LGBT+ ownvoices bingo: the results

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Oh boy. So. This is decidedly not the greatest post for me.

I mean, no one is surprised. I’m a Sagittarius, I live my life solely to start new projects. And then never finish them. Which is exactly what happened here.

We had 16 squares and I managed to read only 5 books – and didn’t get a single bingo while at it!!

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Bite-size reviews #2: lgbt contemporaries

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I know I always say fantasy is my fav genre but somehow? I don’t know how it happened, it sneaked up on me but… Somewhere along the way contemporary books became most of what I read these days. The ones in which characters aren’t straight, though.

So that’s the theme for today’s mini-reviews!! I chose six this time because surprisingly I had longer reviews than I remembered for the other few books I wanted to mention. Anyway, let’s dig in.

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Book inspired mix: Running With Lions by Julian Winters

Okay, well, Running With Lions comes out on June 7th & I’m still waiting with posting my review until we’re a bit closer to that date. But! This just means I have time to post other type of content. And as it happens, I spent the last few days putting together a mix for this cute, summery book!! It’s available on Spotify, of course.

Enjoy!!

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HOOKED ON ALL THOSE FEELINGS; a mix for Sebastian Hughes from Running With Lions by Julian Winters [listen]

Sebastian should let him go. Common sense isn’t his strong suit, though, and he grabs Emir’s wrist before he can get too far.

 

And what about you, guys? Do you ever make mixes for the books you read??

Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Publisher: Philomel Books, Penguin Books USA (October 17th 2017)
Length: 363 pages
Genre: ya; fantasy, retelling
Review also on my GR
Rating: 4/5 🍑

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This East Asian retelling of The Evil Queen legend gives the reader exactly what it advertises – a ruthless girl & her story of rising to power. It’s Gone Girl but with infinitely more magic and more blood & killings as well.

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Monthly wrap-up: March 2018

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If February was a month of gay stories for me, March was one for poetry and gay stories. I really only now realised that the only book I read last month, that wasn’t gay was a non-fiction one about protestants living in my neighborhood in XVIII century…

So I read 13 books last month. I think that’s a great number, especially considering I was lowkey struggling with a reading slump the last week or so. March was also the month I started the LGBT+ ownvoices bingo, which might explain why I read so many gay books! (Not that I usually read less of them…)

I started the month with an ARC of The Witch Stone – an urban fantasy novella – and ended it also with an ARC: Running With Lions – one of my most anticipated releases of the year. Okay, so let’s do this.

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Diverse reads of the week #11

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To be honest with you, I was actually getting ready to write a wrap-up post for March. But at the last possible minute realised that wait… today is a Sunday!! And we all know what Sundays mean on my blog!

So here we are then.

To be even more honest, though, I barely have two books today. I guess you might say I got into a little bit of a reading slump?? IDK it wasn’t the greatest week for me, reading-wise… But then books I did read? Both amazing!

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LGBT+ ownvoices bingo: Week 3, Day 1

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I don’t know where the time went, but we’re already two weeks into the bingo!! I haven’t read as many books as I could have for it so far, but I definitely read more than I would without this idea! So it was totally worth it. :>>

And we still have over two weeks left so you can still start playing with us if you want! You can read all the details in my previous posts here and here.

So now for the books I’ve read so far!! I managed to finish four but I still didn’t get a single bingo… I’m currently reading an ARC of Running With Lions by Julian Winters though and when I’m done, it will put me one book away from the first full line!

I’m also doing this update as a twitter thread & there I list all the squares a book could count for in case anyone’s interested in the tropes. But here I’m gonna focus on what I’ll actually put the books down for!

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Bite-size reviews #1: upcoming releases

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What I finally realised is that I actually write really short reviews most of the time. Honestly, more of taglines than anything else… And that’s not a bad thing, I don’t think, but it also means that most of my reviews aren’t featured on my blog! So I figured: time to change that.

My goal is to publish a few of short reviews like that every few weeks in a post. Maybe connected by a theme of the books, maybe by the time I read, maybe by nothing at all – I’m not sure yet & it will probably vary anyway. But I want my blog to show more clearly the kind of reader and reviewer I am, so let’s try this!!

For today I’m actually gonna go with my comments – well I can’t really call them reviews in this particular case – of upcoming releases. Both to start with something nice & to give a shout-out to some interesting looking books!

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Diverse reads of the week #10

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Well look at that! We hit a round number with this series finally! I’m so happy to see that I am actually able of sticking with an idea and seeing it through. Here’s hoping I will one day add another zero to this beautiful number!

As for books today, I have four for you, which is pretty decent, I suppose. And two of them are sapphic books – that always makes everything better, if I do say so myself! Also, I read two of those for the LGBT+ ownvoices bingo (you can read about the idea here) and that means I’m done with three squares already. I almost did a whole line!

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ARC Review: A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh

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A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh
Publisher:
Guernica Editions (March 28th 2018)
Length: 349 pages
Genre: contemporary, romance
Review also on my GR
Rating: 3/5 🍑

A confabulated fictional memoir.

Meet Daniel Garneau, your average gay hockey player from small-town Ontario. After moving to Toronto to attend university, Daniel meets David, a bike mechanic whose Catholic Italian mother talks to her dead husbands. Their chemistry is immediate, but Daniel is still drawn to his ex-boyfriend Marcus, a performance artist whose grandfather was a book-burning Nazi.

Through a series of misadventures both comic and tragic, Daniel navigates the pitfalls of dating and relationships, while juggling the needs of his eccentric family and newfound friends. A Boy at the Edge of the World is a rollicking dramedy that explores the compulsive and (ultimately) universal human pursuit of intimacy, sex, and love.

I received a galley from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Well, this is a weird book to give a rating to. It’s not bad? But I wouldn’t exactly say it’s good. If I were to describe it in one word, I would probably choose “interesting”. Or maybe, more accurately, striving to be interesting.

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