gentlemans guide

The Signs as Musical Theatre Leading Ladies

Aries: Sibella (Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder)

Taurus: Winnie Foster (Tuck Everlasting)

Gemini: Diana Goodman (Next to Normal)

Cancer: Jenna Hunterson (Waitress)

Leo: Bonnie Parker (Bonnie & Clyde)

Virgo: Elphaba (Wicked)

Libra: Veronica Sawyer (Heathers)

Scorpio: Velma (Chicago)

Sagittarius: Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)

Capricorn: Hildy (On The Town)

Aquarius: Katherine Plumber (Newsies)

Pisces: Miss Honey (Matilda)

~Thanks to @theworldisyaerysta for helping me~

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

i think i like books better than tv shows/etc bc books never end. you can read a book one hundred times and realize things you’ve never realized before, or words you never realized were in it. you can feel like the character, feel what they feel all while going on an adventure. you can take a book with you wherever, it can last for years and years. its not crazy how much words on paper can mean to so many people when youre one of those people who gets it. i just love books.

Musical allignments

Lawful Good: Legally Blonde

Neutral Good: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Chaotic Good: Newsies

Lawful Neutral: Spring Awakening

True Neutral:  Into the Woods

Chaotic Neutral: Les Miserables

Lawful Evil: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Neutral Evil: Heathers

Chaotic Evil: Sweeney Todd

books recs for pride month

overall favorites:
- the raven cycle (quartet) (mlm)
- all for the game (trilogy) (mlm)
- six of crows (duology) (mlm)
- I’ll give you the sun (mlm)
- the miseducation of cameron post (wlw)

some others:
- ace of shades (first in a series) (mlm, nb)
- the witch sea (wlw)
- simon vs. the homo sapien agenda + leah on the offbeat (mlm, wlw)
- everything leads to you (wlw)
- the darkest part of the forest (mlm)
- wonders of the invisible world (mlm)
- the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue (mlm, ace/aro)
- radio silence (mlm, demi/ace, maybe more?)
- at the edge of the universe (mlm)
- love in the time of global warming (duology) (wlw, trans)
- the song of achilles (mlm)
- carry on (mlm)
- All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (short story collection) (everything)

*biased towards mlm mostly because the market is oversaturated with mlm novels, currently working on focusing specifically on other types but most of what I’ve read so far has been underwhelming

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bonesetting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.

Fresh off an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe that she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with one goal in mind—to enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science. But then a small window of hope opens. Felicity is offered a chance to break into this male-dominated world, although it might financially ruin her.

For the last year, she has been depending on the generosity of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh. But then he had to go and propose marriage. Felicity can think of nothing less appealing than giving up her career aspirations to become someone’s wife. Luckily, a mysterious young woman will pay handsomely for help with a heist—not for jewels, but for stolen sea charts that belong to the British Navy.

Despite the danger, Felicity’s tempted by the money, but she never expects to be swept up in a perilous quest that leads her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

Currently reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and it is EXCELLENT.

For those of you who don’t know what it’s about, the author dubbed it the “Big-Gay-European-Road-Trip-Novel-Set-In-The-18th-Century-You-Didn’t-Know-You-Needed” and that is exactly what this is. I’m about halfway through and it’s honestly sky-rocketed to sit among my favourites.

Things I won't live down in TGGTVAV
  • Percy stradling Monty’s lap
  • Monty’s blind skill to ruin moments with Percy
  • Monty running across the Versailles grounds butt naked
  • Monty’s reinterpretation of the bible story with Jesus being like “well, watch this”
  • Felicity’s “ladies haven’t the luxury of being squeamish about blood.” line 
  • The whole scene with “don’t you go anywhere. I’ve got very acidic tea and Percy’s got a sword with a stump” 
  • Felicity’s “verbal castration” tone 
  • Percy holding Monty’s hair back when he’s sick 
  • Felicity and her stitches 
  • Scipio’s “you have value” and teaching Monty to punch 
  • The wanted post describing monty as “small and talkative”
  • The sibling banter

reasons to read “the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue” by mackenzi lee!!

  • monty is a jerk sometimes, but even though he’s a white boy™, he gets called out on his shit by percy and felicity!! the books deals with privilege very honestly and realistically
  • poc main character that faces struggles and feels uncomfortable having to see his white friend standing up for him in his place!!!
  • strong female character and possibly aro/ace representation
  • pirates
  • awesome roadtrip
  • adventure
  • the sexual tension between the boys i died™
  • friends-to-lovers trope!! (monty’s so whipped lmao)
  • also the sharing a bed trope
  • monty’s dimples
  • MAIN CHARACTERS WITH DISABILITIES and the way they are treated!!
  • boss females with ambition <3
  • “we hate richard peele!”
  • just overall light, adorable and fun!!

like,,, idk,,, go do urself this favor and just read it