1.) 1984 by George Orwell- DNF
2.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
3.) Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 6/12
4.) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5.) An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6.) Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7.) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
8.) Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
10/12 9.) Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10.) The Art of Fiction by Henry James-I’m not sure about this one, it sounds familiar and it’s the kind of book I’d read.
11.) The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12.) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
13.) Atonement by Ian McEwan
14.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15.) The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16.) Babe by Dick King-Smith
17.) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
18.) Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19.) Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20.) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 12/12 LOVE
21.) Beloved by Toni Morrison
22.) Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23.) The Bhagava Gita
24.) The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25.) Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26.) A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
28.) Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29.) Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30.) Candide by Voltaire
31.) The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
33.) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34.) The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 9/12 Well written, if misogynistic
35.) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White 11/12 SAD.
36.) The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37.) Christine by Stephen King
38.) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39.) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
40.) The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41.) The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
42.) The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
43.) A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
44.) Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
45.) The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
46.) Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
47.) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
48.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Père
49.) Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
50.) Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
51.) The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
52.) The Crucible by Arthur Miller
53.) Cujo by Stephen King 8/12
54.) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
55.) Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
56.) David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
57.) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
58.) The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
59.) Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
60.) Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61.) Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
62.) Deenie by Judy Blume
63.) The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
64.) The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee,
America by Erik Larson
65.) The Divine Comedy by Dante
66.) The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
67.) Don Quijote by Cervantes
68.) Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
69.) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
70.) Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
71.) Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
72.) The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
73.) Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
74.) Eloise by Kay Thompson
75.) Emily the Strange, Roger Reger, 12/12 LOVE
76.) Emma, Jane Austen
77.) Empire Falls, Richard Russo
78.) Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective, Donald J. Sobol
79.) Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
80.) Ethics, Spinoza
81.) Europe through the Back Door, 2003, Rick Steves
82.) Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
83.) Everything Is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
84.) Extravagance by Gary Krist
85.) Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury 10/12
86.) Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
87.) The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
88.) Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World, Greg Critser
89.) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
90.) The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring, J. R. R.
91.) Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph Stein
92.) The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
93.) Finnegan’s Wake, James Joyce
94.) Fletch, Gregory McDonald
95.) Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
96.) The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem
97.) The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
98.) Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
99.) Franny and Zooey, J. D. Salinger, 10/12
100.) Freaky Friday, Mary Rodgers 9/12
101.) Galapagos, Kurt Vonnegut
102.) Gender Trouble, Judith Butler
103.) George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our
43rd President, Jacob Weisberg
104.) Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
105.) Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
106.) The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
107.) The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
108.) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
109.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky 8/12
110.) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
111.) The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
112.) The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
113.) The Graduate by Charles Webb
114.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
115.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 4/12 Want to reread to see if being nonmandatory helps
116.) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
117.) The Group by Mary McCarthy
118.) Hamlet by William Shakespeare 8/12
119.) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling 5/12
120.) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 10/12
121.) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers 9/12
122.) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
123.) Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and
124.) Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
125.) Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
126.) Henry V by William Shakespeare
127.) High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
128.) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
129.) Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
130.) The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
131.) House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
132.) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
133.) How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
134.) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 12/12
135.) How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
136.) Howl by Allen Gingsburg
137.) The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
138.) The Iliad by Homer
139.) I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
140.) In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
141.) Inferno by Dante
142.) Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
143.) Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
144.) It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
145.) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
146.) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
147.) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
148.) The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
149.) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
150.) Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
151.) The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
152.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
153.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
154.) Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
155.) The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
156.) Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
157.) The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
158.) Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
159.) Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
160.) Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
161.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel 8/12
162.) Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
163.) The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
164.) The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
165.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
166.) Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
167.) Lord of the Flies by William Golding 1/12 HATE, BURN ALL COPIES
168.) The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
169.) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
170.) The Love Story by Erich Segal
171.) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
172.) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
173.) The Manticore by Robertson Davies
174.) Marathon Man by William Goldman
175.) The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
176.) Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
177.) Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
178.) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
179.) The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
180.) Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
181.) The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
182.) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
183.) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
184.) The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
185.) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
186.) The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
187.) Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
188.) A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
189.) Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
190.) A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
191.) A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
192.) Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
193.) Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
194.) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
195.) My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
196.) My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
197.) Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
198.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
199.) The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
200.) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
201.) The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
202.) The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
203.) Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
204.) New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson 12/12 I LOVE THIS WOMAN.
