Rainbow Reading: September 19

Bite-sized reviews of the LGBTQ books I’ve read in the past week. All titles are linked to their Goodreads page.

Between September 12th and 18th, I read:

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ARC Review: Shadowboxer

Shadowboxer

I received a copy of Shadowboxer from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Shadowboxer by Jessica L. Webb focuses on Jordan McAddie, who runs a boxing gym and is studying to be a social worker. Jordan had a tough childhood and feels a strong connection with the street kids and at-risk kids she works with at the gym. A new mentoring program at the gym brings her first love, Ali Clarke, back into her life – at the same time that a shadowy group begins to stage strange political protests in and around the streets of Halifax.

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Carnival of Aces: Stages of Coming Out

The August 2018 Carnival of Aces theme is Stages of Coming Out, specifically using Vivienne Cass’s identity model. In the model, there are six stages: confusion, comparison, tolerance, acceptance, pride, and synthesis.

After reading about the model, I didn’t find it particularly relevant to or reflective of my experiences. I seem to have skipped quite a few of the stages and even now I can’t pinpoint where I am.

I’ve never been too bothered by being ace. I didn’t spend a lot of time wondering what was wrong with me or when I was going to catch up to my peers; when my friends started dating, I didn’t wonder why I wasn’t interested. When they started having sex, I didn’t worry that I still didn’t even want to kiss anyone. I was so uninterested that it didn’t even occur to me to think about it; it just wasn’t on my radar at all. On the rare occasions when I went “hmm….” I just assumed it would happen eventually and promptly forgot about it again.

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ARC Review: A Position in Paris

A Position in ParisI received a copy of A Position in Paris from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Position in Paris by Megan Reddaway is set in post-World War I Paris and focuses on two British men. Colonel James Clarynton lost a leg and an eye in the war and is recuperating in Paris; Edmund Vaughan’s reasons for avoiding Britain are hidden in mystery. The two cross paths when Clarynton hires Vaughan as a typist to transcribe his book.

If I were to describe this book in one word, it would be “sweet”. It’s told through the two men’s journals – primarily through James’ – and as such we’re treated to a great deal of the characters’ thoughts, feelings, and internal motivations. Their connection develops and deepens slowly; it feels natural. Everything is measured, quiet, contemplative.

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