My mom and I headed down to Portland for May the 4th.
Miraculously, EVERYTHING was on sale.
I found an entire collection of bargain social science books in the Red Room.
I also abandoned some of my most-anticipated reads for newer, less familiar books.
Oh, and I forgot to buy The Handmaid’s Tale, despite walking past it MANY TIMES.
I bought the following VERY exciting, poorly-summarized reads that I would love to share with you.
(Also, because I can’t be bothered with graphics today, I’m going to describe the covers instead. You’ll have to use your imagination.)
A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities
Mady G. & J.R. Zuckerberg
Picture: a pocket-sized pink-and-white graphic novel with snails on toadstools
IT’S A GRAPHIC NOVEL HANDBOOK EXPLORING DIFFERENT QUEER IDENTITIES USING SNAILS.
This was the very first book I saw and I grabbed it. I GRABBED IT.
the princess saves herself in this one
Picture: a black book with the title in white font in the upper left corner
I’d seen some negative reviews for this book of poetry, but my partner loved it and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while.
How to Be Alone: If you want to, and even if you don’t
Picture: a smallish gray paperback with a jokey-looking map of someone’s brain
This book is MUCH SADDER than I was expecting.
I put this book on my TBR list when I was feeling particularly grumpy about being single.
I removed it after my meds kicked in.
Then I saw it on sale in the Green Room and decided to go for it.
I’m reading it right now. I love it and it hurts.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir
Picture: a conveniently-sized little black book with small white font and a picture of the legendary Brownstein screaming into a mic
I didn’t realize Carrie Brownstein was both a grunge music legend AND a queer icon.
I NEED TO BE EDUCATED.
Emma in the Night
Picture: a navy book with a bright yellow title and a girl in white tiptoeing across a frozen pond
Per Sofii at A Book. A Thought., this book has an insane plot twist.
Rad. Bought it. Reading it (…eventually.)
Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Carol Rifka Brunt
Picture: a mint-green paperback with a young girl in silhouette balancing atop an ornate line drawing of a teapot
I LOVE THIS BOOK AND IT WAS FINALLY ON SALE.
This book is so perfect in my memory that perhaps REREADING IT IS A MISTAKE.
I’m just happy to have it on my shelf.
(Well…CURRENTLY it’s on my floor. It will eventually make it to my shelf.)
Picture: a pale blue cover featuring a loaf of sourdough floating above a city. The sourdough either has a cross on it and is ascending into heaven, OR (per my partner) is a spaceship beaming those below into the sky
I DON’T REMEMBER WHICH BLOGGER RECOMMENDED THIS WEIRD BOOK ABOUT BREAD.
WHOEVER IT WAS, know that I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
SURPRISE! This book was on sale!
IN TRUE LAUREN FASHION, I thought this book was about sentient sourdough, like the movie “Her” but with more jokes.
I…don’t think that’s true.
It might be about a sourdough cult?
WHATEVER. It’s weird and I’m into it!
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir
Picture: the title and author in white boxes set against an African-inspired black-and-white background
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a legend AND he currently writes The Black Panther.
…and I haven’t read any of his work.
That shall be remedied.
Echo After Echo
Amy Rose Capetta
Picture: rainbow stage lights against a black background
Capetta ALSO wrote my beloved Once and Future and the upcoming The Lost Coast.
This book has queer girls! Theater! Stage lights! Murder!
I can’t tell if it’s The Phantom of the Opera or something entirely different.
Sex Object: A Memoir
Picture: a faceless woman set against a lavender background
Valenti has continued to be HUGELY influential since I gave up on reading her books in college.
I was a very different person back then.
I’d like to revisit Valenti’s ideas.
Picture: teens leaning over the walkway at a cheap motel
No big deal, I found an earlier novel from one of my favorite authors for $6.50…
I haven’t seen a physical copy of this book in the wild before.
This book either came just before or right after Hold Still, the first LaCour book I read.