205.) The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
206.) Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
207.) Night by Elie Wiesel
208.) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
209.) The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
210.) Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic
Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
211.) Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
212.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 1/12 DESTROY THIS BOOK
213.) Old School by Tobias Wolff
214.) On the Road by Jack Kerouac
215.) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
216.) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez DNF F this sexist sex book
217.) The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
218.) Oracle Night by Paul Auster
219.) Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood 12/12 LOVE
220.) Othello by Shakespeare
221.) Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
222.) The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
223.) Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
224.) The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
225.) A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
226.) The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
227.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky LOVE
228.) Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
229.) The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 12/12 DARK LOVE
230.) Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
231.) Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
232.) Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian
233.) The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
234.) The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
235.) The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
236.) The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of
Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
237.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 9/12
238.) Property by Valerie Martin
239.) Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
240.) Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
241.) Quattrocento by James Mckean
242.) A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
244.) The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe 9/12
245.) The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
246.) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi DNF- haven’t read enough books referenced
247.) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
248.) Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
249.) The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
250.) Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
251.) The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
252.) R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
253.) Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
254.) Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
255.) Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
256.) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 1/12 SEEK AND DESTROY
257.) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
258.) A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
259.) Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
260.) The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
261.) Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
262.) Sanctuary by William Faulkner
263.) Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
264.) Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
265.) The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
266.) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
267.) Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
268.) The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
269.) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 9/12
270.) Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
271.) Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272.) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273.) A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274.) Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275.) Sexus by Henry Miller
276.) The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
277.) Shane by Jack Shaefer
278.) The Shining by Stephen King
279.) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280.) S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281.) Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282.) Small Island by Andrea Levy
283.) Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284.) Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers 8/12
285.) Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286.) The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287.) Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de
288.) The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289.) Songbook by Nick Hornby
290.) The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291.) Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292.) Sophie’s Choice by William Styron- DNF during HS, might reattempt
293.) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294.) Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295.) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach- “currently reading” this book for 6 months now. Interesting, but have to take it slow
296.) The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297.) A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298.) Stuart Little by E. B. White 7/12
299.) Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300.) Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301.) Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302.) Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303.) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
304.) Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
305.) Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306.) Time and Again by Jack Finney
307.) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
308.) To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 4/12
310.) The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312.) The Trial by Franz Kafka
313.) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314.) Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315.) Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316.) Ulysses by James Joyce
317.) The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318.) Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319.) Unless by Carol Shields
320.) Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321.) The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322.) Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323.) Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324.) The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
325.) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326.) Walden by Henry David Thoreau 3/12 BORING
327.) Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
328.) War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
329.) We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel
330.) What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331.) What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332.) When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333.) Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
334.) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
335.) Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire DNF
336.) The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum 7/12
337.) Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
338.) The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339.) The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
What an awful year. At east it’s half over, but if recent history is any indication, things will get worse.
But anyway, as of June 30th, I’ve read 15 books. I failed. My Goodreads goal was set at 48, considerably lower because I’m back at college and wanted to try reading more bricks since reading 99 short books last year wasn’t that fun. But here we are, at university, during corona, at 31% of my goal halfway through the year.
What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?
The best book was also the first one: If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann. There’s so little support for this book! I will require it of any future suitors- not that there will be any, but if there were, i’d ask them to read this to get a good idea of what I’m looking for. There’s a polyam bi qpp. There’s protective big sister and family drama with grandma. Fat black girl protag and proud. Queen of the summer festival.
Gotta skip this one. I’ve literally read 0 sequels this year. I do need to read all of Heartstopper, the last volume of Fence, and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing’s sequel- which I believe is coming out as I type.
New release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited for
All of them? But I think Felix Ever After counts bc I only read one chapter. I know most ppl are “read in one sitting” but I had such a preset notion of what this book is- a trans poc Simon vs- and it does seem like it, but also has a more mature voice. Stuff like “F***ing ridiculous” and talk about getting high. I just had to take a minute to let my expectations let up so I can enjoy it for what it is, instead of being surprised as to what it’s not. My favorite quote though? “You two seem like very nice, gay boys.”
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
All of them? I already mentioned A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor. Also Falling In Love Montage, The Black Flamingo, The Book Of Koli, A Song Below Water, Faith: Taking Flight, LOVELESS, The Fell Of The Dark, Darius Deserves Better… You get the idea.
This just happened, but I was betrayed by the transphobia towards the end of Girl, Woman, Other. Thus I picked up a a super trans-friendly book like Felix. Or not, I heard he gets outed. But basically, GWO is about mostly black women, but then you have one nonbinary character, and then transphobia just explodes from there, even within themself. Not to mention that it’s sketchy to put one enby character in a cast of all women, and the very next chapter have a prominent character saying that trans women don’t deserve to be in women’s spaces. Ugh.
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This is a book that really had me thinking about what it meant. What's the line between magical realism and contemporary? Is art always expressive, or just the product of not knowing what you're doing? Are you defined by your best self or are you always a mess, regardless of what you can do? * A bisexual protag with f/f hints but never gets romance heavy. Would recommend for queer artists. * #bipride🌈 #booklover #bookaddict #artist #magicalrealism
Probably The Gallery Of Unfinished Girls. I just dug it out of a book bin bc I wasn’t feeling anything on my prestacked TBR. I knew nothing, and heard nothing, about it, but it was discarded by the library a while back and something compelled me to pick it up. I’m glad I did! It follows a bisexual artist as she deals with her grief from having Abulea in a coma. has a nice magical realism aspect.
Favourite new to you or debut author
Um, I haven’t read multiple books by the same author, extent John Green, and he ain’t new. I look forward to reading more from Claire Kann, the author of If It Makes You Happy, Elizabeth Acevedo (With The Fire On High), and Lauren Kratz (Unfinished Girls) although I think the latter is a one book author. I look forward to reading Clap When You Land and Let’s Talk About Love. I had the latter checked out from the library a while ago, but it was literally the same week I went homeless so I never got to it.
Favourite fictional crush
Way to include aces. But yeah, I don’t really have any characters I would date. I guess I would hang out with Nico from Last Bus To Everland, but he’s a bit irresponsible for anything serious.
New favourite character
Um, Nico I guess. There’s also Lilia, who would be my crush, but we realize something that makes it kinda ick later on. She’s the awesome queen in Unfinished Girls who introduces our characters to the Estate/magic.
A book that made you cry
I don’t cry, although I did cry quite easily after The Bag died and may burst into tears now. Odd One Out made me cry in frustration.
A book that made you happy
Happiness is a lie. If It Makes You Happy was the fluffiest book I read tho.
Favourite book to movie/tv show
I was going to put in Handmaid’s Tale (Yes, I’ve only just started watching.) but decided Love, Victor counts since there wouldn’t be Love. Victor without Simon Vs. I love Love, Victor! I ship the best friendship! So wholesome! Too wholesome!!! I love the gay camera frame: that’s how you know he’s really gay and not bi. Although it would’ve been interesting if he was bi. I. Can’t. Wait. For. Season. 2! The cliffhanger was too cruel!
Favourite post that you have written
I hate myself and my writing. Is it weird that I honestly think I was going a better job in High School than now? Although I was doing community based things like the poetry collective and I Heart Characters. Maybe I should start up my own meme. Would any of you be interested?!
I thought this was pretty good, I even watched the first episode of … something which was interesting enough for an episode but I didn’t feel invested enough to continue.
This was good for my writing in theory, but I haven’t actually gotten much writing done since.
I’m thinking of doing another If I Were Rich. Maybe I should try to make more series posts, like If I Were Rich or TED Talk Tuesday. It might keep my brain more engaged in crafting better posts, rather than throwing whatever sometimes.
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought
I have to go with Felix again. A follow-up would be Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore.
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Any resemblance to poets living or dead is entirely coincidental.
To read or not to read, that is the question
Whether tis nobler in the mind to nourish
the slings and arrows of outrageous vocabulary,
Or to take books from a shelf of them
And by expiring times, end them. To read- to sleep
No more; and by sleep to say we read
To read, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub:
For in that in sleep or reading, what dreams may come,
I am not ok.
Love, Victor spans a total of 10 episodes. And I watched them all. In two days. Less than 24 hours, really.
