10 Books I Want to Read with My Mom

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of articles about Mother/Daughter book clubs. Because that is only the best idea in the entire world, I immediately suggested to my own mother that we start one. After she told me to calm the heck down, she agreed that it would be a good idea. So I was off, pouring over book lists to come with ideas for our two-person book club. I eventually came up with about fifty titles, but for Top 10 Tuesday, I narrowed the list down to the 10 books I am most excited to read with my mom.

1) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

gone with the wind

This is my mom’s favourite book of all time – and it’s actually one of my favourites as well seeing as I read it two or three times as a teenager. Neither of us has read it in years and so I think it would be fun to read my mom’s most beloved book for our club.

2) Carrie by Stephen King

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My mom is not a huge horror fan like I am but I think we would both enjoy reading about Carrie’s toxic relationship with her mother because it’s so unlike our own.

3) The Princess Bride by William Goldman

princess bride

We recently watched the movie together on Mother’s Day so naturally we should read the book, too.

4) Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

where'd you go bernadette

This one I haven’t read before but I know it’s about a dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship – and it’s supposed to be hilarious!

5) Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood

I think this one is pretty much mandatory for mother/daughter book clubs.

6) The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

little book of hygge

My mom and I both love the idea of Hygge – comfortable, cozy, easy living.

7) Still Alice by Lisa Genova

still alice

A book about a psychology professor (and mother) who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s.

8) Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

spinster

A book that should appeal to two happily single women who don’t need no man.

9) Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin

michelle obama

A biography of one of the most inspirational women of our time.

10) The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

joy luck club

A book about the connections between women – between friends and between mothers and daughters.

Top 10 Tuesday is an original bookish tag created by The Broke and the Bookish

Suicide Reviews: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

harry-potter

Date Published: June 26, 1997

Published By: Bloomsbury

Number of Pages: 223

I was in the third grade when I first met The Boy Who Lived. Our teacher, Mrs. Morgan, started reading it out loud to us one day and by the time she finished reading the first chapter I was hooked. I was so enamoured by the book that I begged my mom to take me to the bookstore so I could buy my own copy. (Or rather, so she could buy it for me. Thanks, mom!)

Now in possession of the book, I raced through the story alongside Harry, Ron, and Hermione, battling mountain trolls, playing Quidditch, and rescuing the Philosopher’s Stone. By the time, I got to the last page, that was it for me – I was completely head-over-heels in love.

I know that with a lot of readers of my generation, Harry Potter was what got them into reading. It was different in my case, however, because I was already a huge bookworm before I read Harry Potter. I loved books before I even knew how to read them. (Strange, but true.) So I was always a book lover but when Harry Potter came along…it was like meeting my soulmate. Or soulbook, as it were. (Is that a thing? It should be.)

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Philosopher’s Stone. Since then, we’ve seen Harry Potter movies, theme parks, a play, official Harry Potter websites, fansites, countless merchandise, and crazy amounts of fanfiction and fanart. Which leaves the question: does the book that started a global phenomenon still hold up?

Short answer: Yes. Always.

I get so much more out of Philosopher’s Stone as an adult then I did when I was a kid. When I was younger, it was just a fun adventure story with dragons, magic spells, and the most incredible school for wizards and witches that I wanted to go to soooo badly! (I remember turning 11 and actually hoping I would get my Hogwarts letter.)

Now as an adult, I can appreciate the depth of J.K. Rowling’s knowledge of her own world, the allegories, the symbolism and all that good pretentious English-major kind of stuff. All the things an adult reader is ‘supposed’ to appreciate – but I still have so much fun reading it. Rowling’s writing is witty, straightforward, and smart. She never condescends to her audience – something that I believe is one of the reasons the Harry Potter books have stood the test of time. While Philosopher’s Stone can be read and enjoyed by children, she introduces enough dark elements to make the book compelling for adults as well. I mean, the book starts with an infant boy becoming an orphan because his parents were murdered. That’s pretty depressing stuff.

