Flywheel

  • Me: ok ok i'm not going to become obsessed with any more things that could ruin my life
  • Me, being introduced to three podcasts, seven musicals, four TV shows, nine movies, two bands and twelve books: well shit

welcome!!!!!! this is long overdue. i’ve been promising myself i’d made this forever. so here it is - the ultimate masterpost of wlw (women loving women) books. not all characters are lesbians, some are bi or pan, though all books feature f/f relationships and/or themes. there are 150+ recommendations, so enjoy!

YOUNG ADULT CONTEMPORARY:

FANTASY/PARANORMAL/SCIENCE FICTION:

CRIME/MYSTERY/THRILLER:

HISTORICAL:

ADULT FICTION:

COMICS BOOKS/GRAPHIC NOVELS:

NON-FICTION:

Contemporary sapphic books with happy endings

* means non-white protagonist, $ means disabled protagonist, # means trans protagonist, % means aro/ace spectrum protagonist, & means protagonist of a marginalised religion (Jewish, Muslim, etc)
• Under the Lights - Dahlia Adler *
• Starting From Here - Lisa Jenn Bigelow
• Dare Truth or Promise - Paula Boock
• Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit - Jaye Robin Brown
• Between You & Me - Marisa Calin
• Style - Chelsea M. Cameron
• Fat Angie - E. e. Charlton-Trujillo $
• Lunaside - J. L. Douglas
• Annie on My Mind - Nancy Garden
• Being Emily - Rachel Gold #
• My Year Zero - Rachel Gold &
• The Flywheel - Erin Gough
• No One Needs to Know - Amanda Grace
• Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel - Sara Farizan *
• Ask Me How I Got Here - Christine Hepperman
• A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend - Emily Horner
• Ask the Passengers - A. S. King
• Everything Leads to You - Nina LaCour *
• You Know Me Well - Nina LaCour and David Levithan
• Taking Flight - Siera Maley
• Dating Sarah Cooper - Siera Maley
• Time It Right - Siera Maley
• Colorblind - Siera Maley
• On the Outside - Siera Maley
• Girl Friends - Milk Morinaga * (five volume manga)
• Kisses, Sighs and Cherry Blossom Pink - Milk Morinaga * (manga short story collection)
• This Is Where It Ends - Marieke Nijkamp *
• Keeping You a Secret - Julie Anne Peters
• She Loves You, She Loves You Not - Julie Anne Peters
• Lies My Girlfriend Told Me - Julie Anne Peters (protagonist’s ex girlfriend dies before the book starts)
• Boyfriends with Girlfriends - Alex Sanchez *
• Wandering Son - Takako Shimura *# (twelve volume manga)
• Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before - Karelia Stetz-Waters
• The Space Between - Michelle L. Teichman
• The Summer I Wasn’t Me - Jessica Verdi
• Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld *%
• Dirty London - Kelley York
Please suggest books and I will update this!

YA Books With Queer Girls

This maaay be stemming from anger, as all my best ideas are, but I figured it might help someone find a really awesome book, and so I shall be your unofficial librarian for a sec. 

I can vouch for all of these books; yes, some are better than others (I mean, yes, Of Fire and Stars has an overly simple plot), but they are all very much enjoyable, especially if you’re not in constantly book-reviewer mode like I am whenever I read. 

Also, I’m focusing this specially on books with queer girls, because I feel like YA has a bit of a problem with wlw. They tend to fly majorly under the radar, while books like Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and Carry On get majorly hyped. Don’t get me wrong, I love both those books to bits, but still. I want to read all the books about girls who love girls. 

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: I need to put on of my all-time fav books here, first, don’t I? But, seriously, this book is fucking fantastic, and I love it to bits. It’s got all the amazing things: podcasts, nerdy people being nerdy, geeking out over sci-fi, it’s fantastic. Bisexual female MC/narrator + demisexual male MC + gay male side character + gay female minor character. 

When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: Guys. GUYS. This book is gorgeous. One of the most beautiful books I’ve read in a long time. Anna-Marie McLemore is already one of my top ten favorite writers and she’s only written two books, and this…I love this book and I want everyone to read this amazing book SO JUST GO READ IT, OKAY? AND it’s about QPOC, AND it very much respects and embraces true magical realism, AND the author is literally the sweetest person ever. Queer female MC + trans male MC.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova: This book is like a mix of Alice in Wonderland and a crazy fever dream. BUT IN A GOOD WAY. And can I mention the worldbuilding??? I’m in love with it. Bisexual female MC + queer female MC

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour: THIS BOOK IS FREAKIN’ ADORABLE. I mean, it’s about romance and movies and mysteries and it has a beautifully built slowburn romance and everyone is adorable and the romance is adorable and just ALL THE YES. Gay female MC + Gay female MC

