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Pride Month Book Recommendations, Week 4: Historical Fiction

Happy Thursday, bibliophiles!

This week is the final week that I’ll be doing these recommendations, but no matter the month, I’ll always be recommending LGBTQ+ books, don’t you worry. 🏳️‍🌈

Historical fiction isn’t a genre that I usually delve into, but in the genre, I’ve found quite a few gems. If done well, historical fiction can be a wonderful insight and perspective into another time period, and books that can immerse us in the past more than any textbook ever can. With LGBTQ+ historical fiction in particular, it can give us insight on events that most textbooks don’t usually cover (looking at you, APUSH textbook…I found a whopping ONE mention of the LGBTQ+ community. ONE. IN THE ENTIRE TEXTBOOK. Granted, we had to stop at the 1950’s because of the COVID-19 situation, but still…).

So let’s begin, shall we?

PRIDE MONTH RECS, WEEK 4: HISTORICAL FICTION

  1. Like A Love Story, Abdi Nazemian
Amazon.com: Like a Love Story (9780062839367): Nazemian, Abdi: Books

LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION: Two out of the three protagonists are gay, mlm relationship, several gay side characters

TIME PERIOD: 1989-1990 (AIDS Crisis)

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I know I blab about this one quite a lot, but quite frankly, this is easily the best historical fiction novel I’ve ever read. Period. A major tear-jerker, to be sure, but worth every bout of sobbing, 100%.

2. Everything Grows, Aimee Herman

Amazon.com: Everything Grows: A Novel eBook: Herman, Aimee: Kindle ...

LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION: Lesbian protagonist, bisexual love interest, trans woman side character, gay side character

TIME PERIOD: 1993

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

A grossly underrated, poignant, and relatable novel about realizing your true self and discovering your identity.

3. Loki: Where Mischief Lies, Mackenzi Lee

Amazon.com: Loki: Where Mischief Lies (9781368022262): Lee ...

LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION: Pansexual/Genderfluid protagonist, gay side character, queer relationship

SET IN: 19th Century (London, specifically)

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Why’d you put this in the historical fiction category?” And aside from the fact that I don’t read the genre as much, a good portion of the novel, though it leans more towards the fantasy/mythology side, is set in London in the 1800’s. Plus, Loki. Can’t go wrong with Loki, now can we?

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4. Pulp, Robin Talley

Amazon.com: Pulp eBook: Talley, Robin: Kindle Store

LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION: Both protagonists are lesbians, wlw relationship

SET IN: Alternates between 1955 and the present day (2017)

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A touching tale that alternates between a closeted lesbian (and budding author) in the age of the Lavender Scare and a curious, out-and-proud lesbian in the 2010’s.

5. Ziggy, Stardust and Me, James Brandon

Ziggy, Stardust and Me by James Brandon: 9780525517641 ...

LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION: Both protagonists are gay, mlm relationship

SET IN: 1973 (TW: Conversion therapy)

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I talk a lot about this one as well, but honestly, what more could you want from an LGBTQ+ coming of age story centering around a boy who idolizes David Bowie? IT’S DAVID BOWIE!

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As always, Queer Books for Teens is a wonderful resource if you’d like to find more LGBTQ+ recommendations and books to read.

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK! HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE NOVELS? WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE LGBTQ+ HISTORICAL FICTION NOVELS?

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Today’s song:

This one’s been coming on my shuffle in the car lately. Never fails to make me smile…

That’s it for this week’s pride month recommendations! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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The Stay at Home Book Tag

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Happy Friday, bibliophiles!

I found this tag over at Kira Jeanette’s blog, and the tag was created by Princess of Paperback. Since we’re still in a state of social distancing (or we should be, at least…WEAR YOUR MASKS AND BE SENSIBLE HUMAN BEINGS, EVERYONE), I figured this would be a fun and fitting tag for the times.

Let’s begin, shall we?

LAYING IN BED: A book you could/have read in a day

Sound of a Wild Snail Eating: Bailey, Elisabeth Tova ...

At only 209 pages, I gobbled up The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating in a few hours, but that in no way diminishes its quality.

 

SNACKING: A guilty pleasure book

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It’s been years since I’ve read Chosen Onesbut yeah, this one has guilty pleasure written aaaall over it.

 

NETFLIX: A series you want to start 

Elementals: Ice Wolves: Kaufman, Amie, Szabo, Levente ...

I am a simple woman. I see a book by Amie Kaufman, and I automatically put it on my TBR.

