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T5W: Authors I Want to Read More From

T5WTop 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey over on YouTube. Each week there is a new book-related topic to answer! If you’re new to Top 5 Wednesday and want to participate, check out the Goodreads group for information and weekly topics!

This week’s topic is Authors You Want to Read More FromTalk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from,and you NEED to read more!
Becky AlbertalliBecky Albertalli

I’ve been following Becky on Twitter for a long time and it just made me adore her as a person! Recently, I’ve started reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (and I still haven’t finished oops I’m sorry, don’t scream at me!!!) and completely fell in love with it and Becky’s writing! I feel like she is the MASTER of writing incredible, diverse, YA contemporary novels! Her new novel The Upside of Unrequited is supposed to be SOOOO GOOD, too! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I hope she writes many more novels because I want to read them all!

Angie Thomas

Her debut novel The Hate U Give has gotten so much (well-deserved) hype and attention! She is talking about very relevant issues in that book and I need EVERYONE to read it! She is also so inspiring and genuine! I really hope she’ll be working on more projects in the future because I would totally read more from her!

Stephanie GarberStephanie Garber

Caraval was her debut novel and one of my favourite releases of this year! I fell in love with her writing and the world she built and I can’t wait for the sequel and (hopefully) other future projects!

Ashley Poston

I’ve only recently discovered Ashley Poston after reading Geekerella which was one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and one of my favourite books of 2017!!! She is a true nerd/fangirl herself and so relatable and I NEED to read more from her!!! She is coming out with a new YA Sci-Fi novel in 2018 called Heart of Iron and apparently it’s an Anastasia meets Firefly kind of book AND I NEED IT RIGHT NOW!!! GIMMEEEE!!!

Sandhya Menon

Her debut novel When Dimple Met Rishi is coming out at the end of May and I already know I’m going to LOVE IT! She is also coming out with another YA Contemporary novel in 2018 which is also going to be about an Indian-American girl! I truly cannot wait to read her books! She also seems like such a genuine and sweet person!

That’s it for my T5W picks! Thanks for reading!

Jackie x

Are there any authors YOU want to read more from? Or do you wish some of your favourite authors would write more books? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new book-related topic to answer!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book – tell us all your book turn offs!

  • Weird book covers: I know, I know, we’ve all heard the phrase „Don’t judge a book by its cover.“ but I can’t help it! If a cover is aesthetically pleasing or I really like a certain font, picture, phrase, colour, I am more likely to pick it up that when I see a very poorly made cover (we all know which ones I’m talking about). I hate that I’m like this but that’s just the way it is! 😀
  • Insta-love: Oh man, I AM SO TIRED OF INSTA-LOVE!!! Sure, maybe love at first sight exists, but I feel like at first it’s just a CRUSH that develops! You can’t be in love with someone after one day!!! I hate when characters meet someone (usually girl-meets-boy) and one day later their inner monologue consists of “oh my gosh, he’s so cute! What are these feelings? I think I’m in love! I can’t live without him!” like how??? Suddenly, they’re in love with someone they’ve just met without having even had ONE meaningful conversation!!! You don’t even know anything about the other, HOW CAN YOU BE IN LOVE WITH THEM ALREADY??!!!?!?!

  • Multiple POVs: I usually hate when a book is told from multiple perspectives especially if there are more than 2 POVs!!! I can still tolerate when a book is told from 2 points of view (like in Eleanor & Park for example) but if there are more than 2, I probably won’t pick it up unless it’s well done *cough* SIX OF CROWS *cough*.
  • Poor grammar: I don’t think I need to explain this one. Get your book proof-read before publishing it!!!!!!
  • One trope that I absolutely hate is the girl-against-girl/girl-hate trope! You know when there’s a group of female bullies, or if a girl talks bad about other girls for wearing make-up, dressing differently, playing football AND SO ON AND SO FORTH! I could go on about this forever! Everybody is different and unique in their own way (oh my god, I am having High School Musical flashbacks)

Everyone is special in their own way
We make each other strong (we make each other strong)
Were not the same
Were different in a good way
Together’s where we belong

If that wasn’t encouraging! :’) We as women get enough comments from butthurt men so why can’t we girls all stick together and love and support each other? Especially in books! Young girls need to read about girl LOVE and female empowerment!!!

