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TheIntrovertedDodoBird

Joined March 2022

"If you don't think representation matters, you're probably well represented." ?️‍??????️‍⚧️
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People in Trouble | Sarah Schulman
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A powerhouse of a novel depicting the AIDS crisis veridical to history, Schulman's work remains deeply poignant some thirty years after its original publication. Reminiscent of RENT, set on the sprawling, gentrified streets of NYC, the three central characters, caught in the midst of a love triangle, are three-dimensional and contradictory, entwined in the throes of sexuality, sensuality, grief, and a movement that alters them permanently.

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Christodora | Tim Murphy
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Murphy is phenomenal at delving between intertwining narratives, exploring addiction, mental illness, gentrification, and the powerful history behind the NYC AIDS crisis with a diverse set of activists, artists and addicts whose fates are flawlessly braided together through the intervening decades. The fictionalised element of the movement runs veridical to history, and I was especially moved to hear the resounding voices of women with HIV/AIDS.

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People in Trouble | Sarah Schulman
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TheBookHippie THIS!!!! 6d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @TheBookHippie 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ 6d
dabbe ❤️🏳️‍🌈💙 5d
MysticFaerie 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️❤️ 3d
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Frightfully good fun. The illustrations alone are an absolute marvel (read: they're drop-dead gorgeous!). You'll find yourself gawping at the gory artwork for an age (per page!). Exploring ghosts from different cultures and the laws that divide them was such a unique premise. The creative minds behind this sui generis comic series are remarkably eccentric. Pepare to experience the heebie-jeebies along the way! The Netflix series is awesome, too!

KathyWheeler I loved the Netflix series and need to read these. (edited) 1w
rwmg The Netflix series needs more love but it's good enough to at least tempt me to get the DBD omnibus, though I hastily backed off when I found out it was GBP55. 1w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @KathyWheeler The Netflix series is amazing! I can't wait for season 2! 👻❤️ 1w
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird @rwmg DBD definitely needs more love! I never hear anyone raving about it! I found this comic for £7.00 on Vinted! There's also some on Amazon, but they'll set you back £25.00. I'm keeping a beady eye out for bargains to read the rest of the series 👻❤️. 1w
peanutnine I didn't realize the series was based on a comic! 1w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @peanutnine Yessss! It's absolutely amazing 👻❤️. I was psyched when I saw it was based on a comic series, and it does not disappoint! 1w
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Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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This book feels like the cliched love child of John Hughes and Gossip Girl. I'm in the vast minority of readers who didn't enjoy it. First of all, I feel like it's all been done/said before. The student with the scholarship who feels like an outcast in their shabby clothes compared to everyone else's designer labels (overdone and cliched). The Queen Bee rich girl (predictable). (1/?)

TheIntrovertedDodoBird The anonymous bully (seen it all before). The elite private school (mind-numbingly unoriginal). The beautiful dead girl (I'm pretty sure a girl who has just been violently killed by a car is not going to look doll-like!). Niveus Academy is just a cesspool of tropes and stereotypes. It promises to address serious topics: institutional racism, white supremacy, homophobia and social injustice, and it achieves just that - mostly. (2/?) 1w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird Kudos to Àbíké-Íyímídé for delving into these very real issues, but everything else about this book felt shallow. I can't help but be critical over some of the discriminative undertones. The perpetuation and the labelling of Black people - practically Black men - as inherently homophobic and violent towards the LGBTQ+ community. (3/?) 1w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird Consistently portraying all the female friendships or interactions with misogynistic connotations - constant backstabbing, being catty to one another, microaggressive bullying, physical violence. The poignancy was diminished by the novel's overall superficiality and dramatized plot. There were a few clumsily worded sentences and others that just made me roll my eyes. (4/?) 1w
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird I've read copious amounts of YA but this one just felt immature and overcompensates the teenage angst for the typical quasi-American dark academia experience, which made it impossible to invest in the characters and not find everyone infuriating. For a book tackling some serious topics, I can't help but feel like it breezes over others; the nonconsensual outing of a student, the distribution of graphic videos, and physical assault. (5/?) 1w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird Also, it feels like a red flag when an author cheekily gives their book a five-star review on Goodreads. I decided to DNF halfway through when I found myself skipping whole paragraphs. Rant over. (6/6)
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emmasm08 After that review I‘d be too embarrassed to even pick the book up 😂! Thank you for reading it on behalf of the rest of us - definitely giving it a miss - sounds dreadful ! 1w
dabbe Definitely #hailthatbail! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @emmasm08 Opps, I went on a bit of a rampage with that review 🤣. I feel like I took one for the Litsy Team by reading it (read: forcing myself to stick at it before promptly giving up at the halfway mark) 😂. It was so, so dreadful. I can not explain the number of five-star reviews it has been given! I'll re-sell it on Vinted to a poor unsuspecting buyer 😬🤣. 1w
emmasm08 I loved your review ! It made me laugh a lot - it‘s happened to me too - a book that gets out standing reviews and you are left thinking - how did that happen !!!! 😂xx 1w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @emmasm08 Thank you! 😂 Yessss! There's so many awful bestsellers! Seriously, how DOES it happen?! All of those five star reviews, and there's me, trying not to hurl the book through the wall! 🤣 xx 1w
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Haymitch's origin story!

