T5W: Characters on the Naughty List

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December 13th – Characters on the Naughty List
These can be villains or just characters you don’t like!

a game of thronesI’ve said this many times before and I will say it again: I HATE TYRION LANNISTER! My annoyance started when I realised everyone adores this man, but why? He doesn’t do anything! He thinks he’s smart, but his enemies outsmarted him a lot. He thinks he’s funny, but the only people who want to be around him, are people he pays. He thinks he’s rich, but that’s all thanks to his family.

Especially when I started reading the books, I couldn’t look past his problematic nature. He is a rapist; wanted to sexually assault under-age Sansa Stark, but only stopped because she was crying and that’s not “sexy”; fantasises about having his sister severely hurt and raped; etc.

Tyrion Lannister reminds me of those male authors who write long paragraphs when having a conversation with women, but without any substance whatsoever. They think they’re better than everyone else, but in reality, no one likes them because they’re honestly not that interesting.

simon vs the homo sapiens agendaIf you haven’t read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet, here’s all you need to know (by the way, these aren’t spoilers because it literally happens in the very first chapter): Martin discovers Simon has been emailing a boy nicknamed Blue and blackmails him: if Simon doesn’t make Martin look desirable to his friend Abby, Martin is going to out Simon to the entire school.

But noooo, Martin isn’t homophobic you guys, because his brother is gay! *sarcasm* UGH, I hate Martin so much! I love Becky Albertalli’s writing because it’s so honest and realistic, and Martin is no exception. This dude genuinely thinks he’s a nice guy and ultimately feels victimizes by the entire thing. Thankfully, his behaviour doesn’t go unchallenged.

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If you’ve read my review of Outlander, you know how I feel about Jamie Fraser: he’s an abusive rapist! I don’t want to rant all over again (read my review if you want to know how I feel) but I absolutely fail to see how he is so many people’s book boyfriend.

I don’t care whether he gets better, at the end of the day, he’s never going to apologise for his past behaviour anyway. He always ends up telling a sad story in which he pretty much blames Claire for what happens, and then she apologises to HIM!

daughter of smoke and boneLook, I don’t care enough about Akiva to hate him, but I certainly would’ve enjoyed Daughter of Smoke & Bone more without him. I usually like dual POVs, but even after reading his chapters, I still don’t know what his personality is like. Going into this, I knew there was going to be instalove. I thought I was prepared, but it was even worse than I had imagined. I’m so disappointed because forbidden romances are usually one of my favourite romance tropes! But it didn’t work for me because Akiva is such a flat character and I don’t see why they’re attracted to one another, except for their beauty. But like I said though, I don’t feel as strongly about this character as the others on my list.

the school for good and evilThere were many things I didn’t like about the School for Good and Evil, but it might have been a more bearable reading experience without Sophie. She is convinced she is good because she is beautiful, but she is such a horrible character and throughout the book, she remains selfish. Agatha and Sophie share a platonic true love’s kiss, but seriously, am I supposed to believe these two are best friends when Sophie threw Agatha under the bus time and time again?


So these are some characters I dislike and could live without. All with the exception of Martin are supposed to be likeable, so this list might be a bit controversial.

Which characters are on your naughty list?

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T5W: bookish things I’m a Grinch about

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 6th – Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About
Since being a grinch is a funny thing, try not to make this serious topics that make you angry (like lack of diversity or abusive relationships in fiction, etc) as this is supposed to be more of a petty bookish things you hate. This can be stuff about covers, dumb tropes, etc. Have fun with it.

Thankfully I read the description first, because I already had a bunch of serious topics in mind. So today, I am going to talk about some petty bookish things I hate, but try not to repeat things I have said in previous posts, like cover changes and movie tie-in book covers.

