A standalone fantasy in a world of merfolk and pirates…
The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous.But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.
That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.
Perle was the first siren captured, and while all since have either been sold or killed, Kian still keeps them prisoner. Though their song is muted and their tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?
Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping their newfound human companions will fight with them.
Our Bloody Pearl is a fantasy novel, with slight steampunk world building and a bit of both romance and deep friendships. It has a simplistic but endearing plot, with strong themes of family, forgiveness, and home. Prepare for a voyage of laughter and danger while your heart is stolen – if not eaten – by sirens.
I haven’t talked about this during the month of pre-release info, because these aren’t the character’s defining characteristics and I don’t want to portray them as token diversity to gain brownie points, but because this is the final release post:
Yes,this is an #ownvoice book about a nonbinary, disabled protagonist (who isn’t“healed” by some ablist power of love) and an asexual love interest. Yes, the entire cast are characters of color. Yes, Simone is a trans woman, and she and her future wife do live happily ever after.
For those of you who are enthusiastic about OBP but don’t have the funds to purchase it right now, please note that in the tags when you reblog the post, and I’ll see what I can do for you!
Underrated & Under-reviewed LGBT+ Book Recommendations
To read for Pride all year long.
I see a lot of LGBT+ book rec pots going around because of pride but they rarely feature any of the obscure books that actually need to be found and read and supported to help new LGBT+ manuscripts break into the literary world.
So, without further ado, here is a list with books which have (approximately) less than 5k ratings or less than 1k reviews on goodreads. (Books with fewer than 1k ratings are bolded!)
Disclaimer: I haven’t read all these books personally, but they have been read by people whose opinions I trust. I tried to get as much content information as I could, but I might have missed some things so please let me know if I should adjust any of the content info!
Thanks for 500+ followers on this little side blog!! As a thank you, here is a book rec list for Carry On lovers! Most of the books have queer male protagonists and possess noted other similarities to Carry On. (It goes without saying you should also read everything else Rainbow Rowell has written). Happy reading!
Young Adult Lit
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan Why you will love it: ✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist ✓ Takes place in a magical training camp (mermaids! trolls! elves! harpies!) ✓ Enemies to lovers ✓ Boyfriend with wings! ✓ Subverts gender norms within fantasy genre
The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman ✓ Takes place at magical grad school ✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist ✓ Read the books first but the TV adaptation is pretty great too!
Openly Straight and Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg ✓ Raf is a sarcastic gay mess, Ben is a sweet confused bisexual mess ✓ Takes place at (non-magical) boarding school ✓ Friends to lovers to enemies to friends to lovers
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee ✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist (from the 18th century) ✓ Friends to lovers (with angst for days) ✓ Fun/romantic/exciting/hilarious/touching and amazingly clever writing ✓ Tight breeches/bandits/pirates/drunken shenanigans
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness ✓ Sarcastic bisexual mess of a protagonist ✓ Subverts tropes of “the chosen one” stories ✓ Deals with protagonist’s anxiety disorder in a moving and beautiful way
Everytime someone recommends a book to me and I ask if there’s is some kind of romance in it they answer with “yes, but it’s very minor. You won’t even notice it’s there” or “no, don’t worry. It’s romance-free”. And like, no. I want the romance! I love romance as a subplot! Give me two people who go on an adventure and discover their feelings along the way and I am sold. When did we decide collectively that romantic love was icky?
hey I saw your review of that (terrible sounding) YA book, and I was wondering if you could recomend any YA books that are actually good, just to get back in to reading again?
YA I think is a great way to get back into reading and, with the right book, also a great coping mechanism for stress and depression, because they’re challenging philosophically but really easy physically – easy to read, often short, and usually complete stories with good catharsis. I mean, I wouldn’t read something like Hunger Games if I was trying to de-stress, but there are good YA novels out there for that.
One of my all-time favorite YA novels is Invitation to the Game by Monica Hughes, and another – I don’t know if it’s actually categorized as such but I read it in early high school and loved it – is Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. I pair these together because they are both about a semi-dystopian near-future, which normally I’m not much for, but they’re full of hope and positivity as well.
I haven’t read the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett but everyone says they’re great, and Pterry is hard to go wrong with; they start with Wee Free Men so if you like that one you’ll probably like the rest. He also wrote a trilogy called the Bromeliad trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, and Wings) which I adore, about Nomes who live in (and eventually escape from) a department store.
I also haven’t read any Maggie Stiefvater, but everyone I know loves her work, so you might look into her books, particularly the Raven Cycle.
