up I’ll post in a few days, April as a reading month wasn’t as good as May, but I still managed to read something, and I managed to not discard the TBR entirely.


How Did April Go?

I wrote a TBR of nine books:

  • Love From A to Z by S.K. Aliread, ★★★★¾ (review)
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azadread, ★★★★ (review)
  • A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Coleread, ★★★ (RTC on this blog)
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – still to read
  • The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – still to read
  • Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose ClarkeDNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugoread★★★★★ (RTC on this blog)
  • A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White – still to read

As you can see, I ended up reading only four books and DNFed two. Considering that I didn’t read that much and that my plans had to change during the month, this went well.

When I say “my plans had to change”, I mean that I was approved for two of my most anticipated releases of the year this month, Wilder Girls by Rory Power (which I decided I had to read immediately) and Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee (which I will read soon, but I started rereading the series immediately).

Anyway: I did get to all the ARCs I listed and to the Siege and Storm reread, I have only a May ARC left and I’m not behind, so everything is fine.


My Priorities

This month’s priority is the Machineries of Empire reread. I’m currently rereading Ninefox Gambit and I want to get through all the series in May. I’m doing this because I haven’t reread it in over a year, it’s my favorite series, and because I physically can’t wait for Glass Cannon, the sequel novella (sequella?) in Hexarchate Stories.

This is also where my favorite series ends and I don’t want it to but at some point it had to. It’s fine. Yoon Ha Lee is writing another novel. Everything will be fine (or so I like to tell myself).

Non-Hexarchate Priorities

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta – I didn’t care that much about Echo After Echo and I found the premise of The Brilliant Death an inherently bad idea as an Italian person, but I’m going to give Amy Rose Capetta another chance because I believe in giving chances to queer creators writing queer stories, and so I will be reading this witchy sapphic story this month. This will also help me determine whether I want to read Once & Future or not.

All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – I’m still not sure what this is about but I’ve heard great things, I have an ARC, it’s diverse (bisexual latinx main character!), and it has a gorgeous cover. It’s not out until June but I believe in avoiding the chance to procrastinate too much.

The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – the one I wanted the most to get to from my April TBR so it got moved to May. Getting to the other two books (and The Devouring Gray! And some of this month’s new releases like With the Fire on High!) on that list would be really nice too but I’m not sure it’s going to happen.

The “Maybe, Possibly” Ones

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear – I find the premise itself of this book so fascinating that I can’t not try it, and I’ve been wanting to try something by Elizabeth Bear for a while, so this could be a good place to start from. Also, gays in space!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I’m not sure this will happen because I will already be busy with another reread this month, but I’m really proud of how my reviews of The Grisha are turning out to be and I want to post them here too (which I won’t do until I read this), so who knows?

Furyborn by Claire Legrand – finally? Finally. I’m going to read a Claire Legrand novel. I hope I like it? It should be relevant to my villain-love interests, I’ve been told.


Have you read or are you anticipating any of these?

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An Attempt At An April TBR

Last month, for the first time in my blogging life, I wrote a monthly TBR. And since it seemed to work, why not do it again? I’m going to keep this up as long as I don’t fail/start feeling like I’m forcing myself to read.


How Did March Go?

I wrote a TBR of nine books:

  • The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees, read, ★★ (review)
  • Ruse by Cindy Pon, read, ★★★½ (review)
  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, read, ★★★★½ (RTC on Monday)
  • In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente, DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurleyread, ★★★★ (RTC on this blog)
  • The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie, read, ★★★½ (RTC on this blog)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, reread, ★★★★★ (RTC on this blog)
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat, DNF, no rating (short GR review)
  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, DNF, no rating (short GR review)

If it doesn’t work for me, I DNF! That’s how I almost never end up writing negative reviews anymore – unless it’s an ARC I don’t like – and I honestly don’t mind that. I’m trying to never waste my time on a book I don’t like again.

(And no, this isn’t all I read this month; this list doesn’t even include the best books I’ve read this month.)


