Ghosts or Fae? 🖤🥀 Do you like spooky stories? . I love all the spec fic there is out there that uses magical creatures to experiment with pronouns and different life configurations. In this collection there are: grandmas who shave their hair, folx who shapeshift, sailors who haunt lighthouses, the forgotten who haunt causeways and under our beds...and appliances. . THE OTHER SIDE was a Kickstarter-backed anthology I magaged to join in on. I really enjoyed these stories and would love to see more from the authors. . . #grimdragon #diversereads . Photo Description: pages from the queer, inclusive paranormal comic book.
What makes a book beautiful? . Probably the most beautiful thing I've read this year is TOWN OF EVENING CALM, COUNTRY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS by Fumiyo Kouno. . The author is probably best known for the manga that was adapted into a movie, also set in Hiroshima, IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD. . There's something not quite right about everyone in this town. . The cover depicts a young woman walking down a dirt city road, her work bag in one hand, her shoes in the other. She's starting up at the pink and blue sky, and crooked wooden houses stand on the other bank of the river. . I don't want to wear out my shoes walking to and from work. . In the ruins of Hiroshima, she lives in a shantyville on the river with her mother. A neighbor girl stops by to help around the house. The woman feels something unspoken, and she can't get the memories of death and destruction out of her head even as the city goes on and rebuilds around her. . Oh, why can't I die? I don't want to see any more people I know die from the bomb. . But life can't go back to how it was. When the younger son comes back after college, he is urged to stay away. But love blossoms where it will, and he won't let fear overshadow him. . From before I was born I was there, watching them. . These marks, the hopes of older folks for younger folks, are intangible to those who were never told to fear loving something too fragile to hold onto. But such fear has driven apart a girl and her best friend, and she follows her father back to his hometown. . I visited people who knew her and asked them to share their memories of her with me. . Blurb » Fumiyo Kouno's light, free style drawing evokes a tender reflection of this difficult period in Hiroshima's post-war past. As the characters continue with everyday life, the shadow of the war and the atomic bombings linger ghost-like in the background. . . #grimdragon Such wow! So beauty! . Photo Description: the book lies on a pink sweater beside postcards and a mug of tea.
Are there any books you reread on a regular basis? . It's that crisp, crunchy time of year again when New England gets hallowe'en weather for two months and the rest of the world is envious. . When I FINALLY started rereading Harry Potter last year I noticed some surprising things, including that books 2 and 4 are less beloved than they deserve and that book 5 is so heavy on angst and darkness that it necessitates a break. That was almost a full year ago. . I'm still not sure I've recovered. . So yeah, I'll be rereading Half-Blood Prince soon, for the first time since it was released! Up until now, book 5 was the only one I'd reread only once, and that the summer it came out. Books 6 and 7 will get the honor for the first time. . As soon as I do it, I mean. . . #grimdragon Last read/Current read/Next read . Photo Description: holding up Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with an autumnal slope of trees advancing behind it.
Vampires or Werewolves? 🐺💕 What do you do when you're excited about a book? 🎉 (Personally, I think I'd go with dragons 🐉) . I'm very pleased to be part of the cover reveal for ROUGH SLEEPERS, the sequel in Nem Rowan's horror series. If this is the first time you're hearing about it, there's still time to read WITCHESKIN before ROUGH SLEEPERS comes out next month! The cover is quite bloody. 😁 Check out the blurb below. . It's from one of my favorite publishers, Less Than Three Press, which focuses on marginalized orientations, gender alignments, identities and intersex romance. In other words, it's queer. . . ROUGH SLEEPERS by Nem Rowan (@nemrowan) . Release-date: October 24th 2018 . Blurb » Leon, drag performer and club owner, is attacked by a werewolf one night and loses an arm—and more, after massacring his club guests. Now homeless and tormented by nightmares, he runs away from everything he knows. . » Eventually, he meets Ceri, who invites Leon to live with him above a shop owned by a woman who lost her husband and son to a werewolf attack. She and Ceri are still hunting the unknown perpetrator, and Leon gladly lends his own assistance, eager to atone for his bloody past in the hopes he might one day be able to have a home and family again… . . #grimdragon I regret nothing! . Photo Description: my tablet lays on a gold and black scarf beside a red cloth rose, with two ulit candles and overlaid with fairy lights.
