My Bisexual Awakening

I think I’ve mentioned how I realised I was bi in passing, but it’s worth doing a full post on the realisation itself and the issues surrounding my journey to self-acceptance. There was… a lot going on. Buckle up. This is gonna be a long one.

TW: Anti-queer sentiments… a lot of them.

My Bisexual Awakening

It was 2013. Italy… Florence, if I recall. Bundled up in coats and boots and beanies as an Aussie girl who could count on one hand the number of times she had seen snow before this trip. Surrounded by other Aussie girls who could say the same, all of us studying the language for six weeks before beginning our next year at university back home.

Accompanied by a new friend we made at a language exchange gathering. An Aussie resident from Malaysia who happened to be studying in Italy at the time. He was cute, studying to be a classical singer just like I had yearned to for years. I’d nearly jumped out of my skin when I found out. He’s in America now, training in musical theatre and classical voice like I have been doing in Australia. I’ll refer to him as “V.”

I was nineteen years old, on the cusp on twenty. And my classmates, plus V, were talking about sexuality as we descended a set of outdoor stairs while sniffing out a bite to eat. One of the girls I was closest to, who I’ll call “M,” told us that she liked girls. She’d spoken about her boyfriend regularly before this. They were close. Happy.

Her parents were conservative. She didn’t plan to tell them unless she met a girl she wanted to marry. But she was definitely bisexual.

I don’t know what it was about M’s confession that spoke to me, but it did. In that moment, in the chilly Tuscan winter’s night, I knew that I was the same.

I was bisexual.

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Down the TBR Hole #9

Down the TBR hole is a weekly meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around clearing out all the books on your TBR you’re never going to read anyway. I’ll let Lia describe how it works:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

~ Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.

~ Order on ascending date added.

~ Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.

~ Read the synopses of the books

~ Decide: keep it or should it go?

(Almost) everything is queer today.

Down the TBR Hole

#1: Iron & Velvet by Alexis Hall


I don’t think I’ve ever actually read a hard-boiled mystery novel, let alone one crossed with the paranormal. The blurb hits a number of well-known hard-boiled mystery tropes: the femme fatale, the dead detective partner, hard liquor.

And it’s queer.

And also this line from the blurb is fucking great: “Now half the monsters in London are at each other’s throats, and the other half are trying to get in my pants.”

Verdict: Stay

#2: Ammonite by Nicola Griffith


Eh, I’m not really feeling this one. From what I can tell from the very rare reviews actually discussing my concerns, everyone in the book is cisgender and there’s apparently some serious cissexism going on. Exactly what I expected to find. So I’m just gonna give it a miss.

Verdict: Go

#3: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi


This probably ended up on my TBR because my younger self liked Bacigalupi’s other book Ship Breaker. I’m not really in the mood for his work anymore, though.

Verdict: Go

#4: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman


I’ve had this one on my TBR since before Shira republished all her books with new covers because of some pay issues with her publisher, if I remember correctly. I’ve been meaning to read her books forever and am reading an earlier one in this Mangoverse series for SapphicAThon. Easy choice.

Verdict: Stay

#5: Seven: A Lesbian Snow White by Jennifer Diemer


It’s short, gay and only a couple of dollars on Amazon. Sign me up.

Verdict: Stay

A (Tentative) #SapphicAThon TBR

The SapphicAThon is a reading challenge that runs for two weeks between the 14th and 28th of December. This is their Twitter account. My friend Tasha, one of the organisers, has shared the optional bingo challenge board and some recs here, and her own TBR here. Jamieson, another organiser, has her TBR here.

This is the board:

sapphicathon board

My #SapphicAThon TBR

Bisexual MC: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (library)

SF/F: The Witch Sea by S.E./Sarah Diemer (at this time of posting, this is free on Amazon!)

