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anonymous asked:

If you have the time and if you don't mind, what are some books you really recommend? Doesn't have to be all time faves, but anything that pops into mind that you want more ppl to read and love, Extra points if lgbt+ , i got the whole summer with little to do and i wanna spend it reading some good quality writing and honestly so far your recs have introduced me to so many faves its unbelievable

[blushes profusely] oh wow, thank you!!!  i’m so glad you’ve trusted me enough to check out some of the stuff i reblog; that is like the ultimate compliment, i can’t even???  i don’t mind at all(!), fair warning though: i only started recording what i read partway through last year and my mind is like a sieve so i’ll do my absolute best to remember what’s sang to me in the recent past.  warning number two: i’m in an open relationship with absolutely every genre out there so i’ll try to note which belongs where so you can avoid those that hold no interest for you.

LGBT+

  • i’ll give you the sun.  i loved this book, the writing is fucking transformative and all the characters are so damn likable, while still being realistically flawed human beings.
  • the raven cycle (tetralogy).  definitely my favorite series since harry potter.  the writing, the world-building, the characters, it’s all on top-form.  i wrote a little, mini non-spoilery review of it: here, back when i was better (worse?) wordly-wise and my feels were brand new.
  • more happy than not.  i’m still not sure how i feel about this book.  it was hard, but it felt very true to the characters and the lingo and style matched the ages of the players and i have a lot of respect for that.
  • the watchmaker of filigree street.  woooow i loved this book.  i admit ‘historical fiction’ kind of makes me cringe.  it never precludes me from reading a book but it does knock it down the list by a book or five because they’re often very dense and very clunky and end up taking me ages to get through.  but this one was gorgeous.  i loved the plot, the attention lovingly placed on every character and the historical elements.  the surprise gay in an already brilliant book felt like winning the lottery honestly.
  • captive prince (trilogy).  okay, truthfully, i’m only putting this on here because the second book is such a high point for me.  it was never bad at any point but it had unfortunately been hyped far too much for it to live up to my, admittedly, very high expectations.  hopefully it’ll fare better with you?
  • everything i never told you.  i go back and forth on this one.  i like the writing a lot, i like the LGBT aspect a lot, and i like the mystery aspect a lot but there are definitely characters i would cut out entirely for sheer predictability if i could and that killed a lot of my enjoyment at the time (but i think much more highly of it in retrospect?).  so, take that as you like.
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe.  if there’s a book that handles its characters with more care or respect or consideration then i haven’t run into it.  i love the way this is written and the people it’s populated with.
  • flying lessons & other stories.  a bunch of uber talented authors writing a bunch of uber diverse and LGBT-focused stories and, yes, that is exactly as awesome as it sounds.
  • the song of achilles.  it is utterly heart-breaking but so rich, honestly.

FANTASY

  • the diviners.  (also has a minor LGBT character, who may play a bigger role in the sequel?)  fair warning, i have not read the sequel, lair of dreams, because it is somehow still not out in paperback (yes, i read physical books, yes, i pretty exclusively read paperbacks so i can lug them everywhere with me, YES, I PRE-ORDERED THIS ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO AND IT’S STILL NOT OUT, NOT THAT I’M BITTER ABOUT THAT OR ANYTHING) so i can’t speak to that one finishing on a high note as i don’t know.  but this was the first historical novel i managed to like in a long while.  it does such a good job of fusing in 1920s lingo and dress and aspects that i couldn’t help but love it.  add in the fantasy elements and i can admit i’m the perfect sucker for it.
  • the scorpio races.  i’m not sure why but it took me a long-ass time to get into this book, i wasn’t flipping pages with gusto until well towards the end but - especially as i was reading so much YA at the time - i really appreciated coming across a romance that lets both people come into it as themselves and stay themselves, neither puck nor sean were ever smashed or crumpled or shaved away to fit into their relationship, which was so refreshing.  plus the water horses were fucking cool.
  • the night circus.  the writing, the atmosphere, the circus.  just… it is all very whoa.
  • all the birds in the sky.  i loved this writing style and these characters and the magical elements.

CONTEMPORARY

  • i’ll meet you there.  there was something about this and i just… ended up liking it way more than i expected to.  i might’ve just read it at exactly the right time, i’m not sure, but i really enjoyed it.
  • the invoice.  this is honestly just hella cute and so freaking surreal.  swedes, man.

NON-FICTION

  • why not me?  i like mindy kaling a lot.  i make no apologies for that.  plus you can read both her books in about five seconds, haha.

