She’s a real lady-killer, but she doesn’t know why. [Book Review]

I don’t know where I have been (under a rock, maybe?), but I haven’t found a lot of good LGBT books that aren’t about love and/or tragedy based on gayness, so it’s been nice to read some of these new books that have LGBT main characters that are in different genres.

This was one that I wanted to read immediately, because I love a good mystery/thriller, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going on. Continue reading “She’s a real lady-killer, but she doesn’t know why. [Book Review]”

‘Tween friendship and a gender place. [Book Review]

Adolescence is a hard time for everyone, you can’t deny it. You’re somewhere between a kid and an adult, expected to walk the thin line between obedience to elders and responsibility for one’s own actions. It’s tough for everyone, but for some kids, it can be even worse.

This is the story of one of those kids, and his struggles to find lasting friendship, deal with his alternative family, and confront a truth about himself that will change his life forever. Continue reading “‘Tween friendship and a gender place. [Book Review]”

A complicated routine isn’t the hardest thing these two will learn. [Book Review]

I love looking through the selection of books Netgalley offers. There are so many intriguing descriptions, covers, and titles in all genres, and I often request more than one (sometimes four or five) at a time based on those.

Today’s book is one that immediately caught my attention. Anyone who follows my blog regularly knows I love a good LGBTQIA/SAGA book, and this one did not fail to please.

cover of LGBTQIA/SAGA romance Finding Your Feet

Book Description

While on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sight-see and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.

Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.

Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely.

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Hate transforms into love in this bizarro tale. [Book Review]

The name of this book drew me in immediately. Anyone who loves words like me will automatically know what the title of this book means: Arachnophile.

If not, it’s easy to dig in. Ever heard of arachnophobia? That’s fear of spiders. What about a bibliophile? That’s a book lover. Put those two together, and you get arachnophile, a lover of spiders.

cover of bizarro book Arachnophile by Betty Rocksteady

But this is a bizarro book, which means there’s more to the name than meets the eye.

Book Description

Hatred and desire collide when the girl next door is a giant spider.

Alex’s arachnophobia may be old fashioned, but he’s able to live a life of relative peace despite it. That all changes when a spider moves in next door. His girlfriend is sick of his attitude and begs him to give the new neighbor a chance. He overcomes his fear, but finds a twisted sexuality in its place. His attraction to the spider affects all areas of his life, and changes everything he thought he knew.

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Changing Why Me? into Why Not? in a kids’ book by Julie Parker. [Book Review]

When I saw Julie Parker’s post about her book, Why Me?, on Instagram, I knew it was something I wanted my kids to read. So I asked her if I could grab a review copy, and Ms. Parker happily obliged.

cover of children's book, Why Me?, by Julie Parker

My plan was a little different than the one I normally use when I review books. With this one, I wanted to read it myself, then have my son read it, and last, have my daughter read it. I assumed this way we could each have our opinions separately, so when I reviewed it, I would have a more rounded view of the book.

Book Description

A bright, colorful children’s book that shows children that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

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Don’t you ever say women don’t rock! [Book Review]

This book’s cover drew me in immediately.

cover of Rad Women Worldwide by Schatz and Stahl

I mean, look at it, it’s incredible.

All the art in the book is done in this same style by artist Miriam Klein Stahl using paper, pencil, and an X-Acto knife. How cool is that? This style carries you through the whole book, and lends a cool vibe to the project as a whole.

Book Description

Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica).  An additional 250 names of international rad women are also included as a reference for readers to continue their own research.

This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!

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The Opposite of White, Cis, Straight Men in Fiction with Author G Benson [Interview]

What first made me want to interview lesbian fiction author G Benson was the fact that, well, she wrote fiction about women who love women. I dig that. I’m a woman who likes women. (To my wife, who will read this one day: just you, baby. Just you.) And I love reading fiction that reflects my life, the same way other people like to see themselves reflected in the fiction that they read.

But what made me sit up and listen to her words was the very real “bury your gays” uproar that was made more noticeable this year with the death of Lexa from The 100. (We’ll discuss that later.)

So when I got a chance to interview her, I had to do it to find out what else she felt strongly about, and how it reflected in her fiction. Her answers might surprise you.

picture of author G Benson kissing her orange cat

Welcome, G! Sell us to yourself in a paragraph.

Benson is an Australian currently living in Spain, travelling as often as budget permits and writing as often as possible. Snowboarding is a passion that has led to a lot of humiliating falls, but this is quickly remedied with a beer. She´s been a nurse, a teacher, a nanny, apparently an author, and a backpacker. She wrote All the Little Moments and the recently released Flinging It.

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