Under 500 Ratings on Goodreads: The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis

Jewish MC: Knit One Girl Two by Shira Glassman

QWOC MC: Adaptation by Malinda Lo (library)

Ace Spec MC: Thaw by Elyse Springer

Established Relationship: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Friends to Lovers: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Trans MC: Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver

Non Coming Out Story:  Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Hate to Love: Style by Chelsea M. Cameron

Both WOC: Huntress by Malinda Lo (library)

Disabled MC: The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

F/F Retelling: Lambs Can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

Interracial F/F Relationship: Night Swimming by Steph Bowe

MC Realises They’re Queer: Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden (library)

Knowing my reading pace isn’t always super fast, depending on my mood, I might not be able to do a full blackout of the bingo board. So maybe I’ll aim for more traditional bingo lines first and then attempt the blackout afterwards so I feel like I’ve accomplished something at least. But at least I’ve got stuff planned for every book. If I don’t get to everything, at least I have a whole lot of F/F books to read into the new year.

#NaNoWriMo Mid-Month Update

I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog lately, mainly because 1) I haven’t been reading much and 2) NaNoWriMo has taken over my brain. Those two points may or may not be related.

(They are related.)

Anyway, stuff is gonna get more hectic for me very soon, so I aimed to get to 50k early, and succeeded yesterday, which is the 14th for all those people who find time zones do their heads in. At this time of writing I’m currently at 50.5k. I’ll probably write a bit more today, but I’m tired and hayfeverish so I don’t know how productive I’m gonna be.

I’ve been up and down for the month so far. More good days than bad, obviously, and I’ve managed to write at least a little bit every day. I’m hoping to keep doing that for the rest of the month, but at a slower pace. I’ve been sharing my daily wordcounts in this twitter thread:

I’ve also been using that hashtag to talk about the novel here and there.

Recently, I decided to be a little more reserved about sharing chunks of text publicly since I don’t want to be too spoilery in the event I do actually get published. I mean… why buy the cow when you can have the milk for free, right? At this point, I don’t know what is going to change and what will stay the same about this book, so it just felt like a better idea to pull back on the sharing for the moment. I was sharing a lot in the past.

I’ve been pretty sparing this month, though, so I think sharing a short snippet wouldn’t hurt. Picking an excerpt was difficult, so I’m going with this one because it’s early enough in the story that it’s not super spoilery. There are a lot of characters, some of whom have similar names until I can be bothered changing them (i.e. Miranda and Maria, Amelie and Amber). Gwen is the protagonist.

“Well, he’s totally over you,” said Miranda.

“Who’d’ve thought having breakup sex with him was such a bad idea?” Amelie quipped.

Who told you?” I said.

“You’re like twelve,” Miranda added.

Tasha waved, grinning sheepishly. “Me, sorry. I thought everyone knew.”

“I’m fifteen,” Amelie complained.

“Yeah, yeah.”

Amber rejoined us, sitting on the floor at my feet. “Jack asked me out.”

Steph lifted her head off the couch. I could almost see steam coming out of her ears.

“Chill, Mama Bear,” Jess said, patting her hand.

“Congrats,” I told Amber.

“And if he hurts you…” Steph started, before Maria lunged over and covered her mouth.

“We’ll destroy him,” Miranda finished for her.

“Thanks? I guess?”

“They mean it,” Tasha said.

“Yeah, you should’ve seen what they did to Daniel when I told them he cheated,” I added.

Amelie leaned forward, chin in her hands. “Tell us.”

Miranda shrugged. “No big deal. Someone may or may not have slashed his tires. No idea who might’ve done such a thing… not that I’m complaining if they hypothetically did.”

I’m hoping to finish the full draft this month, depending how busy things get and how much energy I have. Hayfever is kicking my ass at the moment, but I’m gonna try.

Down the TBR Hole #8

Down the TBR hole is a weekly meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around clearing out all the books on your TBR you’re never going to read anyway. I’ll let Lia describe how it works:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

~ Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.

~ Order on ascending date added.

~ Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.

~ Read the synopses of the books

~ Decide: keep it or should it go?