  • No diversity/questionable rep/heteronormativity: This doesn’t need explaining either. WE NEED DIVERSITY IN BOOKS!!!! Representation matters!!!! We live in a BIG WORLD and no one is the same! Just because you’re one thing, doesn’t mean everyone else is!!! Don’t just assume and keep an open mind. Always.
  • Controversial authors: I won’t read a book if the author of said book is considered controversial. If an author has questionable views, is known to be homophobic/racist/sexist etc or there’s other negative things they have done in the bookish world (in terms of publishing or whatever) I won’t be reading or supporting their books. No matter how good the book might be, if the author is problematic, I won’t read it!

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  • Standalones/duologies that turn into series when it wasn’t expected (Apparently, A Court of Thorns and Roses will be getting three more books and two novellas??? Huh?????)

OR

  • Series that are longer than 3 books: This isn’t necessarily a book turn-off, I just prefer a trilogy over a long series with 6 books (or more)! Sometimes a trilogy is enough and some authors just make it worse by adding more books to a story! For example, I love the City of Bones series but it could have ended at City of Glass and it would have been enough! That doesn’t mean I didn’t like the last 3 books of the series, it just felt very draggy and unnecessary! This isn’t the case for all books though! As I said, sometimes it’s great to have a looong series and sometimes a few books are enough!

Thanks for reading!

Jackie x

What are some of your book turn-offs? Are there certain tropes you dislike? Or is there a certain word/sentence that makes you want to instantly NOT read a book when you read it? Are you like me and judge a book by its cover? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park | Spoiler Free

Title: 180 Seconds

Author: Jessica Park

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Published: April 25th 2017 by Skyscrape

Pages: 300

Rating: 4 Stars

*I received a free ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion in any way!*

Blurb via Goodreads: “Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.”


!CONTENT WARNING! While this is a cute contemporary novel, it also mentions/deals with some heavy topics such as death, cancer, rape and sexual assault. If you get triggered by any of these, I suggest not reading this book or to read carefully and at your own risk.


180 Seconds is a New Adult contemporary novel about how 180 seconds literally changed Allison Dennis’ life.

Allison is a foster child and has been sent from one home to the next. She never felt like she belonged anywhere and with every passing year she grew wary of trusting people. She was finally adopted by a loving, gay, single father but the past experiences still left their mental scars.

Allison is an introverted, anxious girl who isolates herself and avoids social situations like the plague – the only time she ever leaves her dorm room is to go to college classes or study at the library. She doesn’t let people get too close and hides away in her room most of the time She doesn’t display emotional or physical affection and she has a hard time trusting people.

And that certainly shows in the first interactions we see between Allison and her father.

Her adoptive father Simon is a very sweet, kind and loving man. He respects her boundaries and makes her feel loved and cared for at all times. Being the insecure and scared girl that she is, Allison still believes that her adoptive father has made a mistake with her and thinks he regrets adopting her because of her social awkwardness and isolation. But he never fails to reassure her that he loves her, he showers her with gifts, teases her and is always there for her when she needs him.

Their father-daughter relationship is AWESOME and I especially loved how it developed throughout the story as Allison grows as a person. At first she has a hard time forming a close connection to her adoptive father – she still calls him by his first name, she doesn’t open the packages he sends to her dorm every other week and just doesn’t let him get too close to her.

By the end of the story, Allison and Simon have formed a very tight and strong bond. She learns how to trust him and she starts telling him about exciting things that happen in her life and you can really tell how happy that makes Simon. She even starts calling him Dad and she finally feels like they’re a real family. I just think the development of their relationship was so beautifully done and it has even made me tear up a couple of times! :’)

And Simon is just #dadgoals.

“If I could throw an invisibility cloak over myself and attend college that way, I would.”

The only friend that Allison has is Steffi whom she has known from foster care. They’re polar opposites – Steffi is a tough and confident girl who doesn’t mind being the center of attention while Allison would love nothing more than to hide in her room 24/7 – but it works well for them and they’re best friends.

Steffi is the only person that knows everything about Allison’s past. She’s the one person that Allison can turn to when things aren’t going so well and Steffi will always give her a good pep talk! Sometimes I wish I had a friend like that who kicks my butt and gets me to take risks and get out of my comfort zone!

The thing I loved the most about this book was Allison’s wonderful character development that was exerted so perfectly. She turns from an introverted outsider into a confident and happy young woman with newfound friends and a great family support system.

