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Felix Ever After
Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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From Stonewall and Lambda Awardwinning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time. Felix Love has never been in loveand, yes, he's painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it's like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What's worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he's one marginalization too manyBlack, queer, and transgenderto ever get his own happily-ever-after. When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messagesafter publicly posting Felix's deadname alongside images of him before he transitionedFelix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn't count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasilove triangle.... But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself. Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.
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Great book about learning who you are and loving yourself. Loved it!

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swynn
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It's a YA romance narrated by a trans boy dealing with bullying, abandonment issues, academic pressure, and falling in love. Not my usual thing -- the angst, the drama, the Feelings -- but I did appreciate the perspective. It's another from the list of books that Texas representative Matt Krause wants removed from schools and libraries, so it gets a pick from me for representation and for pissing off the morals thugs.

Read #bannedbooks !

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This book makes you feel happy, proud and make you fall in love. This is the first transgender book I have read. I discovered lots of emotions that I couldn't articulate before.
The friendship here shown is more beautiful than love.
I love how the author has shared peach of their life to help us, to understand the commotion of their life.
A must 📖.

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DMC_run8
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Felix is a high school senior grappling with his gender identity, being abandoned by his mother, and an anonymous bully. But the biggest challenge that he faces is his own doubts about his self-worth. Can he get out of his own way for long enough to let love in? 4⭐️

Nutmegnc I loved this one. I‘ve read other by the same author and they just seemed soso. I was totally enamored with this one though!! (edited) 5mo
DMC_run8 I didn't know there was another book. I heard so much buzz about this one I had to read it! 4mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Started a bit rocky for me, had to get into the groove, but by half way I was all in.

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MaggieCarr
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Read Harder Challenge 2021: Read A Romance by a Trans or Non-Binary Author

YA love triangle with malevolent intentions shrouded in the anonymity of social media. I definitely had a lot of de ja vu while reading remembering lots of similarities between Becky Albertalli's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Reading YA books set in a very urban setting just gives me anxiety because of how comfortable kids/teens are at using public transportation...

MaggieCarr ...around the city, guess if that's all you know it doesn't seem so weird but I am kinda sheltered from that availability in my town. 5mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I am reading this right now! I am enjoying it, but as someone who does read YA often I struggle with the immaturity. 5mo
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An incredibly endearing book about living through transgender transition. This deeply personal story is told from the POV of a high school student and his/her physical, psychological, & emotional changes in a loving and deeply moving way as he/she navigates through it all. Well written and touching.

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AsYouWish
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Meet Felix - a 17 year old artist living in New York, dreaming of getting into college, while juggling the normal teenage drama of friends, family, love and school. When an anonymous student starts bringing up Felix‘s past, Felix must get to the bottom of not only who and why, but how this will change everything. Highly recommend.

🎨🎨🎨🎨

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Felix is trans and still learning more about his gender identity while trying to fit into his school and wanting desperately to be loved. There‘s some great stuff in here about identity and being ok with not having it all figured out. I really enjoyed this.

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Who would like to join me in group N and read YA books with LGBTQ+ protagonists? Tagged book is one I have in mind, along with Sweet and Bitter Magic.

Sign up here! https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080444aead2ca0ff2-l...

#lmpbc

bibliobard FELIX EVER AFTER IS SO GOOD! Also why must you tempt me with a good time when I am trying to stick to just one book club. 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @bibliobard It is!! I listened to the audiobook, but I also have a physical copy I have been meaning to reread. All our other LGBTQ+ YA books are not allowed to be borrowed out because they live on my daughter‘s bookshelf and she won‘t part with them. 😄 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh my gosh. I really don‘t think I have the time/energy for this but LGBTQ+ YA is my favorite thing… 7mo
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ImperfectCJ
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While I really appreciate LGBTQIA+ representation in fiction, this is still, at its heart, a teen romance. It's a cute story, and I'm glad to have read it, but all the angst and drama isn't really my thing.