Ally Carter has written a series of YA heist novels, starting with Heist Society, that are enjoyable – the second one left me a bit cold, but YMMV and they’re good fun anyway.
The Gate In The Wall by Ellen Howard is historical YA fiction that I really enjoyed.
The Secret Circle series by LJ Smith (just the first three – the rest were ghostwritten by someone else and it really, really shows) are great. They’re somewhat dated to the early 1990s but that has never bothered me. They’re about a coven of young hereditary witches trying to recover their heritage after their parents cut them off from it when it proved too much for their parents to handle.
I’ve only read two Gordon Korman books but in general I like his work; Ungifted and No More Dead Dogs are the two I read and I enjoyed both, though Ungifted is a little more intense if you went through any kind of gifted or for-nerds program in school. No More Dead Dogs is highly satisfying if you ever spent a lot of time mad in English class.
I don’t know that it’s really YA, but “Gadsby” by Ernest Vincent Wright is a fun light read. It’s an entire novel written without the use of the letter E.
Everyone feel free to chime in with your recommendations, especially for diverse books (I know most of the above are white/straight writers and subject matter). Just remember to reply or reblog, as I don’t post asks sent in response to other asks!
Here’s a 2nd edition of my book rec list for people like me who like a dash of adventure/magic and/or humor/heart in your queer romance books. <3
*Starred titles I’ve read and enjoyed Not starred titles are on my To Read list
Young Adult Lit - Magic/Fantasy/Sci-Fi
*The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by FT Lukens (M/M) ✓ A high school senior takes a part-time job working for a Newt Skamander-type fellow in modern day Michigan…complete with mermaids, pixies, werewolves, sasquatch…plus a dreamy football player crush ✓ Bisexual MC coming to terms with liking boys
*Peter Darling by Austin Chant (M/M) ✓ A reimagining of Peter Pan that takes place 10 years after the original story and focuses on the rivalry/relationship between Hook/Peter ✓ Trans MC ✓ Enemies to lovers
Unnatural by Michael Griffo (M/M) ✓ This looks like maybe not the greatest book ever written but it includes a gay vampire at an English boarding school so I’ll give it a shot!
Life As a Teenage Vampire by Amanda Meuwissen (M/M) ✓ Friends to lovers plus a gay vampire MC ✓ I was skeptical looking at the cover and title, but the reviews on Goodreads are giving me hope that it’ll be pretty good
*Spellbook of the Lost and Found (F/F and F/M) ✓ The writing is lyrical, beautiful, sometimes eerie and dare I say it…spellbinding ✓ I rarely listen to audiobooks but I loved the Irish actors they have narrating it
*How to Repair a Mechanical Heartby JC Lillis (M/M) ✓ If you loved Fangirl this will be right up your alley….a M/M romance where fanfiction tropes (such as fake dating) and participating in fan culture is key to the plot and romance ✓ Friends to lovers ✓ Deals with how one’s relationship with religion and family can highly affect the coming out process and accepting one’s sexuality
*Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (M/M) ✓ Also deals with how one’s relationship with religion and family can highly affect the coming out process and accepting one’s sexuality…this time one of the MCs is Mormon ✓ I just loved this book so much…there were several times I had to put it down and step away to process my feelings…highly recommend!
*Looking for Groupby Alexis Hall (M/M) ✓ Even though I had to ask my video game loving partner several times to translate the gamer/guild speak I still loved this book…who’d have thought I’d be so moved by characters falling in love because of a World of Warcraft-like game?
*Perfect Ten by L Phillips (M/M) ✓ The tone and plot of this involving a love spell reminded me of 80s/90s movies like Teen Witch/Big/Love Potion No. 9…in a good way!
*Empty Net by Avon Gale (M/M) ✓ Enemies to lovers in the form of hockey rivals ✓ TW: child abuse
Seduction on the Slopes by Tamsen Parker (M/M) ✓ Enemies to lovers in the form of downhill slolum rivals ✓ Don’t know about you but I have Winter Olympics fever so am putting this one on my list and face casting Gus Kenworthy
*Out of My Mindby AJ Truman (M/M) ✓ Roommates to lovers in a college setting
*The CommunitySeries by Santino Hassell (M/M) ✓ Sexy psychics overthrowing an oppressive system. Nuff said.
*Stygian by Santino Hassell (M/M) ✓Southern gothic a la True Blood + hot moody rock band ✓ Enemies to lovers
Your story/ies about the Fae are the best I've ever read! I can't wait till you finish the book, I'm super excited. Meanwhile though, do you have any good fae books or stories that you can recommend? (I've already exhausted everything you've written so far 😂😅)
Uuh… right now I can’t think of anything particularly with Faes but…
Uprooted by Naomi Novik is a gorgeous piece of art and I totally recommend it, it doesn’t have faes but it’s one of my inspirations!
