Reading for free: resources and recs

If you follow this blog it’s likely you don’t really need me to praise books’ power of escapism during tough times. Not just books but fiction in general. I think we all need a little break from reality right now, but things can get expensive pretty quickly if you’re consuming more fiction than you can buy.

Over the years of being a blogger and a reader I’ve come across a few resources to get that sense of escapism for free (and legally), and I thought I’d share them all in this post.

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🎧 It seems to be a little known fact that Spotify actually also has audiobooks: this post my friend wrote should guide you through it + it gives you a few audiobook recs!
πŸ“š For reading YA, Riveted has a lot of free books that are available for a certain amount of time. There’s full books and excerpts of newer books published by Simon Teen and they rotate often enough, so even if you don’t find anything you’d like to read right now, you can check again regularly and see what else they have.
πŸ“˜ If you want to browse a huge range of SFF short stories and novellas, Tor.com is the place to look. You can browse by author’s name and find short stories by your favorites or discover new authors. One story I’ve read recently and that I loved is Water: A History by KJ Kabza.

πŸ“š There are also a few stories on B&N SFF originals, where I found one of my recent favorite short stories, If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho.

πŸ“— If you are a reviewer and have a NG account you can read and review a lot of books from the Netgalley read now list. I do recommend only getting the books you think you will read, because you don’t want to be stuck with 100 books that were free to read and realize you have to read and review them all (or forever ruin your chance at getting ARCs you really want because your ratio is too low).
πŸ“• The same goes for the Edelweiss to download list: remember once you get them you have to review them! To make things easier on yourself you can browse the books per category, just like on netgalley. Edelweiss doesn’t have the most user-friendly interface, but thankfully my friend once again has a guide! (thanks, E.!!!)
πŸ“˜ Prose isn’t the only kind of entertainment! If you’re into graphic novels, you must check out the many webcomics (IMO the best type of graphic stories) available for free. Many creators post them on their own sites, but there are apps that let you browse thousands of them, you won’t really know where to begin (thankfully I have recommendations! Check out here and here for my favorite webcomics). The apps are tapas, webtoon, wecomics.
πŸ“• As much as I don’t love helping big corporations, I can’t not mention Amazon’s top 100 free reads list. This probably varies from country to country so make sure to check your own country’s website.

πŸ“š There’s also probably a lot of lists of free books on goodreads: I’m going to link this one with only LGBTQ+ books (which also has a few more linked resources for free queer books), but you can look for more by searching key words on the top right corner of that page.
πŸ“˜ There’s also many paid services that offer you free trials and you can opt out if you don’t want to continue onto a paid subscription. I’m currently trying Scribd for the first time because they opened up a free trial (without you needing to share your credit card with them) because of the huh, circumstances we’re all under.

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I really hope this post was useful! Please let me know if you know of more resources to read for free, or tell me if you use / have used any of these in the past! Stay healthy everyone and remember to lose yourself in fiction for a while when everything is too much.

Book recs: favorite novellas

I recently realized I love novellas. Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite books or series are super long and I love getting to spend a lot of time with my favorite characters and see their development over a huge page count. But there is also some comfort in a story that can be told in a smaller amount of pages, often self-contained or as a complementary addition to an existing series. And sometimes we just need to read something short, be it to get out of a reading slump or to meet our goodreads goal.

So here’s a few of my favorite novellas I’ve read so far, roughly divided into 5 and 4 stars.

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5 stars

The Pursuit Of… by Courtney Milan β€” this is the novella that made me want to write this post in the first place. If you haven’t seen me talk about it on twitter then know that I finally reread it after about 1.5 years of reading it the first time, and it made me laugh and tear up just as much as the first time. It’s such a comfort read and every one of my friends who’s read it after I recommended it to them has loved it, so you should too! It follows a Black American soldier and a British soldier on their road trip together as they fall in love. Their relationship is so lovely and it has a great happy ending and please please please read it! It’s listed as book #2.5 in a series but I haven’t read it and you don’t need to read the rest of the books to understand it (although I’m sure the rest of the series is just as good, I just haven’t had a chance to read it yet).

