Hi everybody! I hope you’re doing well! Last month I set a particularly ambitious TBR, once again, but sadly didn’t make as much of a dent in it as I would have liked, owing to work commitments and just general reading slumps! But, have I learned from that and made a much smaller TBR for May? No I have not! I have quite a few ARCs to get through this month, and I’m part of two very exciting blog tours! So, without any further ado, let’s dive into another overly ambitious TBR!
So, starting off the month I’ll be reading two books for two book tours! Earlier this year (at least, I’m pretty sure it was this year, it could have been the end of 2020) I was so lucky to become part of Hesina’s Imperial Court (I’m a Viscount of Works!) and I’m also part of the book tour for Joan’s latest book, The Ones We’re Meant to Find – a cli-fi thriller following two sisters that I know is going to rip my hearts to shred if Joan’s first book was anything to go by! The tour for this one is run by Paola and my stop is on May 7th! This month I’m also part of the blog tour for Off the Record by Camryn Garrett, run by TBR and Beyond Tours! My stop is on May 22nd and I’m so excited for this impactful YA contemporary following a girl who must stand up and use her voice to get justice for sexual abuse survivors, much in the vein of the #MeToo movement.
I’m also really excited for the two book club books I’ll be reading this month! For the Sapphic Stories Bookclub we’re going to be reading Crier’s War by Nina Varela, as well as Juliet Takes a Breath, though I read this one relatively recently so I won’t be picking it up again this month. I’ve had Crier’s War on my shelf now for a couple of years and I’m really glad that this book was chosen so that I’m finally forced to read it! This is a sapphic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel that I know so many people adore and I can’t wait to finally dive in! For the Celestial Book Club the pick for May and June is The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K. S. Villoso! This is the first book in a fantasy series that I’ve heard amazing things about and I love rich, sprawling adult fantasy worlds, so I’m really looking forward to picking this one up! Also, the series is called Chronicles of the Bitch Queen and, I don’t know about you, but that sounds so good!
The book that I’ll be reading and reviewing for BookBrowse this month is Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee! I keep hearing such fantastic things about this author’s writing and I’m always looking for fun, new historical romance novels to dive into! Back when I was in primary school (I think I was around 11!) we did a whole project on the titanic and dressed up for it and everything and despite never having seen the movie (I know…I’m 23 and still haven’t seen it!) this is a period in history that I’m really interested in, so I know that this is going to be such a fun read!
There are some really fun queer YA contemporary novels on my TBR for May that I’m really excited to get to! Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler sounds like such a fun contemporary, following a bi teen who suddenly has to figure out her feelings for the guy she’s always had a crush on and the cute summer fling who suddenly shows up at her school! I have seen mixed things for this book so far but I’m hopeful that it’s going to be a fun read that I can fly through while lying outside in the sun! Pumpkin by Julie Murphy sounds like another really fun, quick read! It follows a fat openly gay teen who gets jokingly picked to be in the running for prom king after an audition tape for a drag TV show gets spread around school. So, he teams up with his best friend’s girlfriend to smash the competition! I haven’t read any of the other companion novels in this series but I’m always here for some good fat rep, and both the mlm/wlw solidarity in this book and a main character who does drag sound right up my street! An ARC I literally screamed about when I got approved for it is Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli! I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read by her in the past and this new release sounds so fun – it follows best friends Kate and Anderson who are practically joined at the hip, sharing crushes, lifts to rehearsals, and good decisions, but when their latest long-distance crush shows up at school, they must decide if their mutual crushes are worth it if it gets in the way of their friendship.
It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and I’m a big sucker for sapphic contemporaries featuring singers or musicians, so I’m really excited for my preorder of this book to come in! It follows childhood-sweethearts-to-enemies-to-lovers and a girl band who took over the world and have to get back together again post-fall out after a storm devastates their home town. Finally, earlier this year I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of It’s Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth and I’m more than ready to dive back into her wonderful writing! This follows Aideen who has many problems that she just can’t fix, but when she sees her nemesis, Meabh, in the midst of a meltdown, this looks like a problem that Aideen can fix in a heartbeat by…uhh…pushing her down the stairs. After her success she gains a reputation for being able to solve others problems, but is she just putting off solving her own? This is sapphic enemies-to-lovers and I can’t wait for Ciara Smyth to fill my heart with joy once again!
