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

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’s Harry Potter, right??? And the character whomst I raised and would die for? My bi son Harry James Potter. Anyway.

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So you’re in the mood for translated lgbt books

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

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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So you’re in the mood for lgbt poetry

Once again I had to make a poll on twitter to figure out what theme I should take on this week, because I cannot make decisions on my own. (Yes, I’ll be decorating my flat that’s currently under renovation – can you imagine how much I’m actually dreading that??) Anyway, y’all wanted gay poetry. So here I am.

Before you ask, yes, I was tempted to just rec Crush five times. I was strong, though, and didn’t include it at all!! But I took an example from that collection and so all my recs this Tuesday are ownvoices.

And since it’s poetry, I decided it would be good to include quotes, let the poets speak for themselves. I can’t do better than them anyway…

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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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What do read during the Pride month

Like I said before, this month I’m only talking about LGBT books!! So of course it’s natural I put together a reading list of some kind, specifically for the occasion. I have no doubt in my mind that I won’t read all those books this month. I’ll be lucky if I read like half! But it’s important to set goals for yourself, right? And anyway, the idea is that in June I will read books only from this list! We’ll see how that goes…

There’s also a little bit of everything on here, to keep things interesting. We have poetry, we have nonfiction, we have young adult contemporaries, fantasy, science-fiction, we have adult fiction… I tried to put some diversity here as well, so it’s not all just books by white American authors about m/m ships.

Some other points about the list before we actually start it:

  1. all the books listed here have lgbt leads
  2. all the books are written by lgbt authors
  3. (though they’re not always ownvoices for the specific rep)
  4. I haven’t read any of those books myself yet
  5. the books are in no particular order

Okay, I think we can do this now.

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