Diverse reads of the week #10

Well look at that! We hit a round number with this series finally! I’m so happy to see that I am actually able of sticking with an idea and seeing it through. Here’s hoping I will one day add another zero to this beautiful number!

As for books today, I have four for you, which is pretty decent, I suppose. And two of them are sapphic books – that always makes everything better, if I do say so myself! Also, I read two of those for the LGBT+ ownvoices bingo (you can read about the idea here) and that means I’m done with three squares already. I almost did a whole line!

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ARC Review: A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh


A Boy at the Edge of the World by David Kingston Yeh
Guernica Editions (March 28th 2018)
Genre: contemporary, romance
LGBT rep: gay MC, multiple gay & bisexual LI
Rating: 3/5 🍑


A confabulated fictional memoir.

Meet Daniel Garneau, your average gay hockey player from small-town Ontario. After moving to Toronto to attend university, Daniel meets David, a bike mechanic whose Catholic Italian mother talks to her dead husbands. Their chemistry is immediate, but Daniel is still drawn to his ex-boyfriend Marcus, a performance artist whose grandfather was a book-burning Nazi.

Through a series of misadventures both comic and tragic, Daniel navigates the pitfalls of dating and relationships, while juggling the needs of his eccentric family and newfound friends. A Boy at the Edge of the World is a rollicking dramedy that explores the compulsive and (ultimately) universal human pursuit of intimacy, sex, and love.

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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
Genre: YA; contemporary, romance
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.

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Review: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum



The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
 Imprint, Macmillan (October 31st 2017)
Genre: YA; contemporary, fantasy, thriller
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.

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ARC Review: Ivory by J. Rocci


Ivory by J. Rocci
 NineStar Press (December 4th 2017)
Length: 72 pages
Genre: new adult; contemporary, romance
Review also on my GR
Rating: 4/5 🍑




ARC provided by the publisher. 

I read the first line of the blurb (“Trapped by familial obligations, engaged to a fiancée he doesn’t love, and crippled by the regrets of his past, Dr. Bradley Durrant is miserable and rapidly caring less about his own health as he works himself to the bone at the family hospital.”) & immediately decided that yes, this is the kind of a broken gay I want to read about. Because evidently I hate myself… And just to be clear, what this line promises is exactly what we’re getting.

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