Most anticipated releases (Jan-Jun 2018)

Making this post took me forever because I had to go and rearrange all my shelves on goodreads just so I could KIND OF make some sense of what is about to be released when, but even so I know that I’m missing A LOT of books. Anyway, here are at least some of my most anticipated releases for the first part of the year!

January

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 26032825

Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Release date: Jan 2nd

Yes this was already released and it’s already on my Kindle but I promised myself I won’t read it until I’ve made a dent in my ARCs. Yikes. Anyway this is apparently in the same universe of The Darkest Part of the Forest which I absolutely adored last year so there is no way I’m missing out on it.

Rep: I think this has multiple mlm characters, not sure about wlw

 

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh 29906017

Summary: Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Release date: Jan 23rd

This sounds so great  I can’t believe I’m gonna have to wait until I am free of my ARCs but in the meantime I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it!

Rep: wlw

 

February

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (anthology by various authors) 35140599

Summary: Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. 

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten. 

That’s all we need in 20gayteen thanx

Release date: Feb 27th

Rep: multiple characters on the lgbtq+ spectrum

 

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson 35297386

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Release date: Feb 6th

I actually still haven’t read anything by SDH and it’s truly a shame. I don’t know if I’ll manage to make this my first read by the author but it sounds amazing so I just might.

Rep: wlw

 

March

Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 24909347

Summary: Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Release date: March 13th

I loved Illuminae and Gemina and I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series (although I’ll be really sad).

 

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara 32295460

Summary: A swashbuckling, smart novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession—and her safety—depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Release date: March 6th

If you know me then you also know that my most favorite thing in the world is pirate girls conquering the seas and falling in love with each other so how could this not be my #1 most anticipated release this year??

Rep: wlw

 

April

Circe by Madeline Miller 32454291

Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Release date: April 10th

Umm nothing to say here I just need it now

 

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Arbetalli 31180248

Summary: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Release date: April 24th

YES PLEASE SIMON VS SPINOFF I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR TWO YEARS

Rep: wlw

 

May

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde 35901105

Summary: As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be
perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Release date: May 22nd

After loving Queens of Geek I really can’t wait for this (also that cover is so preTY AND SO BI I LOVE)

Rep: wlw

 

June

I actually don’t have a super anticipated book that’s gonna release in June (or I haven’t found one yet at least) so if you know of one that I should look forward to (preferably lgbtq+) definitely let me know!

 

Have you already added any of these to your TBR? What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of this year? 

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ARC review: Curved Horizon by Taylor Brooke

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I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary: Curved Horizon picks up a few weeks after the conclusion of Fortitude Smashed with Daisy Yuen and Chelsea Cavanaugh, whose Camellia Clocks draw close to timing out.

Navigating the in’s and out’s of love is hard enough as strangers destined to be soul mates and proves even more complicated when Daisy shares ugly, dark secrets that linger in her and Aiden’s past.

Meanwhile, Shannon and Aiden continue to explore their own new relationship. With Fall comes an unforgettable one year anniversary, but when Shannon suffers a life-threatening incident on the job, Chelsea, Daisy, and Aiden must find a way to let go of their pasts to make room for their futures.

Release date: March 8th

★★✩✩

DNF @68%

This book wasn’t all bad, but I think by now after two books by the author I’ve accepted that her writing is just not for me.

WHAT I LIKED:

• the whole Rose Road system is explained better than in book one
• some things that were left unsaid or up to imagination in book one were clarified (ex: the characters’ sexualities)
• the romance between Daisy and Chelsea was cute and I think they had chemistry
• we get to learn more about Aiden’s and Shannon’s pasts

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:

I think a lot of the issues from book one were still present in this book, plus a few new ones.

I think that after the initial set-up it becomes “let’s kiss and then doubt everything again and fight and then make up, rinse and repeat”, which is exactly what happened in book one. This dynamic is just not interesting to me, especially when in their making up scenes everything seems to be perfect and I see none of the inner conflict they show when they’re apart. I think the issue is that they get together too early on and then it’s kind of a struggle to keep this thing up for like 80% of the book.

