reasons to read the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue:

  • it’s the queer historical road trip novel you never realised you needed
  • the friends-to-lovers trope! the sharing-a-bed trope!! the mutual pining trope!!! the everyone-knows-their-feelings-are-reciprocated-except-for-them trope!!!!
  • basically monty and percy are the cutest and i can 100% guarantee they’re going to be everyone’s new otp
  • a super smart, no-nonsense girl who is basically the embodiment of a slytherclaw (and also seems very aroace after deciding that kissing isn’t really her thing)
  • main characters with disabilities! incl. a disabled love interest who adamantly doesn’t want a cure-all, and whose disability doesn’t make him any less desirable
  • comically inept and lovable pirates
  • tl;dr: a historical novel that acknowledges that queer people, disabled people and people of colour have always existed and puts them front and centre, while acknowledging the hardships they faced

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)
  • 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: 

  • 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.”

anonymous asked:

Underrated books?

anonymous asked:

(anon bc I'm a nerd) but would you recommend any books? 😆 I'm trying to get back into reading and it would be greatly appreciated 💞 love your blog!


fantasy/sci fi/magical realsim etc


(★=lgbtq+ representation
☆= very minor lgbtq+ representation)

i hope this helped!!!

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 :’)
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
-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
-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)

anonymous asked:

can you list all your favorite books with this enemies to lovers trope?


anonymous asked:

Underrated book rec? Nothing v.e schwab bc I've read most of her books.

i love the “nothing v.e. schwab” yall know me too well

i hope these helped!!! 💛

(★ = lgbtq+ rep)

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anonymous asked:



I’m deadly serious – I loved The Bedlam Stacks even MORE than Watchmaker, if that’s possible. the same ‘here’s a weird, random period of history’ setting, the same ‘here are some really niche things you know nothing slash don’t care about’ plot, the same ‘here’s the quietest, sneakiest love story you’ve ever not noticed creeping up on you’ romance. but with more ADVENTURING. and PERIL. and a CAMEO from a certain CLAIRVOYANT, eh eh eh 

buuuuut it doesn’t come out until July, so to tide you over here are some lists for books in the same-ish vein: queer historical novels, queer fantasy (almost exclusively YA), and some non-YA, adult, classic novels

votrecoude  asked:

Do you have a book masterlist? Because I want to read everythingbthat I hear mentioned on your entire blog.

I’m touched, and I actually do! Someone previously asked that here. It is in need of an update though so here are more.

Books I have drawn fanart for:

Heroes of Olympus

The Raven Cycle 

Carry On 

The Diviners 

The Palace Job 




Griffin & Whybourne

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda 

The Lunar Chronicles 

A lot of things by Tamora Pierce

Everything by Gail Carriger.

A lot of things by Megan Derr

The Darkest Part of the Forest

A Darker Shade of Magic


Natural History of Dragons

Six Of Crows

Good Omens


reasons to read know not why by hannah johnson
  • “Artie Kraft’s Arts ’N Crafts”
  • Gratuitous Rocky Horror performances
  • “You still doin that… stuff you used to do?” “I’ll need you to be more specific”
  • Main character starts off as this Totally Straight dudebro who just, like, really needs to get laid, man, and then slowly realizes he’s gay and later apologizes for objectifying women during his straight phase
  • one of the characters is bi and it’s actually said!! out loud!! imagine
  • it gets angsty for like 2 minutes but i cry like a baby every time
  • “Thanks for squeezing me out, mom, no more pussy for me” “I would never say ‘pussy’ to my mother”
  • so much foreshadowing in the first few chapters it’s even funnier the 2nd time u read it
  • it’s basically a cheesy romcom only it’s Gay and i love it
  • feels like a warm blanket it’s my happy place it 10/10 always cheers me up
  • really underrated :(
  • please read it

So I haven’t done a book rec in a while and I’ve been reading all kinds of wonderful books lately so I thought I’d do a real quick one for you now. They are all inclusive of either lgbt rep*, characters of colour**, disability rep***, mental illness rep****, or all four, but you’ll be able to tell by the symbol. I’m gonna bold my favourites for you as well. (Inspired by @whiteguilt‘s book rec format)

If any of these books are offensive to you or have triggers in them that you would like me to forewarn people about please tell me. you can also add to this

tell me again how a crush should feel by sara farizan */ **
This is genuinely one of the best books I have ever read. Not only does it have a lesbian muslim main character, but it also gives you an insight into just how flipping hard it is to come out to your parents when you can’t predict what their reactions might be. 
TW: secondary character going through stages of grief. It has been pointed out to me that the antagonist falls under the “abusive cheating bi” stereotype and and that could be harmful to readers

a quiet kind of thunder by sara barnard */ ***
Wow there are a lot of authors called Sara on this list. Anyway. I waited for the release of this book for about sixteen months. I was so excited for it and it lived up to every single one of my out of this world expectations. For starters one of the main characters is a deaf MOC with a heart of absolute gold. I adopted him immediately. He is now my son. Then there’s the other main, a girl with selective mutism. So already you have more disability rep than half of the YA books I’ve ever read put together. Couple that with the insanely well written narrative and you’ve got yourself a winner!!

