laura-nowlin

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!

AAAAAAA MY FAVORITE KINDS OF ASKS ARE BOOK REC ASKS YES I CAN REC U SOME BOOKS

fantasy/sci fi/magical realsim etc

contemporary 

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

i hope this helped!!!

if he had been with me by Laura Nowlin

Synopsis: 

I wasn’t with Finn on that August night. But I should’ve been. It was raining, of course. And he and Sylvie were arguing as he drove down the slick road. No one ever says what they were arguing about. Other people think it’s not important. They do not know there is another story. The story that lurks between the facts. What they do not know—the cause of the argument—is crucial.

So let me tell you…

Review:

Do you ever finish a book and feel like it’s impossible to move on with your day or feel any happiness because the book is done and that is the end of the characters story? That is how I felt after finishing this book. I felt like it wasn’t right to be able to laugh or kiss my husband and tell him how much I adored him or even go on to watch The Walking Dead. I love when a book makes me feel that strongly.  

This story is about growing up and going through friendships, first love and family. It was a story that I knew how was going to end but was completely enraptured with. The first chapter grabs you and continues to make you want more.  Phineas, better known as Finny, and Autumn grow up living next to each other. Their mothers are best friends and they end up pregnant around the same time. They start making all these plans for their children to be best friends. They are best friends through elementary and are attached at the hip. Autumn is a little bit different and awkward and Finny is quiet and shy. All through elementary they stick by each others side through thick and thin. Once they hit middle school it is a little more difficult for them to stay friends because everyone questions it since they are completely opposites. This rift continues through high school. You aren’t quite sure what made them drift apart and why Autumn just severed their friendship but she does finally confess why that happened. Yes I do blame Autumn for their rift.  

There were a lot of times i was really frustrated with Autumn. Especially when she was with her boyfriend, Jaime. But the things she did to keep him and her friends happy is what any typical teenager does. She likes and accepts she is weird but she keeps most of it wrapped up because she doesn’t want to appear too weird to her friends. There were moments where I would think to myself, “Holy crap! its like the author was in my head and took that from me!” I never identified with a character so much as I did with Autumn. I liked how she thought deeper and felt a lot more than her friends. I felt I was the same when when i was her age but no one really understood me so i kept most of it downplayed. My mother always would say, “You are just too sensitive.” Nothing is more frustrating when people don’t understand you.

I couldn’t put this book down and when I finally got the whole story of why they drifted apart and what happened I was so happy. FINALLY Finny and Autumn could be friends again and maybe more. Alas, that did not happen. Like I said before I knew what was going to happen but Laura Nowlin did such a good job writing that scene that I felt EVERY emotion. I am not ashamed to admit that I was devastated. I cried for quite some time. My husband looked at me like I was crazy. These were not just some characters me in a book. I felt like I lived Autumns life. I felt like I was the one who was in love with Finn. 

The ending made me feeling a mix of emotions: sadness for Autumn, happiness and some closure. When a book as emotionally charged as this one I am never satisfied with the ending. I want to know more and wish the characters were real so I could find out if they are really ok. 

If you haven’t read this book I highly recommend you pick it up. It will break you, shatter you and leaving you feel like you can’t go on. I know this book will stay with me forever. 

Favorite Quote: 

“I’ve loved him my whole life, and somewhere along the way, that love didn’t change but grew. It grew to fill the parts of me that I did not have when I was a child. It grew with every new longing of my body and desire until there was not a piece of me that did not love him. And when I look at him, there is no other feeling in me.”


    Ebook: http://www.amazon.com/If-He-Had-Been-Me-ebook/dp/B00APIVOIE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1424106584&sr=1-1&keywords=if+he+had+been+with+me                    

READ IN 2016 » THIS SONG IS (NOT) FOR YOU BY LAURA NOWLIN

After that I was alone.
Until Ramona found me.
And she introduced me to Sam.
(And I started to think that maybe it was
safe to get close to someone again.)

On August 8th, Phineas Smith died, and I can imagine every detail of that night. I can see his face and the curl of his fingers around the steering wheel. I can hear his breathing and the race of his pulse.

I know what he was thinking when he took that turn too fast.

I know what they had been arguing about before the little red car spun out.

Today is the 8th of August, the day Phineas Smith died.

Like Autumn, I hope that he stayed in that red car so that he can be happy together with her. He will remain alive in my heart.

I don’t think I’ll ever get over his death. Ever.

