Today in gay news: the Supreme Court ruled in favor of employment protections for queer and trans individuals.
WE’RE A PROTECTED CLASS NOW, BAYBEE.
In less-historic news: I just finished She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix.
The show is amazing and queer as hell and makes me feel WAY too many things.
To celebrate my new favorite show, I’m doing this She-Ra Book Tag created by Lori @ The Reading Fairy.
Before I start the tag, here are some updates on the Black Lives Matter movement:
- Police in Atlanta, GA shot Rayshard Brooks in the back on June 12, 2020. After several nights of civilian protests, Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down and the officer who shot Rayshard was fired.
- The officers who murdered Breonna Taylor still haven’t been arrested. (In fact, they’re on administrative leave.) You can demand justice by signing the petition and/or making calls at StandWithBre.com.
- Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch were both found hanging from trees only ten days apart in Southern California.
- Activist Oluwatoyin Salau was found dead in Florida. Days before her disappearance, Salau had reported a sexual assault to Tallahassee police. It is unclear whether the current suspect for Salau’s murder is the same man who assaulted her.
Keep protesting, donating, and signing petitions.
Stay up-to-date on what’s happening.
Increase pressure on your local government by calling or emailing.
- Mention whoever tagged you and link to their post
- Link to the original Creator: Lori @ The Reading Fairy (She also made the graphics)
- Tag as many people you want
- Copy and Paste these rules
(Some spoilers for She-Ra ahead)
I love Haley from Technically, You Started It.
I never thought I’d read about an anxious demisexual girl in a mainstream YA book.
Just like Haley, I’m better over text. In real life, I stutter (and not in a charming way.)
Haley’s happy ending made my year.
Small Town Hearts opens with a falling-out between three “best friends.”
Two of these people are JUST the worst friends. I hate them so much.
And neither of them got their just deserts?? This book was so frustrating.
It took me a while to warm up to Entrapta, but I got there.
Her personality reminds me of Zofia from The Gilded Wolves.
Like Entrapta, Zofia invents new tech and struggles to interpret social cues.
I ship her with Layla, but I’m fairly certain that’s never going to happen.
It’s been a while since I read some rebellion lit.
Pretty sure Karou eventually led the war between the angels and the chimera.
The final book in the trilogy is on my TBR! I’ll get to it when I get to it!
I LOVE GEMMA, OKAY?
I WANT HER TO BE MY BEST FRIEND.
PUTTING OUT VIBES FOR A GEMMA SPIN-OFF.
Gideon pretends to be a cool badass while harboring a big ol’ crush on Dulcinea the Seventh.
She keeps running away rather than converse with Dulcinea.
I feel like this subplot is going to bum me out! And I don’t like it!
Snail Mail No More is my favorite thing Ann M. Martin has ever written.
The whole relationship between Elizabeth and her dad is so heart-wrenching and sets the stage for some great friendship conversations.
Friendship is hard. Families are hard. Raising egg children is hard.
I love this book. It’s twenty years old and it still holds up.
My favorite animal sidekicks are real peoples’ pets.
Saeed Jones (author of How We Fight For Our Lives, Prelude to a Bruise, and other books) adopted a Chihuahua named Caesar who is full of attitude.
Lane Moore wrote about adopting her Chihuahua Lights in How to Be Alone.
Sarah Gailey (author of When We Were Magic, Magic for Liars, and other books) has a dog named Tinkerbell who pitches dramatic fits about roombas.
HORDAK IS MY FAVORITE. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.
I thought I would hate The Midnight Lie and I didn’t.
I think I’m even invested enough to read the sequel.
I love Sea Hawk (and his moustache) the second most.
My dream is to cosplay as a She-Ra character, preferably Sea Hawk.
(Also…to cosplay as a She-Ra character with someone else…and that someone else PROPOSES?? Let me have this dream.)
A comic relief character I love who ALSO has a glorious moustache is Ben from The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You.
He’s the worst…WHILE ALSO BEING FUNNY AND ODDLY ROMANTIC.
I need to reread this book soon.
Sabine is far and away the best character in Bone Crier’s Moon.
She’s pretty much the only character trying to keep Ailesse safe.
This book was so wacky, but I didn’t hate it!
A few books that fit this criteria:
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson, a YA contemporary about a queer Black prom queen hopeful.
A Blade So Black by L. L. Mckinney, a YA fantasy where the famous Alice in Wonderland is a Black girl from Atlanta.
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen, a graphic novel about a Vietnamese teen trying to come out to his family.
I really feel like either Ruinsong or The Dark Tide will fill me with hero/villain joy.
Ruinsong is an f/f retelling of The Phantom of the Opera that I SOMEHOW HAVEN’T PREORDERED YET?? (Go ahead and beat me to it.)
OKAY. HEAR ME OUT.
KRISTIN CASHORE HAS A NEW BOOK OUT NEXT YEAR THAT STARS BITTERBLUE AND GIDDON.
I AM 99% POSITIVE THAT A ROMANCE BETWEEN THESE FRIENDS IS IMMINENT.
I HAVE THE STRONGEST OF HOPES.
I want to start She-Ra over from the beginning and binge the whole series.
I loved it so much.
More, even, than Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I’m really happy that a show like She-Ra exists.
If you’re reading this, watch She-Ra and then do this tag.
Accept the magic of Etheria into your life.