So excited!

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What a beautiful memoir. How wonderfully peculiar it is that a book about death can be so life-affirming. Oh-so funny, moving, and heartwarming, Ausiello recounts his thirteen-and-a-half year relationship with his husband; an ode to life, love, and loss. Kit's last hurrah through this memoriam is beautiful from the beginning to the very end. I laughed. I wept. I laughed and wept (keep a Kleenex close by). A love story that I shall never forget.

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For anyone who needs a little reminder (I know I certainly did) 🪷.

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I grew up reading a lot of cis/het/allo books, and when I finally saw myself represented for the first time, it filled my heart with such joy 🖤🩶🤍💜🏳️‍🌈📚🏳️‍⚧️.

#pride #pridemonth #pridebooks #lgbtqiabooks #mmbooklover #ffbooklover #lgbtqiaromance #gayromance #trans #nonbinary #ace #aro #bi #queerbooks #intersex #rainbow #booklover #bookworm #lgbtqiareader #representation #representationmatters #queerauthors #ownvoices

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The historical details in this novel were excessive and irrelevant at times, not necessarily driving the plot or characters forward, which, subsequently, had the tendency to pull you out of the narrative. The structure felt disorderly - the prose tedious and dull. The leads, Tim and Hawkins, were lacking psychological and emotional depth, which made their romantic chemistry feel shallow and toxic, and suffocated the poignancy of the setting.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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dabbe #pridenoprejudice 💜🏳️‍🌈💜 2w
April_Barbie Happy Pride! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🩷🏳️‍🌈 2w
lil1inblue 🏳️‍🌈 Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 2w
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The Outrage | William Hussey
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I was prompted to reread The Outrage after watching the Russell T Davies political thriller, Years and Years, but honesty, I couldn't have chosen a worse time to do so. The Tories are waging a war against LGBTQ+ rights every day, from the criminalisation of puberty blockers to the amendment of the Equality Act and the detention of asylum seekers. This dystopian fascist Britain doesn't seem so far away anymore. #liberation #pride 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

TieDyeDude 😥 2w
Libby1 💔 1w
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This is so painfully true, especially in our current political climate.

