🌈Pride Flag Book Tag🏳️‍🌈

Happy last day of Pride!

please someone appreciate my effort to recreate a MSN-messenger-style rainbow text to the best of my abilities

For my last post this month I wanted to do this tag even though I wasn’t technically tagged by anyone (I don’t think!)

The tag was created by Common Spence (whose videos you should totally check out btw!!!) and what a better way to end this beautiful, colorful month than with the rainbow colors all over this post and with some great LGBTQIAP+ recs!

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❤ 1. Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!

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Whenever I read the description of this first category in other people’s posts, the first character that’s always come to my mind is Alex Fierro from the Magnus Chase trilogy! She’s so fierce and utterly proud of her identity, she embraces all of it unapologetically, and a huge part of who she is is her being genderfluid, so if you’re looking for that rep I definitely recommend reading this series (of which I’ve done a series review that you should definitely check out!).

🧡 2. Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.

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Not necessarily a single book but the whole All For the Game series. It’s really weird to mention this when I couldn’t be more different from every single character in the series, but it’s the small things that gave me some sort of catharsis in the place where I least expected it. Also I’m super proud that this is the orange question and the Foxes’ team color is orange.

💛 3. Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.

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Not exactly a book but a webcomic — Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth. You can read my review to see how much I loved it. It’s not that the comic is all joyful and happy (it mostly is!), but the overall feel of it filled me with so much joy while reading it, and I find myself grinning every time I think about it.

💚 4. Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.

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I’d say a world full of magic and where cats made of shadow can talk is pretty different to our own. If I loved Nevernight because of how different and fucked up it is, Godsgrave (while being those things too) is The Book I think about when I ask myself where I can find the perfect bi rep (not that such a thing exists or that it even makes sense to worry about what perfect bi rep even is, but you get what I mean).

💙 5. Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.

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The whole Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat but mostly the final book, Kings Rising. As some of you might know, this is my favorite book series of all times, and there’s more than one difficult truth that both MCs need to come to terms with.

As a bonus, I’d like to mention The Summer Palace, the second post-series short story. While Kings Rising is where both characters start to accept what’s happened and what’s happening to them, The Summer Palace is the aftermath of those truths being fully accepted, and Damen and Laurent get to have their true happy ending.

💜 6. Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.

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How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis mostly deals with fandom and fanfiction and stuff, but it also talks about religion since the main character is gay and he comes from a very religious family who doesn’t fully accept him. Despite this, it’s a very light-hearted and cute novel, and the humor is so funny you’ll pee your pants from laughing (metaphorically).

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That’s it for this post and for this month. I want to wish everyone who’s LGBTQIAP+ a safe July and a safe rest of the year, and I want to remind our allies to not forget about us once this month is over. We’re always here, we’re always queer, we exist and we matter.

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#T5W: Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

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:

June 27th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year
–Halfway through the year, and it’s time to evaluate our reading goals and take a look at our TBRs for the second half of the year! 

For the sake of this post I’m only going to talk about books that are already out and that I haven’t mentioned in other similar posts already! There are many more that aren’t out yet but that’ll be its own post next week. I’m also not going to talk about my ARCs because I’m ashamed of how behind I am with reading them ghslkghs and I won’t talk about the books I plan to reread either because otherwise I’ll be here all week.

Moving on, these are some of the books I *hope* to get to before the end of the year, but who knows if that’ll happen.

 

Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Black Iris by Elliot Wake

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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What are some books you keep postponing, but you hope to get to before the end of the year?

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Down the TBR hole #8

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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: 486

Current TBR count: 534

Okay so I haven’t done this meme since March 10th when life was easy so please give me a break for the fact that between then and now I’ve ended up with 48 books more in my TBR. Also I’ve actually written the core of this post back in March and I’ve had it in my drafts for months and the only thing I’m writing now is this introduction, and reading it is like a letter from naive past me and that’s kinda scary. Anyway enjoy the post and I hope I can get to posting this meme more regularly because my TBR clearly needs it!


