this is probably one of my two absolute favourite books

anonymous asked:

hi Lottie! so I want to do a thing next year where i only read books by women because I was looking at my bookshelf recently and realised i drastically need to redress the gender balance there - do you have any recommendations?

YES, YES I DO

  • anything and everything by V. E./Victoria Schwab, but especially the Shades of Magic series and Vicious
  • SHIRLEY JACKSON (I read We Have Always Lived In the Castle a few months ago and I’m still shook) 
  • Sarah Waters writes pretty much exclusively about historical lesbians, and all her books are fantastic (The Handmaiden was based on her book Fingersmith) 
  • Jeanette Winterson is also prolific in the slightly weird and gay arena
  • Philippa Gregory is a combo of the two: prolific, historical (The Other Boleyn Girl is one of my favourite books eveeerrrr) 
  • DONNA friggin’ TARTT 
  • check out Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy, the best series I’ve ever read, probably (and if you like it she has another war trilogy, because St Pat blesses us) 
  • The Montmaray Journals series by Michelle Cooper is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and involves QUEER ROYALTY and WORLD WAR II, some of my FAVOURITE THINGS 
  • Naomi Novik, Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater and Leigh Bardugo all write great YA SF/F and I love all of them (Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series in particular is #lifechanging) 
  • literally anything by Catherynne M. Valente, but especially Deathless 
  • Mary Renault writes loooooads of gay history, she is unparalleled (The Charioteer is [100 emoji]) 
  • GILLIAN FLYNN
  • if you want to power through a load of books that feel like the literary equivalent of riding a rollercoaster: anything by Jodi Picoult
  • and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, especially if you’re into ROMANCÉ
  • and, if you’re into CRIME, Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli & Isles series is lit (and dark and scary and #flawed, unlike that HEINOUS tv adaptation) 
  • if you want to laugh lots and reminisce about teenagerhood, then the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennisen and The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend are A+ 
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, Witch Light by Susan Fletcher, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold are all standalone books by women about women that I LOVED
  • As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger are all about dudes but equally as fantastic 
  • I’m also currently reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and it’s giving me a lot of Feelings (I also read Orlando a million years ago, which was similarly emotion-inducing) 
  • some POETRY: Warsan Shire, Carol Ann Duffy, Anne Carson, SAPPHO
  • and if you need a BREAK FROM NOVELS then check out Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, my favourite graphic novel EVER, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, which is a bunch of spooky and fab graphic short stories, and, of course, KATE BEATON’S HARK! A VAGRANT 
My side blogs!

Hey guys! So I two have side blogs that I wanted to let everyone know about! I have one for the Mermaids of Eriana Kwai book series @imadescendantoferiana it’s all about my absolutely favourite books by @tianawarner (and if you haven’t read it then please do!!) and @iamchangedforgood it’s a blog for musicals!! I have a huge love for musicals so I felt it was time to nerd out about them to the fullest!

reasons to read run by kody keplinger:

  • a healthy, supportive relationship between two girls who value each others’ friendship SO MUCH and aren’t afraid of saying ‘i love you’ to each other
  • a disabled main character written by an author who has the same disability and knows how to write disability well
  • a bi girl whose story doesn’t revolve around her sexuality! she doesn’t let anyone tell her how she ‘should’ behave and absolutely destroys bi stereotypes
  • their friendship is the MAIN RELATIONSHIP in the book and they care so much more about their relationship with each other than any passing crushes
  • it’s probably one of my favourite literary lady friendships of all time
  • both girls completely dismantle the ‘good girl’/’bad girl’ boxes other characters try to force them into, and they’re beautifully complex and messy and real

an unending list of favourite books » a company of swans by eva ibbotson

“Loneliness had taught Harriet that there was always someone who understood - it was just so often that they were dead, and in a book.” 

For nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton, life in 1912 Cambridge is as dry and dull as a biscuit. Her stuffy father and her oppressive aunt Louisa allow her only one outlet: ballet. When a Russian ballet master comes to class searching for dancers to fill the corps of his ballet company before their South American tour, Harriet’s world changes. Defying her father’s wishes and narrowly escaping the clutches of the man who wishes to marry her, Harriet sneaks off to join the ballet on their journey to the Amazon. There, in the wild, lush jungle, they perform Swan Lake in grand opera houses for the wealthy and culture-deprived rubber barons, and Harriet meets Rom Verney, the handsome and mysterious British exile who owns the most ornate house of all. Utterly enchanted by both the exotic surroundings and by Rom’s affections, Harriet is swept away by her new life, completely unaware that her father and would-be fiancé have begun to track her down…

Image provided by @roguetelemetry because he’s awesome :)

The Cyberpunk Reading List

Okay, so here it is: my cyberpunk reading list. Although, this will probably read more like a love letter to some of my favourite books, and why I think you should love them too. Some people may find that there are titles missing from this list. That’s likely to be for one of two reasons: either it wasn’t something I absolutely fell in love with or I haven’t read it yet. That said, I’m more than happy to hear any suggestions people have to send my way for potential future editions of this list.

I’ve tried to make this list as varied as possible, so hopefully there is something for everyone :).

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