Instead of setting monthly TBRs, I’m going to set a general summer reading goal: by the end of this summer, I want to have read all of the books on my queer shelf!
I have most of our books organized by those we’ve read and want to reread and those we haven’t read, but I wanted all of our queer books to be together. (It’s also the first time I’ve sorted my books by anything other than author’s last name… here’s my attempt at a rainbow shelf.) I realized recently that I’m doing my best to collect queer books and support their authors, but I’m not as great about reading them once I own them. I’ve only read about half of our queer shelf. So, though I will not make myself stick to this shelf exclusively, I’m going to do my best to read all of these this summer.
All the books with symbols are those I haven’t read yet and want to read soon. The ones with hearts are the ones I’m most excited about (I’m apparently in the mood for SFF queer stories). Mask of Shadows is a special case. I’ve already read it (just a few months ago too) but I’m planning to reread it in June in preparation for Ruin of Stars coming out in August.
My full list of books I want to read this summer is as follows:
⭐️ The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
💙 Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
⭐️ Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
⭐️ The Last Beginning by Lauren James (though I need to read The Next Together first)
⭐️ The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
⭐️ People Like Us by Dana Mele
❤️ Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
❤️ The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
❤️ 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
⭐️ The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
❤️ Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
⭐️ The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
I’m already reading Small Angry Planet, and in honor of Pride month I picked up Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart from the library which I’m very excited about. I’ll do monthly wrap-ups all summer long to let you know how I’m doing on my personal summer reading challenge. I was planning on making it much more intense for myself (I was going to try reading all these books in June), but I was inspired by Winx over at Winx and Ink to make it less pressure and more achievement-based. Here’s the link to the video that inspired me. I want to be able to read whatever I want, to be able to pick up a book from the library that looks good or an old favorite that I’m really feeling at the moment. Hence, my current switch from TBR to goals. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve also got quite a few queer ebooks I haven’t read that I could throw in to mix things up. Maybe they’ll be additions to my summer reading, maybe that will be my challenge once I finish this one! You’ll have to stay tuned to see.
Do you have any plans for your reading this summer (or winter if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere)? Do you have any challenges or goals you would like to meet? Are there any of my books you think I should get to sooner than the others? Let me know in the comments!