Key:

✅ = keep
❓ = maybe
❌ = remove

 

Femme by Marshall Thornton – This is supposed to be an m/m romance with a coming out as an adult plot line, if I’m not mistaken, which is something I’d love to see. It’s also under the category “humor” on GR so it sounds like fun. ✅

Thief by Ava March – I’m generally rarely in the mood for historical romance so I guess nope ❌

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – I’m torn about this. I’ve also just learned that it’s a novella and I generally don’t like fantasy/sci-fi novellas because I feel like there’s not enough time to understand what’s going on. ❌

The Otherlings and other stories by Anne Leinonen – Umm I’m entirely convinced that this was added by mistake because I’m rarely into short stories collections and I’m even more rarely into sci-fi ❌

Magic of Blood and Sea by Cassandra Rose Clarke – Okay I actually have a not very exciting story about this book, but basically I’ve been wanting to buy it since forever, since the book was split in two and it was called The Assassin’s Curse and the cover was so much prettier than this new one (also the books were just ? shorter ? I’d honestly much rather read two 250 pages books than a 500 one oops). It sounded so fun buT!!! I guess they had discontinued producing it before the new edition came out, but anyway I kind of forgot about it while waiting for it to come out again AND NOW I’ve read the blurb again and I can say I still 100% want to read this even though none of my friends have read it but listen, listen……..this is about pirates and assassins okay, I’m weak ✅

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft – this sounds………….boring I’m sorry ❌

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff – I love Jay Kristoff but I think I’ve heard that there is some controversy about this book and also I kind of have a hard time reading old releases by authors I love, simply because they’re usually not up to the standards that I’ve become used to. So I think it’s an undecided nope but a nope nevertheless ❌

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – this sounds too sad I can’t ❌

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – YES! I do wanna read it! The only criticism I’ve heard is that nothing happens for most part of the novel and I find that when other reviewers say that, it means I’m actually going to enjoy the novel lmao. Also everybody screams about the ending so I really wanna try it once I’m more in a fantasy mood. ✅

Sabriel by Garth Nix – I don’t really have any comment, the blurb just sounds too generic ❌


FINAL TBR COUNT: 527

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

Favorite LGBTQIAP+ Books that Don’t Feature AlloCis M/M Relationships

I originally wanted to post this for T5W this week but I didn’t manage to find time for it until now. I still couldn’t pass an opportunity to talk about queer books that aren’t what most people read.

It’s perfectly okay to read a lot of m/m and I completely understand that it’s easier to get into for reasons I’m not going to talk about now because I think they deserve their own discussion post. But if you keep only reading about allocis m/m, that’s not enough. I think we’re at a point where there are so many diverse queer books that reading exclusively m/m doesn’t give you the right to claim you read diverse, or that you support the LGBT+ community. If you only support the G in the acronym you need to take a step back and realize that you’re not being a good ally.

For brevity’s sake, this was T5W’s prompt:

Favorite LGBTQ+ Books That Don’t Feature [Allo]Cis M/M Relationships.
In honor of Pride being this month, I wanted to have a topic to celebrate LGBTQ+ books. But, the book community tends to, when given the chance, lift up [allo]cis m/m pairings the most. And while those books are still important and valued, I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of those lesser known, recognized, and celebrated books. 

I took the liberty to add that [allo], which wasn’t there in the original T5W prompt, because there are books with a cis M/M relationship where one or both characters aren’t allo (meaning they’re aromantic and/or asexual) and I don’t think it’s right to erase those types of books.

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🏳️‍🌈 Not M/M:

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie: pirate girlfriends fight sea monsters and badass female villain. Rep: f/f relationship; Chinese lesbian MC, lesbian LI

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan: PJO but diverse and with the Norse gods. Rep: m/genderfluid relationship; unlabeled, (probably) pansexual MC, Mexican genderfluid (she/he) LI

A&B by J.C. Lillis: musical competition rivals get together and deal with a viral video and watch an idol fall from her pedestal. Rep: f/f relationship; bi MC, black lesbian LI

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed: a modern intersectional feminist manifesto & girls fighting rape culture in America. Rep: f/f relationship; Latina sapphic MC and sapphic LI

All Out: the No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Various: it’s exactly what the title says, there’s plenty of f/f and some noncis m/m

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden: girls fall in love in the Eighties; the book itself got censored and burned in front of schools because it’s gay. Rep: f/f relationship, lesbian MC and LI

The Pros of Cons by Allison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman: three girls attending different conventions become friends, plot revenges and improvise a podcast. Rep: f/nb relationship; Mexican-Irish homoflexible (=mostly likes girls) MC, enby sapphic LI

Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi: queer Grease with every type of sexuality (including non-allo ones) and genders. Read here!

Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth: girls in distant-future Australia fall in love and deal with life together. Rep: f/f relationship, sapphic MC and LI. Read here!

 

 

🌈 M/M but not allocis:

• The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic: morally questionable underdog team of made-up sport find their family in each other while MC is on the run from criminal family. Rep: m/m relationship feat. demisexual MC

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: focus on fandom, academic life and platonic relationships. Rep: side m/m relationship feat. ace-spec character

Peter Darling by Austin Chant: trans Peter Pan retelling where Peter and Hook get together. Rep: m/m feat. trans MC

Syncopation by Anna Zabo: band of queer rockstars do music together. Rep: m/m feat. pansexual aromantic MC

 

 

🏳️‍🌈 M/F but one of them is queer:

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody: proper young lady finds herself in a city of sins and magic and the only person who can help her is a street lord and con man. Rep: black bisexual MC (the guy)

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert: Scandinavian prince gets fake engaged to protect a woman’s life and they fall in love for real. Rep: black fat MC (she), bisexual MC (he)

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Have you read any of these? What are your favorite queer books that aren’t all about an allocis M/M romance?

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Blog Tour: Da Nemici ad Amanti: la Serie Completa (Enemies to Lovers #1-#4 Italian Edition) by Anyta Sunday

A special post today for those of you who read in Italian! You know how much I love Anyta Sunday, and a lot of her books get translated in other languages, including Italian (my first language, in case you didn’t know).

On June 12th she released not one, not two, not three, but FOUR books!

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Da nemici ad amanti – la serie completa di Anyta Sunday

La serie completa, Libri 1 – 4:

“Quello che non sai”

“Quello che non dici”

“Quello che non vuoi”

“Quello che non ami”

Publisher: Anyta Sunday

Release Date: June 12th, 2018 (e-book only)

Length (Print & Ebook):  1034 pages / 282000 words

Subgenre: sweet & sexy new adult gay romance, enemies to lovers

Buy here

 

Book blurb:

Ottieni quattro romanzi gay divertenti e sexy in questo set! Storie romantiche con un cuore leggero e dolce su ragazzi che si trasformano da nemici in amanti.

 

Libro 1: Quello che non sai

Shane si sente un po’ fregato. Ha appena iniziato il college e ha scoperto di dover condividere la stanza con quel bastardo di Trey.

Il ragazzo di sua sorella. Il bellissimo ragazzo di sua sorella.

Oh-oh. No, non può succedere.

Ma per quanto si sforzi, c’è qualcosa tra loro che è troppo difficile da ignorare…

 

Libro 2: Quello che non dici

A parte la sua preziosa Lamborghini, Karl Andrews non possiede niente. La fortuna non gira dalla sua parte, il denaro sta finendo e il suo sogno di diventare un cuoco professionista sembra sempre più irraggiungibile. Soprattutto quando i ristoranti non lo vogliono assumere nemmeno come cameriere. Ma non prenderà mai in considerazione di vendere l’unica cosa che possiede. Non importa quanto potrebbe guadagnarci. Non succederà mai.

Piuttosto… Piuttosto…

Piuttosto risponde a un annuncio per un lavoro come ragazza alla pari.

A parte la definizione in sé, il lavoro gli sembra buono. Dovrà cucinare un po’, pulire, niente che non possa gestire.

Davvero.

Fin quando non si reca al colloquio e scopre che l’uomo che dovrebbe assumerlo è lo stesso che ha bullizzato, deriso e terrorizzato da bambino. Ma Paul Hyte è ovviamente un uomo migliore di lui, gentile e clemente. E si fida di lui, visto che la parte principale del suo lavoro sarà prendersi cura di suo figlio.

Nonostante il perdono da parte di Paul, le cose tra loro sono incerte, ed entrambi devono riconciliarsi con il loro passato se vogliono lasciarselo alle spalle. Mentre i due uomini imparano a conoscersi, un’innegabile attrazione cresce tra loro. Ma riusciranno a forgiare il loro futuro su un passato così difficile e un presente così complicato?

