Recommendations based on tropes:
• Enemies-to-lovers: Dance of a Burning Sea
• Lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers: The Winner's Curse
• One bed-trope (that follows through): Devil in Winter
• Marriage of Convenice: The Duchess Deal
• Arranged Marriage: The Bridge Kingdom
• Best friends-to-lovers: People We Meet on Vacation
• Rivals-to-lovers: From Lukov with Love
• Found Family: Clockwork Angel
• Forbidden Romance: From Blood and Ash
• Fated mates: Throne of Glass
• Star-crossed lovers: Feather (Angels of Elysium)
• Fairytale retelling: To Bleed a Crystal Bloom
• Forced proximity: The Unhoneymooners
• Second chance romance: Love and Other Words
• Fake Relationship: The Love Hypothesis
• The Villain is the love interest: The Contortionist
• Single Parent: The Soulmate Equation
• Reluctant Lovers: The Wish Collector
• Childhood friends-to-lovers: Lady Midnight
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what are your favourite non fiction books?
it depends on the day; i love almost anything by john berger, but for a while now judith schalansky's an inventory of losses and secondhand time by svetlana alexievich are the ones i really can't stop thinking about x
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hi! i love ur blog so so much it’s literally the most aesthetic thing ever! i was just wondering if you could please recommend some books to help me get out of a reading slump? any genre i don’t mind! thank you so much and have a blessed day 🤍
hi! thank you so much <33
when i'm in a slump, i generally read fantasy, or essays, or short stories, and here are a few of my favourites that have gotten me out of slumps —
pop song by larissa pham: semi-memoir, essays on art, intimacy, love; i'm halfway through this, and it has been lovely. i can't wait to finish it and go back and look at all the parts i highlighted
the end of the end of the earth by jonathan franzen: about the end of times, climate change, how we deal with it, how we can deal with it, also a dash of personal essays, they're all excellent; my favourites include the one on 9/11, 'why birds matter', 'missing', the eponymous one, and 'xing ped'
intimations by zadie smith: six essays, short ones, on living in early pandemic 2020; they feel very warm and comforting because they're full of all the anxieties that marked the beginnings of last year
the anthropocene reviewed by john green: essays on the human planet; very wholesome; a relatively quick read, they're short ones
the book of indian journeys by dom moraes (editor): it's an anthology of writings on traveling in india, i like for the collection of authors it brings together, you should look it up
if you feel like fantasy/urban fantasy/scifi:
the licanius trilogy by james islington: i read this early last year, and i was obsessed; starts as a chosen one story about this boy who has augur abilities, but it becomes so much more; very sleek time-travel/loop situations; also looks at free will, choice, destiny
good omens by neil gaiman, sir terry pratchett: this is one of the funniest and the most wholesome-est books i've read; follows an angel and a demon working together to stop the apocalypse; they both share one brain cell between them, and i love them for that; also check gaiman's coraline (be warned, it is creepy); and pratchett's small gods
the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by douglas adams: this is the first part, and i would totally recommend them all; it starts with the earth being demolished to make space for an intergalactic highway, only one human escapes, he hitches a ride on a spaceship nearby; utter chaos of a book (affectionate), also very funny
the immortalists by chloe benjamin: follows four siblings who discover the exact dates of their death, and then takes a look at their lives one by one; has interesting things to say about destiny and choice
an absolutely remarkable thing by hank green: about april, who becomes famous overnight after "discovering" an alien installation in new york; it's science fiction, and a really fun read; about human cooperation (or lack thereof), the internet, and the nature of our communication; also the sequel, a beautifully foolish endeavour, is amazing pandemic reading
more than this by patrick ness: a boy drowns to death and finds himself in what he thinks is obviously hell, but things get complicated as time passes; YA scifi, pretty fast-paced
and a few assorted ones:
the lonely city by olivia laing: has there been a time i haven't recommended this? absolutely not. it's about artists who explored art as a means of negotiating isolation and loneliness; blends memoir and art appreciation; very poetic
the dublin murder squad series by tana french also got me out of a slump this year; they're very addictive crime fiction; six books and i thoroughly enjoyed them all; my favourites are the likeness and broken harbour
a man called ove by fredrik backman: follows an old man who has a very meticulously planned schedule, and who is generally grumpy; you're slowly introduced to his past, and it's just a very wholesome story; great if you want light reading
the uncommon reader by alan bennett: it speculates on what would happen if the queen (of england) made a hobby out of reading; it's a day's read, only 50-odd pages, and it's pure fun
the blue umbrella by ruskin bond: another short one, under 200 pages; about a girl who stumbles across a japanese umbrella, and about how her village receives the exoticism of the umbrella; a very fine story
round ireland with a fridge by tony hawks: it's a travelogue, where hawks takes a trip around the perimeter of ireland with a small fridge after losing a bet; it's absurd and engaging, and wild that this really happened
i hope you find something you like!