the sun is also a star by nicola yoon **
I’m only like four chapters in but so for I’m loving it. It features a jamaican-american female main and a korean-american male main which should give you some indication of how awesome this book is already.

london belongs to us by sarra manning */ **
WOC protagonist who traipses all over london to find her dickwad of a boyfriend. I feel like I spent most of this book in pain from either laughing or smiling too hard. 

the upside of unrequited by becky albertalli */ **
Oh my gosh where do I begin? There are so many positive messages in this book, especially about body image, love, and looking beyond the surface. The main also has an interracial family with two mums. Don’t listen to that crusty old book blogger who gave it a two star. She’s very very wrong.

looking for derek by n.c. nest *
Two boys meet, fall in love, and are separated after one of them acts like a complete knob jockey. It has a happy ending, I promise
TW: homophobia (from secondary characters), threats, and death of a minor character

what happens at christmas by jay northcote *
Suuuuuuuper nsfw!!!! I wouldn’t call this YA at all. But it’s on the list bc fake dating!!!! And also my favourite friends to lovers trope!!!
TW: mild homophobia 

game on by olley white *
I can’t actually remember who recommended this to me, but it’s pretty cute. More fluff than anything else, but it has a cute ending and sequel.

cinderella boy by kristina meister *
I read this one on tapas so I’m not sure whether it’s available elsewhere or for download, but as far as lgbtqa+ books go it’s honestly wonderful. There are so many different genders and sexualities represented including a pansexual character and a gender fluid character

the miseducation of cameron post by emily m. danforth *
A beautiful lesbian protagonist who faces shitheap after shitheap and still manages to remain open, hopeful, and loving despite having been put through hell by her “family”. I’m not going to lie to you; at times its hard to read. It’s heartbreaking, then funny, then heartbreaking all over again. For any of you who have grown up with catholic parents or have been sent to a catholic school like I have, you will understand.

you against me by jenny downham
Ok this book is not for everyone. It certainly isn’t for you if you are triggered by sexual assault or revenge plots. However, if you think that you will be ok to read it, just know that it deals with some pretty heavy stuff and you might need to put it down now and again and have a break. Like I said, it isn’t for everyone and thats ok, but I’m including it because it changed the way I think about a lot of scenarios and it made me question whether I was always getting the whole story out of people.
TW: sexual assault, revenge plots, humiliation, revenge dating

two boys kissing by david levithan & you know me well by david leviathan *
The first is about exactly what you think its about; you guessed it, two boys kissing. There’s a really good message to it. The second is about women loving women, finding yourself, and having a damn good time. They’re both gay as hell.

anonymous asked:

Do you have a list of books that phoebe has read or is reading?❣

there’s so many! i’ll list some that i can think of off the top of my head:

  • mallawindy, joy dettman
  • i am malala, malala yousafzai
  • room, emma donoghue
  • the china study, thomas campbell & t. colin campbell
  • you, caroline kepnes
  • hidden bodies, caroline kepnes
  • not that kind of girl, lena dunham
  • shantaram, gregory david roberts
  • luckiest girl alive, jessica knoll
  • gone girl, gillian flynn
  • the flower boy, karen roberts
  • little bee, chris cleave
  • dare me, megan abbott
  • women who run with the wolves, clarissa pinkola estés
  • the bell jar, sylvia plath
  • the garden of eden, ernest hemingway


Celebratory cake brought to you by Akela, known for her skills with an axe, baking the most indulgent cakes, being an actual ray of sunshine, and being all-around unreasonably attractive

please read dragonoak and tell me about the huge crush you have on akela i need emotional support

gay books that i read recently rec
  • i’ll give you the sun by jandy nelson - centered around a pair of artistically gifted twins, noah and jude. (noah is gay.) they’re driven apart by the secrets they’re keeping and an ill timed death and try to find away back to each other over the course of the book.
  • you know me well by nina lacour & david levithan - two (gay) classmates, mark and kate, have a chance run in at a (gay) bar and form the brotp of a lifetime.
  • robins in the night by dajo jago - the story of robin hood retold with robin hood as a trans woman. dangerous vigilante lesbians are everywhere in this book. just trust me and read it its so fun
  • wolfsong by tj klune - the werewolf romance of your dreams tbh. the protagonist is the sweetest, most wonderful person and you will fall in love with all of the characters in this book. also, like no one is straight. not a lot of girls in this book though. very much a dude book.

athsna  asked:

Could you do book recommendations?

hi! so these are some of our faves, since we’re not sure which type of books u want!

  • addicted series by krista and becca ritchie 
  • all for the game by nora sakavic
  • six of crows by leigh bardugo
  • the grisha trilogy by leigh bardugo
  • to all the boys i’ve loved before by jenny han
  • the archived by victoria schwab
  • vicious by v.e. schwab
  • a darker shade of magic by v.e. schwab
  • this savage song by v.e. schwab
  • shatter me tahereh mafi
  • far from you by tess sharpe
  • dangerous girls by abigail haas
  • the secret history by donna tartt
  • sharp objects by gillian flynn
  • gone girl by gillian flynn
  • dark places by gillian flynn
  • mara dyer trilogy by michelle hodkin
  • a court of thorns and roses by sarah j. maas
  • the song of achilles by madeline miller
  • the graveyard book by neil gaiman
  • the ocean at the end of the lane by neil gaiman
  • american gods by neil gaiman
  • the winner’s trilogy by marie rutkoski

anonymous asked:

Hi! What is the title of that book with Maurice in it? The one you posted a paragraph of, where he's talking about love and how Clive didn't love him? Can you recommend any other books that talk about love, platonic or otherwise? Thank you in advance!