Peter Darling by Austin Chant β€” this is a gay and trans retelling of Peter Pan and like with all enemies to lovers romances I was HOOKED. Get it? Hah. It’s also a novella I re-read somewhat recently and it confirmed just as good as the first time. If you only read two books out of this list, make it this one and The Pursuit of… .

Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire β€” This is a series where some novellas are somewhat standalones and others depend on having read the previous books. I have only read the first three so far but I highly recommend them for Seanan McGuire’s amazing writing and for how diverse each story is.

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells β€” Another series of novellas that follow a SecUnit that hacked itself and downloaded hundreds of thousands of hours of TV shows in order to escape reality (how relatable), only for reality to simply Not Give It A Break (also very relatable). It’s just as good as it sounds and I highly recommend the audiobooks. There’s also a novel that’s coming out later this year and I can’t wait for.

The Deep by Rivers Solomon β€” A f/f standalone novella about water-dwelling creatures that descend from pregnant African enslaved women, and about the importance of history.

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon β€” The only contemporary romance on this 5-stars section, and with good reason. A sex positive f/f romance between two Black women, one of whom works as a stripper.

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4 stars

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone β€” A beautiful and poetic standalone novella about a time war and two time agents of opposing factions falling in love with each other over written words.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole β€” This novella is set in a series and it can work as a standalone too. It follows two Black women in a past/present narration style as they get their second chance at a romance.

Finna by Nino Cipri β€” A weird and funny sci-fi standalone about what happens when you and your ex have to rescue an old lady who got lost in the Ikea-like store where you work, with portals to other deadly worlds. A somewhat second-chance f/nonbinary romance.

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian β€” A really nice historical f/f romance novel where one of the women has a little daughter. It’s also part of a series which I haven’t read and this hasn’t affected my reading at all.

A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton β€” Another historical f/f, also part of a series I haven’t read, also lovely and absolutely gay.

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Have you read any of these? What are your feelings towards novellas as a book length? Recommend me some novellas I should read!

F/F romance recs: 2019 edition

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Last year I ended up reading more f/f than m/m for the first time since I started reading queer fiction. If you’ve read my wrap-up post for 2019 you’ll see that out of 7 new favorites, 4 were f/f and 3 were m/m. I count that as a win on my part and in this post I wanted to mention the books that maybe didn’t make it into my favorites or in any of the other categories I mentioned in the above post, but I still want to recommend.

As with my previous post, I’m going chronologically with my recs, and the ones that I liked best are in bold. There are more f/f books I read than these but these are the ones I fully feel comfortable recommending!

See also the f/f rec post I wrote in 2018Β 

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Into the Drowning Deepby Mira Grant – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // review

The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // no review, just endless screaming

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // review

The Stars are Legions by Kameron Hurley – β˜…β˜…β˜….5✩✩ //Β review

Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ© // no review, just read it for old sapphic ladies kicking some ass

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // no review just pterodactyl screeches

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5✩ // review

Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5✩ // review

The Queen of Rhodia by Effie Calvin – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5✩ // review

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // review

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ© // review

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // review

Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // no review but it’s a really nice college romance

The Impossible Contractby K.A. Doore – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….75✩ // review

Bloom Into You vol.1 by Nio Nakatani – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ© // no review but it’s cute

The Deep by Rivers Solomon – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜….5✩ // review

Tamen de gushi (Their Story) by Tan Jiu – β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // no review but oh my god it’s my new favorite manhua

Being Hers by Anna Stone – β˜…β˜…β˜…βœ©βœ© // no review but it’s good

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And this is it as for last year’s F/F recs! I hope this post was useful, I had a lot of fun going through last year’s books and I hope I can find a lot more recs this year.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? How many f/f did you read last year?

LGBTQIAP+ Books that Don’t Feature AlloCis M/M Relationships, Part 2

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✨find part 1 here🌈

 

Hey friends! Pride month is here!!! This post is a bit later than I would have liked but with real life keeping me busy I’m only now managing to post it. With pride month come a lot of really cool readathonsΒ that are a perfect opportunity to branch out and read more diversely, whether you already read a lot of queer books throughout the year or not.

So I remembered I wrote this post last year with the same title as this one, and I thought since I’ve read a lot more books in the meantime I would update this list so y’all don’t end up only reading the same allocis m/m romances that, frankly, don’t make your reading very diverse.

