T10T: Books I Got Because…

From That Artsy Reader Girl

For Free

#1 There’s a movie I got Hidden Figures and still need to read it! It follows the recently deceased mathematician that wasn’t taken seriously at NASA because racism. I did see the problematic clip of the “white savior” breaking down the segregated sign in the bathroom, so i’m not too thrilled. I do want to read it, but I wish these women could be seens as strong on their own without needing that kind of white ally.

#2 The (Old) Hype There used to be a lot of well-deserved hype for With The Fire On High but it never seemed like my kind of book until quarantine happened and they’re all my kind of book.

#3 It’s A Classic I haven’t read that many classics since high school, about three 1/2 years ago. I tried to get back in with 100 Years Of Solitude, and while I see it’s merits and it’s surprisingly readable, I don’t vibe with it right now.

#4 I Loved It In High School I went through an intense Ray Bradbury phase in those years.

#5 A Friend Rec’d It I was on the fence about Reading Lolita In Tehran until someone pointed it out. I do love books about books.

#6 Won A Giveaway Sophie Cameron hosted a twitter giveaway for Out Of The Blue and The last Bus To Everland. I love taking a chance on gau books! Especially since Out Of The Blue is about a fallen angel and I love Supernatural, R.I.P. 

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#7 Ace rep I’m always dying for more ace rep! I hate being so underrep’d, as it leads to misconceptions and a sheer lack of knowledge. Summer Bird Blue is about a grieving girl coming to terms with her asexuality. 

#8 It’s Recommended By Jesse @ Bowties And Books I have yet to go wrong with their recommendations. Patsy is an f/f and nonbinary book that they love, the dual story of Patsy leaving her child for New York and her child Tru.

#9 Mega Gay Author I read Once And Future a while ago and keep hearing about Amy rose’s other books., one of them set on the lost coast of my beloved California, but I could only find Echo After Echo, about murder on  a stage.

#10 Was looking For Another Book To Buy When I bought once And Future, I was in the bookshop looking for I Wish You All The Best. They unfortunately didn’t have IWYATB so I found the next gay thing.

Why do you get your books? Notice my new header? Did you see any of your faves?

With The Slump On High

 

 In March, I finished one 3 star book, Odd One Out. I read a few chapters of Stiff, which I’ve been reading since January. And I picked up 100 years of Solitude, made it to 58 pages before DNFing for now.

 I started With The Fire On High three days ago and finished it last night. The curse has been lifted. I can read again. 

With The Fire On High make bookternet rounds a while ago, but I didn’t think I’d ever pick it up. The MC is a teen mom making it work as a student chef at her high school’s new Spanish cuisine program. She likes boys. This isn’t exactly my kind of book.

But during the months I prepared to move, I collected a wide variety of books for free. Discarded library books and shelter donations made it my way, one of them being Elizabeth’s sophomore book.

Because it’s not my typical book, it broke through the slump’s barriers. I was reading third-rate books with disappointing rep and softly triggering nonfiction. I haven’t read anything like WTFOH and it was unexpected.

These are stressful times with disrupted schedules and online classes. Reading something different was exactly what I needed. Something that said “You work hard, so treat yourself now and then.”

Thank you, Elizabeth Acevedo. Thank you, people who donate books to homeless shelters. Thank you, book.

And thank you, reader! What book(s) have helped you cope? How do you deal with slumps?

4 Year Book Blogiversary!

A lot has happened in 4 years. I used to be a junior in high school. Now I’m a sophomore at university. I used to convince myself I was straight. Now i’m a flamboyant queer. 

I was thinking for a bit about what to do, or even just not doing anything special at all. But then Snow White Reader over at booktube did the booktube anniversary tag, so I tricked the questions to fit book blogging.

#1: How long have you been blogging?

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#2: What has been your motivation to continue blogging?

Honestly, a lot of it is habit, and it’s also part of a mental wellness check- I know that if I don’t post this week there is something wrong. Sure, sometimes I just get busy with school. But if I have time and I just don’t feel like it even when it’s been a week, then I have to ask myself why.

#3: 3 fav posts This year

I really like bringing in some aspect of school, like I Match My Classes With Books!.

