One book of poetry: “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur

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This is probably the most famous new book of poetry on the Internet, to be quite honest. Maybe it’s the writing style – most of the poems are short and easy to remember, maybe it’s because of the illustrations which are simple and yet they contribute to what is written or maybe it’s just the theme – love and loss.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Edge of the Abyss” by Emily Skrutskie

The Edge of the Abyss (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #2)

A couple of days ago I’ve written a post about “The Abyss Surrounds us” which is the first part of this duology. I’ve also recently read a review by a girl who has never read the first book and still understood everything. I agree with that. You can very well start with this book although you’d probably miss out on a lot of great character development. I still stand by what I’ve written when I finished the first book: this is a great book for lovers of fantasy, lesbians and those who really need some main non-white characters.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Abyss Surrounds Us ” by Emily Skrutskie

24790901Last year this little book cause quite a stir and I was  lucky enough to be there at the right place and time. I actually found it on NetGalley and after reading the description I knew it was the right book for me. Now this story is already known as “the one with the lesbian pirates” and even though that’s an oversimplification, it’s quite catchy and it brings more audience and that’s really important too. Before I start writing about the sequel I feel like I should say something about the first book too. If you haven’t read the book, continue with caution and then…go read the book.

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Carrie Fisher’s autobiographies

One of the worst things that happened last year was the death of the actress Carrie Fisher and her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds. They were both great artists and amazing humans and the world is a worse place without them.

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 Carrie Fisher was, of course, known for her role in “Star Wars” as the legendary princess Leia. But many people only then found out that she’s also a great writer and an active speaker about mental health. She was suffering from bipolar disorder for years. The experience she had with dealing with that disorder, along with the troubles in family and work  gave her enough material to write at least three autobiographies.

I don’t read that many autobiographies. Too often they turn out to be a disappointment. What do people look for in an autobiography, anyway? If you’re asking me I’d say: honesty and a creative way of telling about the events in life that may not be of historic importance. Carrie writes about her hard life with so much humor that you can’t help falling in love with her and her books.

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Starting March 1st I am

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  1. One book that I’ve read at least two times  link
  2. Autobiography written by women link
  3. One lesbian story link
  4. One fantasy novel link
  5. One classic that I’ve never read before link
  6. One book written by a WOC link
  7. One YA book
  8. One book of poetry link
  9. One recently published book

I hope to finish this challenge until April 1st.

After I publish every post  I’ll link them all to this post.

Happy reading!

Rereading “The Raven Cycle” by Maggie Stiefvater

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 This is probably the most famous fantasy series among younger readers on Tumblr. I don’t know a person who hasn’t even heard about these books and the hype before the last one, The Raven King, was available for purchase was so big that even if you haven’t read the books before (like me) you…had to…just to see what the fuss was all about.

And I get it. I really get it.

Recently I decided to reread these books (if you’re wondering why, keep reading) and I was happy to see that they are still as good as I thought, even though I’d still give them four out of five stars.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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I wanted to read this book so badly that, after I got a free copy on NetGalley, I actually thought I was dreaming. The reason behind this is pretty simple: I am a big fan of this author’s most famous work and, while I’m waiting for a sequel, I was more than excited to read something new by this author.

Short review: I loved it. Ari and Dante are still closer to my heart but I loved Salvador, Sam and Fito too.

Longer review after the read more. Serious spoilers too.

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BOOKS WORTH CHECKING OUT: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

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 Sexuality and gender identity is something we’re finally talking about more so that the next generations have it easier than we did. It’s not a rare thing these days to pick up a book and find out that some characters are gay (without that being promoted too much) and it’s even easier to find some good studies about different sexualities and understanding of gender. Even with all that, this books is really interesting because it’s about lesbians but not your typical lesbians, in fiction anyway.

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Rereading “Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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There has been a requirement, for quite some time, among the LGBT readers for books about LGBT characters to have interesting characters and  a happy ending. For those who don’t belong to the community it probably looks absurd: why would a book need to have a happy ending?  The ending should fit the story. The truth is, even though I studied literature for years and know a thing or two about the logical conclusion of the story, I too need these books to have a happy ending. In a world where it’s still very much possible for your family members to turn their back on you because you love who you love different works of fiction are often life saving.

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