(PS: see also my F/F romance recs from last year)

So, what are “LGBTQIAP+ books that don’t feature allocis m/m relationships”?

Basically anything where the focus isn’t two allo and cis men in a m/m relationship. This varies from m/m where one of the main characters is trans or asexual or aromantic, to a m/f romance where one (or both!) are bi or pan or queer, to f/f, to f/nonbinary, etc etc. They can also be books with queer characters that don’t have any romance in it! I’m also only going to mention books where at least one queer character has a POV or is the love interest or is otherwise very prominent. And these are all books I’ve read and enjoyed or at least thought that the queer rep was good (although obviously I can’t speak for a whole community). So let’s get right into it!

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πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Not M/M:

β€’ Far From the Tree by Robin Benway – f/f romance; lesbian character; family/sibling focus | YA | my review

β€’ Toil & Truble (anthology) – various queer characters, among which many f/f romances and m/f | YA | my review

β€’ An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon – fantasy, nonbinary/nonbinary romance (not a big focus); autistic intersex MC | Adult

β€’ Shootaround by Suspu – webcomic, different relationships including f/f, polyam f/f/f, m/f with a trans character, m/m in the past, and basically everyone is queer | YA

β€’ Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler – f/f romance, lesbian MC, bisexual LI | YA | my review

β€’ The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – contemporary f/f romance | YA | my review

β€’ On The Fly by P.J. Trebelhorn – contemporary f/f romance | Adult | my review

β€’ Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole – contemporary f/f romance | NA

β€’ Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – sci-fi horror, f/f romance, autistic lesbian and bisexual characters | NA/Adult | my review

β€’ Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali – f/nonbinary, m/m, m/nonbinary romances | NA | my review

β€’ The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – fantasy f/f romance | YA

β€’ Proud by Juno Dawson – anthology with different types of queer character and relationships (although a disappointing lack of ace/aro characters) | YA | my review

β€’ The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – contemporary f/f romance | YA | my review

β€’ The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley – fantasy f/f romance, all lesbian cast | Adult | my review

β€’ Ms Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan – historical f/f romance | Adult

β€’ The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – fantasy f/f romance; multiple queer characters | Adult

β€’ Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins – contemporary f/f; multiple queer side characters | YA | my review

β€’ The Queen of Rhodia by Effie Calvin – fantasy, established f/f couple | NA

β€’ Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter – fantasy, f/f romance (I think they’re both bi) + pansexual character | YA | I haven’t written a review for this yet but please, please, please, don’t go into this book without knowing what you’re getting yourself into. Massive trigger warnings for emotional abuse, incest, neglect, sexual assault, death, body horror.

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🌈 M/M but not allocis:

β€’ Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday – contemporary m/m; demisexual character | NA | my review

β€’ Squared Away by Annabeth Albert – contemporary m/m; ace character| Adult | my review

β€’ Stake Sauce by RoAnna Sylver – urban fantasy, m/m (with a hint of polyamory) with trans and aro/ace character| NA

β€’ The Past and Other Things that Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson – contemporary, m/m romance (not the focus of the book though) with a trans character| YA

β€’ The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore – fantasy, ace main character | NA

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πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ M/F but at least one of them is queer:

β€’ Sweet on the Greek by Talia Hibbert – contemporary m/f romance; bisexual main character| NA

β€’ Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee – contemporary m/f romance; ace character| YA

β€’ Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – fantasy, (only hinted at) m/f romance; ace MC + trans character| YA

β€’ King Of Fools by Amanda Foody – m/f romance; bisexual main character; brief m/m and side f/f | YA | my review

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🌈 No romance/romance not the focus or not resolved:

β€’ Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – ace main character| Adult

β€’ I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – trans and gay main character| YA

β€’ The Disasters by M.K. England – sci-fi, no actual romance I guess but kind of somewhat of a m/f vs m/m love triangle (bisexual character), plus trans side character| YA | my review

β€’ The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – fantasy, kind of a m/f vs m/m love triangle, bi or pan characters, but the romance is not resolved yet| YA | my review

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πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Not sure if they belong on this list so I’m going to write them in a tiny font:

β€’ The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – m/m/f romance with heavy focus on the m/m side | YAΒ 

β€’ No End by Erly and Kromi – there’s prominent m/m romances but all main characters are queer (ace, bi, pan, trans and lesbian, and more to come because the comic is ongoing) | YA | my review

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And this is it for this post. I really hope this is helpful and it inspires some of you who want to diversify your queer reading, and tackle those pride month challenges and readathons.