ARCs

Because having overdue ones is never a good feeling.

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali – this looks so cute already and I liked the author’s writing in Saints and Misfits. Also, it’s a contemporary story set in Qatar, how awesome is that (publishers really should acquire more contemporary stories set outside the US).

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad – silk road fantasy! Out in May, so I’m not in a hurry to read it, which is not what I’d like with an atmospheric, slow-paced story (and this seems to be one, from what early reviews have said).

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – I still can’t believe I got an ARC of this. Anyway, I want to get to the first book before this one, but we’ll see.


Not ARCs, But Still Priorities

I got approved for a lot of ARCs this Spring, which is a great thing, but I don’t want to forget other new releases and the other books that are a priority for me.

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – I want to read at least this before getting to A Prince on Paper, and since I loved Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, I’m sure it’s going to be great too.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – sometimes I remember that this cover exists and I just… why aren’t there more illustrated YA fantasy covers? Anyway, this is one of the most hyped 2019 YA releases, I’ve only heard good things about it, and it’s about court intrigue in a Chinese-inspired world. I can’t wait.

The Afterward by EK Johnston – this is the month of second chances! EK Johnston is an author I haven’t had a good experience with, but this is both gay and hyped by people I trust, so how could I not.


Backlist I Will (…Maybe) Get To

I want to at least attempt to have a balanced reading life, which means some ARCs, some new releases, and some backlist books every month. I often end up DNFing the backlist (…if I haven’t read it yet, there’s often a reason? And that suspicion sometimes turns out to be true. So.) but why not try?

Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke – this book has the best premise ever and has been on my TBR for over a year, which is honestly embarrassing. I really want to change that, but I love ignoring backlist books more. We’ll see.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – still slowly making my way through the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I will end up reading King of Scars… someday. (At this pace, it will happen in December. I hope not.)

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White – I made a goodreads poll and this is the book that got voted the most, so I’m counting it as the “metaphorical TBR Jar” pick of the month. Who doesn’t want to read about lesbians in space, anyway.


By the way: if you go there (my TBR) and you think I should get to one of these books (that are already out) right now, tell me! I could make it the metaphorical TBR Jar pick of this or next month.

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T10T: Books On My Spring 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books On My Spring 2019 TBR. This spring I’m also doing monthly TBRs, so you might see some of these again soon.


Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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I can’t believe this fantasy book about morally gray women exists and I still haven’t read it? I also can’t believe that two Claire Legrand books came out in 2019 and I… haven’t read either, even though they’re both queer and both of them sound exactly like something I’d love. I need to fix this.


A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

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I plan to read this and A Prince on Paper (I have an ARC!) in May. After loving Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, I can’t put this off any longer.


All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

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Another ARC I have! This is about a bisexual latinx girl in post-punk San Francisco. I liked the short story this author wrote in the Color Outside the Lines anthology and I can’t wait to get to this.


Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

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I really want to complete this duology with Fierce Like a Firestorm, but to do so I have to reread this one because I remember nothing. On one hand, I can’t wait to be back into this world, on the other, I couldn’t stand the main character, so I’m not sure about how it will turn out.


The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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Another reread! I really want to know more about this antiheroine and her journey to her almost-villainess status. And yes, this means I’m willing to go through this slow-paced book again even though I’m not completely sure I liked it the first time around.


Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

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I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about this because I disliked some of Kagawa’s previous books (The Iron King and its sequel) but this involves magical foxes (I think it’s about a kitsune and it’s ownvoices for the Japanese representation) and as you might already have heard, I love everything fox-related.


A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

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This is really short and I’ve had it on my e-reader for almost an year. I don’t know why I haven’t read this m/m fantasy romance yet, maybe because I don’t hear many talk about it and forget it exists, but it sounds perfect.


The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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I’m not sure what this is about and I’m fine with going into it not knowing anything but the fact that it’s going to be a somewhat Raven Cycle-like atmospheric story involving many bisexual characters. I don’t own it – my request for the ARC was denied – but it’s one of my most anticipated releases, so I don’t want to put it off for long.


