#ReadTheMoon2020: 24 Books To Read This Year

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The Moon is a lovely little indie bookshop here in Singapore. They stock a great variety of books, serve creative drinks in their cafe, and host amazing events, including the monthly Queer Women’s Book Club (which I have yet to attend, but cannot wait to check out!). Their Instagram feed is lovely and features lots of themed book recommendations. They also have a love for astrology and all things witchy and occult, and their shop has a selection of local arts & crafts, including beautiful witchy pins made right here in Singapore.

If that’s not convinced you that they’re amazing, how about the fact that they just released a 2020 Reading Challenge, complete with checklist and diverse prompts? I’ve been reading my way around the Singaporean literary scene in the past two years, and figured participating in a local reading challenge would be a step in the right direction.

Without further ado, here are 24 books I intend to read this year, according to #ReadTheMoon2020!

#ReadTheMoon2020 reading challenge prompts

Book covers: Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang, Arid Dreams by Duanwad Pimwana, and Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor

By a female author of colour

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Memoir that recounts how the author lost five men in her life in the span of five years. Explores race, drugs, economic struggle, and family.

By a Singaporean author

The Black Tides of Heaven by J. Y. Yang

First in a series of fantasy novellas that explore non-binary gender identity.

By a Southeast Asian author

Arid Dreams by Duanwad Pimwana (trans. Mui Poopoksakul)

Collection of short stories from Thailand. Explores working class life and characters stuck in ordinary routines while they wait for something big to happen.

A book in translation

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (trans. Sophie Hughes)

Novel inspired by the real murder of a woman in rural Mexico. Explores witchcraft and superstition. Also on my list of book releases to watch out for in 2020.

Book covers: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Where Freedom Starts by Verso Books, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, and Revolting Prostitutes by Juno Mac and Molly Smith

Graphic novel

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (trans. Mattias Ripa, Blake Ferris, Anjali Singh)

Graphic memoir about the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

A book of essays

Where Freedom Starts: Sex, Power, Violence, #MeToo edited by Verso

Series of essays by leading feminists, scholars, activists, and writers about sexual violence and the #MeToo movement. Can be obtained for free from the Verso Books website (for a limited time).

A book of short stories

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Collection of feminist, queer short fiction. Uses magical realism and elements of horror.

An author unfamiliar to you

Revolting Prostitutes by Molly Smith and Juno Mac

Non-fiction about prostitution and the fight for sex workers’ rights.

Book covers: Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown, The Sorrows of Mexico by various authors, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, and Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

By a queer author

Venus Envy by Rita Mae Brown

A woman who thinks she’s about to die writes letters to her family and friends to tell them what she really thinks of them and that she’s gay. Then she finds out she’s not going to die after all.

A book set in/about a country you’ve never been to

The Sorrows of Mexico by Lydia Cacho (and others)

Non-fiction about the drug trade in Mexico, the resulting corruption and poverty, the government’s violence, and the lack of freedom of speech.

Under 200 pages

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Afrofuturist novella about a girl who leaves her family to go to university on a different planet.

Over 400 pages

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

First book in the author’s Raven Cycle spin-off. Follows Ronan Lynch, a queer young man who can dream things into reality.

Book covers: Kept Animals by Kate Milliken, Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey, The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, and Four Futures by Peter Frase

Published in 2020

Kept Animals by Kate Milliken

F/F novel set on a ranch in California. Told by the protagonist’s daughter in order to unravel her mother’s past. This one is on my list of book releases to watch out for in 2020 as well.

Published before you were born

Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

M/M fantasy about mages, bards, and evil spells. First in a classic queer fantasy series well-known for its gay romance.

A book you’ve tried to read but did not finish

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

1920s lesbian fiction classic. Follows the main characters from childhood to adulthood, as she discovers her sexuality, learns how to hunt and ride, and lives through World War I.

A book about changing the world

Four Futures: Life After Capitalism by Peter Frase

Non-fiction that explores four potential futures after the fall of capitalism. Published by Verso Books, a socialist press.

Book covers: What My Mother and I Don't Talk About edited by Michele Filgate, The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan, The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown, and Moon by Bernd Brunner

A book about self-improvement

What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About edited by Michele Filgate

Essays by different writers about how we communicate with our mothers and how it affects us.

A book you judged by its cover

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan

F/F magical realist novel that heavily plays with water magic. Set on an island where people turn to stone atop a cliff when they die.

An author’s debut

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

YA mystery novel that follows a young girl after her dad dies in an unexplained crash. Explores death, loss, LGBT+ elements, and female friendship. Also on my TBR for books about grief and loss.

With the word “moon” in the title

Moon: A Brief History by Bernd Brunner

Experimental non-fiction that explores science, mythology, and folklore, all surrounding the moon.

Book covers: Educated by Tara Westover, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, A Place for Us by Cassandra Chiu, and This is What Inequality Looks Like by You Yenn Teo

A well-known book you never got around to

Educated by Tara Westover

Memoir about growing up in a survivalist family, isolated from the rest of the world, and how the author taught herself the things she would have learned in school.

A book that’s been adapted into a movie/TV show

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Summery, retro-vibes coming-of-age novel about a girl who moves in with her aunt after her parents pass away, and discovers her sexuality along the way.

Bought at The Moon

A Place For Us by Cassandra Chiu

Singaporean memoir by a blind woman, about what it’s like to have a guide dog and generally be blind in Singapore.

Borrowed from a friend

This is What Inequality Looks Like by You Yenn Teo

Non-fiction about class differences and poverty in Singapore. (Borrowed by my future self from my girlfriend, so not really a friend, but let’s count it.)

Checklist for you to update as you #ReadTheMoon2020 can be found below!

#ReadTheMoon2020 reading challenge prompts checklist

What’s on your #ReadTheMoon2020 list? You can leave your answers in the comments below – or get in touch with me on Goodreads or Instagram.

If you want to know what else I’m reading this year, I have a list of book releases to watch out for in 2020, and I am also taking part in the #ReadingWomenChallenge.

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  1. eddie

    Let me know when you get to Four Futures and Binti! I want to do those too!

    1. yaizacanopoli@gmail.com

      I will! I have Four Futures as an ebook, and Binti on my library wishlist, so could be any day when the mood strikes haha

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