Kenyazero Haha and there's a TON of drama in this one! 8mo
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One of my new favorite reads of the year! Such a powerful story of figuring out your identity and embracing it in the face of discrimination. It also touches on the different forms of love from family, friends, and yourself.
I can't even describe how much I loved this one! Everyone needs to read it, it's just wonderful 😭💖

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THIS BOOK IS OUTSTANDING!!!! Felix Love has never been in love. He‘s attending art school and hoping for a college scholarship, but bullying and intolerance at school because he is trans cause terrible hurt and a desire for revenge. Deals with identity, intolerance, self-love. https://cannonballread.com/2021/09/felix-ever-after-elcicco/

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And Felix makes…101.

Tera66 Woo!👏👏👏 10mo
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Nutmegnc @Tera66 😻 I am actually at 113 but goodreads doesn‘t count my rereads…only two more to beat my record! 10mo
BkClubCare Congratulations 🍾🎈🎉 8mo
BkClubCare @Nutmegnc- huh, I thought rereads counted! Darn 8mo
Nutmegnc @BkClubCare it only counts if you change the dates and it doesn‘t let you add a second date, so it erases the first. One of the things they should fix but don‘t bother to… my kindle app has a better count because they DO count it. They‘re all in bed together so idk why they don‘t both do it. 8mo
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Nutmegnc
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I finally grabbed this one…and inhaled it. I guess I was afraid it wouldn‘t be as good as people said. But it is 💯%. Great themes of identity, worth, friendship and love. Well done, Kacen Callender.

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paisleyjess
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Already love this book

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emmaturi
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I just loved this story and Felix too. I haven't read hardly any books about transgender, definitely need to read more.

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4thhouseontheleft
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This is the first book I‘ve read by Kacen Callender, but it won‘t be the last! They have created a character who you can‘t help but root for, even through the angst teen drama moments. Felix is questioning many things: his identity, sense of self, self-worth, and how it feels to love and be loved in return. As a mom to a teen, I wanted to give a big hug to the full cast of characters in the story. And a curfew. 😂 #ownvoices #pride #lgbtqia+

emmaturi I loved this book too! Felix is just so lovely! 11mo
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emmaturi
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These are two of my #currentreads and I am enjoying them both!

vivastory I'm really curious to read Madam 11mo
emmaturi It is so good! @vivastory 11mo
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emmaturi
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We push open the restaurant building's glass door, out into the yellow sunshine that's a little too cheerful and bright.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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GO READ FELIX. RUN DONT WALK. I LOVE THIS BOOK. 10/10 😍🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️💕

TheBookHippie I agree it was really good. 11mo
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Cortg
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This is a fantastic book and an important read for all teens and adults, too. I did find Felix to be annoyingly self centered at times, but I‘ll forgive him.

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ErraticElle
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A great YA contemporary a lot of difficult race & gender topics in a hard-hitting way. The character diversity is magnificent and the narrative is beautiful & moving. Felix is a great character with a host of thoughts & feelings presented in an incredibly raw way. Following his identity journey was emotional & heart-wrenching in several parts. Kacen Callender gives the reader a lot to learn here & I am glad that I was able to experience it.

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BookishTrish
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Spent a solid 6 hours #audiostitching to this character-driven novel. Despite being a bit heavy handed toward the end, I really enjoyed Felix‘s story.

Texreader How darling!! I love audiocrafting 13mo
Traci1 Cute! 13mo
ShelleyBooksie Wow!!! That is awesome!! I'm struggling with my basic, printed pattern cross stitch- this is next level!! ♡♡♡ 13mo
BookishTrish @ShelleyBooksie Post pics! I‘d love to see it! I‘m a total newb. Just started in January. 13mo
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andioop
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I don‘t normally read YA - this was for book club. But I think this does what it sets out to do really well. It‘s cute.