But Rowling is wise not to fill the first book with doom and gloom. The reader is dazzled as we see the fantastic magical world through Harry’s eyes for the first time. The scene in Diagon Alley where Harry first experiences the wizarding world is pure delight. Rowling is a master of worldbuilding – she gives us just enough detail to get a clear idea of the world but she does not inundate the reader with description that goes on for pages at a time. Classic examples include the scene in Diagon Alley, Harry and Ron eating magical treats on the Hogwarts Express, and the brief descriptions of the classes at Hogwarts. She makes it real, she makes it tangible while keeping an underlying logic and consistency throughout.

But no matter how great the worldbuilding is, the heart of Philosopher’s Stone is the characters. Characters who we fall in love with because we relate to them. I can’t think of any other literary characters who are more real to me than Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Great as individual characters but even better together as ‘The Golden Trio.’ They complement each other so perfectly – Hermione is the Mind, Ron is the Heart, and Harry is the Soul. Together, they are truly a magical combination.

When I first read Philosopher’s Stone, I had no idea of the phenomenon it would become. No matter how old I am, I always enjoy returning to it again and again to relive the magic once more.

Rating: 5/5

Top 10 Things on My Reading Wishlist

1) M/M Historical Romance

M/M historical romance books are nothing new – I discovered them when I was in my teens – but Avon, a major player in the romance publishing industry just started releasing M/M historical romance titles last year. I want to see even more major publishing houses release even more M/M historical romance titles.

2) M/M New Adult Fantasy Romance

I want a book series that is similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses but with a romance featuring two male characters.

3) M/M College Romance

(Noticing a theme, yet?)

I became obsessed with Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series recently and I would absolutely looove to see a steamy college romance where two hot guys fall for each other.

4) Beasts/mythical creatures bonding with humans

One of my all-time favourite tropes is when a vicious and powerful  fantasy creature (like a dragon) forms a bond with a human and becomes protective of them. I read a short story once where a dragon bonded with the princess he captured but I cannot think of any actual novels I’ve read that have that trope. I know they’re out there but I just can’t think of any. (Recommendations would be appreciated!)

5) Villains being redeemed by love

Another trope I am a sucker for is when a villain is redeemed by love. It doesn’t necessarily have to be romantic love but I am dying for a series where the main character is a really evil person but then they fall in love with someone and are redeemed by it.

6) A Beauty and the Beast retelling with an actual beast

Now. I know I am not the only person who thinks the Beast is waaaaay hotter than the prince. (In both the original animated movie and the live-action remake.) But whenever I read a Beauty and the Beast retelling it usually features a Beast who turns back into a man at the end or a man who acts beastly or a supernatural being who can shapeshift. While I enjoy those books very much, I am just waiting for a fantasy book where the romance is between a woman and some sort of anthropomorphic beast. And there are sex scenes. Lots of them. There I said it.

7) Epic horror fantasy

There are probably a lot of books out there that seamlessly blend horror and epic fantasy but I’ve never read any. The Dark Tower would be an obvious place to start, I’m sure, but are there any more?

8) Books told from fantasy creature’s POV

More specifically, I want a fantasy series told from a dragon’s POV.

9) Sci-fi horror

I love movies like Alien and Life that blend science fiction with pee-your-pants horror and gore. But sci-fi horror books are harder to find.

10) Harry Potter from Snape’s POV

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I’m not looking to get into a Snape debate but Snape is my favourite character from the HP series and I would love a book from his POV.

If anyone has book recommendations for any of the above, I would be so so so grateful! What’s on your reading wishlist?

Top 10 Tuesday is an original bookish tag created by The Broke and the Bookish.

