I don’t normally make TBRs owing to the fact that I am such a slow and distractible reader. This one came about because I was planning on using some of my newfound time this summer to read a bunch of novellas better suited to my terrible attention span and realized that almost all the books on my list were LGBTQ stories (the only exception being Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti, which I am enjoying greatly). I would guess that this LGBTQ-heavy list is a side effect of the fact that I’ve been hard at work on my own f/f novella in the Theonite universe and experienced a subconscious spike in curiosity about other authors’ f/f and m/m fantasy books.
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
This is a painfully adorable comic that I received in the February 2019 Owlcrate (awkward unboxing video here if that’s your thing). I normally have trouble with comics because my bad reading brain is easily distracted by images, but this one is such easy reading that I’m already most of the way through. Ridiculously whimsical. Very wholesome. Full review to come.
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
Not going to lie, I am most excited for this African-inspired m/m fantasy novella – for reasons that should be obvious to anyone familiar with my work. Basically, the Theonite universe is primarily African-inspired, so it’s always exciting to get into another author’s African-based fantasy world, but this will be the first LGBT African-inspired fantasy I’ve read.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Another beautiful Owlcrate book! This one is from the November 2018 box (very poor quality unboxing video here) and yes, I know it’s not a novella. It’s only on the list because I got more than halfway through and have more or less a novella’s-length left to go. I stopped reading this one because I was having trouble connecting with the characters, but I was promised on Instagram that it gets better in the last third, so here goes Take 2!
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
I am also aware that this one is not a novella, but I got the audiobook, so we’re safe! I know zip about this book going in except that the main character is non-binary and has knives – so, a good start! – but I’m going to be at the same event as the author in August and thought it would be cool to have read her first book before that.
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
I included this on my list of 25 Asian Fantasy books back when I was hyping The Sword of Kaigen, but aside from the 18-word tagline I included there, I don’t know anything about this one, so we’re just going to take a run at the ebook and see what that crazy cover art is about.
The only non-fantasy title on the list, I just realized. This anthology of short LGBTQ fiction operates under the rule: no tragic endings. I’ve featured the cover of Vol. 1 here, but editors Zora Gilbert and Cat Parra have finished the third volume as of this posting. I own the first two, so if my Vol. 3 pre-order arrives in time, I’ll try to compare the changes and improvements across all three.