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Speaking of The Green Knight’s screenplay, if anyone’s interested... it’s here.
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Native Children's Lit and YA Suggestions!
+ We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade
+ Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith
+ A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger
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@pollen-over-ponds I sure do!
Love & Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura sapphic
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee trans guy/nonbinary & mlm
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston sapphic
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera mlm
May the Best Man Win by ZR Ellor trans & mlm (this one does involve a character coming to terms with his bisexuality but without homophobia)
Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar sapphic (this involves biphobia, but from an outside source)
And some genre romance
The Heartbreak Bakery by AR Capetta enby/enby Magical Realism
Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson mlm Queer-friendly historical fantasy/magical realism
The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska sapphic Fantasy
The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer mlm Sci-fi
The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune mlm Superhero (this isn't technically a romance! but the romance in it is too cute to not mention)
And a graphic novel/webcomic
Life of Melody by Mari Costa mlm Fantasy
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Horror recs that aren’t Stephen King? 👀
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Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke
Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.
Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.
But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.
Genres: fantasy, romance
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hey, remember that queer book recs post from a while ago? well, now it's in quiz form.
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*✧ — NOVEMBER WRAP UP
another reading month of 2021 over.... the fact that it’s december already just doesn't compute. how is it almost 2022? like most of us, i am still processing 2020. tbh i’m not having a good time right now my studies are killing me and i might be out of a job by the end of the month✌️ i have no idea how soon i’ll find a new one but i hope i’ll be able to pay next semester’s tuition in time. really hope everyone else is doing better!!
2021 goal: 180/80 books
as alway, feel free to drop book recs, questions, or opinions in my inbox; i am always happy to talk to you about books!
* –> newly added to my favorites shelf
follow my goodreads | follow my storygraph | previous wrap ups
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray | ★★★☆☆
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelmann | read for class
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein | ★★★☆☆ | review
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Team Avatar Tales by various contributors | ★★☆☆☆ | review
For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing | ★★★★★ | review
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha | ★★★★☆
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake | ★★★★☆ | review
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney | ★★★★★ | review
Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass by Lana Del Rey | ★★☆☆☆ | review
Blue Horses by Mary Oliver | ★★★★☆
The Promise by Gene Luen Yang, Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gurihiru | ★★★★☆
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Manga For Everyone: Picks from a librarian
Komi Can’t Communicate, Vol. 1 by Tomohito Oda
Timid Tadano is a total wallflower, and that’s just the way he likes it. But all that changes when he finds himself alone in a classroom on the first day of high school with the legendary Komi. He quickly realizes she isn’t aloof—she’s just super awkward. Now he’s made it his mission to help her on her quest to make 100 friends!
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Vol 1 by Fujita
The awkward, romantic comedy manga about geeks in love that inspired the new anime! Can a professional man who's secretly a hardcore gamer and a woman who's secretly a fujoshi date without their hobbies getting in the way, or revealing each other's secrets?
Narumi and Hirotaka are, by all appearances, a power couple. They're young, good-looking professionals. But they have secrets from everyone but each other: They're serious geeks! Narumi is a fujoshi, and Hirotaka's a hardcore gamer. Their sweet, awkward love story started life as a webcomic before becoming a full-blown manga series by popular demand, and is about to become a major anime series!work.
Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Vol. 1 by Waco Ioka
Faced with the choice of being married to a strange spirit or being made into dinner, Aoi decides to create a third option for herself!
Aoi Tsubaki inherited her grandfather’s ability to see spirits—and his massive debt to them! Now she’s been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo, the spirit world, to make good on his bill. Her options: marry the head of the inn her grandfather trashed, or get eaten by ayakashi. But Aoi isn’t the type to let spirits push her around, and she’s determined to redeem her grandfather’s IOU on her own terms!
Aoi wants to work off her debt to the Tenjin-ya inn, but she only has one day to find a position and none of the managers are willing to hire a human! If she can just get someone to see past her family background, Aoi is certain she can prove her worth!
Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1 by Kiiro Yumi
In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!
Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her!