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Jas16
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This was my weekend audio for the #24in48GroupRead and it was wonderful. Felix is grappling with the same things as most high schoolers- identify, friendships, college plans, family, and romance. But added to all of that, he is forced to deal with hate and transphobia. Felix felt so real to me with his desire for understanding and love from others as he is trying so hard to understand and love himself. #24in48

Soubhiville I really liked this one. 1y
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theshrinkette
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Okay this book was a rollercoaster of emotions. I just want to hug all these kids, shit. The writing isn't structured neatly, but it encapsulates how messy and angsty and vulnerable navigating this stuff is when you're that age. I don't miss being a teenager one bit, but I am so glad teens have access to books like these. So affirming.

#24in48GroupRead

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LadyCait84
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Picked it up this morning for the #24in48 group read and barely put it down all day. Immersive and vibrant and messy and true.

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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I will rate this book with hearts.

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BookishMarginalia Excellent post, wife! 1y
kspenmoll 💙🧡💜 1y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Melismatic This book is really so great 1y
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SincerelyWinona
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1:50:54.33 into the #28in48 #readathon and starting out with the #24in48GroupRead on audiobook! I couldn‘t wait and started Felix Ever After a few days early - and I‘m loving it so far! Can‘t wait to keep reading and join in the discussion! Happy reading everyone!

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I‘m excited about #24in48 this weekend. I‘m also looking forward to the #24in48GroupRead .

LibrarianRyan Here is hoping to get something done. I read a book cover to cover on Monday. But weekends seem to be hard. But maybe an audio book while I finish the puzzle taking over my table will help me make that 24. 1y
WanderingBookaneer @LibrarianRyan : Audiobooks while I clean should push me to the finish line. 1y
MsLeah8417 Love, love, love, Kacen Callender! 1y
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I could write a ten page essay about this book and still feel like there was more to discuss and appreciate. An instant classic for me, I want to assign this book to every person on earth as required reading. Felix is a force and a delight. I wish I could have had this book when I was younger. I'm so glad that the younger generations have it now. If you haven't read this one yet. Get you hands on a copy and read this book, you won't regret it.

ValkyrieAndHerBooks I really need to get my hands on a physical copy of this book! 1y
GypsyKat I bought this in August and still haven‘t read it. I really need to! 1y
Cinfhen Great review/ very persuasive 1y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks @GypsyKat You really do! It‘s so good! @Cinfhen Thank you! 1y
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Zoe-h
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Amazing read. Most books I read have a slow plot, but this one picked up almost immediately. Felix, a transgender Black boy, has his life turned upside down when someone at his art school puts of pictures of before he transitioned. If that wasn‘t bad enough, the whole experience makes him question his identity.

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Librariana
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⭐⭐⭐

TW: deadnaming, drug use, online bullying, parental abandonment, transphobia

Felix Ever After was my January #BookSpin selection (finished yesterday - 1/31 😊 @TheAromaofBooks) and overall, I am left with some mixed feelings about it.

It is overwhelmingly a book whose MC (trans, Black, queer, artist) can speak to countless LGBTQIA youth who have questions about their own gender identity and future.

Cont'd ⤵️

Librariana (1/1) The language is honest and real as are the troubles Felix faces. And that's where my heart struggled. It wasn't easy to read about a young person experiencing online bullying or transphobia or the abandonment of a parent, which in turn makes them question whether or not they're worthy of love. 1y
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Librariana
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Working on finishing up these three titles from my January #BookSpinBingo before I finalize my February list ?? (I should probably clarify that "Goodbye Things" was a late, last minute add and I'm not even sure it fits any of my #moodreading freebie spaces but... here we are! ?‍♀️)

Any additional current reads are in that lovely, bright lilac/purple-y color. The tagged title is my January #BookSpin selection.

