I’m trying a new type of post. The post’s title is pretty self-explanatory. Each month, I’ll compile the list of books that I hope to read and give a brief explanation on what drew me to these specific titles. As a kid and teen, I was a fast reader and could knock out lengthy books in a week or two. Now that I’m an adult, I seem to struggle to read even one title in a month. So for now, these lists will feature three or four books. But I hope over time, I’ll be able to stretch them out to five, six or even seven books. We’ll see.
Without further ado, here’s my August ‘To Be Read’ list:
- I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal- If you’ve spent any time on the internet and social media since the protests began, you likely saw this video of Kimberly Jones. It was profound and impactful and summed up my feelings on the rhetoric surrounding the ‘looting’ that occurred in major cities. I scrolled through the comments on Twitter (which is usually a terrible idea) and found out that Kimberly Jones is an author. I immediately went online and purchased her book. Having read the synopsis, it seems like a poignant story to read given the current state of the United States.
- Passing Strange by Ellen Klages- I’m currently in the early stages of writing a novella. Speculative fiction seems to really adore this form and I want to try my hand at it. To strengthen my understanding of novellas and how to write them, I decided to read novellas that were either nominated for awards or were award-winning. With the aid of Wikipedia, I came across Passing Strange. It seems like a good weekend read and I’m eager to read about San Francisco with a speculative twist.
- A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson- Much like Passing Strange, A Taste of Honey came to my attention via Wikipedia’s list of novellas that were nominated for awards. I’m intrigued by the romantic narrative that takes place in the foreground, with the political scheming being pushed to the background. I started reading this on the last day of July and though I’m only a few pages in, it looks like I’ll be in for another beautifully written and heartwarming LGBTQIA+ story.
- The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers- I can’t recall how this book first came to my attention. I believe I saw an fan art print on Tumblr that sparked my interest. But I also remember spotting it in a local bookstore and being drawn to the title and cover. I’ve heard some good reviews on this book and to be honest, it’s probably the one story I’m most eager to read this month because it takes place in outer space.
‘Honorable Mentions’ are books that I hope to read if I make it through my core list of titles first. This month’s ‘Honorable Mentions’ go to the following books:
- You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson- I was always ambivalent towards YA romance novels as a teen because they were all so heavily straight! Even now, I sometimes feel my joy for a story diminish when the main (and frequently ONLY) romances in a story are with heterosexual couples. When this book and author came across my social media feed, I knew I had to read it! A YA romance featuring a queer Black girl lead? Sign me up! I don’t know if it will completely change my general dislike of romance novels, but I’m hoping You Should See Me In A Crown will at least leave me with some warm, soft feelings!
- A Black’s Woman’s History of the United States by Diana Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross- As a Black woman living in the United States, I’m constantly searching for books that talk about our experiences and tries to shine a light on the way we move and exist in this country. I’ve read other books in the ‘Revisioning History’ series and I’ve always been surprised by the amount of history these authors pack into these books. (I highly encourage reading some of the other books in this series!) I’m thrilled this book focuses exclusively on Black Women and I can’t wait to add to my knowledge of Black Women history in the USA.
- Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir- I wanted to read this before the release of the sequel. But given that the sequel is coming out *checks calendar* tomorrow (Aug. 4th) , it seems highly unlikely I will be able to dig into this series anytime soon. But that won’t stop me from enjoying this fantasy novel about a lesbian necromancer. (Are there more than one lesbian necromancer in here? I can’t wait to find out!) I’ve heard great things about Gideon the Ninth and I’m excited to see why everyone loves this series. (And hopefully I can read the sequel before the end of the year!)
I should note this list only includes the physical books I aim to read in August. I’m also ‘reading’ several audiobooks this month. Since I listen to them while at my day job, I never fully engaged with the text and I’m not sure I could write a sufficient review of them. But if you’re interested in what audiobooks I plan on ‘reading’ this month, let me know and I can write a separate post listing them.
What’s on your ‘TBR’ for this month? Let me know in the comments! Happy reading and happy writing!