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Now tell me the best romance book you've ever read
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books to read while Autumn is reigning
a warm cuppa in your hands, sitting near the window, enjoying the rain
with a sprinkle of amour
The Girl at the Lion d'Or by Sebastian Faulks
The Collector by John Fowles
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Broken Wings by Kahlil Gibran
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
with a dash of existential crisis
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao
No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
with a pinch of dark academia
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Maurice by E. M. Forster
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
with a side of je ne sais quoi
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Death with Interruptions by José Saramago
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Orlando by Virginia Woolf
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura
If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura
under the covers, with a flashlight in your hands, in the middle of the night
Carmilla by Sheridan le Fanu
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun
The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Metamorphosis & Other Stories by Franz Kafka
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Writer Spotlight: Adam J. Kurtz
Happy New Release Tuesday, Booklr. We've got a very special treat for you today. To celebrate the launch of YOU ARE HERE (FOR NOW), we asked writer, artist, and designer Adam J. Kurtz (@Adam JK) about his process, the new book, and what to do when change comes for you. Adam's illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor, and a little darkness. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. His offbeat creative work has been featured in NYLON, Adweek, Vice, and The New Yorker.
Read on for Adam's answers and a very special giveaway treat at the end ;)
Can you tell us a little bit about YOU ARE HERE (FOR NOW)?
YOU ARE HERE (FOR NOW) is a collection of art and essays around themes of change and personal transformation—basically, the way we navigate change and intentionally grow, either because life threw some shit our way and we have to adapt, or because we realize we want something more, or something different.
My goal was to make a book that feels like staying up late talking to a friend about life and purpose and wanting so much more, and your fear of fucking up, and why everything is so hard sometimes, and umm, is it normal if I slightly want to die sometimes and wondering what comes next.
But you know, it’s chill. I’m not an expert, I’m not a therapist, I’m trying to work it all out too, and I do that through my art. I needed to change some things, so I made my life into an ‘art project’ so I would be forced to actually do it. And surprise, it helps.
YAHFN combines essayistic musings with visual artwork. Can you tell us about your work process? How do text and image speak to each other across the pages?
I’m kind of most known for my shorter writing style and aphorisms. I boil down bigger emotions into a bite-size catchphrase, then print it on balloons, planners, and keychains as weirdly personal but highly accessible art. This book combines a lot of the shorter writing, the handwritten reminders, with longer, themed essays wherever I realized I had more to say this time.
The book’s art is composed of a series of folding sequences photographed step-by-step. A sheet of paper transforms into a ribbon, or a star, or confetti. I wanted to represent the way we all start out as a blank slate and are bent, rolled, and torn by reality—until we eventually emerge transformed but no less whole.
What’s something that’s good to remember about being a human person when overwhelming change happens?
Comparison isn’t helpful, BUT I like remembering that everybody has experienced difficult, scary, complicated shit. Even me, before this. And if I was able to find my way through then, I can do it again. Life is hard, and yet so many of us are HERE and DOING IT and PRETTY okay, and that can and will be the case for you, too.
When it comes to mental health, the number one thing to remember is that just because it feels real doesn’t mean it is objectively real. If there’s a way to safely step outside of yourself, it can help. Get another opinion! Talk to someone else you can trust. And no offense, but science is real. Like, brain chemistry is a thing, and you can’t just ‘toughen up’ until mental illness goes away. So ask for what you need.
Who do you write for? Do you imagine speaking to a specific person/type of person/audience while writing?
Honestly, I kind of write for myself and then try to open it up to others. I’m not sitting down to write in the voice of whoever I want to connect with (I’m literally not smart enough). I just write the way I speak, and it’s just sort of honest and full of dad jokes and a little nerdy, and I hope that’s okay because too late, I’m already this person.
Over the years, through my other books, social media, and public speaking, I’ve heard from enough people who DO get me that it is helpful to hear something so close to their inner monologue communicate the same things they’re thinking or worrying or obsessing about. I’ve come to embrace that my power is in being comfortable opening up, putting something in simple words, pairing it with graspable visual metaphor (it’s paper and pencil, we get it!!), and sharing it.
How do you practice self-care when juggling the different creative processes of writing and making visual art, as well as being a person?
I just don’t!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean, jk, but like, sometimes I am a real asshole to myself; I drink three coffees, and then I’m like, “wait, why is this happening to me,” as if I don’t exist in a physical body. It really comes down to balance in everything. Balance doesn’t mean I’m going to be exactly 50/50 on the scale. It just means that if I tip too far one way, I need to work to tip back. Most of the time, I’m too far in either direction, so there’s a lot of swinging.
