Let’s Talk About Love Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her… More
I thought I would start a new series where I recommend 2-4 books that has bisexual main characters. I hope that I can convince more people to read these books, especially fellow bi people as we don’t get represented nearly enough! Not all the books I mentioned in the posts are perfect (plot, writing, character development, etc.) but the books I mention are going to be books that I personally believe write bi folks in a represented way.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
INITIAL THOUGHTS: This was INCREDIBLY adorable.
TW/CW: Fatphobia, Biphobia
REPRESENTATION: Charlie: Chinese-Australian vlogger/actress who identifies as Bisexual, Taylor: Has autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, plus size, Varies of other characters who are poc, queer, mental+physical disabilities.
Themes: Issues that come up includes body positively, overcoming bisexuality/queer stereotypes, dealing with anxiety, trusting of friends and accepting who you are. The book also dives into change, especially transitioning from high school to college and how to cope with that change Also, all the people who said problematic things were immediately challenged.
My Personal Star Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Why YOU should read this: This was a highly entertaining read but it also delve into important discussions that I believe teenagers desperately need. One part that made me a little emotional was when Taylor saw herself in a comic because as an aspie, she doesn’t get represented nearly enough. That’s why I believe that more diverse books that has queer, persons of color, different religions, and persons with disability MAIN characters are needed, especially in YA. Many teenagers read YA to explore new worlds but also connect with character but only seeing one archetype (white, cis, able-body, etc) paints a problematic picture on who can be a hero or who can fall in love or who can be a problem solver.
Any Gripes: Cheesy writing+Dialogue. The parts where the important topics discussed weren’t consistent to the dialogue in terms of writing style.
“Things that most people consider to be normal, daily parts of our life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most, and yet here we are, moving forward anyway. That’s not weak…we are the brave ones”
“I pull the plastic red handgun out of the holster and get ready. A selection of avatars appear, and I’m thrilled to see I’m one of them. Me. The geek-girl from the suburbs of Melbourne. The youngest daughter of Chinese immigrants. The only openly bi kid at school. The drama freak who makes vlogs in her bedroom. I’m the hero. Finally, I feel like the rest of the world is starting to see me the way I’ve always seen myself.”
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee
Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
INITIAL THOUGHTS: The swoon-worthy romance was top-notched
TW/CW: Racism, racial stereotyping
Representation: Jess: Biracial/ Vietnamese-Chinese American who identifies as bisexual. Other LGBT and POC side characters
Themes: Heroism vs. Villianism, Invisibility of bi people especially n LGBT+ organizations, inclusiveness, friendship, trusting of friends, biracial problems
My Personal Star Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Why YOU should read this: This books offers an unique cast of characters that you grow to love at the end. I also thought the world was cleverly written and I thought the class system was easy to understand. However, the romance is what really made this book shine for me. Jess and her love interest Abby were just the cutest and I love their scenes. I’m not going to lie, I would sometimes quickly scan a page until I see dialogue between them because they were just adorable. I also related to Jess a lot when it came to her LGBT club at school and how she felt excluded because she wasn’t considered “gay” enough. I also have those feelings so it was nice to know that I’m not completely alone when it comes to these organizations.
Any Gripes: This felt more middle grade than YA to me. The writing just seemed more juvenile but that might be because the world is kind of juvenile?!?! Also, this was pretty predicable in terms of some of the revealings and I’m really bad at predictions. I was unfortunately right on like all of them so there really wasn’t any shock value in this book for me.
“Jess often feels as if she’s not Chinese enough in certain situations and not Vietnamese enough in others. It’s awkward when you’re not quite one but not quite the other.”
Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations for books with bi representation? Let me know so I can check them out!
Two Readathons in one week?!?! The one week where I’m extremely busy?!?! My birthday week?!?!
Yes, I’m going to attempt to do two readathons even though both have a bunch of challenges. However, some of these should cross paths so I’m not too worried! I also still have my PRIDE Challenge so yeah, a lot of challenges.
