F/F Feb tag and wrap-up

F/F Feb was great. I say this minutes after oversharing on twitter how it made me feel to only read about wlw for one full month, so while I’m still feeling a little vulnerable from it I thought it was a great time to finally write this tag and wrap-up.

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All the books I read

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💕 Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger / ★★★★

💞 If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho / ★★★★✩ / read here

💕 Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu / ★★★✩✩ 

💞 This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone / ★★★.75✩✩ / review

💕 Female General and Eldest Princess by Please Don’t Laugh / ★★★★.5✩ / review

💞 A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton / ★★★★✩ / review

💕 In The Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard / ★★✩✩✩ / review

💞  Female General and Eldest Princess by Please Don’t Laugh (audio drama) / ★★★★✩ / review

💕 Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss / ★★★✩

💞 Everything is Beautiful and I’m Not Afraid by Yao Xiao / ★★★★✩ / review

💕 The Weight of Living by M.A. Hinkle / ★★★★✩ / review

💞 That Could be Enough by Alyssa Cole / ★★★✩✩ 

💕 Water: A History by K.J. Kabza / ★★★★★ / read here

💞 Swelter by Jules Kelley / ★★★★✩

💕 A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine / ★★★★.75✩

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F/F Feb book tag

 

MILLIE QUINT: How many did you read?

I read 15 books total.

DOMINO SWIFT: How successful were you in only reading f/f?

If we’re talking books, 100% successful! I did however read m/m fanfiction (but also f/f ones!). I also didn’t continue my reread of tgcf although I had thought I would continue for sure, so I’m proud of myself.

AYLA: Did you set yourself a tbr and did you complete it?

I had 12 books total on my original TBR. Of those I read 7, DNF’d 1, didn’t read / didn’t finish reading yet 4, and I read 8 more that weren’t there in the first place. So uh, I know it doesn’t sound like a success but I’m very bad at sticking to TBRs so I’m actually pretty happy with what I did.

LIKOTSI: How many challenges did you complete?

I didn’t really look at the challenges while I was reading, but looking at them now I see that I completed 7/9.

AUDRE: Which was your favourite read and why?

By far Steel Crow Saga. It’s a book I can already confidently put in my top 5 favorites of the year and I now count among my most favorite books of all times. It was a book that incorporated so many things I love about fantasy, paired with romantic tropes I adore and an almost all queer cast. I started rereading it right away after finishing it (with a physical copy, while my first read was in audio) and I’m rereading it slowly but I love every second of it.

XIULAN: Which was your favourite ship and why?

Lin Wanyue/Li Xian from Female General and Eldest Princess. They went through so much and because of how long Chinese webnovels usually are I got to spend 167+15 (!!!!) chapters with them, and there’s also starting to be a lot of fanart of them on twitter. Also their romantic story was wrapped up in such a satisfying way (again, this is something very typical of Chinese webnovels) that western novels tend not to do.

MUNA: Did you read any new authors? Who was your favourite?

They were all new authors to me besides Alyssa Cole! My favorite was maybe Paul Krueger because now I want to read everything else he writes.

ROSA SANTOS: A book you were recommended and loved.

A Memory Called Empire wasn’t even on my TBR for this month but my friend Acqua’s review made me reach for it when I realized I had already finished all my planned audiobooks. And I loved it!

LEI: A book that was on your tbr for a while.

Learning Curves was on my TBR ever since I learned one of the MCs had ADHD, but I still hadn’t found a chance to read it and I’m glad I did.

EVELYN HUGO: A book which you didn’t like as much as you expected to.

In the Vanishers’ Palace. I’m not sure I expected to love it, because there’s something about B&tB retellings that makes me wary even before starting them, but I was expecting to at least like it and give it 3 stars. The truth is I just didn’t care about the whole book.

GOLDIE VANCE: Are there any books you wish you’d read but didn’t have time?

Of my original TBR I wish I’d read Sunstone (vol. 3) because I really like the characters. I didn’t exactly have no time for it but it was the only thing that wasn’t in my owned TBR and the ebook is a bit expensive so I thought maybe I can wait for a sale.

BARU CORMORANT: A book which wrecked you.

I have to mention Female General and Eldest Princess again because there were so many heartbreaking moments, alternating with absolutely adorable ones, and then more heartbreak. Fortunately the ending fixed most things and as I already said it was satisfying in a way western novels rarely do, but it also was wrecking in its own way (only the last chapter was able to somewhat fix it, and although the author said it’s not supposed to be seen as canon because it falls into fantasy, I chose to believe it is).

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This officially concludes my FFFeb experience, and it was an amazing one. I hope something similar comes up again because I will 100% do it!

Did you do FFFeb? How did it go?

F/F February TBR

Today I officially decided to join next month’s F/F February readathon! I am so excited for this, first of all I have a lot of F/F books I own and especially a lot of novellas that were free at some point and I just never get to them, so this is going to be my chance to read some of them. And then any even that celebrates not only F/F relationships but sapphic books in general (like the announcement post explains) obviously is going to own my whole heart.

