So I wrote this one out almost completely as a blog post before I realized it would make a good BookTube video. (Did you know I have a BookTube? Yeah, it’s okay. I haven’t posted since last August…) So, directly below, I have the video embedded. And, below that, is the blog post. Read the post or watch the post, it’s up to you!
I’ve said it before, but here’s a reminder that I’m very bad at making TBRs for myself. Maybe it’s because I don’t like sticking to rigid plans I make for myself. Maybe it’s because I never write them down or post them — I just think to myself, “These are the next few books I need to read.” But I’ve never been successful in keeping to a TBR list.
That’s about to change! I hope! Because today I’m going to post a list of ten books I really want to make an effort to read before September. My only fear is that I won’t be able to make any of these books fit the Reading Rush prompts which haven’t been announced yet… But I’ll worry about that later. These are books I need to read for me!
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
May 5th 2020 // Quill Tree Books
I loved Acevedo’s first book, The Poet X which was also a novel in verse. I was so excited to hear that not only did she go back to poetry to write this novel but also that there’s an f/f couple in this story! I started reading it in May, and it’s good so far, but I wasn’t in the right mindset for it. So I’m going to try it again sometime this summer. Elizabeth Acevedo’s books have never disappointed me, so I’m looking forward to another great story in Clap When You Land.
You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson
June 2nd, 2020 // Scholastic Press
I’ve seen nearly everyone raving about this book on Twitter, and from I’ve heard, it’s for good reason, too. I just bought the audiobook on Libro.fm last week as part of my participation in the #BlackOutBestSellerList movement that Amistad Books organized. I’m looking for some feel-good books right now. Even though the reviews say there are some serious topics addressed in this book, they also point to this being exactly the type of book I need to start reading right now! (Or rather start listening to since I bought the audio!)
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
October 15th, 2019 // HarperTeen
So this book actually wasn’t technically on my radar until it was sent to me unsolicited. I know leading up to its release late last year, so many people on Twitter and Instagram were saying great things about it, but I’m not a huge fantasy reader anymore! So I’ve let it sit on my shelf since October. (But if we’re being honest here, there are so many books that have sat on my shelves for longer…) And then when I was going through all my physical books to pick the best opening lines for a Top Ten Tuesday post, I was very entertained by The Never Tilting World‘s opening. I think y’all were right. This is is one of the books I need to read.
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
October 29th, 2019 // Knopf Books for Young Readers
Cody, if you’re reading this, don’t kill me. Every time I read the synopsis, I get excited for this book all over again. In fact, now that I’ve read it again to write this blurb for why I want to read it, I’m debating abandoning this blog post for a few hours to go start it. But I won’t do that, because I must have self-control. (Update: I started the book right after I scheduled this post.) Full Disclosure sounds so important and, based on reviews, it sounds so well-written. I need to read this yesterday.
Running With Lions by Julian Winters
June 7th, 2018 // Duet Books
It’s a queer sports book. Why else would I want to read it?
Okay, that’s not all, of course. The absolute only reason I haven’t read this yet is because I’m incredibly terrible at reading for a book blogger. Some of my favorite people have given this book great reviews, and I’m very intrigued by the old friend who disappeared then comes in out of nowhere and brings up old feelings narrative. Also, I’m desperately missing sports, and I very much think professional sports should not come back yet even though they’re trying to, so I’m gonna read a book about soccer.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
May 30th, 2018 // Berkley
I have a copy of The Bride Test sitting on my desk glaring at me every night, so I need to get The Kiss Quotient from my library and read it ASAP. Yes, yes, I know. The Bride Test is just a companion novel and theoretically, I should be able to understand what’s going on without having read The Kiss Quotient, but I just can’t get my brain to let me read them out of order. So I’m going to pick this up from work sometime this month of next (because I leave the library at the end of July to move away! 😢) and I will read this wonderful #OwnVoices romance that I’ve been excited for since it came out.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
October 3rd, 2017 // Feiwel & Friends
One of my non-official goals this year is to finish reading all of Anna-Marie’s books. I fell in love with their writing when I read When The Moon Was Ours and I adored Blanca & Roja. I just finished The Weight of Feathers, and I figure I’ll read Wild Beauty next. Honestly, I don’t know much about what this book entails, but I don’t think I really need to! I already know that I love Anna-Marie’s writing. And besides, I need another magical queer read in my life.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-García
July 23rd, 2019 // Del Rey
Set in the Jazz Age? Involves Mayan gods? Set in small-town Mexico? It already sounds amazing.
I’ve never read any of Silvia Moreno-García’s books, but she’s written so many that I’ve heard great things about, so naturally, I have to assume she’s a pretty darn good writer. But even if she didn’t have that big of name, I’d be super drawn into a cross-country odyssey with a god death.
Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz
November 5th, 2019 // Entangled Teen
Why have I not read more books with chronic illness rep? As someone who is chronically ill himself? I don’t know, man. Why do I do anything at all? I’m so excited to read a romance between two characters chronic illness by an author who actually understands it. Plus, she has said that the reason that the main character Isabel has made a “no dating” rule for herself isn’t because of her illness!
Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye
May 19th, 2020 // Random House Books for Young Readers
This was one of the few books on my mental list of ARCs I wanted to really try to pick up from ALAMW this year, and I was so lucky to get a copy. It was put on my radar a while ago by a friend who’d already read it, and man, I’m so excited for it. I’m anticipating this to be one of those cute romances that also deals with a lot of important issues.