#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!
It’s the start of another week, which means it’s time for 5 On My TBR! I love the theme for this week, identity, though I am admittedly not sure if the books I picked truly fit it. Does this mean books that focus on a character’s identity? Where they are hiding their identity for one reason or another? Where a character is figuring out their identity? I’m hoping it means all those scenarios and more because I have quite an eclectic mix selected today, haha.
That being said, let’s jump in!
#1. She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Seeming as this book focuses on a woman who assumes her brother’s identity because she refuses to lead the life of mediocrity that has been promised her, I think this totally fits. I’ve been eager to read this epic fantasy centered around ancient China for awhile now. I also have an absolutely stunning Illumicrate edition that makes me want to read it even more! If it’s half as good as what I’ve been hearing, I’m going to love this book.
#2. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
One of our main characters in this book, Zafira, hides her identity in order to provide for her village. Of course, the book is much more than that, which is why I’m eager to read it! We also have a prince who is a deadly assassin and the possibility for ✨romance✨ Sign me up! I’ve had this one my TBR since before it released and I would love to get to it sooner rather than later. It’s one of those situations where I’ve hyped myself up so much that now I’m afraid to actually read it 😅
#3. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Speaking of books I’ve hyped up a lot in my head, this beautiful book has been chilling on my TBR for far too long! This probably fits the category the best as it seems truly focused around our main character’s identities as a Black, queer, and transgender teen. It’s also a love story that I can’t wait to see unfold. Of course, it sounds like it’s going to be tense, seeming as Felix has to deal with deadnaming and transphobia. It definitely sounds like something that will have me all in my feelings and I am ready!
#4. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
This is the most dubious selection on this list, haha. My rationale is that Addie has no identity in the wider world since she’s instantly forgotten. She’s trying to reclaim her identity, to be remembered… at least that’s what I’m going with 😂 Perhaps this is just an excuse to put on of my most anticipated reads of 2020 that I still haven’t read on this list. I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this one, but V.E. Schwab is one of my favorite writers. I have high hopes.
#5. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
This is a story featuring two Black sisters who are white-passing and how their lives diverge when one chooses to live as a white woman while the other does not. If that ain’t a book about identity, I don’t know what is! I expect this powerful book to hit me in places I’m not ready for and I welcome the pain. I’ve heard nothing but glowing praise for this story and just need to sit down and read it already!
What are some books about identity on your TBR? Have you read any of the books on mine? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!