Books I DNF’d in 2018

I haven’t talked about my DNF’s for a while, so I thought it would be cool to take a look back at what I DNF’d this year.

Back in 2017 I DNF’d a total of 10 books (all ARCs). This year they were only 8, which is less than last year but I know it’s a lot for some people. They were also both ARCs and books that were free online for a time or books I managed to return, so I didn’t waste any money on them fortunately.

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36406908-2Curved Horizon (The Camellia Clock Cycle #2) by Taylor Brooke

My first DNF of the year was something I should’ve seen coming. After not loving the first book in this series I wanted to give the author another try but it seems their style is just not for me.| full review

 

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Concerto in Chroma Major by Naomi Tajedler

This is the only DNF rant review I’ve written this year because this book made me all kinds of angry. Who the fuck goes “I’m going to write a book for fat queer girls………..and I’m going to fill it with fatphobia and biphobia on every page!” I’m still so angry just thinking about it. | full review

 

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The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

This was my first audiobook DNF ever. I could have finished it, I was probably halfway through. I put it on hold for a bit and after a couple of months I realized I couldn’t care less about continuing the story, so I ended up returning it.

 

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This was free on Riveted for a while. I started reading it and it was kind of predictable and I just didn’t really care about any of it. I didn’t spend any money on it so I gave up before I ended up wasting too much time on it.

 

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This sounded like my exact cup of tea. M/M romance between pirates? But nah it was kind of bad. First of all the age gap (29/19) made me uncomfortable, then the characters weren’t that well written and the writing style was just not great. I was still on time to return the ebook so I did before wasting more time on it.

 

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This is a book I could’ve kept reading if I had more patience but I just don’t. Parts of it were really sweet and at first I really liked it, until I realized some things made me very uncomfortable, like the non-consensual kissing that was romanticized. After that it was all I could think about and it was annoying me so I decided to put it down forever.

 

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My second audiobook DNF and I’m kind of sad about it. My previous experiences with Neil Gaiman were a five stars to Norse Mythology in audiobook format, where I discovered how sexy nice Gaiman’s voice is, and a three star to The Ocean at the End of the Lane (read in paperback). I thought that Neverwhere should’ve been at least a 4 stars read because Gaiman was reading it, but I had some issues getting into it because I couldn’t understand the names of the characters without seeing them written, and once I got a little more into the story I still couldn’t care less about the characters or the world. I’m not in the business of wasting time and money on books I’m not enjoying so I decided to stop reading and return it to audible with no regrets. Also Neil Gaiman seems like the kind of guy who wouldn’t mind if someone decides one of his books are not for them so I don’t feel bad. His voice is still sexy though.

 

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Ughhhhhhh this book. When I start a book because of a specific trope (fake boyfriends) I kind of want that trope to drag until after the 50% mark. I also wish m/m writers stopped filling their books with a lot of casual transphobia. Get woke y’all. | full review

 

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Do you often DNF books? Why/why not? Have you read (or DNF’d) any of the ones I mentioned above? 

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Books with Bisexual Protagonists for #BiVisibilityDay

Happy Bi Visibility Day!

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So I’m writing this post in a hurry because as always I never know about these holidays until I see everyone using the hashtags on twitter, but anyway I really wanted to make a list of my favorite books with bisexual protagonists and I hope this post will help someone who’s looking for bisexual rep in books 💖💜💙

These are all books I’ve read and that I would recommend to some degree (even though I’m sure I must have forgotten some). My favorites are in bold. For simplicity I’m going to separate contemporary and SFF books and (web)comics, mentioning title, author, name of the bisexual and/or biromantic character(s) (note: there may be more bi side characters, but in this post I’m only focusing on the main characters) and the type of relationship they’re in (if any).

There should be something for everyone here so I hope you all enjoy this list!

