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Happy Monday, Bookworms!

Did you have a good weekend?

My weekend was alright and I did get a lot of reading done. I’m really enjoying reading Rick by Alex Gino and have been learning so much more about gender identity. I have just a couple of hours of reading left and then tomorrow I’ll be able to (at last) start Red, White & Royal Blue and volumes 1 & 2 of Kiss Him, Not Me.

I finished Haikyu!! volume 3 and now I really really want to start collecting the volumes even though before I said I didn’t because there’s so many. Haikyu!! is just too good a story to not want to read more. So maybe I’ll add a volume or two to my next book haul.

Have a great day, everyone!

 

🔴🔴🔴Stay safe. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands.🔴🔴🔴

 

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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#currentlyreading | Rick by Alex Gino

Rick by Alex Gino

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

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ABOUT: Rick’s never questioned much. He’s gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff’s acted like a bully and a jerk. He’s let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn’t given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out.

But now Rick’s gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school’s Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that … understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.

As they did in their groundbreaking novel George, in Rick, award-winning author Alex Gino explores what it means to search for your own place in the world … and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.

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Pride 2020: My Favorite Books & Books On My TBR

June is Pride Month in America. I know, I’m very late positing about this but better late than never. Especially after the huge legal win for LGBTQIA+ workers who are now included under the protection from discrimination earlier last week.

For my part for #ReadWithPride, I am featuring my favorite LGBTQIA+ books as well as my most anticipated reads on my TBR.

I’m slowly working to increase the number of LGBTQIA+ books and authors on my shelves for the love of reading and to amplifies LGBTQIA+ voices. They deserve to have their voices heard, their experiences read about, and to know that they are seen, heard, equal, safe, and loved.

My beloved favorite reads:

 

My top anticipated reads:

What books have you read for Pride Month? What books would you recommend?

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

 

 

 

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Waiting On Wednesday – 6/17/20

Happy Wednesday, Bookworm!

For today’s Waiting On Wednesday (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine), I’m spotlighting Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall, an LGBTQ+ contemporary MM romance that will be released July 7, 2020. I haven’t read a lot of fake relationship romances but this one sounds cute but serious. I anticipate a good read in this one.

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ABOUT: Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

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[Book Review] I’m A Gay Wizard by V. S. Santoni

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Genre: LGBTQIA+ Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Gay Wizard #1
Rating: 3 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Maybe

 

ABOUT: You try magic once and it sticks to you like glitter glue . . .

When Johnny and his best friend, Alison, pass their summer holidays dabbling in magic, they never expect it to have consequences. Sure, it’d be great if they could banish bullies or change their lives for the better, and what harm could come from lighting a few candles and chanting a few spells? When they cause an earthquake that shakes Chicago to its core, they draw the attention of the Marduk Institute, an age-old organization dedicated to fostering the talents of young wizards.

Once there, Johnny and Alison are told they can never return to their previous lives, and must quickly adapt to a new world shimmering with monsters, fraternities, and cute boys like Hunter and Blake. But when they’re pulled into an epic, supernatural fight that could cost them both their lives, Johnny and Alison find strength they never knew they had as they battle for love, acceptance, and their own happy ending—all with the help of a little magic.

 

My Review:
I’m A Gay Wizard by was a good story but something felt off the entire time I was reading. It was as if there was something missing but I still don’t know what. Not a hole in the plot but a missing piece of a puzzle or the dots just not connecting.

It’s a decent story with lots of potential. the story gave off similar haunting vibes from such books as The GiverDivergentThe Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner.Perhaps that’s why I couldn’t figure out what was missing? The author has a talent for words and description – there were many great lines and passages.

Scenes before Johnny is at the institute were difficult to read. What’s sad and scary is that this is still happening to LGBTQ+ people in real life. Just heartbreaking.

I only felt a connection with Johnny. Everyone else was fine but rather stagnant in development. Johnny is an adorable awkward turtle who  I would love to be friends with.

There was plenty of danger and tension the characters had to face. Yet certain situations seemed irrelevant(?) to the overall story. For example, the sand monster – what was the point of this creature? In the synopsis, it says Johnny and Alison cause an earthquake (that was mentioned maybe once). Minor though it was the best friends focus more on the spell they did than the effects to the city the spell caused. It’s brushed under the rug, so I don’t get why put in an earthquake to begin with?

Another thing was Johnny and Alison’s desire to escape. It was high then quickly turned lackluster as soon as other characters appeared. They seemed to care more about the instant attraction to Blake and Hunter; escaping was secondary.

So I don’t know what to think about this series. I don’t dislike it but I also don’t really like it. Either way I don’t think I’ll continue this series.

 

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Book Review: “The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang

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Genre: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+ Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUTParis, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

 

My Review:
What took me so long to read this book?! It’s so good! The Prince and the Dressmaker is a stunningly painful representation of gender identity, familial pressure, and self-love. Add in the romantic fairy tale atmosphere and charming illustrations and you have one powerful and incredible story.

I have no personal experience with what Sebastian is going through but his feelings – the horror-struck, panicked facial expressions at being exposed, the profound sadness of feeling out of place in his own skin – felt intensely real. The pressure to find a wife and become king and live up to society’s expectation gives him anxiety. He doesn’t want to fail his parents but can’t full commit to someone who may not be okay with the real Sebastian.

I could feel Sebastian’s emotions through the illustrations. I could somewhat understand that feeling of bottling up one’s emotions. The fear of failure. These are real things real people are experiencing.

Frances is a dreamer. She wants her work recognized but isn’t able to being the secret designer behind the secret Lady Crystallia. I connected with France on some level Frances doesn’t want to live in the shadows anymore. She’s got real talent and wants to share her passion with the world.

I loved how kind and accepting Frances was about Sebastian’s secret. Some aren’t as fortunate to have someone like Frances in their life, which is sad.

While I loved the art I couldn’t stop thinking about how everyone looked like they were flushed or had a fever or were sleep deprived. It was very distracting.

I can’t say enough good things about The Prince and the Dressmaker. It’s one of the best books I read this year. I highly recommend this delightful and honest book.

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Waiting On Wednesday – 11/20/19

Welcome to another Waiting On Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.

This Wednesday I am waiting on The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. It’s expected publication is March 17, 2020.

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ABOUT: Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvernboo, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

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TBR At A Glance – 11/18/19

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CURRENTLY READING

  • Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

 

READING NEXT

  • Angelbound by Christina Bauer

  • Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga

  • Heartsong by TJ Klune

 

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REVIEWS COMING SOON

TBA

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Waiting On Wednesday – 11/6/19

Welcome to another Waiting On Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.

I am waiting on the publication of The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune (Mayr 19, 2020).

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ABOUT: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).