Down the TBR Hole // My Pride Month TBR Binge – 2018 TBR 3/5

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I swear June is my peak book adding month. 

I’m always searching for the gayest books I can find during that month and it shows!

Sometimes the books turn out to be amazing and sometimes they’re only selling point was that it was gay and there’s nothing wrong with that but boy am I glad that we are finally getting to a point where I can expect more from a book that represents me. Being gay is no longer the only important feature of a book with queer rep!

We definitely aren’t as far as we should be, but I like to celebrate the small wins too.

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April

the accidental bad girlThe Accidental Bad Girl│Maxine Kaplan│Stay│🔥│

Perhaps that’s the best tagline for this book: a lot of depth under a facade of innocent drama. – Elise @ The Bookish Actress

Added because of the review Elise @ The Bookish Actress posted.

Small Spaces│Sarah Epstein│Stay│🌹│

I feel like I’m losing myself. I’ve forgotten how to trust my own mind, ensnared in a net of unreliable memories. I need the cold, sharp blade of truth, no matter how brutal.

Added because of the review Cait @ Paperfury posted.

I love a good psychological thriller!

Because I Was A Girl│Melissa de la Cruz│Go│🔥│

Maybe there is a thing with teeth coiled within you, too?
Don’t be afraid.
Its bite may save your life.

I think I saw it on Netgally?? Maybe?? I don’t know, I’ve lost interest regardless.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone│Rachel Lynn Solomon│Go│

Sonatas and concertos tell stories. They make you feel every possible emotion, sometimes all within a single piece…they are joy and tragedy and fear and hate and love. They are everything I never say out loud.

I don’t remember what about this caught my eye.

the last black unicornThe Last Black Unicorn│Tiffany Haddish│Stay│☀️│

You kill them with your success. Then they’ll have to kiss your motherfucking feet.

I fucking love Tiffany Haddish!

I read this recently so I won’t be including it in my tally at the end.

Testosterone Rex│Cordelia Fine│Go│🔥│

Our sexuality is body, culture, age, learning, habit, fantasies, worries, passions, and the relationships in which all these elements combine. That’s why sexuality can change with age, partner, experience, emotions, and sense of perspective.

It was a Banging Book Club book but I’ve lost interest.

Who Is Vera Kelly?│Rosalie Knecht│Stay│🌈│

Call the State Department. I’m CIA.

This was totally a cover add but also spies.

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How often will I use this gif in Down the TBR Posts????

Down The TBR Hole

🍃 Down the TBR Hole // Look At All The Pretty Covers – 2017 TBR 4/4

🍃 Down the TBR Hole // Gays, Witches & Gay Witches 2018 TBR 1/5

🍃 Down the TBR Hole // A Book Just Has to be Gay & I’ll Add it – 2018 TBR 2/5


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May

Aru Shah and the End of Time pandava quintet PQ.jpgAru Shah and the End of Time│Pandava Quartet #1│Roshani Chokshi│Stay│☀️│

Sometimes you don’t even know how special you might be. Sometimes it takes moments of horror or happiness to, if you will, unleash that knowledge.

Added after listening to Chokshi’s ep on 88 cups of Tea.

Shadow of the Fox│Shadow of the Fox #1│Julie Kagawa│Go│☀️│

“It is very hard to be human, little fox. Even the humans themselves don’t do a great job of it.”

It’s got fox in the title. That’s it. That was the reason.

Ice Wolves│Elementals #1│Amie Kaufman│Go│☀️│

You found a new family when you became a wolf–that’s what they’re always saying here, that we’re a pack. But having a new family doesn’t mean you give up the old one. Just because you’re adding something to who you are doesn’t mean you have to give up who you used to be.

Added after listening to Kaufamn’s ep on 88 Cups of Tea.

Amal Unbound│Aisha Saeed│Go│☀️│

You always have a choice. Making choices even when they scare you because you know it’s the right thing to do – that’s bravery.

The cover. It’s so pretty.

the poppy war TPW.jpgThe Poppy War│The Poppy War #1│R.F. Kuang│Stay│☀️🌹│

War doesn’t determine who’s right. War determines who remains.

