Hi everyone, I hope that March is off to a good start for you! Despite being three days in I’ve already managed to read 4 (very short) books, much to my surprise! It’s also now been a year since I started this blog, which is super exciting! Having already read some great books this month, I thought that it’s about time that I did my March TBR. This is a very tentative TBR – my priorities are my March ARCs and bookclub picks, any others would just be a nice extra. I also won’t be adding the books that I’ve already read to this post, so as not to spoil anything for my wrap up (though you can check my Goodreads if you’re curious to see what I thought of them!). Strap in because this is another extremely over-ambitious TBR!!
First up are the books that are neither March ARCs nor bookclub picks. First up is the book I’m currently reading (and, spoiler alert, loving), Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. I’m not gonna lie to you, I don’t know much about this book – all I knew before going in is that it’s high fantasy inspired by pre-Columbian American civilisations, it’s very queer and that it’s written by an Indigenous author! Next up is a book that was on my February TBR but it arrived at the very end of the month and I ran out of time to read it! Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers is a sapphic adult romance novel that features a Vegas wedding, dealing with not knowing what to do after spending your whole life in academia, and living up to your parents’ expectations of you. This is my most anticipated book of 2021 and I can’t wait to finally dive in! Next is a March release that I’ve been anticipating for months (it was pushed back due to Covid) and that’s I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre! This is a sapphic YA rivals to lovers that takes place in the midst of a film-festival competition which just sounds like so much fun! Finally, we have A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. I’ve been wanting to pick this book up for a while and finally decided to buy it after hearing how much Bertie loved it! I planned to read it last month so that I could read the sequel in March but I also didn’t quite manage to get round to it! Again, I don’t know too much about it other than it’s a sapphic sci-fi with amazing worldbuilding!!
This month I will only be picking up two bookclub reads – one for the Sapphic Stories Bookclub, and the other for the Celestial Book Club! Every month we have two picks for the Sapphic Stories Bookclub, but as I have already (pretty recently) read one of them – Girl Made of Stars – I will just be picking up the one. Last Night at the Telegraph Club will be my first Malinda Lo book, and I’m really excited about that! This is a sapphic historical fiction novel set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare, which sounds so intriguing! For the Celestial Book Club, over March and April we’re reading The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco, and this will also be a first for me for this author! I preordered this book way back in 2019 but never got round to picking it up so I’m really excited that this is this month’s pick. It’s a queer fantasy novel set in a planet that is half covered in ice and half desert, ruled by twin goddesses. There’s a sapphic relationship in this book and one of my favourite pairings – (in this case) goddess/bodyguard!!
The rest of the books in this TBR are all ARCs – either those released in March (priority) or those that I need to catch up on, and are just an extra! I’ve recently been reading a lot more non-fiction than I have in the past, and I’m always on the lookout for new non-fiction to dive into. I’ve also started to really get into anthologies, particularly non-fiction ones, and I’m really excited about all the books in this category! Queer edited by Frank Wynne is an anthology of queer writing that dates back to antiquity to today, including works by Sappho, Juno Dawson, Anaïs Nin and Alison Bechdel. This book is quite chunky at over 600 pages, so it will definitely be one I’ll be picking up once I’ve read all my March ARCs! Kink edited by R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell is another anthology, but this time featuring literary fiction short stories exploring love, desire and, of course, kink. I’m really interested in a lot of the authors featured in this collection, such as Roxanne Gay and Carmen Maria Machado, so I’m really anticipating this one! Black Boy Out of Time by Hari Ziyad is a book I only learned about recently but I think I will really enjoy after how much I liked All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson. This is a memoir of the author’s life growing up as queer Black person in America and deals with topics such as race, sexuality and religion. Finally, I’ll be picking up Gay Bar by Jeremy Atherton Lin, which pretty much does what it says on the tin – explores the importance of gay bars throughout history and their place in current society. This is a part of queer history that I’m really interested in and I’ve picked up a couple of other non-fiction books on the topic in the past, so I’m intrigued to see Jeremy Atherton Lin’s take on the subject.
