Read with Pride!

First of all, I really wish that I could change the colour of the post headings. I really wish that I could change Pride into the rainbow colours there.

Anywhooo,

I just wanted to post some books, that I think would be helpful to read over Pride month and support a lot of authors out there. LGBTQIA Reading is becoming more well known to the general public, which is fantastic! We still have a ways to go though.

Goodreads – The 2021 Pride Reading List: 75 New Books to Read Now

One of the authors books on this Goodreads lists is called “Detransition, Baby” written by Torrey Peters. It’s a well written book and has been up for many writing awards. Despite the “outrage” from transphobic people. This is one of the “we have a ways to go” books though. It is actually a really well written book, and really does deserve the accolades that it’s been receiving. When I looked at the negative reviews, it’s literally all TERF “buzzwords”. Yet, still, is STILL doing really well.

While I was doing some research for this post, I found this amazing site!

Reading Pride

Reading Pride is in the UK (lucky UK!)

Reading Pride was formed in 2003 to represent and support the local LGBT+ community. Since their first Festival attendance has grown steadily year on year with up to 15,000 people visiting the event throughout the day as well as up to 1500+ participating in the Parade.

At first, like some of you (I think) I thought it was about Reading LGBTQIA Books, hehe … It’s a place in the UK! But please go and check them out! Haha

Of course I couldn’t post lists of good Pride books to read without mentioning what the LGBTQIA consider the best LGBTQIA books

Pride.com – 26 New LGBTQ+ YA Books to Add to Your 2021 Reading List

A lot of them do overlap with the Goodreads, but they don’t have quiet a variety of reading as well. I think Pride.com has more Young Adults readings that Goodreads do.

Between these two lists. I have have decided I am going to try and get around to reading in PRIDE month, these books:

Detransition, Baby – Torrey Peters

Malice – Heather Walter

The 2000s made me Gay – Grace Perry … It just sounds funny.

The Savage Kind – John Copenhaver (this one isn’t expected until October 5th, 2021) But still it’s on the list

The Witch King – H.E. Edgmon, expected June 1, 2021

I’ve also just realise that Pride.com has in their title +YA (haha)

Now, I don’t expect to get through ALL of these in a month. I may not even be able to get access to them all straight away anyway. However, these are all on the list now!

Are you choosing to read any LGBTQIA books this year, or this Pride month?

The books of my life in 2020

Two things.

  1. I am taking the books of my 2020 from my Goodreads account. However, I’m sure with a lot of you as well, who like to read. There were “others”. You know the ones, I mean. The ones who you reread for the 20th time, the ones that you don’t actually want to people to know about.
  2. I am just going to post a link to my Discord Book Channel again.

I wanted to start off with a statement as well. 2020, has been a pretty rotten year, let alone mentally draining. At the start of the year I wanted to get more involved and read more out of my safe space box, of books. As the year went on, it was becoming more obvious that I just wanted to stay in my safe space box.

Lauren’s Year in Books

The other great readings for me this year, has been the new authors that I have had the pleasure of getting to know. I had quiet a few! That has been mainly due to buying a lot of Book Box’s this year. While my wallet hasn’t appreciated it, my mind certainly has! And isn’t that what’s really important!

As I said above I have been introduce to quiet a few new authors this years, and I can’t actually think, who is probably my favourite author. Simply, I loved their books. I noticed that with the new authors, if I did like their book, I would end up reading at LEAST one more of their books this year.

There are three that really stand out:

  • Kiersten White – The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein and the Camelot Rising series.
  • Renee Ahdieh – The Beautiful series
  • Kate Quinn – The Empress of Rome series

All different times and places, all taking me away to their world. Never have I needed to be taken away to different worlds, where the bad guy ALWAYS loses. You just know that the dream couple are going to get together. It’s predictable, but in the way you want it too be. 2020 hasn’t completely made you so cynical, you know what’s going to happen. That you’re not so completely lost yet, that you mind.