Season 2 should come, corona willing, late 2021. I don’t know how to wait that long.
I am in love with Victor’s and Felix’s friendship. That is the friendship I hope to have. How accepting and total it is. How instant- BFFs at first sight.
I love girls. But Victor is the cutest boy to ever walk this Earth.
The Y E A R N I N G
The D A N C I N G
The G A Y
The G A Y J A C K E T
I loved how they showed the parents. Most teen shows/books kill them off, but this showed how complicated and varied parents can be. It was weird seeing Hilda outside of Ugly Betty, and I’m certain that I saw the dad before but can’t place him- is he also Simon’s dad or something?
I loved how they showed the gay feelings- the slow-mo and special effects whenever whenever you-know-who did something sexy.
And BATTLE OF THE BANDS. That. Moment. Call. Me. Maybe.
In short, Love, Victor, I am in love with a Hulu show. I love how it’s soft and hopeful, yet it presents serious problems like adultery. I love Love, Victor because it knows that the world isn’t perfect, but there’s fluff in spite of that.
I love you, Love, Victor.
Note: I do not promote allosexuality; I merely see the chemistry between characters and enjoy seeing them together on-screen, whether as friends, lovers, or sworn enemies. May contain spoilers.
Will and Sue
I love seeing them bring out the best/worst in each other. I love the little battles, how Will is willing to help Sue when she needs it, and Sue *spoiler* voting for Glee club at Nationals *Squee* I do see how Glee is problematic especially with Unique’s character and biphobia from my now-tainted fave, Kurt. Sue said several wrong things about transpeople with Unique, but turned it around for Sheldon. Now I’m off topic.
I honestly thought Will and Sue would kiss at the end of one of their battles, like “anger sex.” But I’m also happy that two people can be that close and feel so intensely and not be forced together. They’re both awkward about people in their own way- Will can venture into problematic territory without realizing it *cough Blurred Lines cough* and Sue obviously has anger issues and doesn’t know how to express positive feelings except through battle. I love how they understand each other even when they don’t act like it.
Speaking of Kurt, and Blaine, *Yes* we love to see the gays being happy. I love how they have problems like all couple, but they love each other *so much.* I was honestly confused by the ending because *spoiler* all their problems seemed to vanish even though you know that the rings didn’t solve everything.
*S6 I’m confused by Blaine’s decision to get into a serious relationship with someone who first, bullied, then had feelings for Kurt. I didn’t see *any* chemistry between them, and it just seemed to happen for dramatic effect.*
I would’ve loved to see more of how Klaine managed their relationship problems and history of cheating. I do ultimately believe that they’re soulmates, but they needed to put in the work.
*sigh* Such boring people individually and such soulmates. They actually dated IRL. And then Finn died. The actor, to the best of my understanding, went into rehab and then dedicated himself to the show, but his tolerance level was messed up and he accidentally drank too much. The real shocker was that he was 31 when Finn was portrayed as 19.
But the ship, with the saddest ending in history. They had the most chemistry of possibly any hetero couple ever, and a lot of queer couples. (But not Klaine.) I loved Finn’s “Jessie’s Girl” when he was trying to get Rachael back, the energy he put into that song. I love their rendition of Don’t Stop Believin’. That was their song.
I love how in love with Zizes Puck got. Zizes was full of confidence and self-esteem. Puck was filled with a lot of confidence, but maybe not as much self-esteem. I love their banter, how Z would insult P. I don’t get any other Puck pairing except this one. I hated it when Z left the Glee club, and Puck, for good.
Sam x Mercedes
I SEE NO CHEMISTRY. NONE. AT ALL.
Brittney X Santana
LET’S GO, LESBIANS. This might be the least controversial couple, if you disregard the gays being controversial. They’ve been best friends forever and Santana might be the only person who doesn’t treat Britt differently for her lack of, or the opposite, of intelligence. And now their song has been stuck in my head for days. WHY DON’T YOU C’MON OVER VALLLEERRIEEEE
VAL- ok I’ll stop. These obviously aren’t the only Glee ships but the ones that stood out to me the most. What are your glee ships?