The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden: fairytale-like and Russian folklore! Def another of my inspirations!
Mahou Tsukai no Yome by Yamazaki Kore. It’s a manga but it’s a HUUUGE INSPIRATION, with Faes and magic and Celtic folklore, the art is gorgeous, the characters are lovely and the story is just enthralling!! I feel like reading it gives you a better hindsight on Stories of Qelt haha >u>”
Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama. Another manga which inspired me a heckton, and the art is beautiful!! I totally recommend it!
Aria/Aqua series by Kozue Amano is not exactly fantasy but it has some supernatural elements which make the whole story (gorgeously drawn, wholesome and makes you fall in love with the little things in life) even more enthralling.
The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss mentions Faes (I only read the first book for now tho) and is beautifully written. I’m in a period where I’m getting tired of traditional medieval fantasy so I didn’t expect myself to be so taken by the book and to finish it so fast!
AND ANY BOOK BY BRANDON SANDERSON, WHOSE EXISTENCE REASSURE ME EVERYTIME I GET ANOTHER IDEA FOR A NEW PROJECT BECAUSE THAT MAN IS WRITING SEVERAL 800+ PAGES BOOKS AT THE SAME TIME (also writes beautiful non-traditional fantasy with amazing characters and well-crafted magic systems)
That’s all I can think for now! I did read some other book with faes but the only one I can remember, I didn’t really like it >_>” and for now I don’t remember any titles… shame on me.
If anyone else has recommendations for good fae books, feel free to shoot me an ask!!
Hey! So I just read Call Me By Your Name and it broke my heart yet put it back together at the same time... I'm obsessed with it. I know there isn't another novel exactly like it... but what would you recommend reading that's similar? I've tried googling it and all that comes up are poorly written gay love stories about cops or firefighters. I really want to read a quality gay romance novel similar to CMBYN but they are so hard to find. Please help.
If you’re looking for literary novels that feature gay relationships, Maurice by E.M. Forster is a great place to start. I read it for the first time recently and even though it’s set in England in the early 20th-century and the characters are all very repressed, it has a similar sense of longing as cmbyn. Also, James Ivory, who wrote the script for the film adaptation of cmbyn, wrote and directed the film adaptation of Maurice.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is another really great read. Miller has a degree in Classics and this novel is a retelling of Homer’s Iliad where Achilles and his brother-in-arms Patroclus are lovers.
On the genre side I highly recommend the Captive Prince trilogy by C.S. Pacat. Some of the best sexual tension I’ve ever read in my life! While it’s technically a fantasy series, it features no magic. The author was inspired by the historical fiction of Dorothy Dunnett to give you a sense of the caliber of the writing.
Some YA novels in this vein that I’ve enjoyed include The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and of course Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
I also really recommend Aciman’s new book Enigma Variations. It echoes a lot of the themes in cmbyn but executes them in a less soul-crushing way. It almost reads like Elio’s life post-Oliver in some places. It deals heavily with desire, time and regret.
This book! I don’t think I can praise it enough. It’s my new all-time favorite, please read it. It’s so emotional but so comforting and calm at the same time. So beautiful <3 I cried so much and it was just what I needed to read rn. Please, I’m begging you, read this!!
OK, how about recommending something to tide me over?
Now that, I can do!
Queer sci-fi is a tiny niche in romance but it is one I happen to love. So I definitely have some books for you. Please remember one of my fav tropes is also culture conflict, and sci-fi is the perfect space for exploring that.
See what I did there? Space. Heh heh.
Gail’s List of Fab FUN Queer Sci Fi!
I’ve chosen human/alien pairings, like my book. As opposed to humans together in space. Not that I don’t read that, it’s just I enjoy it when the alien-ness is an integral part of the plot and relationship. We are back to that culture conflict thing that I love so much.
Some of these are sexier than others.
As always I lean towards lighter stuff, which is why finding f/f was a challenge. Books like Ascension, while critically acclaimed, are too dark for me.
I also left off books where the aliens aren’t really alien ~ as in they are just bigger than us and green, or what have you. One of my reasons for reading sci-fi is enjoying a really well developed alien culture, so I only chose ones that satisfy that particular criteria.
One last point, ARGH THESE COVERS. Some of them are truly truly heinous. I promise the words inside are so much better than many of these covers make them seem. Please forgive the book and give it a chance.