1. real people on book covers

the brightsidersTake the cover of The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, for example. I love that the colours of the bisexual flag were used, but I’m really not a fan of this cover. I just don’t like real people on covers, okay?! There are some exceptions (like Tyler Johnson Was Here) but bad covers are a dealbreaker for me. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll buy a physical copy, even though I am dying to read this book once it’s released.

2. overused tropes

Most tropes can be very interesting (like the missing princess, the chosen one, etc.) but my problem is that they are so overused, it has made a lot of Young Adult fantasy series incredibly predictable. When a missing princess is mentioned, it’s not that hard to figure out that our protagonist – who happens to be an orphan – is the one they’re talking about.

Like I said, those tropes aren’t bad, but they’re predictable. And more often than not, they’re only revealed towards the end of the book, whereas the reader knew all along. And then you have to read the rest of the series to discover the aftermath of that reveal… meh, I just don’t have the patience to read books like that anymore.

3. disappointing conclusion

I am very difficult when it comes to the end of a book series. I want some heartbreak, but I don’t want it to be predictable (e.g. Crooked Kingdom). I want things that were mentioned earlier on in the series to be addressed (e.g. The Raven King failed doing that). It’s just incredibly disappointing when you invest a lot of your time in something, and the finale is a let-down.

Yes, I do realise that finales must be incredibly difficult to write. But as a reader, I can’t say many final instalments have really satisfied me. Perhaps that’s why I prefer to read standalones these days.

4. overhyped books EVERYWHERE

When looking for bookish merch, when asking for recommendations, when checking out book awards, etc. the same books tend to pop up each time. I sometimes feel very disconnect from the Bookstagram community in particular, because my reading tastes are completely different. It’s so tiring that after so many years, the same book series are still shoved down your throat, just because the authors can’t seem to put an end to it.

Additionally, I wish the community talked more about books that aren’t Young Adult fantasy series. Some readers e.g. refuse to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because they don’t like to read contemporaries. Well, that’s fair I guess, but if you only read those overhyped YA fantasies, you are missing out on a lot of great things.

5. books with promising starts that go downhill

Name something more disappointing than picking up a book thinking it’s going to be a 5 star read, only to end up hating it. Why do bad things happen to good people?! I’m just kidding, but it’s still incredibly frustrating.


So these are some bookish things I’m a Grinch about. Honestly, I could’ve added many more things to this list, but I tried to keep it as light as possible 😀

What are some bookish things you are a Grinch about? Let me know in the comments!

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T5W: my problematic faves (book characters)

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November 8th: Problematic Faves
Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking.

There’s a fine line between my problematic faves and villains I love to hate. I actually find it hard to explain the difference myself, but Bellatrix Lestrange for example is a character I love because she embraces her evilness, whereas I think my problematic faves are more complex. However, that does not mean I excuse their behaviour or pretend it never happened. Also, I don’t consider characters who are merely flawed as problematic, because that’s what makes them human. The characters I am about to mention, have done things I would never be able to look past if they were real people instead of fictional characters.

Anyway, let’s get started! These are in no particular order.

the dream thievesIt has been a while since I’ve read The Raven Cycle, but every time I read it, I couldn’t help but love Joseph Kavinsky. I know, I know, I’m human garbage! Look, I’m not defending what he did, he’s just a character I really loved to read about and I MISS HIM.

a game of thronesEvery single character in A Song of Ice and Fire is complex and that’s one of the reason why I love this series so much. Sansa Stark is my favourite character, but I don’t think she’s problematic. Cersei Lannister on the other hand… She’s even more awful in the books, but I would die for her. When I started watching Game of Thrones, I never expected to love her as much as I do, but like I said, she is one of my favourite characters and I root for her.

six of crowsMatthias Helvar is a former Drüskelle, which are soldiers who hunt the Grisha. You can compare it to the Nazis who abused and murdered Jewish and other people. I wouldn’t be able to root for a character that was a former Nazi, but admittedly, Matthias was probably my third favourite character in this duology, besides Inej and Nina. I’m even more trash because I actually shipped him with a Grisha. Let’s just blame Bardugo for my behaviour, she shouldn’t have written him so well!

deathly hallowsDraco and Narcissa Malfoy were loyal to the Death Eaters, which is once again similar to the Nazis. I recently re-read the Harry Potter series and I was especially shocked by Draco’s behaviour in the earlier books, he was absolutely horrible! He even wished Hermione would die at some point.