One person who is probably the catalyst of her development is Esben Baylor – popular social media star and the guy she shares a very passionate kiss with after staring each other down for 3 minutes for one of his social experiments.

A lot of emotions wash over Allison in those 3 minutes – anger, pain, hurt, betrayal – and an unexpected connection develops between the two of them.

And that 180 seconds scene. WOW. Reading that was so intense and powerful and MAGICAL, I was so fully invested in that particular scene. I don’t know how else to explain it – other than it literally left me shook. It took my breath away. It was so incredible to read like wow. Just wow. I encourage everyone to read this book simply for that one 180 seconds scene! 😛

And I know what you might be thinking – “they shared a kiss and now they’re dating/in love?! *cough* INSTA-LOVE *cough*” – but that’s not how it is!!! After they kissed, there was a connection and they felt drawn to each other so they started going on dates. And isn’t that how it happens for a lot of us? They date for a few months before they really define their relationship and take it a step further!

The development of Allison and Esben’s relationship felt very realistic. It developed at a slow pace and they both took their time to really get to know each other.

For the first time in her life, Allison opens up to someone about her past and how the whole foster care experience made her feel. She literally tells him everything about her and explains how the experiences influenced her and how she came to be so socially awkward and introverted. She believes that this will scare Esben off because they’re both so different and she genuinely can’t fathom why he would even go on a date with her.

But Esben was a sweetheart ❤ He doesn’t ever make Allison feel bad or embarrassed for her past and being the way she is. He caters to her, shows a genuine interest and treats her with the utmost care and respect. He is a genuinely a good guy and their interactions especially at the beginning were super adorable and cute and I couldn’t help but AWW out loud a lot!

Being with Esben, who is so open, social and popular both on campus and online, challenges Allison. She finally realises that she can’t stay locked up in her room forever and has a change in attitude.

“You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.”

She learns to open up to people, how to socialize and that you can actually trust people! Her character development from anxious, socially awkard girl to loving and almost confident girl with a close circle of a few friends was amazing to read/bepart of.

I felt like I could relate to Allison a lot and she is generally a very relatable character if you’re an introvert.

I am usually ‘the shy one’ and I find it difficult to open up to someone and really be myself when I first meet new people. And yes, who doesn’t prefer staying curled up in bed all day with a good book over feeling anxious and uncomfortable in social situations!

And feeling so similar to Allison and seeing her grow into this happy and open young girl – who keeps a circle of a few, but very close friends – can be very inspiring. It was delightful to read about her personal growth and I feel like it could inspire people out there who feel the same way!

I did have a few small issues with some parts of the book – nothing too major though!

At first, I didn’t really know where the story was going to go plot-wise after the first contact between Allison and Esben – was it going to be insta-love and then they marry and have kids or what? But before I knew it, I was halfway and then all the way through the book! So the plot definitely moved along quickly! (I don’t want to say anything about it because spoiler-alertttt :D)

The writing definitely helped with that and it flowed very nicely.

Some passages of the book were a little weird to read. There were some lines of the dialogue that were VERY dramatic and metaphorical and there were things said in some of the dialogues that felt unnatural and they weren’t things that I would say in a real-life conversation.

Generally, the whole story turns very cheesy and dramatic around 2/3 into the book and some things were getting a tiny bit predictable. There were some scenes that felt repetitive because they were so similar;

  • Allison believes Esben stood her up at a date but his phone died and his car needed a jump. This basically happens twice – once at the start of the book and once at the end.
  • And the situations where Esben randomly meets new people and promotes their shops/ideas etc on his social media channels felt too repetitive after like third person!

But those things didn’t bother me too much and absolutely did not turn this into a bad reading experience.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I particularly loved the first half because it was so nice to read about the adorable-ness that was Allison and Esben’s relationship!

180 Seconds is a very cute romantic contemporary novel about love, loss and heartbreak with a good amount of cheesiness and fluff, finding your place and yourself, coming out of your shell and finding love in the most unexpected situations.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4 out of 5 stars)

Goodreads / Amazon US (currently 45% off!) / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble (also 45% off)


I honestly don’t know where this review got so long lol this must be my longest one yet with almost 2000 words! Oopsies! Anyway, thanks for sticking around if you read it all until the end! And even if you didn’t, thanks for skimming through this or just liking it! 😀

LOVE YAAAAA! ❤

Jackie x

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Are you comfortable around people and being the center of attention at times? Or would you rather stay curled up in bed all day? Do you feel like you could relate to Allison? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole #1 – Decluttering my TBR

I’ve seen Zuky @ The Book Bum do this frequently and I decided to join in because I love the idea of this! I have way too many books on my TBR (and I keep adding more) and this really helps me figure out which books I REALLY want to read and which ones I will most likely never get to!

