Review: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden



Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Open Road Media Teen & Tween (September 5th 2017) – originally in 1982
Length: 183 pages
Genre: YA; contemporary, romance
Review also on my GR
Rating: 4/5 🍑

A landmark in LGBT fiction, this captivating story of two teenage girls who fall in love is a “classic of the genre” (Publishers Weekly).

When Liza Winthrop first lays eyes on Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there’s something special between them. Soon, their close friendship develops into a deep and intimate romance. Neither imagined that falling in love could be so wonderful, but as Liza and Annie’s newfound sexuality sparks conflict in both their families and at their schools, they discover it will take more than love for their relationship to succeed.

One of the first books to positively portray a lesbian relationship, Annie on My Mind is a groundbreaking classic of the genre. The subject of a First Amendment lawsuit over banned books and one of School Library Journal’s “One Hundred Books that Shaped the Century,” Nancy Garden’s iconic novel is an important story for anyone discovering who they’re meant to be.

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

Speaking as a lesbian, I can’t even begin to properly explain to you why this book is so important to me. My only wish is that I read it at 15 instead of 25 & I really, really hope there have been a bunch of kids who did just that! I’m sure there must have been though given it’s 35 years (!!!) since Annie on My Mind was first published.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3


So I’m actually sick, which is great because I was just sick like a month ago?? @ my body what is this :/// My favourite part of this is that my doctor decided I don’t need any days off because – and I quote – I work at an office.

Anyway. Once again, thanks to Denia @ Denia Reads for tagging me!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

So my introduction about sickness was to say that I’m doing something a little bit lazy today. I’m going fir the first lines of the book I just started this morning: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake.

She waits until we’re driving over the bridge to tell me. This is a strategic move. Wait until your temperamental daughter is suspended over the Atlantic Ocean to drop the bomb, thereby decreasing the chance that she’ll fling open the car door and hurl herself over the edge.

TBH I feel like the hardest part of this challenge was choosing people to tag… So today, if you’re reading this & wanna play, consider yourself tagged! Cheers!


3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2


Okay, I’m back, I did in fact remember about this! Thanks again to Denia @ Denia Reads for tagging me!

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

You might actually not know this about me yet, but one of my all time favourite books, a book that I would die for, a book I would take with me to a deserted island if I were allowed to choose only one – this book is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. And that’s where today’s quote comes from!

However, this sceptic had one fanaticism. This fanaticism was neither a dogma, nor an idea, nor an art, nor a science; it was a man: Enjolras. Grantaire admired, loved, and venerated Enjolras. To whom did this anarchical scoffer unite himself in this phalanx of absolute minds? To the most absolute. In what manner had Enjolras subjugated him? By his ideas? No. By his character. A phenomenon which is often observable. A sceptic who adheres to a believer is as simple as the law of complementary colors. That which we lack attracts us. No one loves the light like the blind man. The dwarf adores the drum-major. The toad always has his eyes fixed on heaven. Why? In order to watch the bird in its flight. Grantaire, in whom writhed doubt, loved to watch faith soar in Enjolras. He had need of Enjolras. That chaste, healthy, firm, upright, hard, candid nature charmed him, without his being clearly aware of it, and without the idea of explaining it to himself having occurred to him.

Aaaand… Blogs getting tagged today: darquedreamerreadsthereaderdevotee, and teleseparatist.


3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1


Hey, guys!!! I’ve been tagged in this cool little thing by Denia @ Denia Reads! And let me tell you, choosing a quote is lowkey the most difficult thing I had to do all week…

Anyway, The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day


So my quote is from Release by Patrick Ness which I read just a few weeks ago.

Raising his eyes to look directly into Linus’s face was maybe the scariest thing he’d had to do all day long, but it was only the free-falling terror that always accompanied hope.

Today I’m tagging Regina @ Bookish In Bed, Sarah @ S. Ames-Foley & Hannah @ Word Weaver’s. Hopefully I will remember to do this again tomorrow…

Anyway, did you know Children of Blood and Bone is on sale on Book Depository right now?? Buy it if you still haven’t!

LGBT+ ownvoices bingo: Week 1, Day 1


We’re starting!!!

By which I mean we decided it would be the easiest to start at midnight your local time & it’s midnight here in Poland now!

So I made a post last week telling you guys about this idea me & Charlotte had to do a lgbt+ ownvoices bingo. It’s basically because we want to read more lgbt+ books and there’s nothing that motivates you to read more like some kind of a challenge!! The ownvoices part is extra important to us, though, since we want to read books with good representation. It means that finding books to fill up your bingo card becomes harder, but we believe the pleasure from reading is gonna be greater! We compiled a rec list to help you out a little bit with that.