 

Libro 3: Quello che non vuoi

William deve imparare a pensare prima di aprire bocca.

Dopo aver inavvertitamente svelato l’omosessualità del suo ultimo ragazzo davanti alla sua famiglia di bigotti, vuole ripartire da zero, così fugge nel posto più lontano che gli viene in mente: la Nuova Zelanda. Lì è ospite di una madre e di suo figlio, Heath, che è fin troppo sexy per essere vero.

Ma Heath e il suo amico omofobo, Rory, vogliono che William si levi di torno prima che vada tutto “in malora”, qualsiasi cosa significhi.

Sfortunatamente, a William non è bastato viaggiare fino in capo al mondo per lasciarsi alle spalle la sua boccaccia inopportuna. Sarà sufficiente per lasciarsi alle spalle la solitudine?

 

Libro 4: Quello che non ami

Rory A. Phillips è stanco di essere tormentato dai fantasmi del passato. Stanco di soffrire come un cane. Stanco di sentirsi sperduto. Ogni volta che “vede” William, il suo migliore amico, fa i bagagli e fugge via in sella alla sua moto. Esisterà un posto in cui scappare per essere libero da lui? Un posto in cui potrà imparare ad amare? Un posto da poter chiamare casa?

Dopo aver perso l’ultimo parente rimastogli, Eric Graham si trasferisce a Wellington per cominciare un nuovo lavoro e una nuova vita. È solo, se si escludono le ceneri di suo nonno che non si convince a disperdere in mare. L’unica persona che conosce in città è uno stronzo omofobo con cui preferirebbe non avere nulla a che fare, ma non fa altro che imbattersi in lui.

Rory ed Eric, entrambi soli e in lutto, cercano la maniera di andare avanti.

Forse il modo migliore è farlo insieme.

 

Excerpt #1 (from “Quello che non sai”):

Parcheggiai dall’altra parte della strada davanti a casa sua. Sapevo dove viveva perché ci avevo lasciato June un paio di volte. Mi sembrava strano essere lì senza mia sorella, però. Ma era stata lei a suggerirmi di andare lì e scoprire – e pregavo Dio che non fosse quello il caso – se lui avesse ricevuto una lettera con il mio nome.

Visto che non avevo l’aria condizionata, mi ero assicurato di tenere abbassati i finestrini. Faceva decisamente troppo caldo, e anche con la lieve brezza che entrava nell’abitacolo stavo sudando. Tenevo il volante con talmente tanta forza che i miei palmi erano caldi e scivolosi.

Assottigliai lo sguardo sulla sua casa così perfetta con le sue aiuole perfette, e poi su Trey, che stava falciando l’erba. Cazzo, mi sentivo uno stalker seduto nella mia auto a guardarlo. Ma non riuscivo a scendere. Cosa diavolo stavo pensando quando mi ero deciso ad andare lì? Lui mi aveva sentito fare coming out. E se avesse voluto picchiarmi? Davvero mi interessava scoprirlo? Diavolo, no. Ma del resto, se fosse stato il mio compagno di stanza – deglutii – avrei dovuto vivere spaventato a morte dai suoi pugni per tutto il semestre. Meglio farsi crescere subito un bel paio di palle. Questa poteva essere considerata una sorta di preparazione mentale. Avrei valutato la sua reazione e avrei capito come rapportarmi con lui al meglio prima di andare al college. Quindi avanti, cosa stai aspettando? Esci da questa cazzo di macchina.

Afferrai la maniglia e sganciai la cintura di sicurezza. Poi mi bloccai di nuovo quando Trey spense il tagliaerba. Si passò il dorso della mano sulla fronte madida di sudore e poi si passò le dita nei capelli scuri.

Si avviò verso il patio e mentre lo faceva il sole creò un piccolo miracolo giocando con la lucentezza del sudore, facendo sembrare che brillasse. Era così ingiusto. Era davvero meglio che non fosse il mio coinquilino. Insomma, sì, un figo come lui sarebbe stata un’ottima cosa, ma cacchio, datemi uno che soffre di flatulenza cronica piuttosto che un Trey così.

Lasciai andare la maniglia. Oh, merda. Ero un pappamolle. Non volevo parlargli. No. Non l’avrei fatto. June me l’avrebbe sempre potuto dire dopo. E così poi mi sarei iscritto in una palestra per arrivare al suo livello. Okay, forse solo a malapena. Ma sarebbe stato qualcosa.

