#5OnMyTBR: Autmum Reads

#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,

It’s offically September which means it’s finally getting warm again here in Australia!! Bring on Spring and sunshine! Even though this week’s theme is all about autumn, and I’m currently heading into Spring, there is one thing in common with autumn in the Northern hemisphere: SPOOKY SEASON. This week’s theme is all about autumn reads, and nothing feels more autumn to me than reading spooky, ghostly, horror reads for all of October. So here’s some autumny spooky reads I’ll be reading over the next few months.

This October I’m participating in the Gothtober readathon which is a readathon celebrating gothic fiction, and I’m planning to read a lot of gothic classics for that one which would work really well for this theme. However, I actually read the themes ahead for once and we have a classics week in two weeks! So I’m saving all my spooky autumn classics for that week.

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (translated by Jonathan Wright)

Okay but how terrifying and amazing does this sound: it’s a black humour Frankenstein retelling set in US occupied Baghdad where someone collects corpses and stitches them together and accidentally creates a monster who wants to feast on the flesh of criminals.

Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko (translated by Julia Meitov Hersey)

This leans more to the dark academia lane than spooky, but there’s something about dark academia that feels very cosy and Autumny to me? I’ve been meaning to read Vita Nostra for years, finally picked up a copy this year and have still not read it because I am the worst. SOON. It’s all about a strange magic school where if you step out of line, your family pays the price.

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

I’ve only read one book by Hargrave so far, The Mercies, and I absolutely loved it so I’m really keen to get to one of her YA books! The Deathless Girls is a sapphic book that tells the story of Dracula’s brides and thus is perfect for spooky season.

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeymi

In true spooky gothic fashion, White is for Witching is set at a creepy, mysterious house which does very mysterious things and has generations of women living in its walls. One of the household is more attuned to these spirits than the rest of her family and is slowly leaving them to join the spirits, and one night vanishes completely.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Last one for today is a book that comes out this month! Susanna Clarke is the author of Jonathan Norrell and Dr Strange and her new gothic novel is set in a strange labyrinth house where a terrible truth is unravelling.

That’s my top 5 Autumn reads on my TBR! What kind of books do you associate with Autumn? Let me know in the comments!

#5OnMyTBR: Mystery

#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,

I hope everyone had a great first week of August! This week’s five on my TBR theme is all about mysteries. Now I’m not usually the biggest mystery or thriller reader. But between the two, I will always pick a mystery. Give me a soft, gothicy mystery over a fast paced intense thriller any day. And since I’ve been really keen lately to read some more books with this vibe, I think I’ve managed to find just about five from my TBR shelf that will fit this theme!

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Wilder Girls was one of my favourite YAs of 2019, and was also the book that helped introduce me to a whole new genre (horror!) So of course I bought a copy of Power’s new horror Burn Our Bodies Down, which looks like it’ll just be as mysterious and creepy as her debut was! This one’s all about a family mystery as Margot returns to her mother’s hometown to find out about the family she’s never heard of.

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell

Gothic horror is pretty much my favourite genre at the moment, I have been loving getting back into this genre this year! The Poison Thread is one of those currently on my TBR, this gothic horror mystery is all about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

I feel like I’m letting down the sapphic team by having never read a Sarah Waters book. I’m the worst. But I have Fingersmith on my bookshelf and I promise I will read it soon! This is a Victorian era mystery about a maid trying to con her employer for her inheritance but they start to care for each other more than expected… Aka it’s gay.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Apparently most of the mystery I read is 1800s Victorian era, because here’s another one! The Watchmaker of Filigree Street follows Thaniel Steepleton who finds a watch on his pillow which saves his life 6 months later, and so he goes in search of its maker.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I read mysteries that are set in the Victorian era or are horror, those are the only two cases! I haven’t actually seen the Bird Box film, but I bought a copy of this book when it was on a deal on Kindle because it sounds very very creepy and that was pretty much the only reason I bought it. A world where you can’t open your eyes or you’ll see things and start harming yourself and those around you?! So creepy.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What mystery books do you have on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

Five on my TBR: Blue 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,

I LOVE weekly book memes with cover themes because I love celebrating all the beautiful artwork out there, especially the past few years with so many fantastic YA illustrated covers! They give me so much joy. But this week, we’re looking at five books on my TBR with blue covers!

Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

Steel Crow Saga is a huge, epic fantasy novel that I plan to read next month. It’s a story where four different destinies collide in the aftermath of war. It’s loosely based on the conflicts between Japan, China, Korea, the Phillipines and India, and has MAGICAL ANIMAL COMPANIONS who help fight alongside you in battle. It sounds pretty damn epic.

The Silence of Bones by Jane Hur

This is a historical mystery set in Joseon, Korea in 1800, about a girl, Seol, indentured to the police department. She is assisting an inspector in the death of a noble, but when the inspector becomes the prime suspect in the case, Seol’s loyalty is tested as she becomes the only one who can find out what really happened.

Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne

This sounds like a super intriguing science fiction which releases in August this year. It’s about a terminally ill pilot who wants to find a way out of corporate indenture and then find a cure. But then her crew finds a genocidal weapon in the a starship wreckage and she is embroiled in a web of intrigue and betrayal!

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Another mystery (apparently myseries have blue covers this year), this one inspired by Rebecca, I Killed Zoe Spanos follows Anna, who moves to a new town for a fresh start, but when she arrives, finds out she looks very similar to a missing girl. She investigates the case, and two months later, Zoe’s body is discovered in the lake and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is full of holes and so local podcaster, Martina, begins to try uncover the truth about who killed Zoe Spanos.

The Deep by Alma Katsu

The Deep is a fascinating sounding historical horror, set on the Titanic. The Deep follows two different timelines, one on the Titanic’s maiden voyage which ended in disaster, the other years later on the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic. This timeline follows a Titanic survivor who meets a young man who definitely could not have survived the fatal night from years ago…

That’s this week’s five beautiful blue covers on my TBR! I think The Silence of Bones cover is my favourite on this list, it’s just gorgeous! What’s your favourite book with a blue cover?

Five on my TBR

#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,

It’s time for the weekly bookish meme #5OnMyTBR. This week we’re looking at books written in an unconventional format, whether that be letters, emails, video extracts, interviews, verse, and so on and so forth. This theme has resulted in quite a variety of genres and styles in my below list, so hopefully there’s something for everyone!

Devolution by Max Brooks

I JUST got approved for this one on NetGalley, and think it’s going to be my next read as it comes out in just a few weeks! This is a new horror book from the author behind World War Z (I haven’t read that book, just watched the film, but it was terrifying!!) Devolution is all about the Bigfoot legend, told through interviews and the journals of a now assumed dead resident who lived in a town where there was an unexplained massacre.

Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Kerr

Going from adult horror to YA contemporary makes total sense! Please Don’t Hug Me is a book that released at the end of April, and is told entirely through letters. With own voices autism rep, Please Don’t Hug Me follows Erin who, on the cusp of adulthood, is struggling to make sense of the world and who she is. Erin misses her brother who left a year ago so starts writing letters to him, and finds that writing helps her make sense of everything.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

And now we spring to adult literary fiction. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous has had a lot of talk and buzz, and I can’t wait to read it when my copy arrives (come on, Australia Post! You can do it!) It is described as a letter from son to a mother who cannot read, about his life as a Vietnamese-American boy growing up in the US. It goes into a lot of discussion about war, intergenerational trauma, and immigration and with Vuong’s background as a poet, will likely prove to be highly emotional.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is known for her verse novels so I definitely had to include her on this week’s list! Her most recent novel, Clap When You Land, published a few weeks ago at the start of May. It’s about two half sisters who didn’t know the other existed but find out when their father dies, and is of course written fully in verse.

Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight

Okay I know I had this book on a list a few weeks ago, but it sounds amazing and also fits perfectly with this week’s theme so I had to mention it again! Hex is about an expelled PhD candidate who studies antidotes and poisons. She becomes obsessed with her mentor, Joan, and begins documenting her research in notebooks devoted to Joan. The book is told through these notebooks, and slowly evolve to tell a story of love and obsession. Dark, sciencey and sapphic is literally all needed to sell this to me.

