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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Needs More Diversity: Queer, There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

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Needs More Diversity: Queer, There and Everywhere by Sarah Prager
Queer, There and Everywhere
Sarah Prager
Genre: LGBTQIAP+, Non Fiction, YA
Publication date: May 23rd, 2017
by HarperCollins

This first-ever LGBTQ history book for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like  Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG.

World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 22 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era.

By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.
-A copy was provided by HarperCollins for review-

I feel like somewhat of a black sheep because I didn’t absolutely love this book but *insert shrug emoji*. I love that we get to learn about so many amazing individuals, I love the detail each section goes into and how easy it is to read and yet, when I look back at the people who are represented in this book, it seems like there isn’t as much rep as their could be. Queer, There and Everywhere is essentially trying to present readers with the stories of amazing queer people across time and remind people that queer people have always been here. For a book trying to achieve that though, it primarily draws on queer people from the western world and those closely tied with the historical movements in the western world. The book at least seems aware that queer people also exist in places that aren’t the western world but it saddened me that this book didn’t give a platform to their lives and stories.

There also wasn’t queer rep across the spectrum, which to me is a problem. Not many books like this currently exist that will allow young teens to see themselves reflected in history and it sucks that not all teens who identify as queer will be able to see themselves reflected within the pages of this book. There isn’t as much intersectionality as I would have liked. The majority of individuals talked about are white which is a tragedy.

All that said, Queer, There and Everywhere is an important book and one I hope will get into the hands of the teens who need it. I also hope it’ll be on the YA non-fic shelves in libraries as useful resources for people and just other general good vibes. Mostly though, I hope we’ll get another book like this that will do an even better job representing a diverse array of people instead of just focusing on primarily white and western queer individuals.

3 Stars
3 Hot Espressos

Recap: To C2E2 and Beyond

Recap: To C2E2 and Beyond

Posted by on 05/01/2017 • 0 Comments

If you live in the Chicago area you’ve probably heard of C2E2 but for those of you that haven’t. C2E2 or Chicago Entertainment and Comic Expo happened April 21st-23rd and was basically a weekend of geeking out over comics, TV shows, books, etc. Also known as the event where you want to be if you were in the area-ish. Two weeks before C2E2 was set to happen, I had no idea I would be attending, never mind getting to meet a blogger friend. As a scrounged to make plans, I got more and more excited. This would be my first time attending the expo and I had only heard good things.

C2E2 is primarily a comic and entertainment expo but even for a major book nerd like me, there were so…

3 Books To Get You Geared Up For Summer

3 Books To Get You Geared Up For Summer

Posted by on 04/26/2017 • 2 Comments

Summer is approaching and with temperatures soaring back up within reason, it’s time for everyone to start getting their summer reading lists together! Personally, my fav things to read during the summer are warm, insightful contemporaries that just make me feel good on the inside. SO. HERE ARE THREE great contemporaries that I’ve read and I think would make A+ summer reads.

1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett YA Retelling of You’ve Got Mail Online friends who’ve never met but bonded over classic movies Summer romances Surfing Family

I’ve read and loved everything I’ve ever read by Jenn Bennett so I wasn’t surprised to find myself loving this book. Bennett has a knack for writing swoony, shippy romances that’ll make your heart feel mushy inside.

2. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares…

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Erin Gough Has to Choose Between Being Lost at Sea or in the Woods

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Erin Gough Has to Choose Between Being Lost at Sea or in the Woods

Posted by on 04/20/2017 • 0 Comments

HELLO and welcome back to this fancy feature that Nick (Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist) and I are collaborating on! This month I am sharing a fun interview with the delightful Erin Gough! RAISE A GLASS TO (freeedoooommm) to ERIN GOUGH!

1. If you could be any color in the world, what color would you be? 

Green. It’s the colour of nature, not to mention the Wicked Witch of the West. Kermit is green, too, and that frog can dance.

2. Who does Delilah consider to be a person who has everything put together?

Rosa Barea, definitely. From a distance, Rosa seems smart, talented and sure of herself. Of course, when Del gets to know her better, she realises that she’s not as together as she seems.

3. What song would Delilah think…

Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Posted by on 04/19/2017 • 15 Comments

Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at Little, Brown to bring you a fabulous giveaway for Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. Alert: THIS BOOK IS SET IN SPACE. <– important fact because all books set in space are always on my tbr since I’ve kind of been obsessed with space since I was a bb8 and wanted to do that astronaut as a career thing (now I am a lit major so that didn’t technically work out.)

About the Book About the Author

Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a…

Read these diverse books if you like The Fault in Our Stars (or just want to read A+ diverse books)

Read these diverse books if you like The Fault in Our Stars (or just want to read A+ diverse books)

Posted by on 04/17/2017 • 3 Comments

About 5 years ago, The Fault in Our Stars made a HUGE splash in the YA reading community. Lots of people fell head over heels for it and some of us weren’t impressed at all. Regardless,The Fault in Our Stars went on to be adapted into a movie and was set as the standard to which all other YA books would be compared to. SO. Books. If you loved The Fault in Our Stars, you should read and support these wonderful, diverse books and find a new fav! Or if you just want good diverse books to read, DO THAT TOO.

1. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Written by a POC author. Features wittiest banter, discussions of mental illness, etc.

2. Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Star-crossed lovers….

Learn How to Read a Book in 6 Quick Steps

Learn How to Read a Book in 6 Quick Steps

Posted by on 04/11/2017 • 6 Comments

Always wanted to read a book but the idea of touching one makes you want to cry? It’s okay! I GOT YOUR BACK. I will teach you how to read a book in 6 quick steps.

1. Break into your roommate’s room and look around for a book.

If you don’t have a roommate or your roommate isn’t a reader, move into a place with a roommate who reads.

2. Grab a book at random. Since you’re not much of a reader, you probably don’t have a preference.

The next step will be key to deciding whether or not you and the book are MEANT TO BE.

3. Sniff it.

This is perhaps the most important step in the process because it will help you determine whether or not the book…

Different in a Good Way: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Different in a Good Way: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Posted by on 04/07/2017 • 2 Comments

Motorbike clubs is always a good way to get a person’s attention but I honestly did not expect what I got from Done Dirt Cheap. I assumed there would be an element of fluff to the book but instead, what I got was a complex, thoughtfully crafted novel with words that just jumped off the page. There are some books you finish that will oddly make you feel nostalgic for something you don’t even quite remember and Done Dirt Cheap was that book for me. In some ways it was reminiscent of the contemporary YA novels I grew up on.

I think part of the nostalgia for me came from the focus on female friendships in this book. Like both the main characters have their love interests and those relationships are important (and…