Anyway, I haven’t read much MG lately, and there’s no denying Kaufman’s writing prowess, so Ice Wolves is most definitely a series I want to start soon. It’s not available at my kindle library, so it might have to wait…

 

DEEP CLEAN: A book that’s been on your TBR for ages 

Othergirl by Nicole Burstein

Othergirl has been on my TBR for almost four years…

 

ANIMAL CROSSING: A book you recently bought because of hype 

Amazon.com: Loki: Where Mischief Lies (9781368022262): Lee ...

Initially, I was a bit hesitant about reading Loki: Where Mischief Liesbut it was 100% worth my money in the end.

 

PRODUCTIVITY: A book you learned from or had an impact on you 

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder ...

Not only was The Soul of an Octopus an incredibly enlightening book, it was also deeply personal, both in terms of the narration and the subject matter of the several Giant Pacific octopuses.

FACETIME: A book you were gifted 

The Ruby Key (Moon & Sun, #1) by Holly Lisle

I got The Ruby Key as a Christmas gift a few years back. 🙂

 

SELF CARE: What is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself? 

Throughout the quarantine, I’ve made sure to make time in my day for creativity and relaxation, whether that be reading, writing, blogging, or drawing.

 

BONUS: Name a book coming out soon

Amazon.com: The Court of Miracles (9781524772857): Grant, Kester ...

The Court of Miracles comes out in a little over a week, and it sounds fascinating!

 

I TAG ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PARTICIPATE! 

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Today’s song:

This one came on my shuffle yesterday and TOOK ME BACK…THE NOSTALGIA…

 

That’s it for this book tag! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Book Review Tuesday (🍀3/17/20🍀)–Loki: Where Mischief Lies

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Happy Tuesday, bibliophiles, and a happy St. Patrick’s Day as well! I don’t/haven’t had anything planned to celebrate on here [ahem], but…I suppose we’ve got a green book cover here? I hope that counts for something…sorry…

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Hey, since I’m reviewing Loki, why not throw in a Tom Hiddleston gif while I’m at it?

Anyway, I also had my first day of online school today. It’s been…an experience. Most of my teachers have been fairly organized in their lesson plans, but my Spanish class was absolutely chaotic, so that was…interesting, to say the least. My AP US History teacher showed us her cat in one of the videos she put up, so that was a major plus. Cats. Always cats.

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Now, back to our main program…

I bought Loki about a month ago, along with Sky Without StarsThough I was a tad hesitant going into it (I’m not sure why, come to think of it), Lee delivers an absolute joyride of a historical fiction/Norse mythology/Marvel comics mashup!

 

Enjoy this week’s review!

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Loki: Where Mischief Lies 

Pushed aside in favor of his brother Thor more often than not, young Loki is tired of his sibling having all of the limelight and the unwarranted scorn he garners from his father Odin. His only friend–and partner in crime–is Amora, a budding sorceress. When they cause the obliteration of a vital artifact, Amora is banished to the realms of Midgard, where she is cursed to watch her magic slowly fade away.

Distraught after his best friend’s banishment, Loki’s scorn for the people of Asgard only grows. But soon after her absence begins, a series of horrendous crimes begin to crop up, Loki and Thor are split up and sent to a sprawling, 19th century London, where nothing is as it seems. Can Loki crawl out from under the shadow of his older brother–and not spell ruination for the human city, while he’s at it?

 

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Despite my expectations, Loki pulled out nearly all the necessary stops to make for a fun, twisty, and whimsical adaptation of Marvel Studios’ younger Loki.

I haven’t read as much by Mackenzi Lee (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and a few short stories scattered across some YA anthologies), but she deftly weaves in her love of history–specifically, London in the 1800s–seamlessly into Loki’s mythological heritage, even tying in an early version of S.H.I.E.L.D. into the dark, mysterious world. Loki and the rest of the varied cast of characters fit snugly into the historical setting, despite their magical backgrounds.

Full disclosure: I’ve been a huge fan of Loki since I started watching most of the MCU movies, so at this point, I’m primed to like him as a character. But someone like him can easily be poorly-executed, and Lee perfectly balances his trademark mischief and the deep envy festering inside of him. The other characters, though a few seemed a tad interchangeable and difficult to keep up with, were well-written, and generated palpable emotion and chemistry. Oh, and I *kind of* imagined Amora looking similar to Princess Nuala from Hellboy II: The Golden Army, so that’s always a plus.

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My only major complaint was the dialogue; I get that the various denizens of Asgard and beyond are supposed to be overtly formal in their mannerisms, but even so, some of the exchanges between Thor and Loki in the early parts of the novel felt unnecessarily stilted. There was a lot of potential for some good banter from those two.

