Friday, December 29, 2017
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
December 27th: 2018 Wishlist
1. Plus Size Main Characters... where the major plot point is NOT weight-loss and "character will only have HEA if thin"
That's self-explanatory, really, but there is still a real lack of stories about plus size characters who aren't obsessed with losing weight, who aren't bogged down with the cultural pressure regarding weight, and who just live their life! I think the stories about bullying, about all the pressure, is so very important, but I also think we need stories with plus-size characters where the plot point isn't that this character faces so much negativity or struggles to fit in. I want stories where the character's weight isn't a big deal, where they don't have to fight against so many struggles to find happiness, success, love, and self-love. I just want them to LIVE!
2. Bisexual & Nonbinary Characters/Stories
While we have seen a major uptake in books featuring gay and trans characters, there is still a lack of stories with bisexual and/or nonbinary characters. And like my desire for more positive plus-size representation, I want more books where the main focus isn't that these characters are queer and they just live like anyone else.
3. HEALTHY Queer Characters and Relationships in Manga & Anime
Soooo, this is a topic I could spend AGES talking about. I watched Yuri On Ice recently (and have rewatched it half a dozen times cos it's so freaking fantastic!!) and it really got me thinking... the vast majority of manga and anime that features or is about queer characters/relationships portray them HORRIBLY! Yaoi (gay) and Yuri (lesbian) both tend to portray these relationships as being any were between toxic and unhealthy to outright abusive! And the more mature it is, the worse it gets. And sadly, these things are accepted amongst fans, including rape. Rape in Yaoi is far, far too common and accepted. Meanwhile, manipulative relationships (and rape) in Yuri are just as acceptable.
And this is why I've always been on the outskirts of being a "Fujoshi" (a female who likes yaoi)... what little I had seen, read, or glimpsed always seemed so goddamned problematic to me! Other than outright abuse and rape, I saw couples where one always manipulated the other, where consent was questionable at best, and worse, where it included weird adult-underage dynamics.
All of this is why I love Yuri On Ice so much!! YOI fixed many of the problems I've always had with Yaoi. The relationship between Yuri and Victor (the MCs) is so HEALTHY, so loving and tender and best of all, they're both adults!! Yes, there are moments where the ambiguity of the dialogue and what happens in the scene can make it look more queer-baity (another common issue in Yaoi/Yuri) than openly gay, but most people watching know what's really going on... the love in their eyes, the touching, and the romance is easy to see for most. It's not perfect, but it's a HUGE step forward! YOI is the standard I want the majority of future yaoi/yuri to meet and even surpass!... positive and healthy portrayals of queer relationships and relationships! Real love and affection, not the toxic mess that has been produced so far.
|AHHHH! LOOK AT THEM!!! ^_^ VICTUURI!!|
4. School (High School and College) Centered
While there is still a plethora of stories featuring students, most of what I see in YA and New Adult is set during summer break or takes place entirely outside of the classroom during the school year. I kinda want more stories where we get to see more of the classroom and their lives as students.
While it kinda turned me off at first, I grew to love the intelligence John Green gave his young characters. It may not be entirely realistic, but reading about teenagers who are able to communicate and work through their own mind and troubles is I think a much-needed break from the stereotype of vapid and selfish teens. And I def want to see more geeks and geek culture in YA and New Adult! It brings a certain fun and entertainment when the characters you read are just as fangirly about geek culture as you are! :D
5. Intellectual Characters and GEEKS!
What do YOU hope to see more of in 2018? Write your T5W down in the comments... I'd love to see them! And don't forget to join T5W group on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
This week is the Cramathon readathon, so the only TBR I have this week is my Cramathon TBR!
All of these books are library books. I have a crazy amount of library books to read and return so I am using this as a chance to get those read. And all but one are graphic novels. I had planned to make October a graphic novel month but ended up slacking.
Follow me @serenshadow on Twitter and Instagram to follow my progress! :)
⋯ CRAMATHON ⋯
Cramathon is a readathon that will be taking place from December 26, 2017 - January 2, 2018. There are seven reading challenges participants are asked to complete.
This is a great readathon to finish any books you swore you were going to read this year and haven't and for starting off the year with a bookish bang!
▸ A book with under 200 pages
▸ A book with LQBTQIA+ representation
▸ Shortest book on your TBR
▸ Book that has your favorite color on the cover
▸ A book that was gifted to you
▸ One of the hosts' favorite short books / a book a friend recommends
▸ Read 7 books
⋯ HOST LINKS ⋯
Cramathon Twitter → https://twitter.com/CramAThon
HardbackHoarder → https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpjGKbwm-ZXBedvkOI1uAjA
dylanthereader5 → https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxpHOP-SCTA0bQ7GZ3fLI0Q
Julia Sapphire → https://www.youtube.com/user/JewlSapphire
The Awkward Bookworm → https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCferU-BCL2dlFjWdD0rS75Q
⋯ MY TBR ⋯
iZombie, Vol. 1: Dead to the World (iZombie #1)
by Chris Roberson (Goodreads Author), Mike Allred (Illustrator), Laura Allred (Colorist), Todd Klein (Letterer)
This is my under 200 pages pick. At 144 pages I know this will be a quick read. Plus, I've been meaning to read this for such a long time! I'm a huge fan of the show and excited to read this series! It's so different from the show that I'm really excited about reading a new story rather than rehashing what I've already watched in the show.