Queer Lit Readathon (June 10-June 16)
This readathon is hosted by Rogan and Kathy (Great Booktubers!) I saw their annoucemnt videos and TBRs and I was like, “hey, I’m already reading exclusively queer lit this month, might as well join in!” They have 16 challenges but a lot of the challenges will overlap so it’s not too difficult. My goal is to maybe, sort of complete all the challenges but I’m not sure because again, I’m busy. Also, I won’t be doing to the group read because I can’t for the life of me find it anywhere!
Cramathon (June 10-June 17)
Cramathon is hosted by Dylan, Ali, Jay, Julia. Bacially, this readathon challenges you to read as many books from your TBR as possible in one week. And of course, they’re challenges that people can complete and I don’t know if I’ll be one of those people but we shall see.
Here are the EIGHT books that I am planning on reading this week. However, I will most likely change it, add more books, take away books, etc. All of that business will be in my wrap up!
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann.
ACE SPEC MC/POC MC/HYPED+POPULAR/CONTEMP/REC FROM FRIEND or OTHER/ EITHER NON-COMING OUT OR REALIZATION/ A BOOK W/FAVE COLOR ON COVER/ PREDICTED 5 STAR BOOK
Good Enough to Eat by Alison Grey +Jae
SCIFI or FANTASY/MOST RECENTLY ACQUIRED/OUT OF COMFORT ZONE/EITHER NON COMING OUR OR QUEER REALIZATION
All in the Family by Q.Kelly
DISABLED MC/BOOK OUT OF COMFORT ZONE/EITHER NON-COMING OUT OR QUEER REALIZATION
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
A LGBTQIA+OWN VOICES/#OWNVOICES/HYPED+POPULAR/EITHER NON COMING OUT OR QUEER REALIZATION
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
CONTEMP/COVER COLOR/REC/POC MC(?)/SOMETHING THAT’S NOT A STANDARD NOVEL (AUDIOBOOK)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
GRAPHIC NOVEL/TBR FOR A LONGTIME/SCIFI+FANTASY/HYPED+POPULAR/EITHER NONCOMING OUT OR QUEER REALIZATION/SOMETHING THAT’S NOT A STANDARD NOVEL (GRAPHIC NOVEL)
Lost Boi by Sassafras Lowrey
SCIFI+FANTASY/RETELLINGS/EITHER NONCOMING OUT OR QUEER REALIZATION
George by Alex Gino
LGBT OWN VOICES/ #OWNVOICES/TRANS SPEC MC/CONTEMP/EITHER NON COMING OUT OR QUEER REALIZATION
Look, this is ambitious as hell but I’m ready for the challenge. I got public transportation, Lunch Breaks, Working Out, Car Rides, etc. I think I will be able to get at least 4 books done?!?! But I want to read them all so we’ll see.
Are you participating in any of these readathons? What are you going to be reading? Let me know in the comments!
Keeping You a Secret
With a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. At least it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship? This moving love story between two girls is a worthy successor to Nancy Garden’s classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind. With her characteristic humor and breezy style, Peters has captured the compelling emotions of My young love.
TW/CW HOMOPHOBIA, ACCEPTING PARENTS
Was the Plot Good?
This is your generic coming out story of a popular beloved high school girl with the equally popular boyfriend but then this new girl shows up and shakes the female protagonist world and discovers her true sexuality. I understand this was published in 2005 but it just wasn’t engaging and I didn’t care what happens in the story because I already knew the ending. I was bored most of the time and I was close to DNFing the book.
Since this was published in 2005, it definitely seemed outdated such as the homophobia graffiti, lockers, slashing tires, the language in general. Although this stuff may still happened, it just seemed extreme. Though, this could be because I live in a bluer than the sky state and that shit would never been tolerated here.
Holland was very 2 dimensional and her thoughts were a tad bit questionable.
I felt Cece’s character was just centered around her sexuality and nothing else. Everytime she’s on page, she’s wearing a new gay pride shirt and we are told constantly about her sexuality. I don’t know if this is done to contrast her from the closeted Holland or what but it grew annoying as the reader. It strained the character development because we didn’t really get to know Cece apart from her sexuality (even at her performance because it was mostly Holland gawking at Cece).
