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LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations

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Today I’m coming at you with another recommendations post, I haven’t done one these for a while. So, today – as it’s the end of June (Pride Month) I thought I’d share some of my Favourite LGBTQ+ Books. This isn’t a full list, these are just some of the more recent ones I’ve read, as I have other posts similar. If you would like to see more I have Diverse Book Recommendations (although, not all these ones are LBGT), and A to Z of LGBTQ+ Books, or you can check out more HERE.

This post may include books I’ve mentioned before, but I’m going to bring them up again anyway, because I think we need more diverse books out in the world and some of these book I can not mention enough, and I think everybody should read them too. This list consists of 13 books, some of these are series. I’ll also link each of them to the goodreads page and my review if I’ve done a review of them. Okay, so let’s just get into the recommendations:

The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices – Cassandra Clare

City of Bones Review | Lady Midnight Review | Goodreads

 

I‘m going to start with my favourite author, I’m not going to sum up either of these series since the LGBT+ parts of both these series are more subplots rather than the main plots and everybody should by now have heard of these. The Mortal Instruments deals with a gay and bisexual character, both of which appear in The Dark Artifices too. The Dark Artifices deals with a transgender character which is revealed in Lord of Shadows, which is the second book, and features, Gay, Bisexual, and Lesbian Characters. Cassandra Clare writes amazing characters which you can’t help but love and very diverse cast of characters. 

Signs of Love Series – Anyta Sunday

Leo loves Aries Review | Scorpio Hates Virgo ReviewGoodreads

 

I read this series this year, and I loved them. I received the first two from netgalley, and it was so worth the read, the third one wasn’t on Netgalley though, so I bought the eBook after I read  the first two. Each book features different characters, so you don’t have to read them in order, but I would definitely recommend reading them in the correct order as some of the character make appearances in some of the other ones. I‘m not going to say too much about this one. But this was such a witty, romantic, feel good series. I really enjoyed the easiness of the reading style. Everything was well written and flowed perfectly. 

Better Nate Than Ever – Tim Federle

Better Nate Than Ever Review | Five, Six, Seven, Nate! ReviewGoodreads

 

While this wasn’t one of my favourites I thought that I would add this here still, as it’s a middle grade series. LGBTQ+ Characters are a little more rare in Middle Grade books. In Better Nate Than Ever we follow Nate Foster as he sets out on a big journey to make his dreams come true. Nate dreams of starring in a Broadway show and with the ingenious help of his Best Friend Libby, he concocts an exciting plan. When his parents go on a weekend trip and leave Nate in the care of his teenage brother, Nate and Libby put their plan in motion and Nate finds himself on an overnight bus trip to NYC and to an audition for E.T.: The Musical.

The Amanzimtoti Series – Carmen-Shea Hepburn

The Ridge ReviewInyoni Rocks Review | Goodreads

 

Easily one of my favourite LGBT Series! Set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa, this series follows Wayne as he starts his final year of high school, when a childhood friend comes back into town, and all the drama associated with his return as Wayne struggles with what last happened between them years ago. The author’s depiction of South Africa as the backdrop for the story was also really enjoyable. I’d never read a book set in South Africa before reading this. 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzie Lee

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There was no way I could do a LGBT+ recommendations post without including this book. This is one of my absolute favourite books, if you haven’t read this yet, I need to read it. Monty and Percy are going on a grand tour of Europe before Monty is to inherit his Father’s estate and Percy to go away to a school. And Monty is falling in love with Percy. I was expecting this book to be boring. I thought nothing much was going to happen. But so much happens. And Monty and Percy. Honestly, these characters are so precious. And believe me, it’s 100% not boring. Also, I just realised I never did a review of this one. How have I still not reviewed this yet? So, keep an eye out for that, hopefully I can have the review up soon. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Review | Goodreads

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is written in first person by Aristotle. Ari is a fifteen year old who at the beginning of his summer break decides to go swimming at the local pool. Though he really can’t swim, never learned how. He meets Dante and a friendship blossoms. Chapters are short and to the point. Some in fact are only a few sentences long. Ari and Dante quickly became real people to me and I easily fell in love with them both. There is no complex plot with many moving parts. It’s just a simple story about two boys and how they discover themselves, the world and the part they play in it.

If I was your Girl – Meredith Russo

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A beautiful story about a girl starting a new school and trying to fit it and in the process also falling in love. A contemporary YA romance about a transgender girl, written by a transgender woman. Starting a new school where nobody knows her, she can finally experience how it is to be a normal teenage girl falling in love with a boy. I think anyone, regardless of their age or identity would get something valuable out of this book.

I’ll Give you the sun – Jandy Nelson

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The writing in this is so beautiful and it was one of my favourite books when I read it. I liked Noah and his story from the very beginning. It was mostly the parts about Jude and her stone-carving that I wasn’t so interested in but, as I’ve reached the end, I see how it all fit into the story. I loved how art played such a big role in the book, and although I’m far from an artist, I found myself opening up and understanding the huge impact art had on the characters’ lives. 

Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson

Fourteen Summers Review | Goodreads

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Fourteen Summers is a New Adult LGBT Romance told from three POVs: Oliver, Aiden, and Max. Fourteen Summers is a coming-of-age tale that encompasses many different types of relationships – romantic, familial, and friendship. This novel was sweet and warm, yet had its moments when it became highly emotional. I highly recommend Fourteen Summers.

Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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This story follows seven gay teenage boys during a trans-formative and emotionally intense 48 hour period of their lives. There is Peter and Neil, who are in an established relationship; Ryan and Avery who meet and connect at a gay prom; Cooper, who is feeling lonely and dejected by the world at large; and, finally, Harry and Craig, ex-boyfriends-turned-best-friends, who are attempting to break a world record for longest kiss. This story is one that I feel needed to be told and most certainly needs to be read. 

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig 

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This book features 15-year-old Flynn whose girlfriend, January, goes missing. Under scrutiny because, as her boyfriend, he surely must know more than he admits to the police, Flynn starts to look into January’s disappearance himself and discovers that he didn’t know his girlfriend as well as he thought. The whole book is from Flynn’s POV.