Told from a female zombie’s perspective, this smart, witty detective series mixes urban fantasy and romantic dramedy.
Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process, she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.
Our zombie girl detective is joined by a radical supporting cast: her best friend Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging ’60s ghost, a posse of paintball blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy.
21st Century Tank Girl (Tank Girl)
by Alan C. Martin, Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell
This was a book I grabbed from my library while I was browsing. I had never heard of it before, but it looked so fantastic I had to pick it up! I chose it for my LGBT pick it's supposed to have various queer characters and representation.
MAKE WAY FOR THE TANK GIRL OF THE NEW MILLENIUM!
After a break of 20 years, artist extraordinaire Jamie Hewlett (GORILLAZ) is leaping back on the Tank Girl wagon, re-teaming with series co-creator Alan Martin to bring you a whole new take on the foul-mouthed, gun toting, swill-swigging hellion! Featuring riotous 100% original content from Hewlett & Martin along with contributions from a host of series stalwarts and newcomers, get your head down, put your hands over your private parts, and prepare for a chaotic collection of strips, pin-ups, and random carnage!
Not counting the host favorite, this is the shortest book on my TBR at 112 pages! Now, I have a slight advantage on this one because I've actually already started reading it. I'm about a third of the way through. I started reading this last month but for some reason, I put it down and just never picked it back up. Not sure why.
What if you can leap tall buildings and defeat alien monsters with your bare hands, but you buy your capes at secondhand stores and have a weakness for kittens, and a snarky comment from Skeptical Guy can ruin a whole afternoon? Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks brings her skills in character design and sharp, charming humor to the trials and tribulations of a young, superhero battling monsters both supernatural and mundane in an all-too-ordinary world.
by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Valentine De Landro (Artist), Robert Wilson IV (Artist)
I don't really have a favorite color... I do however have a favorite color combination... pink, green, and black. This is the only one of two that meets two out of three of that combination: pink and green (which, is really more of a green/blue, but that's fine cos it's really pretty.)
Eisner Award-nominated writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel) and Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) team up to bring you the premiere volume of Bitch Planet, a deliciously vicious riff on women-in-prison sci-fi exploitation.
In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?
I'm kinda bending the rules a bit for this one. Since it's a library book it wasn't actually gifted to me... but I think you can kinda consider library books as gifts since they're free. You are gifted the ability to read it for free... even if you don't actually get to keep it!
A murder in a New York wax museum and a missing corpse lead Hellboy into ancient Romanian castles on the trail of a sleeping legend: the original nobleman vampire. Nazi scientists prepare for the return of their occult master and the end of the world, and Hellboy confronts his purpose on earth.
by Gillian Flynn (Goodreads Author)
This is the host fav I picked for two reasons: it was the only of the three host favs that my library had an ebook available for and it sounds so quirky and I'm kind of in the mood for quirky.
A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan's teenage stepson, doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.
“The Grownup,” originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.
My 7th pick is a short story collection from one of my favorite authors! This is one of few books I've yet to read from her. I've been looking forward to it since many of the stories are set around some of my favorite characters! This one is quite a bit bigger than all the other books, but since all the rest are so small, I'm hoping I can get all of them read by the end of the week. :)
Collected here for the first time are all of the tales from the land of Tortall, featuring both previously unknown characters as well as old friends. Filling some gaps of time and interest, these stories, some of which have been published before, will lead Tammy's fans, and new readers into one of the most intricately constructed worlds of modern fantasy.
The Dragon's Tale
Daine's dragonling, Kitten, helps an outcast from society.
A tree, made human by Numair, must learn the intricacies of being a man.
The Hidden Girl
Despite the laws of her patriarchal society, a girl wants to learn...and teach.
A contemporary teen tries to fit in with the cool group at school, at a terrible price.
A darking shows a self-doubting math genius how smart she can be.
Ri helps any wounded creature, no matter how ugly or strange
Nawat the crow-man faces a choice no father wants to make.
What happens when you lose a lethal lottery?
Student of Ostriches
A young girl fights a proven warrior to protect her sister's honor.
When trying out a new housemother, how hard do you push?
Time of Proving
Arimu of the Wind People meets a poet from the Veiled City.
Friday, December 22, 2017
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