If you like queer fiction and are into post-apocalyptic stories then PLEASE check out this book. I recently discovered it and it's my new favourite thing but it is not nearly well known enough. Its like the walking dead but without the zombies and more gay pining 🤣
It's funny, heart-warming, emotional and very gay. I literally devoured it in 2 days, even with a full time job. It really spoke to me in a way I can't communicate, It was like a book I didn't know I needed. I only wish I never had to finish it.
I think it's a crime that more people haven't had the pleasure of this book, so if you can, I cannot reccomend reading it enough.
Hey, do you have any recommendations for books exploring the experiences of first and second-generation immigrants?? I've already read Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak so something along those lines or maybe entirely different would be great!
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Powerful and harrowing, this novel is about Afghan identity, lived history, fiercely devotional childhood friendships and how the past will never cease haunting you. PLEASE check the trigger warnings, if you want dm me.
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: A collection of interconnected narratives about people from different backgrounds and at different points in history, trying to make peace with their pasts. A large number of the characters are immigrants. Beautiful, lyrical writing.
On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: Penned in the form of letters written to the narrator's mother, it's a complex study of the Vietnamese immigrant experience, war trauma, fractured family and queer desire.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri: A poignant picture of Syria before and after the war, and one couple's resilience as they travel the refugee trail to Europe after their home town is bombed.
One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: (I will never shut up about Divakaruni she is SO good) Nine people stranded inside a building after a massive earthquake spend the time by talking about significant moments of their life to each other. Set in an American city, this gem of a story has many narratives of immigrant experience embedded in it.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: Now relevant more than ever, this graphic novel style memoir deals with Satrapi's childhood in Iran, her radical Marxist upbringing, her complicated relationship with religion, the advent of the Islamic Revolution in her country and her eventual decision to go abroad. It is at times very funny, but also, at others, mostly devastating.
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo: A recipient of several awards (and for good reason) this coming of age novel deals with a young Zimbabwean girl, her early childhood in her home country in the wake of military police violence under Prime Minister Mugabe, and then her journey to Detroit in search of a better life. Captures the African immigrant experience in rich detail.
If you are looking for some lighter reads, here are the follows:
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho: In this chaotic and funny novel, Jess, a closeted lesbian, reluctantly follows her parents back to live in Malaysia- a country she had last seen as a toddler. Now, in the suffocating heat and braving the constant presence of her nosy relatives, Jess must deal with dreadfully dull jobs and balance a long distance relationship...... oh yeah, and her feral grandma's ghost is haunting her, determined to settle a score against an old enemy.
Amerika by Franz Kafka: Kafka's first and funniest novel deals with young immigrant Karl Rossmann who, after an embarrassing sexual misadventure, finds himself "packed off to America" by his parents. Expected to redeem himself in this magical land of opportunity, young Karl must instead contend with crooks, thugs, long lost uncles, drunk friends and lascivious ladies. A very short and very funny read.
Running in The Family by Michael Ondaantje: When a dream leaves him shaken, the author decides to return to his home country in Sri Lanka after decades to reconnect with family, muse upon the turbulent history of the land and remember his late father. This novel is SO beautifully written, it will make you laugh full belly laughs but also move you to tears. Has some photographs and poems included in the book.
Hope you find something to your liking here. If you want to give me a tip, my kofi is papenathys.
Please do you have any recs for books set in Oxford beyond the classics (e.g. Brideshead Revisited, Gaudy Night, Morse)?
Oh I do! The difficulty is that there are so many 'classics.' Among these I would count, for instance, Max Beerbohm's Zuleika Dobson, but I am mentioning it here anyway because it is utterly delightful. Its subtitle, “An Oxford Love Story,” indicates that it is a story about a romance with Oxford, as well as a love story set within it.
Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain, describes the memoirist's time at Oxford in the early C20, including her encounters with Sayers and her experiences of reading Rupert Brooke's sonnets.
Landscape With Dead Dons, Robert Robinson, is an absurdist mystery with a geographically-specific chase scene so funny that I had to put down the book and make undignified noises about it.
The Gervase Fen series, Edmund Crispin, also delights in a comedic (and deeply affectionate) skewering of specifically Oxonian eccentricities. I think my favorite of his is Swan Song, which features pedantry about Wagner, though the one that most often makes it onto "best of" whodunit lists is The Moving Toyshop.
The Oxford Murders, Guillermo Martínez. I feel that I should have enjoyed this book more than I did, but it is skillfully crafted (and Martínez himself did a postdoc at Oxford.)