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Contemporary:

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – Jack and August (MMF)

Challenging Chance by Anyta Sunday – Chance (MM)

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert – Ruben (MF)

Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert – Nik (MF)

Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday – Theo (MM)

A&B by J.C. Lillis – Barrie (FF)

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – Tanner (MM)

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – Frances

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – Leah (FF)

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – Charlie (FF)

Running with Lions by Julian Winters – Sebastian (MM)

Thrall by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish – Arthur (MM) and Lucy (FF)

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SFF/Historical: 

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat – Damen (MM)

Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Rhy (MM)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Jesper (MM) and Nina (MF)

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan – Elliot (MM)

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan – Apollo

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – Levi (MF)

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Mia (MF and FF)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – Monty (MM)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Adam (MF and MM)

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova – Arianna (past FF, MF)

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh – Odessa (MF and FF)

Come to the Rocks by Christin Haws – Linnea (FF)

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Comics:

Long Exposure by Kam “Mars” Heyward – Jonas (MM) | read here

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – Nick (MM) | read here

Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu – Jack (MM) | read here

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver – TJ (MM) | read here

Tripping Over You by Owen White – Liam (MM) | read here

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Find more queer recs: FF romances | queer books without allocis M/M relationships

Who’s your favorite bisexual protagonist?

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LGBTQ+ webcomic recommendations #1

I promised this post was coming so here it is.

These are all the lgbtq+ webcomics I’ve read this year (but basically in my life since I didn’t read any before) and they’re also the only webcomics I’ve read lmao. They’re not too many and I considered waiting to have more to rec but then it would have ended up being an awfully long post where I couldn’t even spend a few words on each of them so I decided to post it now with the few I have, which I believe are all really good anyway.

I will definitely keep finding more and reading them so I’m guessing I will write a similar post in a few months to update this list, but in the meantime I hope you’ll find this useful.

All of these are free to read and I will leave links so you can easily start them. On their respective pages you can also find out how to support the authors by buying physical copies and/or comic-related merch, so make sure to consider supporting them if you enjoyed the comic they put up for free.

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🏳️‍🌈 Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu 

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I think this was my first ever webcomic and I can’t think of a better way to get started on this genre. It’s a queer sports comic and it’s not only focused on romance but a huge part of it is about friendship. I still need to catch up with the latest update since this is still ongoing but I love it so much and I want literally everyone to read it.

Status: ongoing

Audience: teen and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🌈 Starfighter by Hamlet Machine 

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I was hesitant about having this in this list because its tone is very different from all the other webcomics I’m mentioning today. It’s much darker and it’s certainly queer because it sees a M/M relationship but it’s not really about that, it’s more of a dark and kind of twisted story and it’s very explicit so it won’t appeal to everyone. It can be a little disturbing and confusing especially at the beginning, and I wasn’t really sure whether I should keep going or not, but the end of the chapters always made me want to read more.

Status: ongoing

Audience: 18+

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🏳️‍🌈 The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver

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This is a pretty long webcomic which is already completed so if you don’t like having to wait for updates this is definitely for you. The title says enough about the plot, this is very character driven and it follows the road trip of two strangers who fall in love with each other. I basically loved everything about it and the pacing really worked for me in the sense that I could feel the MCs develop feelings for each other naturally and not because the author decided it. The art is also fantastic and the dialogues are so funny it hurt. It has nsfw scenes but they’re always very well woven into the story and they’re not gratuitous.

Status: complete

Audience: 18+

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🌈 Rock and Riot by Chelsey Furedi

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This is easily described as Grease if everyone was queer. Characters are bi, gay, lesbian, trans, genderqueer, demi, aroace. I don’t think I need to add more to this description lol.

Status: complete

Audience: teen and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🏳️‍🌈 Griefer Belt by Kali de Wild

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This is about bad people. These are criminals and the comic focuses more on their relationships with each other, but it also doesn’t try to justify what they do for a living or to romanticize crime, which is one of my pet peeves. The story is engaging and if you can move past the fact that these are morally grey characters who lean more on the “black” side of the spectrum, then you will definitely like it.

Status: ongoing

Audience: 18+

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🌈 Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

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This is basically the cutest thing ever and everyone needs to read it. The author is really talented and if you weren’t aware of it she’s the author of Radio Silence which I still haven’t read but I’ve only heard good things about. She’s also a very good artist and this comic is so funny and relatable you can’t not love it.

Status: ongoing

Audience: teen and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🏳️‍🌈 Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill

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This is a wlw fairy tale retelling which is written for both a younger audience and an adult one. Kids will see what the story shows, which is two princesses falling in love with each other. Adults will also see that this is a story full of subtext despite its short length, but it’s also not less lighthearted because of it. This is a story that I believe you can read with your child even if they’re younger than the suggested middle grade.