From the start I really liked Flynn’s character, his journey of self discovery and character growth is what really made me love this story. Caleb Roehrig did a fantastic job bringing Flynn’s character to life and making his voice stand out. While trying to piece together January’s disappearance Flynn is also reflecting on his life and the secret he’s keeping. We did get a couple of twists, and a GLBT romance as well. 

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Luna Review | Goodreads

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Luna, by Julie Ann Peters, is an exceptional book. Although, I only gave this 3 stars, I really liked it. There were a few things that could have been better but it was good. I liked the subject matter of this novel. This being said, I loved Liam’s character. It was beautifully written, with well developed characters. The focus of the book is extremely sensitive as it centres on a transgender teen. The narrator of the story is a fifteen year old girl named Regan. Her brother Liam is undergoing a gender transformation. At night, in the privacy of their rooms, Liam transforms to his female form known as Luna.

Maurice by E.M. Forster

Maurice Review | Goodreads

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E.M. Forster finished this gay-themed novel in 1914, and though he showed it to some close friends, he didn’t publish it in his lifetime. It eventually came out after his death, in the early 1970s. This book was far ahead of its time, therefore the publication after the death of the author in 1971, when society was ready to embrace its message. All I can say for anyone who wishes to read a classic from E.M. Forster, read this book! It was a pioneering work of its day. This is one of my favourite Classics and I would definitely recommend it if you’re interested in classics that feature LGBT Themes. 

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That’s all for now. Obviously there are a lot more LGBT+ Books out there and I’m excited to read a lot more in the future. Do you have any LGBTQ+ recommendations? Or any that you think I should read? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments!

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Gender Identity: Why I Identify as Non Binary and what does that means

Why I Identify as Non Binary

Why do I Identify as Non Binary?

Because it’s the truth.

That’s the ‘why’ in this conversation. I identify as non-binary because that is the truth.

In fairness I think I might need to explain a little more.

What I mean when I say that it’s the truth is that identifying as non-binary is the best way I can explain how I personally feel about gender. I have never felt attached to my assigned gender in any way whatsoever. I have never felt male either though.

As a kid, I always knew I was that weird one. The signs were early on: I hated any clothes that were frilly or form-fitting. As a kid, I was always called a tomboy, I never felt like “tomboy” was an appropriate label for myself, as it was generally used to describe girls who were into sports. I wanted to look cool, not pretty. I didn’t want to look or act feminine.

In childhood, I was far from a tomboy. I didn’t play with boys, I avoided rough-and-tumble games, I hated sports. I enjoyed music, and reading. But I wasn’t a typical girl either, and this became more apparent in my teenage years. I was interested in fashion but not in the way the other girls were. I was lucky (and I am thankful) that my Family – for the most part – never tried to shoehorn me into a particular gender norm.

Faced with a constant barrage of information about how I was supposed to act, think, and feel based on my body, I grew up being taught that something about me was fundamentally wrong. Mussing up my hair and wearing oversized t-shirts to look unruly and boyish was wrong.

I tried to “be myself” and pretend not to care, hiding my internal scars caused by other people’s hurtful words and judgemental stares.

Even though I liked some of the things classified as girly, I still felt like I was lying to myself. I felt bad for pretending to be someone I was not, and I felt bad that I couldn’t be what everyone said I was supposed to be. I didn’t want to entirely “become a boy” either, though, if I really thought about it. I felt like there was no one who I could talk to about my struggle with gender identity.

I’ve finally realised that if you’re going to be “wrong” according to the world no matter what you do… you might as well be the person you want to be, and surround yourself with people who support, care about, celebrate and encourage you to be your true self.

I don’t like using they/them pronouns because it feels so foreign to me. It’s really no shade to those who have found a home in they/them, but I still prefer to use the she/her Pronouns. I don’t want to change my pronouns – she/her will do just fine for me, although I have no problem with others choosing their pronouns. Although, you can call me they/them…it does not matter that much to me but it really does to some non binary people.

Update (19/10/2018): I have discovered that I am actually more comfortable with “They/Them” Pronouns. But I’ll really answer to any and all pronouns as long as they’re said with respect. Definitely more comfortable with “They/Them Pronouns though. I like having a gender neutral option to use.

The past few years have been full of cautious exploration and growing more confident with my identity as non binary. I feel more free to experiment with gender expression in ways I would have never tried before. Even though I know that gender expression doesn’t define your gender identity, and that other people do not get to dictate your gender, it’s terrifying to imagine being rejected by the queer community when you’ve been rejected from everyone else your entire life.

It has been far from easy, but I have accepted my sexuality and my gender identity. The voices of LGBTQ+ people need to be heard loud and clear. I want queer and trans people who are suffering or have suffered to know that they are not alone, their identities are valid, their struggles are legitimate. It is so very important that our voices are heard, our stories are told, and action is taken.

I shouldn’t have to feel stressed about my gender identity anymore, but I still do. Gender is more than appearance, or interests, or body parts… and it might also fluctuate and change over time.

This is, truthfully, how I feel. And I want to share that truth with you. Despite knowing who I am, I haven’t really formalised or articulated my thoughts about my own gender identity until recently.

Gender is confusing.

Like many, possibly most, I have a complicated relationship with my body. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt there was something deeply wrong with my body. I didn’t just want to be smaller. I wanted to rid myself of my femaleness, the parts of me that made people look at me and see a woman. For a very long time I convinced myself that my hatred of my body were simply body image issues, not at all tied to gender.

It’s only been within the past year that I’ve realised that my Disordered eating habits has always been closely tied to my non binary gender identity. I began to feel uncomfortable with my body when I was 10 years old, and I expressed my discomfort by attempting to control my weight during the most formative years of my adolescence. 

Non binary gender identities are more common than one might think, but because we live in a society which highly values and relies on the male/female gender binary, non binary identities are invalidated, mocked, and not taken seriously — if they are acknowledged at all.

To be nonbinary in a binary society is to feel less than human. When you are told—constantly, every day, through media, clothing, and pronouns—that there are two genders, male and female, and that the members of these groups are very different from each other and can be distinguished from one another by their body parts, it is impossible not to internalise it.