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee: This book is all about the internet! I mean, if you exist on a creative plain of the internet, you’ll see yourself in this book. PLUS all the amazing and totally important conversations about asexuality. Asexual romantic female MC.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert: I am SO ANGRY about how much this book has flown under the radar, because it’s amazing and so important and it addresses so many amazing things, and I just…Brandy Colbert writes the most fantastically realistic, flawed characters and I love it. Bisexual female MC + queer female side character.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst: I need to mention the cover of this book, first, because OH THE GORGEOUSNESS. Also, can I say NON-HOMOPHOBIC FANTASY WORLD??? Gay female MC + gay female MC

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke A. Allen: I shriek about this graphic novel/s every single time someone asks for a comic recommendation. It’s ridiculous in the best way and lighthearted and has the most lovable characters and can I mention the cast is ENTIRELY FEMALE? Gay female MC + Gay female MC + Trans female MC

As I Descended by Robin Talley: Gay modern day Macbeth retelling with ghosts. Want to hear that again? LESBIAN MACBETH. WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ THIS ALREADY? Gay female MC + Gay female MC

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac: Okay, yes, this book has an awful cover but don’t let that sway you because I love this book to pieces. For one, it’s set in Vancouver, and I love Vancouver, and also it has probably one of the most realistic portrayals of anxiety I’ve ever read, AND THAT ANXIETY DOESN’T GET CURED WITH ROMANCE. Gay female MC + Gay female side character

The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine: Okay, yes, this is a sequel, but I had to add it to the list because I’m in love with this series and this world and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s gloriously stabby. Bisexual female MC + queer female MC

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: This book is a love letter to fandom and nerd culture and everything, AND I LOVE IT TO PIECES. I’m so, so happy this book is getting so much hype because it stands up to the hype and crushes it and I just love it, okay?? Also, I love all the characters. ALL OF THEM. They’re so fantastically written and adorable and I REALLY, REALLY LOVE THEM. Bisexual female MC + Queer female side character.

Get It Together, Delilah/The Flywheel by Erin Gough: It’s set in a bakery/cafe, which is enough to get my heart beating, but this book is just straight-up adorable. Also, if you don’t think I’m making panna cotta gelato the first chance I get YOU ARE SADLY MISTAKEN. Gay female MC + Gay female MC.

BONUS: These books don’t have queer girls as MCs, but they do have queer girls and are just overall fantastic. The Upside of Unrequited has a sideplot about the MC’s gay sister and her pansexual girlfriend, plus the most adorable moms in YA, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has a female character whom I’m like 99% sure is asexual, A Tyranny of Petticoats has a couple of stories that are about queer girls, as does Meet Cute

Also, did I miss any important books??? Tell me if I did because I want to know about ALL THE BOOKS with queer girls. 

lgbt+ (ya/mg) books read in 2016!

so a lot of people still reblog my “60+ queer books” post from 2014. ngl, i was barely 16 at the time and had not read a lot of books on that list (it was def intended to be more a listing than pure recommendation), mostly because adult fiction was and remains far from my favorite literary category. this list isn’t as intensely detailed, but i just thought that since the year is over i might jot down some of the lgbt+ books i loved or at least moderately enjoyed this year, in case anyone was interested! happy reading!

(and in advance, excuse my commentary o<-<)

ya favorites

  • i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson — m/m. HEART-WRENCHING. GUTTING. EARTH-SHATTERING. 
  • we are the ants by shaun david hutchinson m/m (suicide cw) 
  • my most excellent year by steve kugler m/m. gay asam main character and the best character dynamics ❤️____❤️
  • the flywheel by erin gough f/f
  • gives light (6-part series) by rose christo — m/m. centered around a mute main character on an indian reservation (written by a native author!), features one of the most uplifting romances of recent media (cw for csa mention later in the series)

other ya books 
ordered approximately by rating

  • far from you by tess sharpe — f/f. bisexual protagonist (drug addiction, murder cw) a book on recovery, love, trust, justice, understanding… gut punch!!!!!
  • into the blue by pene henson — m/m
  • not your sidekick by c.b. lee — f/f. DOES THE TITLE NOT MAKE UR HEART SQUEEZE ALREADY? features half-chinese & half-vietnamese bisexual protagonist in futuristic superheroic universe! the second book will be about a trans black side character *___*
  • starting from here by lisa jenn bigelow — f/f. you will cry and be made a better person for it. 
  • almost like being in love by steve kugler — m/m
  • tell me again how a crush should feel by sara farizan— f/f. sometimes this book is like :|||| but sometimes it’s like :DDDD! persian american protagonist. 
  • the darkest part of the forest by holly black — both m/f and m/m (like i’ll give you the sun). for your slightly more indulgent ya needs!
  • you know me well by nina lacour, david levithan — f/f, m/m
  • the great american whatever by tim federle — m/m. if you enjoy mg or find its lgbt+ subsection especially important (or both, like me!), definitely make sure you check out federle’s better nate than ever series!
  • last seen leaving by caleb roehrig — m/m
  • wonders of the invisible world by christopher barzak — m/m. magical realism fix may be found here 👍
  • true letters from a fictional life by kenneth logan — m/m. tbh people call it the “male version of ‘to all the boys i’ve loved before’” but also neglect mentioning that it’s a lot whiter, too. where’s that supportive covey family goodness… that precocious but caring lara jean spirit? it’s just not there…
  • colorblind by siera maley — f/f
  • her name in the sky by kelly quindlen — f/f
  • radio silence by alice oseman — f/f, m/m, not hugely romance-focused