#currentlyreading

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Sweet love story with trans and queer teens. I am grateful for 24 in 48 for the suggestion. I learned more about the teen trans experience. 3 🌟

Victoriahoperose I just finished this one, too and really enjoyed it!! 1y
rmaclean4 @Victoriahoperose I don't usually get along with YA but this one worked for me. So glad I read it. 1y
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Librariana
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Good morning (at least for a little bit longer here in the PNW!), friends and Littens 😊

Hubby and I have a full day of errands and chores ahead of us, so I thought I'd share my #BookReport / progress on the #JoyousJanuary readathon.

I've been able to mark off 1 of my 2 #readathon goals:
✅ Complete 3 (or more!) of my current #BookSpinBingo reads.

Still working on multiple titles, but I'm making progress!

@Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I love this!!!! Gorgeous graphics and nice progress xxx Enjoy your day, Ana 💜💜💜 1y
TheAromaofBooks Looking great!!! 1y
Librariana @Cinfhen - You're always so complimentary of my graphics, Cindy 🥰 Thank you so much! 😊 Hubby and I are in the car at the moment and we're listening to President Obama's audiobook 💜📚💙🇺🇲 We love him! Plus, I really appreciate that my husband understands the importance of readathoning wherever I am 😁 1y
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Librariana @TheAromaofBooks - Thank you! I think this is actually my best month so far from the times that I've participated in #BookSpinBingo. I'm feeling energized and motivated, so thank you for spearheading and organizing something so enjoyable for our reading community! 😊💜📚 1y
Cinfhen Drive safe xxx 1y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
Librariana @Cinfhen 🥰 Thank you for your sweet heart, Cindy! 💕 One of the errands was a book pick up at my favorite bookstore, so we're already off to a great start! 😁 We picked up coffee and now we're moving on to the next task on the list. 1y
Librariana @Andrew65 - Thank you, Andrew sir! 😊 I may not be able to do a lot of reading today, but I sure will try to squeeze it in where I can. Hubby and I are listening to President Obama's audiobook while we drive in town! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad you are off to a solid start to your reading new year!! 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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I really enjoyed this book about a boy who is struggling with his identity as trans and learning how to deal with living in a world that may not always accept him for who he is. Great writing and very interesting thoughts that opened my eyes to some of the challenges people going through this may face!

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Here's how I'm tracking my reading in the days to come... asked no one 😁😁😊😊😊

I never need an excuse to develop a #readingjournal spread!

#JoyousJanuary #progressreport #readathon #readinggoals

@Andrew65

Chelleo Lovely and beautiful handwriting 1y
BookishMarginalia How pretty! 1y
CoffeeNBooks That's great! What a great idea! 1y
Andrew65 Beautiful! 1y
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Rolling into the weekend.

AlaMich It‘s a little hard to tell which parts of the dog I‘m looking at! 🤣 1y
valeriegeary @AlaMich 😂😂 he was lying on his back but then thrashed himself into this weird angle. I think there's at least one paw in there 1y
LeahBergen Too bad he can‘t relax. 😆 1y
valeriegeary @LeahBergen 🤣🤣🤣 1y
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Librariana
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This past week I finished my #DoubleSpin selection and in keeping up with my 2021 reading goals, I want to make sure I get to this month's #BookSpin title (tagged).

I'm making decent progress on most of my other books and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue should easily fulfill January's #UnreadShelfProject monthly challenge, all of which I will happily share on a new post 😊

#WeeklyForecast #progressreport
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Pretty graphics 💕I finished and really enjoyed 1y
Librariana @Cinfhen - I've gone into it with some slight... trepidation? Hesitation? I always worry when a book has a lot of hype that I'll be the one weirdo that doesn't LOVE it and I really, really wanna like it! No pressure, right? 😄 1y
Cinfhen I don‘t know how much fantasy you read and I‘m not sure how to compare it to other fantasy books but I liked it. I‘m not sure it deserves ALL THE HYPE and I thought it was a little overwrought but still it was pleasant. I know what U mean about a book not living up to your own expectations. That definitely doesn‘t make you a weirdo xxxxx if it does, im one too 😉 1y
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Victoria6
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Book #73: A Christmas gift from my fiancée that I read in 24 hours!

