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Six for Sunday: A Rainbow of Books

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


What’s your favorite lgbtqiap+ book in your favorite color that you recommend I read?

Welcome back to another Six for Sunday post, continuing with the theme “Pride matters!” Today’s prompt is sharing a rainbow of books.

I wanted to share three lgbtqiap+ books I loved and rated 5-stars (*). These particular stories struck a chord with me. These stories that will turn your emotions upside down and back again in the best of ways. They’re well-told and amazing reads.

The other three books I’m spotlighting are lgbtqiap+ books that I really want to read (*). I don’t know when I’ll get to them (when does a bookworm ever know, lol), but they are high on my tbr in this category.

Making rainbows out of books is always fun, so I happily share this colorful list with all of you:

 

REDThese Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy*

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ORANGEFeel the Fire by Annabeth Albert*

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YELLOWWrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane*

"Wrath Goddess Sing" by Maya Deane (cover)
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GREENUnder the Whispering Door by TJ Klune*

"Under the Whispering Door" by TJ Klune (cover)
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BLUEWritten in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur*

"Written in the Stars" by Alexandria Bellefleur (cover)
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PURPLELoveless by Alice Oseman*

"Loveless" by Alice Oseman (cover)
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Six for Sunday: Favorite & Beloved LGBTQIAP+ Characters

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


Happy Pride Month!

I’m taking today’s prompt as meaning either favorite LGBTQIAP+ stories or characters, OR favorite stories with LGBTQIAP+ characters in general. I’m going with just characters today.

When I went to make this list my thoughts immediately went to several TJ Klune characters who I adore so much. He has written most of my favorite LGBTQIAP+ characters. I did, however, leave room for another pair written by a different author. A pair who will forever hold a special place in my heart.

My list of favorite and beloved LGBTQIAP+ characters include:

[ 1 ] Sam of Wilds

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[ 2 ] Ox

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[ 3 ] Alex Claremont-Diaz & Prince Henry

"Red, White, & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston (cover)
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[ 4 ] Wallace Price & Hugo

"Under the Whispering Door" by TJ Klune (cover)
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[ 5 ] Gordo Livingston

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[ 6 ] Nick Bell

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Six for Sunday: Magical Characters I’d Love to Be Friends With

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


The stellar theme for this month’s Six for Sunday posts is “Magical May.” Today’s prompt is magical characters you’d love to be friends with.

This prompt is my kind of perfect for me because many of my favorite characters have magical abilities of all kinds and are some of the best people you’ll ever read about. For my list, I chose characters from Tamora Pierce’s books since she is my all-time favorite author. She also writes young adult fantasy, so her characters are perfect for today’s prompt.

Magical character I really want to be besties forever with are:

( 1 ) Daja Kisubo

Magic: metal

( 2 ) Diane (Veralidaine) Sarrasri

Magic: wild magic – communicate with animals; shape-shifting

( 3 ) Alanna the Lioness

Magic: healing

( 4 ) Beka (Rebekah) Cooper

Magic: hear spirits of the dead through pigeons; hear sounds & conversations that happen near dust spinners

( 5 ) Briar Moss

Magic: plants

( 6 ) Tris (Trisana) Chandler

Magic: weather


Who are some of your favorite magical characters that you would like to be friends with?


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#SixForSunday: Books to Get People Out of Reading Slumps

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

Reading slumps are the worst and often hard to get out of. They make me feel lost and indecisive. I’ll want to read but also not want to read. Reading seems like too much or I don’t know where to start.

One thing is for certain: reading slumps are inevitable.

I find myself in a reading slump a couple times a year. It takes days, sometimes longer, to get out of one. Usually, I’ll try to find something short to read (like a graphic novel or middle grade story) or binge-read manga. Romance is also my go-to for conquering reading slumps.

For today’s Six For Sunday, I’m recommending genre/age-specific books that may help you get out of a reading slump (note: the titles below cross genres):

Fantasy: The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

Romance: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Science Fiction: Zodiac by Romina Russell

Historical Fiction: At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

Middle Grade: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston cover

Fairytale/Retelling: The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale


How do you get out of a reading slump?