The answers are easy: Drink water, get enough sleep, go for walks, wear clothing that is comfortable, sit up straight. It’s the questions that are more complicated. We’ll talk about it in the book.
What’s your favorite place to write? Why?
It seems like the answer is “anywhere that isn’t my desk,” based on where I wrote this book. I wrote the first draft of seven chapters on a 12-hour train ride from Oakland to Los Angeles while pretending to be a famous author who can afford to live off their books (lmao).
Later, I got a major reality check when we moved in with my husband’s parents. I wrote a lot of the book on their patio, and I did all the artwork from my sister-in-law’s childhood bedroom at a child-size desk I had to sit sideways at to fit. I did all the photography in a pop-up photo tent on the bed.
I guess my point is that you don’t need fancy shit to make your art, which is something I am always saying but really experienced in a super immediate way for this book.
There’s something incredibly touching and nourishing about YAHFN. What do you hope readers come away with?
It gets better because you get better. And if you’re not better yet, imagine your better self, then work backward to create actionable steps to get there. At least that’s what I’ve heard. In the meantime, here’s the book version of me sitting on your couch, drinking tea and talking about life and the universe and everything until we realize we haven’t checked our phones in a while and how the fuck is it 2 a.m. already?
What are you reading/writing about/making right now?
Beyond the book, YOU ARE HERE (FOR NOW) is me creating a big obvious reminder for myself to keep going. So I’m pushing it in a few directions. I’m currently wrapping up a podcast series of the same name and preparing larger-scale artwork for a YAHFN art show in Honolulu that opens in November. It took so much work to get here, to this moment, now I want to stay for a little bit and see what happens.
Thanks for taking the time, Adam! YOU ARE HERE (FOR NOW) is out today! If you'd like your very own copy, either head to your nearest book store or reblog this interview and tell us about a time you overcame a challenge—however big or small! Adam will select 10 winning responses from US-based participants. Each winner will receive a copy of YOU ARE HERE (FOR NOW).*
*Open to US residents only. You must also be at least 18 and the age of majority in your jurisdiction. The giveaway will begin at 10 a.m. EST on October 19, 2021, and will close at 10 a.m. EST on October 20, 2021. Our editorial team will reach out to winners via email to facilitate sending out copies. One entry per blog. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: Tumblr Inc.
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LGBTQ+ BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS 🏳️🌈
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24.09.21 copenhagen is getting colder and I’m really loving my first fall here. Started writing again and joined some lessons to fill free time after work. Books? I finished ugly love by colleen hoover in one sitting and now I’m stuck with season 5 of Grey’s anatomy lol i also bought these violent delights by chloe gong which I’m excited to get into.
What are you reading at the moment?
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I wish there was an app that worked kinda like spotify except with books,, like you could create a playlist of books with a specific theme/ aesthetic and it would give you suggestions for other books you might like
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I finally got to read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and oh my god. pure fable-like fantasy where the main character is jewish and it actually informs her entire life. all of the side references were jewish things. she keeps shabbat. she deals with realistic antisemitism from her neighbors. her family makes brachot over their meals together. they sing songs in hebrew.
and yet, that wasn't what the book was about. the book wasn't about judaism and how jewish she is, the book was about how to deal with malicious elves threatening the town, among other things like magic and demons and alternate realms. it was incredible.
I have quite honestly never read a book like this. I kept getting excited whenever I got the subtle references to jewish things. like when the main character's father said "are there even ten righteous men among them?" when referring to the elves. like, I got that! I get that reference! I know which story that's referring to! I learned it in school growing up!
and this is what goyim get all the time??? what a rush!
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Christmas on Emerald Mountain by Cara Malone
Carmen hasn’t had snow on Christmas in ten years. Her family has grown accustomed to beaches and extravagant tropical vacations, but she still remembers the snow in Massachusetts when she was a kid. When her dad decides to book a cabin in the idyllic, snow-capped mountains of Colorado for Christmas, the rest of the family is skeptical - why trade palm trees and warm weather for a snowbound ski resort?
Carmen’s in the same ‘bah humbug’ mood until she meets the impossibly optimistic, endlessly intriguing Joy and their worlds collide - quite literally - on the slopes. Joy has lived her whole life on Emerald Mountain and watched a lot of people come and go through the resort town. She has learned to expect a certain amount of impermanence here, but Carmen makes her hope for more than just a vacation romance.
Can Joy help Carmen and her family rediscover the true spirit of Christmas?
Genres: contemporary, romance
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here's a list of underrated books (with under 10,000 ratings on goodreads) that i recommend because i love them and think they deserve more attention than they've gotten!
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