book-rec

anonymous asked:

hi, can you recommend me some books? preferably that are not too cheesy and about romances.

hey! sooo some of these aren’t heavily romance focused but they do have them

**na/adult

Most Anticipated YA May Books!

There are a ton of new YA books coming out soon that I can wait to get my hands on!

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin // Sarah J. Maas // May 2
This is book 3 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Like a lot of people, this is one of the top books I’ve been waiting for this year! I’m so ready to see Feyre spy on Tamlin and of course, the Inner Circle!

2. Always and Forever, Lara Jean // Jenny Han // May 2
This is the third and final book of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series! One of my favorite contemporary series, I can’t wait to see how Lara Jean grows and how her relationship with Peter and her family develop.

3. The Love Interest // Cale Dietrich // May 16
I believe this is a standalone novel that I think has a really cool concept. It’s about two boys who are spies acting as love interests, competing for a girl. But, they soon start to have feelings that they never expected… This book sounds like an awesome twist on a controversial YA trope, the love triangle.

4. Flame in the Mist // Renee Ahdieh // May 16
Flame in the Mist is the first book in Ahdieh’s new duology. Her other duology, The Wrath and the Dawn, was extremely praised as well, which makes me excited for this one! 

5. Lord of Shadows // Cassandra Clare // May 23
When is there not a time when I’m eager to get my hands on a new Cassandra Clare book?? Lady Midnight was fantastic, so I’m hoping book 2 in The Dark Artifices trilogy will be even more amazing. I can’t wait to read more about how Emma and Julian’s relationship evolves (and also about my fave, Mark Blackthorn :) ).

6. One of Us is Lying //  Karen M. McManus // May 30
This is a standalone mystery/thriller. I don’t read mystery all that often, but the premise of this one is intriguing: One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. I think mysteries are getting more popular in TV and books, so I hope this one will be great!

BOOK REC (Sci-Fi with PoC and wlw)

Why you should read The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers:

  • IT HAS A HUGE EMPHASIS ON FOUND FAMILY and also on moving forward and how you sometimes need different people at different stages of your life
  • The alien cultures, man, they are like nothing I’ve ever seen before on this scale. It’s not just surface stuff, it’s down to the belief systems and social interactions and how they view things like motherhood and violence and even board games! Also, FEMALE ALIENS WITHOUT BREASTS WHO ARE CONSIDERED VERY ATTRACTIVE TO HUMANS CAN I GET A HELL YEAH
  • Gender and sexuality are definitely way more fluid, one of the crew members is a species that changes gender across their lifetime (plus there is a crew member that goes by they pronouns, though not exactly in a nb way, it’s hard to explain)
  • Imagine Firefly, except in a universe full of aliens like Guardians of the Galaxy, and the crew aren’t criminals (for the most part) and are just generally a bit nicer. And by nicer I mean, as someone else more eloquent than me said about this book “they’re not all good people, but most of them are trying to be”. They care about each other despite all the cultural differences that sometimes have them screaming
  • most of the humans on the crew are not white
  • TWO FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE CREW BECOME A COUPLE I’m not gonna say which because it totally took me by surprise and that was an incredible thing cos I already adored this book and then it gave me the one thing it was missing that I hadn’t dared hope for 
  • polyamory is discussed frequently and is a base part of one of the alien cultures and it’s very normalised and respected
  • seriously everyone does their hardest to be respectful of each other’s culture and all the differences and even though sometimes they fail or really struggle they really TRY and that’s what makes it so great
  • the book is genuinely hilarious (“What do your crazy speciests do?” “Live on gated farms and have private orgies.” “How is that any different than what the rest of you do?” “We don’t have gates and anybody can come to our orgies.”)
  • there’s plot but it’s very character driven in a way that works really well
  • Kizzy - my favourite character who is just a joy (imagine Kaylee Frye if she was Chinese, hyped up on extreme amounts of caffeine, and totally eccentric)
  • REALLY AMAZING PLATONIC MALE/FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS
  • like seriously every damn relationship in this book is so incredible and important and well done
  • I’ve never done a book rec on here before and the fact that I feel the need to do this should in itself say something about how amazing it is

In summary: 

  • SPACE GIRLFRIENDS NEED I SAY MORE
  • amazing and compelling alien cultures
  • a crew/found family that are so beautiful in their differences and how they do their best to respect and accommodate them
  • it’s really fucking funny
  • “Ninety percent of all problems are caused by people being assholes.” “What causes the other ten percent?” “Natural disasters.”

lazarusonfire  asked:

hi! just finished acomaf and oh Gods my heart is in ruins. could you pls give some book recommendations as I am trying to survive until May.

