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To All the Books Still Left to Read

I didn’t read nearly as many books as I hoped to this year. Between editing and querying my novel, moving internationally, and various other life-things, a lot of my TBR pile has finished the year un-read. Here are some of the beautiful books still left on my to-be-read pile for 2019!

A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy by Alex White

I’ve just started this one, so by the time I turn the last page it will definitely be the new year. I made my family bring me a copy all the way from Canada since my UK preorder won’t arrive until January 17th! Bad Deal is book 2 in a trilogy (the first is A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe). It’s a space opera with a sprinkling of fantasy elements and a lot of badassery. Expect a twisty plot that never stops moving, space battles, spellcasters, magic-laced tech, high stakes, treasure hunters, weird mysteries, a cast of memorable characters, and an amazing F/F relationship! Can’t wait to read on :)

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

I loved Tade’s ultra-creepy horror novella, The Murders of Molly Southborne (2017), so I was super excited to get to see Tade on a panel at SFF BookCon this year. I picked up Rosewater at the book table, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Set in Nigeria in 2066, this book features telepathy, alien artefacts, and a non-linear storyline that’s been compared to Neuromancer and Arrival. Hello! I’m all in.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

I devoured Vicious in two days, and I preordered the sequel right away. In late September I was waiting eagerly for Vengeful to arrive, but the very same week it came out, I got the first offer of representation on my book! I got majorly distracted and completely forgot to go pick up the package from the mailroom. By the time I finally picked it up, I had already heard a bunch of Vengeful spoilers, so I decided not to read it just yet. Unsurprisingly — given that this year has lasted approximately eight centuries — I’ve now almost totally forgotten what those spoilers were, so I’m ready to go again!

When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology, edited by Alison McBain

This was an insta-buy for me as soon as I saw one of the featured authors tweeting about it. (Time travel is really all the hook you need to summon me to the preorder button, but hello, one of the novellas also features an F/F romance between a Viking shield-maiden and Victorian scientist!) I have the e-book version as well, so I’ll probably save these stories to read on train journeys. Anthologies are great for weeks when I’m too busy to dive into a whole novel.

The Last Beginning by Lauren James

A couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? A LOVE THAT TRANSCENDS TIME on the cover? Um, I’m sold! After reading The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, which was incredibly clever and fun, I snatched this one up without realizing that it’s the second book in a duology. Whoops. I need to acquire the first book, The Next Together, before I get started on this one. Lauren’s also got another new release coming out this year, which is definitely on my Most Anticipated list!

Onwards into 2019 reading!


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