June is just around the corner – already, yes, time is flying by – and June always means PRIDE MONTH. I won’t have a lot of time to read, since I am on my way to graduate and have a big oral exam coming. But I love to set up TBR and see them still full at the end of my reading months – gives me some confidence (can you feel the irony?)
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Sword in the stars, A.R. Capetta
When I first read Once and Future, an Arthurian retelling set in space with a full queer cast, my mind was blown away. Literally. I finished it and started talking about it to everyone around me. One of my friends jumped on it right away, and I highly encourage you to read this duology! Even though I haven’t read book two yet, I just know it is going to a m a z i n g.
A quick synopsis: That’s the story of Ari, space outlaw who finds a sword in the old Earth and pull it out. The thing is, the sword is Excalibur, and turns out Ari is another reincarnation of the long gone King Arthur of Camelot. She then end up with a teenage Merlin – who ages backward at each Arthur reincarnation – and has to find the way in her own story.
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Since book two is coming out soon, it is time for a re-read of this amazing book. If you haven’t read this one, it definitely is a classic of LGBTQIA literature for me now. It is one of the first I read, and I highly recommend it.
Synopsis: Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.
But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side. (via Goodreads)
Gay Bar, why we went out by Jeremy Atherton Lin
This non-fiction I requested on Netgalley few months ago but I haven’t read it yet, to keep it for Pride Month. It sounds amazing and I truly can’t wait.
Synopsis: In Gay Bar, the author embarks upon a transatlantic tour of the hangouts that marked his life, with each club, pub, and dive revealing itself to be a palimpsest of queer history. In prose as exuberant as a hit of poppers and dazzling as a disco ball, he time-travels from Hollywood nights in the 1970s to a warren of cruising tunnels built beneath London in the 1770s; from chichi bars in the aftermath of AIDS to today’s fluid queer spaces; through glory holes, into Crisco-slicked dungeons and down San Francisco alleys. He charts police raids and riots, posing and passing out—and a chance encounter one restless night that would change his life forever. (via Goodreads)
Everyone in this room will someday be dead, Emily R. Austin
What? Another eARC? I don’t know what you are talking about *cough*. This one will be out on July the 6th and I still need to get to it to share my thoughts with you guys. This is going to sound weird but: I love books dealing with death. And the way we each the it in a different way.
Synopsis: Gilda, a twenty-something atheist, animal-loving lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, and finds herself being greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she’s there for a job interview. Too embarrassed to correct him, Gilda is abruptly hired to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace.
In between trying to memorize the lines to Catholic mass, hiding the fact that she has a new girlfriend, and erecting a dirty dish tower in her crumbling apartment, Gilda strikes up an e-mail correspondence with Grace’s old friend. She can’t bear to ignore the kindly old woman, who has been trying to reach her friend through the church inbox, but she also can’t bring herself to break the bad news. Desperate, she begins impersonating Grace via e-mail. But when the police discover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace’s death, Gilda may have to finally reveal the truth of her mortifying existence. (via Goodreads)
This is the awkward moment I realized I have only four LGBTQIA+ books on my current TBR, what a shame. Well, honestly, that means that I read every single ones I own and that’s pretty great, right?
Have you read one of those? Is one on your TBR?
Have a nice and beautiful day,