I can now see that there was more to it than that, that being seen as a woman and hating my body, wishing for a flat-chested, straight-hipped body — that was gender dysphoria. Starving myself was supposed to bring me closer to that teenage boy body I envisioned and make people stop viewing me as a woman.

When you don’t feel comfortable in the body in which you were born, and you have no support from society or your peers to express your true inner self, it can make sense to turn on yourself, to do drastic and harmful things to your own body.

I’m extremely grateful to have an accepting family who might not understand my gender nor my sexuality, but who are trying to. Thank you so much to the people that helped empower me with the language to be able to do so, and to everyone that’s supported me.

For anyone out there questioning their gender, please know that it’s okay to not fully understand and feel like you don’t fit into any of the labels out there. Language is limited, and is often suffused and then policed by the majority, and the majority at the moment are hell bent on telling us that there are only two genders. Anyway, please remember that whatever decision on your identity you come to, it is valid regardless of what anybody says. The topic of your identity begins and ends with you, nobody else.

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That’s it for this post! I’m sorry, this ended up being really long. I was actually really nervous about publishing this post, I always am when there too personal. Leave your thoughts in the comments or let me know if you would like me to do more posts like this. 

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I did this last year so I thought I would make it a little tradition here. If you want to check out how I was doing last year around this time you can do so here. I can’t believe we are already halfway through the year.  It’s fine, it’s cool, I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out. That also means it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out and I am so ready! However I have already read more than I anticipated, which is really quite nice. Okay, lets just jump into it. 

1. Best Book You’ve read so far in 2018

This is always such a hard question! I’ve read so many books. This is a really tough choice but seeing as I there is no way I can choose just 1 book, but my favourite Standalone novel I’ve read so far would have to by Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. 

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2. Best Sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

This Question was a lot harder than I thought I would be, I haven’t actually read many sequels this year, and less that I’ve actually enjoyed. So, I’m going to go with Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday, sequel to Leo Loves Aries. I love this series, they are really good.

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3. New Release you haven’t read yet but want to

The New Release I can think of is A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews (who is well known from her Blog Paper Fury). I’ve been anticipating this for a while now and it was published June 7th 2018. 

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4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. I am so excited for this one, I’ve been waiting for the release of this for ages. It’s not being published until December 4th, which is still a really long time away, but I’m really excited and I can’t wait!

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5. Your Biggest Disappointment

My biggest disappointment would probably have to be Liam Davis & The Raven by Anyta Sunday, I read the Sign of Love series and love them, but I didn’t really enjoy this one as much. I was a bit disappointed in this one, as I loved her other books that I read. 

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6. Biggest Surprise of the year

I actually have two for this one, I can’t choose between these ones. The Biggest surprises of this year so far have been Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday & Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson. These are both New Adult LGBTQ+ Romances and I honestly did not expect to love these as much as I did. These were both eARC’s that I received from Netgalley. 

7. Favourite New-to-you or Debut Author

For this one I would have to say Anyta Sunday, I discovered her books this year and I’ve already read 4 of them. I don’t usually read so many books by an author, especially not in the same year, but I love her books and her writing style. If you haven’t read any of her books, I would really recommend it.

 

8. Your Fictional Crush

I’m cheating a little bit with this one, as I read these books last year, but I did Reread them this year; Vanitas & Noe from The Case Study of Vanitas. I can’t choose between them, I love both of these characters.  

I love this manga! Vanitas is by far the most interesting character from this series. At times comic relief, and at times a clever, charismatic enigma, he has become quite an endearing and confusing character. It had been a long time since I have read about such an eccentric character.

The Case Study of Vanitas is set in 19th Century Paris where Humans and Vampires live with one another. Vanitas is the owner of the tome Noé seeks, and Vanitas says he wants to save vampires with the tome, although he seems to have yet unknown intentions and Noé appears to have other goals, too. The two partner up on a case, and and form a weird friendship. 

9. New Favourite Characters

I don’t think I have any new Favourite Characters this year, or at least none that I remember. I’ve liked a lot of characters this year, but not any that stand out. 

10.A Book That Made You Cry

Not many books actually make me cry,  so I don’t think I have an answer for this one. 

11. A Book that made you happy

I loved reading The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda, this is such a fun series to read and I can’t wait to continue this series hopefully soon. If you don’t know Emily Rodda is an Australian Author, who also wrote the Deltora Quest series, which was my favourite series as a kid. Reading her books always makes me happy. There so fun, and original. 

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13. Your Favorite Book-to-movie Adaptation That You’ve Seen This Year

I saw Love, Simon this year after reading the book, I was never actually planning to read this book ever, I wasn’t at all interested in it. But when I found out there was going to be a movie based on the book and I saw the Trailer, I decided to finally read the book. And I went to see the movie, and I really enjoyed it. Also, I haven’t seen many Book-to-movie adaptations this year. 

14. The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought/Received This Year

This year, I received these Folio Society Charles Dickens Classic books as a gift from a family member. And they are probably some of the best books I have on my Shelves. 

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These books are really plain though, so if were talking about the most beautiful design, here are few of those, there’s no way I can choose. There are so many beautiful books!  

15. What Are Some Books You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?

These a lot of book I would love to read by the end of the year, but these are a few of them; the main ones. So, it’ll be interesting to see which ones I actually read, and hopefully by the end of the year I would have finished all of these. 

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That seemed like a really long list, even though it was only 15 questions. What do you think of my picks? What would you choose for each prompt? Have you done this tag? If so, leave the link in the Comments, I’d love to check yours out!

Also, I tag anyone reading this that wants to do it! So, If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

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Tome Topple Round 6 TBR (#TomeTopple)

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It’s time for another round of Tome Topple. This is one of my favourite readathons and I’m really looking forward to reading some huge books. Tome Topple Read-a-thon is Hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube, this readathon is all about the big books on your shelves, the main focus is to read books over 500 pages.

The only rules are that the book needs to be over 500 pages long and Bind-ups of books do not count. Tome Topple starts at midnight wherever you are on June 29th, and goes until 11:59pm wherever you are on July 12th.

Here’s her video she posted to announce the next round of this readathon! The link for the Goodreads group is listed under the video so you can go join and check it out!

Check out the Goodreads Group!