SCIENCE FICTION

  • station eleven.  i loved this book.  the way the narrative is woven is so refreshing and i wish the comic book miranda was writing in this book was a real thing more than anything else in the woooorld.
  • illuminae.  hot DAMN this book was cool.  the plot was rock solid, the characters were hilarious and badass and the graphics made out of text and spiraling words and just the way this thing is put together?  shit, it’s worth your money and then some.
  • a robot in the garden.  okay this is just cute as hell.  i can’t even with tang, he’s the most adorable robot to ever adorable.
  • annihilation (southern reach trilogy).  (LGBT minor characters.)  okay, honestly?  i don’t know.  this was freaking zany but i was invested as fuck in all the kookiness for reasons i can’t articulately elaborate on.
  • the martian.  hilarious, engaging, SPACE.  what more do you want?

HORROR

  • things we lost in the fire.  this is more atmospheric than anything but, damn, could this get me wishing i wasn’t reading this in the dark or looking over my shoulder to make absolutely sure no one was standing behind me.  it’s a book of short stories (by the way, i love books of short stories and i definitely realize that is not true for everyone) and each one is so well-delivered and stylized.  i really enjoyed reading this.
  • let the right one in.  okay, this is legit horror so definitely stay away if you’re easily squicked out but it is harrrrrd to find good horror (at least in my opinion) and this definitely, definitely qualifies.
  • horrorstör.  i honestly had such low expectations for this, a horror story set in a wannabe-ikea, but it ended up being so ridiculous and strange and funny that i was won over by the finish.
  • the girl with all the gifts.  holy unique and well-executed zombie idea, batman!

SHORT STORIES

  • the bigness of the world.  there were definitely ones here that hit better than others but the ones i liked, i really liked!

GRAPHIC NOVELS (i read a lot of these so, um, prepare yourself)

  • saga.  (LGBT minor characters as well.)  this is world-building to a degree that i’m convinced did not exist before.  just, i can’t say enough amazing things about this series and the staggering amount of imagination that regularly goes into it.
  • ms. marvel.  heart-warming as fuck.  it’s definitely really easy to lose faith in the world these days, luckily kamala is there to remind you that people are primarily and genuinely good.
  • black science.  this is another one that took just an insane amount of imagination to cook up.  i got off to kind of a rocky start with this one but the gray-ness of all the characters really speaks to me, and that doesn’t really blossom until later in the series.
  • spider-man/deadpool.  this was very satisfying for my super duper spideypool-shipping mind.  joe and ed did us so good, and joe basically said in his sign-off: i made it absolutely as gay as they would let me, haha.
  • the wicked + the divine.  (LGBT minor characters that you’re going to get way too attached to, and retroactively.  it’s awful [sobs].)  the concept for this, gods reincarnating into teenagers before they burn up their hosts after a predetermined set of time, is so fucking cool.  the humor and the characters and the plot is all just aces.
  • iceman (LGBT MAIN CHARACTER).  okay, so this just started.  like issue #2 was only released days ago but 1) i am liking it so far and 2) marvel did it so dirty and barely advertised bobby - an openly homosexual superhero - was getting his own series, like, i found out about it the day before it went on sale and i keep my ear fairly close to the ground (not as close as some BY A LOT, but closer than the lay person i’d say) so if you can support it, please do!  pre-orders mean a lot in terms of numbers. :))))
  • descender.  admittedly, this starts out rooough.  because the main character, TIM-21 (and his little dog too), are annoying as hell.  he’s an android so there’s no dimension to him so he’s booooring as all get out but i am so glad i stuck with it through to the next trade because, probably picking up on the unsustainability of him as a main character, he gets shuffled off and the side characters get the stage and they rock so hard.
  • paper girls. (LGBT main characters.)  i’m kind of just convinced that brian k. vaughan can do no wrong at this point.  his plots are so tight and mind-blowing and badass.
  • monstress.  here’s a little tid-bit about me: female comic book writers are 100% more likely to get my money and my time because they are so damn rare and this series is unique, badass, and eye-opening.
  • black monday murders.  i’m a little premature with this since there’s only one volume and i usually try to wait until there are at least two but i check up on a volume two a lot so that definitely means something intrigued me!
  • nailbiter.  okay, i haven’t read the final volume yet ‘cause i’m reluctant to let it go but, so far, a series about multiple serial killers all being from the same town has me VERY HOOKED.

i wish i could remember more but this is honestly way better than i expected to do, haha.  they’re definitely not all my all-time faves but they’re ones that have stuck with me for one reason or another and that i didn’t feel i wasted my time on, so that’s something, right?  i hope this helps get you started and that you don’t think too awfully of me when you inevitably run across ones that aren’t your cup of tea!

