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papenathys · 18 hours ago
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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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captainkirkk · 20 hours ago
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Okay after seeing your post about period dramas(which I totally agree with) I am begging you to read 'The Hands of the Emperor' by Victoria Goddard.
Legit the best book I have ever read.
The main character Kip, didn't start of as a noble but eventually became basically second to the emperor in power. He then dedicated his career to reforming the goverment. With such acts as;
-Fixing the postal system and creating sea trains (and making sure they reached EVERYWHERE).
-Rooted out corruption.
-Created stockpiles of food and supplies in case of disaster
-Impliment an annual stipend for everyone to alleviate poverty (also built homes for this) and allow people to pursue arts without having to be concerned over income.
-And so much more
The emperor, who was not meant to be emperor, who loves his people but hates his life and is just trying his best, is in full support of everything this man does.
The book starts quite late in his career so much of this acts are already done and it's just more goverment reforms, pure competence on his end, court intrige with and amazing focus on his relationship with the emperor, the emperors household and the relationship between his position and his culture.
Sorry to rant but I cannot explain how amazing this book is and also meets the points you have mentions, though the main character doesn't start as a noble. There is also heaps of fealty and yearning <3
Alexandra Rowland as did a Tor article on why you should read here:
https://www.tor.com/2021/10/20/you-should-really-be-reading-victoria-goddards-nine-worlds-series/
This sounds like my kind of novel!!! I'll check it out
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booksmadeofvelvet · a day ago
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🧡 O C T O B E R 🧡
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last-honey · 2 months ago
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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
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heavenlyyshecomes · 26 days ago
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hi my reader friends lithub has a new syllabi section that has some great (u guessed it!) syllabi from much beloved writers like ocean vuong and ross gay here's the full list that i have already added half of to my tbr:
ekphrastic poetry with victoria chang (featuring works of john ashbery, joy harjo, paul tran)
the literature of obsession with julia may jonas (obsession as transformation, destruction, catharsis and form)
place, space and landscape with alexandra kleeman (featuring didion, okorafor and hernan diaz)
lyric research with ross gay (books that combine research with an "I" like nelson's bluets or christle's the crying book)
hybrid poetry with ocean vuong (traditions, innovations and possibilities featuring bhanu kapil, rimbaud, clifton)
multigenre experiments in form with paul lisicky (for writing that explores connections between genres)
reading about writers with peter ho davies (books that teach the craft and give writing advice, think 'the outline' trilogy)
speculative women with lina maria ferreira cabeza-vanegas (a look at speculative works by women writers like jemisin, butler, k le guin)
writers and the world with viet thanh nguyen (rankine, baldwin, and coates)
sports and contemporary writing with sam lipsyte (exactly what it says on the tin)
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petrichor-sunshine · 21 days ago
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I honestly need all the recs
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study-coffee-chicago · a month ago
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Finished a few books recently, so here’s one of them. It was “Long Bright River” by Liz Moore. And honestly, I was really excited about this book, but it did not live up to my expectations. I gave it 2.5/5 ⭐️. The issue is that there was no closure at the end. I also feel like it was hard for me to follow along with the storyline because it flipped from “Now” to “Then”. Don’t get me wrong, they were marked out, but it would go back to a “Then” portion that wasn’t even related to what the “Now” portion I had just read on the previous few pages was about.
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breelandwalker · 3 months ago
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hi! ive been getting back into the craft recently and i was wondering if you have any book reccomendations that i could learn more from! (i know youve published your own, which i will be checking out soon!!)
I have a book recs tag that contains most of the titles that I regularly recommend for witchcraft studies, but there are a few I could mention by name:
History:
Drawing Down The Moon (Margot Adler)
Triumph of the Moon (Ronald Hutton)
The Witch: A History of Fear, from Ancient Times to the Present (Ronald Hutton)
The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic (Owen Davies)
Witchcraft, magic and culture 1736–1951 (Owen Davies)
Witchcraft:
The Dabbler's Guide to Witchcraft: Seeking an Intentional Magical Path Seeking an Intentional Magical Path (Fire Lyte aka Don Martin)
New World Witchery: A Trove of North American Folk Magic (Cory Thomas Hutcheson)
By Rust of Nail & Prick of Thorn: The Theory & Practice of Effective Home Warding (Althaea Sebastiani)
Sacred Actions: Living the Wheel of the Year through Earth-Centered Sustainable Practices (Dana O'Driscoll)
Honoring Your Ancestors: A Guide to Ancestral Veneration (Mallorie Vaudoise)
Spellcrafting: Strengthen the Power of Your Craft by Creating and Casting Your Own Unique Spells (Arin Murphy-Hiscock)
The Magical Writing Grimoire: Use the Word as Your Wand for Magic, Manifestation & Ritual (Lisa Marie Basile)
Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis (Lisa Marie Basile)
Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols (Laura Tempest Zakroff)
The Hearth Witch's Year: Rituals, Recipes & Remedies Through the Seasons (Anna Franklin)
Previous Posts:
Here are the Top Ten foundational texts that I started out with.