  • There’s challenges listed on the group page, but they’re not required
  • A list of popular suggestions is also listed on the group page if you need ideas

There are a few challenges, but I’m participating because I have a few large books to get through that I’m struggling with and readathons tend to motivate me. So below I’m going to list all the books I own or would like to read so I have lots of options, but I’m in no way planning to read all these books, I don’t really know what I’ll end up reading. I’m not exactly sure which (will probably depend on mood) but I have a lot of options!

Challenges: 
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (over 500 Pages of course, Bind-ups do count for this one)
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

Physical Books

London by Edward Rutherford (1299 pages) – I’ve owned this book for so long and still haven’t read it, but I want. This book has actually been on every Tome Topple TBR, so I think it’s about time to finish this. London will probably be my main focus this round, and hopefully I can finish it this time. This will complete the “Read an Adult Novel” challenge. 

Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (652 Pages) – If I finish reading London, then I’ll probably continue reading Half Blood Prince, I’ve also started this one but haven’t finished it yet. But Tome Topple seems like the perfect time to read this one. I really hope I get around to this too. This will Complete the “read a book in a series” challenge.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (759 Pages) – I’m also hoping that If I finish Half Blood Prince to also get around to reading Deathly Hallows or at least start it this round, but only if I finish Half Blood Prince. I really want to finish this series soon.

Gone by Michael Grant (560 Pages) – I’ve owned this book for so long and I’ve still not read it, but I not exactly sure that I want to! If I don’t get around to this one soon I might end up Unhauling it. At one point this was quite a popular book, but recently I’ve heard some negative things about it. I doubt I’ll get around to reading this for this round of Tome Topple. Let me know If you’ve read this and what you thought of it! Should I read it?

All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr (531 Pages) –  I’ve been trying to read this one since it came out, hopefully I’ll pick it up this time. This will compete the “read an Adult book” challenge. 

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (557 Pages) – I read the original Percy Jackson Series earlier this year and have been meaning to continue ever since. This is part of the Camp Half Blood Chronicles, which consists of a lot of books, I want to know where this series goes next and I’m trying the catch up. This will also complete the “read a book in a series” challenge. 

The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (521 Pages) – If I get around to reading The Lost Hero and it’s really good I might just immediately pick up book two, which is The Son of Neptune. If I do that. 

The Lake House by Kate Morton (592 Pages) – This was on my last Tome Topple TBR and I didn’t get to it.  I’ve also owned this book for a long time and never got to it. This will also complete the “read an Adult book” challenge

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (531 Pages) – I started this probably about 2 years ago and have been meaning to continue ever since. This is the sequel to The Shining. So this will complete the “read a book in a series” challenge for Tome Topple.

The Stand by Stephen King (1153 Pages) – This has been on my shelf for quite a while. I don’t think I’ll read this one this round of Tome Topple but I thought I’d still put it done here. This is also an Adult book.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King (700 Pages) – This was also on my last Tome Topple TBR, and I still haven’t got around to this either. I haven’t really been in the mood to read this and it’s really big. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (512 Pages) – I started this once. And I never finished it. I didn’t get too far into this, but I was enjoying it and I really like the writing style, so I would love to be able to continue this. 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron (520 Pages) – I have no clue what this book is about. I was cleaning out my bookshelf, getting rid of some books I didn’t want, and found this book, which I’ve had for a while and I’ve heard a lot about this one.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (552 Pages) – I’ve been trying to get to this for years. Based on everything I’ve heard, I think I will love this book. I really want to see what all the fuss is about and if it lives up to the hype.

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (573 Pages) – I cannot even tell you how long I’ve wanted to pick this up. I wanted to finish all of my currently reading books before I started this though, but that doesn’t seem to be happening.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (470 Pages) – This one isn’t quite 500+ pages, but I’m counting it anyway, it’s only 30 pages under 500 pages. I recently found out there’s going to be a movie based on this book, so now I really want to read this before I watch the movie adaptation. To be honest, this one hasn’t been on my shelf that long, but it sounds super interesting. I bought this one a couple weeks ago.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (507 Pages) – I cannot believe I haven’t read this book yet! It’s been on my shelf for ages. It’s a pretty big book and I take longer to read classics, so I’ve been putting this one off for quite some time. 

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill (689 pages)– I’ve been trying to read this for months, and I would really like to read it soon. Which I hope will be as interesting as it sounds! This one has been on my Tome Topple TBR’s before as well. This is an Adult Book too.

One Piece Omnibus 22 (Volumes 64-65-66) by Eiichiro Oda (608 Pages) – One of the challenges is to read a graphic novel, as a break during this readathon, to break it up, so I thought I would read this. This is my Graphic Novel selection.

AudioBooks

The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (587 Pages) – I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, but I’ve decided to listen to the Audiobook instead of Physically reading it. So I might read this during this round of Tome Topple. I’d like to read at least one audiobook.

eBooks

The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks (510 Pages) –  I received an eARC of this one and I still haven’t read it yet. It’s been sitting on my Kindle for almost two years. 

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (512 Pages) – I’ve had an eARC of this for awhile now, but I don’t think I’ll get around to this one this round, I don’t really feel in the mood for this right now, maybe next round!

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast (608 Pages) –  I’ve also had an eARC of this for awhile, but I’ve been putting off reading this one as I’ve read books before by P.C. Cast and I haven’t been very impressed by them in the past. I’ve heard some good things about this one though.  

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (534 Pages) –  I’ve been trying to read this one since it came out, hopefully I’ll pick it up soon. This will complete the “read a book in a series” challenge. 

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So that’s my TBR for Tome Topple.  It’s very ambitious, so I’m not planning on reading all of these, but I would like to try to read two books this round. Obviously, I don’t think I’ll get to all of these but finishing at least two books would be really great. I need all the motivation I can get when it comes to big books so I’ll be trying to participate in sprints and buddy reads hosted off the main twitter account.

Are you going to participate? Have you read any of these? Are any of these on your TBR?  Let me know in the comments. I’d love to know what you’re planning on reading, feel free to link your TBR. I have a feeling that this is going to be a lot of fun! I hope you’ll in the readathon.

