Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I was at Wicked with my friends last night to celebrate mine and my friend Zoe’s birthdays, and it was AMAZING. It’s been four years since I last saw the show, and it was just as incredible as I remembered, and I had the added bonus of knowing all the songs this time around, which made it even more enjoyable. My actual birthday was also really nice, I went out for dinner with a friend, and got some lovely presents. I’m also going out to France over the weekend for a little holiday with my parents, which should be nice.
Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week was meant to be Food & Drink We Enjoy Whilst Reading, but honestly, I don’t really eat whilst I read? I’m too scared of spilling stuff all over my books! So instead, I’ve decided to go completely off track, and talk about Books By Authors of Colour That I’m Looking Forward To Reading, as there are so many great books by AOC that I have on my TBR and I wanted to share my excitement for them:
- Crossfire-Malorie Blackman
AGH I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE! Noughts and Crosses was my first YA series when I was like 11, and I honestly never expected that we’d get another one after Double Cross, so this was a lovely surprise. I can’t wait to see what Sephy, Callie Rose, Meggie and Tobey have been up to as well as getting to meet the new generation of Noughts and Crosses.
2. Spin The Dawn-Elizabeth Lim
I’m really excited for this one, it sounds so creative! Project Runway meets Mulan is definitely not a comparison I’ve ever seen before and it immediately intrigued me. I’m really excited to read a book based on Chinese culture written by an author from that culture as well.
3. Children of Virtue and Vengeance-Tomi Adeyemi
I’m more than a little impatient for this book! I loved Children of Blood and Bone when I read it last year, but the release date for this has been pushed back a few times, and as a writer I totally understand life getting in the way of deadlines, but as a reader, I can’t help but be impatient to find out what happens next after the ending of the first book. Rest assured when this book comes out, I will be all over it!
4. The Gilded Wolves-Roshani Chokshi
I’ve heard mixed things when it comes to this book, people either seem to really love it or really hate it, so fingers crossed I fall into the former category! I do love a good heist book, and I’ve been wanting to try something by Roshani Chokshi for a while, so I hope I love this one (plus that cover is TO DIE FOR).
5. Forest of A Thousand Lanterns-Julie C. Dao
Fairytale retellings so often focus on the heroes of the story, so I was really excited to see one that focused on the villain of the story, especially when I saw that it was an East Asian inspired retelling, as I would love to see more non-Western set fairytale retellings. A book about a woman who chooses power and ambition over love? Yup, that sounds like a Jo kind of book.
6. A Kingdom For A Stage-Heidi Heilig
I really enjoyed For A Muse of Fire when I read it last year, I thought it was really unique and different from a lot of fantasy stories I’d read, and I certainly can’t think of any other book that features a bipolar QWOC as the protagonist. It had such a cool structure as well, with the little ephemera between each “act” and I loved the protagonist, Jetta’s ability, to bind the souls of the dead to objects.
7. Thunderhead-Neal Shusterman
I enjoyed Scythe when I read it two years ago, but of course I haven’t managed to get around to the sequel yet. I definitely need to do that soon, because I’ve heard such good things about it, but apparently it ends on a cliffhanger and I’ll want to read The Toll right away, so I might save this one till next year when all three books are out.
8. Circle of Shadows-Evelyn Skye
I really enjoyed The Crown’s Game duology by this author, and I like the sound of this, I love that this story is centred around friendship because that’s definitely something that I’m looking for more of. I’ve seen quite mixed reviews on Goodreads though, so I’m a bit worried I won’t like this one as much as The Crown’s Game.
9. Scavenge The Stars-Tara Sim
I am ridiculously excited for a new book from Tara Sim because I love, love, love the Timekeeper trilogy and I can’t wait to see what she has in store next. This is a gender swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, and I have to say I love that concept, and from the tweets I’ve seen from Tara about it, it definitely sounds like something I need.
10. Liberte-Gita Trelease
Whilst I was pretty satisfied with Enchantee as a standalone, I loved the world and characters, so I will definitely be happy to see more of Camille and Lazare as they head into the French Revolution in this next book.
So there we have it, Books on My TBR by Authors of Colour that I’m Looking Forward To Reading, I’m so excited that there are so many great books written by POC that have come out or are coming out in the next few years. Have you read any of these books (of the seven that are actually out)? Did you enjoy them? Are any on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is our annual Books On My Fall TBR, which is always a fun topic, even if most of the time I end up not reading several of the books on the list, or reading something else instead!
I’m going to have a few things for you this week, I’ll have my Quarterly Rewind for you, up on Sunday, I should finish Lair of Dreams this week, so I might have a review and hopefully a Book Vs Movie post as well, depending on how much time I have whilst I’m away.