12 F/F Books You Need On Your TBR!

Yes to ALL of this. Of Fire and Stars was one of my faves!

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Hi all!

I absolutely love romance novels. They may not be for everyone, but I adore them. Even when I’m reading a fantasy novel or a sci-fi or any genre book, I need to have at least a smidgen of romance to keep me invested. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoy those types of books without romance, so long as the writing and the characters and the world-building is great, but I always prefer romance.

So! I thought I’d share some of my favourite books with f/f romance — either as the main storyline or as a subset of the plot.

Here’s a little representation key so you know what rep to expect from each book!
💖 = lesbian
💜 = bisexual
💚 = pansexual
🧡 = characters of colour
💙 = gender non-conforming

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Rep: 💖🧡

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Weekly Update

Life: 

Y’all I’m tired. I haven’t had a day off since the 7th and I’m just exhausted. I’m excited to go see my family this weekend though, I think it will be some much needed R&R.

Still apartment hunting. It drives me insane. What’s most annoying is that some places aren’t answering my emails and calls but it’s probably best I don’t live there right?

On top of exhaustion, I have the worst cramps today 😦

Books:

Still reading Into the Water and it’s…….weird. Like really weird. I’m not even sure what’s going on at this point.

I absolutely LOVED Evidence of the Affair, it was so damn good. Now I’m listening to Sadie by Courtney Summers. It’s so good so far.

Blog:

I am going to finish my discussion piece on Bad Feminist eventually. And continue with The Dating Game hopefully this week.


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Book Review + Discussion: Odd One Out

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

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Synopsis:

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl. 

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.


Before I get started, I want to admit that this book was a disappointment for me.

I was so excited for it because 1. a love triangle when there’s not an OTP already set and the world isn’t ending *Hunger Games* and 2. an exploration of sexuality and not just the typical heteronormative shit that we see every day.

I totally understand the message that the author wanted to convey. I think that I understand why she formatted it the way that she did BUT I feel like she didn’t do a good job of it.

I, of course, cannot speak on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ community so I am going to explain my thought process and why I thought it that way but I fully expect others to jump in to add to the discussion and even to correct me if there’s something that I’m missing.


~SPOILER ALERT~


First, I hated Coop. Literally his part of the story starts off with him sexualizing Jupiter and throwing an internal temper tantrum because she didn’t drop everything to pay attention to him when he barged into her room unannounced. THEN, he proceeds to show off his boner and make her change in her room. As Jupe says, “Friggin’ patriarchy.”

I can understand that Coop can’t help that he loves her, that’s fine. What I have an issue with is that he’s so fucking possessive when it comes to her. Obsessively so. Like, Joe in YOU type shit. It’s creepy.

He’s also just so fucking needy. Maybe some girls like that shit so if that’s your thing, cool. But he’s like, “Oh why doesn’t Jupe need me?” and “Why doesn’t she ask me to kill bugs for her? and (my personal favorite), “Why doesn’t she call me her hero?” THEN, he blows her off (multiple times) and has the audacity to get mad that she accepted it without question. First and foremost you little bitch, just because you want all of those things does not make it her responsibility to provide it. Also, the whole point of all of this is basically you want her to stroke your fucking ego. Even with Rae, he’s all “I’m not used to girls not paying attention to me, waaahhhh.”

Speaking of Rae, I really thought that I was going to like her and I didn’t. From Coop’s view she seemed cool and I liked her relationship with Jupiter. I felt bad for her because of all that happened and the fact that she feels the need to always be happy. However, I hated the way she talked about the situation with her sister. She makes it seem like she is the only person affected by it. “Oh my sister left and while I don’t reach out to her ever, she should have reached out to me.” Phones work both ways honey. I also didn’t like how she somehow came to the conclusion that because he sister left her, romantic love is doomed to fail. It’s apples and oranges. One thing happening doesn’t affect the other.

Jupiter. I liked her until she started being a conniving little bitch. I love her feminism, and how outspoken she is. and how much she gives back. She also ended up being weirdly possessive of Coop, so much so that she decided she wanted to fuck him. The book does not frame it in the way that she had actually been questioning her sexuality that whole time. It was just like, “I’m in love with this girl but she just told me she’s in love with my male best friend. If they get together I’ll lose them both so I’m going to have sex with  him.” How the fuck is that supposed to make sense?

I think I like Golly and Britain, but it was strange that they were super sexist in the locker room at the beginning of the book and then everything that Jupe needed when she wanted to come out. They said some really disrespectful shit in the first scene and by the end, they’re helping other people understand that there can be layers to someone’s sexuality? It would have made sense if we had seen them learn it themselves, but the 180 they did was just odd. Also, why does Brit always call Jupiter Ms? Again, weird.

One of my main issues with this book is the amount of euphemisms that are used. I understand that it’s YA, but some people that fall into the young adult age category…..have sex *gasp* Seriously, if our characters are going to be having sex, they should be able to talk about it without being immature. And for fucks sake, don’t do a 5 page build up to a sex scene and then skip the sex.