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I currently have 981 books on my Goodreads TBR. A while back, I recognized that I have a problem and set my maximum limit to 985, which will now be brought down to 975. Progress, not Congress.
I added this in the early days, on February 11, 2017. It sounds somewhat Maze Runner- “We woke up in this horrible maze. The last thing we remember is dying. The deeper into the labyrinth we go, the closer we come to learning about our parents desperate plan, and why we have to stop it.”
I admit that had I found a copy in the 2012 dystopian era, I probably would’ve picked it up. But It’s been years, we’re living in a dystopia, and I don’t want another Maze Runner meets Allegiant.
I added this during a language kick; I was primarily interested in handwriting analysis, and one thing lead to another. I believe I read Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, which was a book about the english language stealing from other languages as the people speaking it became more diverse. Fascinating, but I have uni studies to put first.
After the death of my cat, I can’t bear to read this sort of book. I enjoyed the old movie when I saw it, but I know I wouldn’t be able to handle anything like this now. Plus, it’s really time to move on from King and find more diverse horror writers.
Despite high praise, I don’t see myself reading this. It’s about a poor marriage adopting a child made of snow. I’m sure it’s lovely to some people, but it’s not appealing to me.
Break-in. Murder. Secrets. Yet another mystery book I added during my high school Sherlock days. Ah, how I long for a revival.
Inkheart. Sounds like a title for magical tattoos, but no, It’s about a villain escaping from a book into a little girl’s room. The premise sounds horrifying, but don’t worry; it’s a kid’s book.
Ok, I’m going to be honest. if it weren’t for the sexual assault stuff, I’d be into it. But i’m an ace who’s easily triggered by this sort of thing. I hope the author comes out with a different series someday, but until then, I’m happy to see the sapphics happy.
The red flag appeared when a character with Asperger’s wasn’t reviewed by anyone with Asperger’s- one reviewer even said a Wikipedia article informed him and he found the character to have the “typical quirks.” I’ve been put down by misrepresentation before, even by Aspie writers who were ashamed of our shared diagnosis. I’m not saying this book absolutely misrepresents us, but I want to know what the rep is like before starting it.
I saw the movie a while ago and loved it, but I don’t feel the need to read the book. Plus there’s stuff about loosing weight in the description and I don’t need body shaming culture.
I already have writing craft books that I love, and this seems more like a hack than an expression of love for writing. Eg How To Write A Damn Good Novel and I’m looking forward to the day I read Bird By Bird.
I know some of you are going to be disappointed by a few choices, but overall I removed some obscure books. Are there any that you read? How did you feel about them?
I recently clicked on the Spam tab on the Comments page- and it is absolutely freaking hilarious.
Of course, my emotions have been irrational as of late, so I could be wrong. So I decided to share some with you to see what the general opinion is.
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I was going to call this post ‘Distracted,’ but it doesn’t sum up the intensity of everything. EVERYTHING. I’m experiencing intense body dysphoria while texting my friend who lives in a riot zone while living in a quiet neighborhood feeling like I haven’t done anything with my life, all I’ve done is sign who knows how many petitions and retweeted every resource that came my way.
I’m taking two summer classes that are wildly different: American Government, which is extremely tone-deaf to what’s happening. The professor has shared a single contemporary article while having us read and watch outdated material that gives the impression that the civil rights movement of the ’60s solved everything.
Then there’s my Journalism class on analyzing the media, which is talking about different ways of critiquing, from feminist to critical race theory. An excerpt: “They converge around the belief that racism is endemic, not aberrational, in American society.”
Anyway, I know in the grand scheme of things, there’s people in far more danger than I will ever be, so I wanted to give a shout-out to Jesse @ Bowties And Books. You may have heard me talk about them before, but they need support as they go out in Minneapolis and cover the protests on their IG.
If you go to a protest, remember to do research, as some police and white nationals are setting up traps. THEY’RE the ones inciting violence, not our beautiful, strong, people going out there in the name of justice.
I want to do some uplifting posts highlighting the work of our activists. If you have ideas, please let me know.
I really love discussion posts. And maybe it’s because I’m in a period of grief, but I want to find something that really engages me. Something that will make me think about something other than his dead body and how he wasn’t eating or licking himself in the days before.
I need to stop before I go into a spiral.