Oh my god, c’mere–

We have all been there, and know this - it does not get better. I mean. It does. But at the same times, it really doesn’t. Settle in and learn to love to suffer at the hands of our Liege, Sarah J Maas. Welcome into the folds, friend. 

OKAY. BOOKS. Now I am going in blind since I don’t know what you like besides SJM so I’m just gonna throw you a mixed bag: 

– Tales of The Otori: This is a trilogy of historical fantasy novels set in a world based on feudal Japan. Let me say that one more time. This fantasy world is based on feudal Japan. It is stunning and gorgeous and earth shatteringly tragic (it has it’s problematic areas, but I still love and recommend it).
– BRANDON SANDERSON: if you are in any way interested in epic fantasy and high fantasy I recommend any and all books by Sanderson. If you’re used to reading YA I would start with the Mistborn trilogy. But my absolute favourite series of his is the Stormlight Archive. He is the Master, the Sensei, the Jedi, the King of unique worldbuilding and foreshadowing and intricate plots. And the humour in his books are always so god damned on point! He has so many series and books to pick from though, go check him out and see if anything catches your eye!
– Graceling: this a lovely little YA fantasy and a very easy and quick read. Could work as a quick palette cleanser if you’re hung up on acomaf (which we all have been lbh). 
– Six of Crows: YA fantasy, gorgeous characters and AMAZING dialogue. That’s one of my favourite things with Bardugo’s writing. The rythm and pacing in her dialogues are !!!!!!!! And if you’re looking for diversity (skin colour, gender, religion, sexuality, bodies and disability) - this is your book. 
– Nevernight: I have not yet started this book, but I am SO EXCITED TO. It comes with extremely enthusiastic recommendations from my friends and the fanart I’ve seen looks incredible, and the cover art is *HEARTEYES* too. 

Good luck getting over the ACOMAF-hangover! x

since it’s pride month i decided to just go on a lgbt+ binge read and i thought you guys would like to too, so below are some lgbt+ books you can check out if you want to.

children/middle grade:

young adult

new adult/adult

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Book is not for the heterosexual traditionalist. Plot is good, but book is ruined with the homosexual idealism.” — verified Amazon review

Centuries ago, the necromancer Kondo-Kana left a scar half a continent wide. Now Rowan is paying for the damage done. Exiled from her home for what she is, she takes the only chance at freedom she might ever get and runs away with a wandering Knight.

Dragonoak is a character-driven fantasy trilogy that spans years and continents alike. The final book in the series, Gall and Wormwood is out on the 23rd of February and available to pre-order now! To celebrate the end of the series finally coming out, books one and two, The Complete History of Kastelir and The Sky Beneath the Sun are currently FREE from February 3rd through 7th. Grab a free copy today!

More information can be found on Instagram at farren.books!

reasons to read radio silence by alice oseman

  • a contemporary realistic ya novel set in england featuring characters who actually sound and act like contemporary english teenagers!!! yes this is so rare that it does deserve three exclamation marks
  • a really refreshing critique of the social and academic pressure put on young people to go to uni, even if they’re not suited to it
  • a beautiful friendship between a boy and a girl who have a typically tropey meet-cute and then DON’T FALL IN LOVE
  • you know that feeling you get when your heart flutters over an adorable fictional couple? i seriously have FRIENDSHIP BUTTERFLIES from reading this book
  • four of the main five characters are lgbtqiap - including a bisexual protagonist whose story doesn’t revolve around romance and a canonically demisexual character WHO USES THE WORD
  • eta: also three of the five mains are poc!
  • It’s all about friendship and fandom and figuring out who you want to be and doing what makes you happy :’)
a must read!

All right guys! I know some of you have read either The Foxhole Court and/or The Raven Cycle. Some of you may or may not also have read Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe? Yeah? Right?

