#5OnMyTBR: Shorties

#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,

This week we’re talking about short books and as a reader of mostly very large fantasy books, I did think I might struggle. BUT! Luckily, queer novellas have been having an absolute amazing run (thank you Tor.com) and thus I managed to actually find five shorties I want to read!

The Red Threads of Fortune by Neon Yang

I’m slowly working my way through Neon Yang’s Tensorate novella series. I’ve read the first one (The Black Tides of Heaven) and the last one (The Ascent to Godhood), but need to read number two and three. Number two is The Red Threads of Fortune and follows the twin of the main character from the first.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

This novella has languished on my Kindle for several months now but I promise I will get to it eventually. This has “the heart of an Atwood tale and the visuals of a classic Asian period drama” and so obviously will be amazing. It sounds kind of similar to The Ascent to Godhood in the way it’s told, from the point of view of a handmaiden to the empress and since I loved that one, I’m equally excited to start this!

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

As well as having one of the most beautiful titles of all books released this year, The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water also has one of my favourite tropes: found family! It’s described as a found family wuxia about a bandit who joins up with a group of thieves to protect a sacred object, and explores spirituality and identity.

In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard

This is another novella that has been languishing on my kindle for months because I am the actual worst, and I’m so mad at me because this sounds so good! I just haven’t had time to read it yet. It’s a dark, sapphic, Beauty and the Beast retelling but the beast is a DRAGON!!!

Drowned Country by Emily Tesh

I read and loved Silver in the Wood earlier this year so of course I did my usual thing by immediately buying the sequel and then….just not reading it. The first one was such a beautiful and relaxing foresty fairytale, and I’m hopeful the second will be just as wonderful!

And that’s it for another #5OnMyTBR. I can’t believe it’s going to be December in one day. We’re down to the very last books we can read this year! I have so many still on my “want to read before the end of the year” list and there’s just so. little. time. See everyone next week!

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