Here are the books I recommend if you want to work with plants.
Here are the three titles I have on the market.
Here is the Dropbox I made with free (legal) historical texts on witchcraft and magic.
And here is my personal library (slightly out of date) which might give you some more ideas!
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thisiswhymomworries · 4 months ago
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QBdatabase.com
need more queer books in your life? mad at all the book bans? wish you could read books about people actually like you?
the Queer Books Database is a free, online searchable database that lists queer rep in over 2,500 fiction and 500 non-fiction books! you can filter by age, genre, year, and specific identity--including race, disability, mental illness, and neurodivergence
here’s some ideas of what you can search for:
a legal thriller featuring a bisexual transgender woman or a sci-fi with a disabled black gay man
Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Children’s books in both fiction and non-fiction titles
classic queer lit from 1872 to 1956 (Carmilla to Giovanni’s Room)
biographies of famous historical and modern activists, musicians, athletes, immigrants, and writers
supportive spiritual texts and guidance from community leaders (filter by fifteen different religions!)
representation for LGBT identities under the “plus,” characters of color, fat rep, neurodivergence, older characters, questioning and closeted characters, religious identity, disabled characters--and more!
check with your local library to find these titles or ask about Inter-Library Loans to grab one from a library nearby! this really helps support libraries, authors, and me, an autistic transgender librarian :)
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gentlystudy · 6 months ago
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March 18, 2022 - spent the afternoon finishing If We Were Villains and drinking lattes
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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 María Machado, The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin, A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G Summers
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inkbirds · 7 months ago
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I love sci-fi. I love classic sci-fi! But those books are dense as fuck and not very accessible, so here is my chart of sci-fi recs for people who are just getting started in the genre! The books get longer as you go down the chart. [insert obligatory disclaimer about how these are just books I enjoyed, you may not like them, it’s all down to personal preference, etc.] More detail/explanation below the cut:
1. start here! short story collections. The image is of “new voices of science fiction”, published in 2019. individual short stories will be hit or miss but at least this way you get a sense of what sort of sci-fi you enjoy, and maybe you can find an author you really like and read their books. i also like “new suns: original speculative fiction by people of color” and “escape pod: the science fiction anthology” if you’re looking for more short sci-fi. 2. murderbot by martha wells: a series of novellas (+1 novel) about a SecUnit (security cyborg) trying to do its job while not getting attached to the humans it has to protect. fast-paced, snarky narration while also bringing up some genuinely fascinating sci-fi concepts. 3. this is how you lose the time war by max gladstone and amal el-mohtar: time-travelling sapphics fight and fall in love ft. beautiful prose and cool tech. enemies-to-lovers is where it’s at. 4. hail mary by andy weir: you might have heard of the martian. this is the same guy. funny “hard” sci-fi with real science that isn’t dense or overwhelming. 5. a memory called empire by arkady martine: this one’s a little dense, but it goes hard on the cool worldbuilding to make up for it. space aztec-inspired empire. space poetry. space political intrigue. space ghosts. space intergenerational trauma. hell yeah. its sequel is a desolation called peace. 6. long way to a small angry planet by becky chambers: books that feel like a warm hug. cozy found family vibes, cool alien biology/culture, slice-of-life style story. 7. winter’s orbit by everina maxwell: i’m not a romance person, but i enjoyed this book! it’s 50% queer romance, 50% political intrigue. it’s a long book but reads quickly. (it does touch on some triggering topics, so be sure to check out CWs before you start) 8. persephone station by stina leicht: this book has every sci-fi thing you could possibly want. assassins and aliens and weird bears and political intrigue and AI and space opera and space western and of course, gay people. 9. tarnished are the stars: in a steampunk future Earth, a gang of queer disabled teens take down the government. if you want more like this, try marissa meyer’s cinder series. 
