Recently Released Diverse Books I Want To Read

Posted on 17 March, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Recently Released Diverse Books I Want to Read

So the past few months have been fairly busy for me. At the beginning of the year I was ill and it put me behind on a lot of things and I have since been playing a very vicarious game of catch up. What all of this means is that my reading time has almost completely disappeared and I’ve been struggling to finish books. Thus, I have missed out on some amazing releases so in this post and two other posts coming to you in the next few days, I wanted to share with you some books I really want to read so that you can find out about them too!

For this I have come up with four categories, YA Mental Health Releases, YA LGBTQIA Releases, General YA Releases and Adult Books.


YA Mental Health Releases

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
I’ve had this one on my reading pile for far too long and I’ve been wanting to read it for even longer than that as well. I loved Sara’s first book, Beautiful Broken Things and I have heard some good things about this one so I am itching to dig into it! If you haven’t heard of it before, do click on the link to see what I mean.

Damage by Eve Ainsworth
This is yet another book that I was drawn to as soon as I heard about it. It sounds incredible. Dark, emotional, powerful and full of strength. What more could one possibly want? I will definitely be diving into this one as soon as I can!

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
I’ve actually only just heard about this book but now that I know about it, I really want to read it. While it doesn’t officially deal with mental health on the surface, it does sound like it brings up anxiety and panic attacks and I’m definitely intrigued to see how this is dealt with in the book.

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I will put my hands up here and say that I did not read Adam’s first book but this book sounds just the right kind of book for me. Aside from a brilliant blurb that really hooked me, this also has a protagonist with OCD written by an author who suffers from OCD. So I definitely want to see how it all gets handled!

Optimists Die First by Susie Nelson
Yes another book that I’ve only just heard about but that doesn’t make me want to read it any less. It sounds like such a fascinating read and I’d be really curious to see how it all comes together in the end!


YA LGBTQIA Releasea

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Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Robin Talley is one of those authors that has a knack for writing about sensitive but powerful topics and this is no different in her newest release. I have been itching to read this one and it has come highly recommended by one of my friends too so I cannot wait to see what it is all about.

Birdy Flynn by Helen Donohoe
This is a title that I am slightly cheating with (*shhh*). It’s not out until May but it is one that I have been dying to read for so long that I feel like it’s already out! I’ve been meaning to read it for ages. I will get to it eventually because I think it’s going to be one incredible read!

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
I fell hard for Benjamin’s first book, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and so the minute I found out he was writing another book, I knew that I was going to have to read it. This, of course, has not happened yet but it will at some point. It will.

The Upside of Unrequited We Are Okay

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Admittedly I did not finish Becky’s first book – or I haven’t yet – but I am really excited by the premise of her second book! I have already heard good things too so my hands and eyes are itching to sink into her words. It’ll be good to see what the story is all about and how Becky deals with it.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Lastly, but certainly not least, we have We Are Okay. I have never actually read anything by Nina – eeek – but the blurb of this one just sounds amazing. And, once again, I have heard wonderful things about the book from fellow readers which all has me waiting impatiently to find the time to give this book a whirl!


And that’s all for today! Did you read any books recently released with these themes that I might have missed?

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Posted on 17 March, 2017 by Faye - No Comments


LGBT Read-a-Thon Month Challenge 2!

Posted on 9 October, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Hello All!
And welcome to the ninth day of the LGBT Read-A-Thon Month!
As promised per the schedule, today is the day of the SECOND challenge!

Don’t forget to sign up here to be eligible to win the prize!


The Challenge

The Challenge, should you choose to accept it is to create your name with books!

You can do this with;

1) A pile of books
2) A list of book titles
3) A video of books

How to do it?
Take the first letter of each book title as one letter of your name!

i.e.

F – Fans Of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
A – Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Y – You Against Me by Jenny Downahm
E – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

(While it would be cool if all your books had LGBT themes, it’s not a requirement as that might be SUPER hard)

BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!

Share your photos on whatever social media outlet or blog you wish to and add your link to it in the comment section below!


The Prize

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

That’s right! One lucky winner will win a copy of Fans of the Impossible Life. Winners have to live in the UK, sorry to all our INT readers but feel free to still join in on the challenge!

You have until Wednesday 14th October to submit your entries!


Okay, Ready… GO!

And DON’T FORGET – tomorrow is our first Twitter chat! Tune in at 8pm BST to chat LGBT books!

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Posted on 9 October, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


LGBT Read-A-Thon Month; Week 1 Round Up!

Posted on 9 October, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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Week One Round Up

Not sure how one week has already passed, do you?

Anywho…

I managed to read one book this week, which I’m quite happy about actually as finding the time to read has been very difficult this week!

