Friday Five #4 - LGBTQ

Friday Five is a new original weekly feature on my blog where I list five book recommendations in a new post every Friday. A lot of the time these will be themed, though they’re by no means the only books I’d recommend for each genre, theme, etc. Anyone is welcome to do their own Friday Five post - linking it back to my blog would be nice.

This week’s theme is on books that focus on sexuality, gay characters and same-sex relationships. I’m not going to lie and act like I’m the most knowledgeable person on these kind of books because I’m not. I’ve chosen these five in particular because they’re beautiful books that I’ve read and loved that feature a gay protagonist and in some way deal with sexuality. This feature only focuses on five books anyway but I’d struggle to recommend many more, so feel free to add books to this post. I have quite a few already on my shelf but I want and need to read more of them.

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

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I always describe this book using only one word: beautiful. That includes the cover, the writing, the story, the characters and the relationship. It’s one of those books you can read quickly but it stays with you. Regardless of what your preferred genres are, you should read this book.

2. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

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I discovered A.S. King’s books this year and this one is only just behind Everybody Sees the Ants as my favourite. It’s the kind of book I don’t want to talk about too much because I think you need to read it to properly appreciate it, yet it was such a wonderful book. It’s really powerful in dealing with Astrid’s confusion over her feelings and how people react to her being gay.

3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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If you love mythology, you should definitely read this book. The protagonists are Achilles and Patroclus, who have strong feelings for each other, and it focuses a lot on the Trojan War. It’s so beautiful but be warned: the ending is sad. You know what’s going to happen but oh, it hurts.

4. More Than This by Patrick Ness

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Patrick Ness is my favourite author after Markus Zusak, so I absolutely adore his books. More Than This is a very unique yet wonderful sci-fi book and his latest YA novel. Though it’s not a main part of the story, the protagonist is gay so there is an element to it. (Also check out the awesomeness that is the Chaos Walking trilogy for Ben and Cillian.)

5. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

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I’ve read a few of David Levithan’s books and hope to read the rest one day but I especially enjoyed this one. It is written in free-verse and from the perspectives of a number of teens, so it’s not entirely focused on gay characters, however there are a few there. I particularly liked Jed and Daniel, particularly how the book started and ended with them. Be sure to check out all of David Levithan’s books though, including Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which he co-wrote with John Green.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’ve already read these books, you’re welcome to ramble about them with me. You’re also welcome ask for more info about these books and to send in suggestions for what kind of books you’d like to see in next week’s Friday Five post. :)

Top Ten Tuesday (5)

My top 10 new series that I want to start SOON


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten New Series I Want To Start

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Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
Of Metal and Wishes…

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{ some of the most intriguing and influential historical queens }

I'm building an empire
I'm building with the stars in mind
I'm building an empire
That's one day gona scrape the sky

Cover Reveal || Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon

Check out the fantastic cover of Uncross the Stars, a novel by Janell Rhiannon! @theravenangel

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Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a pension for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their connection is fragile and undeniable. But,…

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Some snaps from my Harry Potter Reread - Part 1 [Part 2]


Anna and the French Kiss

Atlanta was home for almost eighteen years, and though I’ve only known Paris for the last nine months, it’s changed me. I have a new city to learn next year, but I’m not scared.
Because I was right. For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person.
And we’re finally home.

Lola and the Boy Next Door

“Are you ready?” he asks.
“I am.”
“Are you scared?”
“I’m not.”
He takes my hand and squeezes it. I hold my head high toward my big entrance, hand in hand with the boy who gave me the moon and the stars.

Isla and the Happily Ever After

“The last page.” He gestures towards the table, where a pencilled sketch is being turned into inked brushstrokes. It’s a drawing of us, in this café, in this moment.
I smile up at him. “It’s beautiful. But what comes next?”
“The best part.” And he pulls me back into his arms. “The happily ever after.”

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia walking past the camera in 1912 and 1913.

20 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me Tag

20 things you didn’t know about me #TMI


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As with Mel of The Daily Prophecy, I wasn’t tagged but the questions were really fun so I just had to do it! However, Mel indirectly tagged everyone so…

I tag everyone who wants to do it too!

How tall are you?
It’s either 5’0 or 5’1. Some doctor’s offices list it as 5’1 but the school clinic says I’m 5’0. I prefer 5’1, though. I think my height is dependent on the phase of the moon.

Do you have…

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