Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Nonfiction · Queer · Romance · Sci-Fi · YA

Queering the 2018 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

As I said in my challenge post, I am once again doing the fabulous Book Riot Read Harder challenge! Book Riot is my favorite bigtime book blog — they’re always inclusive, they talk about all kinds of book genres, their posts are fun to read, and they sell stuff I actually want to buy. Their…… Continue reading Queering the 2018 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Comics · History · Nonfiction · Queer

Review: “Queer: A Graphic History” by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele, published in 2016. Right off the bat, I thought this book would be something different — a comic book of queer history. Rather, it is a history of queer theory, a much more academic thing, and it’s more a textbook-style introduction with comic-style illustrations rather than a graphic novel.…… Continue reading Review: “Queer: A Graphic History” by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Children's & Middle Grade · Queer · Romance

Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Is Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee the first ever middle-grade novel with a bisexual protagonist? I don’t know, maybe. But either way, I’m super happy it exists. Queer-themed fiction is increasingly common in the YA genre, but queer stuff for kids is very rare, especially when the protagonist is queer. (More often it’s parents or a friend). Add…… Continue reading Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Queer · Updates

2017 Book Diversity and Challenge Recap

Every year, I like to keep track of representation in the books I read. This mainly serves to draw diverse books to my attention, although of course I try to get my percentages up every year too, especially for the books by and about women. (I’m more interested in good representation in the other categories, looking for…… Continue reading 2017 Book Diversity and Challenge Recap

Comics · Queer · TV & Movies

I’ve been watching The Gifted and I have thoughts.

I’ve loved the X-Men since I was about ten. Movies, comic books, novels, tie-ins, toys, all the way up to the latest movies, I’m about it. So, my first reaction when I heard about The Gifted was to wonder if they would have anything new to say. They don’t necessarily have to, the first X-Men movie was 17…… Continue reading I’ve been watching The Gifted and I have thoughts.

Adult Fiction · Fantasy

First Impressions: Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

I’d never heard a word about the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson until quite recently, but after a recommendation from a friend, I stumbled onto a massive ten-book dark fantasy series with a devoted cult fanbase. The first book, Gardens of the Moon, is AMAZING, and definitely a good story on its own,…… Continue reading First Impressions: Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

Comics · Queer · Romance

Is This Feminist? Romance Comics

It’s a bit of a stretch to judge a whole genre on whether or not it’s feminist, I know, BUT since romance is a women’s genre it’s relevant. And really, instead of the whole genre, I’m just comparing two collections: Marvel Romance, which collects some highlights from Marvel romance comics of the sixties and seventies, and Fresh…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? Romance Comics

Children's & Middle Grade · Picture Books · Queer

LGBT+ Picture Books: The Exceptions

We’re finishing up queer picture books week today! I’ve mentioned a lot of books I like and talked about all the kinds of books that don’t really seem to exist yet, so I thought I’d finish up by talking about four exceptions that didn’t really fit into the other categories. Some of them are just…… Continue reading LGBT+ Picture Books: The Exceptions

Children's & Middle Grade · Picture Books · Queer

LGBT+ Picture Books: Acting Like Animals

So far in our week of queer-friendly picture books we’ve talked about inclusive family lists, books explaining same-sex parents, and books about trans or genderqueer toddlers. As discussed yesterday, there are hardly any queer kids depicted in picture books. Gender seems to be easier for authors to address because we have so many gendered objects…… Continue reading LGBT+ Picture Books: Acting Like Animals

Children's & Middle Grade · Picture Books · Queer

LGBT+ Picture Books: “How Do I Explain to My Kids?”

Yesterday we started talking about types of queer-friendly picture books, and LGBT+ inclusion in counting/alphabet books about families. These are the most basic type, but not the most common… That honor belongs to the “explaining same-sex parents” genre. These are books that talk to toddlers about how two men or two women can be in…… Continue reading LGBT+ Picture Books: “How Do I Explain to My Kids?”