book blog recs

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:

A few Carry On cuties have asked me for book recs similar to it, but I want to taylor my recs to what you all want so I made this guide. There are more books I’d like to add, but this is already a hot mess. Also, below is a link to a good listopia that I think is helpful when looking for m/m fantasy reads.

Best Gay Fantasies.

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Reading slumps are the bane of my existence. If you haven’t been one you’re extremely luck, I envy you. If you’re currently in a book slump, I feel your pain and I am so sorry. Hopefully these tips will help you get out of this bookish hell you’re stuck in.

  1. DON’T PANIC! What you’re going through is completely normal. Don’t feel guilty about not being able to finish a book or not being able to even start one. It’s okay! You’ll get past it; your love for reading hasn’t gone away. 

  2. Start small. Jumping into a huge book when you’re in a book slump can be dangerous. Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself to read a 700 page book; I wouldn’t want you to feel overwhelmed. Start with something short and easy. Maybe a novella, even a fanfiction. Anything that will slowly get you back on track. 

  3. Setting a goal. What I find works best is setting a schedule or a goal. Maybe read for 20 minutes a day or 3 days a week for 15 minutes. It’s just enough to lure you back in without getting frustrated. Set something up that works for you! 

  4. Find a friend to read with. Reading with a friend is always fun. Your friend will hold you accountable and hopefully making reading more interesting. If your friends aren’t big readers you can find someone on tumblr to read with or join a reading group! 

  5. Shake things up a bit. If you always read contemporary romances maybe try a different genre. Spice things up by picking a book you wouldn’t normally read! 

  6.  Audiobooks. You can rent audiobooks from your library or buy them from Amazon and even iTunes. The good thing about audiobooks is that you can take them anywhere. Cleaning out your closet? Listen to an audiobook. Going on a road trip? Bring an audiobook with you! Someone annoying you? Pop in your headphones and listen to a book. (Just kidding about that last one…maybe.)

  7. Browse your local bookstore or library. Sometimes surrounding yourself with books and people that read will get you excited enough to pick up a book! 

  8.  Read reviews. Nothing sparks my interest to read more than talking about books with my friends and reading reviews. Check out review sites ::cough:: mine ::cough:: like Goodreads! 

  9. Re-read one of your favorites. Sometimes when you re-read a familiar book it can jump start your desire to read.

  10. Don’t push yourself. You don’t need to read every single day. Give yourself a break from reading and pick up a new hobby or maybe watch a new show. If you try to force yourself into doing something you don’t want to do then you’re only going to frustrate yourself. It’s okay if you don’t feel like reading.


I hope these tips and the above suggested books help you get out of your reading slump! Good luck!
xoxo Jessica

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15 Day Books Challenge - Day 5

Day 5: Guilty pleasure book

I generally hate calling books guilty pleasures, because you should never feel ashamed to read something… especially if you enjoy it! And truth be told, most of the booklr/booktube/Goodreads world already knows about the books that I read that could be “embarrassing.”

But. There is one series that I think I’ve only mentioned once on here, and mayyybe once on my channel that I tend to hesitate telling people I’ve read:

I do believe I’ve read this series 4 times in total. And I’ve never read just one of the books at a time… ohhhh no. When I read one, I read them all. I freaking devour all of the books in like a day and a half at most.

I first started reading the Gallagher Girls series when only the first 4 books were out. I was working at Borders, I was a keyholder and manager of the children’s, young adult, and manga/comics sections, and I formed a young readers’ book club that met on one Thursday night per month. This was our second ever pick. I remember having such a fun time not just discussing it at the book club with others, but also reading it! It was just such a fun ride, and I was invested in the characters. And it took me completely by surprise - I went into the books with literally z e r o  expectations. And it just swept me up and consumed me!

These books follow Cammie Morgan, who is 15 at the start of the series, as she goes through her all girl spy school (hell yeah!) with her 3 best friends/roommates. She considered kind of a prodigy at the school, and her family are all well-known and master spies. She has to navigate the balance of learning at school, doing some actual active spy work that she is thrust into, and being a regular teenage girl with hormones and such.

