Love, Simon

It’s been a long ass two months but I’ve definitely needed this break. I’m not even sure if I’m ready to go back to posting three times a week but I have missed writing. These two months have been sososo stressful and I’m glad that I took the steps to make myself a little less stressed.

That all being said, I just have to talk about the amazing movie I just watched. Love, Simon is a gay movie and surprise, I might just be a little gay. Now, I’m only saying that because it really affected the way that I feel about this movie. This movie is not going to be the same for every person watching it but it is going to evoke different emotions from a straight person compared to someone like me. Whos come out. Whos had the fear of coming out. This movie felt like I was watching myself work through everything that was going on in my life, even if the situation was different.

Enough about me though, this movie was amazing. I cried at least four times because I couldn’t help but relate to so much of what was going on. The fear that Simon feels is something I know all too well and that is something no one outside of the LGBTQ+ community will ever understand. If you want to look at the movie while ignoring the big neon sign that marks it as a gay movie, you’re left with an amazing movie about a young boy figuring everything out. The movie is normal. There isn’t some big focus on sex or experimenting. The movie is just like every other romantic comedy except the main character falls in love with another boy. It. Is. Amazing.

Even though I’ve already come out to a majority of the people in my life, there are still those who don’t know and that is my decision. Certain scenes in this movie reminded me of times when people outed me with no worries about how it would affect me in the long run. This movie was something I didn’t know I needed because it was perfect. I’ve seen enough movies where the girl falls for the guy and they live happily ever after. I want to see more about the people who have been persecuted for the people they love. I don’t mean to get all political or righteous…I just want to see something that I can relate to on the big screen.

I think this movie will open a lot of doors and most of them will be beneficial to the world and that makes me sosososoo happy. I’d highly recommend seeing this movie, especially if you want to support a community of people who just want to love each other the same way that heteronormative couples do.

I’m not too sure how often I’m going to be posting from here on out and I’m sorry for that but I really wanted to talk about this amazing movie. Wow. Could I have said the word amazing more in this post? I hope you all decide to go support this fantastic (see new word) movie while it is still in theaters! ❤

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Socks Upon Socks!

For Christmas, my mother bought me a year long subscription to Foot Cardigan and I started the cycle in January of 2017. All the pictures are either from my Instagram (@bookishqueenreads) or from the Foot Cardigan Instagram. I hope you guys find this interesting! I loved getting a new pair of socks every month and now I’ve got a ton of socks. I’m basically drowning in them lol.

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Books Series I Really Need to Finish

There are so many books that are part of a series that I desperately need to read. Sometimes, even if I love a book, I can’t get the next book right away and this results in me getting distracted. I hate when this happens and I’m hoping that making this list will be a sort of call outpost for me. I really need to just stop buying the new releases and finish the series that I know I love. Are there any books that you really want to read but just haven’t got around to because there are just so many other books?

1. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

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I think I’ve mentioned that I wanted to read this book before and surprise! I still haven’t gotten around to even picking it up. I already have a mix of American and European editions so at this point I just want a paperback copy for myself!

2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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It’s not that I’m not excited to start reading this book, it’s that it’s so long that I just don’t want to get invested in it right now.

3. Windwitch by Susan Denard

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I’m kind of waiting for this book to come out in paperback because I bought Truthwitch in softcover and I want them to match. I know that it has technically come out in paperback (at least according to Goodreads) but Barnes and Noble doesn’t have it and I have never gotten around to ordering it off Amazon.

4. Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

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I really loved the first book in this series and I really want to get my hands on the second book so I can continue reading about some really cute characters. I’ve seen this book in stores but I’ve always been buying a different book so I haven’t picked this up. This is definitely a thing I need to be called out for lol.

Books I’ll Probably Never Read

Septembers almost over and that means it’s almost Halloween!! Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays and I’m really excited for everything that comes with the holiday. This is also a tag that’s been sitting in my drafts for a little while so I’ve finally dragged it out for the world to see!

1. A really hyped up book you’re not interested in reading.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabah Tahir is one that I got from the library and then only read about 20 pages before putting it down and never wanting to pick it up again.

