The Old Drift

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell is one of the most ambitious novels I have ever read, and it’s her debut! The sheer heft of the book – in length, scope, and subject matter – is jaw dropping. What Serpell accomplishes is truly something special and I highly recommend you grab a copy ASAP! Told through four generations…

Unraveling

I’ll be honest, I finished “Unraveling” by Karen Lord weeks ago but have not had the energy or desire to write this review. Unfortunately, it was an arduous read for me. I had to force myself to pick it up and often found my mind wandering while I read it. When I finally did finish…

The Girl in Red

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry is a post-apocalyptic survival adventure inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. The story follows Red – a twenty something mixed raced, bisexual with a prosthetic leg – as she must literally travel through the woods to her grandmother’s house. The narrative jumps between the…

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, the most wonderful time of the year! IMHO, the perfect way to celebrate Pride is to support queer artists and queer art. To do that, I chose to read the delectable Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor. Paul Takes the Form is wacky, strange, sexy,…

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter

Picture this: a queer, sci-fi, fantasy twist on the classic mystery styling of Sherlock Holmes. Need I say more?! Honestly: take my money, gimme-gimme-gimme, file this in the category of something I didn’t know I needed but DEFINITELY needed!!! Lucky for us the wickedly talented Alexis Hall gave us just that in his new book The…

Out of Salem

There are hundreds of YA books about magic, monsters, and teen angst so an author would need to do a lot to stand out in the already crowded field. Hal Schrieve does just that! Out of Salem blends classic monsters (NO VAMPIRES!) with LGBTQI characters. The pairing may seem odd but it truly does come together into…

Pachinko

Pachinko is an expansive novel! It covers 79 years, 4 generations of a family, 3 countries, numerous major world events and countless family tragedies and triumphs. Through telling the saga of one Korean family, Min Jin Lee presents the history of Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula and the experience of Koreans living in Japan…

Sing, Unburied, Sing

All hail the Queen Jesmyn Ward! Bow down book lovers! Sing, Unburied, Sing is a masterpiece, a tour-de-force of storytelling and powerful writing!! I know, I know, I’m late to the party. Everyone has already been celebrating this book for years but I’m here now and I can finally join the chorus of voices cheering…

The Song of Achilles

I picked up Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles somewhat hesitantly. It is a very buzzed about book, numerous reviewers and bloggers that I trust rave about it. But it’s a story I know so well. Like probably a lot of gay nerds, I went through an obsession with Greek classics and mythology (is there…

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

Let me just start by saying it is soooo refreshing to read a book about a young, gay man that is not focused on tragedy or self-hatred or shame or closed minded families!  Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is a celebration of gayness and gay sexuality, it’s a pride parade of a book! Jack, is a…