I also liked TED Talk Tuesday: Masculinity In The Movies, but I feel like the post was a summary, rather than a reaction to the talk, so if I did another post in the series, I would go into it mostly assuming that you’d watch it, or get the gist from a short summary, and the important parts from how i’m reacting.

Beyond The Binary Book Club was filled with great books that I not only saw myself in, but could hear the enbyness in the author’s writing.

#4: What are the struggles you have overcome in the past year?

 Um… a lot? But I think the blog specific struggle was separating what was happening in my IRL from my bookish life. I’ve been vocal about the fact that I’ve been homeless since November of 2018, and only in this semester have I moved into a dorm. It was hard to write about books when there was so much worry and stress when everything was going on.

#5 One Moment You’d Relive

 I think it might have been more than a year, but I really miss I Heart Characters! It was a meme created by Dani and I loved the little community feeling I don’t get from something like Top Ten Tuesday.

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#6 Showcase A Supporter

Now I feel like I’m breaking the rules a bit, but Dani is a really sweet person. She works hard to promote asian-centric novels and has clear discuisions such as What Is A Light Novel?

#7: Best Book You’ve Read this Year

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If It Makes You Happy, photo cred https://www.instagram.com/killedbyabook/

If It Makes You Happy was so. Good. I read it convinced it was a memoir, but it’s fiction? I haven’t really seen a qpr in fiction before, and it was so cute. Winnie was quick to defend and support her little brother, as well as stand up to her grandma for her fatphobia. 

#8: Where Do You See Your Blog In 2 Years Time?

I’ve been going through a period in my life with rapid change- I barely started reading queer books two years ago, and look at them now. In the future, I hope to do more discussions, start booktube, and really enjoy what little time I have to read. But I make no promises, the apocalypse wants what it wants.

How long have you been on the bookternet? What do you hope to see from book blogs (or this one in particular) in the future?

New Releases That Are So Numerous that I Can’t Remember All Of Them At Once But I’m Excited All The Same… Pt2!

You can read  Pt1 here! All releases are queer. 

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The Winter Duke, Claire Eliza Bartlett March 3

Her entire family has fallen to a sleeping sickness, Ekata must manage her inherited kingdom and feels for her new wife.

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Music From Another World,  Robin Talley, March 31

This is a 1977 lesbian pen pals with hero-worship of Harvey Milk in a hostile environment. 

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The Black Flamingo, Dean Atta, May 26

Mixed-race Michael goes to college to find himself and his drag persona.

 

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Sia Martinez And The Moonlit Beginning Of Everything,Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, Aug 4

Three years ago, Sia’s mum disappeared in an ICE aid, and everyone believes her to be dead. Then a spacecraft crashes Sia’s car.

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Miss Meteor, Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore, Sept 22

Two ex-bffs join together to win a beauty contest that no latina has won before, sharing their confidence with the world.

Dreamy Book Covers Tag!

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Rules:

  • Thank the lovely person who tagged you, spread the love!
  • Mention Tiana at The Book Raven as the creator of this book tag!
  • Use the original tag image in your post. (However, feel free to add whatever other graphics your heart desires!)
  • Tag at least 1 fellow blogger for this tag.
  • List the rules

“No Ideas But in Things” A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it

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Lesbians

“Dark and Lovely” A book cover that is so creepalicious you just want to eat it up

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Baba Yaga & Lesbians

“Sugary Sweet” A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

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My book love

“The Simple Aesthetic” A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design

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be gay. Do Crime

“Cover Envy” A book cover you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet

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Read this. Hype this. Give me this.

“Traveling Abroad” A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own

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When i was. A Young boy. My Father. Took me to sell trash

“The Color Wheel” A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors 

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The Deep Blues, Rivers Solomon

“Switching Gears” A cover change you absolutely adore 

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Westley is only man allowed

“Oldie but Goodie” A favorite cover of your favorite classic

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“And the Winner is…” Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?

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I must.

