When I started getting back into recreational reading a few months ago, Elizabeth Acevedo’s name popped up quite a few times. Like a fool, I didn’t immediately drop everything and go read her entire catalog. Instead, I waited a couple of months before getting to it, but as soon as I read my first Acevedo novel, I immediately went to get the rest of her books.
Clap When You Land is my second Acevedo novel and I hope I’ll be reading things from her for many, many years to come. Currently, The Poet X is in the mail somewhere on its way to me and I’m waiting anxiously to pick it up, because I have a feeling it’ll be as astounding as the first two Acevedo novels I read.
Oliver was much as I remembered him: a cool, clean modern-art piece of a man entitled Disapproval in Pinstripes. And handsome enough to annoy me. My own face looked as if Picasso had created it on a bad day—bits of my mum and my dad thrown together without rhyme or reason. But Oliver had the sort of perfect symmetry that eighteenth-century philosophers would have taken as evidence for the existence of God.
From the second I spotted the cover for Boyfriend Materialacross Goodreads and book Twitter, my interest was piqued. When I read the synopsis, it instantly became one of my most anticipated summer reads. As luck would have it, I was approved for an e-ARC of it on NetGalley. Opening that email that told me I’d been approved was probably the happiest I’d been in a week and the 36 hours that followed when I read it might have topped that moment. So, you know. A million thank you’s to NetGalley, Alexis Hall, and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the ARC!
I love fan fiction. I can read 100k+ fanfics overnight. I can write novel length fics without breaking a sweat, I spend more time on Ao3 than is probably healthy. I’m not ashamed to admit it. As a kid, fan fiction was where I could go and have all the disappointing pieces of the source text wrapped up in a neat little bow. It was also one of the only places where I could reliably find characters who resembled me and shared my identities. Of course I wound up loving it.
This July, I’ll be participating in Transathon, a month long readathon centered around trans stories and authors. Below are the prompts and the books I’ve chosen to read for them. I’m not positive I’ll be able to read everything I’ve chosen, but I’ll definitely be trying my best!
I’ve mentioned it across Twitter and Goodreads before, but I’ll say it again: I was kind of a jock in high school. I played varsity baseball and basketball, which meant I was ‘on season’ basically year round. I loved it and while I don’t play at college right now, I miss it everyday and I’m still pretty involved in athletics. My work study job is pretty much sports photography and I love it!
I was also really heckin’ gay in high school. I also still am. More so, actually. Bring those together, and I’m pretty much as much of a Sports Gay as you can imagine. So Julian Winter’s Running With Lions, a gay YA that takes place during a varsity soccer team’s summer camp? It called to me from the second I first came across it. It was absolutely, perfectly tailored for me as a reader in every way I could imagine, because guess what? The main character and I also share a first name. Perfection.
Did you love Carry On by Rainbow Rowell? The magic, the tropes, Simon and Baz? Me too! Do you love music and have it as a backdrop to every moment of your life? Hey, me too! I tore through Carry On and it’s sequel Wayward Son in a few days and was left in the dreaded limbo of emptiness after finishing a good book and wanting desperately to have more content. So I opened up Spotify and made a playlist to relive all my favorite parts of Carry On. Enjoy the playlist, moodboard functioning as cover, and a deeper look into the song choices below!
“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.”
Ah. Red, White, and Royal Blue. At this point, you’ve probably heard about RWRB. It won two Goodreads Choice Awards in 2019 and it’s been pretty hyped up since then. I think I come across Alex/Henry fanart more days than not on my Twitter and you know what, I’m not mad about it. RWRB was like the lovechild of the tropey fanfiction I love and the ridiculous fantasies I had as a preteen. It was like reading this teleported my mind back to 12 year old Seb. And I mean that in the best way possible. I was the world’s sappiest middle schooler.
If you’re here and reading this, first of all, thank you! Thanks for giving me and this blog a chance. This is a fun project I’m starting, as a way to keep myself entertained during the Covid lockdown and to hopefully encourage me to keep up re-established habits that I’ve come back to during this. I was lucky enough to be in a situation where lockdown meant I could sit down and reevaluate things I used to love doing, but became too busy for, like reading and writing fiction.
Doing that, I came across Goodreads, book Twitter, and bookbloggers. It was a lot to absorb in one go, but I dipped my toes in little by little. I started logging what I read onto Goodreads. Then I started writing little reviews. Then longer reviews. Then I made a Twitter just for bookish things. And now here I am, starting a book blog! It’s not the way I expected my 2020 to go – I was supposed to be abroad in Berlin right now! – but I’m making the best of the situation.