Hi my lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having so much fun reading all these LGBTQIA+ books. Good news – I’ve gotten through half of my rainbow TBR already! This is a stark contrast to last year. I had a look back through the archive at my posts from Pride Month 2019. I made a TBR for “if I lived in a dream world where I could read infinite books” and it included a grand total of… six books. That was my definition of “infinite”, apparently. Then I proceeded to read a whole two! I was slumping hard last year, and apparently having a tough time reading much. But I’m doing so much better this year – I’ve already doubled that whole month’s total by reading four books in the first week!
It’s really good to reflect sometimes – you can’t always see how far you’ve come until you look back over you achievements. I’m happy to say I am doing a lot more reading – and loving it so much more – this year. Sadly that has had a knock-on effect in that I haven’t been posting as much this year, but I’m just muddling along trying to find a balance that works for me. Anyway, my rambling aside, let’s look over all the books from my Rainbow TBR that I’ve finished so far!
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Well done Adam Silvera, you made me cry AGAIN.
I have now read all of Adam Silvera’s currently published works, ending with his debut. Aaand I did not love it in the same way I loved History Is All You Left Me and They Both Die at the End. But that’s okay. This is, after all, Adam’s debut novel, and I wasn’t expecting his first work to be his best. Minor gripe aside, this was a damn good book that ripped out my heart and stomped on it, just like I was hoping it would.(Look, you have to be a little bit masochistic if you want to enjoy a Silvera novel.)
This had everything – a contemporary setting with a futuristic twist, a flawed main character who’s trying his best and learns to do better, and a sad yet hopeful ending, which is anything but neat and tidy. This is a messy story and it deserves that messy ending – I know a lot of people won’t enjoy the open-ended way Adam finishes his books, but there’s always hope in them and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This book tackles a lot of uncomfortable topics – poverty, violence, suicide, homophobia (internalised and external) and questioning sexuality, which can be a painful process. This is a difficult book to read, and I’m very aware of that. I would never encourage you to read this unless you’re in a good place to handle it. In light of that, if you are comfortable with reading about those topics, and you do want to experience an incredibly messy, personal, emotional journey, then go ahead and feel everything this book wants you to feel.
Lumberjanes Vol. One by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis & Brooklyn A. Allen
This was such a fun comic! It’s all a little strange, but that just adds to the fun factor. The art style is very bold, and it took a bit of getting used to, but the dramatic, colourful style feels like the perfect way to tell this story. I love the characters and their
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
I absolutely adored this!! This was the most incredibly fun, sweet, entertaining story. The characters are so lovely, the representation is absolutely top notch, and I can’t be coherent right now because I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. I feel honestly blessed that this book is now in my life and I can’t believe how long it took me to get to it.
If you’re thinking about reading this book, seriously, just do it.
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
This was a buddy read with Veronika from Wordy and Whimsical. Alice Oseman’s writing is addictive, the narration on this audiobook was utterly incredible, and I listened to the whole thing in an afternoon. Having said that, this was a 3 star read for me. I enjoyed the experience of listening to this more than I enjoyed the story, and there were quite a few elements of the story and characters that stuck out as a little strange. I simply didn’t enjoy this as much as Radio Silence by the same author, so I couldn’t give them the same rating.
Now, I am not into band culture at all. I have never been obsessed with anything to the extent the characters in this book are. Yet, despite not really being able to relate, I enjoyed this anyway. And it’s all because of the characters. They are written so perfectly they feel like genuine people, flaws and all. It’s the trademark I’ve come to expect from the contemporary genius that is Alice Oseman.
At the start, I was a little unsure, especially since I didn’t relate and was fairly certain I was reading about the ramblings of an obsessed fangirl. (In a way I was, but it’s so much more than that.) I think I might have struggled a bit more if I was physically reading this, but I cannot stress enough how wonderful the audiobook is. Huw Parmenter is one of the best narrators I’ve ever had the privilege of listening to.
Even if you don’t think the story is for you, the characters in this book will seize your heart. This was a throughly enjoyable contemporary, with a brilliant cast of diverse characters. The plot deals with some serious issues, and it has really good anxiety representation. This book is about being young, about the pressures of fame, about looking up to something and trying to find yourself.
So, that’s my thoughts on everything I’ve read from my Pride TBR so far! These reviews are a mess, I’m well aware. Still, I hope they could be of some use to you. I did really well getting through all these books in that first week, then I didn’t read at all last week, so I guess I’m balancing out. (I’ve been in more of a gaming mood.) Still, I’m determined to get through the rest of this TBR and hopefully more, so I’ll be back on it this week! Happy Reading everyone!