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This week’s theme is a love freebie! I love love – at heart I’m a hopeless romantic, and when I ship a couple I love really hard I love that ‘squeeee!’ feeling it fills me with – but my relationship with my own feelings towards love is a little more complicated. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve been trying to figure out what I am, and while I personally don’t like labels for myself, the more I’ve thought the more I feel like I’m somewhere on the aro/ace spectrum.
In the past I’ve told people I liked them when they showed an interest because it felt like the right thing to do, until these people tried to get closer and I, terrified, pushed them away. For a long time I thought it meant there was something wrong with me, but I think it’s just who I am. I can appreciate that someone’s beautiful, sure, but in the same way I’d look at a pretty vase and think, ‘that’s nice’.
So this week I’m sharing some books on my TBR that feature ace and/or aro protagonists, because I’d like to be reading more of them!
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann: This YA contemporary about a girl who identifies as asexual, but not aromantic (always an important distinction to make!), has been on my TBR for a while now. I love the cover!
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee: This is one of the first YA novels I heard of that included an asexual protagonist, so I’ve always been keen to check it out.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand: One of the three heroines in this YA horror novel, Zoey, identifies as asexual. I already wanted to read this book but once I realised one of the queer characters is ace, it shot up my TBR!
Loveless by Alice Oseman: Oseman’s work often has ace representation, and it looks like her latest novel, due out this summer, will be focusing on an aro-ace protagonist so I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson: This YA novel was one of the first in the genre in which the protagonist both identifies as asexual and defends herself against some of the stereotypes asexual people face.
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault: This fantasy novel sounds amazing. It follows multiple narrators, one of whom I’ve been promised is a cheese-loving aro-ace priest, and I’d like to get to it soon as Arseneault is a writer who’s on the aro-ace spectrum herself.
The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff: I haven’t read any Tanya Huff in a long time, but I really enjoy her work. This novel was written before Huff has heard of the terms aro and ace, but she has since said the heroine of this novel would identify as such if she were to write it now. The heroine of this novel is a princess turned wizardess trying to get out of an arranged marriage with a prince who also doesn’t want to marry her. Luckily there’s a third protagonist, a thief, who seems happy to warm his bed instead…
Clariel by Garth Nix: I love The Old Kingdom series, but still haven’t got to the two latest additions to it because I think I need to re-read the original three first. Clariel is a prequel to the original series, and Clariel herself is asexual.
Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland: The main reason I picked up a copy of this fantasy novel last year is because the heroine is asexual. I love the cover of this one, I need to cross it off my TBR!
Banner of the Damned by Sherwood Smith: The heroine of this beasty high fantasy novel is an asexual scribe, so why wouldn’t I want to read it?