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And finally, another wonderful given from Lee’s works…LGBTQ+ REPRESENTATION, EVERYBODY! Besides Loki (who is now canonically genderfluid and pansexual), we do have a gay side character, and a romantic subplot between him and…okay, I won’t spoil it, but you can probably guess. 🏳️‍🌈

All in all, a wonderful imagining of Marvel’s Loki that’s just as mischievous and mysterious as he is. Four stars for me! 

 

Today’s song:

I can always count on this one for an atmospheric song to write to. 💙

 

That just about wraps up this week’s Book Review Tuesday! Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, if you’re celebrating, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: February 24-March 1, 2020

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Happy Sunday, bibliophiles!

I’ve had a bit of sluggish and tiring week, what with a slew of quizzes and tests, less reading than I would’ve liked, and a bit of writer’s block and general lethargy. But hey, my new Radiohead shirt came in the mail, so that’s a plus.

All things considered, February’s been a pretty great month for me! Lots of good reading and writing progress, and lots of good times, fun movies, and delicious food. Here’s hoping that March will be more of the same. I have some fun posts planned for the coming month 😉

 

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK: 

Roar (Stormheart, #1)–Cora Carmack (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)–Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, vol. 2–Hayao Miyazaki (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Loki: Where Mischief Lies–Mackenzi Lee (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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POSTS AND SUCH 

 

SONGS:

 

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK: 

Cannery Row–John Steinbeck

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(This one’s for school. We’ll be stretching it out through the end of March, so I won’t repeat it on further weekly updates until we finish it up.)

 

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)–Philip Pullman

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Mammoth–Jill Baguchinsky

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All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages–Saundra Mitchell (anthology)

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Rebel Girls–Elizabeth Keenan

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Today’s song:

(I’m gonna try to review this album soon…)

 

That just about wraps up this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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The Netflix Book Tag

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Hello again, bibliophiles!

I’ve been wanting to do this tag for a little while, but I figured that it would be good for today since I’ve pretty much been subsisting off of Netflix for most of this four-day weekend. (*coughcough I AM MOTHER coughcough MONTY PYTHON coughcough*) I found this tag on First Line Reader, and the tag was originally created by A Darker Shade of Whitney.

 

RECENTLY WATCHED: The last book you finished reading 

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I’ve been a big fan of Raina Telgemeier for years, and I was so excited to find Guts at the comic shop last week!

 

TOP PICKS: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on a book you have previously read

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Ghosting You was recommended to me not long ago, based on the fact that I read and adored Like a Love Story

 

RECENTLY ADDED: The last book you bought

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I bought both Sky Without Stars and Loki: Where Mischief Lies last week, and I’m excited to read them both!

 

POPULAR ON NETFLIX: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you haven’t or have no interest in reading)

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Both The Poet X and Red Queen have received tons of hype over the years, but I have very different opinions about them: the former was an absolute triumph, and the latter was…ugh. Nope.

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I’ve been recommended both The Hate U Give and One of Us is Lying countless times, but I’m not super invested in reading them. I might, but they’re low on my priority.

 

COMEDIES: A funny book

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I know I use this one every time I do a book tag, but Good Omens had me in stitches.

 

DRAMA: A character who is a drama king/queen

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Elliot from In Other Lands was the very definition of melodramatic…part of why I DNF’d this book, ultimately.

 

ANIMATED: A book with cartoons on the cover

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As iffy as Eliza and Her Monsters was, the cover was super cute.

 

WATCH AGAIN: A book/series you want to read again

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I haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye since we read it for my English class last year, but I enjoyed it immensely.

 

DOCUMENTARIES: A nonfiction book that you’d recommend to everybody 

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My nonfiction shelf is pretty slim, but for those of you who are writers/aspiring writers, I’d highly recommend On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 

ACTION AND ADVENTURE: An action-packed book

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Though it was a bit more slow-burn at the beginning, The Smoke Thieves managed to keep me on my toes for a good 3/4 of the book.

 

NEW RELEASES: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

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I had no idea this had come out until my school librarian (who I recommended the series to, and now loves it 😄) told me that it had come out! I cannot WAIT to get my hands on Honor Lost

 

I tag anyone that wants to participate! 

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Since I’ve already posted today, I won’t post a second song today, so just check out Goodreads Monday (2/17/20)–From Under the Mountain if you want to see what it is 🙂

That just about wraps up this tag! Have a wonderful day, and take care of yourselves!

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