History · Nonfiction · Queer

Review: “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” by Justin Spring

I don’t review much nonfiction on this blog. I like reading it, I often make a particular effort to include it in lists, and y’all seem to enjoy reading my term papers, but I haven’t done many reviews for some reason. I guess nonfiction books can seem more specialized, and even if I think a…… Continue reading Review: “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” by Justin Spring

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Queer · Romance

Review: Brute by Kim Fielding

I found Brute, a disability-themed gay fantasy romance by Kim Fielding, when the excellent Lola of Hit or Miss Books reviewed it in January of 2015. And then it took me two years to read it because public libraries don’t carry many books like that, and I just never got around to buying the ebook. I’m glad…… Continue reading Review: Brute by Kim Fielding

Children's & Middle Grade · TV & Movies

Review: Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events since the first announcement, and it’s surpassed by wildest expectations. Rich aesthetics, witty and gripping, manages to be unexpected despite my love of the books, and the whole production team seems to have wholeheartedly embraced creating this slightly off-kilter world. And it has an intro sequence with…… Continue reading Review: Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events

Fantasy · Queer · Romance · YA

Book Riot Recs: Queer YA and Romance

As promised, I bring you Book Riot Read Harder Challenge recommendations! This post will cover the two queer-related challenge prompts (YA and romance), and I’ll have another post on Saturday for the two comic-specific ones (here). Suggestions are a mix of books I love and books high on my to-read list! YA/Middle Grade by an…… Continue reading Book Riot Recs: Queer YA and Romance

Updates · Writing

News: You Can Pay Me to Read Your Manuscript

If you read my blog, you know I care about books, and about diverse representation in those books. I also believe that writers can and will create characters outside their own experiences, not only for their own benefit but in service of a more realistic story that shows a variety of people with different backgrounds…… Continue reading News: You Can Pay Me to Read Your Manuscript

Comics · Queer

Review: Love is Love, IDW Publishing

The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida last summer was a gut-punch to the queer community. A lot of us came out the next day in solidarity… I was already “out,” but posted about it on Facebook for the first time. I wanted to do something to help, and I felt like not being as out as…… Continue reading Review: Love is Love, IDW Publishing

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Nonfiction · Queer · Sci-Fi · YA

2016 Book Diversity

As I did in 2015 and 2014, I kept track of diversity in my reading this year. Basically I count books with female authors, books with female protagonists, and books related to queer/race/disability issues (protagonist, author, or prominent theme). (For recommendations, see my Goodreads page or my yearly book survey!) Mostly I do this because it…… Continue reading 2016 Book Diversity

Fantasy · Queer · YA

The Non-Binary Book Club Reads Every Heart a Doorway

Originally posted on The Lobster Dance:
Via Tor.com. [Image: cover of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. The cover shows an open wooden door in a doorframe in the middle of a forest.] What’s the Non-Binary Book Club? While Book Club might have fallen a bit by the wayside as I (and many of the…

Picture Books · Queer

The Power Of Art: 5 Inclusive Picture Books

Originally posted on Eclectic Alli:
Welcome to my new series. Art is such a beautiful expression, it can evoke emotions and speak to truths that can be hard to articulate.  It also can often serve as a powerful tool for change, for revolution, to spark people to stand up and make changes. This series is…

Queer · TV & Movies

Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

Before The Boxtrolls came out in 2014, it was getting buzz for its creepy Burton-style animation and a same-sex couple shown in one of the trailers. Then it hit theaters and I heard, well, nothing. That kind of response doesn’t really mean anything except that people didn’t go see it in the first place, but…… Continue reading Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)