Turn On’s (Pjo/Hoo)

Percy:
Gets turned on when Annabeth completely destroys people at competitions
Loves it when she gets this super concentrated look on her face
Can hardly control himself when she’s all bundled up in his sweatshirts
Or how messy her hair gets in the mornings

Annabeth:
Turned on by Percy’s raspy voice in the mornings
When he rolls his long sleeves up to the elbow because hot damn look at those forearms
Loves it when he sings rock and roll and his voice gets gravelly
When his eyes get a mischievous glint and he smirks

Piper:
Turned on by Jason in the rain when water runs down his jaw line. She just wants to kiss him.
He’s super hot when he wears light pink colors and salmon colors
That one time he wore skinny jeans
When he smiled all goofy like

Jason:
When Piper gets irritated and sasses people
Her evil battle laugh is a huge turn on
The way she just so casually flirts and it’s a lot dirtier than originally perceived
He loves it when he can get her to blush

Frank:
(To much of a gentleman to ever actually get turned on)
But he does love when Hazel’s hair gets extra poofy when it’s humid
The way her tongue sticks out slightly when she’s drawing
How she’s typically nice and passive but can and will handle herself if necessary
Her never ending determination

Hazel:
When Frank traces the lines of her SPQR tattoo on her arm (it’s very sweet he does it all the time)
When he stands up for the under dog
How he’s very good with little demigods
Totally adores it when he shifts into different animals to cheer her up

Nico:
When Will jams out to music and thinks no one is watching at all
Huge turn on when Will gets super excited about things and he smiles so big his tongue sticks out between his teeth (Nico just wants to kiss him)
For some reason Nico thinks it’s awesome when Will wears excessively ridiculous onsie pajamas

Will:
When Nico smiles or laughs he literally melts
When Nico grows his hair out and wears it in a small ponytail or bun
How Nico likes it when Will scratches his back (Nico resembles a cat tbh)
Huge turn on when one day Nico got pranked by the Aphrodite cabin and woke up with eyeliner on, (his eyes were so intense Will almost died he was so gorgeous)

Leo:
When Calypso gets her hands dirty gardening because messy hands are always acceptable with him since his are always messy too.
When she curses in Ancient Greek because “woah she’s hot when she’s angry”
When Calypso tries to kick some person’s ass
Or lastly when she sings

Calypso:
Turned on when Leo has like grease smudges on his face or something
When he slicks his hair back
When he flirts but she pretends not to like it
When he gets that impish grin and rambunctious laugh

Thalia:
Reyna’s glare when she’s being all authoritative with other people
When she works out it’s definitely a sight to see
Her laugh is absolutely amazing and Reyna is actually a bit of a flirt?
When Reyna stole Thalia’s leather jacket once the poor girl almost died from Reyna’s hotness levels

Reyna:
Thalia’s freckles are literally just so cute?
How the girl is always confident and that one time Reyna watched her play a soccer match (hot damn)
However Reyna’s ultimate weakness is a constant battle because Thalia always wears black skinny jeans and it’s so hard not to stare or touch

That is all. I love my otps.

Of Mafias and Men (1)

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Warning: May contain suggestive themes. Nothing too risqué, though.

Note: I blame Jaehyun’s teaser photos for the birth of this one. I had to write it. Also, shout out to my college friend, Sikah, who was my plot buddy. We talked for over an hour that one afternoon in McDonald’s (lol.)

Pairing: Jaehyun/ Y/N


Jaehyun could almost yawn at how long it was taking the girl in front of him to strip. The toilet seat was becoming too uncomfortable for his backside. Seriously, this girl couldn’t afford to rent a room that they had to do resort doing it in a single-use bathroom?

In a coffee shop, no less.

“Jaehyun-ah.”

Jaehyun snapped out of his thoughts and focused on the girl.

“Keep your eyes on me.” She bit her lower lip, trying to be seductive. Her eyes were lidded with lust as she unbuttoned her denim dress in a painfully slow manner.

But his mind floated somewhere far.

Why was he in the bathroom again? This girl just appeared across him from where he sat in the coffee shop that afternoon. 

The new coffee shop was a few blocks away from the school where Jaehyun attended and he decided to check it out to see if it was a good place to hang-out. It would be where he would be found should he feel the need to skip any of his classes.

Her lips were bright red and sultry and her eyes were smoke-y black and sensual. The contrast was great against her pale skin. It was not yet even six in the evening. She was definitely not dolled-up for a party.

He knew that look anywhere. However, they both had the decency to wait until they were in the bathroom before her lips were crushing his.

Back to his present situation, Jaehyun saw that the dress was still unbuttoned half-way. It revealed a lacy black bra.

