What I’ve Been Reading Recently – Gemma
Thus far my 2021 reading list is shaping up to be pretty odd.
In 2020 I discovered non-fiction. You’d think after being a bookseller for six years I would have dipped my toes in those murky waters before now. But alas, it took a summer of incredibly important protests and a pandemic for me to face the fact that in order to understand the world I need to actually learn about it. From navigating existence as a non-binary activist in In Their Shoes, to the trials and milestones of parenting in The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (I promise I’m not pregnant Mum), discovering the joys of the seashore in Rock Pool: Extraordinary Encounters Between the Tides, and some good old French feminism in I Hate Men, I’ve read a variety recently.
Of course, just because I’ve been learning these past couple of months doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading my wonderfully trashy YA books. For gay love during a presidential campaign look no further than Red, White & Royal Blue. Maybe you’re in the mood for some small town American mystery? Montague Twins: The Witch’s Hand is for you. Or, if you’re on the hunt for a lesbian sci-fi retelling of the Arthurian legend (who isn’t to be honest) then you’ll love Once & Future.
Stay safe and happy reading!
All books on this list
- Red, White & Royal BlueCasey McQuiston£12.99
- In Their ShoesJamie Windust£12.99
- The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)Philippa Perry£9.99
- I Hate MenPauline Harmange, Natasha Lehrer£7.99
- Rock Pool: Extraordinary Encounters Between the TidesHeather Buttivant£9.99
- Once & FutureAmy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy£8.99
- Montague Twins: The Witch’s HandNathan Page, Drew Shannon£13.99