This month’s 3 on the 3rd is very overdue as it is now the 10th! I was on a blog tour for the 3rd and meant to post on the 4th but life got in the way. Getting back on track this week! Hopefully! This month I’ve picked so books that I am really looking forward to and a couple of them will tick of Popsugar prompts.
Gay Club! by Simon James Green
I saw this shared on Twitter and pre-ordered as it sounds brilliant and I absolutely love the sparkly cover. I’m always looking for inclusive fiction to share with students as part of my classroom library. I also think it’s important to read the books you are sharing.
What it’s about?
A landmark comedic novel about a group of queer teens at their worst – and ultimately their best – from one of the UK’s leading writers of LGBTQ+ teen fiction.
Barney’s a shoo-in for his school’s LGBTQ+ Society President at the club’s next election. But when the vote is opened up to the entire student body, the whole school starts paying attention. How low will the candidates go to win? Buckle up for some serious shade, scandals and sleazy shenanigans. It isn’t long before it’s National Coming Out Day – for everyone’s secrets!
But when the group faces an expected threat – and a big opportunity – can the club members put politics aside and stand united?
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I have absolutely loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six. This is one that I am really looking forward to reading this month and ticks off the book set in the 1980s prompt.
What it’s about?
Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.
Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.
The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.
Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.
And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.
By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.
Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them… and what they will leave behind.
Burn Mark by Laura Powell
This is a book I have had on the shelf for far too long. Fantasy is never my favourite, in fact I must admit that I tend to avoid it. But this one appealed and it features witches and witchcraft so that will be another prompt ticked off.
What it’s about
In a modern world where witches are hunted down and burned at the stake, two lives intersect. Glory is from a family of witches, and is desperate to develop her ‘Fae’ powers and become a witch herself, though witch-activity carries a threat of being burned at the stake. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition with a privileged life very different from the witches he is being trained to prosecute. And then one day, both Glory and Lucas develop the Fae. In one fell stroke, their lives are inextricably bound together.
Have a great reading month. x