I am on Instagram....

.... a lot. 

Remember me babbling about changes and keeping your eyes open for some exciting happenings (on the blog). Well, things are happening but not really on the blog.... I am lucky if I can sit down and write a post once a week and commenting is something I have even less time for - until now, hopefully.

Because I got a lovely iPhone and with it comes fast internet that I can use anytime/anywhere, so now I can read blogs (and comment on them) on the go! Yay~

I also got Instagram (for about a week now) and, ehem, as you can see became quite a bit addicted in a very short amount of time....

And if you like what you see - follow me! Hehe~

I will be posting lots of bookish things (LOTS of book pictures, obvs.), food (cookies!!) and other cute things.

Another thing I might do is a giveaway. It was news to me, but apparently people do giveaways on Instagram....
What do you think of those giveaways? (I am thinking of a 'follow me, like the post - win a book' type of thing.) I don't want to buy followers, but it might be a nice way to get the word a bit more out....

Now, let me talk about my first week on Instagram. It was fantastic... but also a bit overwhelming. There are just so many things there and just wow~

The first thing I did (after posting my very first picture of Ari & Dante, Hyde and my gecko) was to look up my favorite bloggers (and stalk their feed). Quite a lot of you are there!! I am still looking for more people to follow though. Have I found you?? Also, who are your favorite Bookstagrammers? Or what other people are you following that I should too? Give me recs! Fuel my addiction! Please and thank you~

Next, some things I've noticed: 
Comments and length of comments - some people write mini essays under their picture and I quite like that.
Replying to comments - like on the blog I try to always write something back (even when it's just a thank you) and to me it looks like things are pretty interactive on Instagram (how about you? do you reply to comments? comment back?)
Videos - as in you can post not just pictures but videos as well (something I didn't know...#totalnewbiehere)
Tags and (book) challenges - these are things I have already knew about BUT what I have yet to try is participating in one of them.... Do you know any fun ones?
Hashtags - people use an awful lot of them. They are super useful to find related pictures, but I have seen some serious hashtag abuse. And I get it, it's hard to resist adding just one more (and then another) that describes your picture/mood just a little differently than the others but still fits perfectly (or so you think...). (btw, I really like #bookstagram)

Writing this much about Instagram, makes me want to open the app...
So, off I go~
(hope you are all having a nice weekend)


It seems I have a very finely tuned LGBTdar....

... or some sixth sense for finding books with LGBT characters.

I haven't picked up an "LGBT book" in a while and yet gay and trans characters just keep appearing in my reads these days. I pick up a Gothic book I have read good reviews about and bam - a gay relationship comes along. I borrow a mystery (the nth book in a series I really like) from the library and soon I'm reading about gay and trans/crossdressing characters. I buy a book because I fell in love with the cover (and because it sounds absolutely wonderful) where the blurb -same as the above ones- mentions nothing about any LGBT content and what am I seeing? A gay teen who - amongst other more deadly issues- is struggling with coming out...

And it's not just books, but tv series as well!

What is happening here? It's either me and my penchant for everything LGBT drawing these books onto my radar or maybe just maybe featuring LGBT characters are -finally- becoming an.... everyday occurrence in the bookish world. Something you no longer have to warn your readers about. (Which is good because at times knowing about it beforehand would spoil... things. And this is where I have to include my own little warning;  if you go to my Goodreads, you will probably find out which books I am talking about so you might want to avoid looking too closely at my current and recent reads for a while, just in case.)

Anyway, this whole thing - me happening on LGBT characters and LGBT characters getting more popular(?), normal and common - just makes me happy.

What about you? Have you noticed this rise of LGBT characters in your reads?
Does something similar ever happened to you? When you picked up a random book (for whatever reason) and it just happened to feature something you really, really love to read about (vampires, time travel, cute little alpacas, etc...)


[LGBT Challenge 2014] October Link-Up

Another month has come and gone and here we are with only three months left of the year! (Wow!)

Well... if August was slow then September was super slow. In August, I have read some LGBT YA, but last month? Nothing. (I was and still am in a mystery/horror/sci-fi/adult-y mood.) I did add quite a few to my tbr though. (Thank you LGBT Rainbow #3) And posts? What posts? But keep an eye around here - interesting things should (start to) happen this weekend...

How was your September YA LGBT-wise? 

Public announcements:
1. Sign-ups are open until Nov 30, 2014, feel free to join in any time throughout the year. You can sign up with your blog here, then just make a sign-up post (and link it below!), and you're good to go.
2. Please only link up YA (and/or shounen ai, shoujo ai) reviews!! (YA Non Fiction is okay, too) 
3. Last month's winner's - Carola's - surprise book was Falling From The Sky by Nikki Godwin. And the winner of September is...
Congrats Laura! I'll be emailing you with details.