2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

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The 5th wave is a series I’ve talked about before but it’s these books that always come to mind whenever someone asks what books I’m never going to finish. I could also put the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown here because I doubt I’ll ever read the third book.

3. A classic that you’re just not interested in?

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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is something I can just never see myself picking up to read even though I own a copy of it. 

4. Any genres you never read?

Anything political or historical war novels. I can’t get through any of those kinds of books.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read?

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell is a book I found at a bookstore (can’t remember which one) and I fell in love with the cover. I read the backstory and decided that it was something I might read but now I’m not so sure.

 

7 Books Coming Out In 2018

I really love looking at future releases and when I started going down the releases for 2018 I remembered so many of the books that will be out soon! I can’t wait for a lot of these books to be in my hands because I’m really excited for all of them. A lot of these are coming out in March and I was honestly not expecting that but I guess that means I’ll have a great March haul next year.

1. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Release Date: March 6th 2018

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Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

2. Throne of Glass book #7 by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 4th, 2018

3. The Muse of Nightmares by Lani Taylor

Release Date: TBD

There was a war between men and gods, and men won. The few surviving children of the gods have grown up in hiding, dreading the day they know must come: when humans find them, and end them. That day is at hand.

4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Release Date: January 2nd 2018

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Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

5.Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: March 13th 2018

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

6. The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3) by Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

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It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken. Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for. Until strange things start happening to him. Strange things that might mean nothing at all—or that someone is after him again.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex. Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows that her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but there is someone who wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

In this final explosive book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Holmes and Watson face the ultimate test: they must unravel the case of their lives without unraveling each other.

7. Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard

Release Date: TBD

A-Z Book Recommendations

I decided that adding pictures to each of these titles would make this post incredibly long and thought this would be much easier to view. I hope this is an interesting list of book recommendations because I love reading these.

A- A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

B- Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

C- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

D- Delirium by Lauren Oliver

E- Einstein’s Beach House by Jacob M. Appel

F- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

G- Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

H- Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I- Ink by Alice Broadway

J- Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

K- Keeping the Peace by Hannah Hooton

L- Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love

M- Me & Milo the Great by Michelle Schlicher

N- [The] Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

O- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

P- [The] Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Q- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

R- Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

S- Strange the Dreamer by Lani Taylor

T- This Savage Song by Victoria Shwab

U- Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

V- Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

W- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

X- [The] X-Files: Goblins by Charles L. Grant

Y- [The] Years by Virginia Woolf

Z- Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings

National Book Festival

This Saturday (September 2nd) I went to DC to go to the annual Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center. I really wanted to go because Diana Gabaldon was going to be there and she wrote one of my favorite series of all time, Outlander. I was lucky enough to have her sign one of my books but the line was a mess and I feel bad for all those who weren’t able to.

This was the first large scale book festival that I’ve been to and overall it was a great experience. I didn’t really go to any of the smaller panels or talks because I was either at the main stage or sitting in a book signing line. As someone who reads primarily young adult literature, there weren’t very many popular YA writers there. This was a little bit of a disappointment but it was never advertised as a YA book festival so I wasn’t really that annoyed or anything.

I think the only thing about this event that made me a little mad was how they organized everyone standing in line for Diana Gabaldon’s signing. The volunteers were snaking people around and everyone got so jumbled that people who hadn’t been waiting long were jumping in front of those who had been. I only saw this happen like three times so it wasn’t a common thing but I just think they would have been more prepared for such a large amount of people, especially because she was one of the main authors.

Now back to the things that I liked. I was really happy to see so many people with purple shirts and signs that said “ask me” because it’s a really big convention center and anyone could get lost. I had to ask where things were more than once and every person I talked to was sweet and took the time to explain exactly where I should go. I also really liked having so many places to sit because after carrying around five books and all the swag from the tables that were on the ground floor, my shoulder felt like it was going to fall off. As I was there alone, I was carrying all my things and being able to sit in an actual chair was amazing.

I can definitely see myself going to this event again in the future and I’d definitely say that if you’re in the DC area that this is a really cool event to go to. Of course, it does depend on which authors are going but so far they’ve had amazing line ups for everyone. They have adult novelists, politicians, children’s authors and young adult authors. There really is something for everyone and I really liked that about this festival.