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100 Truths Blogger Tag

100 Truths Blogger Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do by anyone but I haven’t done a tag in a while. I am so excited for this because I have no idea what the questions are yet! Feel free to do this and answer along in the comment sections below or tag yourself! It’s kind of long, so let’s get right to it!

The Basics

1. What’s your name?
Jade Diamond – Although the full name on my birth certificate is Candice Jade Borgardt Diamond. But since I’ve started this Blog, I’ve been Jade. 

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

Yes, I do have nicknames, but I hate them and I don’t want to say, so for the purpose of this I’m just going to say No. 

3 Your gender?

I’m Non-binary, so I don’t actually identify as either Gender. 

4. Your star sign?
Aries. 

5. How old are you?
20 Years Old.

6. Your relationship status?
Forever alone.

7. Any children?
No. 

8. Any pets?
Yes. A Shubunkin Goldfish named Chapman, A Catfish named Bullet, and 2 Dogs: Huskies named Akita & Tabuu.

9. Any tattoos or piercings?
No tattoos or Piercings. I don’t even have my ears pierced. I’m not interested in Piercings, but I do want a few tattoo’s.

10. What do you like about yourself?
My eyes – they are Green!

11. What do you dislike about yourself?
Lots of things, it would take too long to list! But to list one, I would say that I am really shy around new people: mostly due to suffering from Anxiety. People who know me think I’m quite outgoing but when I meet new people I struggle to find the words to join in conversations. I think some people think I’m a bit stuck up sometimes when that’s not the case at all.

12. Righty or lefty?
Righty. 

Lasts

13. The last thing you drank:
Coffee

14. The last thing you ate:
Rice

15. Your last phone call:
I don’t usually use my Phone for Calls, so I don’t remember. 

16. Your last text message:
To my Job Provider

17. Your last email:
An ARC Request to a publisher

18. The last song you listened to:

Lost from The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

19. The last book you read:
The last book I finished reading was Speech & Debate,  Which is a play written by Stephen Karam.

20. The last time you cried:
About a week ago.

21. The last blog you read:
I Honestly can’t remember

22. The last person you spoke to:
My Mum

23. The last place you visited:
Define ‘visited’. The park… the street… the train station…

24. Your last holiday abroad:
Never

Have you ever?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?
No

26. Have you ever been cheated on?
No

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?
No

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?
Yes

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?
No, I don’t drink. 

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?
No

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?
Yes, I think a lot of people come into your life to change it for good or bad, they’re still lessons.

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?
Yes, definitely.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?
No

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?
Yeah. It’s funniest when you walk in on it. I used to let it bother me, but not so much any more.

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?
No, I don’t think so, not that I’m aware of. 

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?
No

37. Have you ever had your own heart-broken?
No

38. Have you ever had sex on the first date?
No

39. Have you ever been arrested?
No

40. Have you ever been attracted to someone who isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?
No

41. Have you ever done something you regret?
Yes. hasn’t everyone though?

42. Have you ever had a threesome?
No

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?
Yes. Too many times to count.

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?
Yes. thankfully they proved me wrong and I was taught a valuable lesson. 

Your Beliefs and Opinions

45. Do you believe in God?
No

46. Do you believe in yourself?
Sadly, most of the time, its a no. Sometimes I do and sometimes I have doubts. I’m not confident in myself and usually need a push or a pep talk to help me.

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?
No

48. Do you believe in ghosts?
Maybe, I’m still sceptical, but I think I’m starting to believe in ghosts a little more. I don’t believe in things I haven’t seen for myself, and I haven’t ever seen a ghost, so I’m not so sure.

49 Do you believe in aliens?
No, I don’t think so

50. Do you believe in miracles?
Yes

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?
Yes to some degree

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?
No

53. Can money make you happy?
It can help ease some of the pressures and worries that make you unhappy, but I don’t believe money can make you happy. 

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?
To some extent. I believe men and women should be seen as equals but I do believe feminism can go a bit overboard sometimes.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?
Pro-choice. People should have the freedom and autonomy to decide what they do with their bodies.

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?
No I don’t, it confuses me way too much and I’m not a fan of having political conversations!

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?
No, I am not religious at all. I consider myself to be an Atheist. 

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?
Love, without that there is nothing.

Right Now

59. Are you eating anything right now?
No

60. Are you drinking anything right now?
No

61. What are you listening to right now?
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Album

62. What are you thinking about right now?
The answers to these questions

63. What are you waiting for right now?
Some Candle Making Supplies – Colour Dye Chips and Fragrance Oils.

64. What are you most excited about right now?
Finally finishing this extremely long post

65. What’s your pet hate right now?
I’m not sure, I can’t think of anything right now

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?
Blogging, I have been blogging for almost two years now and I am still absolutely loving it. I honestly never expected to be blogging for this long.

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?
Sleeping

Firsts

68. Your first best friend:
I don’t remember

69. Your first kiss:
I haven’t even had my first kiss yet.

70. Your first celebrity crush:
The first one I remember is Selena Gomez, back when I used to watch Wizards of Waverly Place

71. Your first holiday:
Gold Coast, Queensland

72. Your first pet:
The first one I remember was my first Siamese Fighting Fish,  I don’t remember her name, as I only had her for about 5 hours, and then after that I got another Siamese Fighting Fish named Sapphire. 

73. Your first regret:
I don’t Remember 

74. Your first job:
I’ve never actually had a job before, but I did do work experience in a Library for a. 

75. Your first childhood memory:
Feeding the Ducks at the River Torrens, but I can’t tell whether that is a genuine memory or if I’m just imagining it because there’s a picture of it. 

Which would you choose?

76. Love or money?
Love

77. Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter

78. Hook up or relationship?
Relationship

79. Dogs or cats?
Both

80. Coffee or Tea?
Coffee

81. Beer or wine?
I don’t drink, but if I had to choose I would probably say Wine.

82 Sweet or savoury?
It depends on my mood really. But most of the time Sweet. 

83. Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert

84. Vampires or werewolves?
Vampires

85. Seaside or countryside?
Seaside

86. Summer or Winter?
Winter

87. Books or movies
Books

88. Horror or comedy
Horror

A few random questions to finish on

89. Do you wish you could change your past?
Sometimes, but overall I’m going to say No, I have learned many lessons from my past and that is what has made me who I am today

90. What’s your dream job?
Fashion Designer. 

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?
I don’t really have any guilty pleasures, I like what I like and I’m not going to feel guilty or embarrassed about it. I used to but not anymore

92. What are you afraid of?
Everything? But my biggest fear is Heights – Generic I know – this stems back to an accident I had when I was a kid though. 

