Tag: Pride Flag Book Tag

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So, I know it’s not technically pride month anymore but I’m still queer so I’m going to let the flag fly anyway. I saw this great tag over onΒ Small Queer, Big OpinionsΒ and knew immediately I had to do it even though I wasn’t actually tagged. I’m just a rebel like that, I guess. The tag was initially created byΒ Common Spence, who I didn’t know existed until I found this tag and realized I’d been missing out. Do yourselves a favor and follow both of these lovely individuals.Β πŸ’–

I’m not going to tag anyone in particular so if you think you’d enjoy doing this one, consider yourself tagged! Let’s jump into the tag!

 

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Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE

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The Six of Crows Duology is one of my favourite series, but my favourite character in the series is most definitely Nina. She’s proud of who and what she is and doesn’t let anyone look down on her for anything from her magic to her love of waffles. Reading her character makes me so happy because here is this teenager who is told so much is wrong about her and she just doesn’t let any of it even touch her. I also absolutely love that Leigh Bardugo won’t verbally confirm that Nina is bi, but instead says she would rather show us. I’m honestlyΒ really hoping we get to see this in the upcoming Grishaverse novel!

 

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Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life

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I remember not expecting much from The Nowhere Girls and then realizing that I should have expected a whole lot. This novel made me realize that I want to work with teens, especially teen girls. I want to make a place where they know it’s safe for them to hang out and not need to worry about what some guy is going to do to them or what the world will say about it. Before I read this book, I was on the fence about whether or not I wanted to transfer from the library branch I was working at to the branch I’m at now, a branch I work with both children and teens at. After reading this book, there was not a doubt in my mind that I needed to work with both. I’m so happy now to be able to help make that safe space for teens because of this book and its themes. Definitely worth a read!

 

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Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day

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For this one, I have three words for you: Fluffy. Gamer. Romance. It’s so fluffy and happy and I just loved reading every moment of it! There are a couple instances of homomisia on the page from one of the MC’s parents so beware of that if you do read it. There is a bit of angst because it is a romance between a lesbian teen and a questioning teen and honestly if it hadn’t been there I wouldn’t have found it as believable. The romance itself was so fluffy and wonderful though and I can’t say that enough! Reading this one makes me very happy and I hope it does the same for you if you choose to read it.

 

 

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Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world – a reality different to our own

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Reign of the Fallen is set in a place called Karthia, where necromancers have been continuously resurrecting the king for an unknown but obviously very large amount of time. The main character is a bisexual necromancer who goes through a really heavy period with grief and addiction, which are both very accurately portrayed throughout the novel. Definitely something to be aware of if you choose to read it. But it’s such a unique novel with such good rep in it that I recommend it to those who can read it without being harmed by it.

 

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Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth

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First let me go ahead and say that this is one of the most difficult books I’ve read this year. It’s a story about a few different gay boys but that’s not what makes it difficult. It’s told using the voice of a generation of gay men who died of AIDS. I cried so much while reading this book. During this novel, one of the two boys who are kissing to beat the world record for longest consecutive kiss realizes that it’s okay not to be in a relationship with the other one romantically. I honestly can’t remember which one this was, but I do remember them finding peace with this at the end of the novel. I was too emotional about this one to write a full review out, but it’s a quick read and I definitely recommend it.

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Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion

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I only very vaguely remember the story in this one, but I do remember enjoying it quite a bit when I read it. The main character in The Tiger’s Watch is a genderfluid soldier-in-training who is forced to hide in a monastery when their home is attacked. I remember not really feeling right about the romance in this, but the rest of the novel was a fun read. I did a full review of it back then, which you can find here.

 

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Bookworm of the Week: 6 July 2018

Bookworm of the Week is a spotlight started here on Vicarious Bookworm where each week a different book blogger or vlogger and their platform(s) are highlighted. It started as a way to help bring more attention to book bloggers and vloggers within the online book community.

This week’s Bookworm of the Week is:

Chelsea is sweet and honest and that comes across in all her content. My favourite thing about her blog is herΒ Diversity Masterpost, which links to other content that gives reading recommendations based on what type of representation you’re looking for. It’s definitely something helpful if you’re looking to see something specific on the page!

Chelsea is also one of the few bloggers I’ve seen write out full reviews of audiobooks. I always like seeing other bloggers do this because not all audiobooks are as good as their eye-reading counterparts. One of her more recent audiobook reviews is of Need To Know, which I hadn’t heard of before but now know I don’t need to read.