I didn’t understand Holland’s mom because her logic never made sense to me. She kicked Holland out, then was like no baby come home but come back home straight please and when Holland refused she said leave but then she was like nevermind come back home. Also Holland’s mom went through a lot of BS in her life yet she’s still holds oppressive ideas????
All the other characters seemed forgettable, I forgot Holland’s sister’s name oops!
I was disappointed with this relationship. I was expecting something adorable and enduring. However, the relationship seemed unnatural and a little unhealthy. I liked how it was one of those slow burn relationship since those bring light into my ever so cold world but once they proclaim their attraction towards one another, BOOM INSTA-LOVE. “I love you” was said after 5 minutes into the official relationship, alright okay.
This relationship also made me feel icky because Cece told Holland how she followed her to/in school. work, home, dates with Seth and Holland is like “OH SHE LIKES ME YAY” Like no, she’s stalking you. Cece in general was manipulated and I just couldn’t ship them at all. I didn’t really care if they were going to last till the end because they were just MEH and again it was a little bit toxic.
Alright let’s get started
Bi rep: I’m bi myself so when I see the actual word “bisexual” on page, I get a little excited. However, I do wish this was delved into a bit more because Holland dismissed the idea so fast.
Coming out: Being a coming out story, this topic was apparent throughout the story. There’s no right way to come out, even if someone says otherwise. Though, I could have not done the whole “someone else pushes me out of the closet” trope but you get what you get. Even though Holland’s was a little extreme, these stories are important. That being said, I still haven’t come out to my family (friends know though) so reading this and having basically having the same type of family members as Holland, this scared the shit out of me.
Cheating: Holland kissed Cece while still in a relationship with Seth. So yes, Holland cheated on Seth even though she was going to break up with him the next chapter. It’s pretty easy to break up with Seth BEFORE she kissed Cece but nope this happened because SUSPENSE.
Girl Hate: Holland hates all the girls in the story except Cece and maybe her irrelevant friend Leah. There was so much slut shaming and unnecessary hate. Holland literally imagined her killing on a character because she was talking to Cece. Holland just hated all girls (even her “friends”)
Homophobia: I don’t know what Peters was trying to accomplish when depicting homophobia. We have Kirsten, the typical homophobic of the story. When she said homophobic things, no one really called her out on it. Holland would just get mad and complain about it but like, I don’t know SAY SOMETHING?!?! Even at the end, Holland still never said anything. Kirsten probably thinks her homophobic beliefs are valid because no one told her why she’s wrong, like NO ONE. I understand that someone might be scared/anxious to go against someone like that but there was no redemption arc for Holland or Cece or Kirsten. Even with everything else when the guys try to “convert” Cece. Holland was like “go away” and that was it. Like okay?!?! Nothing was accomplished and that’s what annoyed me. HOWEVER, I will give props to the novel for giving resources on what a teenager should do if they have overly unaccepting parents (clinics, homes, etc).
Would I recommend?
Yes and no. Some people say that closeted people should read this but I’m going to say maybe no?!!?!? Or yes?!?! I don’t know. As one who is basically half in and half out of the closet, this book made me put one foot back in the closet.
So yeah, I just feel like this wasn’t for me. I couldn’t identify with any of the characters, the plot was meh, and I just had problems with it overall.
There are better f/f romance out there and I encourage you to read those and perhaps pass on this one. OR not, maybe someone might gain something from the book but I gained absolutely nothing.
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka [Goodreads]
Sarah Cook, a beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Her boyfriend Brad Stockton – black and from the wrong side of the tracks – was convicted of the murders and sits on death row, though he always maintained his innocence. With his execution only weeks away, his devoted sister, insisting she has spotted Sarah at a local gas station, hires PI Roxane Weary to look again at the case.
Reeling from the recent death of her cop father, Roxane finds herself drawn to the story of Sarah’s vanishing act, especially when she thinks she’s linked Sarah’s disappearance to one of her father’s unsolved murder cases involving another teen girl. Despite her self-destructive tendencies, Roxane starts to hope that maybe she can save Brad’s life and her own.
TW: Murder, Rape/Sexual Assault, Alcohol/Substance Abuse
I had no expectations when it came to The Last Place You Look. I never heard of the author, never seen a single review on Youtube or on WordPress, and honestly only found it because I looked up “LGBT mystery/Thrillers.” The Synopsis looked compelling enough and luckily, my library had it available.
