#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: 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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ARC Review: Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill

Queer as a Five-Dollar BillI received a copy of Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Queer as a Five-Dollar Bill by Lee Wind takes us through a few months in the life of ninth-grade Wyatt in the quirky small town of Lincolnville, Oregan, where there’s an annual Lincoln parade, school history projects on Lincoln, and Lincoln-themed tourist attractions – such as. Wyatt’s dad’s Civil War-themed bed and breakfast, the Lincoln Slept Here B&B.

When Wyatt is assigned the book Joshua Fry Speed: Lincoln’s Most Intimate Friend for his history project, he is struck by the idea that Lincoln was gay, or bi, or at least in love with Joshua. He chooses that as the thesis of his book blog project, despite the objections of his teacher. When he persists, the entire town turns against him as they try to protect Lincoln’s reputation.

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