Monthly wrap-up: September 2018

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Look who is not dead after all!! Okay yes, yes, I know, I haven’t been here in ages… But work been kicking my ass and it’s not like I was really reading anything in the past two or three months…

I also have some great news! Together with my friend Charlotte we started a brand new blog – Reads Rainbow – dedicated exclusively to reviews and recommendations of lgbt media, be it books or movies or shows. The first review – by your truly – is up so maybe check it out here.

Now let’s move on to all those six books I read in September.

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So you’re in the mood for books with good villains

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Now, before you get all excited or angry at me – when I say “good villains”, what I mean is “well developed, fully fleshed-out villains who have actual agendas and often the narrative presents them through an unexpected twist”. That’s what you’re gonna get in this post. Or at least something close to it, I mean, I will do my best…

This rec is brought to you by an anon on CC, so please!! please!!! Always feel free to request stuff!!

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ARC Review: A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian

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A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian
Published: Avon Impulse, HarperCollins (July 10th 2018)
Genre: na; historical fiction, romance
LGBT rep:Β gay MC, gay LI
Rating: 2.5/5Β πŸ‘

 

Once beloved by London’s fashionable elite, Hartley Sedgwick has become a recluse after a spate of salacious gossip exposed his most-private secrets. Rarely venturing from the house whose inheritance is a daily reminder of his downfall, he’s captivated by the exceedingly handsome man who seeks to rob him.

Since retiring from the boxing ring, Sam Fox has made his pub, The Bell, into a haven for those in his Free Black community. But when his best friend Kate implores him to find and destroy a scandalously revealing painting of her, he agrees. Sam would do anything to protect those he loves, even if it means stealing from a wealthy gentleman. But when he encounters Hartley, he soon finds himself wanting to steal more than just a painting from the lovely, lonely manβ€”he wants to steal his heart.

 

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

It’s not that I was promised a slowburn with A Gentleman Never Keeps Score, but it is marketed as a regency era romance and there just are some things one expects from this genre. And the slowburn quality of the romance is the first on that list, the most important even.

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So you’re in the mood for The Chosen One trope

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Is there anyone who doesn’t know this trope? And is there anyone who doesn’t love it?

I’m gonna be the first to admit that like 78% of the time it’s an absolute mess. Which probably comes from the fact that 78% it’s featured in a long fantasy series written by a white, straight dude…

But there ARE good books with the Chosen One trope! And you CAN find some with cool twists on that trope, to make it more interesting! That’s what I’m focusing on here today.

I also wanna take this opportunity to talk to you guys about my most beloved character ever. Because the first book that comes to mind when we mention this trope? We’re this generation, so of course it’sΒ Harry Potter, right??? And the character whomst I raised and would die for? My bi son Harry James Potter. Anyway.

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Monthly wrap-up: June 2018

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Between that Stressful Event at work I kept talking about & then me getting sick right after it, I didn’t have that much time or energy to read in June. Still, I managed 11 books, so I’d say it’s not so bad. What do you think?

I failed my initial plan of only reading lgbt books in June… But that only happened because a few of the poetry books I’ve ordered from other libraries finally came and I only had a few days to read them before my local library had to send them back.

(And let’s…. let’s not talk about how many books from my Pride reading list I’ve read…)

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Let’s chat: tips on how to read more

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Okay, I wanted to try something new here! Maybe “discussion” is too big of a word, but oh well. But also since I’ve never done this, I figured it would be safest to choose a topic that’s not controversial or anything. And we all struggle with reading more, so! Perfect, isn’t it.

I don’t claim to have any real answers or even that my tips would help anymore but me. But then again: who knows!! Maybe someone will find it useful!

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So you’re in the mood for translated lgbt books

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Okay, there are two important things about this week’s post that we gotta clear up right at the start, before we actually get into this.

  1. When I say “translated books”, I mean books that were translated into English from any given language. There were a few good books I couldn’t include here simply because they were written in a foreign language (to y’all English natives), but weren’t translated into English. Yet, hopefully.
  2. I actually only have read one of the books I’m reccing this week. And it’s not even a book, it’s a manga. What can I say, it’s kind of hard to find lgbt books that aren’t by English speaking authors, let alone ones I’ve personally read…

I guess we can do this now.

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Bite-size reviews #4: Sappho

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I bet you forgot this is a series I have on my blog! Yeah, I kinda forgot, too… That’s not important, though, since I’m here again, right? Right. Cool. Glad we cleared that up. :>>

Anyway, today I bring you my very, very short reviews of different translations of Sappho’s poetry. One day I will go more into this and maybe even compare them, but for now? Bite-size reviews!!

Anytime my friends talk about Sappho – and we’re all poetry loving gays, so that happens a lot aksjdhjasd – we talk about Anne Carson’s translation. So obviously that’s what I’m gonna start the post with. But also, it seems like a good idea to me to shed some light on other translators!

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“I Spy” book challenge

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Right after that horrible stressful event at work was done??? I got sick! Yeah, in the middle of summer! What can I say, I’m very talented… But yeah, that’s why I wasn’t more active around here. And that’s also why I did a fun tag because 1) I deserve fun things and 2) that’s like I have energy for.

Anyway, I got more or less tagged by my favourite sunshine Lily! And what the challenge is all about is:Β Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes! (I don’t know who thought of the “five minutes” rule but they were cruel and also unrealistic.)

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So you’re in the mood for lgbt books with hate to love trope

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So that’s a pretty long title, but the post will be quick, because I’m sick and need a nap. Yes, I managed to get sick in June, in the middle of summer! I blame it on all the stress of last week and the running around on Friday doing errands for work till 10pm…

Anyway, this week I have for you books (and graphic novels!) with the best trope imaginable, with the one we all love the most, with the one that’s better than all the others… Yes, hate to love!! It’s gonna be awkward if you’re not as obsessed with it as I apparently am…

And since it’s Pride, once again all my recs today are lgbt!!

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