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
The first thing I remember wanting to be was a hairdresser.

94. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility. Ever wanted to be that fly on the wall?

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
Having Anxiety and Depression.

96. Would you want immortality?
Depends… I would have all the time in the world to read all the books that I want to read, but I wouldn’t want to be around forever. I’m never going to read all the books on my TBR without it.

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?
The Bronte Sisters. I would like a time machine to take me back to the 1800’s just so I could Interview The Bronte Sisters. 

98. Would you say you are happy?
Not at all. I have times when I am happy, and I have a lot of off days. I don’t even remember a time when I was really truly happy and content. 

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?
Well, that was only two years ago but I would say Do something that makes you happy. You don’t have to decide your entire future right now, you have the time to make sure you’re making the right choice.

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
Hopefully, I’ll still be blogging, and maybe have published a novel!

HOW TO JOIN IN

Just follow the simple rules below. Feel free to use the image from this post if you don’t want to create a new one.

RULES

1 Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
2 Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering)
3 Tag 10-20 bloggers to take part (let them know on social media)
4 Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag

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So there we have it. My 100 truths. That was fun! I had a lot of fun answering the questions for this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much. I’m not going to tag anyone to do this, but If you would like to do this, consider yourself tagged. 

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What Pride means to me!

What Pride means to me

It’s Pride month. This is an extremely important milestone and yearly acknowledgement that the LGBT community is represented and gets to be wholeheartedly proud of who they are and what they stand for. The continuous forward progress of this movement is inspiring and encouraging for people in the community, and even for those who simply exist alongside it. 

The most important thing to me about pride month is letting people be who they are. We are not simply defined by our gender identity or sexuality. There is so much more to us as people than who we love, or who loves us. We are people first, and we are all unique. People shouldn’t have to be afraid and they shouldn’t want to run and hide the person they are from the rest of the world. Because no matter who you are, you are valid and just being the you that you are is absolutely something to be proud of.

It’s inevitable this month – somewhere on the internet, someone’s sitting anonymously behind a screen posting a comment on a Pride photo or video – asking why Pride is necessary, telling us that they don’t need to see that shit, telling us that they don’t care that we’re gay, just go do what you want in private, there’s no straight Pride, so why do you need it, etc.

Why do I need Pride?

Because I don’t remember the last time I ever spoke to a straight person who was afraid to show public affection to their significant other because it might lead to verbal harassment. 

Because we need a place where we don’t have to hide. Being imprisoned in yourself is draining. It’s demoralising. It’s what leads people to kill themselves.

Pride matters because it is about equality. It is about inclusion. And it is about being able to fully experience the good that life brings every day, and to fully experience each day without fear, nervousness or trepidation about who we are. Pride matters to gay, transgender, queer and straight people alike. 

No one is equal to another person! Which it always amazed me because we are billions out there. However, because of the place you were born, the society you grew up, the education your family gave you, school, etc. combining with the person you are and those traits that you were born with, people end up being pretty different from each other. Even if you find someone who is similar there will always be differences between them! 

As someone who is way too much of a perfectionist, this is something that I’ve been struggling (and still am) with a lot . I also think that many of you relate to this though. Thinking that what you put out there and how you are as person is not good enough. Even if people tell you that you are more than good enough, that you are great or brilliant, you thank them, but at the same time think to yourself: “This person is just being nice! I know that I am not that good”.

Pride means knowing who you are, standing up for what is right in your heart. Pride to me means accepting who you are and being proud of all you stand for. Regardless of what you believe or think, nobody should be able to make you feel ashamed of who you are or what you stand for. To me Pride is saying to the world, “this is who I am and I’m proud of it.”

To me, Pride has meant different things throughout my life. When I was a teen struggling to accept and voice who I was, it was something that popped up occasionally on the news or tumblr which I convinced myself I supported so vehemently because I was a great ally.

Pride is visibility. Because of those who have fought and rallied before me, I and people like me are now able to see themselves in spaces they couldn’t before. I take pride in individuality, love and truth!

Pride is a time to be thankful. Thankful that we as LGBT+ people no longer have to wear a mask in everyday life. We recognise and honour all the people who have fought for this freedom and we stand together as a community to continue the fight for equality. Over the past few years of discovering my own identity, this community has become my family and my foundation. 

To me, Pride is a way to appreciate and respect the change others have fought – and sometimes died – to enact. I wouldn’t be here, openly stating who I am on a blog without the people who fought for me to do it. I’m no longer classified as mentally ill, or a criminal, or a deviant merely for falling in love. 

It is also a way for me to celebrate how far I’ve come personally, and be proud of myself.  I’m proud of being part of the LGBTQ+ community. It took me a while to be proud of who I am and I still don’t think I’m quite there yet, but I’m getting there slowly. 

Being proud of yourselves is a good thing and should not be seen as you being self-centred or something like that! I’m not saying for you to start telling everyone how good you are! I’m telling you to say to that voice that is always telling you that you are not good enough that you are awesome!Chat With MeI hope you’ve enjoyed or found something interesting in my ramblings. If anybody has any reading recommendations, or ways that you as readers of this blog post try to raise awareness of or make a difference to LGBT+ issues worldwide, I’d love for you to let me know!

I hope you’ve enjoyed or found something interesting in my ramblings. Hope you liked this post and that you start giving yourself more credit! You are pretty awesome and you need to know it!

What does Pride Month mean to you?

 

 

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Happy Pride Month!

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Happy Pride Month! I love that we are celebrating how far we have come as a society, while also looking forward to how far we still need to go. June has somehow become a favourite month for me. Since I enjoy celebrating events like this, I’d like to do posts on the topic throughout the month. I’m a staunch supporter of human rights for everyone. People have lives, lives that matter. Bigotry and hate never served anyone’s interests.

