books and rec

Thank you all so much for the book recs guys!!! I’m going to start working my way through them. Here’s a list of them all together in case you might be interested in checking any of them out!

Novels

Merlin Trilogy - Mary Stewart

Thirst - Christopher Pike

North of Beautiful - Justina Chen

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak 

Demian - Hermann Hesse 

My Sweet Orange Tree - José Mauro de Vasconcelos

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto - Mitch Albom

The Fire and Thorns series - Rae Carson

The Chronicles of Nick - Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Dark Wife - Sarah Diemer

Manga/Webcomic

Avialae

Lonely to Organdy 

Naoki Urasawa’s work (esp. Monster)

anonymous asked:

do you know of any books with gay protags where the 'coming out' isn't particularly good, or rather, is bad, but still ends hopeful/happy?

This is sort of an arguable thing about More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera - I think some people find it more hopeful than others, but essentially, “More happy than not” is a pretty good description of its ending, and it sounds like it could be what you’re looking for. (In general, I think he strikes a great balance of toughness and happiness in his books, and highly rec everything he writes.) True Letters From a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan might also hit the right chord, though I think that comes more from internal strife than external. I guess technically It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittelfehldt fits too, but I have a tough time with the path to hope/happiness in that one for reasons I won’t spoil. It’s worth a mention, at any rate!

it is part of the
human experience to feel pain
do not be afraid
open yourself to it

- evolving

Pauline’s book recs : a MASTERPOST

It’s time for a summer cleaning, so I thought I would organise my book recs once and for all. I’ll try to update this post once in a while and I also added it to my info page so that you can access all those links super easily. HAVE FUN.

CLASSICAL LITERATURE (ANTIQUITY)
The fundamental works
The mythology-oriented works
An overview of Greek literature
The versions of Antigone
The versions of Elektra
The versions and translations of the Odyssey
Greek and Roman myth interpretations and rewritings

CLASSIC BOOKS (ALL ERAS)
A list of favourites (but not limited to—)
Reading fiction : best of 2015
An overview of classics reading
Which classics to start with ?
Favourite plays : a list
Favourite French writers : a list
Contemporary writers : a list
Contemporary literature : a list
English literature fundamentals : a list
French Medieval literature : a list
Modern Italian fiction : a list
German literature : a list
Tackling Russian literature
Children literature and poetry
Children literature for adults : a list
Renaissance : the fundamentals
Victorian literature : the fundamentals
Short-length books recommendations
The prettiest books : editions to die for

POETRY
Reading poetry : best of 2015
Favourite poems : a list
A list of arbitrary recommendations
Which poetry books to start with ?
Richard Siken : what to read
Story-telling poetry recommendations
Poems about separation and longing
Poems about love
Poems about happiness, hope
French poetry for beginners

NON-FICTION
Feminist books and authors
Biographies and non-fiction
Art history recommendations 
Literary interviews, a short list
Writing theory works
Miscellaneous essays collections

THEMATIC LISTS
By character
A list of works featuring Persephone
A list of works featuring Kassandra
A list of works featuring mermaids
A list of works with introspective characters
A list of works with narcissistic characters
A list of works featuring the femme fatale archetype
A list of works featuring female villains

By theme
Spiritual growth : books for change
Melancholy recommendations
Happy recommendations
Atmospheric and symbolist recommendations
Great love stories recommendations
Unusual love stories recommendations
Literary dystopias recommendations
Moral corruption recommendations
Decadence-themed recommendations
The female rage in literature
Queer literature recommendations
Summer reading list : 2016
Summer beach reading recommendations
Reading while traveling recommendations
2015 - 2016 releases recommendations

By book
Books similar to The Secret History
Books similar to Wuthering Heights
Books similar to A Grief Observed
Recommended editions of Romeo and Juliet
Literary movies and their adapted books

By author
Roland Barthes recommendations
Priya Sarukkai Chabria body of works
If you love Angela Carter : recommendations
If you love Louise Glück : recommendations
If you love Virginia Woolf : recommendations
If you love Sylvia Plath : recommendations
If you love Marguerite Duras : recommendations

here’s a list of books that have lgbtqa main characters that weren’t killed for shock value :)))) (bc we’ve all been disappointed enough this year)

* = adult or new adult lit

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.”

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

Lesbian Book Recs

We are all sad right now so if anyone is interested in consuming lesbian romance novels until they forget about the world here are some potentially more obscure recs to enjoy. Some of these novels have dark themes or dark moments but I consider all of them optimistic novels at heart and all end happily. A warning for any kiddos, there is sex beware lol.

Blurred Lines by KD Williamson – Cheesy romance novel, A+ quality.
A brash hotshot detective gets shot and meets a cold doctor with no personal life. This is the best iteration of the most cliché lesbian romance novel plotline ever, and BOY is it a doozy. This book works so well because the two characters genuinely talk and get to know each other and help each other and their relationship is not forced or rushed. They have a lot of melodrama going on but the relationship between them doesn’t start until they are equal, until no one is hurt or is being pushed or off balance. An actual healthy relationship?????

Heiresses of Russ 2012 – Short story collection. Uneven but fun, worth 4$.
There is a story about a middle aged latina submarine captain who steals a ship and recruits a mermaid to help her escape american waters by promising to teach her how to pilot the ship. In return the mermaid is gonna destroy all the men they come across. The mermaid can’t use the pedals so has to sit in her lap. Like, all you need to know.

When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M Wilson – A super fun solid quality w!w fantasy trilogy.
It is long, you need to read all three to complete the romance arc but the fantasy aspect is good. Smart plucky headstrong young woman comes to train as a warrior and is apprenticed to a quiet traumatized outsider who doesn’t think she has anything to give anyone. The outsider won’t train her and when she gets severely wounded MC saves her life out of sheer spite. It’s gold. Their relationship is beautiful, it develops slowly and lets both characters grow and heal and learn. It is about found families and how to be wise, and what we have to teach others and it’s a Good Novel.

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