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Playtesting a friend's RPG system and basically just playing Niamh from Any Way The Wind Blows but with plants instead of animals.

She was definitely the best part of the book and was just instantly in my head as the sort of character I'd enjoy playing.

I know the Simon Snow trilogy is over but maybe it's time for the Niamh and/or Agatha trilogy.

Any Way the Wind Blows, bi visibility long version 

So I kind of see two sides of this. I still love the books. I like the portrayal of sexuality as fluid and I think enough attention is given to both characters' relationships to be clear it's not a phase or something. As individuals it's just a fact of who they are, and that's great.

Taken as a whole and in the context of bi erasure everywhere, the word matters and I'd like just one of Rowell's many bi-appearing characters to actually use it.

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Any Way the Wind Blows, bi visibility long version, spoilers 

The other maybe-bi character is Agatha. She has a relationship with another woman develop over the course of the book that doesn't actually resolve until almost the end.

It's not like it comes out of nowhere, I was cheering for them almost from the start. But it's all hints and subtext for most of the book, and at no point does Agatha describe or consider her sexuality to herself, the reader, or her new girlfriend.

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Any Way the Wind Blows, bi visibility long version 

SO.

Pros: the book actually used the word bisexual and there's a second maybe-bisexual character

Cons: no one actually uses the word to describe themselves.

Baz assumes Simon is gay and when S objects B asks if he's bisexual. Nope! He's still just not really sure "which flag to wave at pride," which is cute and fits the demi reading I had, but that still leaves this book and series falling short on bi rep.

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Any Way the Wind Blows review 

Hurray, I finished it! I'm sad it's over but glad it ended well.

Bi visibility, short version: if you're unsatisfied with how Rowell handles it elsewhere this isn't going to help.

Ending tied everything up a little *too* neatly too fast, but I liked it. Still mostly satisfying.

Audiobook version, it was sometimes hard to keep track of who was narrating each chapter, since it jumps so frequently but it's still the same person reading it.

I give it like 3.9/5.

Hello fans and members!

Today starts the nomination period for August, which will end sometime the 18th or 19th of this month, depending on when I get to the poll!

I recommend you nominate things published in the last 10 years that are accessible, but other than that, do what you want.

booktoot.club/@lapis/103159410 This is a list of nominations that haven't been selected as club choices before if you need some inspiration.

Please reply to this post or @ me. Can't wait!

Social anxiety, Facebook 

Recently met someone with the same unique first name of my fifth grade best friend I haven't talked to in 25 years so I decided to find her on Facebook and see what she's been up to. Seems like she's good, yay!

Unfortunately, I did this on my phone and hit "like" when I was trying to scroll, panicked, *then* noticed it was from a long time ago because she doesn't post much, so now I have to hide under a rock until I forget it happened. πŸ˜…

I'm gonna come back and respond to recs people made tonight, now just on a short work break.

But thanks! I'll be looking into all of them soon. I've been a little busy and exhausted.

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Can anyone recommend for me a cute YA queer romance that doesn't have the part where one or both (or *all* if there's a poly version!) parties has a misunderstanding that ruins everything and there's drama for like three chapters?

This is my chill time, I just want them to be cute and happy and know how to communicate!

Currently "Any Way The Wind Blows" by Rainbow Rowell.

I hate Simon *so much*.

That is all for now.

Amazon, Rainbow Rowell 

CW-ing because I know both those things have their issues but for anyone who's interested...

I just saw that the Kindle versions of the first two Simon Snow books are both on sale right now, the first for $1.99 and the second for $2.99.

Finished reading The Passing Playbook this weekend. Audiobooks go fast!

I meant to say more about it while I was reading, but I'll just think about it and come back with more thoughts later. Or maybe play it again to remind me and catch more details.

Quick notes: very good, not perfect but lots of good rep things, minimal drama-causing misunderstandings (I hate those)

Also it's partly about soccer so I kinda want to read Tangerine again, but that's a rough book so maybe not.

Okay, due to demand I am reviving the

Obviously, it's a little late in June to nominate a book for July and vote on it.

So how about a book report month: Read a Young Adult or Middle Grade title, and report back under the tag or @ me.

Why did you like it? Why did you hate it? Why did you feel neutral?

I'm gonna announce the Aug nomination period sometime in mid-to-early July, I don't really have any rules (other than YA or MG) but aim for backlist titles.

My pins have recs

Kind of want to read some Loki comics today. Will I finally read Journey Into Mystery, or reread Young Avengers for the third time?

Hmmmmmmm.

I know the pandemic has sucked for varying degrees for everyone, but how is people's reading going? Do you need peer pressure?

In short, I am asking if there is ANY interest in reviving the relatively soonish in the future.

If you don't know what those letters mean, I originally intended it to be a Young Adult or Middle Grade book every month, preferably from diverse perspectives, and we would post about the books, love or hate, just engage genuinely.

HMU if you're interested

Working from home is amazing and I never want to leave home for work again.

Sadly my job is supposed to be back in the office later this year, but I'm still holding out how they'll somehow change their minds and let me stay here. I'm so much more productive comfy at home with minimal distracting social awkwardness.

I don't know if this character exists through the whole book or just briefly, but for right now A Desolation Called Peace is a surprise book and it's very cute and good. Yay!

not book-related, trans stuff, binding 

New binder, yay! Well, kind of. New compression top from tomboyx because actual binder was getting a little too uncomfy just to sit and type all day but so is not binding at all.

I'll probably post again after wearing it a few times to see if it stays comfy, but so far I really like it! More smoothening than flattening, it works because I'm fat and wearing a fairly loose shirt. But also it's not cramping my back. I like that part a lot.

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