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HOW IT WORKS

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

MY BOOKS

The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) by James Dashner

I was dying to read this prequel when I first finished the TMR series! But now….. I’m not so sure anymore. This basically explains what life before the Maze was like – how the disease spread and the world changed. It’s been a while since I read the Maze Runner books and I really am not interested in finding out the backstory of the whole thing anymore. Also, this has nothing to do with Thomas. I don’t believe I will ever pick this up.

Decision: BYE BYEEE!!!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I actually thought this decision was going to be quite simple (and a clear NO) when I read the synopsis. But then I scrolled down and saw that so many of my Goodreads friends gave this book a 4 or 5 star rating. So now I really want to know what that is all about.

Decision: Initial BYE turned into KEEP

 

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I have the whole series in my TBR so I just summed up all 5 books into 1 😀 I have seen the first movie and parts of the second one and I liked them (but only because Logan Lerman is a BABE). But I know that basically everyone who has read the books hates (?) the movies soooo I do intend to read the books one day (just not in the near future!).

Decision: KEEP

 

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Well, I am not so sure about this book. I’ve heard a lot of people rave about this one for YEARS. So then I bought it a couple of years ago but never actually got around to reading it. And now that I’m more invested in the whole bookish world, I’ve seen quite a few people say negative things about this one. So, I really don’t know. I mean, I own this one so I might actually read it one day. So for now…… this will stay.

Decision: Keep

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

KEEP KEEP KEEP KEEP! I feel like this is JUST the book for me! I am an English Major and a true fangirl, I love fanfiction and I just feel like I will be able to relate to the main character SO MUCH!

Decision: Definite KEEP!

Wow, so far I’ve only removed ONE book from my TBR! I can’t wait to do this again!

Thanks for reading!

Jackie x

Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Did you hate them? Are any of them on your TBR as well? What do you think of my decisions? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Popular Series I’m Ashamed I Haven’t Read (Yet)

As you may or may not be able to tell by the title of this post, I will be talking about (popular) book series that I haven’t read yet! And yes, I am quite ashamed of it! I hereby give you permission to throw sticks and tomatoes at me! 😀

Keep the image of Cersei’s Walk of Shame in mind because that’s what I will be thinking of with every series I’m going to mention! *hides*

*click on the book covers to be directed to the Goodreads page*

The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare:

  

I KNOW, I KNOW! Shame on me. This has been on my TBR for the longest time, probably since I finished City of Heavenly Fire (which was AGES ago!!!) so you have every right to throw things at me 😀

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas:

ACOTAR ACOMAF ACOWAR

This is another series that I’ve been meaning to read for sooo long BUT GUESS WHAT?! I got ACOTAR last week and A Court of Mist and Fury is on its way!!! I also pre-ordered A Court of Wings and Ruin SOOOOOO this will be read very soon!!!!!!!!

 

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater:

   

Ready to disown me yet? I honestly have no good explanation as to why I haven’t read this one yet. I know that it’s great and amazing and everbody loves it and I WILL get to it soon. Soon-ish. Ha!

 

Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab:

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I haven’t really heard of this series until the beginning of 2017 (I believe?) so it hasn’t been on my TBR for too long! I’ll try to get around to it eventually but for now this will sit on my TBR for a while because I want to tackle the books that have been on it for a couple years first! :’)

 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon:

The Bone Season  

First off, how pretty are these new covers? ❤ On the one hand, I am loving the cover change but on the other hand….. I already have two mismatched editions of The Bone Season and The Mime Order and once I’ll buy The Song Rising, I’ll have ANOTHER edition = 3 different editions of the same series. That BUGS ME TO NO END!!!!! I might have to buy the new editions of the first two books just so I have a matching set 😥 Shame on you, Samantha Shannon for making me waste more money on books!!!!!! 😀 Anyway, back to the point! I’ve put The Bone Season on my April TBR but life is getting very busy right now and I have a feeling that I won’t be able to read this series this month!