Maybe this should be a single discussion on grief. But I don’t know how. I’ve never really grieved anyone before.
My last discussion post was How I Know I’m Queer. It was a reaction to Rhiannon’s post on how they knew they were non-binary. I went over different moments of my life that now seem really obviously queer, from not understanding sexual media, feelings for a friend, etc.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I am very proudly queer. But that’s not all that I am. I mean, obviously, but it seems to come up in most of my conversations. I’ll start talking about how my cat will never see me on testosterone, and wondering how he’d react since he was never really around men. I’ll mention how girly one of my masks is and would more likely to get me misgendered.
Being queer is a big part of who I am, but I don’t understand why I think and talk about it so much. I want to be more than that nerdy queer journalism major who just lost their cat. I want to explore more interests.
Another discussion post I did was TED Talk Tuesday: Masculinity In The Movies. Unfortunately, it is more of a summary of the different movies brought up, but I do like the last paragraph-
” I do think it’s about being a good person in a world with preset notions of you. You may reject or take in what you choose, but depending on your gender, race, sexuality, or disability you have privileges and disadvantages. Masc v femme is a cultural way of navigating that, but obviously doesn’t come naturally to people.”
Then there was Dear JK Rowling, a response to her transphobic tweet that I’m sure many of you remember. This was deeply personal and painful for me. I love Harry Potter and it shaped who I am from an early age. This post may also be triggering for any trans readers who experience body dysphoria, sorry, I should’ve put a warning.
The last paragraph is kinda sudden, transitioning from the meaning of Dobby to Gay Dumbledore. Overall, this is a good post, but the writing could be more polished in some places.
I also got my first hate comment on this, (taken down) basically saying that an author’s beliefs shouldn’t influence readers. Sorry, not sorry, but I care whether or not the people who’s ideas I’m consuming respect my existence.
Let’s do a fun one! Bi Book Bites/ A Biromantic Ramble was posted around Bi Visibility Day. I go through some of the most outstanding Bi rep in books, including April May of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and Radio Silence. I really like the points of how there’s bigger things than your sexuality, as with Alex’s exploration of American history and international relations in Red, White And Royal Blue.
There’s also the point of how in a lot of books where a gay person forces themself into a relationship with the opposite sex, bisexuality isn’t considered. I haven’t personally been in this situation, because as far as I know, I’m bi, but I think that’s more for a gay person to decide. People really do force themselves- or society does- to be in a relationship with someone they’re not attracted to. But it is a valid criticism in some books- in Carry On, Simon doesn’t label his sexuality at all. Gay is brought up, but not bi.
Why is this post so gay.
Anyway, I really enjoyed writing this! Please let me know of any topics you’d like to see in a discussion post. Link your discussions- or your faves- down below!
Yeah, it’s lazy, #bringbackclassic. #orelse Let’s see if you can guess what books these are from!
“Sometimes surviving your 20s is nothing more glamorous than just holding on for dear life on the back of an inner tube like a kid being whipped around by a speedboat.”
-101 Secrets for Your Twenties.
“The idea behind this book is that it’s never been easier for young writers to get their work published- or more important to them.”
-Your Name In Print
“At the time I first realised I might be fictional, my weekdays were spent at a publicly funded institution on the north side of Indianapolis called White River High School- where I was required to eat lunch at a particular time- between 12.37 and 1.14 pm.- by forces so much larger than myself I couldn’t even begin to identify them.”
-Turtles All The Way Down
“There shouldn’t be any monsters left in Lucille.”
is walking along the promenade of the waterway that bisects her city, a few early morning barges cruise slowly by”
-Girl, Woman, Other
“The funny thing about Luke and I being at prom the night of the sixteenth was that we’d never even talked about going until a few weeks before.”
“When I was little, my dad used to tell me, ‘Will, you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.”
-Will Grayson, will grayson
“In the fall of 1995, after resigning from my last academic post, I decided to indulge myself and fulfill a dream.”
-Reading Lolita In Tehran
“This never would’ve happened if I hadn’t named the bloody cat Tinker Bell.”
-Last Bus To Everland
“If you don’t like Write This Book- and really, what kind of title is that?- then please write your own title here.”
-Write This Book