Review | Ramona Blue : Swimming, Small Towns, and Fluid Sexuality

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy is a standalone contemporary novel and I listened to it on audio.

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31449227Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

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You Made Me Read This #4 | I have a lot of expectations & I’m not sure they lived up to them

Over the past month I’ve been trying out chapters of books you sent me (not like literally, but you know, you suggested them). I have gathered those suggestions and wrote them down, put them in my favourite mug, and picked out three each time to read! I read all the chapters on Amazon, which usually has free previews available (I have yet to find a book that doesn’t have the first chapter on Amazon). This is now a regular feature on my blog called You Made Me Read This and you can read my first attempt here,  second here and third here!

This time the books I have randomly picked from my mug are: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (suggested by Ellen @alittlebooklife), The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (suggested by Nadwa @BookishHiraeth) and How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (suggested by Caro @bookcheshirecat). I wasn’t intentionally picking queer books but I have to admit I was seriously considering doing an queer-only edition. And then I picked 2/3(?) queer books so I just went with it! (I actually thought The Sky is Everywhere was also queer but it’s not shelved as such on goodreads so apparently not).

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Review | Baker Thief : badass queer characters and an exploration of aromanticism (#ownvoices review)

Baker Thief is a book I’ve been anticipating ever since I first heard about it a few months ago and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint at all!

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36225236Adèle has only one goal: catch the purple-haired thief who broke into her home and stole her exocore, thus proving herself to her new police team. Little does she know, her thief is also the local baker.

Claire owns the Croissant-toi, but while her days are filled with pastries and customers, her nights are dedicated to stealing exocores. These new red gems are heralded as the energy of the future, but she knows the truth: they are made of witches’ souls.

When her twin—a powerful witch and prime exocore material—disappears, Claire redoubles in her efforts to investigate. She keeps running into Adèle, however, and whether or not she can save her sister might depend on their conflicted, unstable, but deepening relationship.

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10 LGBT+ Book Recommendations in One Sentence | Part 1

Since it’s (still) pride, I wanted to give you a lot of book recommendations, and since I have A LOT of book recommendations, I thought it might be smart to challenge myself and do this super quick. All of the below-mentioned books were 4 or 5 star reads, and you probably know quite a few of them because I talk about them a lot (or at least, that’s what it feels like). I have listed the representation as best as I could but for a lot of these it has been a while since I have read them and I might have forgotten about some things, so feel free to send me additions if neccessary.

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Pride Month TBR | So many queer books!!

Normally I’d post a review but I asked on twitter whether you’d like instead to get a peek into my TBR this month, and the majority said yes so here I am! Sorry for the ones that preferred a review, I’ll write one for next week!

This month I’m going to try and read as many queer books as I can and I’m crediting Scribd for having such an awesome collection of books! Seriously, they should pay me by now, I mention them so often. Most of these books I’m going to read on Scribd because I was looking at my book shelves and apparently I own like 10 unread books and NONE of those are queer (*sad face*). So unless I order some new ones or magically find myself a good bookstore – OH MY GOD I JUST REMEMBERED I’LL BE IN NEW YORK THIS MONTH AHH THEY HAVE BOOKSTORES

Okay wow anyway, let’s get started on my (hesitant) TBR! I’m not sure I’ll read them all, but these are all the books I’m considering reading this month. I want to limit myself to books with LGBT+ main characters and will – if I can find it – list the LBGT+ representation! Also if you know any non-fiction I might like about queer people or queer topics, let me know, because I’m really new to this genre and I have no clue where to start.
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May Wrap-Up | The Month I Fell In Love with Non-Fiction

If you’d have asked me two months ago that’d I’d fall in love with non-fiction, I’d have stared at you incredulously. But yet, it happened. I’ve read a lot of books this month and so many of them were non-fiction. And while that’s all fun and games, it has gotten me in a bit of a struggle when it comes to reviews. I always post a review on Saturday, which means I need to review a book a week and when I read a lot more non-fiction (which I have no clue how to review and I think isn’t as interesting to a lot of you), I am pretty much forced to review more of my regular fiction books. Are you still following me? Basically, I need to review more books I normally wouldn’t review because I don’t have that much to say about them. Anyway, that’s not your problem, but I gotta think about how to go about that.

This month was the month I started a new job, got my first real pay check for some freelancing work, made a lot of art and pretty much gave up on writing (oops). I feel like I’ve finally got my life together? Kind of? I mean after months of unemployment and sitting at home, it’s about time I stopped being bored 24/7.

I’m going to divide this wrap-up into a fiction and a non-fiction part so you can skip one or the other if it doesn’t interest you 🙂

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In which I talk about which books I want to be adapted into movies

I’m not someone who goes to movies often or even watches movies often. I spend most of my Netflix time watching series, but if any of the below books were to be made in a movie, I’d go. Not only that, I’d drag everyone I know with me to go see it.

I don’t want to list all the popular book adaptations I haven’t seen, because that would just get embarrassing, but a couple I adored are Wonder, The Hunger Games… emh, do you see my problem?

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