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.
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.
Please do this if you haven’t already and link me your post! I wanna seeeee