That’s it for this week’s list! One of my favourite books is told in an unconvetional format (Into the Drowning Deep) so I have high hopes for these books. Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

Five on my TBR: Superheros

#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,

My apartment currently smells like Christmas because I’m baking an orange and rosemary flavoured cake! Desperately trying to make my weekends feel different to my work days hence the baking this weekend. So whilst I wait for it to cook, let’s talk superheros! I think this week’s challenge might be a little difficult, I can only think of one superhero book on my TBR off the top of my head so this might be a deep dig into my out of control Goodreads TBR list to find a few more!

The Extraordinaries by T.J Klune

I have a feeling this title might appear on quite a few lists this week, it seems to have a lot of buzz online. I’m currently reading one of Klune’s adult books, The House in the Cerulean Sea, I’ve loved his previous work, so I have full faith his debut YA is going to be just as magical. The Extraordinaries is a coming-of-age queer YA about a boy who runs into one of his cities mightiest superheros and then decides to become extraordinary himself. With ownvoices ADHD rep as well, this will prove to be a funny and tender debut which sounds perfect for the times we’re living in.

Vicious by V.E Schwab

I can’t believe I still have not read Vicious. I am the worst. I have been meaning to read this book for literal YEARS, it’s the Schwab book I think sounds most interesting and yet I still have not read it. I mean, I guess it kind flips the superhero trend around since it’s technically about when superpowers doesn’t lead to heorism, but I’m counting it for this week’s theme! Vicious is a book about two college roommates who research superpowers, but when their theories go from academic to experimental, everything goes wrong.

Not Your Sidekick by C.B Lee

This book sounds like such a fun take on the superhero trope. In Not Your Sidekick, Jessica lives where superheros are common, but has resigned herself to not having powers. She lands a kick-ass internship in her last year of high school to bump up her college application, but there’s just one problem – it’s with the most heinous supervillain around and her superhero parents certainly won’t approve.

Dreadnought by April Daniels

Trans superheros! Trans superheros! In Dreadnought, Danny has been trying to keep people from finding out she’s trans. But when the Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero dies in front of her, he passes his mantle to her, and with it, transforms her body into the girl she’s always wanted to be. Now she has to deal with her transphobic parents and her best friend who suddenly thinks he’s entitled to date her, all whilst hunting down the villain who murdered Dreadnought in the first place.

A Neon Darkness by Lauren Shippen

Look at that stunning cover!! This is book 2 in The Bright Sesssions series. Originally a podcast, The Bright Sessions follows superheros if, instead of saving the world, they went to therapy. Each novel follows the origins of some of the characters from the podcast. A Neon Darkness follows Robert, a superhero who can make others want what he wants. So when he wanted a frisbee, his father walked off the roof to get it quicker. And when he wanted to be alone, his parents vanished forever. When he moves to LA, he meets a group of people like him with unusual powers. But when a stranger immune to their powers finds them, his new found family is at risk of destruction.

That’s it for this week’s list! I hope everyone is feeling super after reading about superheros and have found something new to add to your TBR!

Five on my TBR

#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,

I hope everyone’s Easter wasn’t too lonely. It was my partner’s birthday and I felt very bad for his isolated, inside birthday celebration with just me and a cat who totally failed by not bothering to give any cuddles or snuggles to him.

This week on #5OnMyTBR the theme is ‘heartwarming’ and I, as I’m sure many other people are, seriously need to read something heartwarming that might, for a few seconds, cheer me up. So here’s five heartwarming books on my TBR that I’m excited to read!

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

One of my most anticipated books of the year is Olivia Waite’s The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows, a historial sapphic romance with beekeeping (I LOVE beekeeping and dream about one day owning my own hive). Despite this, I still haven’t read Celestial Mechanics!! And I don’t know why! Everyone I know who’s read it, loves it, and I really need some happy warm romance in my books right now. So as soon as I’ve finished the OWLs readathon I plan to start this.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

The Gravity of Us is another of my most anticipated books of the year. This is a fun NASA, spacey, nerdy, YA romance with the most gorgeous cover. I think it fits the theme perfectly because even the cover looks heartwarming and beautiful and makes my face just squee.

