I know I haven’t been posting on my blog for almost the entire month, life is busy, I’m in the middle of a blog slump and I’ve been binge watching Brooklyn 99 non-stop. However, today I’m doing a TAG I’m really excited about and I can’t wait to share my answers with you guys.
Thank you so much Rebecca for tagging me! I feel so honored to have been tagged by one of my favorite blogs, so make sure to click here and read her answers to these questions!
Let’s get into it!
- Tag Ally @ Ally Writes Things so I can see your recommendations!
- Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
- If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
- Tag your friends
A book about friendship
The Weight of the Stars by K .Ancrum is a more recent read for me and one I haven’t stopped thinking about. It’s a YA light sci-fi, contemporary story that follows an incredible main character who has a rather difficult situation. She is the guardian of her two little brothers, who are the sweetest beam of light you’ll ever meet, she’s kind of a wallflower at school but she’s managed to gather up a bunch of misfits and made this incredible friend group where they all love and support each other so incredibly much. They have some of the most tender moments and meaningful connections I’ve read about. If you like found families, I cannot recommend this book enough.
A translated book
A tranlated book I can’t wait to pick up is Anxious People by Fredick Backman. He is an author I’ve been meaning to try since forever and this is the only book I own by him. The premise sounds super intriguing and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about the story. From what I’ve gatherd, this takes place during a bank rob and the characters are hostages. However, I think this focuses more on their everyday life. I guess I’ll have to read it to find out.
It’s also one of the few books I bought physically last year that I still haven’t got to, so that makes this a high priority in my TBR.
A diverse romance
Trade Me (Cyclone #1) by Courntey Milan is my most recent read and when I tell you I’m already obsessed with the series I’m not lying. This is a New Adult romance in which we are following two very different college students. We have our heroine Tina who is a Chinese immigrant who is in a very tighy position economically, she’s a part-time waitress and sends most of her money to her family so she’s feeling a lot of stress because of the huge responsibility she’s got on her shoulders. Our hero Blake is the son of the founder of one of biggest tech companies in the world, think Apple kind of level, he is also struggling with his own stuff and they both share some classes. The book starts in one particular class where Tina confronts Blake in front of the entire class about what it means to be poor and to struggle financially and Blake offers her to trade lives for a few weeks for reasons you’ll have to read the book to find more about. Blake is the absolute sweetest hero in the entire world, he’s one of those heroes that worship the ground the heroine walks on which is something I love. They have incredible chemistry and their interactions were so great. I also adored the family dynamics, they all felt really real. This also discusses an eating-disorder and it was overall so well done. It’s one of my new favorite romances so I knew I had to take the chance to scream about it.
A fast-paced book
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant was my favorite book of last year and it’s a sci-fi, fantasy story I can’t stop thinking about. It’s about mermaids, but from a scientific point of view. It is also a horror story, and one that spooked me out a lot, I even dreamt about the creatures.
I thought it was incredibly well written, very fast-paced with zero dull moments. The science never went over my head, it was all very accessible and plausible, which added to the terror I was feeling.
To top it off, we have an amazing set of diverse characters, with different sexualities, races and disabilities. It’s honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life.
A nonfiction other than a memoir
Whites: on race and other falsehoods by Otegha Uwagba. This is a non-fiction essay about racism, it’s microaggressions and also systemic racism. The author also reflects on the Black Lives Matter movement, specifically in the performative activism that has followed up. It’s one of the most honest pieces of literature I’ve read. It made for such a raw and uncomfortable read for me, which was the point of the entire book.
It’s incredible and really short so I encourage all of you to read it for yourselves.
An underrated memoir
I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya is a little non-fiction book all about the authors experience with men throughout her life. She is a trans woman and in the novel she talks about her personal journey and how society treats woman and members of the LGBTQ+ community. She is Canadian and Indian which allows for some deep discussions of how marginalized communities are faced with even more struggles. She raised questions I hadn’t asked myself before, which made me reflect for days after finishing this.
I really think everybody can gain something from this read.
A book with fewer than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert only has 4,002 ratings and that is ridiculous for how incredibly good this book is. It should have way over 10,000 in my opinion.
I read this YA-contemporary this February and it was such a treat. I adored both of the main characters, they were both so sweet and complemented each other perfectly. I also loved how timely this book is, even though the election has already passed, the message still stands and will continue to always be important, which is why I don’t understand why this doesn’t have any more ratings.
It was well written, engaging and interesting, it had great characters and an important story, It’s such a shame is so underrated!
A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen is a graphic-novel I’ve just finished reading and one of my all time favorite stories I’ve ever read.
It’s a middle-grade coming of age story following a gay boy who is figuring out how to come out to his family. At the same time, we are also following the mom, a Vietnamese immigrant who bonds with her song through fantasy, mythology tales and it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.
I love the comparisons between what the characters in the books they read are facing and what the characters are going through in their lives. I adored the art-work and the relationships. Again, one of the best books I’ve read in 2021 so far.
A book by a trans or non-binary author
Rivers Solomon has written one of my favorite novellas I read last year: The Deep. It’s a sci-fi, fantasy novella about mermaids. However, at it’s core, it’s a story about remembering history, experiencing and overcoming trauma as well as coming to terms with your identity. The exploration of gender and the beautiful f-f romance that blossoms were some of my favorite things about this.
I listened to the audiobook and I loved the narrator, so I definitely recommend checking it out in that format. I can’t wait to read something else by them.
A book with more than 500 pages
I read this first book back in 2018 and I absolutely adored it. It made it to my top 10 books of that year. I loved the plot, it had many twists I didn’t see coming, and I adored the characters.
However, I got a bit intimidated by the sheer size of the rest of the books in the series and never continued, although I really want to. I guess it’s about time for a reread.
A short story collection
I’m not one who loves anthology collections to be honest. I’ve only read three in my life, all took me forever to read and I don’t see myself gravitating towards them much in the future.
From my limited experience with them All Out: the No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell is probably my favorite. It’s all about queer teens, their love stories and their coming of age experiences, all set in different time periods. I remember especially loving the first story which is ROJA by Anne-Marie McLemore and also Molly’s Lips by Dahlia Adler.
Book you want everyone to read
I know I’m taking every single chance I have to scream and rave about Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe but I don’t think you guys understand how much I adore this. I’ve made my sister read it (she loves it), I’ve made my girl read it (she loves it and we read the update together every Sunday), I’ve already reread it from start to finish twice, and I come back to my favorite chapters every now and then.
It’s also completely free and available in the webtoon app so please, if you end up reading just one book from this entire list, let it be this one! It’s the best Hades & Persephone retelling I’ve come across, with stunning art-work and some really important themes. The romance is so swoony, I ship them with my entire heart, the friendships are meaningful, the family dynamics are complicated, the Gods are portrayed so incredibly well. It’s such a fun and well written story, I cannot recommend it enough.
please don’t feel obligated to do it if you don’t want to or if you’ve already done it.
Until next time,