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!
By a female author of colour
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
First in a series of fantasy novellas that explore non-binary gender identity.
By a Southeast Asian author
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
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.
Graphic memoir about the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
A book of essays
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
Collection of feminist, queer short fiction. Uses magical realism and elements of horror.
An author unfamiliar to you
Non-fiction about prostitution and the fight for sex workers’ rights.
By a queer author
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
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
Afrofuturist novella about a girl who leaves her family to go to university on a different planet.
Over 400 pages
First book in the author’s Raven Cycle spin-off. Follows Ronan Lynch, a queer young man who can dream things into reality.
Published in 2020
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
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
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
Non-fiction that explores four potential futures after the fall of capitalism. Published by Verso Books, a socialist press.
A book about self-improvement
Essays by different writers about how we communicate with our mothers and how it affects us.
A book you judged by its cover
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
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
Experimental non-fiction that explores science, mythology, and folklore, all surrounding the moon.
A well-known book you never got around to
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
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
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
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!