Sace This deserves more than a tap on the heart and moving on. It *is* so painfully true and it‘s so frustrating and sad that the direction of human rights seems to be changing. 😭 2w
JenniferEgnor Beware of Project 2025. 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Sace The Tories are now threatening the Equality Act. We all need to fight for our rights more than ever. When some people's rights are threatened, all of ours are 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️. 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @JenniferEgnor I've been reading about Project 2025. Beyond terrifying. The UK is catching up with the US now. We're passing laws that even Texas overturned here. 2w
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Let's Talk About Love | Claire Kann
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Simply awful. This is the worst ace rep I've ever had the displeasure of reading, and I'm supposed to be the target audience. The author doesn't seem to understand asexuality at all; aces experience little to no s-xual attraction, but Kann seems obsessed with the MC not experiencing physical s-xual responses until suddenly she does and that supposedly invalidates her orientation. It's about ATTRACTION! Do better, Kann! Okay, rant officially over.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
willaful Disappointing! 2w
LiteraryinLawrence That‘s so frustrating! 2w
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird @willaful @LiteraryinLawrence It's especially frustrating since there isn't much ace rep out there, so when there's a particularly bad representation, it strikes a deeper chord. If bad rep could get lost amongst the good rep, it wouldn't be so disappointing. But there are some gems out there, luckily 🖤🩶🤍💜. 2w
LiteraryinLawrence @TheIntrovertedDodoBird What are some of your favorites? I‘ve been trying to figure out whether I identify as ace over the last year or so, and I‘d love to know what rings true to you. 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @LiteraryinLawrence My go-to suggestion is always How To Be a Normal Person by TJ Klune (my ace awakening, as I like to think of it). Klune is ace himself, so it's great to read a #ownvoice author. I highly recommend In The Lives of Puppets by Klune, too. Also, Loveless by Alice Oseman (another #ownvoice author who is aro-ace) and Solitaire by Alice Oseman (this one is more ace-coded as Oseman hadn't figured out their identity when they wrote it). 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird His Quiet Agent by Ada Maria Soto is a novella about a platonic couple. There's a fantastic nonfiction book called Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex which is a super informative book for those who are questioning. Also, Being Ace: An Anthology of Queer, Trans, Femme, and Disabled Stories of Asexual Love and Connection. 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird Fiction or nonfiction, these are all very authentic, very realistic portrayals of asexuality that rang true and resonated with me when I was figuring out my identity. Klune will always be very special to me because of this. Good luck. I hope these help you 🖤🩶🤍💜. 2w
willaful LOVE His Quiet Agent.

K.J Charles has an asexual romance novella, The Rat-Catcher's Daughter, and Alex Beecroft has an #OwnVoices romance, Blue-Steel Chain.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is one I personally didn't enjoy but might be good rep, I dunno. Socially Orcward by Lisa Henry is cute and fluffy but feels condescending towards the ace characters. It's very popular though, so that might just be me.
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LiteraryinLawrence Thank you! I read both the Osemans but I‘ll definitely try the Klune. I looooove Cerulean Sea. Thanks again! 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @willaful His Quiet Agent is SO good. Best representation of a platonic couple I've ever read/seen. I haven't heard of some of your #ownvoices recommendations. I'll add them to my toppling TBR pile 🖤🩶🤍💜. Thank you! 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @LiteraryinLawrence Alice Oseman is incredible. I'm a huge Heartstopper fan. The ace rep in the Netflix series was amazing (first I've ever seen), and I'm excited for Tori's storyline in the next season! The House in the Cerulean Sea is sooooooo good! The sequel is coming out in September! Have you read Under the Whispering Door? And the Greencreek Series by him is fantastic, too (there's an ace character in that one, too - also an aro character). 2w
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willaful 💔 2w
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Jari-chan Yes! 3w
dabbe I'd love to send one to every school board member in my district! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @dabbe Yes! That would be amazing 👏😍🫶. I'd help you lick the envelopes! #readbannedbooks #saynotocensorship 🤩🤩🤩 2w
CarolynM If only we could (edited) 2w
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This quote never fails to break my heart.

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Wolfsong | Tj Klune
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LiteraryinLawrence Ha, love that! 3w
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Legend! 📚

eskoch28 The first episode I ever watched 🩷🩷🩷 3w
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All That‘s Left in the World is a truly beautiful book; witty, poignant, exciting. The sequel is seriously underwhelming! Honestly, I'm devastated that I'm not able to write a glowing review. The characters, once so life-like, became two-dimensional. The redemption-arcs were so plentiful that one couldn't help but roll their eyes. Character arcs were wrapped up a little too neatly. There were no laughs. And definitely no edge-of-your-seat drama.

GirlNamedJesse Oh no! I just brought this home from the library. I LOVED the first one, did NOT like his second book, but was hoping this world would be enough to bring me back. 😬 3w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @GirlNamedJesse The first book was AMAZING! I've read it twice. I thought the sequel was SO bad that it's honestly ruined the first one for me 😭. I wish he'd left it as a standalone book. There was one scene in the whole story that captivated me, but the rest I mainly skim read. So disappointing. I'll keep a look out for your review. I'm curious what your thoughts will be. I'll probably cross Lose You to Find Me off my TBR pile now 😬. 3w
dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
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🏳️‍🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🏳️‍⚧️

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lil1inblue 🙌 🙌 🙌 3w
dabbe Y.E.S. 🌈 3w
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Just in case anyone needs a little reminder.

