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Currently reading The princess and the dragon and other stories about unlikely heroes by F! Finished The princess and the dragon, and it was really great. Feels like fairytales for grown ups. I like fairy tales☺️

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37 minutes ago, MajorSunshine said:

Currently reading The princess and the dragon and other stories about unlikely heroes by F! Finished The princess and the dragon, and it was really great. Feels like fairytales for grown ups. I like fairy tales☺️

Arghhh I came here expecting a book recommendation BUT NOT THAT SORT OF RECOMMENDATION. My heart is happy, I'm so glad you're enjoying it!

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On 11/11/2019 at 12:42 PM, Indifferent Ignorance said:

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

aaaaaaah that's one of my all time favorites now! Stiefvater has long been one of my fave authors but this is definitely her best book to date imo 🥰

 

I usually have several books going at once in different formats so I've currently got Me by Elton John who I am currently obsessed with, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens on audiobook, it's thrilling and very popular at the library where I work. Also there's Without a Front: The Producer's Challenge by Fletcher DeLancey as part of the Chronicles of Alsea series which is about empath aliens in space which I could not possibly recommend higher I love it so much, and finally The Gilda Stories is my ebook I've been reading forever because it takes me forever to get through those but it's about historical lesbian vampires of color and it is. Delightful.

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Just finished the testaments by Margaret Atwood, since I’m one of the insanely weird people that have only read the handmaids tale and not seen the show.

currently rereading Harry Potter and the gobble of fire, since I got the illustrated version for Christmas. 

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13 hours ago, DNAdrain said:

aaaaaaah that's one of my all time favorites now! Stiefvater has long been one of my fave authors but this is definitely her best book to date imo 

Argh I love love Maggie! Honestly half of my creative bones are from MCR, half are from Maggie Stiefvater. Never met anyone else who loves both (I guess I had already met you though haha).

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8 hours ago, MajorSunshine said:

Just finished the testaments by Margaret Atwood, since I’m one of the insanely weird people that have only read the handmaids tale and not seen the show.

currently rereading Harry Potter and the gobble of fire, since I got the illustrated version for Christmas. 

Haven't seen the show either - my dad got me The Testaments for Christmas but I actually haven't read Handmaid's Tale so I need to get on that!

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Aaaah I can't do that series 😣😇wow okay it accidentally inserted that 😇 and I'm on my phone and it won't let me delete it so moving on....

Like I am interested in the concept of the Handmaid's Tale but I can't fucking do it. I can handle fictional gender based subjucation, and I can handle fictional subjucation the stems from religion, but I was raised Catholic and when I'm trying to indulge in a story that combines both I just kind of freak out 😣

Anyway I realized my copy of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit has to go back to the library soon and now I'm reading that as well 🤷🏻‍♂️

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On 2/5/2020 at 2:01 AM, Indifferent Ignorance said:

Ooh I studied Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit for my A Level. I think I would enjoy it more if I hadn't studied it...

woah that's pretty cool for an A level :0 I'm reading it because it involves lesbian activity 🤣 that's a good chunk of my mile long reading list lmao I read about lesbians a lot. also I'm in a lesbian book club! so I started another audiobook for that (my goodreads is a mess rn 🤦‍♂️) called A Curious Woman by Jess Lea. It's cheesey and silly and tries a little too hard at times but I'm enjoying it quite a bit! I'm almost through Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and after these two books I'll be able to get back to everything that is not time sensitive 😅 i was about to say why am i like this but i know why i'm like this. i am a librarian. so many books so little time, and once there's a book i want in my hand what am i gonna do? put it on the cart to be put away???? no.  

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excuse me while I keep this thread running entirely on my own but I read a lot 😅

I finished Without A Front, A Curious Woman and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Started The Summer of Jordi Perez because my life is currently being run by cheesey lesbain romance novels now and also Juliet Takes a Breath which is also a YA lesbian novel but I adore it so far it's a Puerto Rican teenager from the Bronx that goes to Portland, Oregon for an internship with a woman who wrote a book about pussy power and just being hit by "hippie white people" culture being vastly different than what she's used to I am LIVING for it all. Portland deserves to be talked about this way, though I assume it'll grow on her eventually.