5. Thanks to those who participated in the LIST making fun! And now for October's "topic". This month we have not one, but two themes. One, October is LGBT History Month - so I challenge you to read something old (/"classic"). Something pre-21st century. For example: Annie on my Mind (first published 1982), Weetzie Bat (1989 - I'll try to read this one) or When Love Comes to Town (1993). You can also try to hunt down some oldies in my Rainbows (1, 2, 3)
Two, October is also the month of everything scary and horror-y (because Halloween!), so my other challenge for you is to read a YA LGBT from the horror/thriller/mystery subgenre. For example: Sara by Greg Herren, Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman or Far From You by Tess Sharpe.
You can do one or both challenges. Good luck and happy reading!


LGBT Rainbow #3

Looking for some more LGBT+ reads? Consult the rainbow:

White(ish) - King of the Screwups by K.L. Going (gay uncle, MC with a goal to be "unpopular"), Pain, Epic Love and Poetry, Oh My! by Angelic-Demon ("poetry journals of a gay, male adolescent"), But She Is My Student by Kiki Archer ("lesbian chick lit"/New Adult, student-teacher relationship), Allison by Tatiana Strelkoff (lesbian, "prejudice, family disapproval and bullying"), Everything Changes by Samantha Hale (first love, lesbian, coming to terms), The Case of Nikki Pagan by Rachel Eliason ("hospital friends"), Peter by Kate Walker ("honest novel about sexuality and the need to be true to oneself", GLBT), Hero by Perry Moore (superheroes, misfits, GLBT), Boy2Girl by Terence Blacker (cross-dressing guy, trans?)
Pink to Red Another Life Altogether by Elaine Beale (lesbian, (mother's) mental illness), 70's England, bullying), Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (trans), Between You & Me by Marisa Calin (lesbian, contemporary with a "gender enigma"), Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden (a lesbian classic, realistic, coming of age), Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee (road trip to LA, some LGBT "content"), UnEarthed (UnEarthed #1) by Rebecca Bloomer (science fiction, lesbian), Big Guy by Robin Stevenson (GLBT, lying about age & weight), My Brother Has AIDS by Deborah Davis (what the title says...), Alt Ed by Catherine Atkins (bullying, "group therapy")
Orange - Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman (GLBT, "restless summer on the Italian Riviera"), Nightsiders (Twelve Planets) by Sue Isle (Australia, dystopia, "a boy born into the wrong body"), From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun by Jacqueline Woodson (LGBT parent), Down to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole (Catholic school dropout kicked out from home for being lesbian...), Boy in Box by Christopher R. Michael (middle grade "about growing up and finding identity" with some... "LGBTQ content"), Dance on My Grave (The Dance Sequence) by Aidan Chambers (friendship, obsession, drama, GLBT), Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick (graphic novel, HIV, memoir), Girl from Mars by Tamara Bach (first love, lesbian, weekend trip), Another F-Word by Lissa Brown ("bullying, courage and love", "parental struggles to support a gay child, the role that schools and religious institutions play, the tragedy of teen suicide...")
Yellow -Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai (growing up gay in Sri Lanka), Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance by Marsha Aizumi & Aiden Aizumi, Gold in the Clouds by Hayden Thorne (retelling, GLBT), The Center of the World by Andreas Steinhöfel (Germany, twins, GLBT, first boyfriend), Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend (Belle #1) by Carrie Jones (realistic, poetic, contemporary), Good Moon Rising by Nancy Garden (lesbian, school play, homophobia), Vuto by A.J. Walkley (LGBT parents -two dads-, Africa), Above by Leah Bobet (intersex, lesbian, urban fantasy, dystopia), Hollowstone by Dennis R. Upkins (boarding school, supernatural, horror, GLBT)
Green - Order of the Poison Oak (Russel Middlebrook #2) by Brent Hartinger (summer camp, GLBT), If I Told You So by Timothy Woodward (summer, ice cream, funny coming-of-age story, GLBT), How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan (short story collection), The Center of Everything by Linda Urban (supporting character has two dads), Goblinheart by Brett Axel (picture book, childrens book, trans, "fairy tale"), Chance to Dance for You by Gail Sidonie Sobat (dancer & quarterback, GLBT, Canada, suburb bigotry), Happy Endings Are All Alike by Sandra Scoppettone ("1978 lesbian young adult romance"), Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie (lesbian, coming out), Awakened by Kenneth Creech (GLBT, paranormal, "shifters", romance)
BlueBreathing Underwater by Lu Vickers ("growing up gay in the American South" in the 70s, lesbian), Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo ("darkly comic anti-romantic romance", lesbian), Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle (humorous, contemporary, GLBT), Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal (humorous, coming of age, GLBT, PoC), Rumble by Ellen Hopkins (verse novel, suicide, bullying, dark, religion), Blue Magic (Astrid Lethewood #2) by A.M. Dellamonica (urban fantasy, transgender parent), I Know Very Well How I Got My Name by Elliott DeLine (trans, 90s/early 2000s, bullying), Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters (abuse, lesbian, New Mexico), The Seventh Pleiade by Andrew J. Peters (fantasy, Atlantis, GLBT)
Purple Postcards from No Man's Land (The Dance Sequence) by Aidan Chambers ("historical fiction", two time periods: World War II & present, coming of age romance, GLBT, travel, Amsterdam), Diverse Energies (anthology, science fiction, fantasy, one of the authors is Malinda Lo), All of Us by Mary Rawson (New Zealand, Australia, bisexuality, tragedy, friendship, love, grief), Kamikaze Boys by Jay Bell (coming of age, GLBT, "an odd pair, the loser and the psychopath, and bad things happen to people who mess with them"), I've Known Since I Was Eight by Sophie Glasser  ("a down-to-earth teenage girl's first lesbian relationship and the reactions of her family, friends, and community", a more adorable cover HERE), The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont (secrets, friendships, GLBT romance), Shadow Walkers by Brent Hartinger (astral travelling, GLBT), Gemini Bites by P.E. Ryan ("a pair of twins (one boy, one girl) both fall for the boy who moves in with them…who may or may not be a vampire"), Sister Mischief by Laura Goode ("gay suburban hip-hopper freaks out her Christian high school - and falls in love", humor, lesbian)
Black to Gray - Freeing (Fading #2) by E.K. Blair (romance, new adult, dark), Brooklyn Burning by Steve Brezenoff (music, glbt, trans, New York), Archenemy (Counterattack #6) by Paul Hoblin (soccer, lesbian friends/enemies, PoC), Circle of Change by Laney Cairo (gay, trans, romance...), Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge ("about three best friends who each learn how tough it is to be yourself", GLBT), Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin (hate crime, survival and forgiveness, GLBT), Breaking Dawn (Cutting Edge) by Donna Shelton (secrets, betrayal, GLBT), If I Lie by Corrine Jackson ("about the gray space between truth and perception"), Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock (lesbian, religion, faith, bigotry, romance, Australia)

