After the Pancake Book Tag and this, doing tags about food items I’ve never tried could become an acquadimore tradition.
Anyway: this tag was recently created by The Book Pusher. I’m still in a place in which I don’t feel like reading much, so I don’t have many reviews to post, but I do like the idea of seasonal-themed tags, so you might see some others in the next few days as well. Maybe.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
a book everyone likes to hate on but is delicious
Leah on the Offbeat is far from a favorite for me, and also far from being a perfect book, and some of the points people have raised are ones I agree with – the label policing scene should have been handled better, and Leah and Abby should have had a conversation about it later instead of dropping it as if it were nothing of consequence.
I just really don’t like the double standard of this book getting so much hate for one scene when both Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited had some scenes equally as bad for the queer representation. And yet, Leah on the Offbeat is the only one I regularly see people say “why do people even recommend it, it’s problematic” about. Because we hold f/f books to higher standards, and Leah is not a “likable” protagonist – her arc revolves around learning the importance of honestly communicating your feelings instead of making negative assumptions about others and their perception of you. She is a realistic teenager,
and unlike Simon, she actually has a personality, which means that she is immature and sometimes rude and does overreact. And I liked her for that.
Also, the idea that we should write off queer books for not being perfect representation is something I feel really iffy about, especially when I consider that right now this is probably the only YA book about an f/f relationship teenagers in my country can easily access in a bookstore. And to me, being able to read f/f in my first language has a value that neither the badly handled label policing scene or the shaky translation could affect.
“Fall is my favorite season”
a cliche you cant get enough of
I don’t really have one? I do have a lot of hated clichés that I actually don’t mind/mildly like as long as the author knows how to write them – chosen ones and love triangles, for example. I also tend to like forced proximity tropes in certain circumstances; to make an example, a common variation is “there’s only one bed”, and while that’s personally not my favorite version, I do like it. Also, making it gay makes me like a lot of clichés I would normally be annoyed by.
I have recently written a post of tropes I like, though I don’t think most of them are common enough to call them a cliché. (I wish.)
Sweater Weather to T-Shirt Weather
A book you thought was one thing but was completely different by the end
You know what the trouble is with books that, like The Waking Forest, are about stories inside of stories? The premise tells you about a story, but what you’re going to get from the book is something completely different, because the book ends up focusing on a story that is different from the one the synopsis told you about.
The fact that the story this book ended up focusing on also had one of my least favorite tropes didn’t help, and this is probably my least favorite book of 2019 so far.
do you have a spooky book on your tbr?
Yes! I think the book currently on my TBR that fits this description best is The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht, which is the only book on my TBR that I’m sure can be described as horror in some way. I’ve heard mostly positive things about it and I hope to get to it this fall.
a five star prediction
I’ve written a post about my five-star predictions a few months ago. Want to know how many of them I actually read? Only one, which I finished yesterday (at least, it was five stars). And I own all of them but one, so I have no excuses.
Anyway, as using one of those I talked about in the post would be repetitive, I have high hopes for Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender. For various reasons, I haven’t been able to read one of this author’s books yet, but they all sound really interesting, and this is f/f middle grade. I haven’t had the best experiences with middle grade lately, but this sounds really promising.
Sephora Sage + Crystal Set
a book that meant well but missed the mark by a landslide
To talk about a book I haven’t talked about in a while: I really do think That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston meant well, when it tried to write an alternate version of history that wasn’t as hostile to queer people and people of color as our own. The problem was doing that with the “what if colonialism, but not as bad??” question. I don’t think you can have a balanced, functional society that doesn’t have a deeply racist backbone if you set your novel in a colonized version of Canada in which there are apparently no indigenous people (or, at least, there weren’t any for all the first half). There’s a past of genocide and land-stealing, and there is still a British Empire, but apparently all is well? Ha. Also, this society’s weird focus on eugenics was really uncomfortable to read about, I hope that was challenged in some way but wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t the case.
Have you read any of these? Have you ever thought that a book had good intentions but completely missed the mark?