Also, what the fuck is even the whole point of Carousel Carl? I feel like the author needed something to bond Rae and Coop,  and then picked the most fucking random thing that she could think of. They go on this mission to find this man, we never find out why his show was cancelled and why they heard him bawling over the loudspeaker. We don’t know why he has a million and one pictures of children stashed at his house. They find find him and then it’s just like, “Cool. We did it.” Absolutely no value to the story as a whole.

I honestly felt like the ending was unrealistic as fuck. If I tell my best friend that I think I’m in love with someone and then she goes and fucks him the night before I’m planning to ask him out, there is NO coming back from that. You straight up betrayed me and now you’re dead to me.

Lastly, I feel like the point of this is that Stone wants people to know that sexuality can change. I absolutely get that, but I feel that it was sudden and a little misleading. Jupe’s feelings for Coop basically stem from the fact that she slept him. Before that, we don’t get any hint that she may have feelings. Sure, she stares at his dick in one scene. That really doesn’t mean much to be honest. And let’s not forget that she had apparently just gotten her heart broken by Rae.

In the author’s note, she talks about questioning her sexuality in different points in her life and that’s how this story came about. My issue here is that even when we finally get to Jupiter’s point of view, we don’t know that she’s questioning. I guess it’s possible that even she didn’t know, but wouldn’t she have at least thought about it in her own head? All of it just felt forced. Like the end goal was always for Jupe and Coop to be together regardless of how she identified.

The other part that makes the message sort of fall flat was that Jupe always talks about the way that many lesbians are told that they’re “going through a phase” or that they “just need to meet the right guy.” Instead of using Jupe to prove that that’s not the case, Stone literally puts her into that trope. Essentially Coop was “the right guy” for Jupe to decide to drop her label. Now she does mention another guy that she might have been attracted to, but it’s not even mentioned until after she has sex with Coop. I felt like it did more harm than good. Like how Veronica Roth used harmful tropes about people of color, says she understands why it’s harmful and proceeds to do it anyway.

2 stars.


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Weekly Update

Life:

So, I have worked 7 days in a row and do not have a day off until the 26th. On that day I will be traveling for about 12 hours (including a 3 hour layover). It’s been pretty busy. Apartment hunting really sucks. Every time I find something that I like, something comes up or someone else claims it before I can. I’d really like to be out by next month so we’ll see how that goes.

Books:

I’ve finished Odd One Out by Nic Stone and will post a review soon. I am also going to post a discussion based on Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. I’ve started a trend of reading one physical book while also listening to something else on audiobook. So I am going to start reading Into the Water by Paula Hawkins and listening by The Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Blog:

Stay tuned for the reviews that I mentioned above. I also have a few more posts (at least 3) for The Dating Game coming up that will bring us up to date. I am currently not dating so then you’ll be all caught up!


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The Dating Game: The Ex

Most of you already know this story. For those of you who don’t, here’s the quick and dirty of it:

  • I don’t want children. Never have, never will.
  • I told my ex this 2 weeks into our relationship and asked if he was okay with it. He said yes.
  • For six months, I continued to ask if he was okay with it. He said yes, every time.
  • Months later he says, “I always wanted kids, I just thought I could change your mind?”
  • I told him that I won’t.
  • He starts to become emotionally abusive and resentful towards me. He goes out of his way to belittle and mock me.
  • Even after I move out, he is still emotionally abusive.

Luckily, I have not heard from him and months. I had moved on as soon as I moved out because quite frankly I don’t believe in getting hung up over someone who treats you like shit. That is NOT love.

That’s the basics. If you really want all of the details, start with Women Are Not Required to Have Children. Follow it up with The Break Up and finally, The Break Up Part 2.


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Weekly Update

Life:

It has been quite a weekend. Friday night I went wine tasting with two of my friends. Saturday night we went to dinner and then to a night club. Sunday, I needed to day to recover and watched tv. Tonight I am meeting my stepmom downtown for happy hour!

Books:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was fantastic although I had one huge issue with it. Right now I’m reading Odd One Out by Nic Stone and I hate the main character with a burning passion. I’m also listening to Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay on audiobook.

Blog:

More of The Dating Game coming soon, we are almost up to the present. I think I’m going to do a discussion based off of some of the topics in Bad Feminist. Maybe.


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#StopBlamingWomenMakeMenTheIssue: The Almost Facebook Famous Rapist [Names Withheld Due to Minors]

This is why no one has faith in the “justice system” Doesn’t matter if it’s in the States, Australia, or elsewhere, the justice system is continually failing.

Things Carla Loves

— Trigger Warning —

Last year, I read an article by Jane Gilmore, discussing that there was no national outrage or outcry, and little had been said in the media, about the fact that just the other week in Australia, six women were murdered in five days.

Yes.

Six women were murdered in five days.

As nothing has changed, I’m continuing with this same theme in 2019, and women murdered at the result of male violence will be featured on every Thursday post, as well as an entry from The Ex Files.

I would also like to take this opportunity to note that during this time, White Ribbon has decided that it wants to be “agnostic” when it comes to women seeking safe and legal abortions. They recently, and very publicly, admitted that they were putting money before the lives of women. White Ribbon has always…

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