The 2 main things that keep me coming back to these wonderful nuggets are the characters, and the story structure. All of the characters as individuals are well-rounded, unique, have their own personalities & tastes, and are just generally well-written. There is a great balance of personality types that keeps the books from being stagnant and makes all of their interactions varied. Yay! Also their relationships are complex, and Cammie’s relationships with so many different people - friends, family, enemies - are always more complicated than they seem. They are all precious cupcakes though. And I applaud the way Ally Carter writers her multi-dimensional and emotional characters.

As far as the story structure is considered, I will just say that I discover some new hidden thing every single time I read these books. It’s a series about spies, so you would hope there would be an element of mystery in it… and there SOOOO is! I catch a new “clue” or line of foreshadowing every time I read. And it’s fun and young at the same time!

I seriously SERIOUSLY  S E R I O U S L Y  recommend these books. Do not be fooled by their short length or how “juvenile” they may seem. You will feel the feels my friends. And you will be in the same boat as I am: spending 4 more paragraphs than you anticipated talking about books about teenage girl spies in a blog post.

What is one guilty pleasure book of yours??

anonymous asked:

Hi, I admire you and your blog and I think you are wonderful and so clever. Could you recommend me some books that explore femme anger please ? Thank you in advance <3

Awww, I love getting questions like this, it makes me feel genuinely appreciated so thank you for sending this in. But as for books, in no particular order 

  • Summer Skin by Kristy Eager. This is a modern romance novel that takes place in Australia and it’s SO much better than the genre would have you believe. The main characters have so much anger towards the world and  they work through their anger together and it’s lovely. Plus, it’s massively sexy as a plus point
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Listen to me: this book is so beautiful, not precisely about femme anger per se but about repression and the frustration associated with it so it’s perfect. 
  • Problems by Jade Sharma. OMG so amazing. Racially aware, darkly hilarious, and not a feel-good kinda book but Maya (which happens to be my bff’s name) is just so pissed off at EVERYTHING and rightly so tbh because the world fucking sucks. But I loved it. 
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I mean, bear with me but Cathy Ames is literally formative. She’s evil without really a reason to be and I love it because villainous women have always been fascinating to me. 
  • White Oleander by Janet Fitch. Beautiful prose, so much pent up anger and fury at the world for how it treats women and I cried. 
  • Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey. More about depression and existential angst but there is a lot of anger at the main character and she is very angry even if she doesn’t show it.
  • The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch. I take every change I can to recommend this book but really, READ IT. You won’t regret it. 
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. You wouldn’t think Fisher was openly angry because she was so earnest and funny but like, something about being Bipolar in this world is that you have a lot of fury at the world for making you the way you are and I think writing for Fisher (and me for that matter) is a manner of coming to terms with it. 
  • Cracked Up To Be and Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. My personal favorites of Summers’ books all about female anger and meanness and Parker was one of the characters I personally relate the most to that I’ve come across even if I don’t talk about her much. It sort of hurts too much to be honest but I entirely recommend both of these. 
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. The eponymous Hattie suffers so much and almost runs away from her family complete with little children but then she doesn’t and I can almost feel her anger and frustration wafting off the page. Either way, Oprah recommended it so clearly, it must be great. 
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Anna is one of my favorite heroines of all time and she is so awesome, selfish and angry and beautiful at the same time. My favorite Russian novel and you won’t regret reading it. 
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Scarlett is a horrific racist who honestly would have been vastly different if she wasn’t raised in the atmosphere she was raised in, and I stand by that assertion. Ashley doesn’t deserve her and we all know that in the end of all things, she got Rhett back.
  • Woman Hollering Creek and Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros. Two collections of poetry all about being a woman, complete with anger and heartbreak and poignancy. 
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. Rape culture + feminist theory so obviously I loved it
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay. I’m reccing this instead of her other autobiographical works because I think it’s most about female anger and dealing with the lot the world has granted us. 
  • Medea by Euripedes. Favorite classic play. I love Medea like it’s all about how to deal with anger while being a woman and not being able to cast off your gender and even though it’s written by a man (unfortunately), it’s a lovely exploration of it. I would also try to watch Helen McRory’s performance as Medea because she was also amazing, I’m sure it must be on YouTube somewhere. 
  • The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North. Love it! Bisexual protagonist and so much exploration of what it means to be a woman in this world 
  • Obviously Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. I don’t really have to explain why because I’m sure you know but Amy Dunne is an Angry Girl Icon because Poor Nick is a Dick sucks and definitely isn’t good enough for her.
  • The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen purely for Penelope Hayes. I mean the rest of them kinda suck and are pansies but PENELOPE HAYES MY LOVE. She’s the kind of girl Blair Waldorf would have idolized. 
  • And relatedly, Gossip Girl by Cecily von Zeigesar purely for Blair Waldorf. 
  • Of course, ASOIAF by George R.R. Martin for Cersei Lannister, evil queen of my heart. 
  • Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie. Anger about racism, very apt in the world we live in and beautifully written to boot. 
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by e. Lockhart. I mean, this book is all about a teenage girl who decided she’s way smarter than everybody around her, and who ultimately wins. One of my favorite novels hands down and one of the only YA novels on this list because honestly I think YA communities are often toxic and miss the point entirely when it comes to women.
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Emma wants more and it ends up fucking her over. Classique and men hate her so I feel obligated to love her.
  • Vanity Fair by William Mackepeace Thackeray. I think Becky Sharpe is so brilliant and smarter than the society she lives in so obviously that comes with a good deal of anger.
  • Green Girl by Kate Zambreno. Just a really great important book and everyone should read it. 

