Tag: recs

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. 

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Books Recs Based on Your Fave Game of Thrones Characters

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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.

 

DAENERYS TARGARYEN

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.

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Valentines Day: Top of the Tropes, Part 2

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Like I said in last week’s Part 1 post:

Every genre has it’s tropes and conventions, but I feel like in Romance novels (or just romantic relationships in general) they’re especially well-known and iconic. I don’t pick up a whole lot of romance-centric stories, but I do enjoy a good cliché. In honour of Valentine’s Day approaching, here’s some trope I think are really fun and popular, and some great books which feature them.

Here’s another five.

Which are your favourite tropes? Which novels do them best?

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Books to Read if You Love Hamilton

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If you’re a fan of Hamilton: An American Musical — or even if you’re not — I’ve got a readathon coming up that’s going to be perfect for you!

#Hamilthon will be running throughout the entire month of March, and I’ll have all the information and a sign-up post going up next week on February 11th. So please come back for that!

For the readathon, the prompts will be inspired by the musical, but you can read any book that you think fits: it doesn’t need to be Hamilton-related in any way e.g. one prompt will be “Read a book with a name in the title” so you could read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Jane Eyre or From Twinkle, With Love.

But if you did want to include some really Hamilton-related books into your #Hamilthon TBR — or your TBR in general — I’ve found some pretty interesting ones which you could try. I’ve only read two of these (Hamilton: The Revolution and Burr) so I’d love to hear your thoughts and any other suggestions.

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Valentines Day: Top of the Tropes, Part 1

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Every genre has it’s tropes and conventions, but I feel like in Romance novels (or just romantic relationships in general) they’re especially well-known and iconic. I don’t pick up a whole lot of romance-centric stories, but I do enjoy a good cliché. In honour of Valentine’s Day thundering, inevitable approach, here’s some trope I think are really fun and popular, and some great books which feature them.

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Twelve Days of Books and Movie Recs

There’s only a week to go and so I’d imagine most of us are already either firmly in a festive mood, or sick to the gills of red, green and white. I’d hoped that I’d be organised enough to post these as a 12 Days of Christmas type thing, but alas… I wasn’t.

But! 

There’s still plenty of time for you to check out some fun Christmas-y (or wintry) books and movies so here’s twelve of each!

Are any of your favourites here?

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Under the Sea: Books Featuring Mermaids

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A couple of months ago I did a post on books which featured unicorns because the unicorn is my countries national animal (I know, right?!). It was a lot of fun and got me thinking about what other underrepresented magical and mythical creatures I’d like to see more of in my reading. Until relatively recently I’d definitely have put mermaids alongside unicorns – sort of a ubiquitous symbol of the fantasy genre, but not something that actually appears in a lot of stories. The past 18-ish or so months have seen mermaids become a bit of a trend though, so there were more to pick from than I’d thought.

Have you read any of these books? Do you enjoy stories about mermaids and underwater adventures?

Let me know if there are any other underappreciated creatures you’d like to see more of in your reading.

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