middle grade
there were very few releases this year that i was aware of, unfortunately! my old list’s selection remains a good place to look. here are 3 that i would recommend though:

(i think i might have read george in 2015, but i felt that i might as well put them all together!)

  • george by alex gino — follows the story of a trans girl. its storyline is similar to gracefully grayson, but unlike gg it is written by a trans author!
  • the other boy by m.g. hennessey — follows the story of a trans boy. pretty solid story except… uncalled for random racist comment in the middle of the book… wyd (waiting for the mg genre to grow more inclusive of lgbt+ children of color! not being racially hostile is the FIRST STEP.)
  • gracefully grayson by ami polansky 

+ A GRAPHIC NOVEL MOST OF U HAVE PROBABLY READ ALREADY: LUMBERJANES!! love it breathe it read it

if you want some mg books that have casually gay side/main-ish characters, i can name the wolf wilder and the thing about jellyfish, although… you have to kind of dig for it, so i wouldn’t call these revolutionary moments of representation, but! it’s just a nice addition to separate stories that remind you that the middle grade genre can be inclusive w/o becoming entirely issue-based (which i find sometimes more inaccessible for children? i ramble!). i do believe it’s good for young children to read this kind of fiction, too! 

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finally, some lgbt+ books i did not enjoy or care for in any capacity, for posterity: highly illogical behavior (gross narrative surrounding mental health, sexuality), symptoms of being human (ya book abt a nonbinary character; written by cis author who bscly uses sexual assault as plot device & doesn’t acknowledge neutral pronouns?), know not why (really unapologetically homophobic tbh), whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked, more happy than not (so… bleak…), see you at harry’s, and lily and dunkin (this is the fourth mg book about a trans character that i’m aware of; i found its message hugely alarming and invalidating). that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them, though! 

dynespark  asked:

If the Scavenger formed a Combiner, what do you think they would look like and who would form what part?

If we pretend it happened during the short period of time where Flywheels was alive and Fulcrum was a part of the team so they could form a six-bot combiner, then I think Krok would form the head, since he’s the leader and that’s how these things seem to go. I guess Spinister would be the body since (I think) he’s the biggest. Misfire would have to be an arm that holds a weapon because that would be hilarious. Fulcrum was convicted for running away so he’d have to be a leg. Flywheels has big feet so he can be the other leg. I guess that leaves Crankcase to be the remaining arm. 

I feel like a combiner formed out of the Scavengers would be like…the Deadpool of combiners. Utterly nuts, but strangely capable in the most roundabout, unconventional way. I guess it could have a sort of haphazard, mashed together aesthetic. It would need some kind of stupid sounding name like…idk…Scabitron or some shit.

anonymous asked:

Hi! I wonder if i can leave a request... Can you, please, do some MTMTE Scavengers + Grimlock with a autobot!s/o. I thought this would be cute, since they're all decepticons and the war is over, and then they just falls in love with autobot. Thank you!

That would be cute, wouldn’t it? :3

Krok:
-He is surprised by his attraction to you, especially since you were aligned with the Autobots
-Your relationship was really strained at first because the more he realized he liked you, the more he avoided you
-One day, he just moved up to walk next to you and before you knew it, he was holding your hand

Crankcase:
-He cannot believe it, he CANNOT believe!
-He hates that he likes you so much because your viewpoints are different than his but he can’t hate you because you’re just so great
-He accidentally blurts it out while complaining to the others and then acts like he doesn’t care that everyone knows now

Spinister:
-He is very jittery about his feeling towards you and thinks he’s going to be shot just for admitting he is interested in you
-He goes back in forth between being as far away as he can from you to being as close as physically possible
-You kind of figured it out and had to make the first move, he’s so relieved

Misfire:
-At first he was like “ew, why is there a pesky little Autobot tagging along with us?” Then he was like, “I call teaming up them!”
-He is extremely flirty and doesn’t care that you were once an Autobot, the war is over and you are a hottie
-It doesn’t take him long to ask you out, you got him to like you and now he’s going to get you to like him back

