#book recommendations
lord--of--trash 2 days ago
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 馃ぃ
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.
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papenathys 19 hours ago
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!
Try these:
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.
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booksmadeofvelvet a day ago
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oldshrewsburyian 2 hours ago
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, 鈥淎n Oxford Love Story,鈥 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 Mart铆nez. I feel that I should have enjoyed this book more than I did, but it is skillfully crafted (and Mart铆nez 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鈥檛 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鈥檚 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鈥 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.
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titkoks 5 months ago
鈥渢ake me to the book that you wish you could reread for the first time鈥
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last-honey 2 months ago
anyways if you鈥檙e as upset about the first kill cancellation as i am, here鈥檚 a list of sapphic books and books featuring queer girls to check out! for those i haven鈥檛 read, i鈥檝e heard they鈥檙e 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鈥檒l 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鈥檓 looking to add more sapphic books to my tbr and i know i鈥檓 not the only one
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murdersquazh 3 months ago
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.
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petrichor-sunshine 21 days ago
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I honestly need all the recs
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lilithsorchid 2 months ago
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
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belle-keys 5 months ago
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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 Mar铆a Machado, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin, A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G Summers
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lyralit 5 months ago
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boy meets boy.
this book has me in all my feels asdfghjkl; cred: alice oseman
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bramblepatch a month ago
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Look. I want people to read these books. I made a slide show and everything.
artwork on slides 1, 3, and 16 by @rukafais, everything else is official artwork.
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writersarea 10 days ago
GOT A BOOK REC FOR MY ACES OUT THERE (especially my fellow white aces)
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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鈥檚 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鈥檓 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鈥檓 a left handed ace)
I鈥檓 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!
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papenathys 14 days ago
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:
Milk Fed
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
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bookwormingparty 6 months ago
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metamorphesque a year ago
books to read while Autumn is reigning
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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 Bront毛
The Broken Wings by Kahlil Gibran
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Tess of the D鈥橴rbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront毛
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront毛
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 Zaf贸n
If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
with a side of聽je ne sais quoi
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Death with Interruptions by Jos茅 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 Y艒ko 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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literaryaida 6 months ago
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second hand books I found in Edinburgh
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