Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! I really can’t believe that we’re a quarter of the way through 2021 already?! Time has flew by, it still feels like we should be in February! April is my birthday month and I’m not overjoyed at the thought of having a second lockdown birthday (*sobs*), but I am excited about my April TBR! Although it is another ambitious one, I actually did pretty well with sticking to March’s TBR, so I’m pretty hopeful about this month’s one too! Like March, April looks like it’ll be another month of mostly reading ARCs, which I’m okay with, though I do really want to reduce my physical TBR too! But without any further ado, here’s the TBR!
Starting off with fantasy books, it looks like I have a great month ahead of me! All of these are ARCs, though one is a physical copy that I won in a giveaway! The first book I’ll be reading is Rivers Solomon’s latest release, Sorrowland. I’ve already heard amazing things about this fantasy/horror novel from people whose reviews I trust, and I’m so excited to read one of Solomon’s full novels after loving The Vela which fae co-wrote last year! Sorrowland is a book that I can’t even begin to give a synopsis because it sounds like it encompasses so much, but I highly recommend checking out the Goodreads synopsis because it sounds amazing! Next up is A Fae Tale by Genevieve McCluer! Earlier this year I picked up Thor: Daughter of Asgard by the same author, but ended up ‘soft DNF-ing’ it because I just wasn’t feeling it at the time, but I’m always on the hunt for sapphic fae books and this one sounds right up my street! It features a Lithuanian fae who saves children in danger, and a woman in Toronto who was saved by her and years later still exchanges letters with her while trying to investigate the fae! A book I was so excited to recieve an eARC of is These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy! This is a sapphic retelling of the Russian folktale The Firebird following two princesses, one who is kept at home and is trained to be a future queen, and the other who is sent away to train the mysterious Firebird! This sounds so exciting and it’s another one I’ve heard fantastic reviews about already!
This next book is another ARC but it is a re-release! The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a historical fantasy following a socialite with telekinesis – I literally don’t need to know more than that to know that I’m gonna love it! This will be my first book by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and I’ve got really high hopes! Finally, the book that I won in a giveaway is Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart – one of my most anticipated books of the year! This is a fantasy debut following two enemy witches who have to work together to take down a mutual threat! This is one of my favourite dynamics in fantasy novels, and with a Jamaican-inspired world, this book sounds like it’s gonna be so much fun!
On a similar vein, I’ll also be picking up some sci-fi novels in April! Though I don’t read sci-fi all that often – I never even studied the lowest level of any kind of science in school and so a lot of it goes over my head – I’m really excited by the premise of all three of these books! First up is Local Star by Aimee Ogden, a polyamorous space opera in novella form! I am always on the hunt for books featuring polyamory and if it’s set in space with ex’s having to work together, then sign me up! One of the first books I’ll be picking up in April is Cute Mutants Vol. 4: The Sisterhood of Evil Mutants by S.J. Whitby! I am beyond excited for this book (but also simultaneously terrified!) and I can’t wait to see what shenanigans my favourite superqueeroes are going to get into this time round! Finally, I’ll be picking up Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders (isn’t that cover gorgeous!!). This book is a sapphic sci-fi with a clone main character that is set during an intergalatic war and is compared to both Star Wars and Doctor Who and it just sounds like an all round amazing read!
I have quite a few indie lesfic romance novel ARCs to read in the month of April and I’m so intrigued by them all! First up is my first ever Aurora Rey book – You Again – a second chance romance with a woman returning to her hometown after years of trying to forget it! It sounds like your classic lesfic romance novel that I’m going to keep on hand for when I’m feeling a wee bit slumpy! Next is another book I have been counting down the days to get my hands on – The Secret Poet by Georgia Beers! This follows a woman who is trying to save her brother’s love life by writing to the woman he has his eye on pretending to be him, but she slowly ends up falling for her too. This sounds like The Half of It in book form and I can’t wait! After DNF-ing Jane Kolven’s debut novel last year, I decided to give her writing another go with The Queen Has a Cold. This follows the heir to the throne of the tiny country of Montamant that nobody knows is intersex falling for the lesbian who lives across the hall from them at grad school. I love books set in university as they’re more my thing as an almost 23-year-old, and I’ve never read a book with an intersex main character, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s better than Kolven’s debut! Finally, an ARC that I audibly squealed when I got approved for, is When Sparks Fly by Kristen Zimmer – a new adult sapphic romance with a main character who grew up in the care system! Again, as an almost 23-year-old I’m always on the hunt for sapphic new adult romances and the glowing reviews that this already has on Goodreads suggest that I’m in for a good time with this one!
I also have three really exciting YA contemporary ARCs coming up this month – three of my most anticipated 2021 releases, in fact! First up is Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee. From the gorgeous cover alone I was sold, but the synopsis sounds absolutely amazing – it follows Noah who runs the Meet Cute Diary, a blog all about trans happily ever afters. But, when someone threatens to tell the world that the stories are fake, Noah, lacking any proof otherwise, comes up with a plan – he needs to fake date new guy Drew to save the blog, but their made up feelings soon become more than they anticipated! The second YA contemporary also features a trans mc (so exciting!) – Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve follows closeted trans teen, Dean, who is cast as a ‘non-traditional Romeo’ in his school play and discovers that he wants the world to know his true self! Finally, I’ll be reading a sapphic contemporary romance following horse girls (not the furry kind, I assure you) – The Key to You and Me by Jaye Robin Brown. This sounds like it’s going to be a real hoot and a half but also, perhaps, might turn out to be a guilty pleasure read!
The final category is a bit of a mishmash because they didn’t fit elsewhere! First up is one of the Sapphic Stories Bookclub picks of April – Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen (the other is Priory but there’s no way I have time for a re-read!). This will be my first book by Kelly Quindlen and I’m super excited! It’s all about seventeen-year-old Codi who has never been kissed, never been to a party, and feels like she’s missing out on the teen experience. This sounds like the perfect sapphic contemporary novel to ease me into summertime and I can’t wait! The next four books are books that aren’t high priority, but if I have time I will be picking them up! First is Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins. This is a sapphic enemies-to-lovers romance set in boarding school featuring the ‘princess of Scotland’. I’ve heard that the portrayal of Scotland in this book’s companion novel is…unrealistic to say the least so I’m a wee bit hesitant to pick this book up (for a start, I’m pretty sure the majority of Scottish people are anti-monarchy and we definitely do not have a Scottish royal family), but I’ve heard that the romance element is great so I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s good! I’ll also hopefully be getting round to My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo. This is another sapphic debut novel set in the Philippines (which I’m very excited about!), that I’m pretty sure is gonna be a real tear jerker!
At the start of the year I wanted to challenge myself to read at least one non-fiction book each month and at least one classic or one of the books that have been on my shelves for the longest each month. I’ve been managing the non fiction books easily, though I’ve been reading quite a lot of queer non fiction, so I thought that it’s about time to instead finally pick up Locking Up Our Own by James Forman Jr. which is all about the inherent racism of the criminal justice system in America. On the other hand, I’ve really not been doing well at the other challenge (I have completed it for one month so far this year…oops), so to ease myself into it I’ll hopefully be picking up a rather short classic – A Room With a View by E.M. Forster. I read Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster a few years back and thought it was okay so I’m hopeful that I enjoy this one, despite classics really not being my cup of tea!
So there you have it, another lengthy TBR! If you’ve read any of these I’d love to know what you thought of them and also what you’re excited to read in April! Stay safe and I hope that April is a great reading month for you!