Gemetti e battei la testa contro il volante. «Caaaaazzo.»

«Hai intenzione di uscire prima o poi?»

La mia testa scattò verso l’alto. Ora, in una maglietta attillata bianca, Trey stava arrivando nella mia direzione. Il suo sguardo mi penetrò e mi causò un brivido. «Mmmm.» Sì? No? Forse? Col cazzo?

Sollevò leggermente le sopracciglia, poi camminò attorno all’auto e si lasciò cadere sul sedile del passeggero.

Cercai di determinare cosa avrei fatto se avesse iniziato a prendermi a pugni. Sarei potuto scappare. Probabilmente avrei avuto forza sufficiente per spingerlo fuori dall’auto. E poi dare gas. Stavo pensando troppo? Sì, probabilmente. In fin dei conti questo tizio era il ragazzo di mia sorella. Se il suo amore per lei si avvicinava a quello che lei provava per lui, non mi avrebbe fatto poi tanto male.

«Non mi ero reso conto che mi avessi visto,» dissi infine.

«La tua auto è rossa, amico. L’ho notata.»

Che grande stalker sarei stato.

Trey prese un respiro e lo fece sibilare tra i denti. «Allora, come va?» Si appoggiò allo schienale e guardò fuori dal parabrezza. In qualche modo quel gesto calmò di parecchio i miei nervi.

Mi schiarii la gola. Dovevo partire con: Tutto okay, tu? Oppure arrivare al punto? Buffo come mia sorella fosse uscita con questo tipo per sei mesi e avessi avuto con lui solo una manciata di conversazioni. E non erano state propriamente rivelatrici. Tipo, sapevo che aveva un fratello, ed era stra-strabravo a giocare a basket, ma quelle erano parole di mia sorella.

«Mmm,» finii con uno schiocco. Con tutti i miei mmm e uhm nessuno avrebbe creduto che stavo per studiare logopedia. Lanciai un’occhiata a Trey, che mi sorprese con un sorriso. «Sai chi sarà il tuo compagno di stanza al college?» buttai fuori.

«Shane?» Il mio nome unito alla sua voce profonda… dannazione, era… sexy? Whoa! Distolsi lo sguardo, sentendo il calore salirmi alle guance. E quella da dove mi era venuta? «Saremo coinquilini,» disse lui.

About Anyta Sunday:

asSono una grande, GRANDISSIMA fan dei romance a “cottura lenta”. Amo leggere storie dove i personaggi si innamorano pian piano.

Alcune delle situazioni di cui preferisco leggere e scrivere sono: da nemici ad amanti, da amici ad amanti, ragazzi che proprio non vogliono saperne di cogliere i segnali, bisessuali, pansessuali, demisessuali, tutti (gli altri) se ne sono accorti, l’amore non ha confini.

Scrivo storie di vario genere: romance contemporanei con una buona cucchiaiata di angst, romance contemporanei spensierati e, a volte, persino storie con una spruzzata di fantasy.
Se volete saperne di più sui miei libri, visitate il mio sito: www.anytasunday.it.

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Cover Reveal: Birth of Chaos (Wish Quartet #3) by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

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Title: Birth of Chaos (Wish Quartet, #3)

Publication Date: June 28, 2018

Author: Elise Kova

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Genre(s): New-Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Summary: A WISH FOR DESTRUCTION…
HAS JOSEPHINA UNRAVELING

A new wish is pushing the weary members of the Society to their breaking points. But as Jo’s complex relationship with their leader reveals dangerous truths about who she truly is, and was, her priorities quickly change. Now, she seeks to expose the enemy lurking in their midst, but it may already be too late to thwart an ancient goddess bent on stealing Jo’s power and destroying everything she loves.

Wish Quartet Three Books

Pre-Order on Amazon: http://viewbook.at/BoC

(NOTE: The book is FREE to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Readers who don’t have a Kindle can send proof of purchase from Amazon to Elise.Kova.Author@gmail.com to get a “read anywhere” link when the book is out.)

