Showing posts with label tbr. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tbr. Show all posts

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Comics Wrap-Up - Just Keep Staring At the Sun, Pray For Summer's End

'Comics Wrap-Up' with lined-notebook-style background with speech bubbles containing heart symbols

It's Thursday, the UK is way too hot, let's cool off with some superhero-y comics-y goodness!

Everything this week is once again in the 'Other Stuff' category, and therefore, as per tradition, we shall blame Loki.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

My Diverse Welsh Authors TBR

Okie dokes my dearest nerdlets - it's time to combine two of my obsessions, diverse authors and Welsh authors.

A lot of these actually came from a post on black Welsh authors I read the other day, which I will link to here.

So, I give you my modest TBR list of diverse Welsh authors:

Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve by Dannie Abse

Amazon: UK - US

This is a semi-autobiographical novel by Jewish Welsh author and poet Dannie Abse. If you've never read any of his poetry - go. Go and look it up. Read. READ NOW.

dat's love by Leonora Brito

Amazon: UK - US

This is a short-story collection by a black Cardiffian author, and looks pretty awesome.

Sugar & Slate by Charlotte Williams

Amazon: UK - US

This is an autobiography which explores the intersection of Welsh and Guyanese identities - which sounds pretty cool.

Telling Tales by Patience Agbabi

Amazon: UK - US

This is like a re-telling of The Canterbury Tales I think? So I'd probably better read the original first!

Asylum: Docu-Drama by Eric Ngalle Charles

Amazon: UK

This bills itself as a docu-drama(?) based on the true stories of asylum seekers in Wales.

Vicious by Bevin Magama

Amazon: UK - US

This is an autobiography of a Zimbabwean immigrant to Wales, and the tale of his time in the Zimbabwean military.

Proud by Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas

Amazon: UK - US

This is the autobiography of Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas - the first professional sportsman in a team sport to come out as gay, national superstar, and nice local boy t'boot.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Amazon: UK - US

I only realised recently that Sarah Waters is Welsh! And I really want to read this, and possibly some of her other books, because F/F historical fiction dammit!!!!

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Diverse Books Tag

This tag was invented by Naz, who wants to get everyone reading diverse books.

And you guys all know that I want to get everyone reading books of any type. So there's a lot of crossover space there ;)

The Diverse Books Tag

Naz also has a master list of these tag-posts. Check it out because there are links to loads of awesome book-lists :) (I'm never going to escape my TBR... it's too late for me!)

(Plus Naz is cool enough to let me stumble awkwardly in and out of his blog's comments section ;) so you can pretty much guarantee that he rocks.)

The Rules

  1. Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
  2. The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read. 
  3. If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.

Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below. So there’s no excuse! The purpose of the tag is to promote the kinds of books that may not get a lot of attention in the book blogging community. 

I'm going to add some 'bonus books' into a couple of categories - because I'm nice like that ;) and because I can't let the opportunity to recommend books pass me by XD

Find a book starring a lesbian character.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Amazon: UK - US

This is a book that I'm reading at the moment, and, despite being generally held up as a modern classic here in the UK, it doesn't get read/talked about, a lot.

This is possibly because people know that this book is about *whispers* lesbians, and that still makes people edgy (see? this is why we all need to make lists like this.)

It's actually a very interesting, semi-autobiographical, bildungsroman (from childhood, and growing-up, type deal-y) about the fictional Jeanette (not to be overly confused with the factual Jeanette,) and her evangelical upbringing.

It's also a lot less graphic (so far anyway,) than all of the funny looks when you mention this book would suggest.

Bonus Book: Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson (UK - US) a YA book with lesbian character(s). And it rocks.

Find a book with a Muslim protagonist.

Ms Marvel Vol 1: No Normal

Amazon: UK - US

This is on my TBR, and I really want to read it because it just seems so awesome!

A lot of people have said it's really good. And of the legacy characters (superheroes taking on the mantel of previous superheroes,) we've had lately, this is the one that seems to be almost universally praised.

The previous Ms Marvel, Carol Danvers, (who I love!) graduated to being Captain Marvel when she finally decided that women can hold a rank, she then passed her title to Kamala Khan, who has to find her own way to inhabit the role. :)

Bonus Book: Lost For Words by Elizabeth Lutzeier (UK - US) - I'm not 100% on whether the protagonist here is Muslim because I read it so long ago and really can't remember. I've looked on the Internet, but can't find whether Aysha is Muslim or not.

Find a book set in Latin America.

Born of the Sun by Gillian Cross

Amazon: UK - US

This is kids/MG, bordering on YA. It's about a girl on an expedition with her father in Bolivia, trying to find an Incan city.

I remember there being a bunch of rainforest-y-ness  (shhh, it's a word!) which was pretty cool :)

Find a book about a person with a disability.