New Releases: May 2017

May 2

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

ACOWAR

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

into the water

Genre: Mystery

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han

always and forever

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan

dark prophecy

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) by Amy Plum

dreamfall

Genre: Young Adult Horror

Avenged (Ruin #2) by Amy Tintera

avenged

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

cold summer

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

The Boy on the Bridge (The Girl with All the Gifts #2) by M.R. Carey

boy on the bridge

Genre: Horror

Release by Patrick Ness

release

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

the leavers

Genre: Literary Fiction

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

how to make a wish

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

until it fades

Genre: New Adult Romance

City of Miracles (The Divine Cities #3) by Robert Jackson Bennett

city of miracles

Genre: Fantasy

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

windfall

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

the baker's secret

Genre: Historical Fiction

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

beneath a scarlet sky

Genre: Historical Fiction

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

radium girls

Genre: Nonfiction/History

The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic

h-spot

Genre: Nonfiction/Feminism

The Spectacular of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson

spectacular sisterhood of superwomen

Genre: Nonfiction/Comics

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

all systems red

Genre: Science Fiction

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly

jane austen secret radical

Genre: Nonfiction

How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

how to be everything

Genre: Nonfiction

 Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

salt houses

Genre: Fiction

No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

no one can pronounce my name

Genre: Fiction

Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin

notes of a crocodile

Genre: Fiction

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

ginny moon

Genre: Fiction

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

noteworthy

Genre: Young Adult Contemporaray

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead by Barbara Bourland

i'll eat when i'm dead

Genre: Fiction

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn

jane austen project

Genre: Historical Fiction-Time Travel Fiction

A Rising Man (Sam Wyndham #1) by Abir Mukherjee

a rising man

Genre: Mystery

May 9

Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #3) by Robin Hobb

assassin's fate

Genre: Fantasy

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura

it's not like it's a secret

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy #1) by Erin Beaty

traitor's kiss

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Men Without Women: Stories by Haruki Murakami

men without women

Genre: Fiction

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

since we fell

Genre: Mystery

New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare) by Tracy Chevalier

new boy

Genre: Fiction-Retelling

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson

we have no idea

Genre: Nonfiction-Science

Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth by Holger Hoock

scars of independence

Genre: History

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

woman no.17

Genre: Mystery

The Berlin Project by Gregory Banford

berlin project

Genre: Science Fiction-Alternate History

Killing Gravity (The Voidwitch Saga #1) by Corey J. White

killing gravity

Genre: Science Fiction

Becoming Clierate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters – And How to Get It by Laurie Mintz

becoming cliterate

Genre: Nonfiction

A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like by Ashley Graham and Rebecca Paley