I’ve got something for you: Silent by Sara Alva

It’s a must read I accidentally stumbled upon yesterday. It’s this absolutely beautiful, yet heart wrenching and unique novel about a gay kid, Alex, that gets thrown into the foster care system where he meets this other guy, Sebastian, who’s mute. It’s about dark pasts, survival, love and coming out.

After I finished it I looked it up here on tumblr and could hardly find anything. NOTHING. And it actually broke my heart a little since it’s such a beautiful story and truly deserves more attention. SO READ IT. It’s not even 4 USD on smashwords. And it’s so so so worth it!

And after you’ve read it? TALK TO ME <3

”Alex’s life as a teenager in South Central LA is far from perfect, but it’s his life, and he knows how to live it. He knows what role to play and what things to keep to himself. He’s got it all under control, until one lousy pair of shoes kicks him out of his world and lands him in a foster care group home. Surrounded by strangers and trapped in a life where he could never belong, Alex turns to the only person lower on the social ladder than he is: a “special” mute boy. In Sebastian, Alex finds a safe place to store his secrets—those that sent him to foster care, and the deeper one that sets him apart from the other teenagers he knows. But Sebastian has secrets of his own, and when tragedy rips the two boys apart, Alex will stop at nothing to find the answers—even if it means dragging them both through a past full of wounds best left buried. It might just be worth it, for the slim chance at love.” [goodreads link

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Book that made me cry like a baby: All the Bright Places - jenniferniven

“You know what I like about you, Finch? You’re interesting. You’re different. And I can talk to you. Don’t let that go to your head.”
“You know what I like about you, Ultraviolet Remarkey-able? Everything.” 

reasons to read the upside of unrequited:

  • the main het romance and the side wlw romance are really, really sweet
  • like tooth-rottingly sweet, i can’t even think about them without grinning
  • the protag is straight, but pretty much every important person in her life is a queer woman. there’s seriously SO MUCH wlw representation. lesbians, bi women and pan women! queer women of colour! teen wlw and older wlw! wlw as mothers and wives and girlfriends! queer characters & relationships completely normalised and accepted by everyone!
  • also so many jewish characters, including a jewish protagonist and a jewish love interest
  • a fat protagonist who isn’t defined by her fatness
  • a really beautiful relationship between two sisters which explores the heartbreaking process of growing up and losing that closeness siblings have when they’re young
  • the most painfully realistic portrayal of what it’s like to be young and scared of rejection that i’ve ever read
  • cameo appearances by characters from becky’s first book! (which is all kinds of awesome and should also definitely be on your radar but it’s not necessary to read it first.)
  • the main character’s love interest says that kissing her was the best thing that has ever happened to his mouth, including cadbury mini eggs and honestly that’s the most romantic thing i’ve ever read
  • i mean the whole book is this adorable it’s nauseatingly cute and you should read it asap

anonymous asked:

poetry book recs, kind sir?

ooooooh YES!! 

ok so I’m going to leave out stuff that’s Too Obvious, which means a lot of this is niche (to me) or contemporary, and… I recently had a canary on twitter about how much ~*~modern~*~ poetry GETS MY GOAT. I’m reading a lot of New poets/collections this year purely because I… didn’t really read that much contemporary stuff before, and I thought I should branch out. (so far I’m dubious.) so, yes – obviously Plath, Blake, Hughes, Sappho, Eliot, Keats, Shelley, etc. etc. ad nauseum, The Greats, yadda yadda, here’s some others.

so far this year I’ve read (and ENJOYED - I’m not reccing the ones I wasn’t into/thought were pants, soz): 

  • Letters From Medea by Salma Deera
  • Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (I actually LOVED this) 
  • Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics
  • War of the Foxes by Richard Siken (of YOU’RE SITTING IN A CAR WITH A BEAUTIFUL BOY, AND HE WON’T TELL YOU THAT HE LOVES YOU, BUT HE LOVES YOU fame) 

I’ve also read and loved:

  • Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
  • The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
  • The Curse of the Vampire’s Socks and Other Doggerel by Terry Jones
  • Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen

my personal 10/10 all-time go-tos are:

  • Crush by Richard Siken (despite appearing on every single tumblr graphic between 2011 and 2013, it still gets me in the heart guts)
  • The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy (which I have loved wholeheartedly since I was 17 years old)
  • pretty much any collection of Great War poetry: Up the Line to Death, Men Who March Away, Lads: Love Poetry of the Trenches (the Great War poets are my favourite. like, of all poetry, ever)

my favourite individual poems, as we’re on the subj, are: 

finally, a heads up: youtube literally anything by Brave New Voices, sit back, prepare to be Shook. ‘Transcript of Civil Rights’ by Shanita Jackson and Dakota Oder still DESTROYS ME five years later.