It’s about a boy who tours with an all-girl rock band.
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Picture: Bold black lettering on yellow strips that look like caution tape, all on a white background
Halei praised this book on Degenerate Reads, so…yeah.
Of course I bought it.
(And it was on sale.)
Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurers, and Magical Rebels
Edited by Katie West and Jasmine Elliott
Picture: a blood red book with a white hand from the bottom reaching toward a black hand decorated with the moon and stars
This was a last-minute impulse buy snagged from the Feminist Agenda display in the Red Room (GOOD CHOICE, POWELL’S.)
Each of the fifteen essays describes a ritual that makes its user feel powerful.
I think there’s magic in it, but also “magic” in a much broader sense.
The Dead Queens Club
I HAVE A PICTURE OF THIS ONE AND IT’S TOO PERFECT NOT TO SHARE:
I have been searching for a copy of this book SINCE JANUARY.
I hear it described as “My Lady Jane meets John Tucker Must Die.”
If THAT doesn’t entice you, the book follows Henry VIII’s wives…in a high school alternate universe.
All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages
Edited by Saundra Mitchell
Picture: a green book with a golden moon and a creepy fox and pirate ships and floaty ladies and…mountains?
IT’S A QUEER SPECULATIVE FICTION ANTHOLOGY. I AM LOSING MY MIND.
LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL AND SHINY IT IS.
(I mean…PICTURE HOW BEAUTIFUL AND SHINY IT MUST BE.)
You should ABSOLUTELY be blasting Panic! at the Disco’s “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” at this very moment.
Hot Dog Girl
This cover is a masterpiece:
HOT DOG GIRL.
HOT DOG GIRL.
EVERYONE FALLS FOR THE PRINCESS.
NO ONE FALLS FOR THE HOT DOG GIRL.
I have been looking forward to this book for a long, long time.
A LONG TIME.
It looks like a fluffy masterpiece and my expectations are probably too high hahaaaaa DON’T LET ME DOWN.
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
Edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe
Picture: LOTS OF PURPLE AND COBWEBS
Listen…I can’t say no to a bright purple book.
It’s not possible.
I have tried and failed many times.
Once I read this book, I may become a witch, a real witch.
Or I could finish the book without event.
I’ve got options.
The Chaos of Stars
Picture: a lovely, deep-blue book with gold accents and a star motif
I am (mumble mumble)-years-old and I still haven’t read a Kiersten White book, DESPITE OWNING SEVERAL.
This one is about Egyptian gods…IN HIGH SCHOOL.
Haha, or not, I’m always wrong about everything.
I don’t know why…but modern-day mythology AUs are my absolute favorite.
I tried to write one about the muses a long time ago.
That would be a fun idea to revisit.
Kill the Farm Boy
Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Picture: Lamb by Christopher Moore, but with goats…?
Friends…I NEVER go into the Gold Room.
What business would I have in there? It’s where all the hardcore sci-fi and fantasy belongs.
All of the books are either The Name of the Wind or something with a spaceship on it. No thanks.
I braved the Gold Room this time searching for Ryan North’s To Be or Not To Be (no luck) and assorted fan merchandise (success.)
I glimpsed a bunch of books on an endcap display that looked like PERFECT birthday gifts for my friend Claire.
I ended up choosing Kill the Farm Boy.
Listen…it’s a queer Chosen One parody with goats.
Halfway through reading the plot synopsis, I decided this book was mine.
(Sorry, Claire. I promise I got you something just as good.)
A very successful Powell’s run!
Aren’t I supposed to be on hiatus? About that…
As far as the story I’m writing goes: it’s going well.
Finding time to write has been my biggest obstacle, but I would still like to focus on that project for the time being.
I do have a post drafted about my favorite April books that I will share soon.
And I may drop in occasionally to do a book tag or something.
I’m having fun with fiction again, though! That’s a lovely thing!