Happy pride month y’all, and remember to celebrate all the colors and all the letters of the rainbow β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ

LGBTQIAP+ Webcomic Recs #2

It’s my favorite time of the year, AKA time to post my recommendations for my favorite queer webcomics. And folks, I’ve read so many since myΒ first rec postΒ (which you definitely need to check out) that I couldn’t even fit them all in this post and I’ve already started a draft for a 3rd post.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of webcomics, they’re completely free comics that creators put online, usually posting one page or one chapter at the time, and they can be found on the creators’ websites or on sites like tapas or webtoons.

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πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Always Human by Ari Walkingnorth

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Status: complete

Audience: everyone

Content warnings:Β eating disorder, body image issues

GoodreadsΒ |Β Read hereΒ |Β My review

I can’t believe after ONE YEAR I finally get to recommend this on my blog too! This has one of the sweetest and softest f/f relationships, also the art, colors and music are so soothing and reading it feels like a warm hug.

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🌈 Long Exposure byΒ Kam “Mars” Heyward

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Status: ongoing

Audience: YA

Content warnings:Β bullying, homophobia, violence, mention of pedophilia, abuse

GoodreadsΒ |Β Read hereΒ |Β My review

I love this webcomic so much. It definitely has heavy themesΒ as you can see from my content warnings, but it also has a really nice and atypical m/m relationship and paranormal elements.Β 

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πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆHeir’s Game by SuspuΒ Β 

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Status: ongoing

Audience: everyone

Content warnings: mild violence

GoodreadsΒ |Β Read here

This is by the same creator of Shootaround so I immediately started it after finishing that one. It’s still in its early chapters and I anticipate it’s going to be very long, so it’s kind of hard to talk about it so far. But it has duels, court intrigues and disaster gays.

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🌈 No End by Erli & Kromi

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Status: ongoing

Audience: YA

Content warnings:Β violence, mild gore, past abusive relationships,

GoodreadsΒ |Β Read hereΒ |Β My review

I’ve said this before but I would nominate this in my top 3 favorite webcomics without a doubt. I love the characters and the art, and how everyone is queer. There’s something in this for everyone: zombies, characters that will capture your heart, relationship drama, soft romances, found family.

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πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ The Prince and the Swan by April Pierce

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Status: ongoing

Audience: everyone

Content warnings: captivity, abuse

GoodreadsΒ |Β Read here

This is a loose retelling of Swan Lake with a m/m romance. I really like the subdued humor in it and the fairy tale setting, and I appreciate the slightly slower pace that allows to get to know the characters better.

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🌈 Sonnet by Emily Cheeseman & Lindsey Rodgers

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Status: complete

Audience: everyone

Content warnings: fights/duels, injury

GoodreadsΒ |Β Read hereΒ |Β My review

This is a webcomic entirely written in sonnets and if that scares you let me tell you that once you get a little used to it it’s really easy to read. It could even be read without the text as a children book or something and it’d still be 100% understandable. It’s a story about two knights falling in love and it doesn’t hurt that they remind me a lot of Damen and Laurent.

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πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Shootaround by Suspu

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Status: complete

Audience: YA

Content warnings:

GoodreadsΒ |Β Read here

This was such a pleasure to read! I wanted more queer zombie webcomics after No End and this had a very different tone from it and just what I needed. This made me laugh so much and at the same time it has its serious moments, but it’s very hopeful and it has tons of rep (trans, bi, polyam, POC, etc). Also, found family! Who doesn’t love that.

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🌈 On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

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Status: complete

Audience: YA

Content warnings: bullying, misgendering

GoodreadsΒ |Β Read here

This is a story about a girl who is trying to find her high school girlfriend in space. It’s told in both the present and in flashbacks where we get to see the two girls a few years ago and how they got together. It is really diverse and the art, while not my personal favorite, is by all means beautiful.

