“Better Late Than Never” should really be my site’s tagline, tbh, but here’s my TBR for this year’s Diverse-A-Thon (I literally picked the three shortest diverse reads in my keep because that’s the only way I’ll make it through the week). In case you’re wondering what all of the hubbub is about, Diverse-a-Thon is a week-long event that seeks to celebrate the diversity in books. Not to mention it’s my favorite type of readathon/challenge– virtually stress-free! (I say “virtually” because we all know I’m putting that pressure on myself to finish up all of these books whether I like it or not.)
** I’m also making a separate goal to actually work on the reviews to my latest diverse reads whenever I get too burnt out from reading… because I already know that will happen. **
My Diverse-A-Thon TBR:
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
page count: 273
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.
There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.
But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she’s not about to stop.
I may or may not be cheating (This is where I pause for everyone to catch on to the fact that I will go down in the books as the Resident Rulebreaker), but I started this book some time last week. However, I never got anywhere with it, so I shoved it to the side until yesterday so that I could make a conscious effort to finish the damn thing this week.
Needless to say, I’m not so sure I’m going to be singing this book’s praises like everyone else. F/F romance, Chinese-American MC, and pirates, tho
Every Heart a Doorway by Seannan McGuire
page count: 169
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
There’s ace rep. Need I say more? (Let’s be clear: Even if I needed to say more, I wouldn’t know what to say because I know absolutely nothing about this book other than I finally get to see ace rep on the page.)
Jalen, lover of B-grade sci-fi movies, meets the far-too-handsome P in a cafe while deciding whether or not to skip uni again. When P invites them along to a double feature of Robot Monster and Cat Women of the Moon, Jalen can hardly believe that hot boys like bad sci-fi, too. But as their relationship progresses, Jalen realizes P leaves him wondering if they’re on the same page about what dating means, and if that’s what they’re doing.
This is a reread because I want to give it a proper review but can’t seem to make sense of the notes I took when I read it (I also think I lost half the notes because that’s my life). Trans and non-binary (pretty sure) characters and visible disability rep.
If you want to join but need a few recommendations to get you on your way, I highly recommend checking out Naz’s Ultimate Diverse Reading List. With over 300 book recs, you can’t go wrong!