For summer my TBR books fall into one of two categories; Hugo nominees and written by Black authors. The Hugo awards are happening early August so I’m going to be stuffing in as many nominees as possible before the ceremony.
With everything that has happened over the past couple of weeks I wanted to make sure that I was uplifting Black authors, not just in the moment but as we move forward. This is not a sprint, but a marathon, and as we protest and donate I want to make sure that I also support Black-owned businesses and creators.
And honey, books are where I can support!
1 The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders
This will be the first book I’ve read of Anders, which I’ve been very interested in giving a try. Anders seems to be very divisive in the reading community and I see reviews all over the place. Which I really dig! I like seeing why people have such a different reaction to one author’s writing.
2 The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin
This book has been praised so highly that I’m trying to temper my expectations. While the world of Sanza is collapsing, Essun comes home to find her son murdered and her daughter missing, both horrifying deeds done by Essun’s husband.
3 The Light Brigade – Kameron Hurley
Out of the Hugo nominee books this is probably the one I’m most concerned about in terms of enjoyment. I tend to have a difficult time with books that have a strong militaristic bent, in any genre, but especially in Sci-fi. I tried reading Ancillary Justice last year and it did not go well. Sooo… uhh… fingers crossed?
4 A Memory Called Empire – Arkady Martine
Ahhhh yeah, now we are getting political intrigue in space, as a new ambassador arrives at her new position to find that her predecessor is dead. She’s determined to find out what happened while maneuvering in an alien world.
5 Middlegame – Seanan McGuire
A fantasy book about an alchemist that creates twins, their journey discovering what they are and possibly becoming gods? I know a lot of people love McGuire’s Wayward Children series so I’m looking forward to this one.
6 The Only Good Indians – Stephen Graham Jones
This is the lone book that doesn’t fit either categories listed above. I’ve been waiting for this one for months and even had it on my Top Ten list for most anticipated releases for the beginning of 2020. Due to sucky covid the release got pushed by two months, but hopefully I’ll have it in my hands by the end of July.
7 Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
Kindred really got under my skin, and I’m reminded of that everytime I tried to describe the book to others. I thought this would be a fitting time to read Butler’s apocalyptic tale set in the early 2020’s in the midst of devastating climate change and economic turmoil…
…Butler wrote this in 1993. *the deepest sigh*
8 Rosewater – Tade Thompson
Rosewater popped up on my radar when it became a nominee for, and then won, the Arthur C. Clarke award last year. It’s about a town on the edge of an alien biozone and the frenzy that ensues since the residents don’t know what’s going on inside.
9 Stamped From the Beginning – Ibram X. Kendi
I wanted to read How to Not be Antiracist this summer but I saw that Kendi’s previous book was about the history that led us to our present climate. I think the most interesting part for me is that the book delves into how the racist ideas and thinking we run into didn’t come from nowhere, they were created to protect the racial divide and white wealth.
10 The Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow
The first line of the Goodreads summary begins with “In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures…” And that’s all I need to know.