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The Heart in Exile | Rodney Garland, Adam De Hegedus
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Noir at heart, with the archetypal cynical protagonist and undertones of existential philosophy, The Heart in Exile plays a seminal role in later works, such as Alan Hollinghurst's; The Swimming Pool Library, which similarly explores the underground of British gay life. (1/?)

TheIntrovertedDodoBird Written in 1953, Garland explores the inner dialogue of a bisexual psychiatrist when homosexulity was illegal in England without succumbing to infuriating tropes seen in gay literature, i.e., the protagonist doesn't end up taking his own life or committing murder at the end of the novel. Though the role of suicide does play a large part in the intricate plot, the novel ends with the promise of future happiness and acceptance. (2/?) 3w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird The attitude towards mental health and grief is, of course, a little antiquated to the modern reader, though Garland's observations into the human psyche were fascinating. There are, also, undertones of the protagonists internalised homophobia which made me, the reader, uncomfortable at times. A gem for anyone interested in gay literature that isn't recommended nearly enough or on the Bestseller list. (3/3) 3w
Reggie Ohhhi liked this one a lot. Great review. 3w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Reggie It's a fantastic novel! I'll definitely be re-reading it in the future. Thank you! Your review is great, too. 3w
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Such a world is unimaginable 📚.

dabbe I'd do something like this: 😱😭😤🤬🤬👿☠️ 3w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @dabbe Extremely apt. My reaction exactly! 3w
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So true.

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I can't be the only one who does this!

rwmg Not so much in books but I have been known to turn TV programmes off because I can't bear the 2nd hand embarrassment. 4w
Ruthiella For sure! Makes it hard to read sometimes! 4w
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I was absolutely this kid and carried the penchant into adulthood.

*crams more emotional support books into bag* 📚

KathyWheeler Every single time I went on a trip, this was me. I‘d even buy an extra or two at the airport bookstore. E-readers are a blessing to me. Even then, I may still buy a book at a bookstore wherever I am, but at least I don‘t already have 4 or 5 in my bag! 4w
dabbe If we all have bad backs, we now know why! 🤩😂😀 4w
Ruthiella I wasn‘t that way as a kid but I am now! 😂 (edited) 4w
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird @KathyWheeler That's amazing (and extremely sensible!). I mean, the E-reader might die, so in that case, the physical copies come in handy! Bookworms will never be stranded without reading material 🤣. 4w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @dabbe Honestly, I'm 24, but my back feels like it's 84 🤣. I kind of walked lopsided at school because my shoulder bag was so heavy (yet, I have no regrets) 😂. 4w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Ruthiella Welcome to the club! 😂 4w
dabbe @TheIntrovertedDodoBird Ah, 24! I'm (gasp) 58. 😱 When I was in college in the 80s, it was cool to wear your backpack on only ONE shoulder. I've been in perpetual pain ever since. #noregrets 😂 4w
rubyslippersreads Sounds like Rory Gilmore. 😄 3w
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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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Honestly, this sounds tempting! 🖤🪡🩷

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The quote that sent me down a rabbit hole - and then inspired a short story (that I am yet to finish writing).

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In a coming-of-age tale of sex and silent cinema, a gay Danish boy escapes the monotony of his isolated life through his imagination - a hallucinatory experience where the line between the silver screen and reality blur against the unforgiving Icelandic backdrop of 1918 when the Spanish Flu ravaged the population leaving a sprawling expense for Máni's imagery to flourish. I felt obtuse at times, which will prompt me to revisit in the near future.

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I'm so excited! 🌈🎉

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Very relatable!

Ruthiella Yes! That‘s why sometimes I put off reading the last few chapters of a book! 4w
peanutnine Omg yes! 😂 4w
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Ruthiella Yes. I do the same! I put off finishing the last few chapters of The Song of Achilles because I knew my heart would be broken! 4w
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The ultimate betrayal.

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A Robot In The Garden | Deborah Install
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How cute. Perhaps not quite as touching as I was hoping for, but full of kindheartedness, healing, and unlikely friendship, with a subdued murmur of human vanity and the societal expectation placed on children underneath the sometimes kitschy writing style. I just wish there was more heart in the story - more exploration of humanity and its complex nuances through the eyes of a sentient robot. For lack of a better word - the ending was just "meh."

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Spot on! 📚🌈

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