QUILTBAG, LGBT+ and Queer Friendly Shows

There’s gradually becoming more and more shows with good LGBT+ rep but even so, it’s still difficult for me to find shows. This is because most of the rep comes from contemporary stories, not the sci-fi and fantasy that I love. I have found some, and some generally awesome LGBT+ shows, that I decided to share with you. (And considering that my shows and movies are almost as important to me as my books, you had to know this would happen.)

There are very few shows that I have seen that are as LGBT+ friendly as Sense8. It’s a story about eight people from all over the world that can…well, the Netflix site says: eight people that can telepathically experience each other’s lives. Beyond the amazing rep this is a very interesting show. The rep includes: trans, gay, lesbian and one secondary romance interest that basically says she loves the person not the parts. Oh, yeah, and by the way, there is a canon poly relationship being built at the end of the show! Beyond that, there’s racial diversity and some totally amazing characters. (Trigger warning for the trans character getting misgendered by her mother and the early plot with her concerns her mother wanting to get her lobotomized and her being held against her will at the hospital.)

Even though you probably already know about this show, and it is very much not SF/F, a list like this would not be complete without The Fosters. It’s about lesbian foster mothers and the kids they take in. Rep over the series includes: lesbian, gay, trans and possibly genderqueer. And some people say bi, but I’m not remembering that at the moment. There is also a spinoff/sequel to the series featuring my two favorite characters: Mariana and Callie. (I haven’t started it yet, but I am hoping for some typically awesome rep!)

Legends of Tomorrow is probably one of the queerest and most LGBT+ friendly shows on TV today. (It is also turning out to be quite feminist.) It’s also my favorite show, so you know I recommend it hugely. It’s got amazing cast and characters, and fun stories. It builds on the LGBT+ friendliness of other DC shows – which I would also like to take a moment to mention. The Arrow, (which is where our bi girl, Sara, comes from) The Flash and Supergirl are all worth a watch. Also, if you didn’t know about it, DC will be giving us a Batwoman TV series, featuring out lesbian Kate Kane.

While there may not be a whole lot of LGBT+ rep in The Shannara Chronicles, one of our three main characters (pictured above) is a bi girl and she likes the other two main characters in season one. In season two, she gets a girlfriend.

At the risk of opening a can of worms, I am putting The Magicians on this list. Some people love the show, some people hate it. Same with the LGBT+ rep herein. Personally, I like the show – not to say it’s flawless, because it’s not. If you interested, I turn you loose on all the people ‘yay’ing and ‘nay’ing it and will just say, I like it. (Rep? I think pretty much everyone is bi. Well, okay, several people I think are. And we also get a F/M/M sex scene.)

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Considering I’m primarily active in the book community, you guys probably already know about Shadowhunters, but I couldn’t leave without mentioning it. We get bi rep, gay rep and one of the main secondary characters is asexual. Beyond that, the show is not flawless, but it it such fun.

There are several other shows that deserve a mention for their queerness: Elementary, (which does not have a LGBT+ main character, but does have them in the world – and one episode that actually deals with a poly relationship) Miss. Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, (whose titular best friend is a lesbian) Primeval: New World, (that has a main character that is attracted to the same gender) The Librarians, (which handles a bi girl fairly well, but buys into the toxic masculinity) and Warehouse 13 (which has a couple season each of a bi girl and a gay guy among the main cast).

I would love to know if there’s any shows with awesome LGBT+ rep that you think I missed!

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My Favorite Books with F/F Romance

Why are good F/F romance’s so hard to come by – not even going into the ones that just have it as a secondary plot? I am much less well read in this coupling than I’d like to be so while I’m recommending books with F/F romance to you, please feel free to recommend some to me.

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The Snow Queen’s Shadow by Jim C. Hines

This is book four of a four book series. No, they are not stand alone. Yes, there is a lesbian main character in all four books. No, this is the only one of the four that has a lesbian romance. Yes, this series is totally worth reading for badass ladies and a new take on fairytale retellings.

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Pembroke Park by Michelle Martin

I love historical romances – especially LGBT+ historical romances. This book borrows a lot from Austen and shows a level of knowledge about the Regency era that, while impressive, is not really something I look for in my historical rom’s. That being said, the story is fun and understated and feature’s a heroine that likes dressing as a man. (YMMV if that’s good or bad.)

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An Accident of stars by Foz Meadows

If you want LGBT+ friendly spec fiction, read this duology! I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is lovely and everything I wanted in a fantasy story. It also features a F/F romance between our main character and one of the secondary ladies. And lots of other queerness.

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Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Ms. Glassman is pretty much my go-to F/F romance author and this is without a doubt my favorite book of hers. (Check the other ones out, because there is a fantasy series in there.) This book is cute, Jewish and they bond over fanfiction and pickles. And pride flags. It’s super adorable and short so if you haven’t yet, read it!

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The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz

Lesbian, ace, robot romance in a cyberpunk setting. Very, very awesome. It’s short and takes it sweet time getting moving, but once our mains meet, they are great together and it’s such a peaceful, quite little story. (And I do mean little because this is not a long story at all.)

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Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger

Vampires and inventor’s and Ms. C’s usual steampunk shenanigans and hijinks. If you like Carriger, you’ve probably already read this book – if not, for shame – and if you’ve never read anything of hers, it’s silly, irreverent and over the top.

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A Hole in the World by Sophie Robbins

Fun, silly and takes pretty much any and all princess trope and runs with it for all it’s worth. The couple is super cute, but the friends are just as good and just as important to the story. Well, maybe not quite as important, considering our main girl is trying to explain why she can’t be the princess’s prince charming, but still. đŸ˜‰

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Heart of Steel – Anthology

As this is an anthology it is pretty much all over the place in terms of quality and enjoyment, but each story features F/F in some shape and several of the stories are worth a read.

Honorable Mentions:

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (though the sequel – that follows a minor character from this one – isn’t very good) and Dreadnought by April Daniels (though the book does have it’s problems and the sequel sounds horrifying) both had their problems, if you’re looking for F/F in YA, you might consider them, as neither was terrible.

Stay tuned next time for when I will switch things up a bit and have a list of amazing shows you should be watching for Pride month!

Thoughts On #ownvoices In the LGBT+ Publishing World (and why I’m iffy about it)

I love #ownvoices. It’s lovely and important and something that I want to see more of. I’m so glad that more authors are #ownvoices and that there is an easy-ish way to find the stories that features characters that are akin to the author.

However, for all that, I’m not sure that #ownvoices LGBT+ representation is exactly the best. Not because there’s anything wrong with it inherently, but because I’ve heard about readers contacting the author to find out if a story with LGBT+ rep is #ownvoices. Which means the reader is asking if the author fits under the LGBT+ umbrella.

Now some authors are out, loudly and proudly. They have their marginalized sexual/gender identity on their Goodreads page, or on their website. I am so happy for those authors because they feel comfortable enough and safe enough to come out online. And I feel like us readers should be honored by that trust.

But there are some authors that can’t safely come out – either because of their society or because of their family. Or they are just not ready to. (And might never be, and that’s okay, too.) Having #ownvoices (and especially the people that contact the author to ask if the book is #ownvoices) makes it seem like us readers are owed the author coming out. Even if they’re not ready. Even if they can’t safely. Even if they don’t want to.

Some of this entitlement also happens with non-LGBT+ #ownvoices questions as well, naturally. But it seems more prevalent in the LGBT+ side of #ownvoices. (Or maybe I just spend more time here.)

I’d also like to mention the fact that I believe sexuality is fluid. An author might have written a story that was #ownvoices at the time – but has since found another label (or no label at all). That does not invalidate the previous book being #ownvoices, but it does suitably muddy the waters.

In short: I like #ownvoices. I will probably note it if the author says the story is #ownvoices. But I will not go ask the author if they fit this marginalization or that marginalization.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences in #ownvoices!

Stay tuned for next time when I will be coming at you with a list of books with F/F romance!

My Favorite Books with M/M Romance Not Written By Women

I’m very excited to kick off my Pride month plans with this list. Now, a few quick notes before we get to the recs: Most of these lists are going to be posted in the order I wrote them because I’m not done yet. I hope to have a list up ever Monday and Friday with Wednesday being discussion day. (If I manage to swing a Top 5 Wednesday list, or a Top Ten Tuesday, that might be subject to change, but I don’t plan on posting anything this month that isn’t directly Pride related.) At the end of the month, I will do an ‘in case you missed it’ in case you, well, missed a post. Finally, I love recommendations and this has just demonstrated how under-read I am in certain representations.

