Episode 39447 in which I spend way too much time on a blog post!
I was perhaps a bit… overly ambitious with the amount of books I put in this post. But I’m so excited about ALL of these releases, and authors could use a boost especially during this whole covid mess, so why not!!
I’m not going to make this a long intro because this is already a nightmarishly long post, but I would just like to say that we are pretending not to see that almost half of these are coming out in September while there are only two books for December…
I have no brain cells to spare, so we’re doing an unoriginal post!
I’ve always wanted to a post talking about my favorite fictional tropes and never had the chance to. But after finishing She-Ra and losing my mind in the DMs with my friends, I realized how many tropes it involved that I loved, so I thought, why not do this post as a convenient way to just lose my mind about She-Ra on my blog!
Not all of the things I’m going to talk about are necessarily tropes, so that’s why I just said “things” in the title. It’s also very important to note that I was strongly tempted to just include “gays” as one thing and then provide no detail whatsoever, but I held back to give you… actual content.
(I also attempted to list 10 things instead of just 9, but as stated before! No brain cells.)
…and by that I mean it’s time for me to list some book recommendations for Pride Month and beyond!!
I made a similar post last year, about books with intersectional queer rep, but a few of those were by white authors. Because of semi-recent discourse on book twitter concerning bad QPOC rep by a white author, I decided that this time I’d focus on books about QPOC by QPOC, because it can’t get better than that!! The QPOC experience is often hard to understand unless you’ve lived it yourself, so these ownvoices stories are incredibly important.
I haven’t read all of these books, but my point in including all of them is to show that there’s a wide selection of books that you can pick from that aren’t by white authors and aren’t about white people. And especially during Pride month, when people will pick up white m/m and ignore everything else—by ignoring QPOC, specifically Black trans people, you are ignoring the very origins of Pride.
When I began reading LGBTQIAP+ books, I started with a lot of white m/m books. These were books that were heavily promoted and hyped in the community, and though it was on me to put in the effort to find more diverse books, it was also on all the people hyping those books who refused to branch out. So I hope this post can help you to find new books that will add a lot more variety (and actual flavor) to what you read. It’s never too late to start diversifying your reads!!
Yes, I’m sure you’re ALL shocked by this post and did NOT see it coming!!
Today I’m here to stay on brand as always and recommend some books by Asian authors with Asian characters! These are perfect to read for any time of year, but especially in the month of May since it’s Asian Heritage Month and a great way to celebrate Asian voices is to read them.
I’ve talked about a lot of these books before, especially in this post recommending authors of color, but I never recommended them for Asian Heritage Month before so I thought why not! These are definitely not all the Asian books I’ve read, so be sure to check out my 2018 and 2019 posts as well. (It makes me happy to see how much bigger my lists have gotten.)
Most of these I’ve read since last May, so they’re “new”, but I have a tendency to, ah, talk about the same books… so everyone act surprised at certain books on this list okay! I’m talking about The Poppy War… Fang Runin fan club will be started by me.
Asian Heritage Month takes place in May, and in celebration of it, I always pick up books by Asian authors. This year, I’m reading books that are all by authors of different countries, putting an emphasis on non-East Asian authors! (I’ve noticed that I and others tend to read a lot more East Asian authors, so I wanted to make sure I was giving some attention to other Asian authors as well.)
I kind of suck at following TBRs and have a tendency to completely go off the rails with them, for lack of a better expression. So I do have a section for other potential books to read if I decide I’m too cool to actually read the books on my TBR!
I’ll also be participating in the Asian Readathon hosted by Cindy @ Read With Cindy! She has a great giant list of Asian authors/books to check out, which I definitely recommend taking a look at any time of the year. I’ve automatically fulfilled the first prompt by reading only Asian authors!