Fulcrum:
-He likes you and honestly doesn’t care that much
-It isn’t a big surprise when you two become a couple because you constantly were together laughing and holding hands
-He will never let anything happen to you, it doesn’t matter what anyone says, the war is over

Flywheels:
-He is so nervous around you because your Autobot status that he’ll be afraid to talk to you, it usually ends with him accidentally lying and transforming
-The more time he spends with you, the more open he is and the less he lies
-He just asks you if you like him and the rest is history

Grimlock:
-He loves you, and thinks you’re the greatest thing that he’s ever encountered
-It’s no secret that he likes you because he pretty much announced it upon meeting you
-He pretty much begs to date and isn’t taking no for an answer

Humanformers ethnicity list

This took me and @smstransformers almost 2 hours so enjoy

Optimus- native american

Arcee- native american

Knockout- latino

Breakdown- irish

Ironhide- Islamic

Rodimus- Korean

Rung- Indian

Perceptor- british

Brainstorm- Filipino

Rewind- african american

Ratchet- iclandic

Tailgate- islamic

Cyclonus- either brazillian/ Chinese ( im still deciding)

First aid- mixed (white and african american)

Pharma - Alaskan

Red alert- Hawaiian

Minimus- italian

Soundwave- indian

Megatron- french

Swerve- Australian

Skids- Greek

Chromedome- german

Ambulon- swedish

Whirl- samoan

Drift- romani

Prowl- arabian

Fotress maximus- Caribbean

Sunstreaker/sideswipe- mixed african/ Japanese

Nautica- muslim (purple hijab)

Starscream- turkish

Thundercracker- Spaniard

Skywarp- south african

Bumblebee- mixed irish and latino

Cliffjumper- spanish/ southern (deep ass country accent, think mccree)

Trailbreaker- arabian

Shockwave-  israeli

Nightbeat-  jamacian

Terminus- Assyrian

Velocity- Thai

Windblade- Chinese

Chromia- Hungarian

Blurr- Mongolian

Swindle- Lebanese

Lockdown- aisian

Koan- mixed Latina/indian

Nickle- tahi

Tarn- egyptian

Vos- african american

Helex- irish

Tesarus- Middle Eastern

Trepan- Romanian

Overlord- Ethiopian

Rumble/ frenzy- mixed spanish/indian

Blaster- creole

Jazz- Jamaican

Krok- dominican

Crankcase- irish

Flywheels- puerto rican

Misfire- mixed african/spanish

Spinister- Albanian

Fulcrum- islamic

Hound- italian

Getaway- cuban

Quark- Nepalese

Springer- Hebrew

Kup- irish

Elita one-

native american

Black arachnia-finish

anonymous asked:

Do you know any good cheesy romantic teen books about lesbians (or any type of wlw)? Kind of like Sarah Dessen style books but sapphic

I don’t really think of any of them (or Sarah Dessen) as cheesy, but for some good contemp wlw teen romances, check out:

  • Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
  • *How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (out May 2)
  • Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock
  • Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown 
  • Style by Chelsea M. Cameron
  • Lunaside by J.L. Douglas
  • Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan 
  • Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
  • The Flywheel/Get it Together Delilah by Erin Gough
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
  • A&B by J.C. Lillis
  • 37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) by Kekla Magoon
  • Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
  • Taking Flight by Siera Maley
  • Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
  • Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
  • Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen
  • Empress of the World by Sara Ryan – B
  • Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley 
  • The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 
  • Dirty London by Kelley York

anonymous asked:

Cary, you have a sick body! Do you mind running me through your weekly workout? I understand you spin and run, but how often? Or if that's too personal a question, what are your best exercise tips for achieving a lithe and toned body like yours? Thanks!

Aw, thank you, but I definitely was not born this way. (Sorry, Gaga.) Here’s my high-and-tight routine:

  • Run = 3x per week
  • Flywheel = 1x per week
  • 5-min. ab workout = 3x per week
  • Lift light weights (upper body only) = 2x per week
  • Yoga = once per week (I’m trying to get into it)
  • 30/60/90 = once per week 

I also walk the 3-mile commute to work on nice mornings and spend 10-15 minutes in the steam room after gym workouts. 

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W.A.P.(Wᴇᴀᴋ Aɴᴛʜʀᴏᴘɪᴄ Pʀɪɴᴄɪᴘʟᴇ)

❝ Yesterday, my faith in the Decepticon was restored. 
I met six scavengers—and they were average and normal and brilliant, and they fought on my behalf when I really, really didn’t deserve it. And I know you look down on them, but each one of them is worth ten of you. So what I’m about to do, I do for them— ❞

*A mix slightly inspired by albawrites’s Fool’s Paradise.

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