Literally every single book for this has completely fallen off my radar. As in, I forgot they even existed. Oops?

Down the TBR Hole

#1: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear


Apparently the protagonist is a lesbian. But the writing sample in the blurb looks pretty crappy to me and the blurb itself wasn’t especially gripping. But hey, someone else will like it, I’m sure.

Verdict: Go

#2: Lady Knight by L-J Baker


I’m really torn about this one. I’ve been wanting to write more of the sword and sorcery type of high fantasy, which this seems to fit… at least vaguely. I don’t like the cover, but the book is like a decade old. Being that it’s a decade old, though, I’m not sure I’d like the writing style. Then again, I don’t know that for certain.

I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading it, but I’m not seeing anything that makes it an easy decision to remove given I probably need to read more stuff like this to get a handle on worldbuilding and such.

Verdict: Stay (for now)

#3: The Second Sister by Rae D. Magdon


I’m not digging the ableism in the description, given that the justification for the MC’s stepmother becoming abusive seems to be “madness.” Sounds both lazy and ableist, even if the actual plot explanation is more reasonable than it seems. I’m not in the mood to give it a chance. Bye.

Verdict: Go

#4: Wild by Meghan O’Brien


Apparently there’s insta-love (even if it’s handwaved by it being a magic connection or something). Also, from the reviews I’ve read, it might be a bit more on the erotic side than I usually go for, not when I’d have to pay twelve fucking dollars for an ebook I’m not even sure I’ll like all that much.

(I also may be slightly bitter that I have a protagonist in one of my WIPs with the same name as this one’s MC and apparently a similar personality. And they’re both werewolves, even if the mechanics are a bit different.)

Verdict: Go

#5: Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey


I was interested, but the ebook is thirteen dollars and some of the reviews I’m reading highlight some things that will probably bother me. There are apparently a lot of homomisic slurs used, but somehow identity labels apparently don’t exist. Spare me.

Verdict: Go

Mini Reviews: Saints and Misfits & Written In The Stars

I read two novels back-to-back that are both really hard for me to review, so I’m going to stick them together in one post.

Saints and Misfits

saints and misfitsSaints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

Series/Standalone: Standalone

Genre: YA Contemporary

First published: 2017

Pairings: M/F

Rep: Egyptian-Indian-American Hijabi MC, other Muslim characters with varying head-covers (including a Niqabi girl), other characters of colour

Ownvoices: Yes (Indian-American Hijabi)

Content warnings: Attempted rape, sexual assault, victim-blaming (challenged), racism (challenged), Islamomisia (challenged), amatonormativity/aromisia

Saints and Misfits is largely about a Muslim girl grappling with how to handle almost being raped by someone well-respected by the community. She also grapples with toxic friendships and being attracted to someone when she’s not supposed to date anyone she’s not about to marry… especially when the person in question is not Muslim. But even those are coloured by the attempted rape, because her attacker is part of many of the same social groups that she is.

A huge part of this novel deals with shame, and the way victims of sexual violence are made to feel ashamed for something that was not their fault. This is something Janna fights throughout the novel as she tries to understand why she feels like she has done something wrong.

You will want to shank the young man who assaulted her on a regular basis. A great thing about how this was handled, though, was that Janna was not forced to be strong all the time. She was allowed to panic and lash out at times, and she spent a lot of time beating herself up for not being as strong as she thought she should be.

This novel tackles a lot of hard topics, but it was also nice to see a protagonist who’s a photographer. I live for protagonists with creative hobbies.

(One thing that bothered me about this book was the assertion that one of the characters *had* to have had a crush on someone because it was “normal.” This was a passing remark so I don’t want to go on about it too much, but stuff like that can be alienating to aromantic folks, especially with the way it was phrased in the book. I still recommend the book, but aros should be aware of that.)

Written in the Stars

26067895A heart-wrenching tale of forbidden love

‘A wonderfully complex love story unlike any you’ve read before. Saeed has given a novel that is both entertaining and important.”—Matt de la Peña, New York Times bestselling author

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

Series/Standalone: Standalone

Genre: YA Contemporary

First published: 2015

Pairings: M/F

Rep: Pakistani-American MC

Ownvoices: Yes

Content warnings: Forced marriage, abuse, drugging, forcefeeding, rape

I tore through this book, staying up late to finish it. It’s a hard read, especially around the halfway mark. I don’t cry very often while reading books, but this one made me cry a lot.

This is an infuriating book for so many reasons, but they are the right reasons. Naila is put through a lot of awful things by the people who are supposed to love and care for her. The terrible thing is, though, is that her family thought they were doing the right thing. What a mess.

Saif was an incredibly wonderful character and exactly who Naila needed on her side through all this. He would go to the ends of the earth for her, and pretty much did. I also loved Naila’s little brother. He was a sweetheart.

I will say, unless you want to read the whole thing in a couple of hours like I did, you’ll probably want to stop before the bus thing happens. Because it’s pretty much a constant spiral of awful after that until the end. I literally could not bring myself to stop reading because I could not leave things where they were.

This was a great, heart-wrenching read about a real issue that affects girls around the world, but I will say the ending felt slightly abrupt. Just a little more would have let things breathe at the end after everything that had happened.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by The Little Book Owl and asks three questions:

  1. What Are You Currently Reading?
  2. What Did You Recently Finish Reading?
  3. What Do You Plan on Reading Next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

saints and misfits

I started Saints and Misfits a couple days ago and am most of the way through it now. It’s a stressful read, but a good one if the sexual assault isn’t too triggering for you. Given the current climate surrounding untouchable men being revealed as predators, it’s also incredibly relevant right now.

What Did You Recently Finish Reading?


It took me a while to read Shadowshaper on account of having a massive book hangover, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cool magic system, incredibly diverse and a very voice-y protagonist. I’ll have to get the sequel and companion stories when I have time and money to read them. Here’s my review.

What Do You Plan on Reading Next?


Assuming the Netgalley file gets fixed, I am so pumped to read Girl Made of Stars. It’s another one tackling sexual assault, from a different perspective this time. Also: queer characters.

Down the TBR Hole #7

Down the TBR hole is a weekly meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around clearing out all the books on your TBR you’re never going to read anyway. I’ll let Lia describe how it works:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

~ Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.

~ Order on ascending date added.

~ Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.

~ Read the synopses of the books

~ Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m still in the “ADD EVERYTHING” section of my Goodreads TBR, which will become evident very quickly since four out of the five books I have this week are from the same author.

Down the TBR Hole

#1: Legend by Marie Lu


This has been living on my bookshelf for years. I have to read it. I feel bad.

Verdict: Stay

#2: Twixt by Sarah Diemer


I liked Diemer’s The Dark Wife well enough, but I wasn’t a huge fan of her writing style. This blurb doesn’t really grab me and, given I have a lot of sapphic rep on my TBR these days, there’s no real reason to keep this one.

Verdict: Go

#3: The Witch Sea by S.E./Sarah Diemer


Ooh, this is free on Amazon. *clicks*

Verdict: Stay

#4: Sugar Moon by Sarah Diemer


I went to check if this one was also free on Amazon, but it seems to not exist on there at all anymore.

Verdict: Go

#5: Far by Sarah Diemer


Also seems to have disappeared from Amazon. I think it might be in one of the anthologies instead, but I don’t feel like going on a scavenger hunt.

Verdict: Go

Review: Shadowshaper

22295304Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

If you’ve spent much time on diverse YA Twitter, you’ve probably heard of this one. I don’t think I’ve encountered anybody who didn’t like this book at least a little bit, so it’s been on my radar for a long time. When I needed a book to fit the “POC on the cover” square for Diversity Bingo, I knew just what to pick. I mean… look at that cover. It’s glorious.

Details at a glance:

Title: Shadowshaper

Series/Standalone: Series (book 1)

Author: Daniel José Older

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy (some have also called it Paranormal or Magical Realism)

First published: 2015

Format: Paperback

Pairings: M/F, side F/F

Sexual content: None

Rep: Afro-Caribbean/Latina MC (Puerto Rican) with natural hair, Haitian LI with locs, two sapphic supporting characters (one is a Martiniquais-French-Nigerian lesbian), Latinx supporting characters

Ownvoices: Yes for Latinx ethnicity

Content warnings: Ableist language, aftermath of a family member’s stroke, sexism (challenged), racism (challenged), colourism (challenged), street harassment (challenged), death

Okay, so this is probably one of my favourite reads this year. Like with most books, I had trouble getting through the first half or so but then picked up as I got closer to the end. That’s more of a *me* problem than anything to do with the book itself.

SHADOWSHAPER introduces a magic system based on communing with the spirits of the dead. Most practitioners tend to be Latinx, with the tradition often handed down between generations within families. Shadowshaping is not reliant on blood relation, so this is more in the way of passing down oral history to one’s children than having something inherent in one’s genetics… in most cases. There is a (spoilery) exception to this that I won’t go into details about. Anyway, the magic system is really super cool and is heavily reliant on community ties to be at its best.

A tight-knit community is at the centre of this story. Sierra has her peers who are friends, but she also has several older relatives, a godfather and other older community members who look out for her. The cast is incredibly diverse–there aren’t many white people–and the Spanish-speaking Latinx characters often switch to Spanish for pieces of dialogue. Both the protagonist, Sierra, and her love interest, Robbie, have afro-textured hair and we see Sierra fighting external and internalised messages of colourism and sexism to love her skin, body and hair just the way it is. I also loved there was a side f/f couple, and that there’s a short story about them set after this book.

SHADOWSHAPER also deals with issues of gentrification and cultural appropriation. Sierra’s neighbourhood in Brooklyn is slowly being taken over by exorbitantly-priced hipster coffee shops and other absurdly expensive white-people stores. The antagonist is a white male professor trying to force his way into a tradition he has no business interfering with, in the interest of White Saviouring the shadowshapers back to their former glory, with him as their boss. He acts like he has more of a right to the shadowshaper tradition than Sierra does… even though it’s her heritage. What a Class A dickbag.

Sierra deals with a lot of sexism throughout the story as well as racism and colourism. Men in her family acting like magic is some kind of boy’s club, street harassment… she even has to call out Robbie a few times. Sierra is not interested in this bullshit, and it’s glorious to read her refusing to entertain it.

This book is written in third person limited, but Sierra has such a strong narrative voice that at no point did I feel detached from her. Sierra is an extremely engaging character to read. She’s brilliant and headstrong, but, on the flip side, also impatient and sometimes jumps to incorrect conclusions. She also struggles with the trauma of experiencing the darker aspects of the spirit world. She’s an extremely well-rounded character and a joy to read.

The dialogue is also witty as heck and I loved reading how the strong bonds of friendship and community help Sierra deal with everything thrown at her. Seriously, she has some real ride-or-die friends. The characters were incredible and distinctive.

I did have issues with the frequency of ableist language in the book. Some of it is called out (i.e. about the word “cr*zy” being used to dismiss people), but most of it stands without challenge. Something to be aware of when reading.

Overall, SHADOWSHAPER is an awesome read with a cool magical system, great characters and a strong sense of community. I need to get my hands on everything else in the series now.

In Which I Throw F/F Recs At Your Face

F/F is my favourite thing ever when it comes to fiction. It makes me feel right at home, all cozy and happy and warm. I’ve been meaning to write a post like this for a while, but because I’m not a super fast reader, it’s been difficult to find enough books that: 1) I have read, and 2) aren’t problematic shitfests… as far as I can tell. So I will likely do additional lists in the future when I’ve read more.

