I recently found an article by Tor about “Five Books With Asexual Protagonists” and I decided to make it one of my goals for 2018 to read at least one Ace book per month. I searched the internet and found this article on tumblr which also has a list of Asexual main characters. There’s also a twitter thread. Those books will definitely be added to my list, but probably not until 2019, as many of them don’t come out until sometime in 2018.
Since the linked articles have a lot more details about the books and about the characters, I don’t want to repeat their information and will instead just list my own reading list for 2018 and the months I intend to read them. Maybe if anyone else out there wants to read some Ace books at the same time as me and maybe discuss them, that might be an interesting thing to pursue?
The list is posted in this order because these are the books I actually have right now and as the year progresses, I’ll order the rest and keep moving forward.
- January’s book is Hello World by Tiffany Rose and Alexandra Tauber.
- February’s book is Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron. I might also add Sea of Strangers to February, depending on my schedule and the fact that it’s the second book in the series (I like to binge-read 😉 but I haven’t purchased that one yet).
- March is going to be a pretty heavy reading month, as I intend to read the entire omnibus of The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon, which includes The Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, Divided Allegiance, and Oath of Gold.
- April’s book will be Clariel by Garth Nix, which is the fourth book in his Abhorsen series and means that I will probably need to find and purchase Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen prior to me reading Clariel.
- May might also be a heavy month, since Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith appears to be book five in the Inda and Banner series. Banner of the Damned takes place 400 years after the events of the other books in the series, so maybe I won’t read them all? I’ll have to look at what my schedule is like in May.
- June’s book will be Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. This looks like a stand-alone book so I should be able to pick that one up just fine.
- July’s book also looks like a stand-alone, with Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey.
- August’s book will be Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson, which also looks like another stand-alone.
- Starting in September, I’ll pick up books that may or may not have actual asexual representation, but I’ll still voice my thoughts on those as well, starting with Bone Dance by Emma Bull.
- October will be Dust by Elizabeth Bear.
- As November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short), I expect to have a bit less time for reading and writing reviews. Based off multiple recommendations on tumblr, November’s book will be Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee.
- My final book for my Ace reading list in 2018 will be Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray, which also appears to be the third book with the previous two books of Lair of Dreams and The Diviners as books I’ll need to read prior to Before the Devil Breaks You.
I’ll be posting book reviews as I read each book on this list, in addition to my regular book reviews. Here are some of the books I’ve already read and reviewed Unburied Fables edited by Creative Aces Publishing, which had a lot of really great queer representation and all the stories had happy endings!
I know there’s a lot of really great stories by Asexuals or with Asexual characters and I’m going to continue to actively seek out these books to read (so if you’re writing them, like I know some of you are, KEEP GOING! I believe in you! I want to read your work!). I’m also going to continue work on my own Explorers trilogy about planetary explorers. The two main characters are women, one is a space pilot and the other is a security person. They are asexual queer platonic partners and the series focuses on their relationship and their otherworld adventures.
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