Did I do 7 books in 7 days?!?
QueerLit was during the week of 6th to 12th June and I loved everything I read that week. I had a great time. But did I manage to read 7 books in 7 days? My TBR was hopeful. And it didn’t go so bad, but it took me forever to write this post lol.
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Books I Read
The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya
Prompt: Intersectional, Under-represented Identity, 40%+ BIPOC, Not on my Continent.
Opinion: I loved the focus on friendship in here rather than love. Also learned a lot about brown feminist and trying to fit in but being caught in the middle.
Everyone talks about falling in love, but falling in friendship can be just as captivating. When Neela Devaki’s song is covered by internet-famous artist Rukmini, the two musicians meet and a transformative friendship begins. But as Rukmini’s star rises and Neela’s stagnates, jealousy and self-doubt creep in. With a single tweet, their friendship implodes, one career is destroyed, and the two women find themselves at the center of an internet firestorm.
Celebrated multidisciplinary artist Vivek Shraya’s second novel is a stirring examination of making art in the modern era, a love letter to brown women, an authentic glimpse into the music industry, and a nuanced exploration of the promise and peril of being seen.
Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha (BIPOC)
Prompt: from a different continent, 40%+ BIPOC, Hard-hitting, Made me happy
Opinion: Of the 3 POVs I think Ian was my favourite. I felt for him a lot more that the others and I enjoyed his story line a lot more too. However, the main outtake from this book is everything I learned about HIV and I didn’t expect that at all.
An absorbing debut novel about three gay young adults in Brazil whose lives become intertwined in the face of HIV, perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Bill Konigsberg
Ian has just been diagnosed with HIV.
Victor, to his great relief, has tested negative.
Henrique has been living with HIV for the past three years.
When Victor finds himself getting tested for HIV for the first time, he can’t help but question his entire relationship with Henrique, the guy he has-had-been dating. See, Henrique didn’t disclose his positive HIV status to Victor until after they had sex, and even though Henrique insisted on using every possible precaution, Victor is livid.
That’s when Victor meets Ian, a guy who’s also getting tested for HIV. But Ian’s test comes back positive, and his world is about to change forever. Though Victor is loath to think about Henrique, he offers to put the two of them in touch, hoping that perhaps Henrique can help Ian navigate his new life. In the process, the lives of Ian, Victor, and Henrique will become intertwined in a story of friendship, love, and stigma-a story about hitting what you think is rock bottom, but finding the courage and support to keep moving forward.
Set in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this utterly engrossing debut by Brazilian author Lucas Rocha calls back to Alex Sanchez’s Rainbow Boys series, bringing attention to how far we’ve come with HIV, while shining a harsh light on just how far we have yet to go.
Maurice by E M Forster (white)
Prompt: Vintage, Made me happy, Summer Vibes, Religion
Opinion: Not what I expected at all! Loved it so much! Surprisingly open but happy ending too and so sweet!
Maurice is heartbroken over unrequited love, which opened his heart and mind to his own sexual identity. In order to be true to himself, he goes against the grain of society’s often unspoken rules of class, wealth, and politics.
Forster understood that his homage to same-sex love, if published when he completed it in 1914, would probably end his career. Thus, Maurice languished in a drawer for fifty-seven years, the author requesting it be published only after his death (along with his stories about homosexuality later collected in The Life to Come).
Since its release in 1971, Maurice has been widely read and praised. It has been, and continues to be, adapted for major stage productions, including the 1987 Oscar-nominated film adaptation starring Hugh Grant and James Wilby.
Paul Takes the Form of a Moral Girl by Andra Lawlor
Prompt: Underrepresented Identity, Recommened, 40%+ BIPOC, Not Set on my Continent, M-spec
Opinion: This was a while ride! Very sexual in the beginning but then starts to focus on Paul and his life etc. I’m glad I read it, just a bit too much for me and the ending was a bit random I felt.
It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flâneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Women’s Studies major to trade, Paul transforms his body at will in a series of adventures that take him from Iowa City to Boystown to Provincetown and finally to San Francisco—a journey through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.
Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman
Prompts: shorter than a novel, brings you joy, m-spec
Opinion: Takes place after Heartstopper vol 4, maybe even after vol 5? Its the summer before Charlie gets left behind when Nick leaves for Uni and he is struggling with the thought. Super cute but not as cute as the graphic novels.
“CHARLIE: “I have been going out with Nick Nelson for two years. He likes rugby, Formula 1, dogs, the Marvel universe, the sound felt-tips make on paper, rain and drawing on shoes. He also likes me.”
NICK: “Things me and Charlie Spring do together include: Watch films. Sit in the same room on different laptops. Text each other from different rooms. Make out. Make food. Make drinks. Get drunk. Talk. Argue. Laugh. Maybe we’re kind of boring. But that’s fine with us.”
Everyone knows that Nick and Charlie are the perfect couple – that they’re inseparable. But now Nick is leaving for university, and Charlie will be left behind at Sixth Form. Everyone’s asking if they’re staying together, which is a stupid question – they’re ‘Nick and Charlie’, for God’s sake!
But as the time to say goodbye gets inevitably closer, both Nick and Charlie question whether their love is strong enough to survive being apart. Or are they delaying the inevitable? Because everyone knows that first loves rarely last forever…”
Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Prompts: Not Set on my continent, Made me happy
Opinion: I learned a lot about immigration in the US from this book. Surprisingly. I didn’t know much about it going in and its the only book that made me cry this year. It was beautiful.
Danny Cheng has always known his parents have secrets. But when he discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined.
Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.
When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history and the carefully constructed facade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, Danny must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.
The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1) by Tasha Suri
Didn’t finish but I read 87% which is pretty good for a 500 page book during a 7 day readathon! Yay me!
7 books in 7 days done!
Also I did a whole vlog for it with all my opinions if you are interested 🙂
Anyone else participated in this round of QueerLit?