Having said that, I truly believe these characters were followers rather than actively involved (not that that’s any better, but still) and turned their lives around in the end.


Damn, sorry for my little outbursts there. I feel very ashamed for loving these characters because I usually really don’t support problematic characters, but here we are 🤷‍♀️

What are some of your problematic faves?

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T5W: books featuring witches on my TBR

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

October 4th: Books Featuring Witches
So there is a topic later this month about paranormal creatures, but 1. witches aren’t creatures and 2. they deserve their own topic. These can be “witch books” or books that happen to feature witches as characters, whether they are main characters or side characters.

I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasies lately, so instead, I’m going to talk about five books featuring witches on my TBR. Surprisingly, I actually own all of these already! These are in no particular order. truthwitch

synopsis: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Truthwitch is on my fall TBR. I’ve been meaning to start this series ever since it was released, so I really need to pick this up soon. On the other hand, however, the release date of the third instalment has been pushed back, if I’m correct. So in fact, I shouldn’t rush myself. the bone witch

synopsis: The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

The Bone Witch is on my fall TBR as well! I own the audiobook as well, but I think it’s best to actually read a complex fantasy novel myself. Apparently, this is kind of slow, but I’ve managed to read books like A Game of Thrones, so surely, I can get through this as well, right?labyrinth lost.png

synopsis: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

I started Labyrinth Lost back in April, but because I was incredibly busy, I ended up DNF’ing all the books I was reading back then. I was really enjoying Labyrinth Lost, but I think I’ll have to re-read it before I pick this up again. uprooted.png

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.

Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood’s powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.

The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia – all the things Agnieszka isn’t – and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.

But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

Some readers absolutely love Uprooted, other really don’t. Fantasy standalones always peak my interests (I don’t  read many series lately), so I ought to read this one soon! the school for good and evil.png

The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

I received this trilogy for my birthday almost two years ago, yet I still haven’t started this series. Middle Grade is either a hit-or-miss for me, but the synopsis sounds so unique. And many readers, including adults, seem to really enjoy these books!


So these are five books featuring witches on my TBR. Feel free to leave a link to your ‘Top 5 Wednesday’ post below, because I really want to discover more books with witches!

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T5W: books I’ve read because of Twitter

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September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.
Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use

Today, I’m going to talk about five books I picked up because of Twitter. These titles weren’t on my radar at first, but thanks to the people I follow on there, I decided to pick them up. You can find me @romweasleys on Twitter, by the way, though I am currently on hiatus since there’s too much triggering content on there! Anyway, these are in no particular order!

the gentleman's guide to vice and virtueI initially wasn’t planning on reading the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, because I’d rather read M/M romances by male authors. But everyone was loving this book, so I decided to listen to it on audiobook. Unfortunately, my gut feeling was right and I didn’t enjoy this as much as everyone else has. You can read my full review here.

lambs can always become lionsI follow the author on several social media, so that’s how I found out this wonderful F/F Robin Hood retelling. Though I’m not familiar with Robin Hood, I ended up loving Lambs Can Always Become Lions. I loved the diversity and especially the writing! You can read my full review here.

better at weddings than you.pngYou have no idea how many M/F romances I have bought because of Twitter! I would never reach for those books myself, but when they’re diverse and other readers have loved them, I’m willing to give them a chance. I’ll probably never fall in love with this genre, but as long as the books are entertaining, I’m okay with that. If you do like romances, however, I’d definitely recommend Better At Weddings Than You! You can read my full review here.