Hype Hype Hype

Truthwitch│The Witchlands #1│Susan Dennard│Go│☀️🔥│

Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.

Listened to Dennard’s ep on 88 cups of Tea.

The Lies of Locke Lamora│Gentleman Bastard #1│Scott Lynch│Stay│

There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.

I got major Six of Crows Vibes.

Run│Kody Keplinger│Go│🌈💐│

Even though this story could end a thousand different ways, and even though chances were, it might not have a happy ending, it didn’t matter. Because I already knew how I was gonna tell this story.

Added for the gay.

The Girl with the Red Balloon│The Balloonmakers #1│Katherine Locke│Stay│🌈✨│

All the facts in history books couldn’t prepare someone for standing in a place where history was present tense.

Listened to Locke’s ep on 88 cups of Tea.


Grey Reads

🍃 Grey Reads For Mental Health Awareness // Love Doesn’t Cure All (Thank Fuck For That) – Made You Up

🍃 Grey Reads // It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas – My True Love Gave To Me

🍃 Grey Reads // I Paid $12 for Disappointment – Let It Snow


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Queer History Corner

I went on an LGBT Non-Fic adding spree during last years Pride month, so that’s why I added the next 7 books! Some of them I’m keeping, some of them not.

transgender history.jpgTransgender History│Susan Stryker│Stay│🌈☀️│

And the Band Played On│Randy Shilts│Stay│🌈│

Intimacy, Violence and Activism│Yorick Smaal│Stay Go│🌈│

50 Queers Who Changed The World│Dan Jones│Stay Go│🌈☀️│

This one deadnames trans people so I’m gonna give it a miss.

From Prejudice to Pride│Amy Lame│Stay│🌈│

Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now│Robert Reynolds│Stay│🌈│

Closets are for Clothes│Rachel Cook│Stay Go│🌈│

This one sounds like it centres on just white gays from Australia’s history and I’m good thanks.

When people struggling against an injustice have no hope that anything will ever change, they use their strength to survive; when they think that their actions matter, that same strength becomes a force for positive change. – Transgender History, Susan Stryker

Now back to the rest of my queer book adding binge.

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June

little fires everywhereLittle Fires Everywhere│Celeste Ng│Stay│☀️🌹│

Most of the time, everyone deserves more than one chance. We all do things we regret now and then. You just have to carry them with you.

Added because of Elise’s review.

This one I bought a few months ago!

The Secret History│Donna Tartt│Stay│🌈│

Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.

Booklr really loves this one!

Also, I bought this one a few months ago!

Golden Boy│Abigail Tarttelin│Go│🌈│

It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.

I’ve lost interest in this one.

A Boy Called Cin│Cecil Wilde│Go│🌈│

“If you can’t set your own boundaries, I don’t want to be in any kind of relationship with you.”

Not into an age gap that big sorry.

people like usPeople Like Us│Dana Mele│Stay│🌈🌹│

Dance like no one is watching; email like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition.

Added because of Elise’s review.

I will always trust Elise’s fave YA Thrillers because of Dangerous Girls so this is fucking staying, especially given that she labelled it as a fucked up sapphic mean girls book.

Baker Thief│Claudie Arseneault│Go│🌈│

They didn’t need more precise rules any more than they needed romantic love. They had faith—the kind that destroyed industries and changed the cityscape forever. All they needed was to keep communicating, and they would get through it fine.

Queer superheroes.

Unfortunately, I’ve lost interest in this one.

Yes, You Are Trans Enough│Mia Violet│Stay│🌈│

From the outside we looked like a stereotypical heteronormative nuclear family. Later I ruined this image and queered everything to pieces

Added because of the review Avery @ Red Rocket Panda posted.

I’ve questioned my gender identity a lot recently and I still have no idea where on the spectrum I land so I’m excited to give this book a read!

Also I only just realised that I follow the author on Twitter!

Whip, Stir, and Serve│Caitlyn Frost│Go│🌈🌹│

Maggie Jensen has one goal: make cinnamon buns, from scratch, for her father’s retirement party.