It hit me a few days ago – “duh, you should do some pride month themed stuff on the blog!” And so, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing for the month of June. I only have some vague ideas put together. I will post about LGBTQIA+ / gender related content. From book reviews, recommendations, discussions, to personal anecdotes, I will be spreading the awareness of the month on my blog!

Pride Month is a month dedicated to celebrating the LGBT+ community, which I’m proud to be a part of. Before I get into the exciting part of this post, I’ll explain myself—I identify as Pansexual. I also Identify as Non-Binary, Although I still prefer the Pronouns her/she, I don’t like using they/them pronouns because it feels so foreign to me. I might publish a separate post about that though. 

And no, I’m not attracted to pans.

And no, I’m not confused.

And no, there are more than two genders.

A common misconception is that we’re literally attracted to everyone, which is incorrect. I’m not going to have a crush on everyone who enters the room, just like a straight person wouldn’t have a crush on every person of the opposite gender entering the room.

Whatever your sexuality or gender, I see you. You’re valid.

If you’re bisexual, you’re valid.

If you’re pansexual, you’re valid.

If you’re asexual, you’re valid.

If you’re trans, you’re valid.

If you’re nonbinary, you’re valid.

If you just prefer to stick with “queer,” you’re valid.

If you’re questioning your sexuality or gender identity (or both), your struggle is real and you are valid. (I’m also here to talk if you need.)

If labels aren’t really your thing and you just love who you love and do what you do, you’re valid.

If you’re anywhere else in between those things, you’re valid.

I see you. You’re awesome. Be proud. Love who you love. Be your authentic self. You are amazing and PERFECT just the way you are. 

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Please be kind and respectful. No homophobes! If you do not support the LGBTQ+ community, do not follow my blog. Thank you.

As always, thanks for reading. I’m really excited for this month. Being Pan is something I used to struggle with quite a bit, so it’s really refreshing to be able to write about my experiences and my interests so freely, and to read about other people’s experiences. 

I wish everyone a happy and safe pride month!

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eARC Review: Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson

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cover133102-mediumFourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson
Published by:
 Riptide Publishing

Publication Date:  May 21st 2018
Genres: New Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance
Format: eBook
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: 7/06/2018
Links: Goodreads NetgalleyBooktopia

Identical twins Aiden and Max Kingsman have been a matched set their whole lives. When they were children, Aiden was happy to follow his extroverted brother’s lead, but now that they’re in college, being “my brother, Aiden” is starting to get old. He’s itching to discover who he is outside of his “twin” identity.

Oliver’s goals for the summer are simple: survive his invasive family, keep his divorced parents from killing each other, and stay in shape for rowing season. He’s thrilled when he runs into his old friends, the Kingsman twins, especially Aiden, the object of a childhood crush. Aiden is all grown-up, but some things have stayed the same: his messy curls, his stability, and how breathless he makes Oliver. Oliver’s crush comes back full force, and the feeling is mutual. Summer just got a whole lot hotter.

Fun-loving Max takes one thing seriously: his role as “big brother.” When Aiden drifts away, Max can’t understand how his own twin could choose a boy over him. Summer won’t last forever, and with friendship, family, and happily ever after on the line, they’ll have to navigate their changing relationships before it’s too late. 

I received a copy of Fourteen Summers from Netgalley for review Considerations. This in no way influences my opinion of this book.

Fourteen Summers is a coming-of-age tale that encompasses many different types of relationships- romantic, familial, and friendship. This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it, nonetheless. The story was told from three points of view, Aiden’s, Max’s and Oliver’s. This was a new adult novel. The characters are all 20 years old and trying to find their way as adults. As readers, we get to watch their struggle with balancing family obligations and romantic relationships. 

As identical twins, Aiden and Max have always had a built-in support system, best friend, and constant companion, perhaps causing an unhealthy codependency. They were both devastated when their childhood best friend moved away, but they had each other. 

Twin brothers Max and Aiden Kingsman spent their childhood inseparable from their best friend Oliver until the day Oliver’s parent’s divorced and he moved away. Now fourteen years later, Max and Aiden are home from college for the summer when they run into none other than Oliver who is in town visiting this dad. The three start hanging out again and it’s just like old times, including that embarrassing crush Aiden has always had on Oliver. But Aiden doesn’t realize that Oliver also used to have a crush on Aiden and now that he’s found him again, Oliver isn’t wasting any time making his feelings known.

“I need your humour. I need your support. And I need you to get me to put on real clothes and leave the house every now and then, because otherwise I’ll become one of those weird recluses with twelve pet reptiles who writes articles about how millennials are killing the sock industry.”

This story has such a great dynamic. It is about family, love, friendship and acceptance. I really enjoyed seeing the boys figure out what they wanted personally and from each other.

The characters, their portrayals, felt realistic to me for the most part. The novel was sweet and warm, yet had it’s moments when it became highly emotional. The realism was shown via Max’s interactions, as he was able to force the reader to step out of the warm and fuzzy romance and angst and show a different type of relationship, that of twin brothers and of best friends. 

The story was well-written and enjoyable. I loved all three of the characters and Oliver and Aiden were really sweet together. The relationship between Aiden and Oliver is sweet and desperate, that desperation where two people realise what they want and don’t want to wait another minute to have it. Aiden and Oliver were both so introverted and awkward which I absolutely loved. As an introvert myself I could totally relate.

This was what happened when two introverts tried to flirt. They ended up with a lot of awkward silences and not-staring contests while they each waited to see if the other one was going to make a move. If Oliver gave Aiden one more lingering look from afar, he was going to become the protagonist of a YA novel.

I was so excited when I was approved for an ARC of this book, because the cover is adorable, and the blurb sucked me right in. If you’re worried the actual book won’t hold up, don’t be. From the tone-setting prologue to the oh-so-satisfying epilogue, this book was amazing. I finished this book in less than 24 hours. It’s Well written. Emotional. Steamy. Sexy. Romantic. With the perfect blend of cuteness, angst, and fumbling through life.

I was totally drawn into Aiden, Max and Oliver’s story and couldn’t put it down once I started. It was funny and heartwarming with a tiny bit of angst and drama along the way. Fourteen Summers left me feeling happy for all of the main characters with a case of the warm fuzzys once I reached the end.