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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I know. I often say that the Shadow and Bone series is my favorite YA fantasy series, but this has been out for months and I still haven’t read it (and of course I got spoiled for everything, because people can’t tag anything, can they). I’m slowly making my way through the first trilogy and maybe this will happen in less than three months?


The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

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This one comes out this May and I have an ARC I want to read before release date, which means that I will end up reading The Candle and the Flame in Spring if everything goes according to plan. I’ve heard it’s an atmospheric, slow-paced desert fantasy, and I always love those. (Also, look at that cover!)


Have you read or want to read any of these?

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Ready-To-Fail March TBR

Today, you get a TBR before I even write the February wrap-up! That’s because it’s more a reminder for me than anything, I don’t know how much I will stick to it (knowing how I am with TBRs… probably not much). But at least if everything goes according to plan I won’t feel too guilty about overdue ARCs?


YA

All of these are ARCs, so they’re my priority. I should read all of these before the end of March, two because they come out this month and one because of a blog tour.

Ruse by Cindy Pon – I did the smart thing and reread Want in February (and yes, it was just as good as I remembered). Since 2019 is the year books I like finally get f/f sequels – like this one is – I should also… read them. I know, what a concept.

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees – I have heard almost nothing about this but it should have anxiety representation, creepy forests, and the author is a Catherynne M. Valente fan. So yes, I think this is going to be good?

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – I mean. How could I not? I don’t want to read it too soon because I have the feeling that waiting for the sequel will destroy me, but… villain romance… monster love… yes


Adult

These are not ARCs, it’s just that I won’t forgive myself if I don’t read the new Ann Leckie and the new Kameron Hurley soon! 2019 already looks like a great year for adult SFF – I really want to read the recently-published The Priory of the Orange Tree and Ancestral Night too, and so many other books that will come out in the following months, but for now I’ll stick to authors I know I love, because I have no time.

Also, it’s time I read another Valente novel, and In the Night Garden sounds like a good choice, even though I could also choose Palimpsest if I’m in the mood for more weird f/f fiction.


Maybe

I want to get to Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (both rereads of course), and while I’m not sure that will actually happen, I do want to get to King of Scars eventually? So.

Another book I might end up reading is Captive Prince, because I think I can take a chance and try something I’m not sure I’ll like if all the books I read end up being as good as I expected them to be.

Also! The “TBR Jar” (read: I asked my mom to pick a number from 1 to 65. I have no time to make an actual jar) pick of the month is Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, which means that maybe I will finally read it?


What are you planning to read in March?

By the way: if you go there (my TBR) and you think I should get to one of these books (that are already out) right now, tell me! I could make it the metaphorical TBR Jar pick of this or next month

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SapphicAThon #2: TBR

SapphicAThon is back!

This is a read-a-thon focused on reading books with sapphic main characters (so, women who are attracted to women). While last round was about reading f/f books, this time all books with a sapphic main character qualify. It will run from February 1 (today!) to February 7, and it’s hosted by Jamieson @jamishelves, Elise @thebookishactress and Natasha @sapphicsolace.

Since I will probably be very busy this week, I don’t know how much I’ll be actually able to read – not much, probably – but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try.

There are seven challenges; here’s my TBR + some reccomendations because I still hear that there are no sapphic books/no SFF with sapphic main characters.

It’s 2019 and that’s a lie.


1. Read the group book, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

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I’ve had this on my TBR since I knew it existed and it’s a novella, so I’m for sure going to get to it and it will be my priority – I won’t be able to read much this week, but I should at least be able to complete this.


2. Read a book with a trope you love

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Is “political intrigue” a trope? I don’t know, but I love political intrigue and my pick for this one is A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. It has been compared to Ancillary Justice, and if it really is similar to that, I know I’m going to love it. And I’m 90% sure the main character is a queer woman, so.