Engleby, Sebastian Faulks, is set at a deliberately unspecified university... either Oxford or the other place. The fact that the protagonist studies natural sciences might imply Cambridge. I confess I don’t remember enough details of the setting to state my own view.
Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy. I recommend this with the caveat that it wrecked me, but it’s supposed to. It has searing and indelible prose, and it writes about the life of the mind with exquisite yearning. Like Gaudy Night, too, it asks the central question of what happens when the life of the mind encounters the life of the heart, and what can happen if those in "a castle manned by scholarship and religion” pretend they can ignore the messiness of human realities.
To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis. This book is an absolute delight, and it defies description. There is punting. There are Wimsey references. There are Victorian monstrosities. There is time travel.
anyways if you’re as upset about the first kill cancellation as i am, here’s a list of sapphic books and books featuring queer girls to check out! for those i haven’t read, i’ve heard they’re worth reading, so please check out any of the books on this list!!
the priory of the orange tree by samantha shannon
the jasmine throne by tasha suri
a lesson in vengeance by victoria lee
the falling in love montage by ciara smyth
not my problem by ciara smyth
i kissed shara wheeler by casey mcquiston
one last stop by casey mcquiston
she drives me crazy by kelly quindlen
some girls do by jennifer dugan
perfect on paper by sophie gonzales
the chosen and the beautiful by nghi vo
siren queen by nghi vo
city of dusk by tara sim
i’ll be the one by lyla lee
flip the script by lyla lee
watch over me by nina lacour
we are okay by nina lacour
the seven husbands of evelyn hugo by taylor jenkins reid
loveless by alice oseman
last night at the telegraph club by malinda lo
a memory called empire by arkady martine
gideon the ninth by tamsyn muir
ophelia after all by racquel marie
PLEASE REBLOG WITH YOUR OWN IF YOU HAVE RECS!! i’m looking to add more sapphic books to my tbr and i know i’m not the only one
Since the PJO fandom is shaking off years of dust thanks to the bunch of new updates, I did myself a favor and reread the series. And I think it's ridiculous how we tend to overlook the fact that Nico di Angelo, son of Hades who can shadow-travel, face the Lord of the Dead in his own palace AND convince him to help save Olympus, navigated the Labyrinth ALONE without driving himself insane, and summon the dead with Coke and Happy Meals (not to mention an entire army of t h o u s a n d s), was 10-12 years old in the entirety of the PJO series.
Plus, the dude's an earthbender AND necromancer in one. OP, if you ask me. And rightly so.
So yeah, thinking he might just be the most powerful half-blood in the series.
some recommendations for "Hell Hath No Fury" books: The Poppy War by RF Kuang, All My Rage my Sabaa Tahir, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Circe by Madeline Miller, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen María Machado, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin, A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G Summers
GOT A BOOK REC FOR MY ACES OUT THERE (especially my fellow white aces)
I heard about Refusing Compulsory Sexuality by Sherronda Brown from tiktok, not gonna lie, and I knew I had to read it. I just finished it, and I loved it.
It has a fantastic discussion of asexuality, racism, and sexism (especially the intersection thereof). Sherronda is a wonderful writer and does a great job exploring not only their experience but discussing the history of black people’s sexuality and aceness in a way that is educational and very interesting to read.
It also has a timeline about asexuality dating back to 1855 which I have never seen one that dates back that far before. The amount of research that must have taken floors me, and I love it.
They also sprinkle in really cool tidbits throughout the book that I’m not going to spoil except for my favorite one. Apparently, ace people are 2.4-2.5 times more likely to be left handed than the general population. (And I’m a left handed ace)
I’m hoping to buy myself a copy soon so I can mark it up like I did my copy of Ace by Angela Chen. I checked this out from the library.
So go see if your local library has a copy or if you can buy a copy!
Does anyone have any recs for absolutely horny and/or evil lesbian books, I'm tired of reading sapphic tenderness and skimming through 500 pages of soft breathing and hand holding, I want the ladies to go at it and be absolutely dirty.
Also please don't recommend The Locked Tomb for the above, I've read the first book, it's very YA, and it's not what I'm looking for. I'm thinking more Handmaiden/Jennifer's Body/Killing Eve vibes. Here are some I read and enjoyed:
Tipping the Velvet
She Who Became the Sun
One Last Stop
This is How You Lose the Time War (technically they didn't fuck but they were quite horny in their letters)
The Paying Guests
Mostly Dead Things
Any recs are welcome, thanks!
EDIT: Terfs and radfems kill yourself and don't interact on this post