What's the oldest book on your TBR? How long has it been there? . I always felt like NEON GENESIS EVANGELION was one of those classic series. The manga is kinda notorious. It was launched to promote the anime, before it ever screened, but took nineteen years to finish publication of fourteen volumes. Long after the original anime wrapped. That's kinda wild. . Anyway. I got the first few volumes in german before it finished, for practicing my reading comprehension. . I didn't actually have a real drive to pick it up because I was never really into Mecha stories but I can blame Voltron for my sudden interest. Now Voltron... 🤣 that's another story. . NEON GENESIS EVANGELION by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto . Blurb » Once Shinji didn’t care about anything; then he found people to fight for—only to learn that he couldn’t protect them, or keep those he let into his heart from going away. As mankind tilts on the brink of the apocalyptic Third Impact, human feelings are fault lines leading to destruction and just maybe, redemption and rebirth. . . #grimdragon Forever on my TBR . Photo Description: six volumes of the manga lay in a messy pile.
Who is your reading buddy? . There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, 'Do trousers matter?' The mood will pass, sir. — P.G. Wodehouse . My cat, more often than not, though when my friend isn't in school, she did come over a couple times just to sit in my comfy chair and read. . I was tagged by @booklovingpanda to do the #cosybookclub tag ♡ ★ fave drink: tea ★ fave reading snack: cookies ★ fave time to read: anytime I'm in bed ★ book I recommend: THE WINTERSMITH by Terry Pratchett . There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature. —P.G. Wodehouse . #grimdragon Laugh it up, Fuzzball! . Photo Description: one book lies open, a small penguin P.G. Wodehouse on top, and a cat with her mouth open beside it, on a red cloth.
Do you ever buy a book based on the cover? . I haven't done that in a long time, but then I saw this a couple months ago and...was I speaking about book bans the other day? 🤣 . Today is a good day because I'm off and I can actually read on the couch. So rare! . Enjoy the moments you scrounge for yourself. ♡ You deserve them. . THE PRICE OF TEMPTATION by M. J. Pearson . Blurb » Stephen Clair, the notorious Earl of St. Joseph, has a lover he can't afford, a social calendar that's out of control and a libido that rules his life. If he can't gain control of his finances, his social calendar and rid himself of his lover, he will fall into financial ruin. Could the youthful, handsome and dependable Jamie Riley be the solution to his problems? . » Jamie Riley has a secret that keeps him from accepting the sexual advances of his employer, Stephen Clair, and a past he would like to leave behind. But Stephen Clair is a handsome man who knows how to awaken a passion that Jamie has been trying to suppress, and carries a price that Jamie would rather not pay. But it isn't easy to ignore passion, especially when it's so temptingly close. . » Julian Jeffries, lover to Stephen Clair, has found a way of living the high life without lifting a finger. It isn't until Julian notices that Stephen has been spending time with his latest employee, Jamie Riley, that he begins to worry about losing everything he'd schemed to have. Now Julian needs to find a way of getting rid of Jamie Riley without raising suspicion. And, as Julian knows, the best way to do that is to dig into Jamie's past and find something to use against him. . . #grimdragon Mission Impossible: Rarely seen on Bookstagram . Photo Description: holding up the book against a pink flowering bush. It's worth mentioning that the painting for the cover features two men in the foreground, one looking down, shirt open, his chest hairless and chiseled, with short curly hair and a golden neck chain, and a bulge in his pants. The man at his feet is fully dressed, has shoulder length hair and is looking up. In the background is a small frame, of a window, a mirror or a painting, where a man slightly scandalized looks at the pair.
Do you pre-order anticipated books or buy them after they come out? . . I'll be brief, but this is important; if you have the means, there are two things you can do to support your favorite authors: pre-order their books and write reviews. . If you can't pre-order it yourself, ask a library to preorder a copy! . Hyping a book is also good, which is why I'm here. 😂 I love hearing about other people's great reads. I hope I'll convince you to check out a couple of mine. 💕 This one's up soon. . . RUIN OF STARS by Linsey Miller . Blurb » As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact the Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives. And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can't be ignored. . . #grimdragon Predicted 5 star read . Photo Description: my tabler with the cover of the book lies among golden and ivory fabrics, warm fairy lights draped across.