 

Quick side note: Six of Crows would have been on this list too BUT I HAVE JUST STARTED READING IT AND I’M ONLY ON CHAPTER 3 AND IT’S SOOOO GOOD HELP ME!!!!!!! I am not ready for it like PHYSICALLY and EMOTIONALLY not ready to read it! I think I’ll have to take a break because I NEED TIME to read this book and fully immerse myself in it and the beautiful characters. I think I’ll just read ACOTAR first because I can’t deal with all the feels that SOC is giving me right now 😀

So, that’s it for the popular series I’m ashamed I haven’t read yet! To be honest with you guys, I could make a part 2 out of this because there’s a lot more series that I haven’t read yet! But I feel like 5 was enough for today 😀

As always, thanks for reading!

Jackie x

Have you read any of these series? (You probably have, why am I even asking.) Which popular series have you not read yet? And do you feel as ashamed as I do? Which of the series I mentioned should I read first??? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Beautiful Sacrifice by Ember Raine Winters

 

Beautiful Sacrifice (Pride and Honor, #2) by Ember Raine Winters

Publication date: April 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

“Tasha

Being a cop, I didn’t have any choice, but I really wish I hadn’t got mixed up in this case. My dark past is catching up to me ever since he barreled into my life without a care. It terrifies me that he sees right through me. He could be the one to save me . . . or break me.

Twitch

It was just a job. Until it wasn’t. By then the sexy little redhead had her claws in me. Now, she’s in my life and I’m lost. How am I supposed to keep the demons from her past from eating her alive? I don’t know, but I will do whatever it takes to make her mine.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ember Raine Winters is a new author who just self published her first book. She went to community college to study political science and philosophy. She is currently taking classes to get her BS in business majoring in Sports management. She is an avid reader mostly fantasy and science fiction with a little romance thrown in as well. She loves writing Science Fiction mainly dystopian but is trying her hand in Fantasy as well.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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T5W: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

T5WTime for Top 5 Wednesday! T5W is a weekly book meme hosted by Samantha and Lainey over on YouTube. Each week there is a new book-related topic to answer! If you’re new to Top 5 Wednesday and want to participate, check out the Goodreads group for information and weekly topics!

This week’s topic is Favorite LGBTQ Reads – Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

I am currently reading this and I am already completely in love with it. This is about a boy named Simon who is gay but not openly so. When one of his classmates finds out about his sexuality (by accident), he threatens to let the whole school know about it. I’m only a few chapters in and this is already so great!!!

Of Fire & Stars – Audrey Coulthurst

I haven’t read this one yet and I’ve seen some mixed reviews on it but I hear it was a sweet love between two princesses! I can’t really say much else so you probably have to read it and form your own opinion 😛 Also, this is #ownvoices!

Future Leaders Of NowhereFuture Leaders of Nowhere – Emily O’Beirne

I’ve read this at the beginning of the month and I totally fell in love with it! This is set in the Australian bush where several groups from different school participate in a leadership/survival game. It is about an unexpected but super sweet romance between the two only female leaders and they both kick ass! Check out my review if you want to know more 🙂 I believe this was recently added to Netgalley, so go request it! It’s totally worth a read!

Juliet Takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera

This is another #ownvoices book about a Puerto Rican girl who just came out to her family. She doesn’t know if her own mother will ever speak to her again. She leaves her home and becomes an intern for her favourite author. This story is about her basically trying to figure out her life and a great read! I think it is still up for request on Netgalley if you’re interested!

Blue Is the Warmest Colour – Julie Maroh

This is a coming of age story about a girl named Clementine who happens to meet a girl with blue hair at a lesbian bar and they immediately feel attracted to each other. It’s a story about falling in love and finding yourself. I’ve only heard the greatest things about this one ❤

Julia Ember

I haven’t read her books yet but I’m very excited for The Seafarer’s Kiss which releases in May! Julia Ember is a polyamorous, bisexual writer who regular participates in events regarding queer teens. I heard great things about her as an LGBTQ+ writer so you should really check her out!

Honorable Mentions AKA books that I feel like everyone else is going to mention in their T5W posts so I won’t but know that I thought of them: Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe, The Raven Cycle

Thanks for reading!

Jackie x

What are some of your favourite LGBTQ+ reads? Who are your favourite LGBTQ+ characters, whether they’re a main or side character? Do you have any LGBTQ+ authors or books to recommend? I’d love to get some new recs, especially if they’re #ownvoices! Let’s chat in the comments!