A favorite comfort read of mine. It has several follow up books that are also excellent, but first one stands alone. The aliens are VERY alien despite cover image. It’s charming and absorbing and heartwarming and full of nuances of language and concepts of acceptance.
The alien love interests have animal genetic alterations, dolphin and cat respectively, plus lots of sex. So if any of that wigs you out, avoid. But otherwise the premise is super fun, three space-born humans are sucked through a worm hole, then separated, then meet aliens while trying to find each other.
Aliens are big alpha warrior type humanoids, kind of Klingon-ish, lots of fighting and death of side characters but if you’re one for more military sci-fi this might work for you. If you liked Tanya Huff’s Valor series but wanted more gay sex and shorter books, try this two book series (first one stands alone fine).
One of the better covers, if a tad old school, the aliens are humanoid with some fascinating porcupine-like adaptations, some great world building and a lovely complex culture. Most of the romance takes place in the first 1/3 of the book the rest is more alien world sci-fi politics. Bonus yummy Korean food.
Aliens are mostly humanoid, edging towards elves and mythos, but with some inventive biological repercussions. The titular character is the love interest and way more interesting, to me, then the human POV character. It waffles a bit as the author finds her voice, but still interesting. Closest I can think of is something like Grace Draven.
The aliens in this story range from humanoid to not at all human. The love interest, and POV character, is an alien who is confused by a human crew mate suffering from seasonal depression. She tries to cheer her up with charming results.
Possibly the most similar toThe 5th Gender, although character personalities are different. This one contained a lavender alien love interest from a herbivore based tri-romance culture who is unexpectedly fascinated by a street-rat human. The alien is a noble looking for adventure, the human is a smuggler on the wrong side of the law. Hi-jinks ensue.
Might as well start and end with Lyn Gala, since she is my queen of this genre. Did you want your sic fi with a big helping of found family AND some serious tentacle action? Then this one is for you. (You don’t have to take my word for it, here’s Jay’s review.) It has only one relatively low heat sex scene near the end, but it’s achingly sweet. I adore it and I can tell I’ll be rereading it over and over.
This is not a full list, just what we have seen around and if you know about books that are not on the list please let us know here (please let us know about any trigger warnings too that we haven’t covered). We did leave some books out purposely as they felt offensive from looking through arc reviews
02/05The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (bi male protag -our icon of the month; art by @kaiayame- + wlw side characters) quicknote: It’s the second book in a series called ‘The Trials of Apollo’ and as most of Riordan’s books…it falls into both Middle Grade/Young Adult categories.
23/05 Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor (side lgbt+ characters) (tw: fatphobia (from society), eating disorders -arc reviewers say it was tackled sensitively and explores two different spectrums of eating disordes-, depression, anorexia
03/05 Bad Beginnings by Nicole Field (mlm; bi, gay and trans characters) *squick: age difference -falling for older brothers bestfriend tropequicknote: It’s the second book in a series called ‘Anchors’
If you didn’t know, I like reading books. I’d curl up in bed or sit under a tree in the park or sit in the library and get lost in those stories in the book. Some of you might be looking for a book to read or want to try a different genre so I thought I should share some of the books that I read and enjoyed with you guys. (note that I love reading fantasy books so you might find that a lot on the list but there’s some other genres too + some of them were made into a movie but I can tell you that even though the movies are good, the books are much better!)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (this series is the first fantasy books I’ve read and it’s one of the best fantasy books out there)
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (I cannot describe how much I love this series. It has all the fantasies, adventures, romance and relationships)
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein
House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
Scarlet and Ivy by Sophie Cleverly (this one is also a series and it has some mysteries and fantasies to it as well as the relationship of the twins. I really enjoyed reading this, but it might be too childish for some of you)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (this book touches the idea of following your dream and life in general and it involves an adventure and magic)
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamelby Michael Scott (this one is a fantasy series and though I’ve only read the first two books, I found it interesting)
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (I don’t really read romantic books, but this one is one of the sweetest romance. All the emotions and romance are there!)