Hello! It’s from Maurice, by EM Forster. Bit of a weird novel, truth be told; I really like it and would definitely recommend it, but it’s very of its time insofar as a lot of the homosexuality is kind of delineated along lines of ‘I am a man and I am attracted to women and think they’re fine’ and ‘I am a man and I am not attracted to women and therefore they’re terrible’. It’s a noteworthy novel in that it’s probably the earliest literary fiction text in the modern Western canon which features a clearly gay protagonist, and in which a gay pairing gets a happy ending, so I do think it’s worth reading, but I definitely think you’d need to bear in mind that it wasn’t written this century.

I think that love is a very general theme in a lot of books (for is not the entire world rooted in love, and is not to write about the world also to write about love, and yet also war, etc etc etc blah) but doing a quick scan of my bookshelf, here are some books I like that are about different kinds of love:

  • Reunion - Fred Uhlman. About a teenage Jewish boy who becomes close friends with a new boy in his year at school, around the time of WW2. A lot of people read this - totally validly - as a romantic narrative, but I always read it as being about that strange kind of love that sometimes happens between people who become fast friends, when it’s intense and borderline obsessive, but platonic.
  • Girl Hearts Girl - Lucy Sutcliffe. Honestly, although this book is predominantly about sexuality and coming to terms with being queer / LGBT in a heternormative world, I’d most recommend it as a book about loving yourself. It’s a phenomenal book and it really instilled a lot of values in me about being confident in myself and my identity. It’s a kind of intrapersonal love, if that makes any sense at all!
  • But You Did Not Come Back - Marceline Loridan-Ivens. Written as a letter from an elderly Jewish woman to her father, who died when she was 15, after they were both deported to Auschwitz. It’s autobiographical, beautifully written, and it ruined me. I haven’t read a book that better sums up what it is to love someone who isn’t there. I think that loving across life and death is a topic that isn’t really written about very successfully all that often, and the way that Loridan-Ivens describes it makes it seem almost like an amputation of the self.
  • Symposium - Plato. I’d be a jerk if I didn’t recommend you this, seeing as it is essentially the definition of the word ‘platonic’. It’s basically a collection of philosophical ideas of what love actually is, and the different types thereof. That myth you’ve probably heard about humans originally being two people joined together, then split from their soulmates? That’s from the Symposium. It talks about love between men (although again, be warned for period-appropriate misogyny) and I recommend it primarily because it’s a good retort to the ol’ ‘well, gay people are a modern invention’ argument.
  • The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky - Ken Dornstein. This is a super weird recommendation, but hear me out! Dornstein’s brother was a passenger on flight Pan Am 103, and was killed in the explosion over Lockerbie. This book is ostensibly about Dornstein’s quest to find out about his brother’s last moments, but it’s really about familial and specifically fraternal love; how to live up to someone when you look up to them, and how to move on when they’re not there any more. You will cry a whole bunch, but it’s a great book.
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Listen. I did not like this book. It just wasn’t really my cup of tea; the writing style didn’t sit well with me. However, I appreciate it immensely as a book for teenagers and young adults which is a) about LGBT characters; b) written by an actual LGBT individual rather than a straight person ‘writing gay’ (as far as I know!); c) written by and about POC. The subject matter is really interesting and I’d definitely still recommend this as a YA book about identity and love, and the journey towards acceptance both of yourself and your peers.
  • The Princess Bride - William Goldman. Listen, this has the single greatest passage about love in any published novel ever.
    • With no more words, she whirled into his arms then, saying, “Oh, Westley, I didn’t mean that, I didn’t, I didn’t, not a single syllabub of it.”
      Now Westley knew that she meant to say “not a single syllable of it,” because a syllabub was something you ate, with cream and wine mixed in together to form the base. But he also knew an apology when he heard one.
      So he held her very close, and shut his loving eyes, and only whispered, “I knew it was false, believe me, every single syllabub.”
  • The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller. Oh, c’mon. You knew I’d recommend this one. It’s the best novel about obsessive love I know. Yes, I’d define it as obsessive; love that is singular and overwhelming and consuming. I can’t talk about this book any more. I will get the sobs again.
  • Giovanni’s Room - James Baldwin. This is a short novel about a man who is dissatisfied with his girlfriend and begins an affair with another man. That makes it sound kind of tawdry, but it really isn’t. The main character is a bit of a tit, truth be told, but it’s a really great example of a narrative about the dangers of denying your own identity and the destructive power wielded by internalised homo/biphobia. It was also written by a black gay man in 1956, so it’s a blessing that it was published.

I need to make a stir fry now, but I hope that was at least 40% helpful!