Hawkeye, Vol 4: Rio Bravo

Amazon: UK - US

What most people don't know, because unfortunately it's not in the movies, is that Clint Barton - Marvel's Hawkeye, is deaf. He uses hearing aids, lip-reading, and sign-language. He's also had sight problems in the past.

Now, I'm not 100% on the timeline (because he was also dead at one point, and now he's not again, this is Marvel folks,) and the entire modern Hawkeye series is sitting pretty on my TBR, so I've picked Volume 4.

Why Volume 4? Because Hawkeye #19 (which this volume includes) is supposed to be excellent and focusses on Clint's experiences in a world he can't hear. It has speech bubbles with no speech, and ASL diagrams.

Bonus Books: Nina Is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi (UK) is an NA/New Adult book which deals with mental health problems and addiction, and is out later this month. It's incredible, I'm going to shove it in people's faces until they read it.

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King (UK - US) also includes main characters with mental health problems. Holly is my hero. (My review.)

Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.

Monstress, Vol 1: The Awakening

Amazon: UK - US

This is one of those books that I could fangirl over forever and ever :)

Maika Halfwolf is an Asian teenager (we're never told where exactly she's from - but this is an alternative Asia, so doesn't have the same countries anyway,) and also an Arcanic - someone the humans consider to be a monster.

It's an incredible book and the artwork is so awesome and I love, love, love this book and-

I'm going to stop now, because if I get going about Monstress, we're going to be here all day. It's such an awesome book.

Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.

Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste

Amazon: UK - US

Another from my TBR, this book is a novel about Ethiopia and the revolution of the 1970s. It looked quite unique and interesting.

Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Amazon: UK - US

OK, OK, I know that this is the book that everyone goes for in this category - but it's on my TBR, and is going to be most people's introduction to books by indigenous/native authors.

And who am I to deny people a perfectly good starting point?

Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.).

The Bookseller of Kabul by ├ůsne Seierstad

Amazon: UK - US

This is another book from my TBR, written by a Norwegian journalist about her experiences living for four months with the family of an Afghan man, Sultan Khan, who defied the authorities for over twenty years by continuing to sell books from his shop in Kabul.

It looks uber-interesting, and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

Find a book with a biracial protagonist. 

Dark Wolverine, Vol 1: The Prince

Amazon: UK - US

Daken, the Dark Wolverine, is the bisexual son of Marvel's Wolverine. He's half-white-Canadian, half-Japanese, and somewhat of a psychopath.

He's an anti-hero who you can't help but root for, partly because you can totally see why he's so bitter - Daken's life hasn't exactly been sunshine and flowers.

It probably helps that Marjorie Liu is such an excellent judge of character (she's also one half of the team responsible for Monstress - you have to love Marjorie Liu, it's the rules.)

Bonus Books: The 'Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter' series by Laurell K Hamilton features our eponymous (title-character) heroine, Anita, who is half-white-German, half-Mexican.

The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman (UK - US) is a YA book about Ginny, the only mixed-race (half-white-British, half-Haitian,) teen in the Welsh village where she lives.

Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues. 

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Amazon: UK - US

(My review.)

For this category, it had to be Lisa Williamson's excellent YA novel about David and Leo.

This book is just wonderfully beautiful, and beautifully wonderful :)

Bonus Book: Orlando by Virginia Woolf (UK - US), while transgender through magical/mystical means, is a great book where Orlando is, indeed, a man who transforms into a woman. (My review.)

I'm tagging:

Imogen @ Wandered Souls

Let Naz know when you're done so that he can add you to the master list! :)

And anyone else who wants to do this tag - you're very welcome to :)

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Monday, 18 April 2016

My Contemporary YA TBR

I'm not usually much of a contemporary-genre reader, but I've been meaning to read more and more books that fall into that category.

TBR list

I more than partially blame the bookish community online (you know I love you guys!) because their enthusiasm is uber-infectious.

I guess it's proof that reading is a communicable disease - and one that we need to get out there and spread ;)

This, then, is my contemporary YA TBR (To-Be Read list.)

A lot of people have slightly different definitions of what the contemporary genre actually is.

I basically went with a modern-ish setting and no magic, sci-fi, paranormal, or horror elements.

The rules can probably be bent six ways from Tuesday, but this is my list.

It's pretty damned long, so just be glad that I didn't decide to post my full TBR - we'd be here all day ;)

Unfortunately, there's only so fast a girl can read.

So it's going to take me an epically long time to get through this. Not least because I can't afford this many books.

And most of them aren't available from my library system (trust me, I checked.)

Still, I'll make my way through a fair few I'm sure.

Obviously, since I haven't read these books, I don't know how good (or not,) they are.

Hopefully they'll be worth the read!

  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens Libba Bray

Amazon: UK - US

This is about beauty contestants stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere.
And with a premise like that, I just had to add it to my list.

  • She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

She is Not Invisible Marcus Sedgwick

Amazon: UK - US

I added this to my list because I read Blood Red, Snow White (UK - US) by Marcus Sedgwick yonks ago, and loved it.

