Comics, diverse books, LGBTQIA+, Readathon

#DiverseAthon Potential Reads

It’s time for the first Diverseathon of 2017. Super excited. I am the biggest mood reader ever. I will stop a book just because I’m not feeling the genre at the moment so I will be doing a very long list of potential reads for this Diverseathon. My list consists of primarily queer lit as it normally does. I did try to focus on books with queer characters of color a bit more and get some Own Voices books in the list as well. You can look at my rundown on my Youtube post or read through my choices here. Check out Naz’s DiverseAthon post on his blog ReadDiversebooks.com  for more information on the readathon.

 

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None of The Above is the book of The month for The Rainbow Library. Members of the group will be posting reviews all this week. Super excited to finish this story. It follows a teenager who finds out they are intersex. I definitely have not read much on intersex people before and I’m glad I’m doing it with a group. There has been some great discussion around the book already.

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Dreadnought is a story about a trans girl whose body transforms when she accidentally gains superpowers. The book comes out on January 24th. I have a digital ARC and am really enjoying it so far. About 30% into the story. Hoping to see a bit of a hero journey with this character.

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I loved More Happy Than not. I feel like Adam Silvera’s new book might wreck me like it did but I’m excited. The main character is gay. He’s dealing with the death of his first love. He has OCD I believe. I definitely want to read a story with a character who has OCD and have for a while.

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I didn’t finish this during #DAReadahon so I hope I can finish it now. Really love the main character from the part I did read. I’ve wanted to read more stories with LGBTQ + Asian protagonist for a while.

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I am so excited to read this story. I love queer superhero stories. This one follows a teenage superhero named Javier Medina. You get to see how he balances or fails to balance his life as a junior superhero and his life at school.

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A revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003.Ramy is a young gay Iraqi struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion, and culture. I’m excited to read this story. I feel like it’s going to be intense and wonderful. Really happy I got a copy of this novel.

 

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This is written by the author of Nimona. It’s been on my radar for a while. It has queer characters and that’s really all I know right now. Hopefully, I will like it. Definitely will get to this soon since it’s due back to my library in a few days.

 

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The is a story based on the Green Turtle. The Green Turtle was the first Asian American Superhero in golden age comics. Super excited to read this. It’s own voices with the writer and artist. The art looks so good.

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Teen guys who are neighbors. One is a popular jock and the other is a nerd. We get to see them fall for each other. Super excited. Reminds me of the gay version of You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift. Hope I love it.

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I’ve wanted to read an Elliot Wake book for a while. I have followed Elliot Wake on Instagram and twitter and am really excited to finally read one of his books. I love that this one follows a Vlogger who is also secretly a vigilante. I’m excited to see how this story goes.

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Two awesome authors writing two gay characters who meet during Pride weekend and have an adventure. I love books that focus on friendships. Especially queer friendships. This book has been on my shelf unread for way too long. I even have two copies. I need to read this soon.

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Last potential read is Boy Robot. I’ve wanted to read this since I found out Simon Curtis was writing it. I love his music. I’m excited to see the story of Isaak in this. He finds out he’s a robot and his adoptive parents are killed in one night. I know this book is LGBTQ in some way and I am excited to read it.

This is my tentative TBR for this week. Super excited to read some of these great books. Also really excited for the #Diversathon twitter chats. The conversations were amazing last year and I can’t wait to see what everyone has to say this year.

 

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Book Reviews, Readathon, YA

The Sun is Also A Star Review

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

2017 is off to a great start when it comes to my reading at least. I didn’t think I was going to like this story nearly as much as so many other people have. I heard all the amazing things about the book but I was skeptical. One reason was because within the premise and the way people were describing the story I was concerned I would be reading some serious instalove in this book. Another reason might have just been that I honestly haven’t read a contemporary that didn’t focus on queer characters in a long time. Many many books ago. However, this book turned out to be something I really loved.

Daniel does feel a connection to Natasha quickly and even if she does feel something. It is not ‘love’ right away. Natasha doesn’t believe in love at first sight. She doesn’t even really believe in love at all. She isn’t feeling Daniel as deeply as he is her. I was with her on that. I really didn’t like Daniel right away. As they got to know each other Natasha slowly falls for him and I was too. I was starting to like Daniel then starting to love Natasha and Daniel as a couple.

Natasha wants to be a scientist. She looks at things logically. Daniel is more of a creative type. He’s an artist. He’s about passion even though he feels like he has to follow the path his parents have laid out for him. They are different in a lot of ways but also really similar.You see why they connect as they spend part of their day together.

Nicola Yoon’s writing is really fantastic. Right away the back and forth between the two perspectives seemed effortless and that continued throughout the story. Then there are sections which give the history of different things. Always tied to something the characters have encountered or said. I feel like that was such an interesting addition to the story. It pulled me in and made me think about things I never questioned before.

Then there is the fact that you get other perspectives besides Natasha and Daniel in this story. You get snapshots of the people they encounter. The security guard at a place Natasha goes to for example. It can be someone they barely interact with but it’s all connected somehow. All these people connect to Natasha and Daniel in some way. Sometimes they connect to each other at some point during the day. It made me think about when people say we’re all connected in some way. I found it really subtlely beautiful.