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I meant to reply to your post ahaha. I need a list of your bookclub books IMMEDIATELY

I am partway through Terry Pratchett's Going Postal, for the most narcissistic reasons: someone said my writing reminded them of Pratchett and I realised I'd only ever started Terry Pratchett books and never finished one. Will definitely finish this because it's great and also what a compliment my soul is happy

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19 minutes ago, Indifferent Ignorance said:

I meant to reply to your post ahaha. I need a list of your bookclub books IMMEDIATELY

I am partway through Terry Pratchett's Going Postal, for the most narcissistic reasons: someone said my writing reminded them of Pratchett and I realised I'd only ever started Terry Pratchett books and never finished one. Will definitely finish this because it's great and also what a compliment my soul is happy

wow that is a compliment! :0 holy actual shit!

all right on goodreads my "lesbian" bookshelf is 28 titles and I'm bored at work so guess who's getting an in depth list of everything I've kept track of since late 2018? it's y'all

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel - very much an important part of lesbian history, author of Fun Home and the reason we now have the Bechdel Test, this is a collection of a comic strip that she worked on for years. very good and fun 

About Face by V.K. Powell - I honestly don't remember much about this one except that I didn't love it? a lot of people will read their favorite genre even if it is not very good, and i feel like i'm like that about some but romance is not one. the book club as a whole didn't hate it. involved a forensic artist as one of the lesbians. idk, check it out if you're into lesbian romance as a genre

The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers - I cannot recommend this author enough. Her parents were both astrophysicists and she is a novel writer now it's AMAZING. Read if you like aliens, space, political intrigue, sociology, anthropology, wormholes, any topics concerning LGBT+, good writing, dystopian futures, refugee topics, environmental collapse, feel good stories, honestly anything just read this. This is the first in the Wayfarer Series, the second A Closed and Common Orbit which also involves lesbianism and Record of a Spaceborn Few which does not have lesbians in it unfortunately that I can remember but if you're not hooked to the series by then then I don't know what to say. 

To Be Taught, If Fortunate also by Becky Chambers - uhhhh different story line but still really just so fucking good please read. The first team of scientists that earth sends out to check out other planets that might have life on them. Short and life affirming.

We Were Witches by Ariel Gore - one of the only things on my "magical realism" shelf, it's about a single mother trying to get through college. Kind of tough, definitely not fluffy, but I would highly recommend. 

Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink - by one of the guys who worked on Welcome to Nightvale. Weird and spooky and sooooo good, as you might expect. The main character is trying to find her wife that went missing under mysterious circumstances and gets hired as a trucker to follow her around. Originally a podcast that I could not recommend enough, one of my favorites of all time, but if you're not into that kind of thing then for sure the book is amazing. 

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri - okay this is just another generic romance but I liked it a lot. I love anything with an even sort of well written butch. The butch is a rich lawyer playboy type and the femme is part of the same firm and it's dumb but I still like it. They have a lesbian bar and I wish I still had a lesbian bar in my city, it's a dying breed, so I liked that too. It was nice. 

The Caphenon by Fletcher Delancey - the same series that I was just reading another one from, it's actually based loosely on Ursula Le Guin's space faring books but I prefer Delancey's writing. A ship belonging to whatever they call the coalition of space farerers goes to a new planet that they are deciding if they want to invite to join and end up crashing on the planet instead. SO GOOD if you just wanna read about really good well written lesbian relationships, but also like. Space faring and aliens are good. I like sci fi lmao. The first in a whole ass series that I'm not going to list the titles of here but I aim to read all of them.

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory - one of exactly three books on this list written by men, takes place in a future where designer drugs are easy to make in a 3d printer for literally just anyone and someone has made a drug that if you overdose one time then for the rest of your life, you hallucinate a representation of your understanding of God following you everywhere. It's great. The main character is a lesbian with an angel that follows her around. 

The Gilda Stories by Jewelle L. Gómez - historical American lesbian vampires of color. I haven't finished this yet but it's good. Main character is a runaway slave when the story starts but it follows her through the ages and I'm currently in the 50s I believe. 

Landing by Emma Donoghue - pretty straightforward romance. Pretty good. Canadian woman who likes to stay put meets an Indian- English flight attendant and they fall it love. Pretty cute.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli - The sequel to Love, Simon. I never read Love, Simon but I wasn't lost. Not a very good book as far as YA lesbian titles go but also. How many YA lesbian titles are there overall? If you're into that kind of genre then it's worth a look. Main character is technically bi but she likes girls. It's Simon's best friend. 

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado - ooooh this one was good. Remember Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? It's like that but grown up and for women. Explores those horror stories told again and again but from a woman's point of view, in the way that really only a woman can tell horror. Think like how jennifer's body and hereditary and midsommar are very woman centric and explore how terrifying it can be to be in the body of a woman? I don't know how to explain it better but read this if you like woman centric horror. 

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie - a (teenage ish if i remember correctly?) girl who is learning to train giant turtle monsters is kidnapped by pirates who want her to train their giant turtle monster and she falls in love with the girl who is meant to guard her on the ship. it's a good time tbh.

Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O'Malley - comic book series (there are two volumes out now so you don't have to hunt for the individual magazines) bright colors and about famous influencers and idk it's weird and fun and the art is pretty 

While we're going on about comics I physically cannot stop myself talking about The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen. Every 90 years, 12 gods are reincarnated as young people. They're equated to pop stars, they have powers, and within two years they are dead. It is. transcendent. My favorite comic series literally ever. If you want to talk more about this I am always down to discuss wicdiv. Please. I'm begging.

