Diverse reads & to be reads of the week #16

This Stressful Event I’ve been talking about a lot – the reason why I haven’t had time to read & comment on your posts lately, sorry! – is this Friday, so very soon I should finally have time and energy to read again!

I managed two stories with trans MCs this week and both of them were ownvoices, so that’s nice. I’m definitely not reading as many books with trans characters, as I’d like, though… If you have any recs, please hmu!!!

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Diverse reads of the week

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Long Macchiatos and Monsters by Alison Evans

I wish all books approached diversity like this little novella does. So the MC is a Latinx genderqueer person with a disability (lost fingers) & the LI is a Black trans guy with a leg prosthesis. And none of that feels faked or put in the story just to earn the author some gold stars. It really is just a sweet, silly romance (they meet at a coffee shop! they both love bad sci-fi movies!) and that is exactly what we deserve more of.

 

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Peter Darling by Austin Chant

I mentioned this book in my So you’re in the mood for retellings post like a month ago AND put it on my reading list for Pride. And look at me! Actually reading it! And oh boy, it was as good as everyone said!

Peter Pan comes back to Neverland after ten years, because it’s the only place where he can be himself – his family doesn’t acknowledge that he’s trans (tw for deadnaming from them). He just wants to play at war like he used to, but somehow falls for Captain Hook… It’s a soft story with a beautiful happy ending! I adore it.

 

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Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love #1) by Anyta Sunday

Okay, this is a very cute gay romance, but the thing you need to know going in: Theo is oblivious. And by that I mean, you’ve never met an oblivious character, if you haven’t met Theo. It’s unbearable! It murdered me. But it’s worth it, so. Also the guys have the most adorable meet-cute! And there’s a great siblings relationship on top of this.

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Diverse to be reads of the week

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There Goes Sunday School by Alexander C. Eberhart

  • gay mc
  • ownvoices
  • religious family
  • boy falls for the pastor’s son
  • I’m assuming some tw for homophobia

 

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Ollie Always by John Wiltshire

  • a love story between two guys
  • set in New Zealand
  • apparently great character development
  • a friend said the MC resembles Draco Malfoy, so

 

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Compass Rose by Anna Burke

  • upcoming release
  • sci-fi set in 26th century
  • pirates!!
  • DYSTOPIAN LESBIAN PIRATES
  • ownvoices

 

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A short post, like I said, but I’m honestly so glad I had even three (3) read books to share with you guys today! Let me know if anything caught your attention this week!!

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20 Replies to “Diverse reads & to be reads of the week #16”

  1. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Peter Darling, it’s one I want to try too. I had never heard of Long Macchiatos and Monsters instead, but diverse cute novellas are my favorite kind of romance. Also, ownvoices trans rep isn’t that easy to find – thank you for the recommendation!! I’m adding it to my TBR.

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    1. DEFINITELY try it, it’s so good!!
      and i know what u mean, i barely know a handful of books with ownvoices trans rep :((( but long macchiatos and monsters is adorable so!

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    1. it really is done so well!!!! like ngl i LOVE the trope but it’s not done properly very often???? so this felt like a gift…………
      ikd?? it sounds amazing!! hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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