Diverse reads of the week #3

Technically I read four books that I could put in this post. But. One of them was barely mediocre at best & the rep was such an after-thought, it’s even hard to mention it at all. And another one was simply Gross™ and I wish no one ever has to read it. I’m linking to my goodreads reviews of course, in case you wanna know what I’m actually talking about, but like… don’t bother reading the books. ://

Anyway, this leaves us with all of two new diverse books for this week!! So let’s get into that!

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ARC Review: Taproot by Keezy Young

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Taproot by Keezy Young
Publisher:
Lion Forge (September 26th 2017)
Length: 127 pages
Genre: ya; paranormal, ghosts, romance
Review also on my GR
Rating: 5/5 🍑

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him.

 

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

What I mostly want to yell about here is a huge spoiler so I can’t do that. It doesn’t even have to be a main selling point for the story tbh but for me, as a gay reader, it’s definitely the most important part. Just believe me when I tell you, you will be overjoy with the rep in this one.

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Diverse reads of the week #1

It seems like starting series of posts is my new favourite activity… Well, hopefully I won’t abandon them all!

Anyway, I’m pretty sure in this particular case the name is kind of self-explanatory but just so we’re on the safe side: every Sunday I plan to list all the diverse books I read in the given week. I’ll admit at first I wanted to make this just an “lgbt reads” but then realised my community is not the only one underrepresented in literature and even if I’m already making an effort in reading more diverse books, I can never do enough. So! Here we are. Hopefully I’ll keep having great luck with finding Good Stuff™ to read too.

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Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Publisher:
Dutton Books for Young Readers (February 14th 2017)
Length: 234 pages
Genre: YA; contemporary
Review also on my GR
Rating: 4/5 🍑

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

 

I went into this book not knowing anything about it. I knew Nina of course, I’ve read one of her books before and even without that, it’s rather hard to have any kind of interest in ya literature & not recognise her name. In any case, I was looking for a book that would make me feel and my friend told me to read We Are Okay. I will never be able to thank her for that rec enough.

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Starting the week with poetry: inspired by Greek mythology

Probably not the best way to start this post but: I don’t really read that much poetry. At least not as much as I would like. Still, there are quite a few collections I’ve enjoyed immensely, so I thought I might make a series on that. (Most likely it won’t be actually a weekly thing, since I would run out of the things to rec too soon…) I’m also hoping this will motivate me to read more poetry tbh!

For this week I’m going with Greek mythology themed poetry books, since that’s what the last one I read (Sunblind by Ramona Meisel) was about & what’s one of my all time favourites (Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson) is about as well. They both focus on a gay relationship, too. Another thing they both share is the modern day setting, which makes them easier to connect to, but also somehow even more heartbreaking?

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