World Book Day!

Put it in your calendar people! August 9th is World Book Day!

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What are you all reading RIGHT NOW!!!

If you all follow me on the Goodreads…here…You’ll know that I’ve just finished the Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh 

If you like Phantom of the Opera and any Kerri Maniscalco…You will adore this one!

But what about you? What are you reading?

Just a reminder of my new Discord channel! I’ve had to update some security issues and restart from the beginning…But I would LOVE to know what you’re all reading right now. So if you want to talk about it here or there. I’m just trying to get a conversation going that isn’t political or just…you know your general horribleness.  Please, feel free, to head over and talk about books and writing!

International Book Friends Club.

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Mrs Sherlock Holmes…Police Reform

I decided to write about a book I have recently finished and I want all the book lovers to go out and read it. I think that I loved it so much, because it is so relevant to everything that we are going through right now.

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Mrs Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca 

I HIGHLY recommend this one! Especially at the moment. When I first started this one, I thought it was just going to be about the Ruth Cruger case. It was so much more than that!

It’s all about police corruption, the “buddy buddy” culture within the police. It writes about her rise and ultimately how the Patriarchy tried to bring her down. Where it touches on a little about the suffragette movement. When people ask me now which three people, living or dead, would I ask around to dinner. One will be Mary Grace Quackenbos. I don’t want to write anymore about it. Just read it, and read it NOW.

For those who don’t know this book is based on a real person and a real famous case. Mary Grace Quackenbos, was a real person, a real lawyer and a real “detective”. Ruth Cruger was a real missing girl. Apart from the missing girl case, Quackenbos was really known for helping people get out, who were laboured with peonage or the person slave trade. Although peonage was officially outlawed in the states in 1867, it still went on. The reason why MGQ was called in, was because when Ruth Cruger went missing, there was a lot of alarm around the white person slave trading going on.

One of the reasons I found this book so fascinating was because how many of the issues and situations in this book, are still prevalent to this day.

When Ruth first disappeared, the police put it down to Ruth being a “bad girl”, and that she had just run off with some unknown man. Even though there was absolutely no proof of this. The only thing that Ruth took with her were her ice skates, no extra clothes, no money, just the skates.

The police did not thoroughly investigate Alfred Cochi’s, motorbike shop, where Ruth was heading to get to her skates sharpened. When it came out later, it was found that Alfred repaired and adjust a lot, if not all of the NYPD motorbike patrol bikes, at the same time.

When Mary Grace Quackenbos, started to investigate the Army though. With underage girls being taken back to their local training camps, a couple had disappeared. That was when she went too “far”. That’s when people started to question her, even though, by the evidence at the time, she was correct. Some of the local soldiers, were taking underage girls back with them. The Patriarchy decided that was a “step too far”. She was trying to smear the name of the Army…All of a sudden all the police originally question with the Ruth Cruger case, were suddenly let off, some got promotions, most were welcome back. MGQ, lost all her prominent positions. The media were HORRIBLE to her. After, they decided to credit the male detectives with the discovery of Ruth Cruger, even though it was because of MGQ constant poking and prodding. The male detectives physically brought out the body.

Quackenbos, just you know:

  • Got the search warrants approved.
  • Talked to Alfred’s wife, who was being a pain.
  • Actually questioned the police and dug more into the original witnesses accounts.
  • Listened to the family plea’s of “She had been kidnapped, she would never have just run off”.
  • Did some ACTUAL investigation into the Cochi’s.
  • Found the blue prints for them to dig around the Cochi’s cellars.
  • Oh, bought the Cochi’s house. So the detectives could get into the Cochi’s old cellar.

You know though, it was the male detectives.

Sound familiar?

This could literally be today, and it makes you wonder, really.

World, Copyright and talk Like Shakespeare Day

There is SO much going on today!

The first thing I am going to introduce you to today is: “The Top 50 Shakespeare Insults” I am going to try and commit them to memory.

