#5OnMyTBR: Black covers

#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!

Hi everyone,

We have another fun cover theme for #5OnMyTBR this week! These are definitely my favourite prompts because I love looking through and admiring all the book covers on my shelf. And then crying in shame at many unread books I have.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

When Melbourne first got out of lockdown a few weeks ago, on my first visit back to a bookshop, I picked up this novel, Earthlings by Sayaka Murata. From what I gather from reviews, it’s very weird and dark and disturbing and the plot is utterly unexplainable so all I can say is it’s about a girl who might be a witch or an alien who vows to survive at all costs.

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

This has been such a fantastic year for queer science fiction and Goldilocks is just one of them! I am so mad at myself for not reading this yet. This is about an Earth in the midst of environmental collapse, so an all-female space crew plan to journey to find a different planet. But the mission is stolen from them at the last minute and so they steal in the ship in return.

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

This YA contemporary has been on my physical TBR for an embarassing amount of time and I can’t believe I still haven’t read it. It’s about a girl from Trinidad who is sent to the US after her mother catches her kissing the pastor’s daughter. But in the US, she grows close with the girl who helps her get to grips with an American high school. Also this cover is absolutely gorgeous, it’s one of my favourites!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

When this book first released, I wasn’t really reading much, and especially not in YA. But now that I’ve been back reading for a little while, I definitely need to finally pick this up! I found a very cool edition with this black cover in a bookshop here so I’ll hopefully get to it soon!

Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters

I recently read and adored my first Sarah Waters’ novel, Fingersmith, not least because it had one of the most shocking plot twists I’ve read all year. So I can’t wait to read some more of her work, starting with probably her most well known book, Tipping the Velvet. According to Wikipedia this has “pervasive lesbian themes” and really I don’t need to know any more about this book to know I want to read it.

And that’s it for another week! I hope everyone has a good week. This week I’m off to get a doctors checkover for my permanent residency so fingers crossed everything goes well!

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