I should probably go through and clean out my Goodreads TBR. It’s getting toward 400 books. But that’s a lot of effort. So in the meantime I’ll just talk about the books on here! I used a random number generator to pick these off the list.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
So I’ve actually removed this book from my TBR at least once before (it may have been more than once). But it’s ended up back on there. I have a huge soft spot for books involving goblin kings, as anyone who has heard me screaming about S. Jae-Jones’ Wintersong will know. I blame David Bowie and the movie Labyrinth. This book differs from others I’ve read in that it focuses on the goblin emperor himself rather than a love interest. I do want to read it if I can ever find it, and there’s a sequel coming out this year apparently!
East Lynne by Ellen Wood
In a stunning turn of events, I’m actually going to read this book in a few weeks! I only recently learned about Ellen Wood, who is a Victorian writer. East Lynne is a sensation novel featuring a fallen woman and a governess, so I’m reading it for my independent study on Victorian women writers. I’m due to read it sometime next month, and it will probably feature in a 3 Classics Review.
The Binding by Bridget Collins
This is a recent addition, and I won’t lie: I came across this while scrolling through Tumblr. Look at that cover! It’s so beautiful. But it also has a 19th-century England-esque setting, a focus on books, magic, and LGBT+ characters, so it sounds right up my alley. Based on reviews, it seems people either love it or hate it due to the ending. I’ll be interested to see what my reaction will be…
Notes on a Silencing by Lacy Crawford
This is another fairly recent addition to the TBR that was recommended by one of the BookTubers I follow. This memoir tells of author Lacy Crawford’s assault at her New England boarding school and how it was swept under the rug. This is sadly such a common occurrence in our society, and I think it’s so important for these stories to be told. I already know this will be a hard read due to the subject matter, so I need to carefully choose a time to read it when I can mentally handle it.
The Beguiling by Zuszsi Gartner
I requested an ARC of this book last year and didn’t get it, which was disappointing. But I still hope to read it at some point. It focuses on a woman who has pretensions of sainthood and ends up hearing people’s confessions. Maybe it’s because I attended a Catholic school (despite not being Catholic), but I find myself drawn to stories with these sorts of themes. I probably won’t buy this since I’m not familiar with the author, but I’ll take it out of the library at some point.
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
This is a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” that’s been on my TBR for ages. I’ve always been quite fond of this fairy tale. And I’ve heard from two of my best friends that it is fairly dark and disturbing, which sounds like exactly my kind of thing. It’s an older book, so I keep an eye out for it when I’m used book shopping, but I haven’t come across it yet.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?