how to make a wishAs soon as I found out about How to Make a Wish on Twitter, I requested an ARC on Netgalley. I’m so glad I did, because it’s one of my favourite #OwnVoices books with bisexual representation! At the time, I didn’t fully love this, because the difficult parts of Grace’s live were relatable as well. Having said that, I can’t wait to re-read this beauty! I’m certain I will enjoy it even more the second time around, because I’m now aware of everything this novel deals with. You can read my full review here.

coffee boyAfter reading a lot of harmful New Adult romances a couple of years ago, I stayed clear from the genre. But I really enjoyed the queer ones I picked up this year thanks to Twitter! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: please don’t neglect diverse books even if the genre doesn’t appeal to you. You might miss out on some great books if you do! You can read my full review here.


So these were five books I picked up because of Twitter. To be honest though, the majority of the books I read, are on my radar thanks to the folks I follow there. I mainly read diverse books today and I wouldn’t have heard of many of those titles if it wasn’t for the book community on Twitter. Unfortunately, the place is too harmful for me at the moment, so I hope I won’t be missing out on any amazing books 😦

Anyway, what are some books you picked up because of Twitter (or BookTube, or bloggers….)?

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T5W: Book Covers I’d Live In

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I completely forgot about today’s topic! I wrote down my picks days ago, but didn’t actually include them in my blog post. So apologies for being so late. Anyway, Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

August 2nd: Book Covers You’d Live In
We all love a good cover but what are some covers you’d like to be transported into?

I’ve picked five covers that I find very aesthetically pleasing and would therefore like to be transported into them. For me, it’s not about the setting that’s shown on the cover, but rather the general vibe of it. So here they are:

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I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I absolutely love these covers!

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T5W: books that aren’t inspired by the Western world

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Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

July 19th: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World
I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!)

So today, I am going to talk about five 2017 releases that aren’t inspired by the Western world and am exited to read! These are in no particular order. All books are written by authors of colour. I don’t know whether they’re all set outside of the Western world, but I do think all novels were inspired by the authors’ cultures.

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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes is the companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen, which I haven’t read yet either. But I’ve heard many positive things about this one especially, so I guess I’ll pick up the “sequel” first and then decide whether the first one is worth picking up. Anyway, I absolutely love the cover!

The Library of Fates by by Aditi Khorana

Look at that cover! It’s one of my absolutely favourites! The Library of Fates was released yesterday and is inspired by Indian folklore. Yes, romances aren’t usually my cup of tea, but this is a YA fantasy after all and I really ought to pick that genre up again!

Want by Cindy Pon

This novel is set in futuristic Taipei and was released last month. I bought a copy for my dear friend Laura (@ Green Tea and Paperbacks) but I haven’t to buy a copy for myself yet. I’ve mentioned a few times before that I don’t usually read sci-fi novels, but I’m always willing to give diverse authors and books a chance nevertheless 🙂

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

The Gauntlet is described as “a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair“. I don’t know what Jumanji is, so I’m intrigued 😀 This novel received a lot of hype when it was released, but unfortunately, that has died down. That always happens and I hate that about the book community. Not everyone is able to read or buy books as soon as they’re released. It makes me feel left out… Anyway, this is a middle grade novel and though I don’t read that genre often, I really should because it makes me even more excited to pick this novel up!

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Everyone’s excitement for Wild Beauty has made me really excited as well, even though I have no idea what this novel is about! I do know it features queer characters and that the cover looks absolutely stunning 😀


Are you excited for these novels? Have you read any of the books mentioned above yet? Obviously, I could have added many more books to this list, but it’s Top FIVE Wednesday after all 😉

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T5W: Authors I Want to Read More From

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Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!

I’m only going to discuss some authors who have already published multiple books, but I haven’t read all of those yet. So for example, you won’t see Becky Albertalli on this list, because I’ve already read both her released books already 😉

These are in no particular order!