They had me at cinnamon buns but I’ve since lost interest.

dare me.jpgDare Me│Megan Abbott│Stay│🌈│

There’s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls.

Added because of Elise’s review.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post│Emily M. Danforth│Stay│🌈│

I just liked girls because I couldn’t help not to.

Added because of Elise’s review.

I’m reading to straight-up sob.

Sleeping Giants│Themis Files #1│Slyvain Neuvel│Stay Go│

Family has a way of bringing out the worst in people. Every people.

Added because of Emily’s review.

I was going to keep this one but after reading Elise’s reviews for the first and second book I think I’m good without it.

Jack of Hearts│Lev A.C. Rosen│Stay│🌈│

I know it’s not the same – gay and asexual – but I want to tell you as someone who thought they were broken, and everyone was staring at them and knew, that you are not broken.

Added because of Mackenzi Lee’s review.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing│E.K. Johnston│Stay Go│🌈☀️│

I hate to be sanctimonious about it, but it turns out that good conversation solves a great many problems.

Added because of Elise’s review.

the hearts we sold.jpgThe Hearts We Sold│Emily Lloyd-Jones│Stay│🌈☀️🌹│

This was how normal people survived their own fairy tales. They became their own kind of monster.

Added because of Elise’s review.

Not Your Sidekick│Sidekick Squad #1│C.B. Lee│Stay│🌈☀️│

We can’t just sit on our asses and not live our lives while we’re trying to expose a corrupt government.

Gay superheroes

Getting Over Garrett Delaney│Abby McDonald│Stay│🔥│

So how are we suppose to win? On the one hand, the world tells us that capital-L Love is epic, and all-conquering, and the meaning of everything, but on the other, it drills us with this message that we shouldn’t make any sacrifice or effort to pursue it, because that would make us weak, unempowered, desperate, silly girls.

Added because of Elise’s review.

Seven Ways We Lie│Riley Redgate│Stay Go│🌈☀️│

You hold on for enough one-more-days, they’ll turn into months and years and before you know it, you’ll have met so many wonderful people and discovered a million hidden things. All one day at a time.

I think it was because Emma @ EmmmaBooks talked about it in a video.

I was going to keep this but I’ve decided I don’t want to.

the young elites TYE.jpgThe Young Elites│The Young Elites #1│Marie Lu│Stay│🌈☀️│

I am tired of losing. I am tired of being used, hurt and tossed aside.
It is my turn to use.
My turn to hurt.
My turn.

Hype Hype Hype

Symptoms of Being Human│Jeff Garvin│Go│🌈│

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Added because of Emily’s review.

Cinderella Boy│Kristina Meister│Go│🌈│

Reality does not rely upon your opinions, Principal Taggert. Complex sexualities exist, whether or not you understand them, whether or not you possess one.

Gender-fluid teen finds love but I’m no longer interested in this particular book.

If I Was Your Girl│Meredith Russo│Stay Go│🌈│

For as long as I could remember, I had been apologizing for existing, for trying to be who I was, to live the life I was meant to lead.

Added because of Elise’s review.

But from her review of the ending I’m not sure I want to sign up for it.

One of Us Is Lying│One of Us Is Lying #1│Karen McManus│Stay Go│🌈│

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars.

Okay, I’m devastated

I bought this recently but after reading the review Destiny @ Howling Libraries posted I’m mad that I didn’t look further into the reviews before purchase. I’m thankful I only paid $3 for it but I’m definitely getting rid of it.

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Grey’s Shelves

🍃 Bookish Bits // I’m Finally Participating in A Readathon and Challenge! – Late-A-Thon + January Jam Jar

🍃 Grey’s Shelves // I’m Joining Pondathon! – Readathon Sign Up

🍃 Grey Shelves // I’m Joining StartOnYourShelfathon – Readathon Sign Up


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Bust or Success???

I managed to break even but I also discovered that a book I purchased recently was a waste of money so that’s not great.

My total was;

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Are any of these books on your TBR?
How do you organise your shelves?

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