I’m absolutely ecstatic to announce that I have submitted my final assignment yesterday, and I have since made the conscious decision to never think about this semester ever again. It is dead to me.
On a less grim note, however, I now have all the time in the world to read!
The last time I posted a TBR list was back in….. February of last year. Considering everything that’s happened in the world since, that was at least three eternities and a half ago. But look, in my defense, I am aggressively a mood reader. Most of the time, I don’t even stick to those lists of books I ambitiously make every month. [John Mulaney’s voice] You know…. like a liar. Why? Well, I either suddenly lose interest and accidentally pick up a book I came across on Goodreads because the cover is pretty and vanity is reserving a special spot for me in hell, or my ADHD-brain decides to hyperfixate on our latest obsession and read +100k fix-it fanfics every night at 11 pm like clockwork. Throw a dart and see where it lands!
So, basically, those posts just end up haunting me, always lurking in the periphery of my vision, like apparitions that refuse to melt into the air, a constant reminder of my failures.
Or…. something to that effect.
That said, I actually am excited about getting back into the habit of reading new books. Of reading these books. So, without further ado, let’s get into this list! (Let’s hope I actually stick to it this time).
✧ Something to Talk about by Meryl Wilsner (ARC)
⮚ Release date: 26/5/20
A slow-burn sapphic and interracial romance about a famous Hollywood showrunner and her assistant who become gossip fodder for the tabloids after pictures of them affectionately laughing together on the red carpet go viral.
✧ Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
⮚ Release date: 21/4/20
A con-artist and an heiress brought together by the scam of a lifetime….
✧ The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
⮚ Release date: 7/4/20
A horror novel set in the 1990s about a group of Southern ladies who break away from their book club to start their own club where they exclusively read thriller and horror mysteries. Also, VAMPIRES.
✧ Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (ARC)
⮚ Release date: 7/7/20
➳ F/F fairy-tale novel
➳ draws from Persian mythology
➳ centers around an all-Persian cast
➳ a bisexual MC
➳ morally grey characters
➳ a descent-into-villainy arc
✧ A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) by Arkady Martine
⮚ Release date: 26/3/19
Part sci-fi, part murder mystery, this Hugo-award nominated F/F story is about a young ambassador investigating the murder of her predecessor while navigating the enemy empire that’s fascinated her for so long.
✧ Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
⮚ Release date: 7/4/20
[clutches chest] the……. cover……..
Atakora writes about the Black experience during the Civil War through the voices of three women: “Miss May Belle, a wise healing woman; her precocious and observant daughter Rue, who is reluctant to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a midwife; and their master’s daughter Varina.”
✧ Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (ARC)
⮚ Release date: 15/9/20
This books sounds…. delightfully strange. So, naturally, I’m in.
“Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.
There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.”
And voilà! I’ve already picked up Girl, Serpent, Thorn this morning and I am looking forward to reading that sweet, sweet sapphic content.
Tell me about YOUR tbr list! Any of these books grip your attention as they did mine?