Sapphic books with political intrigue I liked:

  • The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley: f/f/f love triangle, evil lesbians in space, biopunk horror, lots of intrigue, war.
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin: political fantasy about godhood, monstrous love interest, bisexual female & brown main character, f/m/non-binary – mostly f/non-binary – polyamorous situation.
  • The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard, historical fantasy set in post-apocalyptic historical Paris, lots of political intrigue, there are fallen angels and a Vietnamese dragon kingdom in the Seine, and one of the three main characters is a queer woman in an established f/f relationship.

3. MC is a person of color

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If I’m feeling adventurous and I don’t want to double up the challenge with Once Ghosted, Twice Shy – which is probably what’s going to happen, let’s be realistic – I’m going to read Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. If I remember right, the main character is bisexual.

Some sapphic books with a main character of color I liked:

  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore: magical realism following a bisexual latinx girl; there’s a main m/f romance and a side f/genderqueer one.
  • Final Draft by Riley Redgate: YA contemporary about a pansexual Ecuadorian plus-sized girl who is a writer and her struggles with anxiety. This book has one of my favorite f/f couples and the love interest is a Korean lesbian.
  • The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang: a novella about grief and monsters set in a high fantasy world. It has an f/non-binary romance.

4. Read a book with a cover you love

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I love space! And I love this cover. It may not be the most original cover ever but it’s pretty. Also, I know that A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White features an f/f couple and I hope it’s good, my previous experiences with “f/f in space” haven’t been the best.

Some sapphic books with beautiful covers:

  • In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard: adult f/f fantasy romance, retelling of Beauty and the Beast in which the love interest is a Vietnamese shapeshifting dragon. I loved the romance in this one so much.
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: sci-fi horror about people-eating mermaids and the scientists who are trying to prove their existence. It has many PoVs and two of them are a bisexual marine biologist and an autistic lesbian.
  • Girs of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: an f/f fantasy story about girls who are forced to be the concubines of an evil demon king in a Malaysian-inspired kingdom. Beautiful romance, pretty descriptions, even better message.

5. A book that fulfills a prompt from the last SapphicAThon

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I chose “under 500 ratings on goodreads” because sapphic books tend to be very underrated. My choice for this will be A Hidden Hope by Laura Ambrose (aka Laura Lam) which currently has less than 100 ratings. And it’s a novella! Which means I might be able to read it even though I’m really busy. Also, it should be friends to enemies to lovers, which is a trope I love – and so it could count for that prompt, too.

Some sapphic books with less than 500 ratings on goodreads:

  • The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé: f/f horror following a main character with anxiety and what could or could not be a haunting. One of my favorite f/f books.
  • This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow: three girls reconnect through music in this story about recovery and overcoming self-hate. Two of the three main characters are black, one is a teen mother, and there are both an m/f romance and an f/f romance.
  • Into the Gray by Margaret Killjoy: an f/f high fantasy short story about a trans woman and her man-eating mermaid lover.

6. Read a book that doesn’t focus on romance

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This could be both A Memory Called Empire and Dread Nation, but if I feel like it, there are so many other books I could choose. I’m going to say The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed because I own it, but it could be anything, really.

Sapphic books I love that don’t focus on romance:

  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee: my favorite book, mass murder and magical math in space. This is a Korean-inspired space opera and book one has a lesbian main character. There’s no romance.
  • The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz: a coming-of-age magical realism story following a bisexual Puerto Rican artist and her struggles with perfectionism. It might be my favorite standalone book.
  • A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo: a very weird combination of slice-of-life and murder mystery about toxic friendships/relationships. It follows a Chinese-American lesbian and a messy f/f/f love triangle, but there’s no actual romance.

7. Read a book that one of the hosts has read

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For this one – if I don’t choose to double it up with Dread Nation, the group book, or The Nowhere Girls – I’m choosing Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake, which I really should have already read. Everyone I know who has read it has loved it, so…

Sapphic books I liked that the hosts also have read:

  • Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler: the first f/f romance that ended happily I ever read! This is a contemporary YA/new-adult crossover featuring a Korean girl realizing she’s a lesbian and falling in love with a bisexual girl, as well as an m/f friendship.
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust: a very quiet, slow-paced retelling of Snow White following two women, a princess and her stepmother – in which the stepmother isn’t evil and the princess falls in love with a female surgeon.
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway: a story about three sibling who were adopted by different families or in foster care as they reconnect and learn more about themselves and their history. One of the three main characters is a lesbian.