She creates monthly Anticipated Book Release posts, which helps my TBR with its glaring at me or at least gives it a few more reasons to. For example, herΒ July 2018Β post added a new book to my TBR that I probably wouldn’t have heard of otherwise.

I also follow Chelsea on Instagram, where she posts the most simple yet beautiful pictures! They always catch my eye even though there isn’t much in the pictures. I’m sure it takes a considerable effort to manage it, but she always makes it look easy breezy and I love it.

Obviously, you should do yourself a favor here and follow Chelsea everywhere because she is excellent and puts out excellent content. You can find her on

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Blog Tour: Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! I’m super excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga. Keep reading for a few of my favourite quotes, my full review, and a giveaway! The premise of this one is what really made me want to read it, so let’s have a look at what this book is about.

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pairβ€”but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they haveβ€”but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the planβ€”but try convincing their hearts of that.

 

Yeah how could I not want to read that? Exactly. It was a bit difficult to select my favourite excerpts for this one, but I managed to narrow it down. Keeping in mind, of course, that these are all from the digital galley so they might change in the finished edition.

 

Favourite Excerpts

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For I am a powerful weapon in the Royal Arsenal.

 

83%

“I dont know how Love… happens.”

Her shoulders relaxed a little, and she stared off into the distance, as if lost in a memory. “That’s the thing. It just does. No reason at all. Or maybe it’s all the reasons.”

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My Review

While it did take me a couple days to read through this one (*shakes fist at adulting in general*), I was constantly wondering about it even when I wasn’t able to be reading it. I don’t remember any specific TW/CWs so we’ll just dive right in. If you’ve read Kiss of the Royal and noted TW/CWs please let me know in the comments and I’ll update this post. πŸ™‚

The characters were all pretty interesting and unique. I did find myself really disliking Ivy for the first half of the book, but I’m going out on a limb and saying it was probably meant to be that way. Her entire world is practically flipped onto its head so clinging to the core beliefs she’s grown up with is to be expected. I did like Zach right from the beginning, though. He’s sincere and sweet and so sarcastic and I need for him to be protected.

The world took a little getting used to. The locations were described well enough to be visualized, though I did have some trouble fully immersing myself. I could, at least, see the characters in their surroundings. The thing that took the most getting used to was the belief and hierarchy system. At the beginning, it seemed almost like I was expected to already understand the way things work hierarchy-wise. There is a bit of explanation of this a few chapters in, but until then I was a bit confused. After that explanation, though, everything comes a bit more smoothly in terms of world building.

As I said before, the premise of the story is what made me really want to read it. It felt a bit forced in the beginning, but once the flow of the story started going (around chapter 2 or 3) it really flowed well. There were a couple of twists and turns in the story, though I think they were mostly the type of plot twists that are meant for the characters and not the reader. I did have some trouble putting this down in places, leading to one too many “one more chapter” nights with work the next day. Also, some of my favourite words to be able to say together in a review: slow burn romance.

I do feel a bit confused by one very specific aspect of the ending, though it could possibly just be Lindsey Duga leading a possible sequel? I’ll keep an eye out for anyone else with similar questions, but I can’t specify anything here without ruining like 80% of the book. I did really enjoy this novel and I look forward to seeing what Lindsey Duga comes out with next!

Overall, I rate Kiss of the Royal 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it! Get your hands on a copy when it’s released on 3 July 2018 and enjoy it for yourself. Don’t forget to add it on Goodreads too! A few places you can preorder your copy from are:

About the Author

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Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.

 

Giveaway

You made it! The end of the post!! Just kidding. Obviously a blog tour this awesome has to have an equally awesome giveaway attached, right? Right! The winner of this giveaway will win one (1) finished copy of Kiss Of The Royal by Lindsey Duga! πŸ˜€ This giveaway is US ONLY. Sorry, international bookworms and dragons!

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Want more chances to win? Follow the tour! You can find the full tour schedule here.

 

Thank you so much to Lindsey Duga for writing such a creative and unique story. You are a rockstar!

Thank you also to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read a digital galley of this novel before its release date.

Finally, a big thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me the privilege of participating in this tour!

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The Next Chapter: July 2018 TBR & To-Do

June was hectic and July isn’t looking like it’ll be too much better. Still, let’s kick it off right with a TBR & To-Do post!

Books I Hope to Read in July

I’m going to keep this list modest because, while I have a good few days off at the beginning of this month, July is going to be majorly hectic for me both at work and not at work. Here’s what I’m hoping to read with links to the books’ Goodreads pages.

