I’ve been super busy this week, with Anthrocon over the weekend, but that doesn’t stop my holds from coming in at the library! Luckily I only had two come up this week. Ayesha At Last (and I’m really feeling that “At Last” part, I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER) is a “modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice” and y’all know how I feel about my Pride and Prejudice retellings! The second book, Tell Me How You Really Feel, is an F/F enemies-to-lovers romance that I was really hoping would come in for Pride Month. But it’s now Wrath month, and it’s not like I don’t read plenty of LGBT+ throughout the year!
I also bought an interesting-looking Japanese-inspired military fantasy called The Sword of Kaigen for my Kindle. It’s probably more my husband’s style than mine, and it’s a big book at over 600 pages, but it looked interesting enough to spend a couple bucks on when my library system didn’t have it.
Two fiction books, two nonfiction books, and a graphic novel this week, for a total of five.
I’ve checked out Song of the Dead, sequel to Reign of the Fallen. It somehow snuck past me when it came out in January, but a friend mentioned it on Twitter and reminded me I hadn’t read it yet! The other fiction book is Sorcery of Thorns, involving a library, demons, and sorcery.
The first of the two nonfiction books is The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals. I’m still trying to unpack some things from the move, and I want to have an organized house! The second is The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World. I’ve spoken before about my prepper tendencies when it comes to climate change – this book speaks to that part of my brain. I also put it on my Summer TBR list last week.
Lastly, I picked up the graphic novel Batwoman: Elegy. I’m pretty excited for the new Batwoman CW show, and as she’s canonically lesbian, I thought it would be a good, quick Pride Month read.
Well, I made up for last week! I picked up five titles that I’m super excited about this week. Superman: Dawnbreaker is the fourth title in the DC Icons series; I have previously read Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Batman: Nightwalker, and Catwoman: Soulstealer. I wish they were a little more connected to each other, but they’ve all been excellent, regardless. I’m sure Superman will be too. I now have the third book in the Conqueror’s Saga, Bright We Burn, which I very well may have read by the time this post goes up!
Perhaps a little too on point is Internment, Samira Ahmed’s contemporary young adult novel that is supposed to be a dystopia, where Muslims are being kept in concentration camps in the US, but with recent events – well. I don’t know if it can actually be called a dystopia now. I very much enjoyed Love, Hate, & Other Filters by the same author, so I think I’ll enjoy this one too. (Enjoy might be the wrong word for this topic?)
Lastly I picked up two diverse Sci-fi/Fantasy anthologies. Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation, and New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. I’m very excited by these two.
I only checked out one book this week; I read And I Darken on the recommendation of a friend, and immediately upon finishing, I logged into my local library’s catalog to see if they had the second book as an ebook. They did not, but my old library did! So I downloaded Now I Rise and kept right on reading. Unfortunately, they did not have the third book, Bright We Burn, on a platform compatible with my Kindle. They had it on “cloudlibrary,” but not Overdrive. And Cloud Library doesn’t work with Kindle Paperwhites, which is a huge drawback! So I’m currently waiting for a hard copy of Bright We Burn to make its way to me, and then I’ll write up a series review of the entire trilogy, which is a gender-swapped Vlad Dracul saga. The first two books, so far, have been excellent, with gay and what looks like asexual, or possibly demisexual, rep.
Update: aromantic, not asexual or demisexual, and you can read my review of the entire trilogy here!
So EVERYTHING I had on hold came in this week. (Okay. Maybe not everything. Like half of my request list.) So I’ve checked out EIGHT books. The hazards of putting holds on books with long wait lists….
For Pride Month I requested A Queer History of the United States, Gender Outlaw – on men, women, and the rest of us, Naamah – a novel, and Red White & Royal Blue. (The latter of which I’m SUPER excited about.)
The other four are all fairly new releases I’ve had holds on for a while: Pride, Prejudice, and other Flavors, We Hunt the Flame, The Candle and the Flame, and There’s Something About Sweetie, the sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi.