Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pride Month: LGBTQ+ Recs



Happy Pride Month!

I meant to do this earlier in the month, but time sort of got away from me. Anyway, I know a lot of people are always on the lookout for LGBTQ+ recs, so hopefully this list will be useful all year round!

At first I was going to include all the LGBTQ+ books I’ve read, regardless of whether I’d actually recommend them or not, but then I decided to just do ones I enjoyed and would recommend. If you want to see all the LGBTQ+ books I’ve read (plus the ones on my TBR) you can visit my LGBTQ shelf on GoodReads.

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
Focus on Me by Megan Erickson
Out of Frame by Megan Erickson

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler
Black Iris by Elliot Wake (writing as Leah Raeder)
Cam Girl by Elliot Wake (writing as Leah Raeder)

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi (YA)
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (Upper YA/NA)
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (out August 30th, 2016)

 
The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (YA)
Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall (NA)
Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole (Upper YA)
 
Path of Angels #1: Michael by Patricia Josephine (NA)
Hushed by Kelley York (NA)
Midnighter by Stever Orlando (comic book)

And, for a little shameless self-promo, my own LGBTQ book!
 Take Them by Storm by is f/f NA. It's on sale for just 99 cents for the month of June (and probably a few days into July).
Amazon
Kobo
iBooks
Barnes & Noble


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Bookstagram Weekly Digest #4

Bookstagram Weekly Digest is a new feature here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. Ever since my Instagram account morphed into a Bookstagram one a few months ago, I've wanted to do a weekly recap feature, and I decided it was finally time! Every Friday or Saturday I'll share the pictures I posted on Bookstagram the week before. I've seen a few other people posting weekly recaps, most recently Evie from Bookish Lifestyle, so be sure to check out her feature, too. If you'd like to follow me on Instagram and see my daily bookish pictures, I'm SweetMarie_83.










 



 






Every week I'll be featuring a favourite Bookstagrammer who I'd recommend to people who love looking at bookish pictures as much as I do!

This week's feature Bookstagrammer is mizgillianberry. I adore Gillian. I've known her since around the time she started blogging (be sure to check out her blog, Writer of Wrongs). She's HILARIOUS, super creative, and just a lovely person. Her Instagram feed is absolutely stunning. We love a lot of the same stuff, so I'm always drooling over not only her books, but her props as well. She also has a Society6 store; the Ravenclaw mug I use often as a prop is her design.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wanderlust Wednesday Review: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank


 
One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
Series: Standalone
Published: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Blink
272 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Acquired this book: Via NetGalley in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn't support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.


I keep promising myself I’m going to cut back on the books I request for review, but when I saw the cover of One Paris Summer and read the synopsis, I had to make an exception. I love books with European settings, especially when they’re places I’ve been, like Paris. Unfortunately, while One Paris Summer started out okay and there were parts I enjoyed, I spent a good portion of the book feeling irritated and contemplating DNFing it.

What I did like: the complex family relationships. Blended families can be difficult, uncomfortable, and fraught with tension, and this one was all those things. I also appreciated Sophie’s passion for and commitment to her music. I know what it’s like to pour yourself into something, to use your grief and anger and hurt to fuel you, and I liked how well that came across whenever Sophie was talking about music or playing the piano. As for favourite characters, I liked Sophie well enough, but it was her stepmother, Eva, who was the standout character for me.

Other than those things...I’m left with all the things that irritated me. All the characters and situations were over-dramatized to the point where I was almost constantly rolling my eyes. I lost count of the number of times Sophie or her stepsister ‘stomped’ from the room. Half the book was spent with one or more characters throwing a hissy fit or overreacting. I liked Sophie’s brother at first, but then he turned into a jerk. It went beyond just being a protective brother - he overreacted to every situation and treated her like crap. I could go on, but I don’t want it to seem like I’m bashing the book because that’s not my intention at all. I probably should have set this book aside, but I kept reading in the hopes it would get better. There were a few nice moments toward the end but for me they almost felt too little too late after all the juvenile behavior and drama. I was also a bit disappointed with the lack of descriptions about Paris, especially toward the end. At first I could picture a lot of it and I knew exactly where things were, but then as the book went on the descriptions stopped and the book basically could have been set anywhere.

Unfortunately One Paris Summer wasn't for me. However, just because it disappointed me doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. If you like books that deal with family issues, clandestine romances, and a passion for music, all wrapped up in a Parisian setting, give One Paris Summer a shot.



Have you read One Paris Summer? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Have you been to Paris? What would you do if you had a whole summer in Paris?
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Bookstagram Weekly Digest #3

Bookstagram Weekly Digest is a new feature here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. Ever since my Instagram account morphed into a Bookstagram one a few months ago, I've wanted to do a weekly recap feature, and I decided it was finally time! Every Friday or Saturday I'll share the pictures I posted on Bookstagram the week before. I've seen a few other people posting weekly recaps, most recently Evie from Bookish Lifestyle, so be sure to check out her feature, too. If you'd like to follow me on Instagram and see my daily bookish pictures, I'm SweetMarie_83.

#SammyReadsJune16: Bookish Merch

#LilBookishJune: Book & Refreshing Drink
I was so excited to find Vanilla Coke the other day. It used to be really popular here, but they seemed to stop making it. I used to get some on the rare occasion I went to the States to shop and I found some in a Poundland store in London last year, but hadn't seen it here for ages. It's pretty expensive, which is probably a good thing because it'll prevent me from buying it often!

#LilBookishJune: Book & Favourite Mug
#FullyBookedJune16: Books Recommended to You

June 11th: A bit of London and Royal love for the Queen's official birthday and Trooping the Colours in London

Pride Month Rec: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

#SammyReadsJune16: Black & White

#FullyBookedJune16Books I'd Recommend (The Splintered trilogy by AG Howard)
#SammyReadsJune16: Chapter 12

June 14th: Release day for Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler + another pride month rec!

#LilBookishJune: Flag Day
Even though I'm Canadian, I decided to do the colours of the American flag since so many of my friends are American

June 16th: A year ago today I started my two-week adventure to London, Paris, and Rome. I've been posting travel pictures on my alternate account, @rambling_daydreamer, so be sure to check them out!

#SammyReadsJune16: Ditch That Jacket
#JuneFantasyChallenge: Lumos! Show off your favourite wand/candle

#LilBookishJune: Currently Reading
He + She by Michelle Warren
 

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