This one is about a blind girl, Laureth, who is trying to find her missing father.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Amazon: UK - US

This book has won a butt-load of awards, and people talk about it a lot, so I figured it was one to give a chance.

It's about the experiences of a Native American boy at the local (white-populated) high-school.

  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X Stork

Amazon: UK - US

Marcelo is autistic and has always been protected from 'the real world.'

But one summer, his father decides it's time to introduce him to life as the rest of us know it, and gets him a job at his law firm.

  • Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler

Amazon: UK - US

An LGBTQ+ book that's about a girl who has a crush on her female English teacher.
It looks fairly interesting, so on the list it went!

  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Amazon: UK - US

A huge amount of you lot out there in bookish internet-land are massive Sarah Dessen fans, and this one sounds interesting - it's about a girl whose brother is in prison.

I added this to my list because the lovely Tina @ As Told By Tina had it on her list of top ten contemporary novels.

  • Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Amazon: UK - US

Another recommendation from the lovely Tina, this is about a girl who's stuck at a boys' school with only three other female students.

  • Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

Shade Me Jennifer Brown

Amazon: UK - US

This might count more as crime than contemporary - but it can be contemporary crime, right?

It looks pretty damned interesting - it's about a girl named Nikki who sees emotions as colours due to synaesthesia, and ends up trying to solve a crime.

  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Amazon: UK - US

A bunch of you have read and loved this. And there's been a lot of general buzz/hype about it since it was published last year.

Another LGBTQ+ title, this is about a teenage boy who's very firmly in the closet, and some flirtatious e-mails ending up in the wrong hands.

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

Aristotle and Dante Saenz

Amazon: UK - US

Everyone seems to like this book - and I read Ann Elise Monte's review which convinced me to finally bite the bullet and add it to my groaning TBR.

Again, an LGBTQ+ title, this also has a butt-load of awards, and was on Tina's list - so lots of ringing endorsements here, there, and everywhere.

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Amazon: UK - US

This might've been a Goodreads recommendation - I honestly can't remember.

This is about a black kid who ends up in hospital after a police officer beats him, and the white kid who witnessed the whole thing.

It seems pretty topical, and, if done right, could be pretty amazing.

  • Panther by David Owen

panther david owen

Amazon: UK - US

I actually really want to read this - it's about a boy whose sister has depression, and its effect on both her and the family.

As you probably know if you've read this blog before, I have depression. And I'm really interested to see how it's dealt with in this book.

  • Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton

Starring Kitty Keris Stainton

Amazon: UK - US

Another LGBTQ+ title, this is about Kitty, who falls for another girl, Dylan, but doesn't want anyone to know. Dylan though, doesn't want to be kept a secret.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Amazon: UK - US

Loads of people love this book - probably at least partially due to the movie.

My BFF says it's good, and she's usually a fairly good judge of taste. So on the list it went!

  • One by Sarah Crossan

One Sarah Crossan

Amazon: UK - US

I read a review of this one by the lovely Emily @ The Paperback Princess. And I guess she got it stuck in my head.

Also, it's a novel in verse, and I've never read a novel in verse before.

  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal Lisa Williamson

Amazon: UK - US

This is a book about a transgender girl, and deals with trans issues.

There's been a lot of general buzz/hype-ish-ness around it, and mostly good things. So I figure I'll get round to it at some point.

  • Remix by Non Pratt

Remix Non Pratt

Amazon: UK - US

This was a Goodreads rec. which I'm none-too-sure about. I figure I'll give it a try anyhow.
It seems to be about a music festival... or something.

  • The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

Amazon: UK - US

This is a book about a girl who loves to write. It also deals with mental health issues.

So, obviously, I had to add it to my TBR. Immediately.


  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Boy Meets Boy

Amazon: UK - US

I've heard good things about David Levithan.

And this seems cute, so I might give it a shot.

  • Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children

Amazon: UK - US

Another title that I don't know much about, this is another LGBTQ+ title that focuses on trans people/issues.

  • How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

How to Build a Girl

Amazon: UK - US

I absolutely adore Caitlin Moran - she rocks.

All of her books are on my main TBR (and I will get around to all of them - eventurally!) but as this is a YA contemporary novel, this is where it goes.

This is basically all about being a teenage girl in 1990 (shh, it counts as contemporary now!)

  • All of the Above by James/Juno Dawson

All of the Above

Amazon: UK - US

Juno Dawson is like my star sign - because she's just a star.

A trans author, most of her books were originally published under her former name of James Dawson, including this one.

I read Hollow Pike (UK - US) by James/Juno Dawson years ago - and absolutely loved it. She tends to write books with a paranormal edge - which is why this is the only one on my 'contemporary' TBR.

There are definitely other books of hers that I want to read!

Also, check out her YA diversity list for more recommendations - it's awesome!

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