NaNoWriMo is officially over. I had a blast! I didn’t get those 50,000 words written and therefore technically failed, but my final word count was a lot more than I would have written without NaNo giving me that kick in the pants. It was a great experience, and I’m very eager to participate again next year.
However, I put everything on hold for NaNoWriMo — including this blog! I missed blogging so much! I missed seeing everyone’s posts and knowing what people were reading and enjoying, I missed the community, I missed getting to share my thoughts on the books I finished… heck, it sure was a lot. I’m so happy to be back!
I have big plans for this month. I’m really excited to get back into reading after thirty dang days of just writing. (Admittedly, I was writing the story I wanted to read, but it sure is easier to just enjoy a story than to create it). For the remainder of 2020, I’m going to dedicate myself to a genre I have truly and genuinely never before explored. It will be….
I cannot describe in normal human words how excited I am.
I’ll be honest here: I used to be so snooty and thought I was “above” reading romance. I had a great deal of dislike for the genre, and my feelings were, in hindsight, totally unfounded and unfair. I’ve never read a romance book before. I —
Wait, no. Now that I think about it, I was an adolescent when Twilight got big. I’ve read all four Twilight books that were available at the time, and I remember… not really caring about them? At all? My taste in reading material then was pretty unformed compared to how it is now, and I just didn’t have an opinion. They weren’t good, they weren’t bad, they didn’t leave much of an impression, and I’m not interested enough to give the series a re-read.
Anyway, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the books I’m actually excited for this December are:
A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Ever heard of the Nigerian Prince email scam? This is pretty much if there was a message from an actual African prince in a woman’s inbox… and Naledi Smith promptly deletes it, because she’s heard this one before. Now the prince must disguise himself as a pauper and win her heart! M/F relationship. I’ll be reading this in a buddy read with Sarah @ Suits of Stories.
The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz
An aging AI woman runs a tea shop and struggles to continue performing her functions as she begins breaking apart. A human technician who refuses to settle down helps repair her, and but later finds it hard to move on. A sci-fi F/F romance with asexual representation.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe Brown has a near-death experience, and decides to rebel against her safe, sheltered life and begin crossing items off her bucket list. She enlists the help of Red, a handyman (I think he’s a handyman) with a motorcycle who secretly moonlights as an artist, and the two begin falling for each other. I have heard nothing but good things about Talia Hibbert, so I’m really excited to dig into this M/F romance with chronic illness rep.
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Catherine is a widow whose husband left behind a French astronomical text she cannot translate herself. Enter Lucy, an astronomer who agrees to translate the text for Catherine… and quickly finds herself falling head over heels for her employer. I keep hearing about this book! It feels like every single adult wlw fiction rec nowadays includes The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics — and I’m very eager to find out what lies beneath the reputation of this F/F romance.
Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon
I’ve mentioned this book before in my 5 On My TBR #5 post! Jordan’s love of romance novels is belittled by Rex, a bookseller, who calls them “books for grandmas.” Later, Rex joins Jordan’s faltering romance book club, and the two have to work together to save the club from going under. All signs indicate this will be an M/M romance of cavity-inducing sweetness.
Damage Control by Jae
Grace, a young starlet, is caught in a compromising situation with another woman, and hires a PR agent named Lauren to perform damage control and convince Hollywood that Grace is heterosexual. Lauren does her job and does it well, but is surprised to realize that Grace is more than her image of a young, beautiful, spoiled actress — however, if Lauren lets her new feelings take control, she is poised to ruin all of the hard work she’s just finished, and potentially also Grace’s career.
And there we go! We have peered into the crystal ball and beheld the books my future holds. I’m practically bouncing in my seat with excitement. I made a physical graphic for this month’s TBR in my reading journal, which you can see via my Instagram.