Specifically, with this list, I’m really kind of disappointed that I don’t have more books to list here. Now, don’t get me wrong, I genuinely love and adore all the books on this list, it’s just a fact that this is a woman dominated genre/subgenre. (I will be pulling together a list of my favorite M/M romances written by women later in the month.)

So, let’s get this list started!

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Zenith by Arshad Ahsanuddin

This is not a stand alone novel. It is completely unsatisfactory as a stand alone novel. As the first in a series though, it is pretty darn awesome. This book is also NOT A ROMANCE. I cannot stress this highly enough as it was the book that changed the working title of this post. There is romance in the book (both a M/M romance and a M/F/M triangle) but the focus is not on the romance. Instead it is on time travel. Which is all kinds of awesome. (And, admittedly, how both of the romances get very messed up because of time travel. Which is still awesome.) So, if you’re looking for LGBT+ friendly sci-fi, time travel and willing to commit to at least four books, read it! (Representation note: it’s not been confirmed or denied, but one of the main characters reads pan to me.)

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Yup, even if everyone else hates this book, I kind of adore it. Though I will admit, it’s kind of a strange little book. It borrows from some dystopian world building, spy-thrillers and pretty much any teen CW show. It’s got a compelling main focus and a stellar supporting cast of friends. And, against all odds, that’s what this book is about: friends. There’s romance, don’t get me wrong, but the romance doesn’t save the day. The friends do. Very excited to see more from this author.

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The Christmas Wager by Jamie Fessenden

This is where my heart lays for romance novels (and this one is a romance novel, as opposed to the first two): historical. I love historical romances and this book is such a sweet one. The two guys are best friends, and it really has that friends-to-lovers feeling that I adore. The supporting cast is also wonderful so the only slight drawback is the historical inaccuracy. Far from a deal breaker for me, but I know it is for some people. If you’re looking for a light, fun, low angst historical romance though, this is highly recommended.

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Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler

This book is actually a little difficult to describe. It’s kind of a dystopian, magic-comes-back with zombies. … Yeah, that about sums it up. There’s elemental magic and zombies and romance and fae like creatures and… Well, I’d definitely say just read the book. Also, HUGE bonus points for being a YA where I really, genuinely like the main male character. (Which is why I haven’t read the sequel yet, because we change POV characters.)

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The Doctor’s Discretion by E.E. Ottoman

Another historical romance, this one set in New York City, and following a pair of doctors. While it is a romance, there’s also a lot of attention paid to more serious aspects of our doctors life in 1831: there are two trans characters and one of the doctors is (obviously, if you looked at the cover) black. While they do tackle some serious topics, it’s also a soft romance and I highly recommend it.

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The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang

Now we’re back to books that have romance, but aren’t romances. This is a fantasy story, more about the main character and his relationship to his sister and the (totally awesome) fantasy world that they live in than the romance. It’s short for a novel – 240 pages – and covers a lot of time, but was an interesting story with likable people. (Side note: the author is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.)

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Spy Stuff by Matthew J. Metzger

This is a slice of life high school story with a very cute and sweet romance. The main character is trans and his love interest has a totally angst free bi-awakening. There’s a lot of talking in this book about being trans, trans problems and long discussions between the romantic couple. What there isn’t is much angst or anything bad happening. (Except the estranged-ish father who is just a bad happening by being alive.) Light, tooth-rotting fluff but so, so cute.

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Hero by Perry Moore

One of the M/M and/or gay novels that seems to be on every single list. Over all, it’s an enjoyable read. But, it’s recommended with caveats. The main character can be unlikable at times. The superhero aspect borrows heavily from Marvel and DC – which is actually a mark for the pro’s side for me, but YMMV. There’s a lot of focus on the dysfunctional relationship between father and son. This is not, over all, a light book, but it was one that I did enjoy.

 

Do you have any books you’d add as recommendations? Stay tuned next time for me talking about #ownvoices authors and rep!