If you’ve been following my blog for a wee while now, then you’ll know that I love a good adult sapphic romance novel, so of course I’ve got a few lined up for this month! Love’s Falling Star by B.D. Grayson is a short romance novella between a famous Nashville singer and a pre-med student. I’ve seen nothing but glowing reviews for this debut so far, so I’m really looking forward to reading it! Love’s Truth by C.A. Popovich follows a woman who was part of a cult in her childhood and a conservation officer as they begin to open up to one another. The Split by Laura Kay is a highly anticipated sapphic rom-com following a woman who has stolen her ex’s cat after they break up and lands back home where her parents set her up on a ‘date’ with her high school beard. The two come up with a plan to win back their exes – revenge run a half marathon – because what could go wrong with that plan?! Lead Me Home is your classic sapphic romance novel set at a university between a new professor and a woman who works at the campus centre. I love a classic feel good romance so I’ll probably read this one when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by the more action packed books in this TBR! Finally, Ice Queen by Gun Brooke is (as I’m sure you could guess) an ice queen romance between a high school councillor and the CEO of a fashion conglomerate. I’ve never read anything with an ice queen main character before (which is strange considering how much I enjoy lesfic romances) so I’m really excited to see what I think of this one!
As I mentioned, I’m trying to get more into fantasy again, and I have some really exciting ones to read this month! First up is Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft which was just released yesterday. This is a queer enemies-to-lovers gothic fantasy with a tonne of pining, and it just sounds so up my street! If you’ve been following my blog for a wee while then you might know how much I love the X-Men movies and how I’ve been wanting to get into other X-Men related media, so I jumped at the chance to review Robbie MacNiven’s First Team. Not only is it written by a Scottish author (woohoo!) but it’s set at Xavier’s institute (which is everything I could want) and features two queer main characters! I have pretty high expectations for this one! A few months back, I was contacted by one of the author’s of The Sigil to see if I’d like to review their book – and I was so intrigued by the synopsis that of course I said yes! This is an urban fantasy with ownvoices Black and queer rep and it has another academy/school setting, which I absolutely love in fantasy novels! The Noble and the Nightingale is a fantasy romance novel, which is not a genre that I read all that often, but that I’ve always been intrigued by! It’s a high stakes novel with a relationship between a diplomat and an ex-spy and it sounds like so much fun! This last book was also on last month’s TBR, but I sadly didn’t have enough time for it. A Dark and Hollow Star is one of my most anticipated books of the year (and my preorder is already winging its way to me as we speak) and I was sold straight away by queer fae! I literally didn’t need to know anything more about it before I clicked request, but that gorgeous cover is definitely the icing on the cake!
This last section is a wee bit of a mish-mash of genres as some just didn’t fit in their own categories! First is As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper. I was lucky enough to read Phil’s debut novel as an ARC last year, and I was really excited to pick up his latest novel this year! This novel follows Marty who moves to England with little more than his oboe and some money saved up from his summer job. He’s desperate to be somewhere that he isn’t closeted and ends up getting a new boyfriend and travelling around Europe, but his anxiety and homesickness are slowly getting worse as his time alone continues. I’ve heard some mixed things about this one so far, but I’m hopeful that I will enjoy it (also keep an eye out for something fun regarding this book coming soon on the blog!). Next up is Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom – a well known (and loved) literary fiction novel following a Ghanaian family in Alabama. I don’t know too much about this one as I’m not a huge literary fiction reader, but I was really intrigued by Yaa Gyasi’s previous novel, Homecoming, so I’m highly anticipating this one! I haven’t heard too many people talking about Luckmonkey by Alysia Constanta, but it sounds like a really interesting novel following a struggling queer punk band and the chaos that they fall into after one of them brings home a strange wind-up monkey toy! An audiobook I will be listening to this month while I do some crocheting is Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley – a YA thriller with ownvoices Indigenous rep! I love reading thrillers as an audiobook so I’m really excited to give this one a listen! Finally, we have Me, My Dad, and the End of the Rainbow by Benjamin Dean – another February ARC that has rolled over to this month. This is an adorable middle grade novel following Archie whose dad has just come out and Archie wants to do his best to support him so he heads to London pride with some of his friends. I’ve heard that this is just so heartwarming so I’m really excited to dive in!
Phew, that was another long one! I definitely won’t be able to finish all these books but I’m hoping to make a real dent in them (metaphorically). I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these books and what your thoughts are on them and also what book you’re most excited to read in March! Stay safe!