Also, one thing I mentioned in my likes but that I also can’t fully get behind with is how central Aiden and Shannon were. On one side it was nice to see them again and learn more about both, because book one didn’t really clarify some things. BUT. A lot of the things addressed here NEEDED to be in book one, and I partially understand why they were mentioned here instead, because they were fully part of Daisy’s history too. However, this just feels like poor planning from the author’s part. I wanted to see more about Aiden’s story in the book dedicated to Aiden and Shannon, not in this one.

Another thing I didn’t like is how lost I kept getting. I don’t know if this will be fixed in the final version when the book gets published, but I kept having to reread some parts because too often there were lines of dialogue that didn’t seem related to anything else going on. This made the reading experience very slow and ultimately didn’t help me want to finish this book.

And that’s another problem: a lot of this book feels like just dragging the story so it would reach an x amount of pages, and after that Dramatic Things happen (I know this because I’ve asked my friend to spoil me the end) at like 90%, when they could have happened much earlier and then allow for more depth.

I don’t know, I just see that this doesn’t bother everybody but it bothers me to the point that it feels like I’m wasting my time reading this. I believe I would have given this three stars if I had kept reading it but I just can’t give more than two stars to a book I DNF’d.

Rep: bi girl (Chelsea), bi boy (Shannon), demisexual and Chinese girl (Daisy), pansexual boy (Aiden).

Down the TBR hole #2

down the TBR hole

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. These are the rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

(I’m doing a softcore version of this, and some books will end up on my “maybe” shelf!)

TBR count after the last post: 490

Current TBR count: 492

(don’t ask how it happened)


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The Chemistry of Death by Simon Beckett

I have no recollection of adding this and yeah I also don’t think I want to read it, like I really don’t think I’ll be in the right headspace for it now or ever.

VERDICT: remove

 

 

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

I actually own the whole series as ebooks and I do plan to read it. It’s not one of my priorities because I also need to be in the right mood for epic fantasy and I want to have time to binge the series in case I find it bingeable, which is something I can’t do right now. So this stays.

VERDICT: keep

 

 

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I remember hearing about this when I first started navigating booktube (I don’t remember who mentioned it though) back when all I read was YA fantasy and it caught my interest. Now that I’m active in the book community I still hear about this book and a few trusted friends love it so I’m definitely keeping it (2014 me would be proud but she’d wish 2018 me had the time to actually read it).

VERDICT: keep

 

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Legend by Marie Lu

Eh. I still haven’t read a single Marie Lu book, and tbh I’ll probably read something else by her before this. If I read this. I keep seeing people giving it four stars but it doesn’t actually sound mindblowing or anything.

VERDICT: maybe

 

 

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The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I don’t even need to read reviews or a synopsis lmao

VERDICT: keep

 

 

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Eh. Sounds a little too straight for me.

VERDICT: remove

 

 

 

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Die Verratenen by Ursula Poznanski

No idea if this was also translated in English, but it sounds good and I really can’t afford to delete books in German from my TBR since I can’t find that many that I’m interested in.

VERDICT: keep

 

 

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This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

This sounds really interesting but at the same time it’s not something I see myself getting to anytime soon. I’m definitely more interested in the future and upcoming novels by Lee, and maybe eventually I’ll check this one out too.

VERDICT: maybe

 

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Riders by Veronica Rossi

I added this because I loved Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy, but at this point I’m not very interested in it so…

VERDICT: remove

 

 

 

 

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This was actually recommended to me more than once, but what really made it stand out from the recs I received is that apparently it has lgbtq+ characters that are just there and I love it when fantasy books do that, so.

VERDICT: keep

 

 


FINAL TBR COUNT: 488 BOOKS

 

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my decisions to keep/remove them from my TBR?

ARC review: Society of Wishes (Wish Quartet #1) by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

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I was sent this book as an advanced copy by author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

Summary: First book in the Wish Quartet, a new-adult, urban fantasy series

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.

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Release date: January 29th 2018

★★★.5✩

I liked a lot of things in this book and it was overall a very enjoyable and entertaining read. Other things I had a few issues with and I’m going to talk about those too.

The idea behind this series is great, and it’s what I was looking forward to the most. Knowing Elise Kova’s worldbuilding abilities from her previous series, I was sure this aspect was going to be one of the most interesting ones in the book, and I can confirm it’s that way exactly. Even when I was left with some questions about how certain things about this wishing-granting society worked, these were answered later.

