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50+ LGBT+ Retellings

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If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that retellings are one of my absolute favourite things to read. Since it’s LGBT+ Pride Month, I thought I’d put together a list of queer retellings to share with you all. Hopefully you’ll find something for your TBR or any future readathon prompts.

I’ve been as thourogh as I could be, but if there’s any I’ve missed or anything you don’t think belongs here, please let me know down in the comments.

Note: I’ve read a lot of these, but not all, so I can’t make promises about the representation. If you want details on any, let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out. 



Galavant! Book Tag


Susy at Susy’s Cozy World posted this tag as part of the Wyrd and Wonder event and when I saw it I just had to have a go. I was such a sucker for this show. It’s got everything I love in it: unlikeable but strong female characters, medieval-esque fantasy that includes diversity, musical numbers and lots of humour, snark and campiness.

I’m gutted this never really took off and I desperately wish it had gotten a third season. But, since that never happened, I’ll enjoy this tag instead.


Books Recs Based on Your Fave Game of Thrones Characters


This was actually a Twitter thread I put together last week when I was bored and travelling. I originally said it would be short and just my top favourites, but it’s ended up covering about 25 book recommendations, so I thought I’d post it here for posterity and anyone who doesn’t like reading through threaded tweets.



THE QUEEN OF IEFLARIA: A Mother of Dragons without the bloodshed.

THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING: An exiled young queen returns and finds that ruling is harder than it seems.


The Best Independent Bookshops in Scotland

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Okay… So, I don’t know if these are objectively absolutely the best small bookstores in the country, but they’re my favourites of all the independent shops I’ve been to.

If you’re visiting Scotland on vacation, you could probably work all three of these into your stay. And you should! I’ve included site links so you can even place some orders in advance and have them waiting for you (or, of course, if you’re a local like me but perhaps looking to support an alternative to Amazon).

(All photographs come from the shop websites.)


The “Try an Episode” Tag

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This tag was inspired by the Try a Chapter Tag created by Malia at BookParadise. The basic idea of that tag is that you choose around five books that tickle your fancy and read the first chapter of each. Then, you share your thoughts and decide whether or not you’ll continue each book and which one is going to be your next read.

I’m a lot more decisive with books than television though. Once I start a book, I usually stick with it, whereas I flit and switch between tv shows and often forget about them entirely.

So, I thought I’d tweak the tag to suit me better and came up with: The Try an Episode Tag!


The rules I gave myself were:

1.  Pick four or five tv shows you have an interest it.

2.  Watch the first episode or pilot (and if the first episode is spilt into parts you can watch them all).

3.  Decide whether you’d continue the series or set it aside, what you thought of the episode, and what one looks the most exciting.


Let me know if you’ve watched any of these shows (Did you love them or hate them?) and, if you’re interested in trying it out, consider yourself tagged.


My Most Anticipated Books of 2018: How Did They Measure Up?


Every year when the “Books to Read this Year” lists come out, I end up with a massive pile to add to my TBR. There’s always a handful though that really stand out. These are the pre-order-and stalk-the-author-level anticipated books I was waiting for last year. They’re not necessarily my favourites–there were a few disappointments, and a lot of brilliant books I’d either not heard of early on, or which really surprised me–but since these were the ones I was most excited for and the ones I thought I’d love the most, I thought these were worth a quick revisit.