Okay, now we’re kinda at the halfway point (I told you this was a ridiculous TBR!). There are some fantastic queer adult fantasy novels being released next month that I can’t wait to dive into! First up is A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark – the first novel in an amazing steampunk historical fantasy series set in early 1900s Cairo! This series follows a butch lesbian investigator and her girlfriend Siti and it has the most lush worldbuilding I think I’ve ever read! If you haven’t checked out the prequel short stories and novella yet, now’s your chance to do so before the book releases in May! Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa is a really exciting fantasy novel with a sapphic main character set in a pre-colonial West Africa-inspired world! This is a chunky book, coming in at almost 550 pages, but I am so ready to devour it! A book that I think has been released almost everywhere (though Netgalley says otherwise) is The Unbroken by C.L. Clark! I managed to find the Illumicrate version of the book for a really good price on Depop and I can’t wait for it to arrive! Sapphic fantasy featuring a soldier with big muscles and a princess looking for a turncoat…yes please!!
Next is a book by an author who I’ve heard wonderful things about and that is The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley! This is an achillean historical fantasy novel that has been likened to David Mitchell’s books (he wrote one of my all time favourite books!) that seems to have something to do with weird time zones or time travelling or something of the like! Regardless, it sounds soo intriguing!! An Imposter in Warrior’s Clothing by Elle Mae is another book that has been getting some mixed reviews so far, but that I will definitely still be giving a shot! It’s been likened to ACOTAR and features a dark and mysterious forest, a dying magic, and a reincarnated heroine…oh, and it’s sapphic! Finally, one that from the cover alone I am so excited to get to is Blackheart Knights by Laure Eve! I am a sucker for Arthurian legend retellings, especially when they’re sapphic, and I need to you to go read the full synopsis because it just sounds amazing – knights ride on motorbikes and compete in TV fights for money and fame, illegal magic, and an electricity based money system – it sounds so good!!!
Sticking with the fantasy, there are three YA books I’d like to pick up next month, starting with Rogue Untouched by Alisa Kwitney! I love love love the X-Men films and I really like Rogue as a character so I can’t wait to read a book all about her coming into her powers and figuring out her own destiny! In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland is a book that I’ve been really anticipating – it has rebellions, undead spirits, magic and a queer, poly relationship!! Finally, I want to pick up The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski! I know that this book has some not great elements to it, but I’m hoping that it can clear up some of the worldbuilding and background to her The Midnight Lie series that I felt was lacking in the first book, as both series are set in the same world!
The penultimate section of this TBR is adult sapphic romance, because who would I be without a few of these sprinkled in among the rest of my monthly reads! Every Time We Meet by A.M. Leibowitz is a groundhog day romance where the main character must figure out what went wrong and break the cycle to find true love! This also has some mixed reviews so far but I’m really intrigued by the concept so I’m looking forward to picking it up! Next is one of my most anticipated books of the year – Before. After. Always by Morgan Lee Miller! Morgan Lee Miller wrote one of my all-time favourite books, All the Paths to You and this is her latest book which deals with loss, grief and healing with a sweet sapphic romance at the heart of it! Electric Love by Shannon O’Connor is a sweet second-chance romance set in a small town and I can’t wait to read it because those are two of my favourite ‘tropes’ (plus the author was kind enough to send me an ebook copy of it!)!
When I requested this next book on Netgalley, I didn’t realise that it is the second in a series of companion novels, so if I have time (though I probably won’t!) I’ll try and pick the previous book up too, though I have read that you don’t need to read it to enjoy this one! Bet the Farm will be my first Fiona Riley novel and I can’t wait – it has the one night stand to forever trope, trying to save a farm after falling in debt and hot women in power suits! Finally, after my first book by Elle Spencer was a bit of a rocky read last year, I’ll be picking up Give In to Me – an enemies-to-lovers romance between an author and a book blogger!
Lastly are a couple of nonfiction reads and an anthology! Starting with the latter, Fat and Queer edited by Bruce Owens Grimm, Miguel M. Morales and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini is an anthology of prose and poetry about the intersections of the fat and queer identities! As a fat queer person myself I’ve been dying to finally pick this one up! Misogynoir Transformed is all about misogynoir in the digital age, particularly focussing on queer and trans Black women, written by the woman who coined the term itself. I know that this is going to be a super informative read and I’m really looking forward to picking it up! Finally, Las Biuty Queens by Iván Monalisa Ojeda is an ownvoices short story collection following a group of trans, Latine immigrant friends in New York that sounds simultaneously so wonderful and so hard-hitting.
Phew, that was a long post! If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to know what you thought of them and also what you’re most excited to read in May! As always, stay safe!