READ O RAMA Days 1 & 2 Updates


Better late than never, the first day of read-o-rama is almost over! I’ve plugged this readathon my channel but I wanted to promote it here too! This year, I’ve been hosting Read O Rama, a readathon created by Chloe @ Brunette Bibliophile, co-hosted by Elizabeth @ The Owlery along with myself and April Sarah. 

This readathon is running from June 11th to the 17th. You can still join us, if you’d like! But, we’ll be back before the year is over, too.

Follow us on Twitter for sprints.  We also have a giveaway running until the end of the readathon.

DAY 1:

80 % read of Coffee Boy by Austin Chant

Books read: 0

DAY 2:

Finished Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (89 pages)

Started How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (37 pages read)

Books read: 1

TOTAL PAGES: 126


Coffee Boy by Austin Chant – a short review 

This is a short story following a transgender boy, Kieran starting an internship in politics that he was recommended for by a professor of his, Marcus. Coffee Boy explores Kieran’s sexuality and how he is perceived by others and it does not sugar coat the struggles those who are transgender deal with on a daily basis such as being misgendered. Coffee Boy ALSO includes a bisexual character and includes bisexuality in general. I would’ve rated this 5 stars, however I had to skim the last few pages because the sex scenes were in depth and graphic, which I was not expecting! :O Just personally, I couldn’t read those scenes. Coffee Boy has great rep and I loved seeing a story of a transgender boy in the workplace and going into adulthood (he’s 23 y.o.) versus Young Adult, which I’m used to.

I can’t express enough how great the LGBTQIA+ representation was and I LOOOVED the mention of pins to indicate sexuality or that Kieran wears a pronoun pin. I loved how real this story was and I highly recommend.

 

ARC REVIEW: Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall [spoiler free]



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 Been Here All Along 

 Author: Sandy Hall 
 Genre:  Young Adult, LGBTQIA,  Contemporary

Publisher:  Swoon Reads
Publication Date: August 30 2016
Paperback: 240 Pages

 My Rating: ★★★

A Little Something Different

Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do…

Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…


This was my most anticipated release and I am so thankful to have received an ARC of it from Swoon Reads. Shout out to Macmillan & Swoon Reads for their awesomeness and allowing me to read and review this for them!

Kyle and Gideon have been best friends since they were about the age of five. They have always been next-door neighbors and have created a close bond. Despite their opposite personalities; Kyle: basketball player/jock, Gideon: geek, brainiac they’ve become best of friends. Their friendship is one you’ll be envious of!

This book primarily revolves around exploring sexuality and coming to terms with it. Kyle is bisexual and has been out to his family and close friends. However, he hasn’t told his girlfriend Ruby because he didn’t feel comfortable. He deals with finding ways to finally tell her this big secret. While, Gideon is exploring his sexuality and coming to terms with “being gay” when he starts developing feelings for Kyle. 

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Sandy Hall is a writer who likes multiple POV. Similar to her sophomore novel, Signs Point to Yes this book focuses on the main characters, a sibling and Ruby – Kyle’s girlfriend. We get to know these other characters and see what they’re struggling with as well as the boys.

I enjoy the way Hall writes because she has fluffy Contemporary with a hint of dark/important topics. Been Here All Along includes a parent losing a job, surviving in the real world/life after college and a learning disability. I enjoyed these topics being implemented into the story because they are real life events and need to be seen in YA more! Adding a learning disability really hit me because it was relatable to my life and rare to see in YA books.

Kyle and Ruby have a complicated relationship – there were times when it did feel toxic. Ruby isn’t the nicest character and seems careless when it comes to others feelings. She gets jealous very quickly. However, she redeems herself in the end.

This book takes a turn when Gideon and Ruby start acting strange which causes Kyle to become suspicious. It changes the story and the characters turn on each other. This really makes the story 🙂  

I loved Kyle and Gideon’s story and how many strong messages were in this book. Gideon is a friend you’d love to have. He’s super nerdy, kind and will force you to watch Lord of the Rings. Kyle is sweet and understanding, witty.

I think this became one of my favorite Sandy Hall books since A Little Something Different. I highly recommend to pick up this LGBTQIA book inspired by a fan edition of You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift! Kyle and Gideon will quickly become your new OTP and you’ll ship them as hard as I did!  I would read more of these boys in a heartbeat. I love them so much. Please pick this book up, it deserves to be read 🙂

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LGTBQIA RECS! #PrideMonth


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June is #PrideMonth! So, in honor of Pride Month I am sharing with you some of my favorite LGBTQIA reads that you should read if you haven’t already! Or.. re-read? Fine by me!

  1. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – This is my favorite LGBT book, ever!  It follows the internet relationship of Simon Spier and Blue, they met through Tumblr and the book is written in some of their emails which are adorable! The friends, family & relationship in this book is so great, I can’t express enough how much I love this book.

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3af15-wgwg2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan & John Green – This is such a great book that features LGBTQ characters. The book starts off with Will Grayson (#1) and his online relationship which leads to him meeting another LGBT character. This book is hilarious, uplifting and you will love the characters. Also suggest the musical companion to this, Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper story by David Levithan

3. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley – This is one of my favorite books of the year, I highly recommend it. This book deals with Solomon Reed and his agoraphobia and severe panic attacks. He isn’t openly gay, but his family is supportive nonetheless.

4.24464110 Signs Point To Yes by Sandy Hall – Sandy Hall is one of my favorite contemporary authors and I just read this book last month. In terms of LGBTQ, there is Margot who is not openly bi-sexual. We see her in the stages of wanting to come out to her parents, who are very strict. This story is a great summer read, set in the summer with triple POV. Following Margot’s sister, Jane who picks up a summer babysitting job and becomes friendly with their brother. Great read with a bi-sexual character with a road trip involved! MY REVIEW.

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5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – This is a book I will always recommend because it’s quirky and fun! In this story, Lola Nolan is the daughter of two fathers – Andy and Nathan. They’re so funny and great parents to Lola! We also see Lola’s love life!

43270666. Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book is a classic in my opinion, it’s so great and forever one of my favorite books. We follow Charlie, who is a freshman in high school through letters he is sending to a hypothetical “friend” throughout his first year of high school. In this book, LGBT is incorporated so nicely and I loved it.

 

7. 22692740Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin– Recently finished this last week and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I will be recommending this along with Simon forever. This is an excellent book about a gender fluid teen, Riley who has transferred to a new school due to severe bullying. Riley creates a blog that goes viral and Riley finds that as an outlet to the LGBTQIA community. I devoured this book and loved all of the LGBTQ aspects that are incorporated, it is definitely very educational and such a good read. Please, please go read this.

 


What are some of your favorite LGBTQIA books? I’m always looking forward to reading more, it’s one of my favorite genres! I love being educated on the LGBTQIA community!