There was no real info-dump, which is usually a positive thing, but I do feel like some things were kept needlessly mysterious for the sake of the narrative, while in reality they should have been explained right away. Like, when Jo arrives at the Society and people simply tell her “this is your home now” without a real explanation of what the Society is or how she ended up there. I mean, it kept the reader suspended, but it also didn’t make much sense because these are all people that have been in Jo’s position before, and they should have known to just explain to her right away.

Minor spoilers about the general plot from here on.

Another thing I know from Elise Kova’s writing is that her characters are always interesting people, and I found this to be only partially true here. Most characters definitely had me curious about them right away (Eslar and Pan), and others I became interested in as the story developed. Sadly, one character I didn’t always like is Jo, the protagonist. She’s not a bad protagonist by any means, and her making mistakes is obviously what drove the plot forward. But I couldn’t help being annoyed when she went out of her way to put herself in trouble even after everyone told her that her actions would put more than just herself in danger. Though by the end of the novel it did feel like she has a better understanding of it (also because, you know, people actually bothered to give her a full explanation this time).

Another character that didn’t make much sense was Wayne. He’s supposedly smart and knows the Society’s rules, and still he decided to help Jo for no reason, and he didn’t even need much convincing at all. And after helping her, knowing they were still “on a wish”, he somehow thought it was okay to spend another three days in the real world. He’s been in the Society for almost two hundred years and that’s not really believable.

I also felt like there was a problem with the telling vs showing, especially when it came to Jo’s opinion of Snow. Right away he was presented as this asshole leader who everyone should fear, while I don’t feel like his actions really prove that. And towards the very end I felt what the authors wanted to do but I wish there had been some indication of that throughout the novel, because everything felt pretty sudden.

One thing I liked about Snow is that he’s the “guy with too much power” trope, and that’s really fascinating to read, so I could partially understand Jo’s feelings towards him in the end, but I just felt like there was no previous indication of any of it.

Let me mention my favorite character, which is Nico. Admittedly I’m soft for him because he’s Italian but also learning his backstory and reading how he talked about it made me want to protect him.
Another character I liked is Takako, I love how she wanted to help Jo.

I’m also pretty pleased so far with the diversity in this. Jo is American-Mexican (although America doesn’t really exist anymore when she is born, but well she lives in Texas which is like its own state now) and she often talks about her abuela and the food she used to eat at home (although I have no means to say if this is good Mexican representation), Takako is Japanese, Nico is Italian, and I’m not really sure about the others but you get my point. I also hope that in the next installments we will see more diversity when it comes to queer rep and maybe mental illness as well.

One thing I want to say about the genre: this is marketed as New Adult (there is a sex scene in it) but throughout the novel it felt more like YA. There’s nothing wrong with that obviously but I can’t help but feel that that’s where the collaboration between the two writers shows: I can’t tell who wrote what from the writing style alone, but genre-wise, if you take out the sex scene, there is no indication that this is NA. I personally don’t care much about that but it is something I noticed and I think is worth mentioning.

I appreciate that the main plot was resolved in this first book. I have no doubt that there will be a common plot thread in the four books, but for now it feels satisfying as a standalone as well.

I would recommend it because it’s a quick and gripping read and I believe there is a lot of potential for the next installments.

Discussion: book piracy, representation and international readers

Discussion

When you start being active in the book community, you start seeing how nuanced some issues are that you previously thought were completely black or white.

This time the talk is about piracy, and before you start angry-typing in the comments, let me make this clear from the start: piracy is illegal. This is a fact, not an opinion, and I start this post this way because I don’t think serious discussions can be had without having the facts straight.

With that said, this is a recurring thing that comes out every couple of months in the book community, usually when famous authors tweet about it. Last time it was Maggie Stiefvater, this time is author Lindsay Cummings.

Until the words “& hurt their sales” there’s nothing wrong with her tweet. You can’t really expect anyone, much less an author who has probably already been hurt by it, to publicly condone piracy.

My issue (and any international reviewer pretty much agrees on this) is when it comes to: “GO TO A LIBRARY! It’s free!”

This is what everyone always says an argument against book piracy, and even though international readers keep @’ing authors telling them that thanks a lot, but this is not an option for many of us, nobody actually seems to give a shit.