Elise’s Website: http://elisekova.com

Lynn’s Website: https://www.lynnlarsh.com/

Release Giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/39698f6c26/?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39695547-birth-of-chaos

May Wrap-Up

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Welcome to my May wrap-up! I don’t really know what to say about this month. I started an internship and a lot of things in my life changed. I moved a few days ago and I still haven’t brought my few physical books with me to the new place (that’s why I love ebooks). All in all I feel like I’m a mess but also like I can actually make it?? I’m trying to accept the fact that it takes me longer sometimes to do things that others get done in no time.

Anyway, in all this I read 10 books in May, which isn’t bad at all. If you’ve been long enough to have seen my March and April wrap-ups, you’ll see I’m still on my Riordan bs and I’m loving it. The audiobooks are just so much fun and I love not having to read with my eyes. Oh and if you think audiobooks don’t count you can unfollow my blog right now btw 🙂

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The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan: so. much. character. development. I honestly think Riordan outdid himself here.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan: I can’t understand how anyone could not love Apollo. Just say you hate character development. I love his disaster bisexual self more than anything, and the rep is so casual and amazing. Also, the SolAngelo scenes. And I love Meg so much. The abuse rep hit me in the gut.

Fence #6 by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad: holy épée this issue. So much happened and FINALLY we got to see some more of the dynamics between Seiji and Nicholas. Also, I would die for Aiden.

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra: I loved this for the mental illness rep and the healthy relationship between the two MCs. I also think it’s a perfect example of how to write a sexy but not fetishized M/M romance.

The Pros of Cons by Allison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman: this was so much fun! I still haven’t written a review for it although I’m planning to, but basically it’s a book that’s a bit in the style of Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, in that it follows not one but three cons, one of which is a fandom one. There’s three MCs and one of them is a queer girl and although the book isn’t too focused on romance, her love interest is an enby person, which is so rare to find in YA!

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🏳️‍🌈 Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: I’ve heard so much about this book, so when I saw that it was available to read for free on Riveted I knew it was the right moment to start reading it! It will be available for the whole month of June (Pride Month yay ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜). Other books available are We Are the Ants and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I will make sure to read the first one for sure, and maybe reread Ari&Dante too! Btw I’m not sponsored or anything (I wish), but Riveted is one of the few ways I know of reading diverse books for free and legally so I always point out if there’s books that have been on my radar!

🌈 The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert: holy crap this book. I’m barely halfway in but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a five star. This book is. Wow. Yeah. Just. Um. Hot. The protagonists are a fat black woman and a bisexual Scandinavian Prince, and there’s a diverse surrounding cast (the MC’s sister is sapphic and disabled, one of the prince’s friends is a Muslim and possibly sapphic (?) woman). Plus who doesn’t love a fake engagement trope??

🏳️‍🌈 The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan: I love it and I’m so mad that because of work and me moving to a different house I haven’t been able to give it the attention it deserves. Apollo continues to be a true bi icon and I love that we get to see many familiar faces (from PJO and HoO). I’m also scared because I heard it’s gonna be heartbreaking 😦

 

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• I finally posted my F/F romance recs! I was so scared to write this because I feel like I have simultaneously read really famous ones (aka books everyone has already rec’d) but also not enough of the ones everyone is talking about?? But I’m so glad the post had such a good reception! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

• I had a lot of fun doing the 20 questions book tag!

• I talked about which characters I’d want to have as family

• I ranted about how bad A Court of Frost and Starlight is. I feel made fun of by the author and the publisher. I didn’t even expect much from it, and it still managed to disappoint me more than I imagined was possible.

• One minor change I did to my blog is that I decided to start adding short descriptions in the titles of my reviews. This happened because after I posted my Come to the Rocks review I realized that no one would know it had a f/f romance unless they actually read my review. So now my titles will usually be like this: “Review: Title // small description of the book especially about the type of rep that’s in it”.

I got a Ko-fi! You definitely don’t need to do anything about it but I got it and it’s always there in my sidebar now. I might also add the link to it at the end of posts or discussions that I feel are useful or that took me long to write, but other than that you won’t see me advertise it much.

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What have you been reading in May? Found any new favorites? Are you excited for Pride Month? Are you doing anything special for it? I started two threads, one for recs and one that’s more of a general queer commentary on stuff that I’ve been feeling I should talk about but I never knew where to write! Feel free to check them out!