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thatdiabolicalfeminist · 2 months ago
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Read Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis
It's on Libby, it's on Overdrive, it comes as an audiobook. If your local library doesn't have it on either, Overdrive has an option to request that your library buy it. If you'd rather buy a physical book, it's like $7 for a used copy.
It's short. It's in plain, nontechnical language. It's as easy to read as informative tumblr posts, but it will teach you more than a hundred well written tumblr posts. And it's actually accurate, fact checked and sourced.
If you can scroll social justice posts on here on your phone, you can read a page or two of this at a time on your phone or ereader.
If you can listen to a podcast, you can listen to this.
It's more important than ever to be politically informed and this one short book is so easy and such a good place to start.
e book: https://share.libbyapp.com/title/586899
audiobook: https://share.libbyapp.com/title/8460884
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thequeerlibrarian · 8 months ago
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Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
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caffeinewitchcraft · 2 months ago
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I’ve gotten back into reading this year and a very real, very surprising new habit has emerged from this venture in that I physically cry real tears when a book is just so splendidly written
I am actively crying right now because Silvia Moreno-Garcia so incredibly builds characters and scenes with just a few sentences. She’s like a painter and director all in one. I have never seen an author use such effortless, like, nostalgia? To introduce, define and grow a character. I know more about Noemí, the protagonist of Mexican Gothic, in 50 pages than I know about some characters after reading a whole series. And it’s so pleasant to read! I’m usually the type to skip scene descriptions for being boring, but I am reading every single word.
I am 100 percent confident I am not making sense but trust that I am Deeply Moved and also Unable to Sleep until I finish this book. Wtf. Authors are so good. I am so delighted right now. Good night to everybody not reading this book right now. I’ll be wide awake until midnight at least.
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papenathys · 14 days ago
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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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tedcruzisthezodiackiller · 6 months ago
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“all queer media is one dimensional, tropey, mass market, and made for teenagers-” not true. look harder
Memorial: Mike and Benson have been together for a few years and are in the middle of determining if they're going to stay together when Mike learns that his estranged father is terminally ill, and goes to Japan to reconcile with him before his death. meanwhile Mike’s mother stays with Benson in the US. my favorite part of the novel was the part in Japan, exploring the relationship between Mike and his father (TW for racism and abuse) 
the luminous dead: w/w romance between a spelunker on a mission on an alien planet and the women who hired her for unknown reasons, who’s stationed on the surface and communicates with the mc through her high-tech caving suit. toxic but intriguing romance, killing eve and TMA fans you will enjoy this (TW for graphic descriptions of injury) 
The Vanished Birds: explores a society that was created after the Earth has been environmentally destroyed and humanity has moved onto space stations, and all space travel and commerce is controlled by corporations. queerness isn’t the focus of this book but many of the main characters are queer. beautiful writing, will make you super depressed in the best way (TW for child abuse) 
The Color Purple: Celie is separated from her sister in childhood when she’s forced into an abusive marriage by her father, but she continues to write to her over the years. an important part of the novel is the relationship that develops between Celie and her husband’s lover Shug. what I love about this book is that its an important look at misogynoir and abuse of vulnerable people, but Celie ultimately gets her happy ending. (TW for abuse, racism, sexual assault, incest) 
The Miseducation of Cameron Post: the first half chronicles the early life of Cameron, a closeted lesbian growing up in rural Montana in the 90′s. the second half is about Cameron’s experience in a conversion camp. I love the writing of this book, it’s very atmospheric. I felt like I could picture Cameron’s town in my sleep. (TW for conversion therapy, homophobia, self-harm) 
boys run the riot: manga, a trans boy who wants to work in men’s fashion one day works with two of his classmates to design and create a clothing line. I’ve only read the first volume so I cant speak on the series as a whole. the MC is only out to some people, so he gets misgendered and still wears the girls’ uniform in school. this might be difficult for some people to read, although there isn’t too much overt transphobia if I remember correctly (at least in the first volume)
