Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQIA+ Books!


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

April 19th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads
–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I have a post dedicated to LGBTQIA+ Recs, if you want more than five.


 

 

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo

This is an #ownvoices YA novel about a transgender girl, Amanda who moves to a new town after an incident at her old school. Amanda does struggle throughout this book, but it’s a nice romance and great friend group!

TRUE LETTERS FROM A FICTIONAL LIFE by Kenneth Logan –

This is so underrated. I read it because Becky Albertalli recommended this on Twitter. I fell in love with the story. It’s about a boy who is finding his sexuality and trying to come to terms with it. It’s an LGBTQIA+ version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. He writes letters to his family and friends telling them about his day and his sexuality. They are taken and sent out. Pick this up if you haven’t, it’s really great! Also, if you’re a hockey fan – there’s hockey talk!

SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN by Jeff Garvin

THIS BOOK. It’s my favorite LGBTQIA+ book and it needs more people to read it!! This is about Riley and they are gender fluid. We learn what it’s like to live in Riley’s life and their thoughts as well as other people’s perception of them. Riley’s life changes when they start a blog, much like Tumblr and it blows up in the LGBTQIA+ community. There is also mention and knowledge of other LGBTQIA+ aspects. This is definitely very educational and such a good read. Please, please go read this. (This book is not own voices).

BEEN HERE ALL ALONG by Sandy Hall 

This book is a male retelling of the song, We Belong Together by Taylor Swift. We follow Kyle and Gideon who have been best friends and neighbors since they were 5 years old. Kyle is bisexual and has come out to his closest friends and his family. But, he’s about to tell his girlfriend, Ruby. Kyle also deals with a learning disability in this novel. Gideon is exploring his sexuality and developing feelings for Kyle. This is one of my favorite LGBTQIA+ love stories!

SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

Simon has yet to come out to his family and he has been emailing with Blue, a boy he met on Tumblr who goes to his school. This is the cutest and one of my top LGBTQIA+ recs! We go through Simon and Blue’s emails as well as Simon’s life with his crazy family and caring friends. It’s so cute and I suggest to pick it up if you haven’t!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: February 22nd: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump


I haven’t done a T5W in so long! This is my first one of 2017. I had to get on this one because #relatable.  I’ve only been in a slump a few times, and so I have books that have cured me, but also some you should read if you are in one!

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1. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This book is confirmed to get you out of a slump! In September of 2015, I was in a slump where I didn’t even finish reading a book the whole month. Until the next month I picked up this book and I was out of the slump! My friend, Karla also read this and it got her out of a slump!

THIS BOOK HAS 14 MULTIPLE POV, SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE THAT…don’t read this! I loved it but I like multiple POV.

 

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2. PS I LIKE YOU BY KASIE WEST

I’m going to recommend any Kasie West to help a reading slump since they are quick and cute! Personally, this one got me back into reading after a slumpy month where I only read two books.

This one is predictable, but I really liked it! It was my first Kasie West book EVER.

 

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As this may not be the best series in the whole wide YA fiction world, it’s still a good and quick series! Two of the three books are set in summer, the second is set in Winter.

It’s an addictive series and it will definitely get you out of a slump! But, you may really dislike the main character, Isabel “Belly” because she is constantly whining and can’t decide between her two love interests, Conrad and Jeremiah.

 

99728384. Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

I feel like David Levithan is my go-to when I am in a reading slump. This book in particular is very quick and short. I recommend it because you could easily read it in one sitting. It follows a boy who thinks he’s being watched when polaroid pictures start showing up of him… The pictures are also included throughout the story which makes it even creepier. Haha!

 

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This book is very fast paced because it’s set during one day. I’m sure you’ve heard about it already, so I’m not going to say too much about the plot. It is a romance with a well-written instalove that you aren’t going to hate.

You are also introduced to the history of hair, and of the MC’s family members. Pick it up if you haven’t and you will be cured of your reading slump..I promise!

 


What book got you out of a reading slump or what do you do when you’re in a slump??

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From
— I am constantly waiting on my favorite authors, new-to-me or debut authors to write more books! Here is my top five list. Who do you want another book from?

 

  1. Rainbow Rowell – I always need more Contemporary from Rainbow Rowell. Though, I am #currentlyreading Carry On through audiobook. I just want to know there’s more Rainbow Rowell to read!
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  2. Stephanie Perkins– It’s been a while since her last book, Isla and the Happily Ever After. She has edited the short story collections My True Love Gave to Me and Summer Days & Summer Nights, but I want more books from her! I love the way she writes Young Adult Contemporary novels and I just need more!! 9627755
  3. Stephen Chobsky — I NEED MORE. SO BAD. PERKS WAS SO SO GOOD. I WANT MORE. CRIES. 4327066
  4. Lucy Keating- I recently read Dreamology and now I am anticipating Literally SO BAD. She’s definitely going to be one of my auto-read authors. 
  5. Jeff Garvin- Another debut author I discovered this year who I want more from. I’m excited to see what his next books are like, if they are going to be gender fluid or lgbtqia based? Anyway, I just need more asap from Jeff Garvin! 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Theme Songs


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: June 1st: Book Theme Songs
–Songs you associate with different books, whether it’s because of the lyrics matching the story, the tone fits the story, or just because you listened to it a lot while reading that particular book!


