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LGBTQ+ Historical Icons Tag!

Hey and howdy 👋 We are nearing the end of Pride of Month and of course I have to do a pride related tag at some point this month so today I’m going to be doing the new LGBTQ+ Historical Icons Tag created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura!


Rules

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page (otherwise, the original creator won’t get a notification).
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • (Optional) Use the graphics and don’t forget to credit the original creator (Text prompts are at the end of the tag if you’d prefer to use those)
  • (Optional) Tag 5 or more other people.

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My favourite books of the year so far!

Hi and hello :))

I’m having a really good reading year so far! Not only have I already completed my Goodreads Reading Goal of 40 books but I’ve actually really enjoyed most of the books that I’ve read. Quality is just as important as quantity.

🕯️🕯️Manifesting that the year will continue just as good as it’s start 🕯️🕯️.

Since we’re halfway through the year now though I thought I’d take today to look back at what I’ve read and pick out my absolute favourites!


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I’m pretty sure I’ve now read all of Elizabeth Acevedo’s published books now and I have to say that The Poet X might just be my favourite of the lot. I started this book and was immediately engrossed. It made me feel so many emotions on Xiomara’s behalf: love, anger, frustration, sadness.

Like some of her other works, this is written in verse and having just finished studying a bunch of poetry at Uni at the time, and also having read more verse over the years since picking up my first Acevedo book, I really connected more with the writing.


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Which popular YA bird-book character am I?

Hello and howdy.

I’ve just been staring at my laptop for the last hour, wanting to write something but just having one big brain fart. Finally though I’ve had the genius idea of re-visiting a post I’ve done before but with a lil twist.

Today I am once again going to be finding out which popular YA character I am, but specifically from the holy trinity of YA bird-books: Six of Crows, The Raven Cycle and The Foxhole Court (which is classed as a bird book cause of the second novel “The Raven King”)


From Six of Crows I am … Nina Zenik

The Quiz

I had a feeling I was going to get Nina purely because I answered with food to a fair few questions and well know Nina is a foodie and rightly so. I really love Nina, she’s funny, badass and so confident in herself. I haven’t read it yet but she’s one of the main reasons I want to continue on to read King of Scars. Very happy with this one!


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I haven’t read these 2021 releases yet, but I want to!

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My entire day today revolved around me finishing my essay. I totally thought I’d be sat at my desk for hours having a meltdown but … it’s 3.30 pm and I’m all done and now I don’t know what to do.

And so I’m just here, eating some salad to keep me going until I order celebratory Chinese later (gotta celebrate the small things like submitting your last first assignment) and I figured I’d talk a bit about the 2021 releases I haven’t read yet, but want to.

It’s safe to say that most of my TBR is made up of 2021 releases and yet somehow there’s even more I want to read. These next few books are specifically releases I don’t own and have easily on hand, but are at the top of my wishlist.



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Book Review: Afterlove by Tanya Byrne

Publication Date: July 22nd 2021


Car headlights.The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars.

But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she?
This New Year’s Eve, Ash is gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can’t decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city’s dead to await their fate.

But Ash can’t forget her first love, Poppy, and she will do anything to see her again … even if it means they only get a few more days together. Dead or alive …


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Reviewing books that aren’t for your age-range.

Howdy. Today I come to you with a little discussion post regarding “books that aren’t for your age-range”. I want to share just some thoughts that have been on my mind lately and see what other people think!

I feel like there’s two sides to the YA coin: young-Young Adult and mature-Young Adult. You can spot the difference between these two with the writing style, the actual age of the characters and the plot-points and topics discussed in the text.

That’s not to say that books with younger characters can’t fit into the mature-Young Adult category, or that young-Young Adult can’t still discuss important matters. I feel like most people are going to understand what I’m trying to say so I’m not going to over-explain myself. (please say you know what I mean🤞)

As someone who is approaching 20 *gasp horror* I’m starting to grow out of a large section of this genre that I still do really love. And that’s okay. It’s the circle of life. But sometimes I don’t realise that until I start reading.

For example, one of the first books I picked up this year was I Think I Love You by Aurianne Desombre and as soon as I started reading I realised the characters where younger then I was expecting and it read a lot younger too.

Ultimately I ended up enjoying it. I thought the age of the characters worked with the story being told and I found it cute, but before getting to that point I did have to think “how am I going to rate and review this?” Personally I didn’t like it but is it fair to drag down a books rating when logically I can see that it was meant for a younger audience?

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ARC Review: A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

Publication Date: February 22nd 2022 (UK version)

Felicity Morrow is back at Dalloway School.

Perched in the Catskill mountains, the centuries-old, ivy-covered campus was home until the tragic death of her girlfriend. Now, after a year away, she’s returned to graduate. She even has her old room in Godwin House, the exclusive dormitory rumored to be haunted by the spirits of five Dalloway students—girls some say were witches. The Dalloway Five all died mysteriously, one after another, right on Godwin grounds.

Witchcraft is woven into Dalloway’s history. The school doesn’t talk about it, but the students do. In secret rooms and shadowy corners, girls convene. And before her girlfriend died, Felicity was drawn to the dark. She’s determined to leave that behind her now; all Felicity wants is to focus on her senior thesis and graduate. But it’s hard when Dalloway’s occult history is everywhere. And when the new girl won’t let her forget.

It’s Ellis Haley’s first year at Dalloway, and she’s already amassed a loyal following. A prodigy novelist at seventeen, Ellis is a so-called “method writer.” She’s eccentric and brilliant, and Felicity can’t shake the pull she feels to her. So when Ellis asks Felicity for help researching the Dalloway Five for her second book, Felicity can’t say no. Given her history with the arcane, Felicity is the perfect resource.

And when history begins to repeat itself, Felicity will have to face the darkness in Dalloway–and in herself.


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🌧grumpy/sunshine☀: the most elite romance trope?

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The grumpy/sunshine dynamic between two characters is elite in any circumstance but it’s ten times better in a romance. I don’t know what it is about a grumpy character only being soft for their love interest that makes me all happy inside but it is what it is.

Because I love this trope so much, I wanted to make an effort to read some grumpy/sunshine romance’s lately. I decided to read: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and The Fine Print by Lauren Asher.

And of course because you’re reading this, it means I’m going to do a lil mini-review for each 🙂


The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Everybody and their goddamn mother has been reading this lately and, besides from the tropes it contains, feeling left out was a big part of why I wanted to read it. (Also I found out this was originally Star Wars fanfic and, despite never having watched the movies, I wanted to check that out).

I’m very happy to say it loved up to the hype though. This book made me so happy!!

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Book Review: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Publication Date: May 12th 2020

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.


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Book Review: I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre

Release Date: March 2nd 2021


Emma is a die-hard romantic. She loves a meet-cute Netflix movie, her pet, Lady Catulet, and dreaming up the Gay Rom Com of her heart for the film festival competition she and her friends are entering. If only they’d listen to her ideas. . .

Sophia is pragmatic. She’s big into boycotts, namely 1) relationships, 2) teen boys and their BO (reason #2347683 she’s a lesbian), and 3) Emma’s nauseating ideas. Forget starry-eyed romance, Sophia knows what will win: an artistic film with a message.

Cue the drama. The movie is doomed before they even start shooting . . . until a real-life plot twist unfolds behind the camera when Emma and Sophia start seeing each other through a different lens. Suddenly their rivalry is starting to feel like an actual rom-com.


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