#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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ARC Review: A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans IdentitiesI received a copy of A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities  from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This graphic-novel guidebook by cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg is the second in Oni Press’s Quick & Easy series, following Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson’s A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, which I read, enjoyed, and shared with my coworkers back in July.

My review of this book should really be split into two parts: the art and the text. The art was not my style; it felt very trippy and I didn’t like the choice to have the information imparted by talking snails.

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ARC Review: The Law of Inertia

The Law of InertiaI received a copy of The Law of Inertia from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The summary of The Law of Inertia doesn’t convey the full richness of this novel. Per the back copy, James is questioning the events surrounding the suicide of his boyfriend, Ash, a foster kid. Ash’s brother Elliot disappears after the funeral and James starts searching for him, convinced that Elliot knows what really happened on Ash’s last day.

From that, I was expecting the narrative to start after Ash’s suicide and for the story to be told from James’s perspective. But The Law of Inertia weaves back and forth in time as it covers both the events leading up to Ash’s suicide and the aftermath, and it also weaves back and forth between narrators: in the “before”, we get Ash, and in the “after” we get James and Elliot’s best friend Louise.

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