The possible reasons why the “go to a library” argument keeps being thrown around are three:

  • Authors don’t know that a huge part of their readership is international, meaning that a lot of people who live in countries where English isn’t a first language still read their untranslated books (often because these books simply aren’t being translated);
  • Authors know about international readers and they simply don’t give a shit about them;
  • Authors know about international readers and they ignorantly assume that the whole world has access to libraries with lots of books in English, even the recently published ones.

For the sake of this post we’re gonna assume that the third option is the most likely, because authors have repeatedly acted like anyone. A N Y O N E has access to libraries.

Spoiler alert: not everybody has access to libraries!!!

I feel like even if we restrict this argument to only the US-based readership, this wouldn’t be advice that everyone can take. I happen to have spent two weeks in the US just this past year, and in no way does this make me an expert obviously, but one of the things that shocked me the most is how BIG and massive everything is, and how far some small towns are from… well, from everything really. I doubt that they have huge libraries the along the I-40 in the Mojave desert. (I could have named other places I’ve passed through but I really love the word “Mojave”)

As I type this I keep coming up with more things to say so this will become a mess, but I’m gonna try to break the issue down in a few sections.

 

English isn’t the first language everywhere

This might come as a shock (please sit down, I don’t want anyone to faint) but not all countries are English-speaking!
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When we read in English, we do so with our own money (when that’s possible). Often we need to resolve to buying books online, either physical copies or digital ones (I usually stick to ebooks). Depending on where you live you’ll have more or less access to a number of books in English in physical bookstores. However, even in the major city in Germany where I live I can only find a very limited amount of English books, and those are obviously the most popular ones. Usually, most popular = no or bad representation. 

Are you still following me? Good.

If we’re talking about libraries, I think you might find Harry Potter in English and maybe a few old classics. The Abyss Surrounds Us? Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda? You won’t find those.

If you’ve ever felt the need to see yourself represented in a book you will know where I’m trying to get in the next section, but let me finish this part by saying that even for me, living in central Europe, in a country where English is becoming more popular each second, it’s basically impossible to get recently published books in English unless I’m paying with my own money. So far the only “cheap” and legal way I’ve found is to stick to ebooks (which is my favorite format anyway).

I think it should be up to people from other countries to talk about their own experience, but if Europeans are having trouble finding English books in libraries, I can only imagine it’s much harder in other parts of the world.

 

Reading as entertainment VS reading for representation

Have y’all ever considered that a lot of the teens who are illegally downloading books do so because they know there’s lgbtq+ characters in it? And maybe these kids are too scared to even come out to themselves and they literally can’t go ask their parents for money for fear of being asked “Why do you want to buy these gay books?” and everything that that might imply.

Being monetarily dependent on someone sucks. I was very privileged in this because if there’s one thing my parents have never denied me it was books, and even if I had read a lot of lgbtq+ books back then (which I didn’t), they wouldn’t have questioned or prohibited it. Even if they had questioned the reason behind all those books, I wouldn’t have been in any danger.

Of course that isn’t true for a lot of people, and this is also only one part of the whole issue of of representation (but it’s the one of the things that people, teens, usually tend to try to keep hidden as best as they can).

So I think when talking about piracy we should make a distinction and think about reading as pure entertainment VS reading because it’s actually fucking important to you because you don’t know how else to understand and deal with parts of your own identity.

This also ties back to the needing to read in English issue because the English-speaking book industry is miles ahead in publishing diverse books than (I’m gonna stick to what I personally know) the Italian industry, for example. If I only knew how to read in Italian and were still living in Italy and wanted to find books with queer girls, I still wouldn’t find any for free in the library.

 

Piracy is illegal (in case this still wasn’t clear)

Keeping in mind all I said, the fact remains that piracy is illegal. Here’s a post about piracy and how it affects more than just the authors themselves.

That post was written last time that this topic came up, and a lot of people in my circle of mutuals dismissed it and the way they did it made me so uncomfortable that I had to ignore twitter for a couple of days.

I think even if you dislike the author for whatever reason, to dismiss everything she’s saying in that post is arrogant and it hurts the very argument you’re trying to make. Specifically, one thing people loved to talk about was how the author in question is privileged and therefore they implied she didn’t deserve to be paid for her work.

