[Book Recs] Summer Lovin’

Lately I’ve been in the mood for some beach reads โ€” it seems like many of my friends are as well, so here are some of the summer romances, and summery contemporary books, I enjoyed or look forward to reading! (As a side note, many of these will be queer recs because that’s who I am as a person what I tend to read and love.)

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[Book Recs] Queer Retellings

With so many books with awesome LGBTQIA+ representation, I know my indecisiveness would make it impossible to make recommendation posts if I didn’t further narrow down the criteria. (Last year for Pride I shared some of my favorite books with Bisexual/ Pansexual Protagonists and with Demisexual/ Grayace Protagonists.)

Today I bring you six retellings with queer central characters, because I love a good retelling; in the hands of a talented author, it’s a brilliant opportunity to explore how different facets of the characters’ identity โ€” i.e., sexual and/or romantic orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity โ€” affect their beliefs, behavior, and the story they lead.

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[Book Recs] Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Over a year into *gestures broadly* and I find myself turning to books that I never expected to be able to relate to in this specific way, in many cases because they remind me that, hey, life goes on (and things could be so much worse).

Maybe you’d rather not think about the current state of the world โ€” totally valid and understandable. In that case, this list is probably not for you, but thanks for dropping by anyway! (Might I interest you in a different Book Recs post?) But maybe, just maybe, you’re in the same boat as me, in which case this list is for you.

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[Book Recs] Dark Academia

I can’t decide whether I enjoy this literary category so much because it’s a reminder that my school experience could be so much worse (i.e., more dangerous) or because it’s a reminder that my school experience could be so much more exciting (i.e., more dangerous). Maybe some of both?

But either way, back-to-school season puts me in the mood for nonfiction, classics, and dark academia. So today I’m bringing you a list of favorites from this last subgenre (?), which I hope you’ll enjoy regardless of whether you’re currently a student.

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[Book Recs] Novellas & Short Novels

While my attention span has been all but nonexistent lately, novellas and short novels have been really helpful for keeping up with my reading challenges and feeling like I’ve accomplished things, i.e. finished books.

I’m betting I’m not alone in this, so today I’m sharing some of the titles that may help you out as well.

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[Book Recs] Demisexual Protagonists

I vividly remember the feeling of discovering the term “demisexual” and figuring out that it applies to me. So even though I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to find enough books to fill this post, I wanted to write it anyway.ย 

Because we’re here and we’re queer. Fellow demis, you’re not alone ๐Ÿ’•

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[Bookending Spring] 50 Shades of Green

Not gonna lie, these blog posts are my main source of entertainment lately. So I was really happy to find this one by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads which was a much-needed gentle reminder that colors exist and are pretty and make me happy.

And that spring is coming โ€” it hasn’t quite arrived in my hometown yet, but I can feel it in the air. Or maybe that’s pollen and impending allergies …

I actually put quite a few green books on my Recs to Calm Your Soul post (another awesome BE Spring prompt, by Lauren @ Northern Plunder), so you can check that list out too if you’re looking for even more!

Green is the color of spring, so letโ€™s talk about your favorite green books youโ€™ve read, and those on your TBR!!

This post is part of Bookending Spring 2020, which is organized by Sam & Clo!
Today’s prompt, “Calm Your Soul,” is hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads.

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