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#SixForSunday: Books With Green Covers

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

The Six for Sunday them for March is Springing Into Life!. Today’s prompt showcases books with lovely green covers.

I like this prompt because it reminds me of the green grass, abundantly leafy trees, and pretty flowers that come with spring. While spring not be my favorite season, I love the beauty of nature during that time.

The books I chose for this prompt that give me so much bookish life are:

 

Truly Tyler by Terri Libenson

Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Servant of the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton

At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

The Sharpest Blade by Sandy Williams


What is your favorite green-covered book that gives you spring vibes?


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#SixForSunday: Favorite Picture Books

Six for Sunday

Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


To have to choose only SIX of my favorite picture books is excruciating because there have been so many fantastic picture books that I’ve loved that I would pick for this prompt (and SFS’s February theme: small but mighty). What’s a book lover to do?

Here’s the list of books I came up with that are amazing and deserve a million gazillion gold stars:

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Amanda Reed, Illustrated by Nneka Myers

When the sun goes down the hair goes up! What a great read that I wholly saw myself in. I loved the celebration of this nightly hair-care routine.

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Pictures by Oliver Jeffers

Crayons are my favorite things to color with, so I was already half in love with this story before it began. It’s funny but with a great message about taking care of things that belong to us.

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Eyes That Kiss In The Corners by Joanna Ho, Illustrated by Dung Ho

A young girl learns to love herself, her features, and her cultures. This was so heartwarming.

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Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat

A boy and his grandfather learn to finally communicate with each other through their shared passion for art. This one tugged at the heartstrings and wowed me with it’s beautiful illustrations.

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Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman, Illustrated by Heather Fox

This book is hilarious! Llama is just living his best life. Meanwhile, a series of events are leading towards the end of the world. It’s ridiculous fun all things considered.

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I Promise by LeBron James, Illustrated Nina Mata

I Promise is an awe-inspiring read that lays out a series of promises that allude to how kids can strive for greatness. The beautiful illustrations are so eye-catching as well!

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Because I can’t help myself, here are honorable mentions and recommendations that would have also made this list of exceptional picture books:

  • Dragons Love Tacos
  • A Home Again
  • Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
  • Our Class is a Family
  • When We Are Kind

Pictures are great to read even if you’re an adult. They’re light-hearted and fun, but can pack a wallop of feels through well-crafted words and stunning visuals.

There are countless more pictures I’ve yet to read that I know will be as good as the ones I’ve mentioned. I’m hoping to make a big dent in my picture book tbr this year. So far the ones I’ve read have been enjoyable.


What are some of your favorite picture books that you would recommend I read?


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#SixForSunday: Favorite Books Under 200 Pages

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


Who doesn’t love short but sweet reads that pack a whole lot of awesome within them? I used to read mostly books in the 300-500 range but nowadays I find myself enjoying short books more and more.

Short reads can be just as amazing as much longer books. Since short books take far less time to read, there’s always a sense of accomplishment after finishing one.

I like using short reads when I’m in between books and don’t want to start something major quite yet. Shorter books are also the perfect solution for overcoming reading slumps.

So if you’ve been looking for a quick read and aren’t sure where to start, check out these recommendations of my favorite books under 200 pages below (note: page numbers according to Goodreads, may vary based on edition):

( 1 ) Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety by Maureen Marzi Wilson (192)

Genre: nonfiction, graphic novel, humor

( 2 ) All Systems Red by Martha Wells (149)

Genre: science fiction, novella

( 3 ) Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguié (195)

Genre: fairy tales/retelling, young adult fantasy, romance

( 4 ) Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen (112)

Genre: nonfiction, graphic novel, humor

( 5 ) Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton (64)

Genre: middle grade, children’s fiction, graphic novels

( 6 ) Winter’s Child: A Retelling of The Snow Queen by Cameron Dokey (173)

Genre: fairy tales/retelling, young adult fantasy, romance


What are some of your favorite shorter-paged books that you would recommend to everyone?