The Chrysalidsby John Wyndham (I’d say this one is somewhat like x-men because it’s about people who are born different from the society and how they are treated)
Lord of the Flies by William Golding (this book is pretty interesting in terms of the theme as it explores a big concept – civilization and savagery. It’s about a group of boys who got stuck on an island)
A Big Dose of Luckyby Marthe Jocelyn (this one is about a girl’s life – racial identity and orphanage)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (some of you might have heard of this book as it is an old famous British book – the language is a bit different so it might be harder to understand)
The Girl Who Just Appeared by Jonathan Harvey (this book moves between the past and present. Honestly, I didn’t enjoy the book that much, but if you want to try something new then you should go ahead and read it)
The Good Sister by Jamie Kain (as you can see from the title, it’s about a relationship between three sisters. I found this book in the library and read half of it but I couldn’t find it when I went back so I didn’t get to finish it. However, I found it interesting so if you like this kind of topic, you should try reading it.)
Quiet Power by Susan Cain (this one is not a novel, but rather some tips for introverts and for them to better understand themselves. If you’re an introvert like me, you might want to check out this book)
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy (this book is a biography of a doctor. It gives you an insight of a doctor and is pretty much like Grey’s Anatomy but without the dramas and romance)
The Night Shifts by Brian Goldman (this one is also a biography of a doctor but it focuses on what happens in the emergency room as he is an ER doctor)
So that’s about it. I hope you find one of the books interesting and try reading it. If you have any book recommendations for me, comment down below or message me. Or if you don’t have any, you could just message me and talk about anything. I would love to talk and get to know you guys more:)
Hey Sciblr what are the best books to read on the history of science? Nothing too academic but nothing too simple either. Something in-between that goes waaay back to ancient greece and the babylonians etc to modern-day science.
For the past year or so, I’ve been trying out different books and authors to ease my RotE hangover. And even if I haven’t managed to find anything that even compares to the Realm of the Elderlings (for me, of course), I’ve had a lot of fun and many pleasant surprises!
So if anyone’s interested, here are my 3 favourite reads of 2018:
The Broken Earth
– N.K. Jemisin
Dark and epic,
complex & diverse characters, unique magic system, the best
political statement about oppression and racism I’ve read in fiction.
– Diana Wynne Jones
Quick read, super fun
& whimsical, clever writing, so many cats, made me wish I had read
them as a kid.
The Raven Cycle
– Maggie Stiefvater
Fabulous characters (main & minor), loved the quest and all the mystery, teen romance that does not consume the plot and is actually good, but really it’s all about the characters. You’ll see.
This book is high fantasy but without the dizzying details I, and others, dread. This book has a rich, foreign world, where Gods, year ago, were cast out of the sky to walk on the plane of the mortals that honor them. The story is one with an inquistive focus on gender presentation and meaning. Trans rep to swoon over.
2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
This is probably the best known book on here. The core concept is a bit confusing (it’s linked to Rowell’s “Fangirl” novel and meant to be a fanfiction version of the final book in a series like Harry Potter). If you love fanfiction, this book is probably for you. It follows 2 boys who’ve been at each other’s throats for 7 years, trying to deal with their issues and trying to work together- mix in magic ghosts, and sexy tension and you’ve nearly got it. And there’s a sequel in the works!!
3. In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
This novel is about a boy named Elliot who’s told magic exists and gets whisked off to a magical academy… and spends every second of the next 5 years complaining about it. This book is wildly fun and turns expectations on its head. The queer rep is strong and the main female character is from a society that’s deeply sexist against men, so there’s a lot of (fun) gender politics. Also, there may or may not be a companion novel coming out.
4. The Wayward Children Series by Seanan McGuire
This whole series has queer characters, but I’m going to specifically promote Down Among the Sticks and Bones. The series is about the classic idea of children finding portals to other places and then coming home, but doesn’t end the story there. The book I mentioned follows the story of twin sisters, one of which is a lesbian, while through their door. However, more queer stories may be added, including the story of their openly trans character. The series is made up novellas that are both light reads and on the darker side in story quality.
5. Otherbound by Courtney Duyvis
This is the oldest book on the list and I was a little hesitant about adding it because half the book is heavily narrated by a straight guy. However! It’s another book with an expansive fantasy world, though our world is also shown as it moves between realities. And for extra heart eyes- fantasy sign language 😍😍
~ And a fun little extra ~
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
This isn’t officially part of the list because the protagonist isn’t queer, only supporting characters are. But it’s a beautiful fairytale-esque story set in a pocket of the contemporary world that’s influenced by faerie. It’s a compelling story and the gayness, though not the focus, isn’t even subtle.
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But this is the series I’m about to start working my way thru.
I am not sure where the broken throne goes in the series ngl. And apparently there’s novellas that go with the series. I might have to wiki it. Either way costco ironically had them all except glass sword. Which is the one I got free.
So it looks like the premise is Mare is a red, and she hates silvers. There’s some modern day stuff - feels like Hunger Games to me. I hope these will be good. I read a few pages already and I liked it fine.
