My Pile for #sumtbreadathon...


It is entirely possible that I have a TBR pile for July that is 22 books high.

(In case you missed my previous post, #sumtbreadathon is an instagram based month-long read-a-thon where I and six others encourage everyone to read as many books on their TBR as possible!)

Whisper of the Heart is one of my all-time favorite movies, and recently I remembered this line from the movie, and well..

Shizuku: Sensei, will you do me a favor?
Kousaka: What? It's not something weird, is it?
Shizuku: Please open the library.
Kousaka: The library? Can't you wait until the term starts?
Shizuku: I finished reading all my books. And the city library is closed today.
Shizuku: I decided I was going to read 20 books during vacation.
Kousaka: 20?! Tsukishima, you could at least pretend to study for entrance exams.

Without further preamble, here is a list of books I'd like to read this July.

Since the #sumtbreadathon has a slight focus on ARCs, I'll share my current ones with you first. They're on top, as well.

LUMBERJANES: UNICORN POWER! by Mariko Tamaki (Author) and Brooke Allen (Illustrator)
AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson
THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY by Katie O'Neill

I didn't get too many ARCs at BookCon partly by choice, I only wanted to take books I would want to read, rather than just to trade later, and partly because I seemed to miss all the handouts while I was at panels. Oh well! I seem to have nabbed an anticipated debut of Rogerson, and I'm already so charmed by Katie O'Neill's new book.

You will also see an omnibus of the original LUMBERJANES there as well because I haven't read any of it yet and feel like I need some basic info on the troupe of "lady types" before I head into the spin off!

From the library I have:
RADIO SILENCE by Alice Oseman
LEGEND by Marie Lu
BOW GRIP by Ivan E. Coyote
BAD BOY by Elliot Wake

It has been brought to my attention that while BAD BOY isn't a sequel, I'm gonna read BLACK IRIS by Elliot Wake (writing as Leah Raeder) before I read it's spiritual companion.

I also have THE MAGICIANS trilogy by Lev Grossman on loan from a friend for almost a year now...

New to my shelves:
PETER DARLING by Austin Chant

This is a transgender and queer retelling of Peter Pan, and it's a short novella, and it's written by a trasngender and queer author, as far as I know.

Continuing in the Riordan universe:
THE LAST OLYMPIAN
THE RED PYRAMID
THE THRONE OF FIRE
THE SERPENT'S SHADOW

I bought the Percy Jackson books from kobo ages ago, and finally read the first one and loved it. So I gave myself free reign to find good deals on hardcovers and am very excited to delve further into the world of Greek and Egyptian gods. 

Some f/f Manga:
KISS HIM NOT ME v. 10 (not strictly f/f, just baiting)
KISS AND WHITE LILY FOR MY DEAREST GIRL v. 2
BLOOM INTO YOU v. 2
KASE-SAN AND BENTO (Kase-san v. 2)

I feel like I'm in for a penny, in for a pound, at this point with KISS HIM NOT ME, I'm just over certain subgenres of manga and anime. The author usually writes boys-love manga, and has a queer character in pursuit of her heroine, but it's clear to me that the chance of the girls getting together is so close to unlikely that I might as well call it now.

On the other hand, Seven Seas has been doing a good job licensing and translating sweet, and fairly genuine, queer girl stories-- even if almost all of them are set in high school. After creating this stack I got a few more that aren't set in high school, but I'm not sure if I'm gonna work my way through this list first or just hack away at all sorts of books.

These are all continuing series, and while I enjoyed them all, each has drawbacks and my favorite is probably Kase-San. I am hopeful that Bloom Into You will be a lovely series, but I have some worries about future writing, and Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl already had a non-consensual kiss, and seems to be an anthology. Not really a fan of that.

Unread books I've owned for over a year:
THE GERMAN EMPIRE by Michael Sturmer
HARRY POTTER #1 in German by JK Rowling

Another of my reading challenges I've set for myself is to read more books from my shelves that I already own. I wanted to start with a short book on German History and to reread Harry Potter in German. So far I've read 5 books from my shelves out of a goal of 10.

This is my planned pile for now, but I think I'm gonna keep a on-going list somewhere and definitely write a wrap up after the month is over. I already know I have new books I'm excited for and I have new books coming from the library as well... And there are the hundreds of unread books already on my shelves!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you'll join us!