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Rick Riordan

I say this every single month, but I’ve only read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I definitely think I would enjoy these books more if I were younger, but I want to read his series nonetheless.

Riley Redgate

I read an ARC of Noteworthy by Riley Redgate a couple of months ago and I loved it! Important topics such as feminism were discussed and I think that tells a lot about an author. Therefore, I really want to read more books by Redgate!

Leigh Bardugo

I’ve only read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I really enjoyed the duology and I want to give the Grisha Trilogy another chance. I picked Shadow and Bone up in 2015, but I wasn’t in the mood for it back then.

Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea was my favourite book of 2016, so I definitely have to read Ruta Sepetys other books! I’m studying to become a history teacher, so obviously, historical fiction novels are my cup of tea. Yet I never actually pick up that genre, so I have to change that soon!

Ashley Herring Blake

I also received an ARC of How To Make a Wish a couple of weeks ago and I would recommend this book to everyone! That book was written for me: bisexual MC with an unconventional/dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship.

Suffer Love, Blake’s first novel, is about a girl whose father cheated on her mother. And guess what? That’s – unfortunately – also very relatable material for me.


There are many more authors that could’ve made it onto this list, but it’s Top Five Wednesday after all. Which authors do you want to read more books from?

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T5W: favourite LGBTQIAP+ reads

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Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

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

I feel a bit conflicted about this week’s topic. On the one hand, I absolutely love that we get to recommend diverse books. But on the other hand, I’m afraid I’ll see the same books over and over again: The Raven Cycle, Six of Crows, A Darker Shade of Magic… and problematic and harmful books. I understand, because I was like that only a couple of months ago, but I’ve learnt so much and I really hope people will discuss books that aren’t already very popular and do research so they don’t recommend any harmful books.

Lately, I’ve become much more open about my sexual orientation. I’m still closeted in real life (only two people know I’m bisexual) but reading about characters that you can identify with is so important. It’s also nice to see that more fluffy books featuring LGBTQIAP+ characters are being published. We deserve happy endings as well. We don’t constantly want to read about characters who are being bullied because they aren’t allo cis straight (or white, for that matter).

Anyway, there are many more books I would recommend! I’m going to pick five books from the books I’ve read in 2017 so far. As you know, these are in no particular order.

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (review)

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I read Queens of Geek at the beginning of April and I loved it! One of the main characters is a bisexual Chinese Australian woman and the love interest is a queer black woman. It was probably the most relatable portrayal of bisexuality I’ve read so far. I completely related to Charlie’s experience and it’s no surprise this is an #OwnVoices book (for the autism representation as well)!

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (review)

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Even though I read an ARC of The Upside of Unrequited last month, I already want to re-read it! I plan on buying a hardcover copy soon. This is my all-time favourite YA contemporary novel. I love this book so much. The queer representation isn’t #OwnVoices, but I loved it nonetheless. I love how some characters were queer without their story revolving around that. Someone wrote a review saying that such representation is superficial, but I disagree. Just because I’m bisexual, doesn’t mean my life revolves around my sexual orientation.

Anyway, I absolutely adore Becky Albertalli. She also wrote Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, which features gay and bisexual characters. I’m so surprised when people haven’t read or don’t even own this book yet. Everyone has different tastes, I know, but sometimes, I cannot help but think that some readers intentionally avoid books featuring LGBTQIAP+ characters. And that’s not okay.

Anyway, I do have to warn you that Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda could be harmful for queer women. Simon, who is gay, says things are easier for lesbians and bi girls because men think it’s hot. Fetishisation doesn’t mean you are accepted. Having said that, I’m glad that instead of ignoring queer girls, Albertalli decided to include multiple queer female characters in The Upside of Unrequited and used sensitivity readers to get the representation right.

The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis (review)

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The Paths We Choose is the sequel to The Melody of You and Me and I enjoyed it even more than than the first instalment. M. Hollis (who is queer!) writes such cute and diverse F/F novellas and I cannot wait to get my hands on the final version of The Paths We Choose.