I read:

George by Alex Gino

and I LOVED IT. It was an incredible and lovely read, and definitely made me think – especially about the different cultural divide between the US and the UK!
Full review to come late on.

what did you read?


Challenge Winner!

The winner of the first challenge was;

Daniel!

CONGRATULATIONS!

The next challenge will be posted later on today!


Hope you’re all enjoying the read-a-thon!

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Posted on 9 October, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


LGBT Readathon; JUNE Announcement

Posted on 5 June, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey All!
On the back of the success of the last one, I’m here today to announce that I’m hosting another LGBT Readathon!
This month the readathon will run from 22nd June – 28th June.

The idea is to read a selection of LGBT reads with a bunch of other awesome readers. You can read as little or as many books as you wish, so long as they are somehow related to LGBT either through theme, characters or story line.

At the end of the readathon I will also be hosting another UK LGBT Chat. This will occur on the 28th June at 8pm. The hashtag for it will be…

#UKLGBTChat

To sign up for this week-long readathon, all you need to do is add a link to your blog/youtube/twitter/facebook/instagram, etc that you’ll be using to participate in the chat to the linky below.

A sign up post is not required.

The hashtag for the event will be #LGBTReadathon.

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Posted on 5 June, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


LGBT Readathon; Wrap Up!

Posted on 1 June, 2015 by Faye - No Comments

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It has, unfortunately, come to that time when the LGBT Readathon has ended and we all weep uncontrollably. I mean… *cough* we just carry on with our lives with dignity.

So here’s where I’m going to look at how I did and how I thought the readathon went overall and at the end of the post is the chance for you to link up to your own wrap-ups, if you did/do one!

Firstly though I just want to thank everyone that participated in this readathon.

My Goals

I’m going to be at work all week and probably going to be busy in the evenings too BUT I am still aiming to read at least two books but I am hoping to actually finish three.

I very rarely meet my goals during readathons but I’m hoping I’ll stick to it this week as I’ve got some SUPER exciting books to read!

I also want to keep updating twitter, to interact lots on twitter and to just enjoy the week!

How I Did

I DID IT.

I actually read two and half books! I am super chuffed about this. I am also really happy because both of the books I read were REALLY good and the last one I’m reading is SO GOOD so far, so I have high hopes for it. It’s also a quick read so I hope to finish it today! Yay!

I kept updating twitter and kept up to date with everyone as best I could too so I’m quite happy about this. Overall I’m feeling very good about my goals!

Books I Read and Started

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The #UKLGBTChat

I can’t even begin to put into words how amazing the chat was. I actually struggled not to cry during and after it. There were SO MANY people, SO MANY thoughts and ideas and it just restored my entire faith in humanity and I know that if we keep shouting, we will only ever be able to help all the LGBT books and real LGBT people. Which is just amazing and wonderful.

I was just seriously overwhelmed and happy. It was such a successful chat and by the end of it we even started trending! I also didn’t get to ask all the questions I had to ask so there will definitely be another one sometime soon.

I’m not sure when yet but as soon as I do, I’ll let you all know and tweet about it like crazy!


Overall

I am honestly really pleased and overwhelmed with how well this readathon went. A lot of people participated, more than I thought would seeing as how I only gave it two weeks of publicity. It seemed that everyone enjoyed their books and cheered each other on and I just loved being able to see that and be a part of it.

With that being said, I am pleased to announce that I’ll be hosting another LGBT Readathon at the end of June! Go run and mark your diaries for 22nd – 28th June! More info about it and a proper post with a button will go up soon but for now, just keep the week free!


Your Links

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Posted on 1 June, 2015 by Faye - No Comments


Top Ten Tuesday; LGBT Reads

Posted on 19 May, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is a freebie so I have chosen LGBT Reads


With my LGBT Readathon starting next week, I thought today was the perfect day to tell you about my top ten favourite LGBT Reads. These are all wonderfully written and entertaining books that I would highly recommend. I am also (sneakily) going to let you know the top three LGBT reads that I cannot wait to read.

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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan; This book blew me away. It was really well-written, fun, interesting and just a book that I really enjoyed. I loved the way it portrayed many different sexualities (even if they were slightly stereotypical!)

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan; I have to admit, when I saw the US cover of this book, I wasn’t so sure it was one I wanted to read. Not because of the two boys kissing, but simply because I hate text on faces. So when the UK version was released, I was very happy. I ended up reading this book in a day. It was incredibly good, incredibly moving and just a fantastic book.

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman; I love Malorie Blackman SO MUCH. Thus, it was inevitable that as soon as I heard about this book, I was going to read it. And I loved it. It is beautifully written, incredibly realistic, and very emotional. Really, really well done.

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Pantomime by Laura Lam; This book is so incredible. It is guaranteed to blow you away. I loved everything about this book and I am so glad that Laura recently announced that it has found a new publisher in Tor. If you haven’t read this book, you should rectify that soon!

Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton; This is such a lovely book. I only read it recently but I just fell in love with it. It’s short, wonderful and holds such a cute and lovely story in the middle of it. You are definitely missing out if you haven’t read this book.

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz; I finished this book quickly because I loved it so much. It was a wonderful story that I just really enjoyed and couldn’t help but squee over a little.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green; This one wasn’t my favourite LGBT book ever as it did get a bit confusing at times BUT it was still very entertaining, very enjoyable and I did, ultimately love it. When I look back on it, I do look back with sentimental and lovely feelings.

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Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; It is no secret that I love everything Brigid Kemmerer writes but this book is probably my favourite book she has ever written. It’s so emotional, so powerful and ultimately, incredibly wonderful and heart-warming. I would suggest reading the whole series but if not this book can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer; Alongside Secret, we have this novella. It is the beginning of Nick’s journey and it is such a cute and wonderful story. If you’re looking for a beautiful and heart-warming romance novella, definitely read this book.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira; I got hooked onto this book very soon into it. It’s a very Perks of Being a Wallflower but SO much better. It’s relatable, emotional and just such a wonderful book. I know there have been some people not enjoying it but I loved it and would highly recommend it.

To-Read

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This Is Not A Love Story by Keren David; I loved Salvage and so when I heard about this book, I was dying to read it. Then finding out it had a bi character in it too, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it even more. I have heard brilliant things about this book and I so expect to love it.

Read Me Like A Book by Liz Kessler; I am dying to read this book. It has an amazing cover, an incredible sounding synopsis and I just cannot wait to finally dive into it.

Unspeakable by Abby Rushton; I heard about this book a year before it was released and could not wait to get my hands on it. It sounds incredible. I will definitely be making sure that I read this book soon because it sounds like the perfect book for me!


What LGBT books would you recommend?

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Posted on 19 May, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


LGBT Readathon Announcement; 25th-31st May

Posted on 15 May, 2015 by Faye - 10 Comments

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Hey All!
I’m here today to announce that I’m hosting another LGBT Readathon!
This year the readathon will run from 25th May – 31st May.

The idea is to read a selection of LGBT reads with a bunch of other awesome readers. You can read as little or as many books as you wish, so long as they are somehow related to LGBT either through theme, characters or story line.

At the end of the readathon I will also be hosting the very first (hopefully of many) UK LGBT Chat. This will occur on the 31st May at 8pm, and will include a selection of authors too. The hashtag for it will be…

#UKLGBTChat

To sign up for this week-long readathon, all you need to do is add a link to your blog/youtube/twitter/facebook/instagram, etc that you’ll be using to participate in the chat to the linky below.

A sign up post is not required.

The hashtag for the event will be #LGBTReadathon.

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Posted on 15 May, 2015 by Faye - 10 Comments


Mini Reviews; Aristotle and Dante, Five Children and It, and Girl Online

Posted on 21 January, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments

Aristotle and Dante Discover SecretsAuthor: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: February 21st 2012
Pages: 359
Format: Paperback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.


I had high expectations when I started reading this book as I had heard so many good things about it. Fortunately I quickly discovered that it was as good as people had told me it would be. I very quickly fell in love with this story and all of the characters. I wanted to stay in their world, to discover more of their secret and to just witness thair lives. This book has a unique voice and a very fascinating and lovable main character. It holds a realistic romance and was just a book that I really enjoyed reading abd would definitely recommend to others.

Four Stars


Five Children and ItAuthor: E Nesbit
Publisher: Unknown
Published: 1902
Pages: 103
Format: Ebook
Source:: Free on Amazon
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
The five children find a cantankerous sand fairy or ‘psammead’ in a gravel pit. Every day ‘It’ will grant each of them a wish that lasts until sunset, often with disastrous consequences. Never out of print since 1902. The Introduction to this edition examines Nesbit’s life and her reading, showing the change in childrens’ literature from Victorian times.


I read this book as part of my book group (and was then too ill to go!) but I am fairly certain I would not have read this book otherwise. I am also certain that if I had started this outside my book group, I would not have finished it. To me, this book had many flaws but my biggest problem with it is that the writing style seemed condescending and patronising. I know I am no longer a child but I feel even as a child, I’d have grown irritated by this book. Add to that a very boring and repetitive story and you should see why I really didn’t get on with it.

Two Stars


Girl OnlineAuthor: Zoe Sugg
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Published: 25th November 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Hardback
Source:: Library Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.