After finishing this, it’s astonishing that no one ever talked about this series, like at all.
This was fast-paced, where we were immediately pulled into the plot. Brad Stockton is sitting on death row after being convicted for murdering his girlfriend’s (who is also missing and assumed dead) parents. Roxane gets hired by Brad’s sister after claiming that she saw Brad’s girlfriend at a gas station, hoping that Roxane can prevent her brother’s execution. When she looks at her father’s unsolved cases, she makes a connection with one of them, wondering if they can be related. From there on, the story goes full speed.
Although this short summary may seem like a simple case, Roxane discovers that it’s going to be a lot harder to find the answers she seeks. Every other 2 chapters there is a new discovery that throws Roxane and the reader completely off and the case becomes even more complicated. It’s a page turner and I was never bored.
I also liked that Brad’s race wasn’t ignore and Roxane even admits that him being black may have a role in the entire case.
In every mystery/thriller there’s going to be an unexpected twist, especially near the end. Of course that is what happened in this book. The ultimate twist at the end kind of shocked me but at the same time, I sort of saw it coming. The journey getting there was executed really well and everything made completely sense.
Our Main Character
I’m a Gillian Flynn fan. She creates these anti-hero, aloof, morally gray characters and that’s what generally like in most of my mystery novels.
However, with our main character Roxane, she’s quite the complete opposite. Yes, she is on the brink of a serious alcohol problem, has the complicated relationships and her father’s death definitely put a huge toll on her, but overall, she’s an amiable go-getter private investigator. She’s very cooperative with the police but also doesn’t let them push her around. Her father’s death is always on her mind, especially since she believes that he wasn’t proud of who she became. She originally took the case because she needed the money and was tired of sulking but she didn’t half-assed her job, even if at times she wanted to. She finds things and she’s great at it. As I read, I want to both be and be with Roxane because she is such a kickass character.
Roxane is also bisexual! I loved seeing representation in the novel since I never read a mystery book featuring a bi main character. What I liked about bisexuality in the book is that no one questions it. Maybe because Roxane isn’t a teenager but it’s awesome to see other characters understand rather them stereotyping Roxane. It’s prominent that Roxane is bisexual but it isn’t really part of the plot which is honestly really refreshing.
This book does have one of my least favorite bi tropes: the girl/girl/guy love triangle.I will say that it isn’t that in your face where the main character contemplates who she really wants to be with in the end. This love triangle is definitely not part of the major plot or even the major side plot. It’s a tiny part of the story but doesn’t deter the narrative or Roxane’s character which I can appreciate especially from a non-romance book.
Aloof PI/Detective Female Character: Another trope I’m glad this book did not fall victim of is the typical woman in a mystery/thriller novel. For some reason, a lot of thrillers have women seem to always be involved in casual sex, who are aloof and sarcastic I mean, hey, I love those characters but it’s nice to see some variety in characterizations and personalities, especially in adult thrillers.
Race: Although this was not the vocal point of the story, it was not ignored. Brad is black and the author dives into the prejudices that people may have towards black men. The conversations of dating outside ones race and attitudes of black men in jail was done well, even if it wasn’t a black #ownvoices book.
There isn’t really a lot of weaknesses. The only minor flaw I found is that there are a couple of mental health/psychological terms used to describe someone who does not fall into that mental illness but is just used as an insult/adjective.I hate that a lot of crime thrillers have these terms so it’s one of my personal pet peeves. Other than that, this story was pretty solid.
This is one of the best mystery thrillers I’ve read in awhile. The characters are full of depth and the story is fleshed out without any plot holes. I’m glad to that there’s more books in this series and I can’t wait to read the rest! Highly recommend The Last Place You Look.
Happy first day of Pride Month!
In celebration, I decided that for the month of June, I will only post about LGBTQIA+ / gender related content. From book reviews, recommendations, discussions, to personal anecdotes, I will be spreading the awareness of the month on my blog!
