Rainbow Reading: December 12

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

Between December 5th and 11th, I read:

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ARC Review: Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks

Exit Plans for Teenage FreaksI received a copy of Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks by ‘Nathan Burgoine is the story of 17-year-old Cole’s last few weeks of high school. Cole is desperate to get out of his hometown, where he’s been treated like a freak by some classmates – and been smothered by his parents – after he was kidnapped for a day as a four-year-old.

But just when the escape of college and all it represents – namely, classmates who don’t know his history and independence from his parents – is on the horizon, he starts randomly teleporting when he walks through doors.

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Discworld Readathon: Sourcery

Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)This is the first month I’ve joined the Discworld Readathon, which is up to book five: Sourcery. I was supposed to post this review yesterday, but… I didn’t actually get around to reading the book until today! Whoops.

I’ve read a lot of Discworld, but I hadn’t previously read Sourcery. I think that was because I wasn’t wild about the other Rincewind books compared to some of the other Discworld sub-series.

But this had Death in it, and the Librarian, so why not give Rincewind another try? The premise seemed promising: “Once upon a time, there was an eighth son of an eighth son who was, of course, a wizard. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, said wizard then had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son – a wizard squared (that’s all the math, really). Who of course, was a source of magic – a sourcerer.”

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#TomeTopple Readathon TBR

The Tome Topple Readathon, started by Thoughts on Tomes, is a readathon for books with 500+ pages – the kind of books that may languish on a TBR due to their length and the time commitment or intimidation factor.

Tome Topple runs from November 16th to 29th (yes, I’m late putting this post up!) , which is a nice chunk of time to tackle these longer books.

I’ve decided to participate and as usual I’ll be trying to read mostly LGBTQ books.

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ARC Review: Merry Men

Merry MenI received a copy of Merry Men from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Merry Men by Robert Rodi, Jackie Lewis, and Marissa Louise, is a graphic-novel Robin Hood retelling.

Merry Men here is a euphemism for men who love men; Robin’s entire band is either gay or bi, and many of them are in relationships with each other. Another significant character is a transgender woman.

As the back copy notes, this queer interpretation is “based on scholarly and historical speculation about what’s really behind the outlaw’s legend”, and at the end of the story there are several interesting profiles of historical queer people in the British Isles.

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I have an HRT (hormone replacement therapy) appointment this Thursday. I thought a lot about it before I made the appointment and then I tried not to think about it in the interim because the earliest appointment I could get was 10 weeks from the time I called and I didn’t want to spend 10 weeks agonizing about it.

But now it’s just days away and I am definitely very anxious. I’m going to Planned Parenthood, which uses an informed consent model, and all the personal accounts I’ve found of people using Planned Parenthood for HRT have been glowing. I’m not worried about the actual appointment that much, although – when is visiting the doctor ever fun?

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