Status: complete

Audience: middle grade (or even younger) and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

 

🌈 Tripping Over You by Owen White and Suzana Harcum

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This is a slice of life webcomic following Milo and Liam. It’s not too much of a spoiler since it happens pretty early in the comic (if you consider the overall length of it) but the two get together and most of the comic is about their life as an established couple. I really loved it and appreciate the fact that there’s never useless relationship drama and the two characters manage to communicate their issues in a healthy way. I 100% recommend it if you love slice of life.

Status: ongoing

Audience: teen and up

Goodreads | Read here | My review

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And here ends my list for now. Let me know if you’ve read any or if you’re planning to, and I really hope this was useful!

 

My #SapphicAThon TBR

So I finally settled on a TBR for the upcoming SapphicAThon! (Reminder: it starts this Thursday, December 14th!) I tried to prioritize a few books and ARCs I already own, and even counting only those I’m really not sure that I will manage to read them all during the event, but I also made a wishlist in case I finish my owned TBR and want/can read some more. In that case I’ll just buy the ebooks because they’re not too expensive and it’s also around Christmas so #treatyoself.

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Owned:

The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis (Bingo spots: under 500 ratings, non coming out story, interracial relationship)

The Edge of the Abyss by Emilie Skrutskie (Bingo spots: SFF, QWOC mc, non coming out story, hate to love, interracial relationship)

Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Bingo spots: SFF, QWOC mc, they’re both WOC)

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden (Bingo spots: friends to lovers, MC realizing they’re queer)

Falling for Forever by Caitlin Ricci (Bingo spots: under 500 ratings, something else probably)

Ripped Pages by M. Hollis (Bingo spots: retelling, under 500 ratings)

Set the Stage by Karis Walsh (Bingo spots: under 500 ratings, not sure what else)

Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley (Bingo spots: not sure??)

This is already a lot for a slow reader like me but counting that there are a few novellas and graphic novels among these I hope to get to most of them.

 

Wishlist:

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Bingo spots: disabled mc, QWOC mc)

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman  (Bingo spots: not sure!)

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman (Bingo spots: not sure!

Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn (Bingo spots: trans MC, retelling)

Waiting on a Bright Moon by J.Y. Yang (Bingo spots: SFF)

I don’t really plan to do the bingo thing but I still want to know what categories I’m reading from. I don’t know realistically how much time I’ll have since I don’t want to ignore my friends/family/cat in order to read more so I’m hoping I’ll manage to stay chill throughout the event and just enjoy these reads. I’ll also probably change my mind ten thousand times (mood reader and all) and find new things that I want to read, so I guess this post has very little reason to exist but hey, all’s good as long as I get to talk about this readathon again. I just really want people to join it and know about it ok.

I left a few more “popular” (but lbr they’re never truly popular when it comes to F/F sigh) books out of my wishlist simply because I know that I will get to them eventually, and I wanted to focus on things I might be less likely to read once I don’t have this added pressure from the readathon.

Are you joining sapphicathon? Did you post your TBR already? If you did please let me know in the comments because I don’t want to miss anyone’s posts when it comes to this!

#T5W: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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:

April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games
–Since I’ve been in video game hell (in a good way) for the past year, this topic is timely. Remember, not all video games are action games! The Sims has proven that 🙂

love this topic! I haven’t played much lately but I love video games and I totally see how certain books would work really well in that format. Even if it’s not even Wednesday here anymore (I’ve had a busy day and didn’t manage to write or pre-post this) I needed to put this out here.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Ever since the first few pages of Illuminae I thought it reminded me of some video game setting, specifically some kind of mashup between Portal 2 and Soma.

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Soma was way too scary for me to play lmao
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Portal 2 started me to video games tbh

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

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While reading about this at some point I realized I was imagining the settings as Skyrim locations, and the world in this book is so full of characters and places that I wouldn’t have trouble seeing it as a similar video game.

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I lost years of my life playing Skyrim and I regret nothing

The Grisha trilogy

I tried to imagine this as a computer game but I couldn’t see it. Then I thought of my beloved Nintendo DS games and I thought that this would look great in such a graphic. I’m thinking something like Radiant Historia.