I’ll likely listen to more than these in audiobook format, but I don’t want to stress myself out by not being able to meet my goals. πŸ™‚

Other Things I Hope To-Do in July

I have a couple blog tours lined up for July. It’s been a bit since I was able to participate in them and quite a few good books crossed my email and I accidentally applied for them all. Oops. I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you all! πŸ˜€

Since I wasn’t able to colour my hair pink, purple, and blue during the month of June (because what happened to the month of June???), I really want to make this happen during July. I’m hoping the first week will work with me and I’ll be able to do it then since I have most of it off.

I’ll be celebrating my birthday! No, I’m not going to tell you how many this makes. Assume I’m a vampire or warlock or something else ancient and immortal and move along.

I will still be drowning at work because SUMMER but it’ll hopefully start slowing down a little bit? Maybe? Possibly? It’s not likely at all, but a girl can hope. Regardless, I have some fun programs that I get to do so I’ll be enjoying myself anyway.

I’m going to attempt to continue posting Bookworm of the Week regularly. I tried this near the end of last month by attempting to post anything, even if I felt like the piece didn’t do the blogger/vlogger justice, I posted it because saying something is always better than saying nothing. Unless the something you’re saying is that you don’t like books. Then you should say nothing.

I’m honestly kind of hoping that July is less than eventful after how eventful June was? It’s still extraordinarily hectic for me so I don’t think I’ll likely be doing anything else, but I suppose I’ve been wrong before.

What books are on your July TBR? What things are you hoping to do or accomplish? Let’s talk about them in the comments! πŸ˜€

Turning the Page: June 2018 Wrap Up

What happened to June? I don’t know. Let’s talk about it!

 

Books I Read or Reviewed in June

June was a great month for reading the books. Mostly because I’ve been listening to digital audiobooks on the way to and from work every day and I’ve been working 6-7 days a week all month. That’s a lot of audiobook time. I’ve also read a few digital and hardcover tales this month. Same as always, titles with links are those I’ve reviewed and those without I haven’t. You’ll notice that June has not been such a great month for reviewing the books, but meh. Can’t have it all. (If you want to check out what I was hoping to read/review, you can find my June TBR and To Do list here.)

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • Omens by Kelley Armstrong πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • Birth of Chaos by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • Her Elysium by Emmy Engbert
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • Kiss Of The Royal by Lindsey Duga πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
  • The Alienist by Caleb Carr
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›

You might have noticed that some don’t even have ratings. That’s either because I couldn’t decide on one or because I didn’t think it was fair to rate the book based on what I consumed of it. (Example: I listened to an abridged audiobook version of one of the unrated books and I just didn’t feel comfortable rating it based on what I consumed.)

 

Other Things I Did In June

I continued featuring bloggers and vloggers for Bookworm of the Week. I have so much trouble writing what I feel like might be enough or good enough for this feature, but this month I really wanted to at least try to get something up. Even if it meant not writing as much as I felt the bloggers deserved, I wanted to make sure to at least say something. Let them know at least in this little way that I do think of them fondly and that I do love the work they’re putting into their chosen medium. About half through the month, I decided that since this month is Pride Month I was going to try sticking with bloggers who have come out as members of the LGBT+ community. Here’s what that list looks like:

I thoroughly and completely drowned at work. Summer has always been the busiest time for me, but this year has completely blown previous years away in how busy we’ve been, how much programming we’re expected to do, and how much overall stress is put onto us. This month, for the first time since taking this position, I had to bring my work home with me multiple times just because there was not enough time in the day to get it all done. Don’t get me wrong. I still LOVE my job. SO MUCH. But sometimes, a girl just needs a staycation.

Which brings me to the next thing I did this month: Plan for my staycation. I’m not actually going anywhere. Not even staying somewhere other than the house. BUT. I have my birthday week off and I have a few things I’m excited for, including a whole day of NOTHING AT ALL. It’s going to be the best.

I also started planning for my trip to Maine at the end of September. One of my best friends ever in the history of the universe IS GETTING MARRIED!! She’s decided that she wants me closer to her on this day than Florida or the seats at the back, so I’m one of the lucky few who gets to put on a snazzy dress and stand at the front of the room with her. I’m super excited for this trip and there will likely be LOTS of pictures. I might do a post about it on here, but more than likely most of the pictures will be posted to my Instagram. I’ll decide more when it gets a bit closer.

