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Nutmegnc
Lucky | Garrett Leigh
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#gaymay stats! My first stats round up ever!

Nutmegnc Thanks for the idea @xicanti 4w
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CarolynM
Here's to Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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I wanted to finish this in time for #gaymay but I'm a day late ☹ I had a bit of trouble remembering the details of the first book, What If It's Us, which meant I was a bit lost to start with, but it didn't really matter and overall I enjoyed this sweet and funny sequel.
@xicanti

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CarolynM
A Lady for a Duke | Alexis Hall
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Hall says one of his goals was to write “a historical romance with a transgender heroine in which the fact that the heroine is transgender is not the main source of conflict or narrative tension”. He has succeeded admirably. The MCs are dealing with a lot of baggage besides that. There is a lot more angst than in his more recent books but also flashes of his usual wit. #romantsy #gaymay

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xicanti
The Verifiers | Jane Pek
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I think I‘m gonna love THE VERIFIERS, y‘all. The first third was great! I‘m a sucker for a protagonist whose crime fiction addiction makes them want to solve mysteries.

Also of note: my jacket now has two sleeves and all its final seams! (A lot of it was basted before.) Tomorrow it gets shoulder pads, front facings, a collar, and a lining, which is a lot less work than it sounds but probably still a biggish time investment. #gaymay #audiosewing

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CarolynM
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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I thought Shuggie Bain was hard on my heart - this one is brutal. Abandoned by his mother, bullied by his brother & heartbreakingly cared for by his sister Mungo is a gentle soul alone & unprotected in a violent, lawless society. When he makes a connection with another boy the consequences are vicious & devastating. Stuart writes so well, but his subject matter does not make for pleasant reading. TW: violence, homophobia & sexual assault.
#gaymay

LeahBergen What a great review but … oh my. 💔 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen Thanks. It‘s good I think, but not a book I would actually recommend to anyone😭 1mo
BkClubCare Nope. NOT gonna! 1mo
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batsy Love your review. I really need to read Shuggie Bain *and* this! I'm just getting myself emotionally prepared... 1mo
Megabooks Moving this to fall because I want lighter summer reading, but I do want to read it. 1mo
Megabooks Great review! 1mo
CarolynM @BkClubCare No. Don't do it to yourself. 1mo
CarolynM @batsy @Megabooks Thanks. I do think both books are worth reading but there is a definite emotional toll. 1mo
TrishB Not read either yet due to the suspected 💔 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review X. loved Shuggie 💔 , I have this one on the shelf waiting. 1mo
CarolynM @TrishB @Cathythoughts 💔 is right, it's impossible not to be moved by it. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly Shuggie Bain shattered my heart into a million pieces. I‘m expecting this to do the same but I need to be in a better head space before I tackle it. 1mo
TheLudicReader Can‘t wait to read this. I loved Snuggie. 4w
CarolynM @MicheleinPhilly @TheLudicReader For me this was more distressing than Shuggie Bain. I'm glad I wasn't feeling stressed or upset before I started reading it. 4w
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xicanti
Until the Last of Me | Sylvain Neuvel
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I‘ve started my last print book for Gay May—and the first fifty pages seem to shift the focus away from bisexual Mia to the Trackers, so I might‘ve made a wee error. Oh well. Maybe some of them are bi, too?

This is the first time I‘ve ever read Neuvel in print. It‘s interesting to see how his style looks on the page instead of when performed by a full cast. #gaymay

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xicanti
We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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I still need to install the shoulder pad and give it a final press to smooth everything out, but my YSL jacket has a right sleeve again! Hurray!

I finished the tagged book while I worked, and I find I wanted the ambiguous More from it, somehow. I definitely wanted a better enemies-to-lovers transition, but other than that I‘m afraid I can‘t quite pinpoint what else I wanted it to do. Sadness. 😔 #gaymay #audiosewing

tpixie Great job! 1mo
xicanti @tpixie thank you! 1mo
Shemac77 ❤️ 1mo
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xicanti
Jude | Garrett Leigh
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Rain‘s pouring down again, so I‘m gonna spend my day sewing, staring at Casey‘s adorable face, and reading. JUDE‘s off to a great start. I can see why Kobo thought I should read it (though I‘m sure they would‘ve preferred I buy it through them instead of borrowing it during a shelf-browse at the library). #gaymay

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xicanti
We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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Now that cycling‘s replaced walking as my main form of exercise, I do most of my bookish listening while I clean or play Candy Crush, neither of which makes for an even semi-interesting picture post. Today, though, I did a bit of #audiosewing! I confirmed the muslin sleeves work on my YSL jacket, so I can go ahead and recut the wool ones.

The book‘s pretty good so far, but I‘m anxious to get to the overtly queer parts. #gaymay

Shemac77 Impressive! I‘d have a heart attack taking apart an YSL. 1mo
xicanti @Shemac77 I‘ve made it wholesale! I found a pattern for their classic suit at the thrift store, then I found the perfect fabric, then I made it happen—except the jacket was my first big project a couple years back and I didn‘t have the know-how for it yet, and it came out way too big. (The trousers were fine with minimal adjustments.) I‘m now remaking it so it actually fits me. 1mo
tpixie @xicanti this is amazing 🤩 1mo
Shemac77 Even more impressive! @xicanti 4w
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xicanti
Rising Above | Genevieve Fortin
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Gonna dig in and finish this climate change romance on this gloomy Saturday. I‘m not in love with it, mainly because I ain‘t wild about the rude innkeeper who‘s clashed with the engineering geologist, but it‘s super readable and I do LIKE it. #gaymay