Discussion: what makes a book queer?

Last week I posted my 2022 reading wrap up. I talked a bit about the statistics, and one of the things I mentioned was the number of queer books I read last year. Since I started more diligently tracking my reading 2 years ago, I have also started tracking different details about the books I read, and one of those things is whether it is a queer book. But what does it actually mean for a book to be queer? Let’s discuss.

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2022 Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone! So two weeks ago I promised a 2022 wrap up, and I am finally here to actually deliver on that. I will go a little bit into the statistics of what I read, although if we are being honest I don’t keep detailed enough information to make it very precise. I will talk a little bit about what books won me over this year, although I again won’t go into too much detail because I already made a post on my favorite 2022 releases. Finally, I will round off with a wrap up of my blogging this year.

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December Wrap-Up // final reads of the year!

Happy new year! I hope that however you celebrate, you had a great new year’s. I am planning on writing a full wrap-up of my 2022 reading year soon, but for now I wanted to write up a quick wrap-up for December. I had a pretty good reading month in December, especially after I finished the school semester!

I was kind of all over the place in terms of genre this month. I read mystery, fantasy, romance, litfic, and YA. Two books were re-reads, one of which was my annotated version of Beach Read. My favorites were The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna and the ARC I read of Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli (which is published by HarperCollins, so this is your reminder to support the HarperCollins Union). Read my full list of books and ratings under the cut!

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Delaney’s Top Ten 2022 Releases

Hello everyone! I am taking a break from studying for finals to bring you a blog post! As you may have noticed, we are rapidly approaching the end of the year. As a way to celebrate and wrap up the year, I wanted to share my top ten books that were released in 2022.

As a disclaimer, you will notice this post is very specifically titled. These are simply ten of my favorite releases of the year out of the ones that I read. There were many many books released in 2022 that I have not yet gotten the chance to read that I am sure are amazing. Nor are these the only 2022 releases I read this year, these are just the ones I thought were the best/were my personal favorites/I highly recommend you read. And of course, if you need gifts for anyone this holiday season, these are all great options! So without further ado, in no particular order, here are my top ten 2022 releases.

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“The Last Book I…” Tag

Hi everyone! I hope that your first week of December has been lovely. Last week, Mary over at Tea Time Lit tagged me in the “the last book I…” tag. I figured that would be a super fun post for this week. I also tagged some other bloggers at the end of this post. But without further ado, let’s start the tag!

The last book I bought

The last book I bought was We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry. I read this book for the first time back in March, but this semester I am taking a course on philosophy and witchcraft, and I have been thinking about it ever since! Our final for the class is a creative project, so I am going to re-read the book and write an analysis on it, which I think will be super fun. (And who knows, that analysis might even turn into a review for here). Thus, I obviously had to buy the book for the project.

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November Wrap-Up // a month of heavy hitters

Hi everyone! We are so close to the end of the year, I cannot believe it. I, for one, am seriously looking forward to the end of the semester where I can finally get some real relaxation in. That being said, November was a good month for me, and I hope it was for you as well.

One of the many reasons it was so great was because I had an amazing reading month. Thanks to Babel, I was able to get back into actively reading again. I was able to finish 8 books total, and I deeply enjoyed so many of them. I was still pretty busy this month, so a lot of my reading was done in the form of audiobooks. However, I read some truly amazing books this month. Somehow most of those amazing books were pretty serious, so it was not a month of lighthearted reads. Rebounding after my last two months in romance-land perhaps?

The quality of reading took a slight downturn at the end of the month, but the many amazing books I read for the first 2/3 of the month make up for it. Some of my favorites from this month were Babel by R. F. Kuang (of course), Know my Name by Chanel Miller, and How the Other Half Eats by Priya Fielding-Singh. That being said, I can basically recommend (almost) any of the books I have listed under the cut!

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Review: Babel, or the Necessity of Violence by R. F. Kuang

  • Title: Babel, or the Necessity of Violence: an Archane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution
  • Author: R. F. Kuang
  • Genre: historical fantasy
  • Intended audience: adult
  • Format read: physical book
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager
  • Pub date: August 23, 2022
  • Content warnings: violence, racism (anti-Asian and anti-Black), death, murder, gun violence, child abuse, mentions of slavery, colonialism and colonization, sexism, suicide, classism
  • Rating: 5/5 stars
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Dos and Don’ts of Sustainable Reading

If you are a person living on the planet, you should be concerned about the climate crisis. And while there are many debates on corporate and government action vs personal responsibility, the fact is individual choices can make a difference. And before I get too far into this I need to emphasize that those of us in countries like the U.S. and the U.K. have a greater responsibility for taking individual action than say, those living in the global South who have low carbon footprints but experience the effects of climate change with a far greater magnitude.

However, I am not here to soapbox about climate change. What I am here to do is talk to those who are concerned and want to do something about the climate crisis, and who are also readers. Because although we might not like it, reading has an impact on the environment just like everything else. So today I am here to share with you some Dos and Don’ts of sustainable reading.

I am by no means an expert on this topic, these are just things that I have found while investigating what in my own life I can do for the climate crisis. If this is something that interests you, I highly recommend checking out Leena Norms. She is a YouTuber who makes video about books, the climate crisis, and sometimes both at the same time.

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