“Openly Straight” and “Honestly, Ben” by Bill Konigsberg

I’ve mentioned before these books, well the first one especially since the sequel is just out. This is one of the coming of age books I used to like a lot (even if I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads).

                                                            This is actually a story about the growing up of two guys. What’s interesting it’s that the 16100972author decided not to show a version of the world (not completely realistic) where it’s completely okay to be gay. The main characters are Rafe (the first book is from his POV) and Ben (the second book is from his POV). You may find strange, these two voices, they seem like very grown up people, I know I did, but it was also very interesting and a nice change.

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Manga Classics: Pride & Prejudice

the story adaptation by Stacy King ,

art by Po Tse

written, of course, by Jane Austen

21433253I’m always looking for new adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, it doesn’t matter if it’s a movie or a TV show or just novel about girls obsessed with Mr. Darcy. There are thousands of versions of this story and I’ve been through most of them.

I’ve always been a fan of manga, mostly because it’s an interesting way to read a story and the drawings are more often than not, really impressive. So this adaptation is like made for me.

If you’re looking for a way to make your children, students or friends read a classic they probably wouldn’t read by themselves, you can give manga classics a shot. Of course, if you’re a teacher, don’t expect your kids to go with any written version, they may just watch the movie.

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“My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier

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When you mention a gothic romance and a dark romance tale I’ll admit, I’m already hooked. The novel “Rebecca” By the same author may be one of my favorite stories so I was happy to read this one. This book is certainly not that good. Sadly.

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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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Rereading “The Raven Cycle” by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

 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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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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BOOK REVIEW: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

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Published November 1st 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

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Here’s my review: I absolutely loved this book! No, but seriously. It’s amazing.

This is the story about two teenagers, Scott and Cath who just finished their high school. While Cath is going to college, Scott, for some reason doesn’t make any effort and stays in their home town to work at his father’s clothing store. The whole story is a string of letters they send back and forth, where they describe their heartbreaks, their insecurities and all the good things that happen, so they can be apart but still be great friends.

The story is set in the 80’s so there are many musical references which I absolutely enjoyed.

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