The State of this Blog Going Forward

If you’ve stuck with me for any length of time, especially in the last year, you’ll have realized that I am all over the place in terms of posting. My life has honestly been in near constant upheaval since last May (when this all started with me getting my wisdom teeth out) and I haven’t felt like I’ve had time to settle since.

The good news is, I think I’m finally getting things straightened out. The bad news is, this means that I’m looking at a couple of part-time jobs to, hopefully, pull in enough money. What that means for this blog is that I am starting to have the desire to work on it (thanks to getting my anxiety settled and starting to deal with what I now realize is/was depression) – but now I might not have the time. (However, if I want to bad enough, I will make the time.)

This is good news. It might sound kind of mixed – and to a degree it is because how do you people have a thriving blog while working/in school full time? – but what I haven’t had lately is the desire and the inspiration to blog. Now that I have the desire, I just need the inspiration. And as for that…

I am hard at work setting up some awesome posts for June. Even if this blog falls back into defunct territory (which I hope it doesn’t) after next month, I knew I wanted/needed to be active for June. Because June is Pride month and I’ve been promising myself for years I was going to have features on my blog for it. And failed. Epically.

So, I plan on being very active on the blogosphere in June (and hopefully will be taking the time to expand my blog roll) and after that, we will have to see how it goes. Though I am hopeful because I am excited to get back to posting and commenting.

March Wrap Up

So, I’m posting this late. And am not sure what my posting in the next month is going to be like. I’m not planning a hiatus, but right now I don’t have any posts scheduled for April. Honestly, March was a month full of upheaval – though nothing actually happened. I’ve just been thinking a lot about work and trying to adjust things in my life and finally, finally, getting some things to take that has really helped my anxiety.

That all being said, I’m in the process of trying to spend more time working and…I really, really don’t know how all you bloggers that hold down full time jobs still have the time and/or energy to blog. Kudos to you. So, I hope to get things shifted, but right now, my life is messy and I don’t know how much I’ll be posting this month.

On a side note: I cannot believe it’s already April. Where is 2019 going?

Read in March

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Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee – ****
Family Matters by Angel Martinez – *****
Azimuth by Arshad Ahsanuddin – ****

Not a lot read this month, but at least I’m getting back into the swing of things. And all the books I tried to read turned out really well. Which is always a blessing.

What I Watched in March

I started watching Wynonna Earp and I think I made five episodes before deciding that, nope, this show isn’t for me. It’s kind of a shame, because up until that fifth episode, I was really liking the show, but they just did a couple of things that I has major problems with. One was the level of flat out torture in the episode/show – and it finally reached a point where I was having my doubts about watching anymore as it was. But then we get the kiss/sex scene between two people that have absolutely no chemistry (YMMV on that, considering everyone says they have great chemistry, but to me it was just uncomfortable) and happening at the most inappropriate time. So, yeah, stopped watching that show. (Thank you, Netflix!)

I also decided to pull the plug on Daredevil. I also watched about five episodes of it, but that was last year, and…I realized that I was watching the show for the relationship between Matt and Foggy and Karen and the lawyer bits, not the superhero parts and decided that it was time to stop. (Seriously, if this was a show about a blind lawyer and his lawyer friend and their new friend, I’d just love that show, I think. Also, the violence made me dread watching the show a little.)

I also watched about eight episodes of iZombie. While the show is fun, that’s only if you don’t look too closely at it. Let’s just say that it’s obviously got the thumbprints of Rob Thomas all over it because the same problems I had with Veronica Mars are here. Without the general awesomeness that is Kristen Bell. (It’s very white and though the main character is a pretty awesome woman, the rest of the cast/everyone truly important in her life are men, no LGBT+ rep, ect.) If you still think V. Mars is the best thing ever, you might like this show.

Finally, I actually finished season 2 of Call My Agent. It’s an odd little Netflix original from France and I mostly enjoy it. I say mostly because this season every single guy on the show behaves terribly to one or more women – usually their love interest. The women, on the other hand, are being ever more awesome.

The TBR Book Tag

I’m always on the lookout for tags I haven’t done yet, and this one looked too fun to pass up. Created by A Perfection Called Books and Dana Square (whose blog I am blocked from as my anti-virus says it’s a ‘high risk site’ – and I don’t want to chance it although it’s probably fine – so I can’t link it) but I found it at One More.

