Me? Randomly coming back to my blog and acting like my last post isn’t from like, I don’t know…. September? Yeah I’m not sure why you guys are even surprised, that’s been my style since the very start.
Anyway! The point is! I kind of freaked out at the beginning of December because I was eighteen (18) books behind on my goodreads challenge. No big deal, right? :<< But guess what! I read so many short story and poetry collections since then, I actually already finished my challenge.
And why is that the point? Isn’t the answer obvious? Pretty much everything I read while trying to catch up was diverse. So here we are. And I won’t even be cheating, I will only put in the books I’ve read this very week.
Diverse reads of the week
The Pursuit Of… (The Worth Saga #2.5) by Courtney Milan
A historical fiction short story, takes place during the American Revolution, features a freed slave and a British officer. I can’t believe I even have to say more, but yes, they fall in love; yes, it’s a great slowburn; yes, it’s one of the most delicate stories I’ve read in months.
I also have a proper review over at my new blog that I run with my friend Charlotte: Reads Ranbow.
Diving Into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich
There are going to be two more poetry collection by Adrienne on this list. I finally managed to read more by her and it was the best thing that happened to me as a woman, as a lesbian, as just a person in general.
It’s a very strong collection & it talks about a lot of serious stuff & Rich doesn’t sugarcoat any of it.
The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich
Just… God! The lesbianism!
Rich doesn’t let you forget for a single second that she’s a lesbian and all the glory, but also all the pain & suffering & confusion that comes with it. I feel so much stronger for having read it.
Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
So basically a gay Cinderella story. They even call Nate Cinderfella. There’s a lot of talk about mental health here, or more precisely – lack thereof. Frankly, the whole book somewhat hinges on it. But there’s also surprisingly little conflict. And while it makes for a sweet, heartwarming story, it also makes for a pretty boring one. I don’t mean I want to read about tortured gay teens, I don’t, I definitely prefer when they support each other. But I gotta have something to keep me on my toes, man! And it’s just not here.
Still, I really appreciate the effort put into making the m/m relationship so wholesome. And it is a cute story.
Checking Out Love by R. Cooper
This is another short story. It takes place over just a few weeks, actually, and is about a grad student and a librarian. Doesn’t sound like much, but oh my god! They are both crushing hard on the other and it makes them so lovely & embarrassing. It’s great.
A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far by Adrienne Rich
Not really my favourite by Rich, but that’s like saying an ice-cream flavour isn’t my favourite. It’s still ice-cream and so I still love it.
In this case: it’s still Rich, it’s still a very lesbian poetry, though this time she also focuses a lot on race and America’s politics, especially the treatment of Native Americans and their land.
Womanslaughter by Pat Parker
Frankly, this poetry collection just totally floored me. It’s another one by a lesbian, only this opens with a poem about Pat’s sister who got shot by her husband. And the husband got a year in jail…
Parker doesn’t exactly go easier on the reader after the first poem. It’s all so very raw and powerful!
This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender
I’ve had this one on my TBR since February with a note: “gay childhood best friends to lovers is literally the only reason i am still alive”. And I stand by this.
It’s a very sweet story; feels incredibly real thanks to the messiness of relationships & the mistakes all the characters keep making.
Cinderella Boy by Kristina Meister
I’m gonna be honest, I was really anxious about this book since it tells the story of a gender-fluid teen. So I was scared it won’t be handled like it should be. But god! It was all so graceful! And more than that, it was soft & beautiful & so very full of hope! All the LGBT kids in this book get a happy ending after growing up and becoming truly amazing people. I… I love this book to pieces, guys.
Diverse to be reads of the week
I’m gonna cheat a little bit here. And that’s because this week I added 27 poetry collections by lesbians to my TBR. And 15 nonfiction books about the LGBT history. We just don’t have this kind of time, guys. So instead I’m just gonna talk about the two books I added this week that fall into those categories.
The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
- Turkish author
- Muslim mc (ownvoices)
- about Rumi & Shams of Tabriz
Lifting the Veil by Ismat Chughtai
- Indian Urdu author
- haild as “India’s most controversial feminist writer”
- short stories collection
- one of them is about lesbians
- all poc cast, obviously
Okay! This is it from me! It’s kind of a long list anyway, so I hope you guys find something of interest here! And hopefully we will meet again next week!