Since I want to be realistic, I’m going to say I’m probably going to finish at most two novellas and a novel, and even then, only if it’s a good week. (February is Exam Time).

Have you read any of these? Are you joining the readathon?

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T5W: Books You Didn’t Get to in 2018

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is Books You Didn’t Get to in 2018.

Discuss the books you didn’t quite get around to this year but are at the top of your list for 2019! 

There are so many! I divided them into five main categories, but they are far more than fifteen.


I Said I Would, and I Will

I have no idea whether I’m going to like any of these! In one of these cases, I’m pretty sure that I won’t. Anyway, I love giving a chance to things people I trust like, so I’m at least going to try.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – I… have a lot of mixed feelings about this book and I haven’t even read it. Anyway, I didn’t know whether I wanted to read it, so I decided to request an ARC of the sequel and see if they approved me. They did. I love you, Tor, and according to them I should read this, so I will.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – there are a lot of things about this book that make me kind of uncomfortable and the writing is so over-the-top it could really go either way. But I like assassin schools! We’ll see.

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat – a really polarizing one! Everyone I know who has read it has strong opinions about this. It could end up being a disaster, but some people I trust like it. (Yes, I know about the triggering content, don’t worry.)


Backlist I Was Totally Going to Read in 2018

I said I would get to them in 2018! And with one of these, I did try, but had to put it down because of circumstances. But I will make it this time. I know.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – one day, I will write a list of books that I want to read that I can’t believe I haven’t read yet, and this book won’t be on it. Or so I like to think.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi – I own this, I haven’t read one good review of it, but I’m going to give it a chance. I mean, the cover is pretty and the first chapter was interesting, so maybe it will work if I go into it with very low expectations? (It probably won’t! But I have it now, so.)

In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente – another book I wanted to get to in 2017 which I didn’t read in 2018 either. I’m so good at this, you won’t believe it.


2018 Releases I Didn’t Get To

…there are so many books published in 2018 I wanted to get to that I haven’t read yet!

Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I thought about reading this in 2018 but then I realized that I wanted to read it closer to Kingsbane‘s release date… and so here we are. I have a really good feeling about this, I hope I’m right.

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White – I want some f/f fun space operas and this sounds like it’s going to be one of them. I should have already read it by now but no, I always procrastinate on the things I think I’m going to like.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi – I loved American Street, I can’t believe I still haven’t read this even though I own it. I really should get to it this year.


Physical TBR

I mostly read ebooks, so I often forget I also have physical (translated) books I want to read.

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – if it’s gay and it gets translated in Italian, I’m reading it. Yes, that’s the only reason.

Central Station by Lavie Tidhar – I have no idea what this is but I recognized the cover and I want to support adult SFF that gets translated in my country I can find in bookstores. Publishers here don’t translate much adult SFF.

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley – see what I said about The Nowhere Girls. But also, this sounds great? I can’t wait, if it had been an ebook I would have already read this by now.


Sequels

My main goal for 2018? To read more sequels, since I always procrastinate.

The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May (which means: reread The Vanishing Throne) – I started this series in 2015. In 2019, I still haven’t read the third book, despite the fact that I own it and that I gave five stars to the first two.

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (which means: reread The Bone Witch) – I don’t remember anything about the first book but I didn’t dislike it and this looks great, so I’m at least going to try and continue.

Fierce Like a Firestorm by Lana Popović (which means: reread Wicked Like a Wildfire) – the first book in this series wasn’t flawless but the fact that it exists means so much to me. That’s why I really want to read this one – I want to know whether I recommend this series as a whole or not.


Have you read any of these? What are some books you should have already read but haven’t because yay procrastination?