LGBTQIA+ Pride Book Recommendations

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Hi Readers

We’re currently in the middle of pride month where we celebrate all that are in the gay community. All of these books have great representation so if you’re looking for a pride read this month then here are some suggestions.

Becky Albertalli’s books – I feel like everyone has probably read these by now but if not then… why not?

Adam Silvera’s books – My personal favourite is History is All You Left Me but if you like contemporary with a bit of sci-fi, then More Happy Than Not and We Both Die at the End are the ones for you.

Cassandra Clare’s books – Honestly, urban fantasy at it’s best for me and Clare has never been afraid of featuring a very diverse cast of characters. 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – One of my absolute favourites. Old time Hollywood, great bi rep and just makes you feel all the emotions.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – A great pool side, coming of age read.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williams – Another YA contemporary. This one following a girl who was born in a boys body.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – I haven’t read many fantasy with good LGBT rep but this is a pretty good one. Based on greek mythology we follow the lives and romance of two rather famous names.

What are your favourite Pride reads? 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

 

 

Book Review: We Set the Dark On Fire… your average dystopia

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Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia
Published: February 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Dystopia
Length: 384 Pages
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐

Hi Readers

I look at this book as a YA Handmaids Tale. Marriage is a business transaction, women are educated to be the perfect brides and the gap between the rich and poor is growing ever bigger.

My reasoning for giving this book just two stars is that I felt like I’d read this all before. There’s nothing fresh, there’s nothing new. I don’t feel it adds anything to the dysopia genre.

None of the characters felt well developed to me. They were all too predictable and one sided. There was no feeling in what they did or what they said. What character development there was was very badly paced.

I was excited for the f/f romance but it was so disappointing because the two characters had no chemistry. Too sudden and insta-lovey with absolutely no build-up.

This book didn’t make me feel anything. It touches on subjects that mean so much to society and would normally have my blood boiling but the way in which author handles them just makes it all feel so detached.

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

 

Buzzwordathon TBR – Books with ‘You’ in the title

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Hi Readers

This is the forth round of the buzzword readathon hosted by BooksandLala. I’ve always wanted to take part in this readathon but I’ve never been able to until now!

I’m still trying to focus on reading LGBTQIA+ books this month but I won’t be entirely for this readathon. If you know of a LGBTQIA+ book with ‘You’ in the title please let me know!

This rounds buzzword is ‘You’. Basically, the challenge is to read books where this word is used somewhere in the title. Here’s the books I plan to read.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour – I have been meaning to read this for so long. I can’t wait to finally get to it.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – I loved this book so much when I first read it a couple of years ago. Hopefully I like as much this time around.

You by Caroline Kepnes – I had to. I have admittedly already watched the Netflix show but I’m interested to see what it’s like reading from his perspective.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman – This will be a reread. I didn’t love this book but I wanted to give it another go.

The Museum of You by Carys Bray – This has been on my TBR for a while but is one of those books where I’ve never been pushed to get it out of the library. Well, now I have.

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I’ve been meaning to read more by Adichie and this is her highly acclaimed debut.

I don’t know how I’ll find the time to get to all of these but we shall see! 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

 

Book Addiction Tag

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Hi Readers

I was tagged by Books on the Brain into this tag. Thanks so much Kelly!

I love these questions so lets get right into it!

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

I’d say a few days. Sometimes I need time to get over a book if it’s hit me emotionally!

How many books do you carry on your person at any one time?

Always at least one. You know, just in case.

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make room for more?

I always intend to pass on books I don’t plan to read or didn’t like to charity shops or relatives but I have a habit of hanging onto them instead.

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

Until my mum starts sighing.

How much time per day do you spend reading?

I don’t time it. I just read however much I can/want to.

When does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

Late afternoon and into the evening.

How many books do you own in total (including e-books)?

Somewhere between 200 and 300 I reckon.

Approximately how many times do you bring up books in conversation?

Rarely. People I know don’t tend to read the books I read.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

I’m pretty sure it’s still Order of the Phoenix although Anna Karenina might be a close second.

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds?

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. There was a time when this book seemed almost impossible to find in the UK.

I tag…

Abbie from The Kingdom of Pages

Ally from Ally Writes Things

Brianna from Brianna the Bookworm

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

Top 5 Debut Novels

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Hi Readers

Is it me or are some of the best books out there debut novels? Books that got an author published for the first time are so special and all of these debut’s I loved and highly recommend you read.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This has been Chbosky’s debut and only novel for 20 years now. He’s finally coming out with a new one, I wonder if it will live up to his first for me though because Perks is one of my favourites of all time.

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling – The book that started it all.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – Still my favourite book of hers. 

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Whilst this wasn’t the first book she wrote it was the first to be published. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I love this series and this book made me fall in love with these characters.

What is your favourite debut?

Thanks for reading,

Jess X

 

A Month of Reading: May ’19

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Hi Readers!

This month I dedicated my reading time to reading female voices. I wasn’t able to get to too many but I did find a couple of new favourite books!

Gather Together In My Name by Maya Angelou *Not Rated

This is the second in her authobiographical memoir series. This one follows her years as a teen mum struggling to find work.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This was a real surprise to me because, and I hate to admit this, I really wasn’t a fan of The Hate U Give (although I may have to give that another go now). But this book was great. It set in the same neighbourhood as THUG but in this we follow Bri who wants to be a rapper. It follows similar themes of discrimination and poverty.

REVIEW.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

It’s not surprise that this is my new favourite. Written by the same author of my favourite book of last year I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. I really didn’t think this could top or even be on the same level as The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I don’t know if it’s topped it but I definitely loved it just as much.

REVIEW

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Avecedo ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

After reading The Poet X earlier this year (and giving it 5 stars) I was a little disappointed with this one. In this we follow a teen mum who has a gift for cooking. In the end I didn’t really find any of the characters in this very believable and the story overall didn’t compel me. Everything worked out a bit too smoothly which made it a bit boring. 

Eon by Alison Goodman ⭐ ⭐

This is the first in a fantasy duology that I’ve tried reading a couple of times before and always struggled with it. This time I struggled my way to the end but I can’t say I enjoyed myself. It’s quite dense and there’s a lot of world building and not a lot of character building. I probably won’t be continuing. 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Queer Lit Readathon TBR

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Hi Readers

For the month of June I’m going to focus on reading LGBTQIA+ books which coincides perfectly with the Queer Lit readathon, a seven day readathon that is taking place in the first week of June. 

The Queer Lit Readathon comes with a bunch of challenges and a bingo card which you can find on their twitter. I’m basing my TBR on some of the challenges but I’m not really worrying about getting a line or completing them all. My aim is to just read queer lit. 

Here are the books I want to read for that…

The Group Read – We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I hadn’t heard of this book before but I love the sound of it. If I have the time I’ll try getting to it. 

Own Voices – Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson – I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now and seeing as this is basically a staple in queer lit this is definitely a good time to get to it. 

New Author – The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth -I saw a lot of buzz about this last year and now that the film is on Netflix I think I should probably get to it. 

POC Author/Main Character – This is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – I love YA contemporary but sometimes they’re hit or miss. I’ll have to give this a try but I have a few books that could complete this challenge. 

Historical Fiction – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’ve wanted to reread this since I first finished reading it last year. I’m so excited to but also nervous I won’t like it as much this time around. 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy – Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy – I had no idea this book was queer until I saw it in a recommendations video for this readathon’s challenges. I have high hopes for this one. 

Are you taking part in the Queer lit readathon? 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X