#RainbowBlogChallenge: Day 7 – All the Love.

14996472-10211110620783769-90057801-n_1

So the Rainbow Blog Challenge finished on Saturday but I was way too busy over the weekend to post the last challenge. And then on top of everything, yesterday I woke up with a stomach bug. Yesterday was just not my day…

Anyway, I’m going to post the last challenge today. I’m really sorry for falling behind but life got in the way like it does. Saturday’s prompt was –

Saturday 26th November
“All the love”
Books celebrating LGBTQ+ // Why diversity is important to you?

So I’m going to be posting the books I’ve read with LGBTQ+ characters in that I’ve really enjoyed and are in no particular order.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
61t67xhl2cl-_sx321_bo1204203200_
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
23058402
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
25322449
The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
the_hammer_of_thor
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
the_hidden_oracle
Run by Kody Keplinger
run
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti
swarm
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
18710209
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
51dcsdxrkll-_sx387_bo1204203200_
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
20820994
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
19542841

Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
5982447
I decided to list the books that I’ve read and liked with LGBTQ+ characters. I have probably forgotten some but like I said, I didn’t have a lot of time on the weekend to put my list together.

I’d love to know some of your recommendations of books with LGBTQ+ characters. Leave them in the comments!

I really enjoyed taking part in the Rainbow Blog Challenge. It definitely got me back into blogging (which was part of the reason) and I found more books for my never-ending TBR.

Now I have some reviews to write because I am so behind with them.

Aimee.

Advertisements

WWW Wednesday [March 30th 2016] –

fontcandy-23

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – 516nXvUR0mL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_
I started Six Four on Sunday. It’s a little over 630 pages so I think it will take me a few more days to get through. I’m almost halfway.

Anyway, so far there’s been a few things going on, an unsolved kidnapping, a cover up inside the police department, crap going on with the media, a cop’s daughter running away. And that’s all before I get halfway. I’ve no idea what’s coming next. But so far I’m liking it.

I received a copy of Six Four from Hachette New Zealand to review. The cover of my copy doesn’t look like this, I have an ARC which looks pretty cool, which I’ll be using for my review. That’s why I’m mentioning it here. Although I do like this cover too.

Recently Finished – 25322449
I read Radio Silence over the weekend and once I started I couldn’t put it down so it didn’t take me long to read it.

I’m going to be doing a full review of this on my blog so I don’t want to say too much here. But this book has a lot of diverse characters which I loved. There is also a friendship between the main character, Frances, and a boy that doesn’t turn into a relationship. Which I was really happy about.

I like reading books with diverse characters, I don’t think I read enough of them actually. But I’m glad I got the chance to read this.

I received a copy of Radio Silence from HarperCollins New Zealand to review.

Follow Me Back is another book I read over the weekend. This one I read in one sitting it 27799026was that good. It’s a a mix of contemporary and thriller and Nicci wrote the story in a way that it took me most of the book to figure out what happened, but I did. Eventually. Just before it was revealed but still.

Follow Me Back takes place after Aiden’s old friend Lizzie is reported missing and Aiden is questioned by the police. Which is the first time he hears Lizzie is missing.

What follows is a twisted story and you can’t trust anyone. Aiden’s life is turned upside down and will never be the same.

But that’s all I’m going to say. You’ll have to wait for my review to hear more, unless you pick up a copy 😉

I was sent a copy of Follow Me Back to review from Allen and Unwin New Zealand. 81LOfgPgKGL

I have loved both Red Queen and Glass Sword when I read them so when I had the opportunity to review Cruel Crown I was really excited.

I’ll say here that I liked Queen Song more than I liked Steel Scars but you’ll have to wait for my review to know why 😉

If you didn’t already know, one story is about Coriane – Cal’s mother. The other is about Captain Farley. I don’t know if I like Farley which may be why I didn’t like her story as much as Coriane’s.

I received a copy of Cruel Crown from Hachette New Zealand to review.

27777459

I’m just going to put this out there now, Maestra was not what I was expecting at all. I probably should have researched it before I read it but it’s a bit late now.

I’m not saying it was bad, just a bit graphic in places for me. This is not for young readers. It has a lot of graphic sex scenes in it. And one, that I’m not mentioning here or in my review, that made me feel kind of sick…

I’ll be doing a full review on here soon, with the good and bad parts for me. Again, the story wasn’t bad but I’m just not into these kind of graphic scenes and if I’d known they were in there I probably wouldn’t have read it. Or requested it in the first place.

I received a copy of Maestra from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review.

Reading Next –
I’m not going to put a photo here because I’m not sure if I’ll be reading Book of Lies by Teri Terry or Dreaming the Enemy by David Metzenthen. If you want to help me choose leave me a comment and pick a book 🙂

– Aimee.