I had trepidations when it came to this book. I had heard some mixed reviews about it and then there was all the drama surrounding it. However, I am really glad that I got around to reading this one anyway as I actually really enjoyed it. I loved the blog posts in this book, really enjoyed the plot and just found myself swept away by the story. There was insta-love in it that irked me slightly but essentially this was a cheesy, cute romance story that I couldn’t put down. It made me get emotionally invested and I went from cheesy smile to tears to smile again in a matter of moments. It may not win any awards but if you’re after a teen book that is cliched but still entertaining then you should definitely read Girl Online.

Three Stars

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Posted on 21 January, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments


LGBT April Wrap-Up

Posted on 30 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

This month I was participating in LGBT April and I had a really fun time doing this! While I didn’t quite get to as many LGBT books, reviews or posts as I wanted but I still got to a book I would have left sitting on my shelf for ages otherwise!

I read;
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I really liked this book. The characters were lovable and easy to connect to and it made me feel very emotional. This story doesn’t make being gay the subject, but being human and I loved that about it. It deals with depression, bullying, seeing others differently and just opening up. There were a few issues I had with the book but essentially it was a lovely read that I would recommend!

I reviewed;
Love Letters to the Dead
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

This is a book I loved! For many different reasons but I just found myself really connecting with the main characters in this book. Such a lovely story. Read the review for more reasons why you should read it!

I wrote this article;
Top Five Read & Top Five To-Read

Have you read any of the books I’ve read or ones I really want to read? What do you recommend I get to reading first?


All in all, I still say it was a successful month and I look forward to participating in more things like this in the future!

Did you participate in the month? How did it all go for you?

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Posted on 30 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments


LGBT April; Top Five Read, Top Five To-Read!

Posted on 26 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey all!
So today as part of LGBT April I have decided to tell you all about my top five LGBT reads (Though I’m sure I’ve forgotten a whole PILE of brilliant books) and the top five LGBT books on my TBR pile!

Top Five Read

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Secret by Brigid Kemmerer; There are not enough words in the dictionary for the amount of love I have for this book. One of the best things that Bridget can do is make you feel for every single character she writes about and it truly had an impact in this book. My heart wept for Nick and I just admired his story so much! I think it is just a stunning story and you really need to read it if you want a truly inspiring coming-of-age story with a paranormal backdrop!

Boy’s Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman; If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time then you’ll know how much I love Malorie Blackman and this book is one of the reasons why. While the LGBT themes in this book aren’t right at the forefront, they are amazing and brilliant and just so well-done. I was enraptured by this story and truly found the LGBT so powerful. It just gives this book that something extra and makes it truly stand out from the crowd.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan; The first Levithan book that I ever read and the reason that I’ve been seeking out every other book written by him. A wonderful book that I really enjoyed. It does have a stereotypical feel but in the best possible way. I’d loved the world this book was set in and just truly admired all of the characters. A wonderful story that you should definitely read if you like LGBT stories!

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Pantomime by Laura Lam; This is one book that I read that completely blew me away from the first page. I hadn’t expected the story to turn that way but when it did, I absolutely loved it. This story is truly unique, fully compelling and one that I would just highly recommend. I am definitely on the lookout for more books that are like this one!

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira; Having only just read this a month ago, it is one that is still quite high in my love list! I really connected with the characters in this story, thought the writing was really compelling and just really loved everything about this book. It is a powerful coming-of-age story for all of the characters involved and just has a very real and raw feel to the book. If that sounds like something you like, then you really should get your hands on this book!

Top Five To-Read

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green; I’ve heard so many great things about this one and since I love both John Green and David Levithan it seems like a no-brainer to me!

Cruel Summer by James Dawson; I have been wanting to read this one since it came out last year! I really enjoyed James’ first novel and have heard that this one is EVEN BETTER. So really I need to just get on with it, right?

Where you are and Don’t Let Me Go by J. H. Trumble; Cheating slightly here because I want to read both of these books but they’re by the same author so it counts, right? Anyway, I have heard such amazing things about these books from bloggers and from authors and so I really just need to read them, more than anything else!

Far From You Gone Gone Gone

Far From You by Tess Sharpe; I have heard a thousand AMAZING things about this book and very few bad things – which should essentially give me alarm bells because… HYPE… but instead it has just made me super excited to read this book and I really cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz; This is one that I’ve had on my wishlist for a LONG time (I swear it’s been years!) and I still REALLY want to read it. It sounds fabulous and one of my fellow bloggers has recently been recc’ing it all over the place so I’m really looking forward to finally getting around to reading this amazing book!

And that’s everything!
Or at least… all the tops…
meaning, the one’s I thought of first…

There are still LOADS of books that I NEED to read and WANT to read, and so many more that I’ve READ and LOVED. But here’s just ten for you!

What do you think of the ones I’ve read?
Which ones that I need to read would you recommend?
What other LGBT books have you read and would recommend I read?
What LGBT books are you DYING to read?

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Posted on 26 April, 2014 by Faye - 2 Comments