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Joined January 2018

he/they 🌈 Reader of queer lit, speculative fiction and just a mess of other junk 📖 insta: @broughtyoubooks
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Sibling pointed this one out to me, what I'm hoping will be a good intro to read more of her work and similar, a short collection of essay/speeches from a Black, lesbian, feminist poet.

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Bookfest Day 2: not as impressive a haul, but I'm happy with what I did find.

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Orlando | Virginia Wolf
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Bookfest Day 1: found a few good books, have previously read Crimson and the Dubliners section of James Joyce

Soubhiville Old Clive Barker! I used to devour his books. This one was 😱 2w
wanderinglynn Great haul! 2w
broughtyoubooks @Soubhiville friend picked this one up and basically threw it to me, since I'm trying to get into Clive Barker 🥰 2w
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Harrow the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Mildly confusing throughout, but storywise it makes sense, and the way it all came together in the end was excellent. Excited for Nona and Alecto.

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So good after reading Secret History, was worried about there becoming a dark academia formula, but while there's big parallels this was incredible itself. Painful, but managing to make me feel more than Tartt's novel, ESPECIALLY in that final Act.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I have this book. Should I also get Secret History and read it first? 2mo
broughtyoubooks @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I think read in either order, Secret History is just considered the 'original,' popularised dark academia novel. I would recommend reading both eventually, just because they are interesting to compare! 2mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Is Procopius the author of Secret History? 2mo
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broughtyoubooks @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 oh no, iwas meaning Donna Tartt's Secret History. 2mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @broughtyoubooks haha! I just bought that as a gift because I saw it on a friend‘s TBR list. It‘s on my list too. I‘ll have to get myself a copy now too. 2mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Haha! I just bought that book as a gift because I saw it on a friend‘s TBR list. It‘s on mine as well. I guess I‘ll have to go back and get myself a copy! 2mo
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Lord of Eternal Night | Ben Alderson
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Mehso-so

Some of the action and narrative were rushed, I'm guessing to centre the romance more but would've loved to see it extended to fully explore the story itself. Enjoyed regardless.

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An incredible collection of essays, written by queer people about their experiences, using cinematic horror as a parallel. Some mirrored the horror themes more closely, but regardless all the personal stories were interesting and came from a background of love for the genre.

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Lost Boi | Sassafras Lowrey
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Genuinely enjoyed this one. Don't think it needed to hinge of Peter Pan so much, but it does grab the attention. The dynamics made for an interesting spin, but did eek a little on the age stuff. And obviously the approach to queerness I loved immensely.

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The Book Room at Byron | Byron Bay, NSW, Australia (Bookstore)
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Went to the Byron Writer's Festival this past Saturday and it was incredible. Got to get books signed by both Bruce Pascoe and Gary Lonesborough, and sat in for a Gender Fluidity panel with Yves Rees and Dylin Hardcastle. Would recommend all of them, plus got access to the anthologies pictured, though i didn't get to see Mykaela Saunders, ed. of This All Come Back Now. And bought Unlimited Futures because of Claire G Coleman's contribution.

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Fiesta = The Sun Also Rises | Ernest Hemingway
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Mehso-so

This was recommended by a regular at work. I fully understand why, the prose is interesting and there are definitely some stand out paragraphs, but if you're in it for an engaging story/world it's...alright?? Am definitely interested in reading more Hemingway now, but it won't top my reading list, possibly just because my taste deviates.

Chrissyreadit Your kitty is beautiful!!! 5mo
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The Appendix | LIAM. KONEMANN
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Realise I didn't review this. Worth reading, but it won't give you trans joy as I expected. It works through the author wrestling with oppressive social media spaces and dated popular media (that we grew up consuming despite the accompanying dysphoria) to eventually take a step back and try to approach transness with joy, even online, without the negativity of TERF twitter and Boys Don't Cry 'nostalgia'.

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Son of Sin | Omar Sakr
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Wasn't sure about a novel from someone I'd grown to know as a poet, but this was excellent. A queer, Arab, Australian and muslim coming of age + extending into later life, it covered a lot of issues of family, friends, and finding your place in life. Definitely recommend.

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The Appendix | LIAM. KONEMANN
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Been considering getting this for a bit. Excited.

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The Orc King: Transitions | R.A. Salvatore
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One of the first books this year that I didn't love at first but was well worth finishing. I'm actually invested and while I'm only planning on reading the Transitions trilogy for now, I think I might check some earlier Drizzt novels eventually.

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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In love with this. Had speculative aspect I did NOT expect after Red White and Royal Blue, and had so much queer love and references to intersections of queer history.