Top Ten Tuesday (March 15th): Ten Books On My Fall TBR.

top-10-tues-watercolor

It’s Fall or Autumn for me so I’ve changed it from Spring. And I’m going to cheat a little here and make this easier for me because I’m busy today and just do my immediate TBR. I’ll share a photo of it and give you all the links to the books on Goodreads so you can check them out for yourselves if you want.

Magrit by Lee Battersby
Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Maestra by L.S. Hilton
Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly
Follow Me Back by Nicci Cloke
Book of Lies by Teri Terry
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Beloved Poison by E.S. Thomson
Dreaming the Enemy by David Metzenthen
Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama
The Gutsy Girl by Caroline Paul
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane

j;l

I know there are more than ten books in this post but I thought I’d share them all. And then six books arrived in the mail yesterday and now my TBR is even bigger.. So far these books are in the order I’m going to read them but that could change with my mood.

What are some of the books on you TBR?

Aimee.

April Book Haul.

11160160_10155386362080018_1899935352_nThis month I got a total of 19 books. This is the most books I’ve gotten in a month all year. I doubt I’ll be getting as much next month.

The first book I got was from a giveaway on Instagram, a signed copy of Vanishing 11180136_10155386413980018_89601547_nGirls by Lauren Oliver. I’d read a book last year of hers and there was a chapter of this in the back. I never read it because it was a year till it’s release so I decided to wait.

I haven’t read it yet. But the cover is so pretty. This is the first Lauren Oliver book that I own. In Vanishing Girls two sisters have an accident and one, Dara, comes out scarred. Then she goes missing and her sister Nick thinks she just playing around. That’s until a second girl goes missing and Nick thinks the disappearances are connected. Now Nick has to find her sister before it’s too late.

I have flipped through it and there are photos on some of the pages. Hopefully I’ll read it soon.

11195313_10155386415455018_1411554320_nThe next books I got were in the Easter Sales. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and Other Tales.

I decided to read more classics and this were on sale so I couldn’t resist. All three came to $12.50 NZD. The covers are a lot brighter in person. I’m not going to go into all three books because they’ve been around awhile. I’m not sure when I’ll be in the mood to read them. I have to be in the right head space for these.

I’ve decided to buy the new editions of the Harry Potter books that came out. My ones are 11128393_10155386415995018_2105713198_ngetting a bit destroyed every time I read them. Plus, these copies are so pretty. I have the original copies in hardback so I decided to get these editions in paperback. Even though the hardback are gorgeous. I will get the others in the series but I’m in no rush yet. I want to finish getting another series first and then I’ll pick up the other Harry Potter books.

The covers are so good though. I love them. Dobby is on the back of Chamber of Secrets, he’s adorable.

11122062_10155386418050018_621956470_nThe next books I got are pretty random. I’ve wanted to read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys for awhile. I finally decided to get a copy from Book Depository. Then I got Solitaire by Alice Oseman (which I’ve read) and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang.

I’m not sure if I’ll like Between Shades of Gray or Falling into Place but I decided to get them anyway. I hope I do like them.

Solitaire and Falling into Place were on sale in the same Easter sale. I think they came to $7.50 NZD which is why I couldn’t pass them up even if I don’t like them.

I started to get the Little Black Classics this month too. When I went into the bookstores 11117947_10155386421320018_910279608_nnear where I live they didn’t have any so I had to order them in. They’d never even heard of them. Over here they’re $3 each. I went through the list of 80 books that were released for Penguin’s 80th anniversary and I’m only interested in 15 of them. As I already have Edgar Allen Poe’s stories in another edition I won’t be getting the Little Black Classic version.

The ones I have so far are –
Jason and Medea by Apollonius of Rhodes
The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen
Circles of Hell by Dante
The Beautiful Cassandra by Jane Austen
The Great Winglebury Duel by Charles Dickens
The Great Fire of London by Samuel Pepys
Leonardo da Vinci by Giorgio Vasari
It was snowing butterflies by Charles Darwin and
Circe and the Cyclops by Homer.
I still have a few more on my list to order but I will not be getting all 80.

11198899_10155386412790018_482946168_n

The last book I got this month is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long that I just decided to give in and buy it. I got it from Book Depository because in the shops over here the paperback version is $25 and when I checked online the hardback was $20 and it just didn’t make sense to get the paperback. Obviously the paperback was cheaper at Book Depository too but the hardback was so pretty.

I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my to read pile for next month. I’ve been hearing really good things about it so I hope it doesn’t let me down. I cannot wait to read it. This is definitely my favourite book purchase of this month!

So that’s my book haul. I decided not to give a description of every book or this blog post would be way too long.

Have you read any of these books? What was your favourite book you got in April?

– Aimee