I’m writing this on July 2nd, the exact middle of the year! Though it won’t post until next week on the 9th.

Best Book I’ve Read So Far

Transmuted by Eve Harms

A transgender body horror story

As a deformed trans person myself this hit so many feels! The feelings of dysphoria, of being fetishized, of being looked at like a freak, of feeling like a freak. The way people treat you. I loved Isa. I want to gush about this book but i’m at a loss for words.

Best Sequel I’ve Read So Far

Screw picking just one. Also i’ve only read manga/comic sequels, of these series in particular, so far this year.

New Release I Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

It’s gothic and sounds so good!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Saga, Volume 10 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon Faye, Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw, Citrus Plus Vol. 4 by Saburouta, Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life by Alice Wong, The Future Is Disabled by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Ok ok so I picked 6! I read all 9 volumes of Saga years ago and loved them, then they went on hiatus for awhile and volume 10 is coming later this year so i’m in the midst of rereading them. I’m transgender, hence the second one. The Nightmare Before Christmas fanfiction being published! Sounds so interesting! I love the Citrus series (and it’s sequel series Citrus+) and Citrus+ Vol 4 is the next one. Alice Wong edited Disability Visibility which I loved and highly recommend! I’ve read Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and loved it so I look forward to The Future is Disabled!

Biggest Disappointment

Pachinko by Lee Min-jin

Well I liked the first 45 pages or something like that. I got tired of feeling preached to. Women are apparently only there for suffering. I’ve read Homegoing and loved that. This … not so much. And I kept looking at reviews in a way I only do when i’m not liking a book and it doesn’t seem worth it to me to continue. My guess is this might’ve been a 2 or possibly 3 star book. I have other books i’d rather be reading.

I was expecting to really enjoy this book, and I just didn’t.

I DNF’d at page 105

Biggest Surprise

I can’t say I had any surprises. Every book I loved I expected to. Shrugs.

Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t get fictional crushes.

Newest favorite character

The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

Sal, an AI, in The Cybernetic Tea Shop. I wanted to hug her so badly.

Book that made you cry

The Cybernetic Tea Shop made me cry.

Book that made me happy

These all made me happy in their own ways. I love the romance between Yuzu and Mei in Citrus. Monster Musume, that shows volume 5 but any of the volumes i’ve read so far (the first 6) would do because the series is hilarious. Transmuted for being a wonderful transgender body horror story. Golem girl is a memoir by a queer disabled Jewish woman. The Chuck Tingle book is hilarious.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

This edition of The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year

Whatever books I feel like reading.

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