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Goodreads. It’s the best and easiest way for me to keep track of the books I own but haven’t read and the books that I want to get my hands on someday. All my physical unread books are also on my desk, as well as any books I want to reread before continuing the series.

I’ve been thinking about setting up a spreadsheet for them…but that seems like a lot of work for little reward. Though I am still considering it.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

Hmm, right now I think my physical TBR is about 60/40 in favor of print books. But that’s probably going to change once I start buying books again, because eBooks are cheaper and I’m needing to watch my money. SO my Goodreads TBR will be probably 85/15 in favor of eBooks. (I’ll still buy certain authors in physical copies and ones that are close in price.)

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

Very gingerly. And with much angst.

Sometimes I know exactly what book I want to read next before I finish the one I’m working on, but, more often, I stress for a day or two over what I want to read, dithering and being unable to just decide, already and I usually wind up starting about three books before finally settling on one.

Ahh, the problems only other book bloggers understand.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest:

Well, back in November of last year, I completely cleared out my physical TBR (after much blood, sweat and tears) so I’ll go with the book that’s been on my Goodreads TBR the longest.

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The Shattered Gates by Ginn Hale

So, as much as I’ve adored the other Hale books I’ve read, I’ve had this one on my list for two years and still haven’t bought it. Mostly because it’s the start of a series of novella’s and I have every intention of buying all of them at once and reading them all together. Like $25-$30 and over 1000 pages worth. … Yeah. I’ve been scared off by my own ambition.

A book that you recently added to your TBR:

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Last book I bought was The Life of Captain Marvel (because I couldn’t decide on which Deadpool I wanted and they didn’t have the older Young Avengers) and the last book I added to my Goodreads TBR was Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (because of the boatload of diversity and the strong friendships).

A book that’s on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover:

I have never chosen to read a book – or put it on my TBR – solely because of the cover. Sure, it’s a strong deciding factor if I look at it closer. However, I have been known to wait to buy a book to get a different cover. For example: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee is a book that I’ve been interested in for over a year, inspired by a couple of my blogging friends reading it and enjoying it a lot. I’ve been meaning to buy it, but then I saw the cover of the paperback that’s coming out later this year and…decided to wait for that cover.

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Because, really, there’s no question which one I’d rather read.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading

None. If the books there, I do actually plan to read it. Of course, sometimes I loose interest in a book, which is why I like to periodically clean off my Goodreads TBR and get rid of the books I’ve lost interest in.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for:

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I love Cate Sebastian’s writing (historical romance) and A Duke in Disguise is her first foray into M/F romance. All her previous books were M/M and one with a non-binary love interest that uses she/her pronouns. And if anyone can convince me to read M/F romances, it’s Sebastian.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you:

The rest of the Percy Jackson series. And the rest of The Mortal Instruments series. Beyond that…I read a lot of niche books (as my brother called my reading) and that’s mostly what my TBR is populated with.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:

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Not exactly recommend, but everyone talks about Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and says such favorable things and… I probably should have had this as my answer to the last prompt.

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read:

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I had hoped I’d get Terminal Uprising by Jim C. Hines for my birthday. When that didn’t happen I thought ‘okay, I’m going to a big bookstore the first of March, I’ll buy it then.’ Only that bookstore didn’t have it. So, I really, really want to read it, but there’s no telling when I’ll finally get to.

The number of books on your (goodreads) TBR shelf:

Right now, marked as ‘want to read’ I have 127 books on my Goodreads shelf. I have another 28 marked as ‘own-unread’ with 25 marked as ‘not-yet-released.’ So… add all that up and I’ve got 180 books on my Goodreads TBR.

 

This was fun. If you’re interested in this tag, consider yourself as having been tagged!

I (sometimes) Hate My Taste In Books

I love checking out blogs and reviews for new books. Or old books that I’ve never read. I do tend to pay a little more attention to the books that get rave reviews from many different people. Books that have either stood the test of time and remained popular or the newest, hottest thing that I keep seeing/hearing talk about drawn my attention.

I mean, if all those people loved them, surely I will too. Right?

Unfortunately, that’s not right.