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Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Song: RIBS BY LORDE

The drink you spilt all over me
‘Lover’s Spit’ left on repeat
My mom and dad let me stay home
It drives you crazy, getting old”

I looked up a playlist for this book on Spotify and this was the first song in the playlist. It’s so accurate to this book!

 

 

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Song: Things We Lost in the Fire by Bastille

“When loneliness came and you were away
Oh they told me nothing new,
But I love to read the words you used
These are the things, the things we lost”

As soon as I heard this song, I felt the connection to We Were Liars. I’m not going to elaborate because this is a spoiler. Also, go listen to this album because it’s so good!

 

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Song: Undercover Martyn by Two Door Cinema Club

This song represents Paper Towns very well! I’m proud of this match!

“You hid there last time, you know we’re gonna find you
Sick in the carseat, cause you’re not up to going
Out on the main streets, completing your mission”

 

 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Song: Cath… by Death Cab for Cutie

Had to include this song because it’s called Cath!

 

 

 

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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Song: San Francisco by 5 Seconds of Summer

Okay, I just needed a reason to add a 5SOS song. But, Lola is set in San Fran and so it worked. But, it also works with this book so win-win!

“I wanna get back to where we started
To the summer night
You know, you know, you know, you know we got it right
Yeah wanna get back to San Francisco
In the fire light
You know, you know, you know, you know we had it right”

 


 

This was such a fun topic! I really love relating music to books!! What’s your favorite song that reminds you of a book?

Top 5 Wednesday: FIVE BOOKS I WANT TO READ THIS SUMMER


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: Summer Reads
— These are the top five books that I want to read this summer! — Also, I’m blogging this Wednesday b/c my voice is very raspy and sounds terrible!


 

  1. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – I need more Jennifer E. Smith reads! I’m hosting a Goodreads read a long; Summer of Smith — reading Jenn’s books! 15790873
  2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell– I need to finish this book. Seriously, how haven’t I finished it? I haven’t had time 😦23734628
  3. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider — My Booktube bestie, Sabrina and I are planning to buddy read this! I’m excited b/c I loved The Beginning of Everything. 23149128
  4. Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn – This is such a summery cover and I’ve had this for a year now, I think it’s time to finally read it! 22718793
  5. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill – Definitely a short read I want to get to this summer. I’ve been meaning to pick it up but haven’t had the time. 11721314

What is on your SUMMER TBR??

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Wish to Meet Bookcon 2016!


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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Gingereadslainey with different bookish topics for each week.

If you’re interested in joining in, see the Goodreads group!

Today’s topic: Authors You’d Like to Meet at BEA/Bookcon 
— Whether you are attending the events this month or not, talk about who you would like to meet from the lineup!


Yes, you heard it here! I’m going to Bookcon in Chicago, IL from May 13-15! This will be my second bookcon and I’m meeting up and staying with my Booktube friends! I will be meeting some of them for the first time and I cannot wait!!

If you’re not attending, pleaseeee check out Armchair BEA! It’s an online edition of Book Expo America. All you have to do is sign up!

Anyway, here are the authors I wish to meet because I know how hard it is to actually meet authors at Bookcon and get your books signed.


  1. John Corey Whaley – HE’S SO CUTE AND I LOVE HIM. Where Things Come Back was so great and I have yet to read Noggin, but I want his new release – Highly Illogical Behavior! The cover is so pretty and basically  INEEDIT.26109391
  2. David Levithan – By far, one of my favorite authors! Last year, I didn’t get to meet him BUT he did walk by me and it was great. So, hopefully I can step that up this year!
  3. Nicola Yoon – I loved Everything, Everything and I am sure she is so sweet IRL! She’s promoting her new book, The Sun is Also a Star and the cover is gorgeous!! Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.indd
  4. Morgan Matson — I really want to purchase The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson while at Bookcon, I won’t get to meet her because I’m hoping to meet another author (no. 5) who has the same time as her!
  5. JENNY HAN!!!!!! My FAVORITE author besides Rainbow Rowell, I have read her book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before about 4 times.. 😉 She’s definitely an author on my “authors to meet” list! I know it’s really hard to meet/greet authors at Bookcon, but I’m hoping to try my best!

Top 5 Wednesday: Books with Hard Topics


Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @gingerreadslainey on YouTube. 

WE HAVE A NEW HOST! Sam @ ThoughtsonTomes. I’m really excited to see what she brings to Top 5 Wednesday, I know she will do great! Thanks so much to Lainey for creating T5W, it got me into my first Booktube videos.

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Today’s Topic: Books with “Hard” Topics (ie mental health, sexual assault, illness, etc)

This is a great topic. I love reading books with hard topics and I’m always open to read more!

 Topics include: Cancer, Mental Health, OCD, and Abuse.