Speaking of Instagram, I posted an ownvoices LGBT+ book rainbow and I’m super proud of it because it’s beautiful and it took FOREVER. Okay, maybe not forever but it took a really long time. Yes. Proud. Here it is!

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I created another blog where I plan on posting my library program plans. I did this half because I think it’s always a good idea to share plans, whether or not others agree, and half because my work-provided storage is 97% full and I need the space. It’s just a blank shell right now while I work on typing things in and moving things around, but hopefully I’ll have space on my work storage to actually plan things sometime in the near future, which will mean sharing of all the plans. I would have attempted that here, but it’s such a different audience that I decided to just make an entirely new blog for it. Also, did I mention storage is a thing? Because, yeah. Storage. It’s a thing.

I actually posted my reading challenges for this year like I hoped to! This might seem small, but it’s a huge accomplishment for me. I’ll be updating just those posts and linking them in future wrap ups with updates, I think, but if you have any suggestions for the A to Z Challenge or the Shelflove Crate Reading Challenge or both, I appreciate them all! πŸ˜€

 

Honestly, this month just feels like a giant blur. One minute, it was May 28th and now here it is nearly July. What happened? Time slows for no person, apparently, whether they are paying attention to it or not.

What are some of your favourite reads from this month? What are some interesting things that you did or saw? Let’s talk about them in the comments! πŸ˜€

Challenge: Shelflove Reading Challenge 2018

Hello, bookworms and dragons, and welcome back to my blog. Today I’m going to create the master post that I’ll update throughout 2018 for the Shelflove Reading Challenge that I’ve decided to participate in. This challenge came to me via the gorgeous planner in the December Shelflove Crate box and I’ve just kind of decided to give it a go. Instead of writing in my updates each month on a new post, I’ll simply update this post as I go and let y’all know of any changes to the post in my monthly wrap ups and TBRs.

As with the A to Z Challenge, if you’d like to give me any book recommendations for the prompts that you think I’d enjoy, please please do. I need all the book recommendations because I love when my TBR is vicious and threatening to smother me. Anyway! Here are the prompts. I’ll fill in the spaces as I complete them so anything that doesn’t have more than the heading describing the prompt isn’t complete yet. Simple enough, yeah? Let’s dig in!

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1. Book over 600 pages

2. Read the book on your tbr the longest

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare sat on my tar for what feels likeΒ forever before I finally got around to reading it this year. And wow I’m still angry at myself for not reading this world changer sooner! This whole set of series has become so close to my heart and I’m so happy to have finally gotten around to scratching it off my tbr. Though honestly I’ll likely reread them all at some point.

 

3. A protagonist with a culture different than your own

4. A book you can read in one sitting

5. A book by a 2018 debut author

6. Read a book published before 1968 (50 years ago)

7. Reread your all-time favorite book

I listened to the Audible version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll while I had no other audiobooks to listen to on the way to work. It’s still my all-time favourite, even after all these years. πŸ˜€

 

8. Read a book set near your home

9. Banned book

I haven’t read this one yet, but I read a banned book each year during Banned Books Week in September. I’m including this caption here because I’ve already selected my book for this year. I’ll be reading George by Alex Gino. I didn’t realize until recently that this book is banned and why it is banned. When I read the reasoning behind it, my heart hurt. So much. I knew immediately that this is the one. This is the banned book I have to read this year. It’s a short one at only 195 pages, but that’s going to be a busy week for me this year so it’s perfect all around. I forgot to live tweet my read last year, but if you want me to live tweet this one just let me know in the comments.

I may also listen to the audiobook version of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas while driving to Maine during Banned Books Week but, as I’ll be driving, I won’t be tweeting this reread.

 

10. Girl power book

11. An audiobook

12. A book with an epic journey

13. Read a book to make yourself happy

14. Read a classic YA book you never picked up

15. A book that won/was nominated for an award

I read Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence three times this year. I read it at work with the school age book club I did and it was really fun! It’s a middle grade realistic fiction about a Japanese American girl who wants to make mochi with the rest of her family but is told she isn’t old enough yet. The kids loved it and so did I. This book was nominated for multiple awards, including winning a spot on Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2017 list!

 

16. A historical fiction

17. A retelling of a classic or fairytale

The entire The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is an awesome retelling mashup of a few different classic fairytales… Set. In. Space. I absolutely loved it and recommend them to anyone who likes sci-fi stories, whether they like retellings or not.