I’ve loved him my whole life, and somewhere along the way, that love didn’t change but grew. It grew to fill the parts of me that I did not have when I was a child. It grew with every new longing of my body and desire until there was not a piece of me that did not love him. And when I look at him, there is no other feeling in me.
—  Laura Nowlin
underrated books

i’ve seen a lot of posts like this and decided i wanted to make one!! these are books that i’ve either seen few or no posts about but liked so you should check them out!!

this got really long so i put it under a read more 😁

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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)

anonymous asked:

So you know any non-erotica books that are polyamory (is that how you spell it? I'm new to the working hah) and it's okay if you don't! I tried looking and all I saw was erotica. Thank you!!

The lovely @shiraglassman‘s got you covered! https://lgbtqreads.com/2016/08/29/guest-post-recommendations-for-polyamory-in-fiction-by-shira-glassman/

You can also find a few in YA with 3 by Hannah Moskowitz, This Song is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin, and the Adaptation/Inheritance duology by Malinda Lo.

anonymous asked:

There's probably not very many but could you make a booklist for YA with an asexual main character? The only one I know of so far is Tash Hearts Tolstoy.

Hey, friend! We actually have a whole list of books with asexual characters here, compiled by the outstanding @aroaessidhe​! (Some are adult that we believe to have crossover appeal, but those are marked with an asterisk.) I unfortunately haven’t read them yet, but I’ve heard that Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire and This Song is (Not) for You by Laura Nowlin are particularly good. I also read and LOVED Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, 

If you’d like more resources, we recommend following Nicole and Julie on Twitter. Both are amazing ace-spec bloggers who tweet a lot about Ace YA. 

Hope this helps! -Vee  

Since I’ve reached 500 followers I decided to do a masterlist for LGBTQ+ books. Something people might not know about me is I love reading. So I wanted to share not only some of my favorite LGBTQ+ books, but also others. I really hope people enjoy this.

ps. I have not read all of these books, so if any of this information is inncorrect please let me know. 

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A few of the books I read in May. A majority of them aren’t pictured because I read them on my kindle/iPad 🌺📚

Not pictured: The Remedy (Suzanne Young)/Keep Holding On (Susane Colasanti)/Burn For Burn and Fire With Fire (Jenny Han/Siobhan Vivian)/Lying Out Loud and Secrets and Lies (Kody Keplinger), The Fill-In Boyfriend (Kasie West)

anonymous asked:

What books are a must to have for a youth lgbt library selection?

I have a loooot of thoughts on this, and of course, budgets do come into play, so I’m going to keep it to 20 and explain why these below:

*If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
*Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
*Ash by Malinda Lo
*None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
*Far From You by Tess Sharpe
*Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
*More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
*Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
*You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour
*Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
*Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
*Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
*George by Alex Gino
*Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
*Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
*Proxy by Alex London
*This Song is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
*Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
*Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
*Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

And, when they release later this year, I would add:

*As I Descended by Robin Talley
*Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
*When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
*Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
*Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

There are plenty of arguments to be made for others, and these aren’t by any stretch all of my favorites, but these 20 encompass:

1) Most of the mainstream gay/lesbian YA featuring main characters of color
2) Lesbian, gay, and non-binary MCs in both contemporary and genre
3) Bi and trans male and female characters
4) Representation of L, G, B, T, Q, I, A, and P
5) Most of the mainstream LGBTQ YA featuring disabled main characters
6) Words like “bisexual” and “pansexual” on the page
7) Some good selections for younger readers
8) Both books that are and aren’t clearly LGBTQIAP
9) Both books that are and aren’t about coming out
10) Both books that do and don’t have romantic happy endings
11) Both books that do and don’t have sexual content

Actually, the longer I look at that list, the more I think Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis should be on there too (one of the MCs in this Fantasy is a mute bi girl of color), but I can’t figure out what I’d delete for it, so I’m slipping it in here. 

If you need more clarification, I can discuss which books apply to which points, but I’ll spare you that for now!

texastoastkogane  asked:

hey! do you have any recs for young adult books with asexual characters? (preferably main characters)

Yep! Check out Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, We Awaken by Calista Lynne, This Song is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin, and Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate. You can also find an asexual secondary character in Lunaside by JL Douglas, and a major demisexual character in Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Also make sure to keep an eye out for these upcoming books: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright, Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, and Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp.

anonymous asked:

Hi! Do you have recs for books featuring polyamorous relationships (bonus points if it's the parents having one?) that don't have on-page/detailed sex scenes? :o

Hmm, 3 by Hannah Moskowitz and This Song is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin both fit, but not for the parents; I actually don’t think I’ve seen that in YA… Anyone else know of any??