THERE YA GO. not much, but not nothing! enjoy!! maybe?!?

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Last week I finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and I strongly recommend it (synopsis here)!! Also I’d like to read some other title in the Persephone books catalogue soon, I need some mid-19th century feeling 📖

(Yes, in case you didn’t notice this is totally to brag about my new watch 👓)

Reasons to read Inheritance Cycle

Ok children lemme tell you a story
About an underrated children series
Ok first:
-The author began writing this when he was 15 years old, FREAKING 15 YEARS OLD (AT FIFTEEN I WAS READING 200 PGS BOOKS THIS GUY WROTE A 500 PAGE BOOK)
-the narration is so well written, it’s not as straightforward as other books, but it’s also not as tedious to read as literature by Tolkien or Victor Hugo
- it describes magic SO WELL, not even Harry Potter or Beautiful Creatures or any other magic-centered book series I have read has such a detailed explanation about the nature of magic itself
Second
-Eragon is a cinnamon roll you won’t be able to contradict this
-the characters are AMAZING, their flaws and qualities are depicted in such a realistic way
Third
FEMINISM
-Eragon’s dragon is a female, Saphira is his true counterpart and her role is crucial to the survival of the dragon race
-although the main character is a male (c'mon it was published 11 years ago, we didn’t have katniss everdeen or rey back then) women play extremely important roles
-none of them are used just to give Eragon a love interest
-Eragon’s ‘love interest’ serves more as a reference to his level of maturity than as an actual love interest
-Two of the five most powerful people in the series are women (one of them is a human black female, also she has no magic which puts her with the greatest disadvantage but she still kicks ass)
COME ON IDK WHY PEOPLE HAVEN’T READ THIS ALSO IT DESERVES SO MUCH MORE THAN THE MEDIOCRE MOVIE IT GOT

5 Mysterious Cities of YA

From the shadowy walls of Weep to the twisting alleys of Ketterdam to the sleek penthouses of NYC 2118, there are dozens of intriguing settings in YA lit—and we can’t get enough. Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor’s newest epic fantasy, features her best world-building yet—so, in honor of its release, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite mysterious cities of YA. 

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  4. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
  5. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

You never know what’s lurking around the bend in these places… it could be wonders beyond imagining or dangers beyond comprehension. You’d better start reading ASAP to find out!

Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

Squirrel Girl has defeated pretty much every bad guy in the Marvel Universe – Thanos, Galactus, Doctor Doom…everyone. But thanks to a series of unfortunate coincidences and some unknown technology, Squirrel Girl finds herself face to face with an exact duplicate of herself! Well, perhaps not an exact duplicate. It seems like this twin is more of the evil twin variety. So Squirrel Girl, Tippy Toe, and their friends are going to have to team up to save the Marvel Universe!

I’ll be the first to admit that I am late to the beautiful party that is Squirrel Girl. I’ve been hearing and reading about how great Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s run is, but I hadn’t taken the time to picking up a trade. So when this original graphic novel came out, I figured it was the perfect place to start.

What I have learned that any place is the perfect place to start because this run is just as amazing and fun and smart and hilarious as all the reviews say it is. I had a total blast reading this graphic novel. Henderson draws an excellent Doreen and I love all the cute outfits she’s created for her. Squirrel Girl has the body of a wrestler/gymnast and not a super model and that is so amazing. North also writes a hilarious script and his running commentary at the bottom is hysterical. The supporting cast is fantastic.

I imagine that the best place to start is at the beginning of the North/Henderson run. But if you’re not convinced yet or still trying to figure out what comics you may like, I would suggest reading this first.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a sharp, funny comic with a kick-butt female lead. Stop reading this review and go pick it up!

I gave it a 5/5 on my Goodreads account which translates to “It was amazing.”

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.