Hi 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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?