#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!
This week we’re talking all about historical fiction! This isn’t a genre I’ve read a lot of until this year, and now some of my favourite books of the year are historical fiction! The key determining factor that has resulted in my new found enjoyment of these books? Only reading the queer ones! So here’s five historical fiction novels that are on my TBR.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
I’ve been saying I need to read my first Sarah Waters book for months now, but I swear it might actually happen this month. Fingersmith is one of the books on my Gothtober readathon TBR so fingers crossed October is finally the month to read this lesbian thief falling in love with their noblewoman mark. It’s described as Dickensian lesbians which sounds much more exciting than actual Dickens.
Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis
Another author I’ve been saying I’ll read for the past year is Carolina De Robertis. I have two of her novels on my shelf, but Cantoras is a book I have been absolutely dying to read so I’ll probably read this one first. It’s set in 1977 Uruguay, where homosexuality is still punishable, and follows five queer woman over 35 years of their lives.
Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski
Swimming in the Dark is set in 1980s Poland, and is the love story of two queer men who end up on opposite sides of politics. One ends up with a high ranking position in government, while the other turns to protest in the face of the economic situation in the country, and the two are torn apart in their fight to survive in the country.
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
Random anecdote but the cover of this book is so soft, I don’t know what’s different about it to other matt lam covers, but it is so. soft. The Pull of the Stars is a novel about three queer women at a hospital in 1918 Ireland during the Great Spanish Influenza pandemic: a nurse, a doctor and a volunteer who all work on the ward where pregnant mothers who have caught the flu are placed.
The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
As described by the author, The Spy with the Red Balloon is ‘Queer Jewish Kids Punch Nazis While Doing Science and Sabotaging Hitler’. Not sure what I can say to improve that description, but basically it’s about two kids who can do magic and are blackmailed into service during WW2, one helping America make an atom bomb, and the other trying to sabotage Hitler’s nuclear program within Germany.
History was queer, folks, that’s all I have to say. Bring me all the queer historical fiction because I have read some incredible ones this year and I can’t wait to read some more!