Since some of you said they wanted to read more about the non-fiction books I’m reading and want to read, I thought I’d do a little book haul. If you’ve read my last post, you’d know that I’ve been falling a little out of love with YA lately (I’ve actually gotten a little bit back into it since the last post) and I’ve fallen in love with non-fiction. I’m reading mostly memoirs and feminist non-fiction and occasionally popular science so you’ll be seeing more of that in the future. You might also be seeing some other things in the future that are a little different from what you expect on my blog.
It’s been a while since I posted on here, and that’s because of a lot of reasons, and I felt it wasn’t really nice to leave you all in the dark. As you might know from my twitter, I have just started my Master’s degree and it hasn’t been easy. This is the third week of lectures and I feel like I’m already way over my head with homework. And on top of that I want to keep working at my part-time job one day in the week, so I barely have free time. And if I have free time, I’m just too mentally exhausted to do anything else than watch Netflix. But as much as I’d like for it to be the only reason I haven’t been blogging, it’s not all.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson is a book about two transgender teens, which deals with the matter – how do I say this nicely? – rather terribly. Let me tell you why.
I initially didn’t want to include this synopsis in this review because even the synopsis is terribly problematic – I really wish I had read it before buying and reading this book and had not just read the blurb on the back of the book instead (WHICH WAS NOT PROBLEMATIC). Though it also feels wrong to not include any synopsis so I’m going to cross out some parts and replace them by good things.
Two boysOne boy, one girl. Two secrets.
DavidKate Piper has always been an outsider. HisHer parents think he’s gayshe’s a gay boy. The school bully thinks he’sshe’s a freak. Only hisher two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girlKate is a closeted transgender girl.
On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.
When Leo stands up for
DavidKate in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…
As you might have noticed, I’ve been away for a while. I haven’t posted much in the past month and that’s because I was on vacation. I’ve been to so many places and seen so many things and had so many great experiences and it would just be a [WORD} to have to describe it in a single paragraph so I might devote an entire blog post to it. Beside my travel adventures, I’ve also been doing quite a bit of reading. I always love reading on vacation, and somehow when I’m on vacation – and almost only when I’m on vacation – I can just read for hours on end and not be bored a single second. I can really easily find myself being lost in a book, much easier then when I’m at home with a lot of distractions (such as the internet).
For the upcoming few weeks, I have no idea what my blogging schedule is going to look like. I’m going to try to post twice a week, as usual, but I’m not sure I can manage to post on the same days as I always do since my work schedule is a little all over the place and I don’t know when I’ll be able to find the time. Anyway, onto my wrap-up!
This is going to be a really short post because I don’t have the time to write anything more than that. I’ll be leaving to go on vacation in half an hour so I’ll be going on hiatus. I will not have any posts until the end of July and maybe a little longer. And I will probably not be able to reply to comments either. So I hope you all will survive without me and have a great July!
P.s. I will hopefully be somewhat active on twitter and instagram so follow me there for updates and other random stuff.
Heather Kaczynski’s book has a premise that might as well have come from my mind, because it’s just so perfect!
THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.
Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.
Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.
As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.
Last month I completely fell in love with non-fiction and this month I just didn’t read any. That’s partly because I didn’t know what to read since it was Pride Month and I wanted to read only queer books and partly because I just didn’t know what to read in general. Anyway, I’ve not gotten some recommendations and browsed around a little and gotten a gist of books I might want to read next, so I’m getting on that this month!
Since it was Pride Month, I wanted to try to only read only books with LGBT+ POCs and I succeeded quite well, I think. Except, A Closed and Common Orbit which I started and have not yet finished, but does not have a queer protagonist (yet?) (which is odd because the first book in the series had so many queer protagonists… but I’m only 40 pages in or so)