Top Five Wednesday

Hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and Lainey @ gingerreadslainey.

May 22nd: Emerald Covers
— May’s birthstone is emerald so talk about those emerald covers. Not just green. EMERALD.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
Isla and the Happily Ever After
(Anna and the French Kiss #3)
by Stephanie Perkins
I Heard That Song Before
I Heard That Song Before
by Mary Higgins Clark
The Fortune Cafe (A Tangerine Street Romance, #1)
The Fortune Cafe
(A Tangerine Street Romance #1)
by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, Heather B. Moore
A Boy Called Cin
A Boy Called Cin
by Cecil Wilde
The Murderer's Daughter
The Murderer’s Daughter
by Jonathan Kellerman



Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by thatartsyreadergirl.

May 21: Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch (too special/valuable, perhaps?) (submitted by Savannah Grace @ Scattered Scribblings)

Since, I normally donate all the books I read and I’ll create a wish list of books that I wish I had. Having said that I do have two books that I always kept from the time I was gifted them.

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard
Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard
by Alex Bertie
The Definition of Normal: ...A Transgender Love Story
The Definition of Normal: …A Transgender Love Story
by E.S. Carpenter
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
The Other Boy
The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
LGBTIQ Youth Activism: The past & the present
LGBTIQ Youth Activism: The past & the present
by Bizuayehu Castaniere, Kirsty Farrugia

This book is written by the Maltese Lgbtiqa+ community and I would never let it go.

A Seat at the Table
A Seat at the Table
by Simon Bartolo
Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo (Toronto, #1)
Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo
(Toronto #1)
by Heather Wardell

This one is a weird one, I loved it.

The Elephant Whisperer
The Elephant Whisperer
by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence





This tag was crated by Salve of Cuckoo for Books please go check her out. So, here is the deal I haven’t watched any of The Avengers movies but my best  friend Neville loves them so I’m this tag for him in a way.

Iron Man- a book that started your love for a genre

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The Definition of Normal: ...A Transgender Love Story
The Definition of Normal: …A Transgender Love Story
by E.S. Carpenter

This is the book that I read that had a transgender character, while trying to figure who I am.

Captain America- a book that isn’t set in contemporary times (can be future or past)

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by Lesley Pearse

This is set in the 60’s, so I guess it counts.

Thor- Which book character do you think is worthy to wield Thor’s hammer?

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Love, Hate & Other Filters
Love, Hate & Other Filters
by Samira Ahmed

In my opinion, Maya Aziz is a powerful character that speaks up about hate and racism.

Black Widow- a character who deserves a spin-off

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
by John Boyne

I want to see how the parents lived on, after what happened in this book.

Hawkeye- an author whose books always strike straight to your heart (aka auto-buy authors)

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Stacy Claflin
Stacy Claflin

Dr. Strange- If you could go back in time and change any moment in a book, what would it be?

Make more LGBTIQA+ in Harry Potter.

Black Panther- a book that deserves its hype

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Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)
Crazy Rich Asians
(Crazy Rich Asians #1)
by Kevin Kwan

I just don’t get the hype.

Spider-Man- a trope or genre you never get tired of seeing played out over and over again

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Transgender characters coming out.

Winter Soldier- a moment that made you change your outlook on the all the moments that came before in the book or series

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Puddin' (Dumplin' #2)
(Dumplin’ #2)
by Julie Murphy

I felt that Puddin’ was better written from Dumplin’.

Falcon- a main character who never truly snags the spotlight, but totally deserves to

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One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Helmand - An Inspiring True Story
One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Helmand – An Inspiring True Story
by Pen Farthing

The soldiers that fight for their country.

Hulk- Which book made you HULK OUT?!

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The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

It made year furious about the wars around the world.

Scarlet Witch- a character who never seems to catch a break

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Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper

Melody, has Cerebral Palsy which is never easy.

Vision- favorite character transformation (be it emotional, magical, physical, you choose!)

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I Wish You All the Best
I Wish You All the Best
by Mason Deaver

Ben De Backer grew a lot as a person.

War Machine- your favorite book BFFs

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Out of the Box Regifted (Out of the Box, #2)
Out of the Box Regifted
(Out of the Box #2)
by Jennifer Theriot

The friendships in the band.

Guardians of the Galaxy- favorite unlikely friend/relation-ship

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Mending Heartstrings (Forging Forever, #1)
Mending Heartstrings
(Forging Forever #1)
by Aria Glazki

Kane and Elle.

Ant-Man- your favorite book dad

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Dax (Bad Boys of Willow Valley #1)
(Bad Boys of Willow Valley #1)
by Shannyn Leah

Dax’s dad.

Captain Marvel- a book/ series/ theme you wish was around more when you were growing up

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Some more characters with a special needs.


Readathin Update

I can’t believe it; I read all my plan to be read list for readathin. I’ll share the challenges and the books I read for them. I also read I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (review coming soon), Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju which came out this month and as soon as, I got my hands on them I wanted to read them straight away.

Away, back to Readathin, here are the challenges and what I read for each one plus ratings.

