Beautiful Quotes #139 / Call Me By Your Name

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Hello everyone! Today I want to post about a book I didn’t particularly enjoy for a change. I find it really interesting that sometimes, we can have really complicated relationships with whether or not we enjoyed a book? At the time I read Call Me By Your Name, I really disliked this novel, but I put enough distance and time between reading it before watching the film with my lovely friend Andrew the other week.

And guess what? In film format, I ended up really enjoying the story. I could finally see this from a different, more enjoyable point of view. It made me accept the beauty of this story in the way I wish I had with the book. So because of this experience, I thought I’d share a beautiful quote from this beautiful story!

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“We had the stars, you and I. And this is given once only.”
― André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

Have you read this book or watched this movie?

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #129 / You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

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Hi lovely readers! I’ve had a very packed and stressful weekend with family, it’s been lovely but also left me exhausted! I’m back to work tomorrow but I’m off Saturday as I’m meeting Sophie from Mind of a Bookdragon for the first time ever. I’m super excited as we’ve known each other for like 5 years and never met in real life!

I thought I’d finish up June with another Pride based Beautiful Quote to end Pride month on. I think we should celebrate Pride all year round, but why not have another quote today? Today’s is from You Know Me Well, a book by David Levithan and Nina LaCour about two friends trying to find themselves! I adored it, and I really want to read more of LaCour’s books because I also loved Everything Leads to You!

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“I hate that word. Straight. At the very least, those of us who are nonstraight should get called curvy. Or scenic. Actually, I like that: ‘Do you think she’s straight?’ ‘Oh no. She’s scenic” 
― Nina LaCour, You Know Me Well

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #128 / History Is All You Left Me

Beautiful Quotes is a weekly meme hosted by me, where I post some of my favourite quotes. Any other bloggers are welcome to join me in this and just link my blog!

Hi readers! This past week has flown by in a blur of working and seeing friends and family. It’s also been an interesting week as I bought a Kindle! I’ve always struggled with e-books as reading from my phone gave me headaches, so after years I finally made the decision to buy a Kindle Paperwhite! I picked a scratched secondhand one up cheap off eBay and I’ve surprised myself by absolutely loving it. I mainly picked it up because I want to read Netgalley books, and I’ve already finished my first one (review coming tomorrow).

On a different note, today’s Beautiful Quote is from History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera. I wanted to include one of my favourite LGBTQIA+ reads for Pride Month!

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“People are complicated puzzles, always trying to piece together a complete picture, but sometimes we get it wrong and sometimes we’re left unfinished. Sometimes that’s for the best. Some pieces can’t be forced into a puzzle, or at least they shouldn’t be, because they won’t make sense.” 

-Beth

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Pride Month: LGBTQIA+ Books I Love

Hi all! I’ve been seeing some great LGBTQIA+ books around for Pride Month, and have been reading some myself. Today’s post is about some of my personal favourites I’ve picked up over the years, so if anyone needs recommendations for Pride Month reads, here you are!

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A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

This is definitely one of my favourite all time contemporaries and LGBTQIA+ books ever. I adored this read, and it’s one of the first I recommend to people.

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Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

Another of my favourite all time contemporaries! I’d love to reread this book as it’s been a few years since I picked it up.

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Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

I had to include a few fantasy reads in here and this one is one of the best! I can’t wait for the sequel later in the year.

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17 year old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective. 
Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?

I only recently read this book (review here) and it was so interesting, because not only did we have the f/f relationship but also Bengali culture.

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Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?
Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.
That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

You Know Me Well stands out from other LGBTQIA+ books because it focuses first on friendship, and second on relationships.

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Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.
Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

I couldn’t write this post without including the beautiful Heartstopper webcomic and graphics novels! How cute is this?

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a
third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

I considered posting about Love, Simon but I think What If It’s Us is the more underrated read from these two authors and I love how it focused on the struggles of the relationship after, not just the meeting of these two characters. I also love History is All You Left Me, my favourite Adam Silvera book!