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Wylah: the Koorie Warrior Book 1 | Richard Pritchard, Jordan Gould
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Forgot about the pacing of children's chapter books, but happy to have read this one. A great adventure story and while again, would have loved more immersive world building, it's a great children's tale, offering language and lore. Excited for the series to continue.

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The Word for World is Forest | Ursula K. Le Guin
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The Word for World is Forest was excellent, loved it in the same vein as Huxley's The Island. @RamsFan1963 can understand why it's your favourite LeGuin.

RamsFan1963 Glad you enjoyed it. 7mo
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Wylah: the Koorie Warrior Book 1 | Richard Pritchard, Jordan Gould
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Refigured tbr for NAIDOC week. Also put a hold on Dark Emu audiobook but it'll be 2 months before I can read that one.

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The Word for World is Forest | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Mini tbr for July, partway through Malice and Ariadne but they're big so need to get my motivation up.

RamsFan1963 The Word For The World Is Forest is my favorite Le Guin book. 7mo
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Terra Nullius | Claire Coleman
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Should be require reading in Aus schools. A 'fiction' on the stolen generation and general colonisation of Australia, very blunt but well written. It shifts halfway through, a different perspective but a great way of teaching the risks and repetition of invasions.

DinoMom This was such a great book! 7mo
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Nothing But My Body | Tilly Lawless
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A story with an Australian sex worker at the fore - the author herself being a sex worker- navigating her thoughts on social issues, including the nsw bushfires, the pandemic, and how her works influences her.

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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Two good books of women taking back their own (in some form). While break your glass slippers is a little too basic/made of platitudes it still sends a strong message, especially for the younger audience. And Galatea is brilliant, though sad, with a feeling parallel to the Yellow Wallpaper - and Miller's specific style of writing making me want to read Circe again.

AFrostCauseReads I absolutely loved Galatea!! And I can definitely see the comparison to The Yellow Wallpaper! (edited) 8mo
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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Started this one thinking I had to read it before Young Mungo. They're not connected at all (so far as I can tell) but I did love it even through the pain. A fractured, working class family in Scotland just getting through life. Made me remember reading Angela's Ashes/'Tis

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Walk Among Us: Compiled Edition | Cassandra Khaw, Caitlin Starling, Genevieve Gornichec
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Been loving everything VtM lately and this was excellent. Was excited for Erika Ishii narrating. First and last story were great, second was fine. I think I just personally hate the heavy handed 'this man is an asshole!!!' trope. Would love to find some more Vampire the Masquerade style novels/stories.

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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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Wasn't expecting this to go how it did, thought it was going to be a mockumentary type format but it was so good narratively, horrific/emotional in its content, and the navigation of slaughter...process(?) was intense.

Sophronisba I “read“ this for the tournament of books and I had to stop after twenty pages. It was just too much. 9mo
Patchshank Oooh...a mockumentary would have been fun. I liked this book, but it did make me feel sick at times. 9mo
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Rapture | Carol Ann Duffy
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Some of the rhyming schemes fell flat for me, but regardless the title is accurate and she fulfilled the expectations of incredible, overwhelming ardour.

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Small Beauty | jia qing wilson-yang
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A beautiful but heartbreaking novel centring a Chinese Canadian trans woman, largely dealing with the deaths of family - both blood and found - in her life, as well as converging identities.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Really cool concept and I loved where it ended up, but was ready to bail for the first half.

Libby1 I listened to the audiobook and it was oddly and wonderfully hilarious. 10mo
5feet.of.fury I liked this one, but it was very random. 10mo
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Blackout | Dhonielle Clayton, Nicola Yoon, Tiffany D Jackson, Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk
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March wrap-up: Highly recommended Blackout and Under the Whispering Door.
Wild Seed is another difficult but important book from Octavia Butler.
Myth of Sisyphus was a miss, it just didn't speak anything important to me.
And Rolling in the Deep is a good, short prequel if you already enjoyed Into the Drowning Deep.

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Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 1 | Gege Akutami
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I binged this last month since my collection finally got completed (I waited 2 months for vol 4) and loved it. I haven't been this invested in a manga for a while, and it's been nice to finally have both the motivation and interest. Also watched the 0 movie when it came out and that was awesome.
Megumi is my fav.

Twainy I just bought this volume #1 & Kaiju No. 8 #1 for my nephew last night. 10mo
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The first few chapters were excellent and something I needed to read and can relate to, but the further I got the less I could focus? It still brings up important points but they were somewhat lost with the interspersal of a lot of religious anecdotes and mentions that ultimately distracted from the message.