The Surprising Power of A Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

I bought this book at Allen and Unwin’s YA Day last year and somehow I never got around to reading it. It might lie a little down the more heaartbreaking end of heartwarming due to the discussions around depression, but it also sounds like it will be a really hopeful YA and that’s something I think we all really need right now.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune

I am devastated that my preorder of this book hasn’t arrived yet. We’ve had some issues with overseas book deliveries getting to Australian suppliers with coronavirus which sadly means this joy of a book is yet to reach me. But when it finally does arrive, I am sure this book will fulfil all my hopes and dreams for it. So many people have told me it’s really hopeful and heartwarming, with romance, found family and the Antichrist….

The Extraordinaries by T.J Klune

Yes I have two T.J Klune books on this week’s list because all his work sounds really heartwarming. And, somehow, somewhere, the NetGalley gods blessed me and I was accepted for an ARC the day before the Easter public holiday weekend, about 15 minutes after I requested and I am SO THANKFUL. I cannot wait to read this, I know it will be amazing. It’s Klune’s debut YA, a queer coming of age story about superheros and fandom.

And that’s my five heartwarming books on my TBR! Pretty sure my TBR is going to expand so much this week after I read everyone’s lists because I still have far too many upsetting and/or stressful reads on my shelf, and no matter how amazing all those books are, I really need more heartwarming books!

Five on my TBR

#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,

New weekly book post! Thanks to E. at Local Bee Hunter’s Nook, I am joining #5OnMyTBR. E. has created prompts or you can just chat about some of the books on your TBR. I will probably do a mix of both because there are some genres/prompts I know I won’t have much to talk about. This week’s prompt is RomComs and I am already failing – if anyone saw my Instagram a few days ago, you’ll know I have been struggling to find any books on my shelves that I can read that are happy and funny. I like books that break my heart too much which is definitely not what I want right now. As I don’t have many romcoms on my TBR, I thought I’d talk about a couple of books I need to get read before April – I’m joining in with the OWLs readathon and so have a very strict TBR and need to get these books read before then.

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I can’t wait to dig into this ARC! Not only does this have a stunning green cover, it’s set in the French Revolution (I am a complete sucker for books in this period), disaster queer rag tag team, bisexual love triangle, science and magic! Yes it really does sound that awesome. I can’t wait to start this one!

When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan & Robin Stevenson

Road trip! Another ARC on my list of ‘must read these ASAP’ because I am running out of opportunity to read these before pub date. A YA contemporary about friendship and family, on a road trip to Toronto Pride. I read Ryan’s YA thriller Keep This to Yourself last year and whilst this one is sure to have completely different vibes, I’m looking forward to a fun, energetic read!

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke

This is the last ARC I promise! These are all early May releases and since I can’t read them during April as I will be very busy on OWLs readathon reads, I need to get it read like yesterday. This is another super exciting release, one of the many queer witch releases coming! This is a book described as ‘subverting the trope of competitive mean girls’ when outsider lesbian witch finds her coven with the popular girls at school.

This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

This is one of the gifts I received from my new work as a welcome package! Very excited to start, especially as it was longlisted for The Stella Prize, an award celebrating women’s writing in Australia. Nate is stuck in an abusive home, struggling to see how he can escape his upbringing. He writes all his thoughts in journals so he doesn’t scream them aloud, but then his journal goes missing and his words appear grafittied on the side of the local youth centre. This sounds like it’s going to be pretty emotional and I can’t wait to read it!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Ending this week’s 5 on my TBR with a book I’ve been meaning to read since it released in November last year. But this time I mean it! This book is a sneak peak at my OWLs readathon TBR – and I have to read this book, because it is the only book I own that fulfils the particular subject I’m sitting. (If this makes no sense but you’re intrigued, check out the OWLS readathon announcement here). After adoring The Night Circus (which I only read last year, because apparently I can’t ever read a hyped book when it releases), I’m excited to fall in love with another surprising, magical world created by Morgenstern.

That’s it for this week! I’m can’t wait to talk about all the books sitting on my TBR, I have so many and some I can’t really believe I haven’t read yet so maybe this will shame me into doing so. I hope everyone is staying safe, and make sure you do what you need to for your mental health.