Please understand that I’m not trying to attack my mutuals, some of which I almost always agree with and I consider my friends, but I find this line of thinking very bad and hypocritical.

 

TL;DR so far: 📚 not everyone can get books for free and legally; 📚 sometimes books are about so much more than entertainment; 📚 piracy is still illegal.

 

“So what do you suggest, Silvia?”

Hey now, I wish I had a solution but I don’t.

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Y’all @ me right now

However, what I would ask of authors is that they did some research on what it means to be an international reader and stop saying “go to the library” as if that’s the magic word that solves everything.

Authors: you do research on mythology, ways to kill people, when exactly the sun set on April 7th, 1876 in some unexplored place in Siberia; why can’t you do some research on ways you can help your marginalized readers? Or at least, you know, admit you don’t know how to help but at least ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR INTERNATIONAL READERS.

We keep getting hurt because no one, NO ONE ever acknowledges us and the work we do as international bloggers. Goodreads is waving the middle finger at us, netgalley is literally the “then perish” meme I posted at the beginning, and although many authors do what they can to host international giveaways and whatnot, they also keep ignoring us by go-to-library‘ing us.


For more discussion posts about this topic, please go check out Marta @thecursedbooks’ post where she talks more about how authors dismiss international readers when they talk about piracy, and Maja @bookishaddicted’s post for a great list of sources of free books (yes, international too!)

I would love for everyone to add their own thoughts below, unless you’re gonna be rude and disrespectful, then I’ll gracefully ignore you.

ARC review: DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker

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I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

Summary: A collection of autobiographical poetry about healing and learning to love again from professional-wrestler-turned-poet, Cyrus Parker.

The first half of DROPKICKromance focuses on a toxic, long-distance relationship the author was involved in for several years, while the second half focuses on his current relationship with poet Amanda Lovelace. Ultimately, the collection tells about a profound journey of healing.

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Release date: March 6th 2018

TW: abuse by a partner

★★★★✩

This is a poetry debut I was highly anticipating and I wasn’t disappointed.

I don’t really know how to rate and especially how to review modern poetry other than by gut feeling, and this collection/memoir was so honest and raw that I couldn’t help but empathize with the author and what he went through. No matter who you are or what medium you use, it takes courage to open up as much as he did, especially when it comes to the first part of the collection.

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The story begins while the author is in an abusive relationship with a woman and through his poems he describes all the phases they went through and how he was constantly made to feel like he was not enough and he still hoped that everything would fix itself.

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He clang to the happy moments and the promises that this woman made, he kept forgiving her for the things she did and putting up a strong facade for the rest of the world while he worked as a pro wrestler.

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I also think at least part of the relationship (if not all) happened long-distance, and a few poems also touch on that aspect.

After many years he finally managed to leave her for good, and as with all relationships ending his world was completely changed, plus he came to fully realize how much this woman had abused him and his feelings. At some point during this fase, he met the now-poetess Amanda Lovelace and they fell in love, and the rest of the collection is about the initial part of their relationship.

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Reading this second part was cathartic because although it’s by no means says that “love fixes everything”, it does describe that, through a healthy relationship, they both managed to face their demons, together or on their own, but always supporting each other and being open about everything.

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I don’t really want to judge the style of this kinds of poems because I feel like it’s not my place, besides I think they manage to get to the point and they’re powerful that way and more accessible to anyone. I did find that a few were a little too simple, but overall it was a great and honest collection.

#T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

January 10th: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017
–These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018

 

All these books have made me curious since I first heard about them, and whether they were already out or not when I discovered them, I somehow didn’t get the chance to read any of them.

I kept postponing Strange the Dreamer and In Other Lands because I knew I wasn’t in a fantasy mood; Wonder Woman: Warbringer I postponed because we wanted to buddy read it with Rin @ theayanamirin and somehow we still didn’t find the time, and besides all of these were so hyped that it became scary to think that I might start them and not find them as good as everyone said.

My plan is to read all of these in 2018 once I’m not drowning in ARCs anymore (which seems like an unachievable task at the moment), but I also want to wait for the right time to read them so that I can fully enjoy them.


What are some books you wanted to read in 2017 but didn’t?