KatieDid927 Agreed. 9mo
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Straight | Chuck Tingle
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I wish it was a little more cleaned up edit wise, but it seems to have been more a cathartic, vent project in light of both queer and covid issues, enjoyable regardless.

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I understand why so many people have rated this middling, but I found it a good heist/found family narrative, and while it had some awkward characterisation and character interaction elements, for the most part it was enjoyable. Conclusion was abrupt but I think it was always intended to be a trilogy(?) series.

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This is one I should've read ages ago when I was in the baby queer reading rush. Definitely a central piece for queer reading, especially in the way it draws on foundational texts.

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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💔

Marialou A perfect book 11mo
Beachbum Loved this so much… I made a vow to reread this maybe 3 times a year 💔💔😢 10mo
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Martian Chronicles | Ray D Bradbury
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An anthology of Martian tales. While it seems to follow some chronology - Martians existing without humans, their first contact and eventually the last settlement - they vary enough to seem like either different takes on Mars, or of unreliable narrators. Interesting either way.

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A brief and interesting novella exploring what it could mean to scientifically explore other planets with care and consideration of any potential existing ecosystem.

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Thousand Beginnings and Endings | Rene Ahdieh, Julie Kagawa, Sona Charaipotra, Roshani Chokshi, Cindy Pon, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Elsie Chapman, Ellen Oh, Aisha Saeed, Alyssa Wong, Rahul Kanakia, Preeti Chhibber, Lori M Lee, E C Myers, Shveta Thakrar
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I was expecting these to be more direct retellings of Asian legends, but many ended up as stories surrounding them, some told alongside modern celebrations of the tales, or just incorporating creatures of the myths.

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In love with these stories. All the things I've wanted for a long time - the monstrous queer but written with depth and care, and such a wide range of approaches to the idea of gothic/horror. #queer #lgbt

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This was so cute and had some incredible character growth! And the narrator/voice actors were so good.

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Love and hate this one in equal measure. Not sure if I'm just wearying of the series, but between the moments between Geralt/Ciri and their respective companions, there's just a lot of gore packed in. Which I can appreciate in many moments, but felt like overkill here.
And following along as he learns how to write women can get frustrating.

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The Lost Arabs | Omar Sakr
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After reading These Wild Houses I was excited to read more of his stuff, and this one is a solid collection of poems. There is a lot of searching for home, hinging on family trauma, queerness and a loss of homeland. But it also shows pockets of queer love between.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Definitely enjoyed this one more than Earthlings, the sense of alienation is more grounded(?)

Pogue I liked this book. I thought that the book showed someone who is nurodivergent very will. 13mo
MaleficentBookDragon This was one of my favorite books last year. 13mo
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A beautiful queer speculative piece, centred around two elder trans characters with access to transformation magic. Decent world building and character depth given it's a pretty short novella. Eager to read more of the Birdverse short stories.

bnp I read this last year and enjoyed it. 13mo
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A solid collection of 2S and indiqueer stories. Each had a different approach to the speculative, and with concepts of family, queerness and place.

Pogue I loved this book. My copy has disappeared I will have to get another one. 13mo
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1st read of the year! Majorly different from the previous two, since it splits more definitively into more stories to create more perspectives within a human centric community. Still as interesting, and the world building is still incredible.

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon
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Visual recap of the books I own that I read in 2021! Happy New Year.

Ruthiella Happy New Year! 🥳🥂 13mo
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The single horror read I managed this month. Not what I was expecting (based of Seanan McGuire stuff) but interesting nonetheless. It was a very slow lead up, but established the characters well, with a strong environmental message throughout. The end was a little too abrupt, I just wanted to see the continuation of the main relationship to a fuller capacity.

Nessavamusic If based off Goodreads it will be a series! 1y
broughtyoubooks @Nessavamusic would love more in a series!! Will definitely need to check out the prequel novella though. 1y
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Swamp Foetus | Poppy Z. Brite
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A very intriguing horror collection, more contemporarily known simply as Wormwood. The horror regularly focuses on pregnancy, childbirth and reproduction, but as always there are a few stories dedicated to Ghost/ Steve from Lost Souls and other vampy, horror gay feels.

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Sorrowland | Rivers Solomon
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I wasn't sure where this was going for a while; it's tagged fantasy, but it took a while to get to that. Its not disappointing in the build up at all though; you are confronted with a lot almost immediately, and that never really ease, following beautiful, haunting writing the whole way.
I kind of found myself wishing it would just finish at the end of the second part, but that also wouldn't have completed the overarching message of the novel.