So many times I’ve picked up a book that everyone and their poodle loves and I just can’t stand it. I don’t do this on purpose. I want to like the popular books. I want to be able to gush about them to all the other fans and be eagerly awaiting the sequel. I want to love the book just like everyone else, but I wind up not.

This isn’t the Hype Monster, but it is related to it. You see, I don’t go into these books hyped up. Sure, I expect to like them, but I expect to like every book I read otherwise I wouldn’t read it.

I expect all my books to be at least a three star read before I start the book, and if I’ve read more by the author, that is adjusted appropriately. Like if I’ve rated all the author’s previous work four or five stars, I expect the new book of theirs to be a four or five star read.

I don’t tend to buy into hype anymore, but when a review is describing a book that sounds perfect for me, I expect to enjoy it. I don’t expect my enjoyment to be almost directly linked to how much other people enjoyed it. (At least, I didn’t. I’m starting to now.)

I simply don’t seem to like the same things that so many other people do. I’ll look at the ratings for a series and my least favorite book will oftentimes get the highest average rating on Goodreads. Or a book I loved will get a low rating.

I don’t even plan things like this. I mean, it would be one thing if I was trying to be one of those people that hates on the popular stuff. But I’m not. I want to like the popular stuff. I want to be able to join the legions of fans and adore this super popular thing.

But I just can’t. And, sometimes that’s beyond frustrating. I mean, the books I do end up loving? Yeah, good luck finding anyone else to fan over and then I’m left out there hoping that enough people liked the book/s for the author to continue writing them.

Does this happen to you?

Most Popular Books That I’ve Read

After making a list of the most popular (based on the number of Goodreads ratings) books on my TBR, (found here) I knew that I wanted to do more lists of this type. I decided to do this on first, because I am actually really excited to see what books that I’ve read have the most Goodreads ratings. For the sake of continuity, I’m only including the books that I actually finished on this list. Also, I am leaving the seven Harry Potter books off the list, but know that they would be, in published order, books: 1 & 4 & 3 & 5 & 9 & 8 & 6.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2,483,941 Ratings – 4.25 Average
Is it strange that I kind of forgot about this book? I mean, I’m not surprised it’s at the top of the list now that I’ve remembered it, but I wouldn’t have predicted this. No, this is not my copy and I’m not even sure I can still find it. I know I don’t want to reread it.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
2,041,518 Ratings – 4.35 Average
…I…Kind of…forgot this book, too. But, I mean, I didn’t like it anyway, so I just removed it from my brain. (Attic theory.) So…erhm, not really much to say here.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
1,643,606 Ratings – 2.24 Average
I knew this book would be towards the top of this list. I liked this book, not a lot, but enough to buy more of the series. (And have enjoyed them quite a bit.) But, I knew that this was a popular book/series so no surprise to see it here.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
1,394,995 Ratings – 4.11 Average
Hmm… Yeah, not at all surprised this book’s on the list. Not surprised it’s pretty high, either. Mixed feels about this whole series, but if that was the original cover, I might not have written it off quite so soon.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
1,254,218 Ratings – 3.88 Average
Huh. I am suitably surprised to see this on the list. Especially this high. Though, I do remember when it first came out and that it was kind of a thing that the author was young. I wonder if his writing ever improved…

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
1,176,304 Ratings – 4.22 Average
If anything, I’m surprised this book isn’t higher. Seems like everyone’s read it and everyone – except me – loves it.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
877,052 Ratings – 4.02 Average
…I wonder how many people read this book because of the movie… Anyway, didn’t like the book, liked the movie only slightly more – probably because of Dylan O’Brien.

The Adventure’s of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
669,322 Ratings – 3.90 Average
This … might possibly be the first book I ever hated. I mean, it’s just ugh. Blech. The less said about it – and why the hell it has such a high average – the better.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Claire
647,697 Ratings – 4.20 Average
Did I mention how much this series is loved and hated – sometimes I think in equal measure, by people? Anyhow, not surprised so see it here.

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
627,478 Ratings – 4.24 Average
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the new covers this series has, because they are simply lovely. (Also, not surprised it’s here. Kind of surprised it’s not ahead of City of Ashes.)