Overall, Fourteen Summers was a lot more than I was expecting. Not to mention, the ending is adorable and I love the full-circle nature of the story. Fourteen Summers is a beautifully written M/M romance. The book ends with a super sweet epilogue, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion. 

 

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June 2018 *Pride Month* TBR (#JazzyJune, #ScifiJune)

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Today I’m going to be sharing my June TBR. Keep in mind that this isn’t all set in stone. I’m terrible at sticking to TBR’s. I honestly can’t believe that it is June already – how has half of the year flown by so quickly?! June means many things, but one of which is that it is Pride Month! 

This month I’m going to try and read as many LGBTQ+ books as I can. I don’t actually own too many, but I thought this would be a great chance to read some of those, most of them are review copies. Okay anyway, let’s get started on my TBR! I’m not sure I’ll read them all, but these are all the books I’m considering reading this month.

Jazzy June (#JazzyJune)

(Friday, June 1st – Saturday, June 30th)

This challenge is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches and is dedicated to ReReading!! I don’t usually reread, but this year I’ve been working through Rereading The Shadowhunters Chronicles. 

Sci-fi Summer (#SciFiJune)

(Friday, June 1st – Thursday, June 14th)

Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge

I will also be joining the Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge. Hosted by the blog In the Bookcase. This is exactly as it sounds, read (or reread) books by Louisa May Alcott. 

Pride Month TBR!

I am so excited to finally read these books! These books that have been on my TBR for a long time and I never managed to get around to reading them.  

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These are Some of the books I’m hoping to read this month. It’ll be interesting to see which ones I end up reading and enjoying. I’m excited for all these books. 

What about you guys? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? What books are on your TBR? What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Are you participating in any of these readathons/Reading Challenges this month? Are you participating in any other readathons/Challenges I didn’t mention in this post? Let me know in the Comments!

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Book Haul/TBR Revisit #6

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In May I didn’t end up doing a Book Haul Revisit, so today I will be doing my September 2016, February 2017 & March 2017 Book Haul/TBR Revisit. I will also be wrapping up my July & August 2016 Revisit. I won’t be unhauling any books that I haven’t read (unless I know I won’t get around to it, or I’m not interested in it anymore) but it will still be interesting to see how I’ve done! Let’s just get into this! So, I only ended up reading 4/41 of the books I planned to read and that was:

But I’m currently reading or started reading some of the other books last month. So, these are the books that I’m going to make top priority books this month to read, and try to finish off these ones:

Anything that I didn’t get to last month, I will pass them over to this month and read them in June Instead. So, these were the Books I didn’t get to:

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Unread
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Unread

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Unread
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Unread
The Call of the Wild by Jack London – Unread
The Lost Kingdom by N & A Lochel – Unread

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa – Unread
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – Unread
The Illustrated Works of Jane Austen – Unread
Night World Volume 3 by L.J. Smith – Unread

Blame It On Paris by Laura Florand – Unread
Legacy of Blood by Alex Connor – Unread
November 9 by Colleen Hoover – Unread
The Best of me by Nicholas Sparks – Unread

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – Unread
The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Unread
Vanessa and her Sister by Priya Parmar – Unread
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – Unread

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – Unread
Niceville by Carsten Stroud – Unread
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Unread
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – Unread

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Unread
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – Unread

Unread: 31

Unhauled: 0

September 2016 Book Haul:

The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – Read
Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes by R.L. Stine – Read
Say Cheese & Die by R.L. Stine – Read
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb by R.L. Stine – Read

The Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr – Unread
The Blue Djinn of Babylon by Philip Kerr – Unread
The Cobra King of Kathmandu by Philip Kerr – Unread
The Day of the Djinn Warriors by Philip Kerr – Unread

The Eye of the Forest by Philip Kerr – Unread
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Read
The Dream Thieves by by Maggie Stiefvater – Read
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stievater – Read

Read: 7

Unread: 5

Unhauled: 0

September 2016 TBR:

Mister Monday by Garth Nix – Unread
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa – Read

Read: 1

Unread: 1

Unhauled: 0

February 2017 Book Haul:

Pandora Hearts Volume 20 by Jun Mochizuki – Read
Pandora Hearts Volume 21 by Jun Mochizuki – Read
Pandora Hearts Volume 22 by Jun Mochizuki – Read
Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Unread

All Fall Down by Ally Carter – Unread
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Unread
Trust in me by Sophie McKenzie – Unread
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – Unread

Dragons Return by Stan Lee – Unread
Freeks by Amanda Hocking – Unread
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – Unhauled
We Come Apart by Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan – Read

Read: 4

Unread: 7

Unhauled: 1

March 2017 Book Haul:

The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 1 by Jun Mochizuki – Read
The Ring/Changes/Full Circle by Danielle Steel – Unread
The Crown by Kiera Cass – Unhauled
From this Moment by Lauren Barnholdt – Unhauled

This May Sound Crazy by Abigail Breslin – Read
Traffick by Ellen Hopkins – Read
The Adventures of LOLA by Jade Harley – Read
The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky – Read

Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan – Read
The River Sings by Sandra Leigh Price – Read

Read: 7

Unread: 1

Unhauled: 2

March 2017 TBR:

Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Read
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket – Read
Summer Days & Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins – Read
Suicide Squad by Marv Wolfman – Read

The Sisters by Claire Douglas – Unread
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill – Unread

Read: 5

Unread: 8

Unhauled: 0

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So that’s 53 books, but I will try to read at least 15 books this month. That’s a lot of books, so I don’t know how many I’ll actually be able to get through, I haven’t been reading as much lately, I’m trying to take a lot of pressure of myself to be reading a certain amount of books each month. 

I’ll be doing this each month, I’ll keep a monthly tally. And I’ll summarise each previous month. So that each month we can figure out how I did after last month’s revisit and keep track of how many books I have to read

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books! Have you read any of these books and if so, which was your favourite? Thoughts? Any of these on your TBR? Which ones do you recommend I read first? Let me know in the comments.

Let me know what you all thought of each of these books if you read them or if you want to read them!