To start off, I would like to share some of the books that I’m leaning towards reading for the month. This is a strictly LGBTQIA+ reading month for me, and I try (am still trying) to find a diverse selection of books (not just identity but also in genre).
I decided to give myself a list of “Challenges” in order to challenge myself to read more widely. This is all personal but you guys can definitely join me! I am also participating in Cram-A-Thon but that will be a separate post on it’s own.
- Read a Non-Fiction book by a Trans Author
- Read a Fantasy/Thriller/Mystery book featuring a bisexual main character
- Read a book featuring a LGBTQIA+ Black main character (with this category, I would like to read multiple)
- Read a middle grade featuring a LGBTQIA+ main character
- Read an OWN-VOICES LGBTQIA+ book (easy!)
- Read a book with a genderfluid/non binary main character
- Read a LGBTQIA+ Classic
- Read a Romance with a Trans main character
- Read a Fantasy book featuring a queer MC
- Read a book featuring a person/author who is left out of the “LGBT” (Asexual, Intersex, Demisexual, Non-binary, etc)
My goal is to read one from every category. That’s 10 books which is super ambitious but I’m dedicated. I take public Transportation and I love audiobooks so let’s accomplish this!
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
“Friends see most of each other’s flaws. Spouses see every awful last bit.”
Gone Girl is one of those books that I’m not sure where I lie in the spectrum of loving a book. Do I “LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND” or do I “like the book…yeah it was pretty good.”
This is the first book that I’m not rating a 5 star by Gillian Flynn and it honestly makes me so sad. I still liked the book, I don’t think I loved it but I liked it. The characters were aloof and flawed, just like I like them and the plot in general was intriguing.
This took me years to read. No, I’m not kidding! This took me about 3 years to actually finish the book. I love Gillian Flynn, especially her strongest and in my opinion, her grittiest book, Dark Places. With Gone Girl, the beginning is extremely slow, almost unbearably slow. I finally decided to listen to the first 100 pages or so on audiobook and oh boy did that help tremendously! After listening to the boring stuff, I switched back to a physical copy and I couldn’t put it down!
Nick’s wife, Amy, randomly goes missing on their anniversary. Flynn alternates point of views, one being Nick and the other being Amy’s diary entries prior to her disappearance.Honestly that’s all you should know about the book in terms of plot because it’s a wild ride from there.
Again, the beginning was brutal because it was mostly the background of Nicks and Amy’s marriage. From when they first met, their families, their jobs, their financial troubles, it was difficult to get through most of those part because I simply didn’t care. I wanted to get into the nitty gritty, the investigation! It took about 150 pages to get to that and it was so excruciating, Again, it took me literal YEARS to complete this book,
When we got more into the investigation, when more secrets were revealed, that’s when the novel truly became a page turner. We learn more about the characters, main and side, and everyone’s true intentions. We think we know a character but they do something so shocking that changes everything.
It’s difficult to talk about this book without spoiling because so much happens in the second half but I don’t want to give much away.
The characters is what really makes the novel shine. Nick is the one of the most unlikable characters in the story and a little bit of an unreliable one at that. His reactions to his wife going missing is sketchy (smiling during a press conference about the case) and his behavior is questionable (constantly lying to the police). Of course Nick is going to claim that he had nothing to do with his wife being missing but as the reader, we question his real story. Also, to be frank, Nick is honestly just an asshole. He talks badly about women and is not afraid to call them every sexist name in existence. He says he’s misogynistic to one woman but the way he mentions any woman is very negative and cruel. It was really difficult to fully root for him.
Amy is a character that was also hard to particularly love. Amy is famous from the Amazing Amy books that her family created. She’s ultimately is a privileged white woman who complains that her family is taking away her trust fund since they ran out of money. I mean, I get she might be a little salty because the family profited on her existing through the Amazing Amy books but it was still just annoying. Other secrets are also revealed in the novel and I will just say she is a big time narcissist.
We also have Nick’s sister Margo aka Go who also develops nicely. Then there are the detectives of the case and we wonder if they are the good or bad guys. We have a bunch of other side characters/suspects with questionable integrity. Overall, it was a nice cast of characters who were all developed to have some type of unique role in the story, both little and big.
