June 20th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Books That Don’t Feature Cis M/M Relationships
— This may seem oddly specific, but in honor of Pride being this month, I wanted to have a topic to celebrate LGBTQ+ books. But, the book community tends to, when given the chance, lift up cis m/m pairings the most. And while those books are still important and valued (we’ve even had topics covering m/m relationships earlier this year, which featured many cis m/m pairings), I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of those lesser known, recognized, and celebrated books
DISCLAIMER! For whatever reason I follow more F/F relationships than I do relationships that are non-cisgender so you will be seeing more F/F relationships in this list than the other option for today’s Top 5 Wednesday.
TITLE: P.S. I Still Love You
AUTHOR: Jenny Han
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky get back together but their relationship is troubled by their past.
GENRE: Young Adult | Contemporary | Romance
NOTE: This is the second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by the same author.
LINKS: GOODREADS BLURB | BOOK REVIEW: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
TITLE: Everything, Everything
DIRECTOR: Stella Meghie
RUN TIME: 96 minutes
SUMMARY: Madeline has SCID, an immuno-deficiency disease that prevents her from leaving her house, until she finds a good reason to leave, Olly, the new neighbor next door.
STARRING: Amandla Stenberg | Nick Robinson
GENRE: Romance | Drama | Coming of Age
NOTE: This is a movie adaptation of the YA book by Nicola Yoon of the same name.
BOOK REVIEW: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
TITLE: Note to Self
AUTHOR: Connor Franta
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Connor Franta tells us about his inner thoughts through essays, poetry, and photography.
GENRE: Memoir | Essays | Poetry | Non-Fiction
DNF: Did Not Finish at 37%
DISCLAIMER: Prior to reading this I had no idea who Connor Franta was. And frankly, I’m still not sure. All I know now is that he’s a popular YouTube vlogger, but I’ve never seen his videos and therefore I’m not a fan.
In recent years I’ve taken a real interest in reading books about the places where I am from. While a lot of the books I read take place in the U.S., where I live, they rarely take place my state, Florida and much less Miami. I was also born in Cuba and lived there until my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was four years old. I don’t remember much from living there but my parents make sure that I don’t forget where I come from and why they chose to make that move.
In today’s post I want to talk about some of the books that take place either in Miami or Cuba, some of them have been horrible, others great, and some I’m looking forward to reading soon.
June 6th: Summer Reads
–With summer finally kicking off, now is the time to recommend your favorite summer reads, whatever that means to you!
Summer reads for me are the ones that evoke that feeling of summer, full of friendships, adventures, nostalgia, and the unbearable heat. Unfortunately, I don’t necessarily have that many favorite summer reads so the following list are mostly made up of books that give me that summer feeling, but they’re not my all time favorite books… unless I say that they are.
And for once, I’m going to list these books in order of most summer feels to the least summer feels.