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And that’s it for today, but I’m sure I’ll be back with more webcomic recs in a few months because I’m always looking for more to read, and when I do I can’t contain my excitement for them and I need everyone to read them.

Please let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you’re planning to read them, and if you have any recommendations definitely drop them in the comments!

 

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All I Learned About Audiobooks: A Guide

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In January 2018Β  I started listening to audiobooks. If someone had told me before that that I’d not only end up liking them, but that I would rely on them as much as I’ve done this past year, I wouldn’t have believed them.

One year later, I’ve read a total of about 40 audiobooks and I’ve collected a few general thoughts on them that I thought I’d share so everyone who’s still uncertain can decide whether this format might work for them too. Also let me point out that these are just some of the things I noticed that work for me, we’re all different and what works for me might not work for everybody.

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Why audiobooks?

  • You’re a slow reader: finish a book faster by finding a playing speed that works for you (and even work your way towards higher speeds).
  • You’re in a reading slump: try switching the format by listening to an audiobook, it might just be the thing to take you out of your slump.
  • You need glasses to read but you’re doing a face mask and you can’t wear your glasses: oddly specific AND YET I bet y’all have in been in this situation.

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  • You have a long commute: whether by car or by train/bus/tram, you can get a lot of reading done that way.
  • You’re “too tired to read”: sometimes that just means you have to rest your eyes and use your ears instead.

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  • You have problems focusing/ADD/ADHD: audiobooks seem scary for those of us who have problems concentrating (I don’t have a diagnosis yet but I’m probably ADHD myself), but once you find a way to keep yourself focused (I’ll talk about this in the next category), listening to audiobooks actually helps you not get distracted as much as you do while reading on a page.

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  • You need motivation to do chores:Β this works best if you stick to listening to audiobooks almost exclusively while you do chores instead of listening to them in your free time. You have no idea how much I hate washing the dishes, but sometimes while I’m in the middle of a good audiobook I find myself looking forward to it because I know I’ll be listening to it while doing it (pro tip: use headphones if you’re doing “loud” chores, with running water etc.)

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  • Sometimes the performance adds to enjoyment of the book: a good narrator can make a book a thousand times better. They can give a totally different vibe to a book and even make your rating go up one or two stars compared to your rating if you’d only read it.
  • If you’re not in love with a particular genre but you still want to read a specific book: okay hear me out, I tend to postpone reading books I know are going to be on the more action-y side or have elements that I personally don’t care much about. But if I know from other reviews that they also have great characters, great relationships, etc, I found that listening to them doesn’t make me dread the parts that I normally wouldn’t be too enthusiastic about. Example: The Disasters.

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How to read audiobooks?

  • Fast or slow: this totally depends on factors only you know, like your knowledge of the language you’re listening to, and how used you are to listening to books on faster speeds. All listening speeds are valid and it doesn’t matter if you listen on 0.75x or 2.5x speed as long as you’re enjoying it. Pro tip: you don’t have to listen to the whole book at the same speed! You can slow down on dialogues or parts you feel are more important and speed up in action scenes or descriptions.

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  • While playing a casual puzzle game: this is what I mostly use when I want to focus and I’m not doing a repetitive chore. I have trouble focusing unless I’m doing something with my hands that doesn’t require a lot of effort. I like playing some sort of Tetris game on my phone, sometimes I switch it up by playing different things like Dots or Bejeweled, but you could play Candy Crush or Bubbles…there’s a lot of choice out there.
  • With a coloring book: this serves the same purpose of the previous point. I haven’t done this since this summer but sometimes I’m just tired of phone games (or my phone/iPad needs charging lol). There’s lots of coloring books whether it’s for adults or for kids (I don’t judge) so just find something you like. I personally prefer sticking to abstract figures but you do you boo. I know my friends who are artists like to draw while listening so that might be something worth thinking about if you’re good at that.

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    • With headphones: this is obvious on train/bus/etc but I find it helps at home too, especially while doing chores with running water or if you have to go from one room to another. Bluetooth headphones work best for this so you’re free to move around (AirPods users now it’s your time to shine, if you can actually find them).