I decided to just focus mostly on what I already own so I am not joining the challenges, although some of these books definitely meet some of them.

If you want to join but don’t know what to read, make sure to read Charlotte’s announcement that also has A LOT of awesome recs, divided both by genre and by readathon challenges! I also have F/F recommendation posts here and here so make sure to check them out if you need inspiration for joining in on the fun.

I will try not to read anything else, but I am in the middle of my tgcf reread (that’s like, probably 2000+ pages if it was a physical book) and I don’t want to pause it for a whole month, so I will also be reading that although it’s not f/f.

I am sharing here a tentative TBR where I basically just dumped all the books I found in my kindle/audible/shelves that meet the criteria for the challenge and that I think I might read. I definitely know I won’t be able to read all of them but that’s okay! The titles in bold are the ones I definitely count on reading, the other ones are options I’m giving myself in case I finish the ones I want to get to first.

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Books:

👭 Female General and Eldest Princess by 请君莫笑 

👭 Lesbisch für Anfängerinnen: Willkommen in der WG! by Celia Martin

👭 Long Steady Distance by Helena Hill

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Novellas:

👭 A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton

👭 That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole

👭 Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss

👭 Deadline by Stephanie Ahn

👭 Special Delivery by J.A. Armstrong

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Short stories:

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👭 Swelter by Jules Kelley

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Audiobooks:

👭 Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

👭 Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

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Graphic novels:

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👭Sunstone vol. 3 (and possibly also volumes 4—6) by Stjepan Šejić

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Are you joining the readathon? What’s your TBR? 

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!

I’m joining SapphicAThon!

SapphicAThon is a readathon created by Tasha @catsandpaperbacks and co-hosted by AmelieEliseJamieson, and Miriam.

It’s all about reading books where the main character is involved in a F/F romance (it can’t be a side romance!) and it runs from December 14th to December 28th of your timezone.

This post is kind of late because I wasn’t sure that I would have time to participate, but since I’m flying home for the holidays it looks like I will (hopefully) get a lot of reading time.

Even if you aren’t sure you can participate, I still encourage you to look at Tasha’s post because it comes with a ton of F/F recs.

Kind of side note, but people, it’s not enough to complain that there aren’t many F/F romances out there and do nothing about it. The books are there and they’re getting published and they’re often by marginalized authors and it’s everyone’s job to find them and boost them the same way M/M romances are. I myself know that I need to do better in this regard and participating in this readathon is hopefully a step forward in this sense.

If you do decide to participate and need some extra sense of accomplishment, you can look at the bingo board below. It has challenges that can help you decide which books you want to read, and you don’t have to get a bingo but it’s an added bonus if you want to challenge yourself more.

I myself don’t know exactly how many books I’m going to be able to read. I am a slow reader after all and I have a few things I need to do before Christmas, other than spending time with my family obviously, but I decided that no matter how many books I’ll manage to read, it will still be better than not participating.

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I will probably make a quick TBR post next week to help me stick to it and I’ll also try to link a few other rec threads/posts that I found over the months to help you find even more F/F books.

Let me know if you will participate and make sure that if you’re on twitter you follow along with #SapphicAThon and follow the official account @wlwreadathon. I will probably make a thread in order to track my progress during the challenge so if you want you can follow me there too and laugh at me when I fail (just kidding, there is no failing 💪🏻).

Tome Topple Readathon: November 18th to December 1st

Later this week I’ll participate in my first readathon! It’s probably a tough one to start with because it’s all about those big books (>500 pages). But I figured I might as well join it since there are two books on my Kindle that fit the requirement for the readathon and that I really want to read.

I found this readathon watching Samantha @ThoughtsOnTomes and Adriana @perpetualpages‘s announcement videos, as they are two of the hosts for the event.
Here’s the description on the goodreads group:

The next round of the Tome Topple Readathon will take place from midnight in your time zone on November 18th to 11:59pm in your time zone on December 1st!
The whole point of this readathon is to read big books (over 500 pages). You don’t even need to read a lot of them. You don’t even need to finish one. The point is that we are all reading those big daunting books at the same time and supporting each other.

This group will feature discussion boards about some of the more popular book choices for the readathon, as well as some suggestions for any of you struggling with which tome to read.

Definitely keep in touch using the hashtag #tometopple on all social media and following @tome_topple on twitter.

Topple those Tomes!

They also announced some challenges that might help you decide what books to read or just give you some more motivation:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

Personally I will be fulfilling four out of five of those challenges (provided I can read both books I have in mind), so I’m really excited.

The books I chose are The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and The Demon King by  Cinda Williams Chima.

If you want to partake in this readathon you should definitely join the goodreads group and make sure you follow the hashtag #tometopple on twitter and instagram so you find other people that read your same book(s).

I really hope I can complete both books in that time. Are you planning on participate? What tomes would you like to topple?