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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No TBR Fall

Hi everyone! I am back from my unexpected hiatus under peer pressure. I honestly could not tell you how frequently I will be posting. My life is very busy right now, so I do not have a whole lot of reading time or blogging time. One side effect of this is that I have decided not to set a TBR for myself this Fall.

If you have been following the blog, you will recall my incredibly long TBR I had for the summer. But now that I am back at school and my life has drastically shifted from where it was a couple of months ago, my reading patterns are off. I realized pretty quickly I had no hope of sticking to a TBR. So I have decided to try out what I am calling my experiment of no TBR Fall.

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Discussion: My Top 5 Favorite Romance Tropes

Romance has been on my mind a lot lately. Last week I got to read Emily Henry’s amazing Book Lovers, and it was everything I wanted and more! I cannot recommend it enough. I don’t think I will write a full-length review of it anytime soon, but I did post a short review on goodreads if you want to check it out.

In addition to that, I also got to see Casey McQuiston on the I Kissed Shara Wheeler book tour, and one of the things they talked about was about the way they really wanted to use all of their favorite romance tropes and also turn them on their head.

This all got me thinking a lot about what I think makes a good romance, and more importantly, which romance tropes are my personal favorites. Because as we all know, the tropes used make a huge difference in terms of how much you enjoy a book. So I thought I would share my personal top 5 romance tropes! These are tropes that enhance my personal experience of a romance book, and that make me more likely to pick a book up. I would also love to hear about your favorite tropes, so please do let me know in the comments what you look for in your romance!

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Discussion: 3 Indie Bookstores I Love

Today is independent bookstore day! I love supporting my local bookstores, so I thought I would take this as an opportunity to highlight some of my favorite indie bookstores, and hopefully inspire you to support your own independent bookstores. And remember, if you want to support independent bookstores but don’t want to venture inside, bookshop.org allows you to buy books online at cheap prices while giving money to a local bookstore of your choosing. But read on for even more options! Because 2/3 of the bookstores I’m going to share also allow you to order books online.

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