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#SixForSunday: Favorite Character Arcs

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


Today’s Six for Sunday prompt is favorite character arcs. I’ve enjoyed countless characters’ stories, so narrowing down this list was a little hard. But I think the best arcs are the ones that change you in some way. They’re the ones that stay with you long after the story ends. Those stories are the reasons why I love reading.

Here are six of my favorite character arcs:

( 1 ) BriennaThe Queen’s Rising duology by Rebecca Ross

Brienna has tried and failed to find her place in the world. She is so open and earnest and kind. She grows so much over the course of two, action-packed books. I loved every part of her fantastic story.

( 2 ) CharlotteRock Hard by Nalini Singh

Charlotte is still dealing with a lot of trauma after escaping an abusive relationship. The reader quickly comes to see that Charlotte is more than her trauma and shyness. She is effervescent, strong, and hard-working. Her arc is noteworthy and her love story just as sweet.

( 3 ) Anna and KeaneFloat Plan by Trish Doller

Anna is trying to reclaim her life after the loss of her husband to suicide by taking his boat on a sea voyage. Keane is trying to continue to do what he loves despite the loss of his leg. As they get to know each other during their travels, it’s easy to see how alike they are. This was a breathtaking, freeing, second chance romance.

( 4 ) GordoRavensong by TJ Klune

I adore stubborn, grumpy Gordo. Like many of Klune’s characters, Gordo’s past is heartbreaking and yet he has such a big heart that makes him such a profound character. He deserves an HEA and more!

( 5 ) RobbieHeartsong by TJ Klune

Robbie is He’s so sweet, precious, loyal, and lovable. Like many of us, all Robbie wants is a place and people to call home. It’s an arduous journey for Robbie and continues to be so throughout Heartsong.

( 6 ) Wallace PriceUnder the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

In one of the most poignant and thought-provoking novels I’ve ever read, Wallace’s arc was the ultimate character transformation as he’s continuously faced with a new question and perspective. I had no idea where the story was gonna go or what Wallace would eventually decide to do, but I was thoroughly anxious, perched precariously on the edge of my seat waiting for whatever may come. This is one character arc I will always remember.


What factors create an enjoyable character arc to you?


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#SixForSunday: Bookish Resolutions

Six for Sunday

Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


Do you have any bookish resolutions this year?

A while ago, I listed all my bookish resolutions in my January Happenings post. I wasn’t teetering on whether to do a Six for Sunday post as well. But I like doing these posts, so I’ll just list the top 6 that are imperative for me to accomplish.

  1. Read more books I own (before buying a boat-load more!)
  2. Go to the library more often (because it’s my happy place)
  3. Be a more active blogger (because talking about books is fun)
  4. Donate books (and share the joy of reading)
  5. Finish that first draft of WIP I keep talking about (because if not now then when?)
  6. Read more back-listed titles (and not push them back again and again)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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#SixForSunday: Sequels I Can’t Wait For

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

My picks for today’s prompt are sequels I can’t wait to read that I haven’t talked much about or at all. Some of these I’ve been trying to read for years but kept pushing off. I really want to finish/catch up on these series in 2022.

The books I chose are:

Husband Material by Alexis Hall (Boyfriend Material #2) (August 2, 2022)

In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.

Good thing Oliver is such perfect HUSBAND MATERIAL.

This Summer 2022, you’re invited to the event(s) of the season.

 

Endure by Sara B. Larson (Defy #3)

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

 

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #6)

In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.

 

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #2)

It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…

 

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (The Malediction Trilogy #2)

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted.

 

Jorundyr’s Path by Duncan M. Hamilton (Wolf of the North #2)

Jorundyr’s Path is walked only by the brave. It is survived only by the strong.

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid’s Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth.

From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr’s Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of: filled with friends, enemies, and danger–the crucible from which heroes are forged.


Is there a series you started that you’ve been meaning to continue for forever?


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