READING THE RAINBOW #3

Reading the Rainbow #3 | the third one, yay!

Hi, everyone! I’m back again with another Reading the Rainbow this week. I hope you find a colorful, new queer book!

Red

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Her Body and Other Parties — Carmen Maria Machado

Rep: queer/sapphic women characters

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Orange

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Felix Ever After — Kacen Callender

Rep: Black trans demiboy mlm MC; Black Bengali mlm LI; Black, Puerto Rican, and white gay SC; sapphic SCs; non-binary SC; gay SC

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Yellow

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
More Happy Than Not — Adam Silvera

Rep: gay Brown MC

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Green

Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
Rubyfruit Jungle — Rita Mae Brown

Rep: lesbian MC

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Blue

Dreadnought by April Daniels
Dreadnought — April Daniels

Rep: trans girl lesbian MC; queer Latina SC

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Indigo/Violet

Ruinsong by Julia Ember
Ruinsong — Julia Ember

Rep: queer/sapphic MC; queer sapphic LI

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And that’s the third round of Reading the Rainbow! I hope y’all enjoyed it. If you read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them! See you next time. 😊

Kait | sixcrowsbooks

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TOP TEN TUESDAY #4 | Authors I’d Love to Meet

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Happy Tuesday, all! I’m here again for another TTT. As you may or may not know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post/meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic: authors I would love to meet.


1. Darren Shan

Hello, nostalgia, my old friend. I loved his Saga of Darren Shan books when I was in middle school. I originally planned on re-reading the series this month, but found other books instead. Maybe next month, though! I also heard he’s writing books under Darren Dash now, too? That’s pretty cool.

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DISCUSSION #6 | Favorite Summer 2018 Reads (…so far)

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So I wanted to spend some time gushing about a few of the books I read already this summer, which is where this discussion post comes in. To be fair, I know there’s this particular definition of “summer read,” which I don’t entirely understand (is it supposed to be light and fluffy? or is it literally any book you end up reading during summer? it’s a conundrum for me). Instead, I’m going for a more literal definition: any book you read during the summer months. And I include May in there ’cause I’m a delinquent (and it gets really freaking hot in Michigan during May, so it counts as summer whether the calendar says so or not).

Without further ado, here are a few books I’ve read during May and June that I absolutely loved!


History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Listen, this book, and as far as I heard, Adam Silvera in general, does the Sad Gays™️ trope justice! It isn’t just used for a cute lil plot device. Like. It made me feel things, and I was trying not to feel those things. To be honest, when people say that a book is going to wreck me, I usually don’t give in to the hype that much, but wow, as soon as I was done with this one, I had no freaking clue what to do with my life. It was just that good. Also? Adam Silvera, I think, is an amazing storyteller, and I want to waste all my money on the rest of his books.

So, yeah, believe the hype. Because damn, it’ll throw you for a loop.

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List #4 | 5 Books with LGBT+ Characters That I Enjoyed & 5 Books with LGBT+ Characters I Want to Read

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Happy Pride Month, everyone!! I hope you all are enjoying June as much as I am (or even more so). Since it is, indeed, Pride Month, I wanted to celebrate by making a list of five books with LGBT+ characters that I liked, and five books with LGBT+ characters that I can’t wait to read! And, of course, I know that I phrase it as “LGBT+,” but I do emphasize the “+” heavily, which includes ace-spec, aro-spec, pan, and otherwise queer folks, too!

So, let’s get started, first with five books with LGBT+ characters that I enjoyed (in no particular order)!

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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I’m pretty sure I’ve already talked about this book a lot, but still. It has a special place in my heart. It’s the first book I’ve read ever that has a (mostly) fluffy plot and an m/m romance. I just really love it, and I can’t wait to re-read it!

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #3 | May 2018

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It’s already nearly June, and I can’t handle that, honestly. We’re almost halfway through 2018 already! Oh well, time flies when you’re busy.

Anyway, here is an overview of what I read for May!

First up is History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

This was the first Adam Silvera book I read in a long time, and I really enjoyed it. It dealt with grief in a great way (i.e. people go through grief differently, and sometimes the ways people do it aren’t healthy). Also: #ownvoices OCD rep!

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REVIEW #8: “History is All You Left Me”

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Title: “History is All You Left Me”

Author: Adam Silvera

Pages (paperback): 294 pages

Original Publishing Date: 17 January 2017

Synopsis (from the back cover):

“When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining has gone far off course.

“To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, ever last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.”

Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:

  • experiences of compulsions
    • (throughout the novel)
  • brief suicidal thoughts
    • passing thoughts
    • throughout the novel
  • possibly bi-antagonistic scene (?)
    • pg. 67

Representation in the novel:

  • mental illness rep
    • OCD (ownvoices)
    • delusions
  • gay rep
  • bi rep

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

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MONTHLY TBR #2 | May 2018

1. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

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This was the only book I couldn’t get to in April, so I’m making sure to get to it this month. I read parts of it for APUSH four or five years ago, and I’ve been meaning to read it since then.

2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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I saw this at the library yesterday and decided to snag it due to all the hype surrounding it. I can’t wait to start it because YA fantasy with magic and a black cast of characters? Yes, please.

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