Who Tells Our Stories – Camila

IMG_0173 (1)Hello! Welcome to another installment in my Who Tells Our Stories photo series which highlights diverse readers and the diverse books that they identify with! Today I’m interviewing Camila, a very good friend of mine, to ask her all about diversity in literature and how she feels represented in the book she has chosen to be photographed with.

(A FULL EXPLANATION FOR THE PHOTO SERIES IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS INTERVIEW.)


Name: Camila

Book title: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Social Media links: Twitter | Instagram | Blog

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Queer Labels in Literature || Discussion

IMG_0957Hi, everyone! Today I wanted to discuss a topic that has been on my mind for a while, and it is queer labels in literature. I’ve noticed that people tend to get angry or criticize a novel when a character doesn’t have their sexuality explicitly labeled in the story. People expect queer characters to provide a label for their sexuality within the story they’re in, otherwise some readers don’t think the queer representation is good enough. People have begun to expect labels to be put upon every character’s sexuality, and that’s just not realistic. To be completely honest, it doesn’t bother me that some queer characters don’t label their sexuality, in novels. It has taken me years to figure out who I am as a person, and I’m still learning what my labels are, and sometimes characters aren’t ready to label themselves during the time period when the novel takes place.

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The Next Together by Lauren James (Review)

23266378Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi

Summary: How many times can you lose the person you love? 

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.Read More »

Booktube-A-Thon TBR

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Hello! This year I decided that I wanted to participate in the annual Booktube-A-Thon which is a read along that spans from July 24th to July 30th, and the main goal is to read as many books as you can within that time frame. You can follow along with the read-a-thon across Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram (just look up Booktubeathon!) to complete video and photo challenges, join in on reading sprints, and play fun games throughout the week! This read-a-thon is hosted by Ariel Bissett and she has created seven challenges for people to complete for the read-a-thon, so I wanted to show you the books I planned on reading for this coming week!

Because I am doing this so last minute, I am not filming any videos about the read-a-thon, but I will be updating everyone on my reading process on my Twitter and Instagram along the way. Wish me luck!
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Who Tells Our Stories – Alexandria

IMG_4464Hi! Here’s another installment to my Who Tells Our Stories photo series highlighting diverse readers and diverse stories that represent their identities! Today I’m interviewing Alexandria, to ask her about diverse literature and how she feels represented in the book she has chosen to be photographed with.

(A FULL EXPLANATION FOR THE PHOTO SERIES IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS INTERVIEW.)


Name: Alexandria

Book title: Want by Cindy Pon

Alexandria’s review of Want: http://www.thebooksbuzz.com/2017/06/want-by-cindy-pon-book-review.html 

Social Media links: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Goodreads


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The Queen of Dauphine Street by Thea de Salle (Review)

31302860DIVERSE READ: Bisexual MC + PTSD rep.

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Erotica

Summary: When one of the world’s wildest socialites is paired with a handsome Texan, neither has any idea that their lives are about to change forever in this sexy, sultry romance in the NOLA Night series from New York Times bestselling author Thea de Salle.

Madeline Roussoux has it all: money, a dozen houses, a private jet, a cruise ship, even a tiger. Everyone knows her name. Her every move is watched, absorbed, adored, and abhorred by the public. She’s a dazzling spectacle on the society scene—a beautiful, flamboyant poster child for American privilege and Hollywood celebrity.

And she’s broken.

All the wealth in the world can’t make up for Maddy’s losses. Her father’s suicide and her mother’s ensuing breakdown left her orphaned as a teenager. She survived, but barely. From stints in rehab to a string of failed marriages, her dazzling smile hides deep scars. Finally, losing Sol DuMont, the one person she ever truly loved, has her wondering what is the point of being surrounded by people when you’re perpetually alone?

Enter Darren Sanders. He’s a beautiful Texas boy with a big heart and a bigger smile; the type of man women go crazy for. Literally. When Darren’s ex stalks him and then makes an attempt on his life, circumstances find him off to New Orleans with none other than Maddy Roussoux. He thought he knew everything there was to know about her, but there’s more to the woman whose image graces the covers of magazines worldwide, and Darren finds himself drawn into a world of excess he never imagined possible. 

My thoughts: Thea de Salle is officially one of my favorite new adult authors because she crafts such wonderful and steamy novels that I fall completely in love with. The Queen of Dauphine Street is a spin-off sequel to The King of Bourbon Street following a side character, Maddy, as she is going through her life full of passion and hook ups. And her world turns upside down when she meets small town boy, Darren, who is the only one who pushes against the power Maddy wields over others. This is one adorable and dramatic new adult story mixing both romance, BDSM, and PTSD which stole my heart and became one of my favorite reads of 2017.Read More »

Checkmate: This is Dangerous by Kennedy Fox (Review)

34868899.jpgRating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Summary: Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor. 
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder I can’t help the way he makes me feel whenever I’m near him. 
Too bad he’s unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I’m a do-gooder who shouldn’t get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he’s devoted to his career, but I don’t buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won’t admit it, but I’m more determined than ever to show him what he’s missing.

I’m a devoted animal rescuer and I’ll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I’m positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it’s my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I’ll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.

My thoughts: Kennedy Fox is one of my favorite New Adult authors because they know how to create an addictive and cute romance story that I can’t get enough of. They are one of the few authors that consistently create books that I can read in one sitting, and that’s what happened with this book as well! I began Checkmate: This is Dangerous at night and finished it the next morning because I could not get enough of Logan and Kayla’s blossoming relationship that was so cute and steamy! Read More »