Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Book Review

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Book Review

If there’s something I think there can never be enough of, it’s great LGBT representation in both books and films. Here are a billion trillion books and films with heterosexual characters in comparison to the smattering of LGBT ones, and we need more.

That’s one of the reasons I absolutely adored Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

Book cover of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I have the film cover because it was only £4 in Tesco, but I wish I had the actual book cover. Film tie-in covers aren’t my favourite… but it meant I got to read the book before I saw the film!

Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal…

It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

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Call Me By Your Name: Beautiful Setting & LGBT Representation

Call Me By Your Name: Beautiful Setting & LGBT Representation

It’s not often that I go and see a film that I know absolutely nothing about, but when I saw that Call Me By Your Name had been nominated for various big awards (including Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars), I wanted to see what the fuss was about. It came out a while ago but it was showing in my local theatre where they often show films that didn’t have a wide release, so I had to take the opportunity to see it!

I wasn’t sure at first what I’d think of it at first because I didn’t know anything about it, but I ended up really enjoying it! Here are my thoughts…

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Here’s to a Gay Valentine’s Day! My LGBT YA Recommendations

Here’s to a Gay Valentine’s Day!
My LGBT YA Recommendations

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Whether you celebrate it or not, you can’t miss it! It’s a week until the big day (or the unimportant day, depending on how you see it) and the gifts are filling the shops, people are desperately trying to find something for their loved ones, and a lot of people are wondering how they got to yet another Valentine’s Day as a singleton.

I'm working with a few other book bloggers to bring you our Valentine's book recommendations! I'll be sharing LGBT books on my TBR - how many have you read?

For me, Valentine’s Day is and never has been a big thing, like, at all. I’ve never celebrated it (maybe because there’s never been someone to celebrate it with). However, this year, I’m taking part in a fun Valentine’s-themed blog hop with a few other lovely book bloggers! We’re going to share our own themed collections of books that all relate to Valentine’s Day.

I’ve decided to focus my collection on LGBT YA books. As an LGBT person whose favourites books are YA, I love to find a great YA book that features perfectly-represented LGBT characters. So, I’m going to share a few of the books that are on my TBR list. All of these books have so much praise and I can’t wait to read them all!

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Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – Book Review

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – Book Review

Aaaah it’s been almost a month since I published a blog post. I’m such a bad blogger! I’ve barely read anything recently – not because I’ve been in a reading slump, but because I’ve been so insanely busy. My sister and I went to London to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Leavesden and the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library. I’ll be writing a blog post all about that!

For now, I’m going to share my review of a book I got at YALC this year: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. It took me a while to get around to reading it, but I finally got there in the end!

Who doesn't like a book with dark, circus-themed stories, illusionists, magic, and murder?! You'll love Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.

Reality is in the eye of the beholder…

Even among the many unusual members of the travelling circus that has always been her home sixteen-year-old Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years.

This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all of their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that―illusions, and not truly real.

Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered. Now she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.

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