I still think out of all my psuedo dystopia stuff I am most interested in getting back to the court of fives. But I haven’t seen those lying around and I look forward to hunting them down.
Why You Should Read The Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart
Okay okay, I know posts like these can be annoying and lengthy but like this book is super important to me and it has so much potential to touch the hearts of people everywhere. I’ll definitely be making more in depth posts about each of the books but here’s the basics of why this book is so great!
First off for anyone who hasn’t heard of the book the premise is that four children take a series of strange tests and then are sent on a dangerous mission as a team (self proclaimed “Mysterious Benedict Society”) to infiltrate a corrupt school run by a ruthless scientist who is brain washing people with his inventions. The society must discover the extent of his plots before time runs out and find a way to stop him!
Anyway now that you know what the book is about here are (some) of the best points:
Literally all of the main characters are HEAVILY autistic coded (they all stim regularly throughout the book, are considered “odd” by their peers, often misunderstand social cues and they all have special interests) without being damaging stereotypes. Additionally, there are adult characters who are also autistic coded (Mr Benedict, Number 2, and Rhonda). Additionally, Kate Wetherall, one of the main characters, is Adhd coded.
There are subtle and not so subtle callouts for ableism (esp in public and private schools) and the American school system in general, and a lot of other savage pokes at bigotry in all its forms.
There are poc all throughout the book! Sticky (one of the main characters) is black, Rhonda is African American, Reynie’s tutor/adoptive mother is from India and teaches him Tamil, and that’s not all of the characters that are poc. All of the poc characters in the book are impactful and important! Except for one instance where sticky is described using tea (which is short and not dwelt on thankfully) they’re aren’t any food related descriptions of the poc characters.
There are disabled characters as well. Sticky’s mother is in a wheelchair and it’s never considered a problem or burden.
There are no canon romantic relationships in the book! Like seriously, there’s no romance! None! At all!! The only mention of it is when Sticky briefly had a girlfriend and it’s more of a gag than anything. Instead of exploring romantic relationships, the series goes way into depth about platonic relationships and found families! (Over half the cast is adopted and adopt each other and everyone kind of becomes a huge family and it’s beautiful and amazing I cry every time) Found Families, the importance of lasting friendships, and just how much someone can mean to others is a focus in all of the books.
THEY ADDRESS THE FACT THAT CHILDREN SHOULDN’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH TRAUMA! In the first book Mr Benedict, who is the mentor trope gone right, literally falls the heck asleep (he has narcolepsy and bouts of strong emotion effects it in his case) because he’s so upset that he has to let these kids be in a dangerous situation. The adults in the series are very protective of the children (without patronizing them!!) But that doesn’t stop the kids from being completely badass!
The children in the story are allowed to act like real children do! They’re all complex and struggling with their own emotions because they’re in an adult world and all held to adult standards by the general public, and they help each other through with this. They make mistakes often and they can be disobedient and “bad children” and the adults in their lives never call them such, and never demean them. The only times they’re criticized by the adults is when they do things that put themselves and/or others in danger, and it’s just really refreshing.
All four of the children go through traumatic experiences and they are still addressed and referenced to throughout the whole series. They all show signs of ptsd and it’s never portrayed as a weakness, and they often get advice and comfort from each other and from their families. (There’s also non offensive situationally comedic jokes about this and as someone who absolutely hates most ptsd jokes I can assure you they are all relatable and hilarious.)
Speaking of jokes, pretty much everything is a pun! Character’s names are puns, place names are puns, most of the characters like making puns. There. Are. So. Many. Puns.
There are abuse survivors as well, one of which is a teenage boy (like 18-19) who is being emotionally abused by the main villain, I won’t spoil anything but his character development is very inspiring for me and likely will strike a chord in abuse survivors. There are other characters that deal with these sorts of things as well!
The plot itself is very compelling as well, and there are riddles and challenges all throughout that require all four of the teams skills! (Also the whole team really does complement each other, you cannot have one without the other three and this is another running theme!) The writing is spectacular, like I could (and will) spend hours upon hours analyzing the writing and just how quality this story actually is.
This isn’t even half of all the good stuff in this series either btw, I just am running out of space in this post so I’m going to cut it off now, but seriously this series is the best and I recommend it to everyone and anyone.
slowly realizing that being on summer break and not having any purely academic work to do doesn’t mean i can’t work on and improve my productivity or achieve my goals…gonna try to stay on top of reading, exercising, and sleeping enough as well as balancing those things with the schedules for my jobs! gonna start by reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt but if anyone has any summer reading recs I’d LOVE to hear them!! also just noticed I hit 8k followers! thank you so so much!!
