For the first time in quite a while I don’t have any readathons to join, so instead I’ve built my TBR around just whatever I wanted to read? Which is a weird concept for me. I decided to read primarily queer books since it’s Pride Month, so 15 of my 17 books are queer and/or by queer authors! The other two are for #content so they get a pass.
Without further ado, let’s get into the list!
The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
I love creepy magic, and this book sounds like exactly that. Sapphic YA horror with a mystery twist? I genuinely cannot imagine a way for me to dislike this, I expect it to be a 4 star read at minimum. Also, southern gothic aesthetics are some of the best so I’m certain this book will have the Vibes™.
What We Devour by Linsey Miller
Not gonna lie, I don’t know much about this book aside from the fact that the main characters are awful people and I intend to keep it that way until I pick this book up. If I remember correctly I believe one of the protagonists is ace, which I absolutely love, but beyond that i have no idea what this book is about.
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
This is one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 and I got the ARC on my birthday so I knew it had to go on my TBR immediately. I love how queer YA sci fi is becoming, and reading a book about sapphic rebels taking down giant robot gods sounds like my kind of fun.
Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
Gothic fantasy with a queer protagonist? Yes please! I know there was quite a bit of blowback from the community on the bi female main character ending up with a man, and as a bi person who is very much still bi when dating someone of the other gender, I’m genuinely pumped to support a book that shows that side of being bisexual.
Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
This is a book club pick from one of my Discord servers, but to be honest with you it was on my TBR before that anyway. I’ve heard a myriad of good things about this book, so I can’t wait to lose myself in this story the way I just know that I am going to.
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo
I read The Empress of Salt and Fortune in May and became completely obsessed with this series, so I’m going to inject the second on directly into my brain. Hopefully this will hold me over, since book 3 isn’t coming out until 2022, and that is very far away.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Girls Made of Snow and Glass was not my favourite, (also what’s up with Bashardoust’s books starting with Girl) but I enjoyed the writing style/pacing/characterization quite a bit and the premise of this book sounds much more up my alley. I think I’ll like this one much more.
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
This book has been all over both Twitter and TikTok and it sounds extremely up my alley so I’m giving it a try. I’ve also heard that there’s no romance focal point, which sounds great as I love when queer characters just get to be queer. Plus, can you really go wrong with dark academia? i don’t think so.
Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald
I won an ARC of this book many moons ago and haven’t gotten around to finishing (or even starting) it and I figured there’s no better time than Pride Month. I’m very ready for an unlikeable lesbian protagonist, especially since “unlikeable” characters usually end up my favourite, and I hope I get to see Emanuela kick some ass.
The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert
This is my romance buddy read for June, and I’m excited to dive into my first Talia Hibbert book since everyone has been recommending her to me lately. We ended up picking this one because the hero is bisexual and so are both of us, and I’ve heard really great things about the way he’s written!
It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian
This was on my TBR last June and I did not get around to reading it, which is a shame. This year it’s pretty close to the top, partly because I’ve been experiencing the joy of romance more, and partly because historical gays are my shit. I have it on good authority that this book is excellent, so I’m expecting to love it.
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
If I don’t read this this month my roommate is liable to kill me in my sleep, so suffice to say it’s very close to the top of my tbr. It also one of two mermaid books on this list, because everyone knows mermaids are queer. I am a slightly bit worried this book is going to make me afraid of the ocean but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
This is another buddy read that I’m pumped to get to. I actually managed to snag an ARC of Gideon the Ninth so it’s been quite a while since I read it, which just means that I am in no way prepared for how batshit insane this is going to be. Hopefully it doesn’t kill me.
Our Bloody Pearl by D.N. Byrn
The second mermaid book! One of my friends has been recommending this to me for years, and it was recently on sale on kindle so I snagged a copy just for this. The main merfolk character in this book is non binary which is really exciting, and I know there’s also pirates in this one which is my favourite combination ever.
Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol 1 felt like a warm hug so I’m incredibly ready to read the second one. Nick and Charlie warm the cockles of my cold, dead heart and I need to read the rest of their story like I need to breathe.