What I’m not reading — Sep 2019

Welcome to this year’s edition of “my unendingly patient and ever-growing TBR”.

I adopted the BuJo system earlier this year and am excited to see all my admin, paperwork and other shenanigans slowly coming good. My weeks are on track now. I’m not daunted by the tiniest things. And, best of all, making time to read has been so easy.

In theory, anyway. The reality is I’ve been spending my newfound time on mechanical keyboards and cryptic crosswords. I’ve started a new project involving storytelling in a medium other than books. No, it’s not a graphic novel or a screenplay, though I’d like to do those one day. I’ll tell you more about it another time. For now, here’s what my hobbies are stopping me from reading:

Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi

Book cover for "Summerland" by Hannu Rajaniemi

I’ve had my eye on Summerland since it came out last year. Alas, Hannu is one of those authors whose work does such things to me that I need to clear out a heap of space in my life just to start reading. To be honest, I haven’t even read the blurb (or if I have, I’ve forgotten what it says). I just know if it’s by this author, I want to read it.

Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald

This book has sat on my Kindle since preorders were announced. What I like about the Luna series is how down-to-earth it is for a story set on the moon. It’s not a crazy planet-shattering epic or full of weird wonders I have to work to relate to. It’s a story about people being fucking people. We’re sexy, we’re angry, we just want to survive and be comfortable. Most of all, we’re assholes, and here’s how we do with resources and futuristic technology at our fingertips. This will be retrofuture scifi one day. But I really hope some day sooner, someone turns it into a telenovela.

Ps. If I ever start learning Portuguese, it will be because of this series.

Faker by Sarah Smith

Actually, I’ve read this one—sort of. I had the honour of beta reading Sarah Smith’s manuscript when it had just come out of its draft stage. It’s such a great story, so relatable, full of sexy lovey-dovey feels, much like the author’s short stories and serials. The chemistry between her characters, Emmie and Tate, is just fantastic and I love how fresh the author’s voice is. This was another one I locked in as soon as the preorder dropped, in paperback this time, because I’m really digging romance in paperback lately.

Aspergirls by Rudy Simone

Speaking of paperbacks, I recently finished The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. It was a great book, but it sent me down this rabbithole of wondering… things. The author recommended this book for other people who may be wondering things, so here it is on my list.

Star Brides: Dept. of Corrections by Pia Manning

There’s something soothing about reading a Pia Manning story while in transit. I enjoyed Star Brides: The Meat Market, especially because it gave me real-world things to reflect on. And you know, the ménage parts were pretty great too. And now here we are with a poly story 💞 I’m saving this one for an upcoming plane ride, so the aircon better be good in economy, please!

Dune by Frank Herbert

I’m so excited about the upcoming Dune film that I’ve hardly looked up anything about it. Truth be told, I don’t care about the news, the speculations, what the early reviews will be like, what Roger Ebert, David and Margaret, or Rotten Tomatoes thinks about it. I don’t care if I end up hating the film. I just love the universe and this story and am so goddamned excited.

OK, I lie, I care a bit about the news. Hearing about the cast has been great and I’m itching to know who plays Feyd Rautha in the film. Someone tried to tell me they’ve combined his role with Rabban’s, but come on. Would the maker of a movie as incredible as Blade Runner 2049 do something like that? I have my doubts.

And I will continue having my doubts as I devour the audiobook of this novel, right up until the new film comes out.

Beauregard and the Beast by Evie Drae

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this author and this book. Also, I’m so ready to read another sports romance and OMG, this is an MMA story. Yes, please. This is another book I’ve earmarked for holiday reading. My kindle’s gonna get one hell of a workout.

What I’m not reading — July 2018

Also known as “the TBR that taunts me”.

When I’m busy, the first thing to go is my TBR. I’ve realised recently that the time I spend reading directly corresponds to how I’m faring in my work-addled life. I do have workaholic tendencies I need to address. They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

Well, that’s bullshit. If you love what you do, you end up working all the fucking time because you can’t get enough. It’s nice in the way party drugs are nice—they’ll nice you to destruction if you don’t watch yourself.

Until I sort my shit out, here’s what’s currently awaiting me on my to-be-read pile…

How Two Love by Jan Resnick

This is an interesting and insightful book so far, but I struggle to pick it up again whenever I put it down. Admittedly, I find it triggering. Every paragraph seems to stir up indignation (to say the least) at what we put up with and what we inflict on people in the name of love. For all our civilisation and infrastructure, we really are a primitive species—our own worst enemies sometimes, if not the unwitting worst enemies of the people we say we care about.

I suppose that makes it extra important to finish this book. I’m gonna need a lot of sleep and chocolate to get through this.

Star Brides: The Meat Market by Pia Manning


Pia Manning won me over with her deft writing style in Star Brides: Procured. I’m not into the “hot alien men” thing, but I can’t deny the stories I’ve read have, in one way or another, impressed me. Pia has a really classy way with words. Maybe this shows how much I still have to learn about writing, but I get real courageous vibes from the way she tells her stories. Reading her blog is like getting punched in the gut, but in a good way.

I’m pretty keen to read this, and I kind of want to read this with a lot of life clearance so I can smash it out without being distracted by tasks and chores. The last time I read a Pia Manning book, I missed my train and was late for work 😬

Intercourse with the Vampire by C.J. Douglass


Because how could I not? I literally laughed out loud when I read the title, and if Taken by the 8-bit Plumbers is anything to go by, I will definitely want to read this book in private so I don’t have to explain what I’m giggling at.

C.J.’s work is high steam, and I don’t know if she intends her work to be hilarious, but I’m really tickled by the inside jokes and creative license. I’m very much looking forward to starting this book.

Rubies Are Red by Eliza Loveless

A Twitter friend retweeted this author’s promo. I read the first two pages in an Amazon sample and bought it on the spot. I mean, check out this first line:

I had a meanness inside of me as real as my fist.

Paranormal romance is far from my favourite genre these days, but I can’t walk past a good literary style. That first line gave me some serious good, dark vibes.