So I’ve read Carry On and Six of Crows and I’m halfway through the Raven Cycle, and I can’t go back to reading books with only hetero characters, so I need more recommendations for sci-fi/fantasy books with lgbt characters, please and thanks
If anybody has any book reccs for fluffy m/m queer young adult books, send them to my inbox!!
I’m looking specifically for stuff in a similar style and tone of Simon vs, Openly Straight, Boy Meets Boy, etc. I suppose I’ll take reccs for books featuring straight or f/f romances, but I’m looking for m/m stuff in particular so I can get in the right headspace to write my novel, which is a fluffy m/m romance lol
Hey y’all, if anyone knows of any good books on old Irish and celtic witchcraft, folklore, and paganism that aren’t tied to the Druidic movement of the 50’s which went hand in hand with Wicca that would be much appreciated.
I’m looking for something older and deeper than what old white men authors from the 50’s can provide me, and I’m sick of getting books I think I’ll really enjoy just to realize that they’re not impartial studies of magic, but heavily steeped in Wiccan theology, which is just really really not my thing. If it is your thing, then great! But it’s not mine.
i'm 19, live in the uk, just finished my a-levels and hoping to attend university for a degree in classics & english lit. i did classical civilisation at a-level, specifically reading the odyssey, iliad, and aeneid in translation and studying the roman cities of ostia, herculanium, and pompeii, and roman britain. i much preferred the side of the course that focused on literature, especially the greek. i loved the cultural aspects in particular. what would you recommend i read over the summer?
First, I’d recommend some Aristophanes, Euripides, and Sophocles.
Specifically, I would recommend the Oedipus/Theban plays by Sophocles, Aristophanes’ Clouds and Lysistrata, and Euripides’ Bacchae and Medea.
For some variety, I’d throw in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Argonautica of Apollonius (which is quite a bit like what you’ve read already. It influenced the Aeneid and was influenced by the Iliad/Odyssey).
If you’re hungry for more after that, read Plato’s Apology, Crito, and Symposium, for their looks into Greek life and philosophy.
(Xenophon’s Economics/Oeconomicus is also wonderful)
I found this book while we were in Austin. It’s a heavy read so far, and it speaks on very raw, dark, even painful emotions and subjects, but regardless I do recommend it. In fact I recommend it because of that. There is no tiptoeing and sugar coating. I’m thankful for the brutal honesty it portrays. 🖤
Do you have any Arabic reading novels recommendations for learners? (Like fiction)
mmm i’ll recommand some novels i read when i was younger. my genre (esp that time) is realistic fiction and historical fiction so my recommendations will be in those 2 genres.
تاجر من البندقية written by كامل الكيلاني (inspired by Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice)
العبرات by مصطفى لطفي المنفلوطي ( i remember this was so so sad omg)
all the books by جرجي زيدان! he wrote historical fiction ( arabic islamic history) in a very exciting interesting way. it’s easy, entertaining and informative too! for example : فتاة غسان ,
فتح الأندلس, فتاة القيروان etc
i realised most of these books are highly concentrated on either daily life of an arab person or inspired from the near/ ancient history of our countries. i think this is a good thing so like that you get immersed in the culture. i like to do that in the languages i learn. if you, nontheless, don’t like this, you can read translated versions of “famous” books like Harry Potter.
if you find these hard to understand, then maybe start reading children books before.
of course!! there aren’t a lot that i have because i only just started keeping a book log this year but i guarantee all the ones here are top quality.
the infernal devices - completed, fantasy romance. one of my all time favorite series. good for when you want to fall in love with literally everyone or alternatively adopt a lot of kids. strong character focus.
the raven cycle - completed, contemporary fantasy. i’d say romance but really it’s more friendship-friendship-friendship-we’re-all-in-love-with-each-other. lgbt+ rep. very character driven. check out the trigger warnings first.
six of crows - completed, fantasy. awesome plot that’s super complex and developed, just as awesome characters to go along with it. very thought out. they’re all very well rounded and layered. lgbt+ rep.
the illuminae files - completed, science fiction. the first book is amazingly suspenseful, the others focus more on action but are just as good. great sense of levity and humor to lighten the mood.
the lunar chronicles - completed, science fiction. this one is more for if you just want something entertaining to read rather than something that will get you thinking. great cast of characters and use of sarcasm. sci-fi and fantasy.