 

18. Read a book before the movie comes out

19. A cover buy book from 2017

I don’t really buy books because of the cover so this one is rough. I guess the closest I came to reading a 2017 cover “buy” would be Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. I initially checked it out from the library because I thought the cover was pretty and it might make a good bookstagram photo. Months later, I still haven’t taken a picture of it aside from a book stack, but I finally got around to reading it for the 2018 Shelflove Crate Annual Readathon.

 

20. Book under 150 pages

21. Book with illustrations

A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss quickly made its way to the top of my list of favourite picture books. I got my hands on a physical copy of it from the library just in time for Pride Month and read it quite a few times before returning it. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up purchasing a copy for my collection at some point but for now I’m happy to enjoy it and recommend it to everyone. πŸ˜€

 

22. Genre you don’t usually read

I don’t usually read romance. Like, at all. It’s a thing for me. Not sure why, I just have aΒ really hard time enjoying it. So in June when I felt the need for some fluffy f/f fiction, Her Elysium by Emmy Engbert was brought to my attention. Let me sum it up for you: ownvoices f/f gamer fiction. It was exactly what I needed. 😍

 

23. Don’t judge a book by its cover (a book you don’t like the cover)

I’m not really at all fond of the cover ofΒ A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. I read it for the school age book club I hosted over the summer at work. I really enjoyed it, which is great because I ended up needing to read it three times. It’s a cute adventure and I’m always excited to share it with anyone who reads middle grade fantasy.

 

24. Read a book that won a 2017 Goodreads award

25. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen

26. A book that starts with your first initial

I read Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga for a blog tour. I thought the premise was really creative and decided I needed to read it. I was not at all disappointed!

 

27. A book with 4+ stars on Goodreads

28. A title that starts with a verb

29. One word title

30. A book with a mystery you can solve before the end

31. A celebrity autobiography

I did a combination of reading the physical hardcover and listening to the audiobook of The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I was in for a special treat with the audiobook version because–and I did not know this beforehand–the book is narrated by the author. I have too many feels to go into depth here but it was an amazing story by an amazing woman.

 

32. A book with multiple points of view

33. A book with a dress on the cover

34. A sequel to a series you started in 2017

35. A book with an unreliable narrator

36. Dystopian

37. A book from Shelflove Crate’s most anticipated picks

38. Set outside of this world

39. A book with a flower on the cover

40. A book with a male narrator

41. A book with a yellow cover

42. A book with an epic romance

43. A friend or family member recommends

44. The final book in a series

45. Translated from a language other than your own

46. A character with extraordinary abilities

47. An LGBT+ main character

48. A book that inspired a bookish candle

49. A book with pirates

50. A 2018 Shelflove Crate book of the month

 

Do you have any suggestions for the challenges I haven’t completed yet? Leave your suggestion in the comments! πŸ˜€

Bookworm of the Week: 22 June 2018

Bookworm of the Week is a spotlight started here on Vicarious Bookworm where each week a different book blogger or vlogger and their platform(s) are highlighted. It started as a way to help bring more attention to book bloggers and vloggers within the online book community.

Since it is Pride Month, I’ve decided to select bloggers who are members of the LGBT+ community to feature in the Bookworm of the Week spotlight. I will not be specifying what part of the community they are in this post, but do you know what’s a great way to find out? Follow them! πŸ˜‰

This week’s Bookworm of the Week is:

I actually met Leah on Twitter a while back and I’ve followed their blog ever since! They do read a few different genres, but they’ve become my go-to when I’m looking for a romance read. While this is rare for me, I know there are bookworms and dragons who love a good romance read all the time, which is awesome and I definitely recommend Leah’s blog, Small Queer, Big Opinions, for that.

One of my favourite things on Leah’s blog is their Writer Wednesday series. They have various authors on their blog via guest posts. The most recent as of when I’m writing this post up is a guest post by ML Bilinski, who talks a bit about writing dialogue. It’s really a fun and helpful way to bring the bookish community and some authors closer together!

As I said, I met Leah on Twitter and they have a relatively strong presence there. I haven’t been on Twitter much lately myself, but a quick scroll through their twitter page shows me that they’re still active in the community and boosting voices that need to be heard. I’m really happy to see it!

They are incredibly supportive. I went through a period of time last year where I was questioning a lot about myself. Leah provided some insight and support and made sure I knew that I wasn’t alone. I just honestly have so much respect for this human and, while I haven’t had much time for online anything lately, my world is much better for having Leah in it. And yours will be to!

You can find Leah on:

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