We set up a CHAT for our bingo so we can encourage each other, rec more books & generally have fun. And we want to also be visible on twitter as well, with a hashtag: #lgbtovbingo.

The first book I’m reading for our bingo (though I’m cheating just a tiny bit because I started it earlier but! I didn’t finish it yet! so it totally counts!!) is Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak. It’s actually a reread for me & you can find my original micro-review here. It fills the friends to lovers square, more specifically: childhood best friends to lovers!

And once again, here’s our card:



Please participate guys!! The more, the merrier!! 🍑🍑🍑

Review: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum



The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
 Imprint (October 31st 2017)
Length: 320 pages
Genre: YA; contemporary, fantasy
Review also on my GR
Rating: 5/5 🍑

The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness.

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.


Things I loved about this:

» the characters. August & Jack are utterly lovable (and spoiler alert: in love) but also “problematique” by which I mean they both struggle with their mental health while not getting any help from adults around them. Their relationship was one of the most intense ones I have ever read about & there are no clean lines there but that just makes it so much more interesting. If you thought Gansey & Ronan’s friendship was exciting (the “While I’m gone, dream me the world” bit!!!), you are gonna LOVE this. (And realise what it was you found missing in TRC.)Read More »

Starting the week with poetry: Afterlife by Melissa Jennings


Well, this is awkward because I read quite a lot of poetry since my last post in this series – and most of it was Great!! Okay, listen…. I checked. It was actually twenty one (21) collections and chapbooks… I don’t think anyone is surprised by me not blogging about them, though. Anyway!! Let’s hope I will do better in the future and focus on why we’re here right now.

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Afterlife by Melissa Jennings, in their own words, is “about catharsis, self-love, and self-revolution” & “a journey from the darkness to the light again, and again, and again.” That’s pretty much as spot on a description as you will ever get from a poet. This collection offers exactly what they promise and that’s great.

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Diverse reads of the week #9

diversity sunday

Look who’s back with her favourite (and the only that has more than like 2 posts) series!! This week wasn’t especially rich with lgbt books but I read some good poetry, so! I’ll be doing an lgbt+ ownvoices bingo starting next friday – you can read all about it here – so I should have way more titles to cover in upcoming weeks! So let’s dive in.

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LGBT+ ownvoices bingo


Hey guys!! Today I’m here with a cool little idea. My friend Charlotte (go follow her on goodreads, twitter & her book blog!!) and I are running this LGBT+ ownvoices bingo from March 16th till April 16th!

Basically we want to read more lgbt books & what’s a better way than to make it into some kind of challenge? What’s important to us is that all stories are ownvoices, both so we can enjoy better representation & because ownvoices authors always deserve more love!! You can also read about it here on twitter & on goodreads.

Charlotte made our card & it looks like this (isn’t it beautiful??). Feel free to do all of it or only some rows/columns, whatever works for you!! We also have a rec list to help you find books to read but, of course, you don’t have to read those specific titles.


When talking about our bingo on twitter, please use a hashtag lgbtovbingo so we can keep track of all of you!! And if there’s enough of us, we plan on setting up a chat as well. :>>>

Let me know if you like our idea & if you’re gonna play and read with us!! I hope we can all have fun together & discover some great new books!!


Starting the weekend with short reads: The Witch Stone by Jasmine Hong

the witch stone

Hi, I’m here again with yet another short story for you on Friday! This novella is about 30,000 words long & it comes out on March 12th & I had a bit of a rough run with it, but oh well, the things we do when we’re promised gay rep in books!! We definitely write Long™ reviews when a book doesn’t deliver…

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One of the unfortunate truths in life is that if someone dumps a war on your doorstep in the small hours of the morning, well, you’re kind of stuck with it. Especially if that war comes in the form of a mostly naked man and he just happens to be one of the most powerful beings in the city.

And your ex.

Another unfortunate truth: No matter how poorly things ended, you’re going to wind up scraping him up off the cement and dragging him in off your doorstep. And, of course, that’s when the real trouble begins.

The Witch Stone by Jasmine Hong
 NineStar Press (March 12th 2018)
Length: 103 pages
Genre: new adult; urban-fantasy
Review also on my GR
Rating: 1.5/5 🍑

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

Okay, let’s talk about the good stuff first & then really get into it. So. Calvin, the main character & the narrator, explicitly states that he’s gay. Which is great seeing as it doesn’t always happen! Another big plus is that I’m pretty sure there’s like maybe one white character in the whole story? Calvin is Chinese, his ex-boyfriend is Malay, and there are Filipino and Mexican side characters. It’s definitely refreshing to read something diverse like that.

But, sadly, those are all the parts of this very short novella that I enjoyed.

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