Who Cooked the Last Supper?: The Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles - literally the history of women. We used to be worshipped. I am not into history AT ALL but I was gripped by this whole thing. Amazing. There's not a lot of nonfiction on this list but here is one.

Butch Is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman - a series of stories from the life of a butch. nonfiction. Good and gendery which I'm about. 

While we're at it I'm going to add Whipping Girl by Julia Serano - stories and essays by a trans woman who is married to a woman. It's pretty good and honestly good if you're into reading on trans topics. A little dated which you always have to keep in mind when reading biographical stuff about LGBT+ people but yeah I recommend. 

Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones - uhhh idk what the time period is supposed to be but there's a woman knight that is protecting a young woman and they fall in love. Kind of dense but in the end worth it imo

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby - a biography by some quirky person that think's she's funny. I didn't like it but a lot of people did. \

Sillhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin - a period novel that takes place in 1926. A couple of teenagers fall in love and try to keep it a secret. It was pretty good.

Stray City by Chelsea Johnson - a slice of life type thing about a punk girl from Portland. She ends up accidentally pregnant. She fully has in her head that she is a lesbian but sometimes she sleeps with a man, it just doesn't turn her on? idk. That's not an uncommon thing for women to say that I don't quite understand but yeah 

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib - the title explains it but I can tell you that it is very good. A refugee story as well as a coming of age. 

Motor Crush Vol. 1 by Brenden Fletcher - I lied this is the fourth written by a man. Psychadelic comic series about motor cycle racing. Main character is a racer, her super femme gf is a mechanic. Soooooo good 

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson - takes place in like the 80s, super christian raised girl realizes she's a lesbian but decides there's nothing wrong with it. Really fucking good for what it aims to be.

A Curious Woman by Jess Lea - just finished this so it's fresh in my mind. Pretty cute but a little cheesey. Definitely a mystery but also a romance.

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I am aware you didn't ask for all that but it gave me somehting to do today so at least it entertained me 😅 if you read any please come back and let me know what you think! If you didn't read it at all I am not offended that was ridiculous lmfao

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27 minutes ago, Indifferent Ignorance said:

Read the whole list and added them all to my Goodreads. Am fairly terrible at organised reading but the magic/angel/period drama/gods ones sound like what I'd pick up anyway. I also feel like @RadarAnomalywould appreciate this list?

that's good, I have a feeling we will have some overlapping favorites then! and just imagine, those were just books with lesbian topics! my lgbt shelf has those and another 27 after that! 😅 it'd be longer but i started my goodreads in late 2017 lmao 

also if you wanna add me on goodreads i wouldn't be complaining.....I'm Katie Mertens there and I have the same icon :P it's cool if not tho lol 

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Okay I will find you (I honestly don't really know how Goodreads works except it helps me keep track of books to read and I somehow added my own book on there even though it's not actually a book yet). 

Edit I do not know how to find you even though I searched on Goodreads and used Google honestly THE INTERNET. Here is me https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/68384357-francesca

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I found you! Yeah idk much about it but sometimes i like to see what other people are reading and find new books that way, but first and foremost it is certainly just a personal record of what i've read lol

also i used to be a member there of a book club that read solely books that Gerard had mentioned in interviews and such but that one slowed to a stop a few months ago :( it was really good too i read stuff i'd never have read otherwise and some of it was amazing. I've been meaning to ask the girl who ran it for the list she was working off of because that was good shit and she obviously did a lot of digging to find all of them

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That sounds like it would be an eclectic, highly worthy insight into the mind of GWay. I feel like the man consumes culture and re-weaves it.

I finished Going Postal! Now for something else on my shelf that I have been putting off for too long and/or something from the library or one of my endless lists help

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it actually was really enlightening on a lot of his work. i understand at least a couple of his albums as well as umbrella academy better after reading some of the stuff. also, again, it's just stuff that i never would have read otherwise. i actually just asked the girl that ran the club if she'd give me the list after i talked about it here so hopefully she still has it somewhere and will let me have it. 

he's honestly just so weird and i think it's fun to explore where he got the shit that's in his head. he has good taste and also just..very weird taste

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2 hours ago, Indifferent Ignorance said:

Reading Naughts and Crosses, finallllyyy

I had never heard of that series and I just looked it up and whaaaaat? lol is this a big thing why have I never heard of it? Let me know what you think

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So far so good. I consider myself fairly plugged in when it comes to keeping my eyes open to racism and understanding the society we live in, but I'm learning a lot and I'm only halfway through. I think it helps that the protags are both really young and learning about the world themselves. It's really well written too, the world building is excellent.

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