Oh man! Another list of books that I most likely will not get a chance to read because I’m still wading through my summer TBR. *looks back at list* Ahahah, yeah. I’m currently reading Murder on the Rockport Limited and don’t have any of these other books lined up to read (with one exception). But that won’t stop me from adding more books to my list! Nothing stops me from setting goals well beyond my reach!
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Gideon the Ninth: The one book I am guaranteed to read off this list because I already own it. Except this list has FOUR books on it that I am absolutely going to read because I’ve been waiting such a long time. A long, long time. Anyway! Lesbian necromancers in space! Need I say more? Maybe? This is a Gothic science fiction fantasy and if those four words strung together don’t get you excited then you probably haven’t been reading the right books? I love Gothic sci fi, I love fantasy meets sci fi, I love reluctant protagonists with a good sense of humor. I love the cover art and those aviators. I am here for this.
Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen: Monstress is hard to read, not quite as bad as Saga, but still a challenge, because nearly everyone is an asshole. But I’m so curious to see where the story goes and how the characters grow and develop. Not to mention Sana Takeda does art like no one else in comics and it’s a shame she wasn’t around when Sandman was being illustrated because she would have done more justice to Dream and the Endless then anyone besides Charles Vess who is cheating because he is Charles Vess (run on sentences, woooo). Also Kippa has been kidnapped and I NEED HER TO BE OK. Nothing and no one should hurt Kippa, she is pure and good and I’m so scared for her because pure and good things don’t actually exist in this story and I don’t want her light to go out. *worries and frets for her little fox child*
Ascender, Vol. 1: The long awaited continuation of Descender! Centering on the daughter of Andy and Effie, we see how much the galaxy has changed since the robots left and magic returned. Another sci fi/fantasy mash up with a fantastic story, great characters that OWN MY HEART and absolutely beautiful water color art by Dustin Nguyen. I’m so excited to see how the worlds have changed since the end of the last volume and am relieved that Bandit is still around, though how he avoided the robot exodus is a mystery. Also, where is Tim? Is he OK? Will he ever get to have his family back?
The Starless Sea: *dies like people in anime die* Does this book even need an explanation? If you haven’t heard of it or it’s author then I must ask you where have you been? Because The Night Circus was the talk of the town when it came out EIGHT YEARS AGO and I have been waiting AVIDLY for Erin Morgenstern’s next work. I’m so excited that I want to flail around and run into walls, I’m that incoherent. It doesn’t even come out until November 5th but I have already pre-ordered it because I need to be as connected to it as possible.
The Nakano Thrift Shop: I want to read more Japanese fiction, but I need to find the right author. Convenience Store Woman didn’t enchant me like I had hoped, so I’ll take a chance on Hiromi Kawakami. This is the story of a young woman, the thrift shop she works at, and the many eccentrics who live in her neighborhood. It’s hard to put into words what I would like to find in this story… a certain light, a certain whimsy, bike rides through rice fields, quiet conversations under buzzing street lights, little lit alleys and friendly cats. I don’t know if I’ll find it in Japanese literature, as I know typical story structure and characterization is different then the average Western story, but I’m going to look regardless.
Everything’s Trash but it’s Okay: I need more humor in my life. This title is how I feel most of the time. Take me under your wing, Phoebe Robinson, and let’s talk about our crushing anxiety and general concern for everything as well as our anger but in a fun and amusing way. *drinks her tea* At least I have tea.
Where Death Meets the Devil: A spy and an assassin are forced to work together and get pretty gay while they’re at it. They separate, and the spy moves on. But a year later the assassin appears once more, dredging up the past in more ways then one. I love a hard boiled character who goes soft for one person in particular. I heard it was a slow burn sort of enemies to lovers thing and hi Draco and Harry, why do you two pop up ALL THE TIME? Where would I be without those formative years of reading fan fic? More hetero? Yeah, right.
The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens in the Tower of London: Look at this man! Look at his outfit! Look at his no doubt photoshopped raven! How would you not want to know more about what he does at The Tower? You see, there’s a legend that should the raven’s ever leave the tower, it will “crumble to dust and great harm will befall the kingdom”. Why risk that? Keep those ravens happy and those tourists docile, I say.
The Haunting of Tram Car 015: Another sci fi meets fantasy sort of situation. I think I may have put this on a list before? But that doesn’t diminish my desire to read it. Agent Hamad works for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, and he’s got an exorcism on his hands, as well as a new partner to deal with. The catch? The demon he’s meant to exorcise has possessed a tram car, and it’s presence means a lot more then just a quick in and out job for our protagonist.
Behind the Throne: I love reading the common born assessment of royalty. Cast aside all the pomp, history, and weight of royal blood lines and you’ve got a bunch of weird, fussy people that others had to take care of. They can’t even open their own doors? What the hell are they? Invalid? I would want my leaders to open their own doors and prepare their own baths and prove that they are at least functional human beings. But I’m getting off the point. This is the history of five centuries of royal life as told by maids, butlers, clerks and courtiers, this is a glimpse at the human side of historical figures. Which for me is more interesting than battle dates and beheadings.