The Top 50 Shakespeare Insults“, posted by “No Sweat Shakespeare

Who can talk about World Book Day without mentioning a few books that were then turned into famous musicals.

  • The Phantom of the Opera. by Gaston Leroux. …
  • The Color Purple. by Alice Walker. …
  • Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper. by Gypsy Rose Lee. …
  • Ragtime. by E.L. Doctorow. …
  • Oliver Twist. by Charles Dickens. …
  • Wicked. by Gregory Maguire. …
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. by T.S. Eliot. …

My personal favourite musical of all time came from a book (well a lot of them do,lol)

I don’t think that I could even begin to make a list of books and comics that have been made into movies.

I am not 100% sure that Mark Twain actually said this. It’s 100% true though!

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World Book Day

April the 23rd is World Book Day … and I am really struggling to get enthused for it this year. Currently (and if you already follow me on Goodreads, you”ll already know this). I am currently reading two books and I am one book behind on my Goodreads Challenge. I am hoping to now catch up. Although the Libraries are closed, I haven’t read SO many of my book crate loot boxes, that now seems to be the most perfect time to read them!

World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. World Book Day was first celebrated on 23 April 1995, and continues to be recognised on that day. A related event in the United Kingdom and Ireland is observed in March.

What are you reading, right now?

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Also just a little reminder that I still have Discord book club channel…Come and share as well, what books you’re reading with us! We’ll be chatting about it, we already are to be honest. I have a friend, who still has a job and he will be reading spreadsheets all day tomorrow =(

Remember you don’t have to give us your book, just let us know what you’re reading!

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I don’t even know what title to give this

As I wrote above, I have no idea what title to give this post. So I’m just going to be straight up and write it.

Where I work, I am very lucky in that it is a very multicultural society. I work in an adult education situation. Where we have different campuses around the city, all with their own specialisation. So one school/campus where I work, we mainly have new migrants, families who have escaped volatile countries and people who want to work on their English. We provide a creche on-site for them.

I work with the Library and also as Administration for students. As I was cleaning up the children’s area, I found this really beautiful book. It is obviously for POC children. As I was flipping through though, I loved the story and I loved the colours. My question is though because it is clearly not a book for white people. Would it still be appropriate for myself to buy, for my children in the future? It has such beautiful colouring and a great story, it’s one of our most popular children’s books.

It’s like with Coco, I loved that movie. I thought it was absolutely beautiful. But, can I teach my future children to do that? To have photos up of those have passed. Would it appropriate for me to teach my children the beauty in the Mexcian afterlife? Too teach the beauty and maybe even celebrate the beauty in the Day of the Dead?

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Discord Update

So I asked what you would like to see more on a Discord Book channel and you let me know! So I’ve added a channel called “Book Style“. While the original post was about style in general, I have found over the years. That there are lots of “bookish styles” both dressup and every day. I’ve added the channel and I’m hoping to have a bookish feel to it more.

Men and Women of course! Men read and have style too! I would actually really LOVE to see how bookish outfits you may have had over the years. They can be costumes, or something you wear every day. I got the ball rolling, pop over and have a look! I think it’d be a great place to swap style ideas as well. Myself, I love to thrift shop. You can find so many styles there! I might actually start taking pictures of any “book” styles I have,lol.

Let’s chat!

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Join Us!

So I decided to start a Discord International Book Club. It’s one of the things that I promised to myself. Too get more involved with my friends, but also to see what I can do about reaching out more to the Book community. Books and Friends…How can you lose! What better day to start than on Tolkiens Birthday!

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I have so many friend in my country and internationally, so why not try to bring it all together! I have so many friends and family who love books. I thought it’s be a nice idea to have a safe space for us book worms to talk all things books =D I don’t know what I’m expecting of this, but I’m hoping it’ll get a lot of us talking about books. Having something fun to concentrate on.

This is the link if you wish to join…Hope to see you there!

https://discord.gg/BepecB