‘Too slow.’

Impatience got him.

Jaehyun decided it was up to him to take action. At the rate she was going, it was going to take forever before they got to the good part.

He stood up, reversed their positions, and pulled the girl closer. Immediately, she pressed her lips on his again. Jaehyun barely responded to the kiss as he searched the corners of his mind of which mafia boss’ daughter could it be.

Her family could be of little to no importance if he couldn’t even put a name on her.

‘Making ties,’ he thought.

Jaehyun rolled his eyes. He was not going to be played. He was the manipulator, not the manipulated.

Smirking against the girl’s desperate kisses, Jaehyun left her lips and went for her neck. He sucked and maybe even bit, soft enough to not hurt but hard enough to leave marks.

A high-pitched moan escaped the girl as Jaehyun continued his assault on her neck. His hands went to her exposed chest, squeezing while pushing her down on the toilet seat.

“Jaehyun-ah,” she whined.

Jaehyun saw how she hated being dominated and wanted to be able to wrap her arms around him. He sighed in annoyance. This was becoming a chore.

Standing up again, she held his face to kiss him again. She even wrapped a leg behind his to pull him closer. Her left hand went to the band of his pants and tugged on his zipper, wanting to pull it open, while her right ran up and down his broad back.

Jaehyun slightly pushed the girl away and lifted her skirt up. Just as he was about to move her lacy black panties to the side, the door opened.

A string of curses rang in his head. He had forgotten to lock the stupid door.

Someone screamed and Jaehyun snapped his head towards the door, glaring.

It was one of the baristas, wide-eyed and shocked. Her face got so red Jaehyun thought all of her blood went to it.

After recovering, her eyes darted around, unsure of where to look.

“Um.” Her voice squeaked. “Sorry!”

She slammed the door in her wake. It startled both Jaehyun and his partner.

“Well, the mood’s killed,” Jaehyun deadpanned.

As the girl shuffled around, trying to button her half-opened dress and fixing the creases, Jaehyun went for the mirror to check himself.

His white shirt, which contoured to the dips and valleys of his toned chest and arms, was slightly ruffled. Nothing but a quick fix.

After making sure he looked perfect, Jaehyun went out of the bathroom first.

“Jaehyun—“

The door slammed shut.

The coffee shop was silent except for the occasional chat of patrons set against some bossa nova song. Taking a quick look at the counter, Jaehyun saw the barista who interrupted the scene earlier still blushing. She was talking to one of her co-workers.

Jaehyun approached the counter, tapping his long index finger against it. It caught their attention and said barista was quick to attend to him, though she still had her eyes cast down.

“May I take your orders, sir?” She even stumbled on some of her words.

Jaehyun smirked. He could see the tips of her ears still tinged pink. Her eyes were looking everywhere but his face.

“Could you look at me in the eye when you’re speaking to me?” Jaehyun said. His voice oozed authority even though he was merely teasing her.

She did so and Jaehyun finally got to see her face for the first time.

She was cute, he had to admit.

A smirk made its way again on his lips as he glanced at her nameplate.

“One Americano, Y/N.”

Y/N punched in his order. “Would that be all, sir?”

Jaehyun could see her struggle as she kept eye contact with him. The memory of what she saw (or almost saw) was still fresh. A low chuckle escaped his lips.

“And your number.”

Her eyes widened in shock.

“What?”

“Jaehyun! Babe!” It was the girl from earlier. Jaehyun was now annoyed. Just as when he was having fun, he was interrupted again.

“We’re not yet—“

“We’re done.” Jaehyun faced the girl and mustered every inch of intimidation he could. The girl flinched. “Leave.”

“But—“

A single glare from him silenced her. Her eyes immediately pooled with tears. Embarrassed, she spun on her heels and left the shop.

“Um, you didn’t have to do that.” Jaehyun heard Y/N say.

“What?” He raised an eyebrow. It was the first time anyone called him out.

“You didn’t really have to be rude to her,” Y/N said. She was confident all of a sudden. “If you were pissed at having been interrupted earlier, I’m sorry. But you didn’t really have to take it out on her.”

Her gaze was strong. Traces of her embarrassment from earlier were gone. “Anyway, here’s your order, sir.”

To say that her sudden change surprised Jaehyun was an understatement. He could barely describe his amazement at how fast she could switch personalities.

He took his order with a slightly opened mouth.

Who was this girl?

For the first time (for the nth time that day), he was interested in someone.


Note: So, what do you guys think? It’s also my first time to write that suggestive scene since I’ve gotten two asks already if I write smut. Here is my attempt! Also, hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. Stay tune for the next parts!

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