A quick update

Hi readers.

You may have noticed that I have been absent for a couple of weeks, so I wanted to take a minute to say hi and let you know what’s up.

Things have been a little crazy lately.

First, I just finished grad school, so that whole final projects and graduation thing has been taking up a little time.

Second, I’ve been traveling a bit to hang out with a family member who hasn’t been feeling too great.

Third, I’ve been trying to find one of those elusive grown-up type jobs.

Things have definitely been stressful around here and I need to take a little break to play catch up. That said, A Queerer Mirror is still alive and kicking and I have lots more great stuff in store for you when I come back. I’ve been trying to keep up with #bookadaymay and hope you all have done some reading, too. And I’ve managed to get my hands on some great books and literary swag that I’ll be having some giveaways and contests for. So hang in there and keep your eye on Twitter and Instagram for updates. I’ll be posting my #bookadaymay finds there and will tell you all about them in a couple weeks when I get back to a regular publishing schedule. Both sites are linked up top for easy access.

As always, happy reading and I’ll talk to you soon!

Free Books: Take 2

Hi Readers!

First off, thanks to all who responded to the previous free books post. If you responded and haven’t seen my response on that page or otherwise heard from me, please send me a message via the Contact page.

Second, welcome to the Queerer Mirror book club Michelle Miller, Ayana M, and CatchKellysFancy. And thanks for being the inaugural members of this little venture. I look forward to hearing what you think of your books.

And finally, there are still two openings for inaugural club members who would like to receive a free book in exchange for letting me know what you think of it. These are all books that could be featured on this site and that I think you will love.  If you’re into it, leave a comment below or on the original post. We also still need an awesome name, so feel free to leave a suggestion and, if I pick yours, I promise a fun prize will be headed your way.

Short and sweet today. And next week is spring break so I’ll be out of pocket for a bit, which means no new posts until Tuesday 4/18 when we’ll talk about SUPERHEROES and SUPERHEROINES!

Til then, happy reading!

Let’s talk Lammy’s!

Greetings readers! Today is a pretty big day in our little queer lit community. Today is the day the Lammy nominees are announced. Now if you aren’t familiar with the Lammy’s, that’s okay. I wasn’t either, until a few years ago. The Lammy’s are LAMBDA Literary’s annual awards for books with queer content. They celebrate diverse writers and diverse stories and it’s a great time to look at what new and exciting books should be on our shelves. There are tons of categories but, sadly, only one that looks at books for younger readers. That’s right, one category for all of kid lit, middle grade, and YA. Pretty crazy. But let’s remember that that’s a reminder to all of us, that we have to keep demanding these books so that one day LAMBDA will need just as many categories for young people as they do for adults. For today, I thought I’d celebrate the release of the nominees by telling you a bit about a few of the titles on the list that I was able to get my hands on. Disclaimer- this post is going to veer toward YA because that’s what most of the nominees are. But don’t worry, you younger folk. There will be plenty of recommendations coming your way going forward.

beastBeast

So what’s it about? So the main character in this book, Dylan, well, he’s a big guy. Like really big. And really hairy. Also kind of intimidating. And he has been since middle school. But the truth is Dylan is more interested in using his brain than his brawn.
What makes it queer? Without giving away too much, let’s just say that Dylan get some information from another character that he was not quite prepared to deal with. Anymore than that and I risk giving away more than I care to.
How awesome is it? You know, there were times while I read this when I was thinking, geez, this guy is not the super likable protagonist that I generally expect in my YA. But I kind of think that’s a good thing. Dylan isn’t living his story to try to impress anyone. He’s just trying to get through it, same as the rest of us.

IllogicalHighly Illogical Behavior

So what’s it about? This book is about an agoraphobic guy named Solomon and a high-achieving girl named Lisa who makes it her mission to cure him.
What makes it queer? One of the three principle characters is dealing with coming to terms with their sexuality.
How awesome is it? It’s pretty flipping awesome. The characters in this story feel authentic, flaws and all. These kids aren’t perfect, not even close, but they all have stories to tell and this book tells them beautifully.

symptomsSymptoms of Being Human

So what’s it about? The story revolves around Riley, a gender fluid high school student living in a conservative town. Riley’s having a tough go of it so when their therapist suggests starting a blog to connect with other gender fluid teens, they figure that it can’t hurt to try. Only Riley didn’t exactly expect to go viral. Oops. There’s a lot at stake if Riley is ever found out.
What makes it queer? Riley identifies as gender fluid, which means that they feel more male some days and more female on other days.
How awesome is it? Riley is a complicated character. In some ways, it’s hard to relate to them. The story veers a little toward the unbelievable side because at some point you kind of just stop being convinced that one character could have all of this stuff happen to them. That said, if you can suspend disbelief for a bit, there is a very poignant story being told.
If you’re interested in finding out what else is up for an award, go here for the full list of nominees.
Until next time, happy reading!