I did an interview with the author at the beginning of this month – which you can read here – and she is so incredibly nice.

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (review)

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At the beginning of this post I said queer people deserve to read books featuring LGBTQIAP+ characters that have happy endings and don’t feature tons of bullying and harmful language. We Are the Ants is not such a book. It’s very heavy, because it deals with topics such as suicide, depression, bullying, sexual assault, etc. Still, I loved this book, but be aware that it could be triggering. However, I am amazed that Shaun David Hutchinson still managed to make me laugh out loud multiple times.

Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (review)

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Coffee Boy is a M/M romance featuring a trans protagonist and a bisexual love interested. This book is #OwnVoices for the transgender representation. I really enjoyed reading about a trans character who doesn’t always pass. Of course, I didn’t not enjoy the micro-aggressions and transphobia Kieran had to deal with, but I do think it’s very important to also represent trans characters who don’t always pass, who can’t afford or don’t want to have any surgeries.

There was one sentence in this book I found biphobic, but other than that, I highly enjoyed this novella. I know a lot of people are probably going to recommend If I Was Your Girl today, but I sadly cannot do the same. I never talk about this because I don’t want to criticise a book about a trans character written by a trans author, but I read this book back in November and it still hurts me whenever I think of this book. In my opinion, it’s biphobic, but I don’t know whether my feelings are valid because no one else has mentioned that in their reviews. As great as the trans representation was, I’m very wary of recommending it because I don’t want this book to hurt anyone else.


I got a bit carried away there at the end . What are some of your favourite LGBTQIAP+ reads?

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T5W: top SFF books on my TBR

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Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes ! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

April 5th: Top SFF Books on Your TBR *Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!*
Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!

There are so many books on my TBR, so it will be hard to limit this to merely five! As you know, these are in no particular order.

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

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The Bone Witch has received many mixed reviews, so I was hesitant to buy this. But the people who dislike it, are people who don’t tend to read a lot of diverse books. When a book is problematic, that’s often a deal-breaker for me. But none of the critique The Bone Witch received has anything to do with that, so I definitely want to give this one a try! I’ve heard it’s quite slow, but I can live with that as long as it is a unique and diverse fantasy story.

Labyrinth Lost by by Zoraida Córdova

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I could say the exact same thing about Labyrinth Lost. This one has also received many mixed reviews, but because diverse fantasy novels aren’t that common, I want to read it. I’m constantly searching for more diverse YA fantasies that don’t rely on the same tropes we see everywhere, and I believe Labyrinth Lost is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

Empress of a Thousands Skies by Rhoda Belleza

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I see a pattern: all these diverse SFF novels have received many mixed reviews and none of them have anything to do with possible problematic aspects. Are readers more critical when it comes to diverse books, or are they actually mediocre? I’m afraid it isn’t the latter, so I want to read these books to see for myself. Although I rarely read science-fiction, Empress of a Thousands Skies has caught my attention. I don’t own a physical copy yet, but I’ll probably buy one soon.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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I already started A Torch Against the Night last week, but I’m afraid I wasn’t in the mood for it. I’ve read about one hundred pages and I liked it so far, but I never actually wanted to pick it up. Still, I’m hoping to get to this one soon! I have put A Torch Against the Night off for too long and have got to continue this series ASAP before I forget everything again.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

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I’m so angry: why is it taking me so long to read this series? I absolutely love A Song of Ice and Fire, yet I don’t actually read the books but pick up smaller ones instead. I constantly tell myself I have to stop doing that, but I never actually do. Last month, I started reading A Dance with Dragons right after I finished A Feast for Crows, but I didn’t make it very far before I put it down, AGAIN. Next month, I have to spend a lot of time on the train, so maybe I should take A Dance with Dragons with me then.


Which science-fiction and fantasy books are on your TBR? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Feel free to leave a link to your Top 5 Wednesday post below!

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