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Pride Month: Try a Chapter Tag

capture-20180618-180112.pngHi guys! I’ve read so many amazing Pride-themed posts this month and of course, I’ve added about a million queer books to my TBR. Since I can’t buy them all I thought I’d do the Try a Chapter Tag with some of them and try to narrow it down to…less than a million, at least. This may or may not be a very bad plan, which will only lead to me wanting all these book even more than I did before, but the most important part of any plan is to commit to it and I’m very committed to my very bad plan.

1. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

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The Book: Let’s Talk About Love is a contemporary about a bi-romantic asexual girl who spends her summer working at the library and falling in love.

Firs impression: This book opens with a break up scene, in which the main character, Alice, is being dumped by her girlfriend cause she’s not interested in sex. I love seeing the label asexual on page and that this book’s calling out stereotypes and prejudices against asexuals. But I feel like all I really know about Alice is that she’s ace and I need more than that to connect with a character. I’m sure that’ll come eventually though!

2. Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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The Book: Girl Made of Stars is a contemporary about a bisexual girl who’s twin brother is accused of raping one of her friends.

My impression: Wow. I’ve never read anything by Ashley Herring Blake before and I was not expecting her writing to be this wonderful. After reading only a few pages I already feel connected to these characters and immersed in their lives. I already have a sense of the complexity, nuance and depth of their personalities and their relationships with each other. They read like real people, real siblings, real friends.

3. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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The book: Autoboyography is about a bisexual boy who falls in love with the mormon boy mentoring his creative writing seminar.

My Impression: This was so easy to read, the prose just flows really well and I found the plot really engaging, even though there wasn’t a lot going on. The main character’s going to take a creative writing class, so his writing process will (presumably) play a big part in the plot – which has always been one of my favorite things to read about.

4. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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The Book: If I was Your Girl is own voices contemporary about a trans girl who moves in with her dad and falls in love with a boy at her new school

My impression: I didn’t really click with this one, but I’m not sure why. It’s well written and the main character seems interesting, so maybe it’s the setting? The first line’s definitley one of the least appealing openings I’ve read in a while: The bus smelled of mildew, machine oil, and sweat.

5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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The Book: The Song of Achilles is a Greek mythology retelling about the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles.

My impression: I’m in love with Madeline Miller’s prose, it’s so rich and beautiful – I feel like I could get drunk off it. The first chapter reads a lot like the first chapter of Circe (which I read earlier this year and loved), told from the perspective of an awkward, overlooked child. But unlike Circe, who’s story Miller was much more free to shape, you know where this is going, which makes it an emotional read right from the start.

6. Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

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The book: Amberlough is a queer fantasy novel about a smuggler, a spy and a dancer, set in a city where fascism is on the rise.

My impression: Well, that was certainly intriguing. I love the way the author lulls the reader with a deceptively domestic scene, then subtly shifts the atmosphere to give you a sense of the lies and secrets lurking beneath the surface. There’s a lot of world-building to take in here, particularly in regards to the political situation – but I’m sure I’ll get a grasp on it eventually.

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Conclusion: I feel like this is the part where I should crown one book the ultimate, undefeated champion and go read it immediately  – but I could never chose just one book. That would be heresy. So let’s settle on a top 3 shall we?

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Let’s talk! Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read first? What queer books have you added to your TBR this Pride month? 

18 thoughts on “Pride Month: Try a Chapter Tag

  1. I have an ARC of Let’s Talk About Love and I want to read it this month for a challenge, but honestly, I’m not sure opening with an acephobic breakup scene was a smart choice? I’ll push through it because friends said it gets better later, but that’s such a bad first impression.

    If I Was Your Girl was a brutal read. It’s an important one, certainly, but it’s pretty brutal.

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    1. It wasn’t my favorite opening ever, but it’s the author does make it really obvious that the character saying acephobic things is in the wrong, she also makes a racist joke in the same scene and is generally unpleasant, but yeah – still not the best first impression.

      I got a pretty dark vibe from it right away. I’ll probably still read it, since it’s one of so few own voices trans books I know about, but I’ll have to be in right mood for it. Thanks for letting me know!

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      1. Yeah, I understand that it’s called out (thankfully), but if I picked a book up without being warned about it and that was the first chapter… it’s pretty likely I’d put it back down tbh.

        It does ultimately have a happy ending, but it’s full of violence :/

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      2. I totally get that! It didn’t make me want to keep reading either. But I do want to read it someday – cause I’ve hear amazing things and let’s be honest, it’s not like we have that many ace books to choose from.

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      3. Yeah, true. Although I didn’t hear very good things about how the sex part of the relationship is handled… But I suppose I’ll have to read for myself to see.

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  2. I love this post SO much! Such a sweet spin on it. Love, love, love! Also, I feel like the world is trying to get me to read Autoboyograph! So… this post might have confirmed it! Hehe! Happy reading, love! 💗xx

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  3. I love The Song of Achilles SO much, I hope the rest of it holds up for you!!! I did like Circe but not as much as everyone else has been… TSOA owns my heart though. I haven’t read any others on this list but I’ve heard such amazing things about Girl Made of Stars so even though I don’t read a lot of YA I really want to check that out!!

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  4. I just agree w everything in this posstt!!!!!!
    MADELINE MILLER IS A GIFT TO HUMANKIND
    and when you mentioned needing more from Alice in “Let’s Talk About Love” I was v happy because it’s so true!!! I always need more from characters than just being ace, etc. so i’m hoping for it to happen c:
    and yay to Pride for giving us tbr’s of dreammmsss!!!

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  5. Of these I read Let’s Talk About Love (which was average for me), Amberlough (and you know what I think about it. pain.) and If I Was Your Girl. I liked this one, but it’s sad that the only ownvoices YA books about trans characters are coming out narratives in which the characters go through bullying and sexual assault. Trans main characters are still too uncommon in YA, all the other ownvoices trans PoV characters I can think of are in adult books – and even then, there are not so many of them…

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  6. I feel like this tag would 100% be a terrible idea for me. XD Choices are hard! Song of Achilles is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. But also emotionally draining, so if you’re more in the mood for something cute and fluffy I’d go with Autobiography or Let’s Talk About Love. Amberlough is (slightly) less emotionally draining and more political-intriguey, but I still loved it anyway.
    Aaaand I’m probably not even helping. 😛

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  7. These all sound so good, especially Amberlough, which I hadn’t heard of before. And I hope you enjoy The Song of Achilles when you get round to it – I absolutely loved it!

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  8. I brought If I was Your Girl on my kindle and just had a quick read of the first couple of pages and it just didn’t feel that interesting? I’m going to push through it when I get around to reading it properly, but I just though it was the most dull first few pages I’ve read.

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  9. i just reread autoboyography a few days ago so obviously im gonna be encouraging u to pick that up first!!!
    i need to read girl made of stars myself, i’ve been waiting so long for it to get published and yet here we are

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  10. Oh that’s such a great post idea!! I love the Try a Chapter Tag and will be doing it as well for an upcoming Readathon 🙂 I’m actually going to be reading If I was your Girl, so I really hope that I will click with it. I hope you enjoy the books that you picked out to read!

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