A Few Negatives (super brief because spoilers)
The inconsistencies in characterization: We are told some characters act a certain way but near the end,they totally change abruptly. We are not really given much of a reason why they do change so that was kind of confusing.
The ending: The ending was…weird. It went by a little too fast. Wish there was a little bit more of an explanation so that I can understand more of the decisions that were made.
Nick’s father: At least in my opinion, he provided nothing to the story both plot and character wise. I think I get why he might have been added but the execution was just poor.He was just underdeveloped and he could have probably just been written out completely and nothing in the story would have changed.
Based on Nick’s character, one of the main twist wasn’t that surprising. Nick mentions the ever so popular “it’s always the husband” cliche/trope but another popular trope also presented itself in the story as well. The biggest twist actually took me by surprise! I feel like it’s one of those things that maybe I should have known based on past reviews and people’s overall attitude towards certain characters but all those hints went completely over my head.
Some Memorable Themes
Marriage Dynamics: What this book does well is dive into the complications of marriage dynamics. Amy is more into adventure while Nick rather stays put. Amy is more of a problem solver while Nick is a problem avoider or rather do stuff easy way. In their younger years, Amy didn’t work that much because of her wealthy family but Nick reveals he had 3-4 jobs at age 14 to help provide for his struggling family. From these contradictions, it’s difficult to see how these two people could connect in a personal level. The book shows the clashing of Nick and Amy because of their differences but Flynn also reveals some type of common ground that makes it work in a unique way (is it healthy? That’s the reader to decide).
Reality vs Fantasy: The characters struggle between the difference of reality and fantasy, especially with Nick and Amy. Both characters paint a different picture on what their marriage was really like (hens again, both unreliable characters) and it was interesting to see their own perceptions and experiences. Even the reader is tricked from time to time on what’s real and what’s deceiving.
I can see why people may think this is Flynn’s best work. It’s different from her other mystery thrillers and the ending was definitely out of the ordinary. I liked it but from the slow beginning and the minor flaws this was not my favorite. I still highly recommend, the writing was still great, the characters were three dimensional and the twists were o point. I’m now a Gillian Flynn completest and I will say she’s one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to see what she writes in the future!
I absolutely love the library and I’m a huge advocate for keeping them in our society. When I was younger, I could never afford books so the library became like a second home to me. Because of this, I’m still using my library, a lot more than buying books. Here are all the reasons why I love my library and why you should too!
Reason 1: Get to read ALL the books!
That’s right, no money no problem. More popular releases are getting to libraries faster so I never have a problem with falling behind on my favorite books. The only problem is that you need to be fast enough to snag your copy quick!
Reason 2: Audiobooks!
Again, this is FREE. Sites like audible are way to expensive for my taste so it’s nice when I get to listen to endless books without a price.
Reason 3: Library Ebook/Audiobook System
Don’t like reading physical books? Don’t have enough room in your purse for your book? No worries, with your library’s FREE system, you can have your book on your cell phone/tablet/Ereader. This works for audiobooks as well! My library uses Overdrive/Libby but I’ve also heard of Hooplah! I highly recommend you check your library’s website or make a visit to see which one your library uses!
Reason 4: Cheap AF Booksales
Don’t get me wrong, I love used book stores. However, I’m not going to lie, they are sometimes way overpriced (especially my goodwill that sometimes sells hardcovers for 15 bucks). With libraries, it’s the complete opposite. My library has books for 25 CENTS, yes, I said CENTS!!! They also have other books for less than $4 which is still a sweet deal! And I know other libraries are the same as well (can’t say for all though). I also recommend you donate your books to the library to help support them because most of the money made on book donations go towards getting newer books and library events.
Reason 5: Library Events!
When I was in high school, I would go to the library to participate in the teen events they held. Sometimes, we do a really fun arts and craft, watch a movie, an author would visit, parties, etc. They would also do giveaways and have holiday events such as pumpkin carvings and Easter egg hunts. For adults, they would also have author signings, language classes, Driver’s Ed prep, chess tournaments and even more! They also had SAT/AP prep if you need it! Again, these are all FREE!
Do you like the library? What special events does your library host? Or are you like Leslie Knope?