 

I tag: feel free to not or do

Alicia @AKernerlOfNonsense

Kristina @booksanddachshunds

Kristi @ConfessionsofaYAreader

Kaylee @Kaylsallbooked

Dani @perspectiveofawriter

 

The Probability Of Reading Popular YA Books

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 A ton of books come up frequently in the bookternet, and I have not read them. I just don’t read popular books. I’ve read and loved Strange The Dreamer, John Green, The Hate U Give, Carry On. I’ve read and did not love Frankly In Love or another book about a girl in a mask and there’s secret mythical beings and sleeping. That one’s popular, but my memory of it is erased.

While watching Snow White Reader, I realized just how much I haven’t read, yet heard of. A lot. So let’s go through the authors and books she brings up. 1-3 rating are books I’ll probably never read, 3-5 are books i’ll read if convenient, 6-8 are books I’m mildly interested in, and 9-12 I’ll almost certainly read if given the chance.

Nevernight, Jay Kristoff 8/12

There’s supposed to be a lot of death, and I love death. Assassins galore!

The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater 7/12

This is one I can’t really believe I haven’t read yet because it’s freaking everywhere. So Blue is cursed to cause her true love to die, and it’s one of the bad-boy Raven boys.

Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard 1/12

This is so low because I know nothing about it except that it’s popular. I read the Goodreads Synopsis, and I know nothing.

The Diviners, Libba Bray 10/12

This is one that I really want to read! yay for 1920’s murder and supernatural! I am not a big fantasy fan, but I love magical realism/ occult a la Supernatural.

Jane Unlimited, Kristin Cashore 7/12

I feel more likely to read this than Graceling. I like the idea of exploring different choices/ realities, but I’ve heard negative reviews.

Children Of Blood And Bone 7/12

This has mixed reviews, and a basic fantasy storyline cast in Nigerian myth. I do want to read other culture’s myths, but I feel like this might be less original than advertised, but maybe a lot of people don’t really appreciate it bc racism?

Cruel Prince, Holly Black 6/12

The politics of the fey… I feel like I’d be more likely to read it if it were shorter.

Warcross, Marie Lu 8/12

Hmm, I’m getting Player one vibes. Cool.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses, Sarah J. Maas 2/12

White lady hunting fey. Nah.

Six Of Crows, Leigh Bardugo 1/12

Pretty sure I read a book from the other series and while I was able to finish it, I didn’t like it enough to continue with the world. I just don’t like fantasy anymore.

So I think I’ve learned it’s not that the books are popular; it’s that fantasy is a popular genre and I’m more into contemporary. I was into sci-fi and fantasy in high school, but now I just want something a little more grounded, but weird. 

Didn’t want to offend- how are you feeling about these books? Did you read them and think the hype’s deserved or did you not read them and wish to join me?

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Social Distance Thoughts #2

Listening to 1D songs and drowning in depression while waiting to hear from university housing.

If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know I’ve been homeless for almost 2 years now and going to uni was my real chance to get out of the shelter and have my cat back. Today they sent out an email requesting students to leave. They said there’s exceptions for homeless students, so I emailed and am waiting to hear back.

Been texting a friend about The Good Place and the coronavirus. I feel like a terrible friend for freaking out so much when we’re all freaking out. I also hate that Netflix doesn’t have season 4 ready yet. Can’t they release episodes once at a time? 

 I do know one person who’s vulnerable, she’s an on-off teacher that was working in a childcare program when the pandemic hit. I’ve been checking in with her, she’s sheltered in place. She’s never liked staying home and is eagerly anticipating things returning to normal.

 It’s hard for everyone, but knowing that it’s keeping her and good people like her safe takes some of the anxiety away.  I also read a story about a young person who got infected and died, he was posthumously diagnosed with leukemia. I did see it on twitter, so believe it or not, but I’d like to think that isolating has meaning. beyond making my life worse. 

Looks like someone called a Residence Service Coordinator is supposed to help.

 Someone knows someone in Philly, where the university owns some apartments they sent their students to. I would hope that I’d have heard if my uni has apartments, but I also hope they have a place I can stay. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

I hope all of you are doing well, and reading much more than I am! Due to my cat and internet addiction, I’ve only read two chapters this week. Maybe I should change books, but I’m already halfway.

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