Okay quick thing about what this is…

Basically it’s to learn about books in a specific category you may have never heard of, from a bunch of different people! 

So just reblog with your favorite book that fits with the topic below! Even better if you write why you like it!

I’m so excited! Lets do this :) !

Topic #2: Retelling

This can be anything from a fairy tale to a retelling of classic literature!

My recommendation is The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury!

It’s a retelling of Aladdin with the genie as a woman. The writing was really lovely and I think I read it in about a day! This is still a love story but not in the way you remember Aladdin! (do I use too many exclamation points? sorry not sorry cause I’m excited!!!) This was the last book that I rated 5 stars and I highly recommend it :)

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Hello hello! My favorite season is nearly here!

You will notice that most of these are in the Historical Fiction genre. That’s because for me personally, I tend to read more of those books in the Fall because something about being transported to another time makes me feel cozy. It’s like being told an old story by a family member or something! There are a couple of fantasy books in there - Soulless and Infernal Devices specifically - that I would recommend reading in Autumn because even though they are fantasy, they are set in historical real world places.

I have read all of these, so if you want further thoughts or opinions let me know!

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
  • The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
  • The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
  • Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Happy reading!

so i’m reading the book blue remembered earth by alastair reynolds. it’s such a complicated piece of science fiction with intricate detailing of science fact. it’s just so obvious that the author was an astrophysicist. it’s evident that he knows his stuff and every passage is so eager to share the knowledge that he’s accumulated.

Keep reading

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“The truth is, Rosemary, that you are capable of anything. Good or bad. You always have been, and you always will be. Given the right push, you, too, could do horrible things. That darkness exists within all of us.”

BLOGS TO FOLLOW

hey everyone! I’m looking for some new blogs to follow because i want more book/show/fandom related stuff on my dash. I’ll take a look at your blog and probably give you a follow if you post about any of the following:
- HUSH, HUSH
- ACOTAR SERIES
- legend trilogy
- the selection series
- the hunger games
- PJO/HOO
- bloodlines
- the darkest minds series
- Mara dyer trilogy
- caraval
- Wonder Woman
- harry styles/1D
- THE 100
- riverdale
- parks & rec
- the office
- marvel comics/movies
- D.C. Comics/movies
- disney movies

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anonymous asked:

Have you ever read the book Wintergirls? It's a beautiful novel about eating disorders, and doesn't go the "Just force yourself!" route. The same author (Laurie halse Anderson) has a book called Speak that is lovely, and The Impossible Knife of Memory is a story about PTSD.

The copy from my local library I read back in middle school had several pages with parts cut out of the paper and lines blacked out in sharpie. (I still don’t know why). 

Speak got to me on a very personal level and 100% deserves all the praise it gets.

TIKoM is one of the few Anderson novels I haven’t read yet but I might pick up soon. 