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
609,885 Ratings – 4.25 Average
Let’s just say that I am very surprised to see this on the list. Very, very surprised. But, then again, this is the most popular/talked about Christie book. (Not my favorite.)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
580,012 Ratings – 4.33 Average
I’m kind of surprised this book’s so high. I didn’t really expect any books from this series of Clare’s to show up here, because it’s not as loved as her first one. (I like this one more.)

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
577,829 Ratings – 4.35 Average
Once again, Clare and Riordan traveling together. So, I shouldn’t be surprised that this is here. In fact, I’m kind of not. At all.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
565,613 Ratings – 4.15 Average
First impression is that I am shocked this book made this list. Second impression is that I shouldn’t have been so shocked, because I remember the love and fans this series had/has. So…yeah.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
497,521 Ratings – 4.13 Average
(lol, don’t like any of the covers for this book. Guess this is the best of the bunch.) Shocked that this book is here. I never thought it would made the list and I had no idea it was this popular.

And there we go, the fifteen books on my read shelf that has the most ratings at Goodreads. I’ve got at least one more post like this that I want to do – only on the books with the highest average ratings, so get prepared for a lot of under-loved books!

Five Author’s Who I Won’t Be Giving Anymore Chances Too

I had two different ideas for this list and decided to combine them together into this one. Basically, this is either author’s I hit a book bad enough that I have zero interest in ever reading again, or author’s that I tried, was less than impressed and have – you guessed it – zero interest in trying again.

Also, this covers the last few years – because if I went back to all the author’s I’ve read, not only would that list be huge, but most of them would be irrelevant.

Sarah J. Maas

Books Read: Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight

So, I fall into an odd category with this author. I loved her first book but the longer I’m away from her second, the more I hate it. (Originally reviewed for 3 stars, dropped to 2 on Goodreads and if I was the sort to keep changing my ratings, it’d be down to 1.) So, while I hated the second book, it’s more because of hearing about subsequent books in the series and her A Court of Thorns and Roses make me realize that this is so not the author for me. (Abuse = love? -Or whatever the hell this is supposed to be- No thanks.)

Jen Turano

Books Read: Gentleman of her Dreams, A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, A Talent for Trouble & A Match of Wits. (AKA: The entire Ladies of Distinction series.)

Beyond the fact that I struggle to read Christian fiction anymore – and I will not get into religion on my blog. Something I have promised myself – I would never pick up another book by this author or even buy one for my mom. Mostly because all her books that I’ve read follow the same pattern (stoic man/manic pixie dream girl romance) but also because to fit this mould, she completely assassinated a character between one book and the next.

K.J. Charles

Books Read: The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh, A Fashionable Indulgence, A Seditious Affair, A Gentleman’s Position (AKA: The entire Society of Gentlemen series) & The Magpie Lord

The Magpie Lord has rape undertones, rape overtones and is pretty much just rape-y. Also, the ‘bonus’ short story with the same couple is pretty explicitly rape. Just because too much of society thinks ‘a man cannot be raped’ does not mean that’s in any way accurate. And, as a prolific M/M author, Charles should know better. On an unrelated note, I also enjoyed every book of hers that I read significantly less than the previous one.

Elise Kova

Books Read: Air Awakens & Fire Falling (dabbled in Earth’s End just enough)

So, let me take you through the budding romantic relationship in the first three books. He and she are friends. The build each other up, and support each other and are there for each other. It grows into a romantic connection. Their situation makes it difficult, but it’s worth it. Then he calls her a ‘whore’ and a ‘slut’ because she’s spending too much time with his brother. Even accusing her of sleeping with both brothers and then going after their father because she’s ‘had both brothers.’ This, folks, is the endgame romance. Think about that for a moment and tell me that this is how women should respect themselves.

Charlie N. Holmberg

Books Read: The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician & The Master Magician (AKA: The entire The Paper Magician series)

While I had some of my usual problems with a disappointing, lackluster finale to a series with this one, the real deal breaker was the romantic relationship and how it was handled. While for the first two books it kind of fell in the ‘hot for teacher’ group, the third book saw them getting together. While the age difference itself didn’t bother me, the obvious power imbalance, her basically turning into his housekeeper/cook/maid/assistant, and the fact that it easily destroyed her personality all did.

 

While I do have more authors that belong on this list, I figured that five was a good place to stop. Maybe sometime later I’ll add a few more and do another list. How about you? What authors are you done with?