Remember when I said I’m cutting back on buying books in 2019? … Hey, I’m still going to do that! But it’s… a gradual process, and my hand slipped a few times in January. To be fair, most of these were on sale – and almost all of them were bought because they fit a rarer prompt in one of my yearly challenges. (Also, January was the last month I got scholarship money from the university, so I guess that motivated me.)
Basically just come look at these beautiful books with me.
I bought a total of 8 books in January, and I have already read 2 of those, so I’d say I’m doing relatively well so far. I hope I can keep this up for the rest of the year.
The ones I’ve already read are In Ageless Sleep and Skeleton Man, both for the Cornerfolds retelling challenge. I bought A Lake of Feathers and Moonbeams for the retelling challenge as well, and I’m super hyped about it since it has polyamory, and such a beautiful cover that I’m contemplating getting a physical copy if I end up enjoying it.
Widdershins and Hexbreaker are both M/M historical urban fantasy by the same (nonbinary) author – Widdershins has been on my TBR for a long time, and when I discovered Hexbreaker, which sounded awesome, I decided to go “what the hell” and bought both. I may regret this eventually because they are both first ones in a series, one of which is quite long, so if I end up loving them that’s going to be a longer commitment.
The Gospel of Loki is the only one of these that I bought a paperback of instead of an eBook, mostly because holy shit it’s beautiful. As you can guess, it’s a Norse mythology retelling. I love Loki as a character and I love the different ways people interpret him/them, so I’m curious how this one goes – I do hope it includes the part where Loki is obviously queer as hell, but we’ll see.
This is where I admit that I own like 4 books like Chelsea M. Cameron and haven’t read any of them. Which is kind of dangerous, because if I end up not liking the writing then I’ll be stuck with 3 others – but I’ve heard really good things about both Marriage of Unconvenience and the Violet Hills series, so I doubt that will happen. Gimme all the light lesbian romcoms please.
I haven’t read many stories with djinns, but I want to – so I imagine an anthology is a good place to start. The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories also includes Nnedi Okorafor, whose work I love, so bonus points.
Have you read any of these? What do you think?