Okay, well, Running With Lions comes out on June 7th & I’m still waiting with posting my review until we’re a bit closer to that date. But! This just means I have time to post other type of content. And as it happens, I spent the last few days putting together a mix for this cute, summery book!!
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Published: Philomel Books, Penguin Books USA (October 17th 2017)
Genre: ya; fantasy, retelling
LGBT rep: N/A
Rating: 4/5 🍑
An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?
Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.
If February was a month of gay stories for me, March was one for poetry and gay stories. I really only now realised that the only book I read last month, that wasn’t gay was a non-fiction one about protestants living in my neighborhood in XVIII century…
So I read 13 books last month. I think that’s a great number, especially considering I was lowkey struggling with a reading slump the last week or so. March was also the month I started the LGBT+ ownvoices bingo, which might explain why I read so many gay books! (Not that I usually read less of them…)
To be honest with you, I was actually getting ready to write a wrap-up post for March. But at the last possible minute realised that wait… today is a Sunday!! And we all know what Sundays mean on my blog!
So here we are then.
To be even more honest, though, I barely have two books today. I guess you might say I got into a little bit of a reading slump?? IDK it wasn’t the greatest week for me, reading-wise… But then books I did read? Both amazing!
I don’t know where the time went, but we’re already two weeks into the bingo!! I haven’t read as many books as I could have for it so far, but I definitely read more than I would without this idea! So it was totally worth it. :>>
So now for the books I’ve read so far!! I managed to finish four but I still didn’t get a single bingo… I’m currently reading an ARC of Running With Lions by Julian Winters though and when I’m done, it will put me one book away from the first full line!
I’m also doing this update as a twitter thread & there I list all the squares a book could count for in case anyone’s interested in the tropes. But here I’m gonna focus on what I’ll actually put the books down for!
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Publisher: 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.
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
Publisher: 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.