a new model

Genre: Nonfiction-Memoir

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

lines we cross

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama by David J. Garrow

barack obama

Genre: Biography

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone

totally unscientific study

Genre: Humor

May 16

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

flame in the mist

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

love interest

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2) by Evelyn Skye

crown's fate

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

the names they gave us

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

it's always the husband

Genre: Mystery

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

fact of a body

Genre: Nonfiction/True Crime

A Million Junes by Emily Henry

a million junes

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

eleanor oliphant

Genre: Fiction

Seeker (Riders #2) by Veronica Rossi

seeker

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information by Kyle Cassidy

this is what a librarian looks like

Genre: Nonfiction

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana & Abigail Pesta

how dare the sun rise

Genre: Memoir

Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages

wicked wonders

Genre: Short Stories

Grit by Gillian French

grit

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

The Worlds We Think We Know by Dahlia Rosenfeld

worlds we think we know

Genre: Short Stories

May 23

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

lord of shadows

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan

rich people problems

Genre: Fiction

In a Perfect World by Trish Doller

in a perfect world

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager

queer there and everywhere

Genre: Nonfiction/History

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

river of teeth

Genre: Fantasy-Alternate History

Isadora by Amelia Gray

isadora

Genre: Historical Fiction

May 30

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

when dimple met rishi

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

when it's real

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

one of us is lying

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

dark breaks the dawn

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris

theft by finding

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir

Sad Girls by Lang Leav

sad girls

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

i believe in a thing called love

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

eliza and her monsters

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

House of Furies (House of Furies #1) by Madeleine Roux

house of furies

Genre: Young Adult Horror

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

we are never meeting in real life

Genre: Nonfiction/Humor

Spectacle (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent

spectacle

Genre: Fantasy

The Most Dangerous Duke in London by Madeline Hunter

most dangerous duke

Genre: Historical Romance

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

gwendy's button box

Genre: Horror

The Reminders by Val Emmich

reminders

Genre: Fiction

Skitter (The Hatching #2) by Ezekiel Boone

skitter

Genre: Horror

Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini

inferior

Genre: Nonfiction-Science

Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore edited by Paula Guran

ex libris

Genre: Short Stories

10 Books with Birds on the Cover

This week for Top 10 Tuesday is a cover freebie so I thought why not celebrate the arrival of spring with 10 beautiful book covers that feature birds.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

wind-up bird

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

do not say we have nothing

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

mockingjay

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

the help

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

trumpet of the swan

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

the goldfinch

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

raven boys

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

love in the time of cholera

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

h is for hawk

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

the swan thieves

Top 10 Tuesday is an original bookish tag started by The Broke and the Bookish.

April 2017 Wrap-Up

1) A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

a study in scarlet

Rating: 3/5

An enjoyable introduction to literature’s most famous sleuth with an engaging mystery. It does feel a little quaint by today’s standards but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

2) The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy

the deal

Rating: 4.5/5

OMG this book is adorable! It’s got everything I’m looking for in a romance – likable yet realistic characters, incredible romantic tension and steamy sex scenes – plus Elle Kennedy has a great sense of humour and it shows in her writing. There were so many LOL moments!

3) The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy

the mistake

Rating: 3.5/5

I enjoyed the second book in the Off-Campus series but not as much as the first one. While it still had some hot sex scenes and good humour, I thought the two main characters lacked a bit of romantic tension. And I thought the ending was a little too ‘neat.’ Despite these minor complaints, it’s still a great book to pick up if you’re looking for a sweet college romance.

4) The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy

the score

Rating: 4.5/5

This book is HOT. The two main characters, Allie and Dean, have amazing chemistry and the sex scenes are scorching. Plus, I love the whole player-falls-in-love trope. Possibly the best book in the Off-Campus series definitely on par with the first book.

5) The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy

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Rating: 4/5

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book that much when I first started it. It’s a ‘pregnancy’ romance, not usually my favorite but of course Elle Kennedy made it smart, sexy, and so, so sweet. I loved how the main female character didn’t give up her ambitions just because she got pregnant. And Tucker is definitely the most old-fashioned ‘romantic’ character in the Off-Campus series. I am now addicted to Elle Kennedy’s books and I can’t wait to read more!

6) Cat Stories by Diana Secker Tesdell

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Rating: 4/5

A wonderful anthology of cat stories from some amazing authors – Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, and Edgar Allan Poe just to name a few. If you’re a cat lover like me, then this collection is for you.

7) A Cold Season by Alison Littlewood

a cold season

Rating: 3/5

A pretty decent religious-themed horror novel. The tension slowly builds throughout the novel and the atmosphere of cold and isolation is palpable. However, I thought the climax fell a little flat – but the final chapter gave me chills. A solid horror read but it didn’t blow me away.

8) The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

manual of detection

Rating: 3/5

I was in a bit of a slump when I read this book and it took me awhile to get into it. It is incredibly whimsical and dreamlike but there were moments when I felt a little lost.

9) The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Rating: 3.5/5

One of my favourite Sherlock Holmes stories, The Sign of Four is action-packed and features some classic Holmes moments. However, it does feature problematic racist overtones which might make modern-day readers uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it’s a product of its time.

10) A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Rating: 5/5

I love this book so much. I reread this book in preparation for A Court of Wings and Ruin and I was nervous to read it again because I was afraid it wouldn’t be as amazing as I remembered. Spoiler alert: it is just as gorgeous, sexy, and spectacular the second time around. (Plus, you pick up on so many little details that you miss the first time.) One of my favourite books of all time. Now I just have to reread A Court of Mist and Fury and I’ll be ready for the finale. (JK – I don’t think anything will make me ready to say goodbye to this wonderful series.)

