2019 Favourites

The last day of the year has finally arrived and with it brings the inevitable - looking back at the memories, the moments and of course, the books. I started out the year with the intention of reading at least 80 books and the secret hope that I would hit 100 for the second year running. I managed 112 and honestly I have no idea how. I'm a fast reader yes but still, 112?! That's more than I've ever read in one year before in my life. I'm actually stupidly proud of it. 

Even though I read so many books this year narrowing down my favourites was surprisingly easy. For every ten books I read, one of them stuck with me long after I turned the final page. Looking at my bookcase this past week I was prepared to struggle but instead I found myself drawn towards the following nine. I could have included a few more, and I do have a little honourable mentions list at the bottom but ultimately these are the books that wiggled into my heart and stayed there. The books that I want to shout from the rooftops about and recommend to every single person I know, starting with you.

the importance of being represented

I remember searching desperately for characters who looked like me (or rather, looked like the thing that I might be but was too scared to admit yet, even to myself.) I stared at every blurb I found, scanning the shelves at the school library, the public library and the ones in the bookshops in the hope that suddenly there would be a bright beam of rainbow light and any potential queer book there would launch itself into my arms. Unsurprisingly, that didn't happen.

LGBTQ+ recs for Summerathon

Summerathon is taking place over a week in June (21st - 27th) and I'm intending on joining in as much as I can with the prompts! If the weather is nice enough I may even take one of these to the beach for added summer feeling. As it is Pride month I decided to put together a little rec list of queer books that fit the Summerathon prompts (is anyone surprised? probably not...) 

Two Like Me and You Blog Tour | Review

hello and welcome back to another review!

Two Like Me and You by Chad Alan Gibbs is a YA contemporary and I laughed out loud, nearly cried and wanted to give almost every character a hug about seven times a chapter.  Thankyou to Netgalley, Xpresso Book Tours and Chad Alan Gibbs for allowing me to read this wonderful story.

Reading It Queer Rec List!

Hello and welcome to my reading it queer rec list!! If you have no idea what I'm talking about you can check out my explanation post here and then come back to check out the book recs!

Going Off Script Blog Tour: Review!

Queens of Geek is one of my favourite contemporary reads so when I discovered that not only was Jen Wilde writing a new book but that said new book was going to focus on the relationship between two women I may have shrieked a little bit. I shrieked even more when the possibility of being part of the blog tour for Going Off Script came about so you can imagine the noise when I received an email to let me know I was on it!! A huge thankyou to SwoonReads and Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to devour this book before it hit mainstream shelves (and on that note - it's now sitting pretty on those shelves from today!! It's queer, hilarious and adorable and I 100% recommend everyone to go and buy a copy. If you need a tiny bit more encouragement then hopefully my full review can help!)

Queers Gone By: Rec List!

Hello and welcome back to another rec list, this time for the amazing Queers Gone By summer reading challenge! If you have no idea what I'm talking about you can all the general information in this post here. If you've read the post (either just now or on Tuesday) you'll know that each of the hosts picked two queer women, mine are Helen Hull Jacobs and Alice Dunbar Nelson, and then came up with a bunch of prompts. To assist you all with said prompts we've also come up with a few recommendations for each one!

Queers Gone By: Summer Readathon Announcement

Hello and welcome to yet another exciting announcement post! It will come as no surprise that I like books, women and LGBTQ+ issues, so when the lovely Molly approached me to ask if I'd be interested in helping out with a summer reading challenge that combined all three of the above my answer was an instant yes!

June Readathon Announcement!

Good evening everybody! I'm super excited to finally be sharing this post with you as it means that June, and more importantly pride month is literally right around the corner.

If you've been following me for a little while now you'll know that last year, 2018, I read only queer books for the entire year.  It was a decision made out of frustration over the lack of representation on my own bookshelves - I desperately wanted to read books where I could see myself and my own sexuality on its pages; I knew they existed but I just wasn't reading many. So Reading it Queer was born.

Small Town Hearts Blog Tour: Review!

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale is a book that's been on my radar for a few months and is actually one of my most anticipated queer releases of 2019. Set in Oar's Rest in Maine over the summer it sounded like a complete dream of a book so when Lili from Utopia State of Mind contacted me to see if I wanted to be involved in the blog tour for it I replied with a giant YES. Well, technically I shrieked at the email, danced around my room for a couple minutes and then said yes, but the point of the story is the same and it resulted in a shiny attachment landing in my inbox; cue more happy dancing!

Before I jump into the review I want to give you all a little warning because I went into this book very unprepared. The food in Small Town Hearts is unbelievably wonderful. Lillie's descriptions are gorgeous and I was hungry for the entire time reading this, so when you pick it up please make sure you have some form of snack (ideally something baked but anything will do), because the alternative is having to put the book down to go all the way to the shop just to buy something. And you won't want to put this book down.

a very queer book list | february tbr

If you saw my post last week you'll know that I'm going to be joining in with both Sapphicathon and FF February Reads this month and I am maybe being a little bit optimistic with my TBR of ten books - most of which are over 250 pages, considering this is the shortest month that also contains all of my formative assessments for university and two visits from my family but I'm nothing if overly ambitious.

FF February Reads + Sapphicathon Recs

If you follow me on twitter you might have already seen me screeching about these two read-a-thons coming up next month but just in case you've missed it: there are two amazing readathons happening in February and both are dedicated solely to F/F or sapphic literature! As soon as I saw them I, obviously, knew I would be taking part in both. The fact that it's my birthday month is the cherry on top of the rainbow cake!