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lovelybookshelf
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My #TopBooksOf2020. I read so many great books this year! 🎉

January - PET
February - GOOD BOY
March - WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
April - MOON OF THE CRUSTED SNOW
May - NATIVE
June - HURRICANE CHILD
July - TRANNY
August - KINDRED
September - THE MINDFUL UNIVERSE
October - CREATURES
November - BRAIDING SWEETGRASS
December - FELIX EVER AFTER

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ChasingOm
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If you forget to take a picture for Litsy, have you even read the book?!? 😂

Snapped this before returning it to the library — this was SUCH a good book. Not because it‘s about the Trans experience (it is) or because the supportive friends are all cinnamon rolls (they are), but because it is a vivid story about coming of age and figuring out life while living in NYC, with everything else simply (and beautifully) woven in.

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ChasingOm
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I have SO MANY books checked out right now, plus the diverse books that I stress shopped for this year, but one of the ones I am looking forward to the most is tagged. My reading has become more diverse in terms of lesbian, gay, and bisexual stories over the years, but I've been sorely lacking in stories about Transgender characters.

If anyone else has relevant books to add to my list, feel free to drop them in the comments!

#IntegrateYourShelf

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TheBookHippie Those are my collection here there‘s one more that‘s really good I can see the cover in my mind but I can‘t think of the title 🤪🤷🏽‍♀️ 1y
Emilymdxn I love Jan Morris‘ travel writing, it‘s not explicitly ‘about‘ being trans but I think it‘s really awesome that she became so famous as a travel writer before she was out and then afterwards continued being accepted as a world class travel writer without most people caring about a name change on the books‘ spines 1y
Emilymdxn Awesome poetry collection by a non binary writer 1y
Emilymdxn One of my fave novels of recent years, they also have a new book out tho I haven‘t read that yet 1y
Emilymdxn My fave memoir I‘ve read recently 1y
Emilymdxn I‘m not sure if the writer of this was trans actually but it‘s about a trans character and was great magic realist dirty fun 1y
Emilymdxn A really really good memoir by a British trans woman 1y
Emilymdxn A short, weird, dystopian sci fi with time travel and a trans main character, I wasn‘t always sure what was happening but I was sure I liked it! 1y
Butterfinger Dystopian novel 1y
Suet624 Such a fantastic list of recommendations! 1y
ChasingOm Holy kittens, @TheBookHippie & @Emilymdxn! After I return the 26 books I have checked out (🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️), I know what I‘m binging next! 🥰 1y
marleed I thought this book was too important to the transgender discussion to keep on my shelves so placed in a a LFL after I finished it. 1y
ChasingOm That‘s a great way to spread the knowledge, @marleed ! 1y
LaraS I love these these posts...my TBR list always grows three sizes after I see them 😊 1y
Maria514626 Thanks for all the great recommendations. 👋👍❤️ 1y
ChasingOm @LaraS & @Maria514626 I‘ve gotten SO MANY good recommendations from the folks using this hashtag. 🥰 (edited) 1y
jenniferw88 I have no books on the tbr for this month that fits this prompt, but I really enjoyed this book 1y
Chrissyreadit Will this be ongoing? I‘m listing it in a post for resources 1y
ChasingOm @Chrissyreadit #IntegrateYourShelf will be! I post a prompt every Sunday asking for people to post their favorite books by authors of color or LGBTQ+ authors or books with main characters from different marginalized communities so we can all broaden our reading away from white, cis, abled stories. 😄 1y
ChasingOm @Chrissyreadit Just saw your post about these — thank you so much for including us AND for putting those together! ❤️ 1y
ChasingOm Thank you @Rissreads ! 1y
Rissreads They are both fantastic reads! 1y
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