Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Books on My TBR for Summer 2015” and we’re happy to be participating!
What I’m Going to Read This Summer (In Addition to Research, I Promise)
1. The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
This has been on my TBR list forever, basically, but it’s FINALLY happening, you guys. Why do I want to read this? Um, Wendy loved it, I love Sarah Waters’s other books, and I hear there are ladies being gay together. Also, some of my friends have had mixed feelings about it, so if I read it, I can finally talk about it with them. And that is all I ever need from life. Thankfully, the queer book club I belong to just chose this for July’s meeting, so I will actually read that book that I’ve been meaning to read for months AND get to discuss it. Woot.
2. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
This also fits into the “Wendy loved it so I must read this immediately” category, and fortunately enough, I picked up a copy on the last day of BEA. I wouldn’t say that I am generally into contemporaries, but forbidden love (or, at least, super difficult love) is a thing I have been into every since I was a baby!Layla reading Harry Potter fanfiction in high school (cough cough, former Snape/Hermione shipper here).
3. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Another one I picked up at BEA! I’d seen a lot about this one on other folks’ blogs before heading to BEA, and wanted a copy of it because I was really intrigued by the narrative structure of the book (i.e., I hear that narrative unfolds through emails, medical documents, and other evidence, and, um, say no more. My interest is piqued!)
4. Scarlet – A. C. Gaughen
This one’s on my list because (1) the last book just came out, so I do not have to worry about waiting for sequels and (2) I have heard so many strong feels about it! If you are, like me, a slowpoke who hasn’t read this one, know that the premise is as follows: what if Will Scarlet, Robin Hood’s buddy, was a woman in disguise? I have convinced one of my BFFs here to read this with me, so this too shall actually get read as a result.
5. Cinder – Marissa Meyer
I have had a copy of this FOREVER and I want to read it because cyborgs + Cinderella? I am down.
6. The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu
As you may remember, I loved (love loved) Mathieu’s most recent book, Devoted, so I’m trying to get my hands on her first book, The Truth About Alice. The subject matter – slut-shaming in high school – is normally something I’d approach with caution, but I really trust Mathieu to handle it well after reading Devoted.
7. Lizard Radio – Pat Schmatz
All I know about this book is that it is science fiction with a genderqueer protagonist. And that is all I needed to know in order to read this. (Also, Kim sent me her copy because she is a kind human. Thank you, Kim!)
8. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, 1932 – Francine Prose
A friend recommended this recently and I really want to read it. It’s historical fiction, set in Paris from the 1920s through WWII. It was apparently inspired by a photograph of two women, one cross-dressed, and loosely based around the life of Violette Morris, one of the individuals featured in the photograph. Historical fiction with queer characters is my jam. I will read pretty much anything that focuses on gender and sexuality and seems interesting. That said …
9. Revolutionary – Alex Myers
… I also want to read this book! This has been on my TBR list for months so guess what, it’s finally happening this summer. It’s about a woman who cross-dresses to join the army during the Revolutionary War. Historical fiction about colonial America! How can I pass it up?
10. The Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
TIME TRAVEL TO THE 14th CENTURY. Yes yes yes. I hear there is plague?
The Bonus Jonas: To Kill A Mockingbird … because we’re reading it for this month’s readalong discussion!
So that’s my Top Ten TBR list for the summer! I know it’s kind of a hodgepodge of books, and that I’ve probably missed at least a dozen other things I really really want to read. What about you? What’s on your list?