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Which types of books work best?

  • Action-packed: a good narrator will make the scene come alive and if you’re like me and like action scenes but can’t for the life of you picture what’s going on when you read on a page, audiobooks are a great help. Example: all the Rick Riordan books,Β Kingdom of Ash, Six of Crows.

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  • “Slow” books with lots of character development: sometimes it’s easy to get impatient with a slow book although we’re enjoying it. Audiobooks make the slower parts go by faster (just adjust the speed) and they give more depth to the internal monologues. Example: Nine Perfect Strangers.
  • Rereads: this is one of my favorite use of audiobooks. Rereading feels like I’m wasting my time sometimes (which is NOT true!!! but I feel like my TBR is judging me), but if I listen to it I know that I’m much faster and I don’t feel as guilty. It’s also incredibly enjoyable to go back to a world you loved and experience it in a different format.
  • Extremely long books: this ties back to the fact that you’re most likely reading faster if you’re on audio. It’s scary to look at how many hours the book will last, but if you’re on 2x speed the book will be half the length. Example: Kingdom of Ash.

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  • Honestly? Any book. I haven’t read all kinds of them and a lot will depend on the narrator or the subject of the book, but I see no reason to exclude any category or genre, you just have to find what works for you.

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Cons of audiobooks?

  • Can’t see words/names on page: this is especially frustrating when you’re reading fantasy or reading in a second language and hearing a lot of new names of people or places. It makes it awkward to write a review or chat about it with online friends, because sometimes you just don’t know how to spell things.
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  • Beautiful prose gets lost, can’t highlight without a visual version:Β sure, you can bookmark the spot you’re on if you’re on Audible, but unless you also own an ebook or printed version it’ll be awkward to write down a quote whether it’s for your future reference for a review or just because you enjoyed that particular sentence.
  • They’re expensive:Β there’s little going around this, audiobooks are expensive. If you’re lucky you have a library near you that lets you borrow them and use apps like Libby, but that’s not the case for most of us internationals. I like my audible subscription because I feel that it lets me make the most out of my money, but it’s still very expensive and I know it’s not for everyone.
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  • No time to process emotional scenes: especially if you’re going fast, it might be hard to remember to pause while you’re in the middle of something Big going on in the book because you want to know what comes next. This can make it so that some of the dramatic moments get lost among the sea of information being thrown at you at 2x speed. I personally like to take a moment to cry or at least process that something dramatic has happened while I’m reading, but it can be hard to do with audios.

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  • You might not like narrator: a narrator can make or break a book. I haven’t found many bad narrators and the few I did find haven’t made it impossible to enjoy the book, but that’s because they were rereads of books I already knew and loved. Definitely always try to check out a sample of the book (Audible has 5-minutes samples for every book) and sort reviews in a way that shows you the ratings of the performance. If you feel like a particular narrator might turn you off an otherwise good book, maybe it might be worth giving the paper or digital version a try instead.

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Where to start?

  • Rereads: these are probably the easiest books to get into if you’re still uncertain whether audiobooks are for you or not. Think about that one book you’ve been postponing rereading for ages and just try it out! I would, however, suggest avoiding your favorite books, the ones you’ve reread 1000 times, where every line of dialogue already has a specific tone and feel to it, because it will inevitably be different when the narrator reads it.
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  • Tales: I don’t know how to categorize this but my first audiobook ever was Norse Mythology and it made me feel like when my mom read to me before bed when I was little. It just felt like something meant to be read out loud and it made me fall in love with audiobooks in general. It doesn’t have to be this book in particular but try to find something that gives you the feel of fairy tales or mythology and that you’re interested in and that you might think it’s meant to read out loud by a fire or something like that.

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A few quick recs of personal favorite audiobooks with great performances:

✨ Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant ✨

✨ Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty ✨

✨ Far from the Tree by Robin Benway ✨

✨ Sadie by Courtney Summers ✨

✨ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ✨

✨ Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman ✨

✨ The Disasters by M.K. England ✨

✨ The whole PJO series by Rick Riordan ✨

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So that’s it for this guide! I hope you enjoyed it and if it was useful to you please leave me a comment because I love feeling like I helped!

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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 πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’™

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:Β 

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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