If you want to find more recs, check out these lists (some have more than just f/f): this, this, this and this. I’d also recommend keeping an eye on the Sapphicathon twitter page for when they share recs and TBRs for the 14th-28th readathon. Here’s my TBR for that. The Lesbrary also has a massive Goodreads resource but I find it overwhelming to even look at, personally.

Now, here is my list of a dozen books with a F/F relationship involving at least one of the protagonists.

FF recs

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

  • Black queer MC with locs, chronic pain, disability from a fictional degenerative illness
  • Queer and POC supporting characters
  • LI has a prosthetic limb
  • Polyamory
  • Good science fiction story for those (like me) who tend to prefer fantasy
  • Ownvoices for queerness, chronic pain, PTSD, polyamory
  • There is a bit of sex
  • My review

Ash by Malinda Lo

  • Queer Cinderella retelling
  • Deals a lot with grief
  • Fairies
  • Kaisa the huntress is adorable
  • Author is queer
  • My review

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

  • Bi disabled MC with chronic pain, recovering from a painkiller addiction
  • 1st book with on-the-page bi rep I ever read
  • Lesbian LI
  • (there’s also a straight dude LI)
  • Dead lesbian but that’s known from the start
  • Sad but hopeful
  • Ownvoices for bisexuality. Author also has chronic pain.
  • Here be sex (YA appropriate)
  • My review

How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

  • It’s like you don’t even know me
  • Bi MC
  • Lesbian biracial LI
  • Pianist/dancer romance
  • Male-female friendship
  • Normalising female masturbation and queer sex
  • Complicated mother-daughter relationships
  • Ownvoices for bisexuality
  • My review

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

  • Two potential love interests
  • MC is unlabelled bisexual
  • MC making mistakes and doing her damnedest to make up for them
  • Ownvoices for Latinx ethnicity (NOT for bisexuality)
  • My review

Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

  • Pansexual MC
  • Closeted lesbian LI with conservative parents
  • New Adult, college setting
  • Diverse supporting characters (e.g. there’s a hijabi character)
  • Gets very steamy in places
  • Part of a series but works fine as a standalone
  • Author is queer

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

  • Hades/Persephone retelling
  • Persephone has no idea what’s going on half the time but she tries to do the right thing and seize the agency that other have denied her
  • One of the Greek mythology nerds
  • The writing isn’t the best but the story makes up for it
  • TW: rape (because Zeus is an asshole)
  • Author put out a free document if you need it here.

The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis

  • Pansexual MC
  • Filipino LI
  • Guitarist/Dancer (apparently I like musician/dancer romances for some reason)
  • College dropout working in a bookshop, trying to decide what to do with her life
  • Steamy in places
  • My review

The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey

  • Dual POV
  • One of the two MCs is a queer girl with a female LI
  • The other one is a panro ace (word of god, I think??) young man with a male LI
  • Cool worldbuilding
  • Is a prequel to a series, some people find it hard to start with this one
  • My review

Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

  • MC is a black queer girl and a rape survivor
  • LI is a fat queer girl
  • MC’s homeland is based on East-African culture while LI’s is more European-style
  • Interesting worldbuilding
  • Author is queer
  • My review

We Awaken by Calista Lynne

  • MC and LI are ace lesbians
  • MC is a dancer, grieving for her dead father and comatose brother
  • LI is a magical dream-creator who brings the MC a message from her brother
  • A bit textbook on asexuality 101 but some people need to read that tbh
  • Wasn’t my fave but some other aces and ace-spec people like it
  • Author is ace if I remember correctly

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

  • Dual POV
  • One of the MCs is a lesbian and is terrified of meeting the girl she likes
  • The other is a gay boy who’s in love with his best friend
  • Pride parades!
  • Cute as heck
  • I remember really liking the writing but my memory is failing me on specifics
  • Both authors are queer

I’ll definitely come back and write another post once I’ve read more. Maybe this will become a regular thing.

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