Hey, everyone! Welcome back to another ABC Book Challenge post. I decided to do this to add more variety to the blog and also because it looked incredibly fun (and so far, it is!). Once again, thank you to Sofii @A Book. A Thought. for introducing this tag to me, and for her support. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already!
Here’s the challenge: Every week (though I have not strictly been following this, haaaa), I’ll have a post sharing my most favorite titles as well as those on my current TBR list that start with the corresponding letter. (For weird letters like Q, X, and Z, I might have to bend the rules a little and just have those letters somewhere in the title, but we’ll see.)
This week is the letter G!
Favorite Titles That Start with “G”
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo is a gorgeously written novel. It made me an instant fan of the author and her rich, haunting prose, which is fitting for a story based on the Chinese belief of ghost brides and their link to restless, departed spirits in the afterlife. Li Lan is a compelling protagonist as she navigates both Malaya and then the spirit world. In fact, all the female characters are as compelling as they are different. My heart was ultimately stolen, though, by Er Lang and the mystery surrounding him and Li Lan. I adore this novel, and I’m due for a reread. [Review]
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett had me in stitches. The demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale join forces to avert the apocalypse because they have too good of a thing going to want the End Times to ruin it all. Their shenanigans are beyond amusing, but so are the ones involving the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as well as the Antichrist, who is being raised in the wrong home as a Good Boy. Beyond the humor, though, you can tell this book was a true collaborative effort and labor of love between two good friends and fantastic authors, so there’s no going wrong here. Plus, there’s an Amazon show with David Tennant and Michael Sheen forthcoming, so if you haven’t read this brilliant story, now you have plenty of reason to do so.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan was such a breath of fresh air in the YA sphere. I adored the world-building, how the castes were split into Paper (human), Steel (half-human, half-demon), and Moon (full-demon), with demonic features being prized above all others. The character designs were as fun to read as the rest of the descriptive prose itself. Lei became an instantly sympathetic protagonist, and how she discovers and explores her sexuality and lesbian relationship is such a gradual, beautiful thing–a true light in a novel that also explores some pretty dark topics like abusive relationships and sexual assault. The only reason this didn’t get a full five stars from me is because I won’t be seeing some of my favorite characters anymore, but I still enjoyed it, and I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel. Also, that cover!!!! I swooned.
Gotham City Sirens: Books One and Two by Paul Dini, Tony Bedard, Scott Lobdell, and Marc Andreyko feature some of the best Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman content on the block. These three villainesses are some of my favorites (I’ve even cosplayed Arkham Knight Harley Quinn), so reading two full comic volumes about their exploits is a complete treat. I love when villains get their own time to shine. Here, you get to witness the friendship between them as well as their antagonism; sometimes goals just don’t align, y’know? Plus, there’s Harley and Ivy’s budding relationship, and even some Mad Love in all its messed-up glory. With gorgeous art, a compelling narrative, and some of the best characters DC has to offer, you can’t go wrong with these volumes.
Books on My TBR List That Start with “G”
Not pictured: Guardians of Dawn by S. Jae-Jones
That’s all for this week! Any DC Comics fans out there? Or maybe someone looking for stories inspired by Chinese mythology and other Asian cultures? I definitely have a few recs for you. Otherwise, what have you read on my TBR list? What did you like, and which books were you “meh” about? I’m eager to hear your thoughts.