Turtles all the Way Down is coming out in October and the main protagonist has OCD that impairs her ability to do the things she loves (but that she still does anyways) and is by an author with OCD. 

If you Find me by Emily Murdoch is about a girl struggling to readjust to life after escaping years of isolation and abuse. (She was kidnapped by her biological mother along with her younger sister and kept in an RV in a forest through her childhood and early teens.) It deals with depression, C-PTSD, and even touches on how you can miss the abusive situations you used to be in while struggling to adjust to a new life. (And unlearning coping mechanisms that are now harming you).

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper is the story of a girl with a developmental disorder who, because she’s non-verbal, everyone around assumes is too “low functioning” to understanding anything but is actually an incredible genius. Eventually she finds a way to communicate and get assistive text that allows her to communicate but she still has to deal with a lot of ableism and people who refuse to listen.

Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nichols is also good. It’s more about physical illness as the main protagonist is a child with Leukemia. Still, it deals with depression and other mental health issues that relate to dying and coming to terms with one’s death. It’s very short and while I haven’t read it in years I remember reading it every few weeks as a kid. 

gosh that’s long but I love books so much. Y’all can always send me book suggestions or ask for some if you want. I can find a book for anyone. 

– mod Bagel

Romancelandia: Recs Requested!

I asked for recs on Twitter today, but forgot to post over here as well – ack!


I’m helping a reader – and myself as well, really! – to find more romances with a fat/plus size heroine (most especially body/fat positive portrayals, please). Any recommendations?


Oh! And if you know of any fat/plus size heroes, they would be much appreciated, too! :)


Any subgenre and pairing!

Curious to see what recs I have so far? Here’s my Twitter thread

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I finished Uprooted yesterday and oh my goodness, I loved every minute of it. I definitely recommend it if you enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses. I almost bypassed Uprooted because I didn’t like the cover, but the novel completely made up for it. It was pure magic.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Books

Ah, Valentine’s Day. 

A special day where I loath romance more than the other 364 days! Need I remind people that author Cassandra Clare has even so kindly named her main antagonist Valentine? Coincidence? Enough said. On February 14th, you’re either one of two things: 1) pressured into making it count for your significant other 2) pressured into having a significant other. It’s bullshit. You don’t need someone else to love you the way that only you know how to be fully cherished. So, to honor the other anti-valentines partakers out there, here’s a list of anti-romance books that’ll make your holiday more enjoyable!

Please take note that some of these books kick ass.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Strong YA Secondary Women

Nobody wants to read about the background characters…Or do they? In my opinion, the story is never truly about the main character. Rather, it is about that character’s journey from point A to point B and all the funky things in between. That includes the other characters they meet, because not only do those characters help the main protagonist reach a certain goal– they also go through an adventure of their own making.

Think of it this way: your friends aren’t secondary just because they don’t share your point of view. It’s all a matter of perspective! That being said, meet some of my favorite secondary ladies of YA Lit…

Asterin Blackbeak from Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series.

         “…Then one day, I just woke up and decided to fight. I trained. I healed my body. I grew strong –stronger than I’d been before. And I stopped thinking about it. A month later I went hunting for Crochans, and walked back into the Keep with three of their hearts in a box. If your grandmother was surprised I hadn’t died, she didn’t show it. You were there that night I came back. You toasted in my honor, and said you were proud to have such a fine Second.”

Zoya Nazyalensky from Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha Trilogy.

          “I’m a soldier of the Second Army. This is where I belong.”

Orla Sargent from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle.

         “Blue didn’t envy Orla’s clairvoyance. She did envy her ability to be different without even trying.”

Zuzana Nováková from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy.

         “I want to build spires in their minds and dance shadows through like marionettes, chased by whispers and hints of the unspeakable.”

Despina from Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn duology.

         “Tonight is a night to turn heads. Make them remember you. Make sure they never forget. You are the Calipha of Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king.” Despina put her hand on Shahrzad’s shoulder and grinned at their shared reflection. “More important, you have his heart.” She bent forward and lowered her voice. “And most important, you are a fearsome thing to behold in your own right.”

Sophie Collins from Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy.

         “It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”

Evangeline Samos from Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen trilogy.

         “Evangeline appears through the steam, knives swirling around in a glinting display.”