#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!

#5OnMyTBR: Magic

#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 officially scary month and I am so excited to read all the horror books! It was also really sunny in Melbourne this weekend, which I’ll admit is never going to not be weird because scary month should be AUTUMN. Alas. I’ll take the sun after 6 months without it. This week’s #5OnMyTBR is all about magic! My list is all YA fantasy today because I’ve been struggling with the genre all year and thus my TBR is rather overflowing with it now…

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Top of the list is one of the biggest releases of the year, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas! I am potentially going to read this in October, it’s not on my “official” Gothtober TBR, but it is on my list of “can switch this in for several prompts depending on my mood”. It’s about a trans boy who vows to prove himself a brujo by summoning a ghost.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

I’m trying to read all my 2019 book purchases before the end of the year, and this is one of those that I just never had a chance to read last year. The Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron is about a family of witchdoctors and the daughter who isn’t coming into her powers so she trades years of her life in exchange for magic.

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

Another of my 2019 purchases (my excuse is that I’m on the outs with YA fantasy so these have languished on my TBR for a while), The Candle and the Flame is set on the Silk Road, in a city whose entire population was recently slaughtered, except for three individuals. It is now protected by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reasoning, and when one of them dies, everything changes for the three humans who survived the massacre.

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski is set in the same place as her Winner’s trilogy, which I haven’t actually read and know nothing about but I heard this had lesbians kissing so I bought it (I have no self control for sapphic books). It’s about someone from the lower castes, Nirrim, trying to seek out the magic the higher castes wield for herself.

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

I know I said above me and YA fantasy are on the outs so I shouldn’t be buying this book when it’s one that releases later this month. And it is true that I’ve been struggling with YA fantasy this year which is the reason the only books on my owned TBR with magic right now are YA fantasy. BUT, as with The Midnight Lie, this has girls kissing and therefore I must support. But also the author marketed this as “tiny chaos lesbian who’s going to save the world or burn it down trying” and if that isn’t genius marketing I don’t know what is.

And that’s it for another week! What book with magic are you most excited to read during the rest of 2020? Let me know in the comments!

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,

This week’s topic for #5OnMyTBR is humour! And I’m pretty sure I might fail again at the theme because I read so few happy books. I do have a few that might be able to fit this theme so here’s half a list of humour, half a list of ‘happiest books I could find on my TBR’.

The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven

Laura Steven is the most hilarious author I’ve ever read. Her duology The Exact Opposite of Okay and A Girl Called Shameless just blew me away with how funny they were – and I’m someone who doesn’t read much humour books because I rarely find them actually funny. Steven just published another book, The Love Hypothesis, which follows physics’ genius Caro as she discovers a scientific breakthrough that makes you irresistible to everyone around you.

Finna by Nino Cipri

Hi hello, sci-fi adventure set in an IKEA when two employees (who also happen to be exes) have to venture into a wormhole to retrieve a lost customer and have chaotic queer fun as they do so. This sounds like the biggest fun ever and I can’t wait to read this one!

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by Lev A.C Rosen

Lev A.C Rosen has a book publishing this year, Camp, a comedy looking at toxic masculinity within the queer community. But also sounding just as fun in his first YA, Jack of Hearts (and other parts), a brutually honest sex ed class for queer teens in book form!

Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern

I am not a huge graphic novel reader (in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read one.) But, I adore Emily McGovern, otherwise known as the creator of the My Life As A Background Slytherin comics. I even have a print of one of them on my wall. So when I heard she was releasing her own graphic novel poking fun at Romantic era literature plus vampires, I was 100% on board! From what I’ve seen of this, it looks utterly hilarious and super queer and fun and I seriously need to read my first graphic novel.

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

Okay, this probably would’ve fit better with last week’s RomCom theme (whoops), but I think this sounds like such a bowl of laughs I’m including it here! Kit Sweetly works as a wench (in modern lingo: waitress) at a medieval themed restaurant. But she doesn’t want to be a wench, she wants to be one of the knights, like her brother. But only boys can be knights. So, when Kit sneakily takes her brother’s place one night, and reveals herself at the end of the show, she shoots to internet fame and glory (and brings down corporate management down on her head).

That’s it for this week’s #5OnMyTBR, which despite being a happy theme, I actually think I managed to do. I can’t wait to see everyone’s lists and actually add some more happy books to my TBR for a change!