I fell for this book pretty hard. I literally had to stop reading it in public at one point because I could not stop myself from reacting to everything. When Daniel did something cute or awkward or when a situation got dramatic I could not contain my reactions. This is a sign of a great book. Highly recommended by me.

 

 

Book Reviews, Nonfiction, Readathon

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

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In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far. Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.
Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.
This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey.” – Goodreads

This was a pretty good memoir. I honestly was skeptical on how much I’d like it going in and part of that was just because Connor is writing this so young.You look for life lessons in memoirs. Not always explicitly pointed out lessons. I find that you usually learn something from following someone else’s experience. I definitely see the value this novel could have for younger audiences and older audiences with some of the messages presented in the text.

One of the big messages you could get from reading this memoir was about not letting anyone stifle your creativity. When people want to pursue a creative endeavor like content creation on Youtube, writing, photography, painting, or any other creative outlet people will often deter them from pursuing that.Say things like it’s just a hobby. Make you think it’s something you shouldn’t put your focus in.  I feel like people focus on what is successful too much sometimes. They want a guarantee but if you are a person who loves doing something then don’t let negative thoughts stop you. Not ones from others or yourself. Reach for your goals.

Realized that I led into another lesson of the book which is all about not waiting for your happiness to come around. Seek out things that will make you happy. Do what you need to in order to find your happiness in your present because you don’t know how long you have. Connor told a really great story about when he learned this lesson. It was something that really hit home for me right now in a very transitional period of my life where I don’t really know what I’m doing. I appreciated it a lot.

The photography throughout this book was beautiful. I usually prefer to listen to audiobooks of memoirs but I feel like missing out on the beautiful photos in this book would be a travesty. Not only that but the creative layout of the book. The ending section that focuses in on his Youtube career in the copy I read has a cool layout. Black pages with white writing and an orange Youtube play symbol before the headers. It was really cool. I also loved the shorter sections thrown in that had an image behind the wording. This was a book by a really creative person and you could tell that going through it. One of my favorite elements besides the messages in the memoir.

I definitely enjoyed this read. I’d recommend it to anyone that is even vaguely a Connor fan.I haven’t watched many of his videos besides watching his Coming Out video a couple times. Still, I decided to pick this up and I’m glad I did.

 

LGBTQIA+, Readathon

Dumbledore’s Army Readathon TBR

Alright, everyone. January will be the month of diverse readathons. The first one I will be participating in is a really awesome Harry potter themed one created by the amazing Read At Midnight. Go learn more about the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon from their post.I will be representing Slytherin this time. I house hop a lot but figured I felt pretty Slytherin recently. There are prompts based on spells and all focusing on diverse lit. Check out what I’m reading.

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I want to start off the year with some nonfiction. Really got into some memoirs last year so I felt starting with Connor Franta’s memoir would be great. Connor talks about issues he had with identity, body image, and sexuality. I feel like this could be relatable in a lot of ways. I’m hoping I enjoy it.

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This is a lot harder for me to pick. Looking on my shelf I didn’t think of anything so I turned to library books.Then a book club I became involved with picked None of The Above as this month’s book. It’s perfect timing. I have not read many stories on intersex characters at all.

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I have an Arc of Dreadnought by April Daniels I should have read already but December turned way more busy and crazy than I thought it would be. So excited to finally read it, though. This is a book about a Trans superhero and you can always sign me up for a queer superhero book.

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Juliet Takes A Breath. I think this one counts. Another book I really need to finish. I have been the worse with book hopping recently. I’m going to start this one over because I need to. Will be doing that on my kindle since I took the physical copy back to the library this week. Excited to finish it and write up a review for the blog.

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The one I’m picking for this particular prompt is Here’s To You Zeb Pike. This is a queer YA story that I picked up at Bookcon 2016. Meant to read this so many times but just never picked it up,. It’s not even a long book.I’m also pretty sure it’s signed by the author now that I’m thinking on it. It’s time to read it for sure.

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The Sun is Also A Star. My friend Rachael Hobson is one of many people I’ve heard say how amazing this book is as of recently. I took it out from the library and can’t wait to see if it’s as good as they say.

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Going to use Not Your Sidekick for this one. I have the book out from the library right now after seeing everyone say many wonderful things about it during one of the #gayyabookclub twitter chats. Even before the book was officially out I wanted to read it.

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Readathon, Uncategorized

A Very Pokemon TBR #ReadThemAllThon

I’m doing the  Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon that was created by ReadAtMidnight. Go check out their awesome blog. PokemonGo is my obsession of the month right now so this came up at a good time.There are eight challenges for the readathon that runs for three weeks I believe. Not sure if I will do all the challenges because I am really a mood reader,but I’ve picked out some books for each anyway. Started one of these books early because it was a library book and I had to return it by the  14th. So I’ve already got one done.

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Not sure if this book is post-apocalyptic. It is a dystopia. I’ve wanted to read it for a while.

Super excited to take part in this event. If you are participating to then let me know in the comments down below. Will have a wrap-up video for this on my channel ChrisVIgilante when this finishes up. Hopefully, I can get to most of the books.