Have you read any of these books? There are quite a few I'm interested in: namely Boy2Girl, Absolutely Maybe, Big Guy, Nightsiders, AboveChance to Dance for YouAbsolutely Positively Not, The Boy I Love and Freeing. What about you? Which ones went to your tbr?

Related posts: (I Wanted to Make Something Special for Pride Month) So I Made a Rainbow...
YA QUILTBAG Rainbow... out of books I haven't (have yet to) read (since then I have read Dangerous GirlsThe Before Now and After Then and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (it's like Oreos - hard to stop because omgsogood)


I'm R.I.P.ing...

...and I'm doing Peril the Second  (which means reading Two Books from the grave darker genres)

Find about the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril reading challenge HERE

And what books are on my TBR?

First, I have this monstrosity (the main reason of why I'm picking the not so tasking two books option):
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

And I'm also reading Audition by Murakami Ryu

Actually, I have House of Leaves marked as 'currrently reading' since June, but I haven't gotten further than the first chapter.

Because look at this:
See how much chunkier House of Leaves is than Audition (or any other "normal" book)?

By the way, don't you just love the black edges of Audition? And the cover I have on my copy is "bleeding" too ;)

Back to the HOUSE,
I love BIG books, but this book is OMGSOHEAVY.
Finding a comfortable position to read it in proves to be very... difficult.

Also, every page is FULL with stuff I want/need to look up.
Cottingley Fairies, Kirlian photography, thoughtography...

So I have to simultaneously balance a HUGE book and my laptop. Or, well, hold the book in one hand while type with the other... fun times.

Because from the little I have read I can already tell that this book is GOOD. Really good. And probably really scary...

Fan fact: House of Leaves ~sort of~ starts when R.I.P. ends:
October 31, HALLOWEEN

And I'm determined to finish the book by that date.

~ so pretty
I love this full-color edition.

Confession: While HOUSE might hide some scary secrets, I am not afraid of reading it or anything like that. Audition on the other hand...
Well, let's just say, Japanese writers are scary good at horror.
Also, that "acclaimed cult movie" the cover is talking about? I have seen that movie...  (Have spent the second half of the movie trying to "watch" it in a way that didn't require me actually looking at the screen. Yup, it was bad. I still couldn't resist getting the book. I am normally better at horror in books than in movies so I will probably be fine. Hopefully...)

So yeah, I think I picked some challenging books.... wish me luck?

Are you doing R.I.P? What are you reading?
Have you read HOUSE or Audition?
What's your favored reading position for BIG books?

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