thelegend trilogy - completed, dystopian. very action packed!! also has a decent amount of plot twists and allows you to question a lot of things. not much prose, very straightforward in its writing style.
strange the dreamer - ongoing(?), fantasy. absolutely beautiful prose and countless notable quotes. intense buildup, lots of ideas and concepts, good for when you want something to get you thinking. two books so far.
the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue - completed(?), historical romance but it’s written in a way that makes the style sound extremely contemporary. two books. lgbt+ rep. very cute and funny, recommended for a quick read.
carry on - ongoing, fantasy romance. right now only the first book is out but there will definitely be at least one more. lgbt+ rep. cute, good to keep you hooked and give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
children of blood and bone - ongoing, fantasy. action packed, bringing magic and dreams back, “fight for what you want" type of theme. one book out. recommended if you read and liked strange the dreamer (and vice versa).
Hey Miss Amara! Since I’ve read every doc you’ve ever written about 3 times each (more for my favorites of course) and I need something to fill the femdom spot in my heart between fics, do you have any femdom novel/book recommendations?
I put up a post a while ago but I can’t seem to find it now. Oh well. Luckily I posted it elsewhere too. Here’s a bunch that I read:
- Natural Law by Joey W. Hill is pretty good, as it has a submissive guy who’s very secure in his masculinity and a femdom who’s also learning the ropes. Very natural emotional progression and a fun read overall. Also a dash of mystery and crime solving which is always fun!
- Holding the Cards by Joey W Hill. Femdom moves to island to destress, meets cute caretaker, ties caretaker and fucks him good. Also includes another male dom (who doesn’t have sex with the protag iirc), a lot of emotional turbulence on the part of the caretaker, and lots of character development and progression.
- Velvet Submission by Violet Summers. Pain slut boi looking for sexy dom. Power play focused femdom looking for slut boi. Sexy femdom likes pain slut boi. Sexy femdom thinks pain slut boi is not the sub boi for her. Sex and emotions and power play ensues. Tbh I don’t remember more than that, whoops
- Play of Passion by Nalini Singh. Not actually a femdom book but has a dominant female in it who traverses her relationship with a less dominant male mate. It’s a shifter type modern fantasy book with an excellent plotline.
- Dragon on Top by G. A. Aiken. Again not really a femdom book but has a female general falling for a scholar dude. They’re both dragons and the female MC is super badass. Most of G. A. Aiken’s Dragonkin series is really good in terms of plot and humour, so check her out if you have nothing else to read.
This week’s video is rendering right now! It’s the first part of a two part series on The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee! If you’re thinking of reading it, have already read it, or have never heard of it and wanna know what it’s about, this video is for you. We’re discussing ableism, queerness, and disability in this gay historical coming of age novel! x I’ll post a link when it’s up - OR you can subscribe and turn on notifications here:
Listen, kids, if anyone ever gives you shit for loving Jane Austen, and some people (men) will, remember that Jane Austen wrote beautiful romances about good people adrift in a sea of fucking assholes. Her heroines persevere and so can you.
If you are looking for a book to read, I demand highly recommend you read the Stalking Jack the Ripper series by @kerrimaniscalco
There are currently 3 books in the series and the 4th comes out in September (Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula, Escaping from Houdini, and Capturing the Devil has yet to be released).
If you like historical young adult fiction with strong willed, smart, and witty female protagonists, and smooth-talking, irritatingly handsome male protagonists (much like our dear Pietro) this is the book for you.
Now, I can read the smuttiest smut and not react to it at all. But oh my god, the slow burn of will they/won’t they and the teasing dialogue between Audrey Rose and Thomas have me giggling, rolling, and shouting out loud when reading this. I have never rooted so hard for a pair as this.
Also, if you don’t have time to physically read it, fear not. The audiobook is delightful and it’s how I read them the first time. The narration has wonderful accents and great pacing.
Do yourself a favor and read this book! I have bought this book for 5 people already as gifts!
I also need more people to talk about this book with!
This is the best book I’ve have ever read. It is such a powerful story! I’ve cried and I’ve laughed. This book made me happy and angry at the same time. This book gave story lines to everyone not just the main character. It has MAGIC. Strong female leads. A beautiful Author’s Note that made me cry. M A G I C. It’s also very diverse and in my opinion at least one or two characters are not straight but maybe that’s just me reading into it lol. The author is amazing! It has MAGIC! I strongly recommend you guys read it.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Riders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed once magic disappeared. Under the orders of the ruthless king, the maji were targeted and killed, leaving selling without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leopards prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest threat may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers - and her growing feelings for an enemy.