I already talked about this on twitter, so you might have some idea of what books you’re about to see, if you follow me there. But yeah, basically I was inspired by Melanie and her list of 12 books she wanted to & did manage to finally read in 2018. I’m definitely not as good with reading lists as she is, but she encouraged me, so here we are!
I’m pretty sure all of those books were sitting on my TBR since 2017 or even earlier, with maybe one or two exceptions. I’m really hoping that by sharing this list with you guys, I will be better motivated to read them! Please keep your fingers crossed for me, though! I’m definitely gonna need some encouraging.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
This book was recommended to me by my two best friends, so I already have a special connection with it. It’s a historical fiction story about two Jewish cousins who created a comic book about a Nazi-punching super-hero. Seems very appropriate to read it right about now, don’t you think? (It’s also gay.)
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The iconic book by the lesbian writing Jesus! I’ve already read one other book by Waters (Tipping the Velvet, which I talked about before here & here) and I’ve seen two different adaptations of Fingersmith (the 2005 BBC mini-series & The Handmaiden). So it’s high time that I, as a lesbian, read the actual book!
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
Another gay historical fiction book I plan to read this year, because I am nothing if not predictable. But everyone is saying that this one is beautiful and heartbreaking and I’ve had it on my TBR since May 2016. So… Yeah.
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco
I’m trying to revive my love for fantasy and honestly, what’s better than a book that wasn’t written by a white straight man and doesn’t take place in a land reminiscent of Western Europe…
Grendel by John Gardner
Another book strongly recommended to me (years ago) by one of my best friends. The fact that I still didn’t read it, when my friends have cats named Grendel… It’s haunting, guys, it really is.
The Iliad by Homer
Yeah, I feel like this year is the year! I feel like I might actually, finally do it! Read The Iliad!
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
I read The Diviners in uhh…. November. 2015…. and I loved it! I really did! So yeah, I would say it’s high time for me to read the second part of the story.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1) by N.K. Jemisin
Like I said, I’m trying to remind myself that I love fantasy and I’m trying to do that with books by women of color. And so here we are, with the book that everyone loves.
Cecilia by Fanny Burney
I actually read and adored Burney’s first book (Evelina), which she published anonymously and everyone thought she’s a guy. Because of course only a guy could write a book this good… And given how I truly enjoy reading XVIII century books, I thought I might finally try and read Cecilia.
Servant of the Underworld (Obsidian and Blood #1) by Aliette de Bodard
Fantasy! Set in an Aztec Empire! What could be better than this, let’s be honest. Plus, I recently read a short story by de Bodard (The Tea Master and the Detective) and realised I adore both her style and her worldbuilding, so this is shaping up to be real fun.
With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
What you should know about me is that I love love love both The Pacific and The Band of Brothers by HBO. This isn’t even the only war book on my TBR written by one of the guys portrayed on the shows. But it is the first one of them I decided I want to read.
Days Without End by Sebastian Berry
And obviously I’m ending my list with yet another gay historical fiction book… You have a type, Anna, you might say & yeah… You wouldn’t be wrong, you really wouldn’t.
Do you know any of the books on this list?
Maybe you would like to buddy-read them with me sometime this year?
And do you have any books you really want to read this year?