Top 5 Authors I Want to Read More From

1) Stephen King

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Mr. King is one of my all-time favorite authors but I am not even close to reading even half of all of the stories he’s published. It’s one of my lifetime reading goals to read everything he’s ever written. (Should take me about fifty years or so.)

2) Sarah J. Maas

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I am madly in love with Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series. The bad news is that the last book in the trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out in a few days and when I finish it I will be devastated. The good news is that I haven’t read her other big series, Throne of Glass yet so I’ll have that to fill the ACOTAR void. And even more good news: she’s planning another trilogy set in the ACOTAR universe! I’m really hoping Maas continues to write amazing fantasy series and we can look forward to dozens of new books from her for years to come.

3) Elle Kennedy

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I picked up Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus New Adult romance series just this month and oh man, where have her books been all my life?! Her books are smart, funny, and oh so sexy. Luckily for me she’s published a ton of other romance novels!

4) Foz Meadows

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Another author I discovered just this year was Foz Meadows and her brilliant feminist fantasy novel An Accident of Stars. Not only do I have another book in the series to look forward to but it looks like she’s also published a duology about vampires that looks amazing!

5) Angela Carter

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I’ve only read two stories by Angela Carter but those stories were enough to make me want to read everything she’s ever written. Her writing is exquisite. The story that made me fall in love with her writing was The Tiger’s Bride, an incredibly sensual story with Beauty and the Beast overtones!

Top 10 Book Turn-offs

1) Love triangles

I’m not as opposed to love triangles as I once was – I read somewhere that a love triangle gives the female character more agency in that she has a choice when it comes to partners. But personally, I just don’t like love triangles because I want to KNOW (or at least have a pretty good idea) of who the heroine is going to end up with because I don’t want to become emotionally invested in a romance and have it not work out.

2) Threesome romance novels

This one kind of ties in to my aversion of love triangles. Call me a prude, but the idea of a threesome does absolutely nothing for me. Cool if that’s your thing but I’m a one-on-one kind of person – in real life and in romance novels.

3) Steampunk

I don’t know why it is but anytime I see the word ‘steampunk’ in a book’s description I immediately lose interest. I’m sure there are some wonderful steampunk books out there but it just doesn’t appeal to me for some reason.

4) Cyberpunk

Anytime I see the word ‘cyberpunk’ I immediately think ‘sci-fi with an emphasis on computers’ and that leads me to ‘I’m not going to have a clue as to what is going on.’ A perfect example: I read The Peripheral by William Gibson and I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON.

5) Any book by a conservative politician

Call me biased but I really don’t want to read about how God told you to run for office so you could oppress women and gay people.

6) ‘Inspirational’ romance

‘Inspirational’ romance is code for Christian romance which features Christian characters adhering to the strict tenets of the Christian faith. According to Goodreads ‘any sexual content is hinted at or avoided entirely.’ THEN WHAT’S THE POINT?

7) Books by reality TV stars

No. Just no.

8) Books about sports

Just not a sports fan. Unless it’s Quidditch!

9) ‘How to get a man’ books

NOPE.

10) Any book by Donald Trump

Pretty self-explanatory.

Top 5 LGBTQ+ Books on My TBR

Confession time: this week’s Top 5 Wednesday is supposed to be about our favorite LGBTQ+ reads but I haven’t actually read that many! All I could come up with was Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and An Accident of Stars! I’m sure I must’ve read more than that but I’m drawing a blank. So I’m making a list of LGBTQ+ books on my TBR.

1) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

aristotle and dante

I have heard nothing but rave reviews about this YA contemporary romance two teenage loners who become friends.

2) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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I loved Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and I was so excited when I heard that Simon and Baz were getting their own book! But I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet – eep!

3) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

gentleman's guide to vice and virtue

One of my most anticipated reads this year – a GLBTQ+ themed historical fantasy.

4) Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

captive prince

A M/M romance with a huge cult following.

5) Ash by Malinda Lo

ash

A Cinderella retelling with a queer twist.

Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group.