The 57 bus: nonfiction, follows the stories of an agender teen who experienced a hate crime, and the boy who attacked them. A tough read, but a really important look at the justice system, racism, transphobia, and restorative justice (TW for transphobia and homophobia, violence, depictions of police and the justice system) 
our dreams at dusk: manga series about an LGBT+ center in Japan. follows gay, trans, and asexual characters. an interesting look at queer issues in Japan. also the art is gorgeous (TW for homophobia and transphobia) 
in the dream house: memoire about the author’s experience in an abusive sapphic relationship. super important, as abuse in queer relationships is so seldom talked about. hard to read but the writing is very lyrical and poetic, and beautiful (TW for abuse) 
ask the passengers:  mc is a girl who’s falling in love with another girl, while staying closeted from her gay friends because she’s not sure how to identify. the gimmick of the book is that the mc talks about her problems to airplanes in the sky, and this magically touches the lives of the people in the planes. I felt this part of the book was goofy and honestly I think it would be better without it, but I remember that the journey the mc goes through regarding her sexuality made me feel very seen (TW for homophobia) 
king and the dragonflies: written by the author of Felix Ever After. the rest of his books deserve an equal amount of attention. middlegrade, about a boy dealing with the death of his brother and coming to terms with his sexuality. I liked the relationship between King and his family. they weren’t super homophobic but they also weren’t completely accepting at first either, it felt like a very realistic and healthy depiction of a family (TW for homophobia, racism, child abuse) 
haven’t personally read, on my tbr: Giovanni’s Room, Nevada, Stone Butch Blues, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, My Cat Yugoslavia, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness 
“queer media is all boring period pieces and people getting divorced and experiencing horrible homophobia and tragedy-” not true. look harder
The Magic Fish: graphic novel, a young Vietnamese-American boy reads fairy tales with his mother to help her practice her english, and searches for a way to come out to her. some of my favorite art in a graphic novel, look it up its stunning
Honeygirl: going through quarter life crises and unsure of what to do after earning her PhD, the mc goes to vegas and ends up getting drunkenly married to a woman she doesnt know. the mc’s relationship with academia was very relatable to me 
whatever: basically just about the mc fucking around with his friends, being in a band, and discovering that hes gay. a lot of fun, love the characters
anything by Alice oseman: Alice Oseman is the only person I trust to write about the fandom experience in YA fiction. my personal fave is iwbft. disclaimer: I haven’t read solitaire, cant say whether its good or gay
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World: middlegrade, Ivy’s family’s home is destroyed by a tornado, and shes also dealing with the fact that she’s realizing she’s a lesbian. some internalized homophobia, but everyone in Ivy’s life is really accepting and its very sweet
my love mix-up: manga, mc has a crush on a girl in his class and asks to borrow her eraser, and sees the name of a different boy written on it (this is a popular love charm in Japan). boy #2 sees the mc holding the eraser, and thinks HE has a crush on HIM. very wholesome and funny, and one of the few times I’ve read a manga that actually allows a character to have crushes on people of multiple genders. it deals with homophobia in some cases, which makes it feel grounded in reality, but all of the mc’s friends are very accepting, and its very cute. 
The Tarot Sequence: urban fantasy set in a modern magical society, mc is the heir to a family of the magical aristocracy, but since his family was killed he’s fallen from grace, is broke, and works as a mercenary for other powerful families. he tries to unravel the mystery of his family’s death on the side. m/m romance and found family. love the characters and the world building, and the author is planning for this to be a NINE book series. next book is coming out May 2022!! (TW for sexual assault) 
In Other Lands: mc gets recruited to go to magical summer camp, except he’s genre-savvy, hates fighting, and misses technology. super funny satire of portal fantasy books, but will also have you aching for the mc? elliot schafer my beloved 
havent personally read, on my tbr: a hero at the end of the world, the poster children, tell me how you really feel, heavy vinyl
we absolutely do have a long way to go in regards to queer representation, but it frustrates me to no end when I see post claiming that queer fiction is all one specific type of story. there are lots of queer creators out there writing unique, thoughtful, beautiful stories who deserve our support! if theres a particular type of queer fiction you would like to see, do a little digging because its likely that SOMETHING similar exists. it just doesnt exist on like disney+
also @lgbtqreads is an incredible resource, if you want to read something gay and have a specific genre or type of story in mind I highly recommend looking around on their blog 
additional recommendations welcome!
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