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In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

I only finished this book the other day (review here), but it’s still on my mind. I really enjoy reading LGBTQIA+ relationships as a subplot, and it worked so well in Girls of Paper and Fire.

I also recently read Meet Cute (review here), which includes a few LGBTQIA+ short stories perfect for Pride Month! Which LGBTQIA+ books do you love and recommend?

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #117/ Carry On

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Hi all! I’ve been working on a uni project over the past week, which is causing me to think about diverse YA books. That includes LGBTQIA+, and this thought process led me too…Carry On! I read this book when it first came out 4 years ago (where did that time go?!), and I’m definitely due for a reread at some point.

I’ve mainly spent this week doing uni work, and going to a signing! You can find out more about that tomorrow 🙂

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“He’s still looking in my eyes. Staring me down like he did that dragon, chin tilted and locked. “I’m not the Chosen One,” he says.
I meet his gaze and sneer. My arm is a steel band around his waist. “I choose you,” I say. “Simon Snow, I choose you.” 
― Rainbow Rowell, 
Carry On

-Beth

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Beautiful Quotes #116 / Everything Leads to You

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Hi everyone! I’ve been thinking a lot about romance books with Valentine’s Day in the past week, and I thought I’d share one with you today.

The past week has been busy, not just with some lovely Valentine’s celebrations but also with my Etsy shop opening! I’m so excited about this, and if you haven’t checked it out yet you can do so here.

Anyway, onto today’s book! Everything Leads to You is one of my favourite LGBT books, and one of my favourite romances.

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“We love films because they makes us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into the eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing. But also. They tell us to remember; they remind us of life. Remember, they say, how much it hurts to have your heart broken.” 
― Nina LaCour, 
Everything Leads to You

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Love, Simon Movie

It’s taken me way, way too long to get round to watching this movie! I read the book years ago, possibly even when it was released, and I’ve been following the movie progress since it was announced. But then it was actually released, and I managed to miss it in cinemas (partly due to the limited release here in the UK). But I’ve finally watched it, and I’m so glad I did!

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I really enjoyed this movie. Mostly. Because I can’t lie, I had more than a few issues with it.

  1. Love, Simon includes many posts on an online group for their school Creekwood High. I think this page is called Creek Secrets? I’m not going to blather on about how this is unrealistic, because frankly I can see this being a thing in high schools now…my issue is that this wasn’t really explained in the movie? In fact I don’t think it was ever even mentioned that they went to Creekwood High, therefore halfway through the movie my boyfriend turned to me and asked me what this online group/page actually was.
  2. Simon is kind of an a-hole. I’m sorry. I love Simon. But he really, really didn’t come across well in this movie. It actually seemed kind of extreme that he turned his best friends against each other to just slow down his inevitable coming-out. Sure, he redeemed himself a little, but overall I felt really disappointed in him. I remembered a better Simon from the books, where his actions were more understandable. But in the movie, I just couldn’t help but roll my eyes whenever he made another sh*tty move.
  3. The mystery could have been done a lot better. It really annoyed me that who ‘Blue’ was wasn’t really suggested, but shown under such a plain light that every time it happened, I felt like we’d found Blue. The suggestions should have been just that, but instead each guy felt like a definite until the end. Instead of being intrigued, it just left me feeling annoyed.

So unfortunately I had more than a few niggles about this movie. But I still thought it was great and loved all the things I loved about the book!

  1. The teaches were downright awesome. I’m a big Arrested Development fan and it was so great to see Tony Hale playing such a funny character. I also loved Mrs Albright, she might have even been my favourite character in this movie :p
  2. It was so cool to see Simon’s family, and I loved his little sister. Family is never shown enough in YA and it warmed my heart to see Simon have the love and support from his family
  3. Simon’s friend group was also so great! They all had their issues but I loved their diversity and the way they supported one another.

So overall this movie is definitely worth a watch. It’s fun, entertaining and kind of comforting in it’s feel-good factor! But I’m sorry to say….the book was better.

-Beth

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