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I loooved this, it’s such a unique concept for a video game (but I didn’t like the battle system too much – mainly because I suck and I found it a bit too difficult)

Virals by Kathy Reichs

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I’m trying to come up with some game whose graphics/gameplay could work for Virals but I can’t come up with anything right now. Maybe some point and click like The Walking Dead? I don’t know to be honest, but I do think it would work out great in some kind of video game.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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I was having a hard time trying to find a fifth book/series for this post, so instead I started thinking in reverse (I thought of a game first, and tried to see if any book came to mind that might work similarly), and since Persona 5 just came out it was the first game I thought about, and I started thinking that TRC also has a group of high school students that have to do with some paranormal stuff. And the cards??? Wow. It fits so well.

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I only played Persona 4 and I loved it (never finished it though  ;_;)
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I reeaaaally want to play Persona 5 (I’ll have to take advantage of my BF’s new PS4 :3)

 

#T5W: Top SFF books on my TBR

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:

April 5th: Top SFF Books on Your TBR *Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!*

–Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!

I’ll only list books that are already out, so here they are:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Look, I own the hardcover of this and I read Illuminae as my first book of 2017 and I absolutely adored it. It also caused me so much pain that I still don’t think I’m fully recovered, and that’s why I haven’t started Gemina yet. But hopefully I can read it this month since I’m feeling ready.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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I own the e-books of this whole series but I haven’t felt like starting a high fantasy lately, especially not such a long one! I mean, each book is extremely long and it’s four books in the series, and I know I need to binge read fantasy to fully enjoy and not forget all the little details of the world. So I’m just waiting for the right time I guess.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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I can’t get over the fact that the person on the cover is dabbing tbh

See what I said above, plus the fact that I’m pretty sure the last book so far ends with a cliffhanger and there’s still too many months before the last book comes out. My friends who have read it loved this series so much but they’re suffering now so since I’m not in the mood for such a long series I’ll just wait a bit, but I’m really curious about it.

The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

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I haven’t read middle-grade books in a while, but what I’ve heard of this series honestly sounds amazing. I don’t know how soon I’ll get to it since I seem to be drowning in my TBR but I’m still very excited about it.

Every single book by Victoria/V.E. Schwab

Because Shades of Magic was amazing and I need more.

#T5W: Favorite Angsty Romances

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:

March 22nd- Favorite Angsty Romances
–This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

I know for some of us seeing the names of the couples in a book/series might classify as a spoiler, so if you don’t want to know about those don’t read this post (I’m going against my interest here but hey, I’d never want to spoil anyone).

So, POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW!!!


If you’re still reading, I managed to round up five series where I feel like the romance plays an important role, but they’re not strictly classified as romance. I’ve just never found an actual romance book to be as angsty as some of the romances that are built in books that classify as fantasy.

Damen and Laurent (Captive Prince)

If you know me a bit, you’ll know this is my favorite series. It features a lot of political intrigue, but it’s extremely romance-heavy, and let me tell you, it’s so angsty and slow-burning it almost physically hurts.

Neil and Andrew (All for the Game)

Okay, this is the only series in this post that is not actually fantasy, but it’s not classified as romance either. And it should’t, because the romance is so slow-burning you don’t see it happen until…well, until it happens (unless you’re re-reading and then you see all the signs). As for the angst, boy, it’s there alright.

Kaz and Inej (Six of Crows)

Many of you have read this duology, so you probably know why the way the romance between Kaz and Inej develops is extremely angsty. To say more would be really spoilery for those of you who haven’t read this, so I’ll just say your heart will break a little bit every time you find out some new piece of information about both characters.

Arin and Kestrel (The Winner’s Trilogy)

One of the easiest way to achieve angst in a romance is make it a tale about forbidden love. This is exactly what happens in this series, and the romance between the MCs is constantly hindered throughout the series for different reasons (none of those are the cliched-miscommunication that often happens in contemporary romances). This is another romance that really hurts.

Karou and Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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This is another case of forbidden love, for different reasons and on a completely different level than TWT. The romance starts out pretty heavy in the first book, but as the characters grow and worlds expand, and the series becomes so much more.


I have a question: do you prefer an angsty romance or a “smooth” one? I think for me the most memorable ones are the angsty ones, but once in a while I need something easily shippable and that doesn’t hurt me in the process of reading it.