Good Morning and Happy Sunday! Today I have another Sunday Stack for you and this week’s prompt was to create a bookish rainbow. I have made mine with LGBT+ representation and also tried to pick mainly writers who are BIPOC.
If you are wondering what on earth I am going on about, I hold a sunday stack challenge over on my bookstagram. It has been lovely to see so many people take part in this and see their wonderful stacks. It has definitely given me loads of reading recommendations. If you are interested in taking part, I will leave the prompts below. Make sure to tag me (@babblesnbooks) so I can check out your fantastic posts.
Two quick things before we start. There isn’t a red book at the beginning of my rainbow (Scandalous, I know). This is because the book I ordered to be my ‘red’ read turned up in a completely different colour. For that reason, I thought I’d take this moment to suggests a ‘red’ read instead, and that is A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney. I haven’t read this YA dystopian but I have heard wonderful things about it. The second is that a book I had been waiting for for this stack inevitably turned up when I had just finished writing this post and therefore isn’t included in the picture. Therefore I am going to include it below.
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance.
To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever. – Good Reads
This is actually a prequel to a larger series (I learnt later) but have been assured that it works well as a stand alone. A who knows? Maybe I’ve just discovered a new series I’m going to be obsessed with.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.
This read has become imfamous for the representation it contains. And but shortly, it is fantastic! I listened to the audiobook when it first came out and fell in love with it. Now, a year later, I decided to by a physical copy and am just waiting for the right time to dive back it.
A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction – but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep. – Good Reads
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Galley
I picked this up because it was a contender for my work book club and, even thought we didn’t pick it, it sounded utterly fascinating.
Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her–a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda.
The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing. – Good Reads
They both die in the End by Adam Silvera
I don’t actuall know an awful lot about this read but I am definitely anticipating heartbreak and emotional pain.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day. – Good Reads
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Oh look! Another post where I rave about The Song of Achilles. Who would’ve thought? I loved this greek retelling and the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus is just exquistite. I’m still not over it. I don’t think I’ll ever be over it. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.
If you would like to read my full thoughts, my review is here.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta.
I don’t read a lot of verse novels, mainly because I have an unbridled hatred of poetry (blasphemy I know), but I couldn’t resist picking this one up. It has received such a fantastic reception that I can’t wait to dive in.
A boy comes to terms with his identity as a mixed-race gay teen – then at university he finds his wings as a drag artist, The Black Flamingo. A bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness. Sometimes, we need to take charge, to stand up wearing pink feathers – to show ourselves to the world in bold colour. – Good Reads
I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya
I picked this book because, whilst I read mainly representation to do with sexuality – honestly, sometimes it feels like all I read about are Gay Victorians and I have absolutely no shame! – I haven’t diversified my shelves enough when it comes to other areas of identity, such as Transgender identity. This read was bought in the hope to educate myself further on this.
A trans artist explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl–and how we might re-imagine gender for the twenty-first century.
Vivek Shraya has reason to be afraid. Throughout her life she’s endured acts of cruelty and aggression for being too feminine as a boy and not feminine enough as a girl. In order to survive childhood, she had to learn to convincingly perform masculinity. As an adult, she makes daily compromises to steel herself against everything from verbal attacks to heartbreak.
With raw honesty, Shraya delivers an important record of the cumulative damage caused by misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia, releasing trauma from a body that has always refused to assimilate. I’m Afraid of Men is a journey from camouflage to a riot of color and a blueprint for how we might cherish all that makes us different and conquer all that makes us afraid. – Good Reads
The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
This fantastic YA dystopian leaves every YA I’ve read in wanting when it comes to representation and social issues. It is simply astounding and the relationships (of all kinds) within it blew me away. If you would like to know more on my thoughts, you can read my review here.
And there we have it! That’s my Bookish Rainbow for this week. The majority of these reads are in my TBR and I can’t wait to get back to you all with my thoughts.