1. Read a book that you put on a pervious Readathin TBR, but didn’t get too. Soulswap (Twin Souls #1) by Arizona Tape, Laura Greenwood Soulswap (Twin Souls, #1)
2. Read a Thin Book. Temptation by Design by Andrea Dalling

Temptation by Design
2/5 stars

3. Read a book that’s been gifted to you or that you got from a subscription box. City Boy (Hot Off the Ice #1) by A.E. Wasp

City Boy (Hot Off the Ice, #1)
3/5 stars

4. Read a diverse book. Would it be Okay to Love You? (Would It Be Okay to Love You? #1) by Amy Tasukada

Would it be Okay to Love You? (Would it be Okay to Love You?, #1)
3/5 stars


When It’s Right (Mile High Romance #1)by Aria Grace

When It's Right (Mile High Romance #1)
3/5 stars


Shane and Trey (Enemies to Lovers #1) by Anyta Sunday

Shane and Trey (Enemies to Lovers #1)
4/5 stars


When I’m Weak (Mile High Romance #2) by Aria Grace

When I'm Weak (Mile High Romance #2)
4/5 stars


Girls Love Girls by Liz Gavin

Girls Love Girls
1/5 stars


The Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden

The Rainbow Clause
3/5 stars


The Rules of Love (Rulebook #1) by Cara Malone

The Rules of Love (Rulebook, #1)
3/5 stars


Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

Just Juliet
4/5 stars


Dare To Love (Beautifully Broken #4) by Amanda Kaitlyn

Dare To Love (Beautifully Broken, #4)
4/5 stars


Merge Ahead by Tanya Chris

Merge Ahead
3/5 stars

5. Read a book that is spring themed (cover, story, etc.)

A Hero Lies Within (Wounded Warriors #1) by Patrice Wilton

A Hero Lies Within (Wounded Warrior Book 1)
3/5 stars


Handle With Care (Wounded Warriors #2) by Patrice Wilton

Handle With Care (Wounded Warriors Book 2)
3/5 stars


At First Sight (Wounded Warriors #3) by Patrice Wilton

At First Sight (Wounded Warriors Book 3)
4/5 stars

I did join some sprints on Twitter, which was super fun, but time zones come in the way sadly.


Soulswap (Twin Souls #1) by Arizona Tape, Laura Greenwood With Spoilers

This read is one, out of my comfort zones, so this might be a short book review. This book is about dragons and vampires. Here are my thoughts, Tate was in the closet, and she thought she had to stay there forever so that can please everyone around her by marrying her long-time boyfriend, Devon who wanted a family and kids even if it isn’t what Tate desired for her life. The situation caused Tate anxiety, and this unbearable headache started and fell in a haze like sleep.

When she woke up, she found herself in a different space with a different name and a female partner. Tate fell in love Sian just from her scent. On the other hand, Aria, Sian’s girlfriend fell in love with Devon, so in the end, both Tate and Aria found the right soulmate for them. I gave this book three stars out of five, and I might say that I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.


Soulswap (Twin Souls, #1)

Firsts Lines Fridays

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book


Social functions weren’t really Max Saddler’s thing. In truth, she would have rather spent the next hour in a dentist’s chair, or riding public transportation, or better yet, she’d rather stay in her dorm and watch Netflix. But she promised her best friend, Mira, that she would try to be more social and make a few additional friends in grad school, and so here she was.

Tonight was her first official night of the program, not counting orientation and the day she came to the library just to wander around and familiarize herself with all of the classrooms, and her first class was scheduled to start in an hour and a half. First, though, there was the meeting that she swore to Mira she would attend.

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The Book Is…

The Rules of Love (Rulebook, #1)
The Rules of Love
(Rulebook #1)
by Cara Malone

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A Transgender Guy Goes To The Barber Shop For The First Time Ever!

I have many posts around the topic of hair and salons and the anxiety they cause me. However, after nearly three months without a haircut, it was starting to enable me even to wash my hands with my eyes open due to gender dysphoria, which causes me bruising from bumping into stuff with the chair which isn’t safe.

My closest friend noticed and asked me about it, and I told him the truth. He came up with a plan he’ll look for an accessible barber shop and book us both a haircut. When he told me that he did it, I tried to get out of going in every way possible, because I felt I didn’t deserve it (sometimes my mind is dumb I know) he told the barber that I’m a transgender male and that I use male pronouns which looking back it was a good idea. On the day, I was sick twice due to anxiety, but there was no way I would let down my best friend.

So I made my mum take me which wasn’t an excellent idea for two reasons, firstly, I’m 23, and I needed some space to keep myself together. Secondly, my mum misgenders me and uses the wrong pronouns which confuse people about which pronouns to use when talking to me. The barber saw me shaking, and surprisingly he knew what to do and calmed me down.

We figured out a style for me and as soon as he touched the clippers to my head my body relaxed. It felt so good to be doing something that creates fear with my best friend doing the same thing in the chair next to me. I did pay the same as a ‘normal’ guy would, I’m pointing out this because I heard that in some barber shops and salons a transgender guy has to pay more for a regular haircut.

Thank you, Adrian, for giving me what I needed to overcome my dysphoria. I’ll leave his info below, so if you are in Malta, go check him out, you won’t regret promise. I wasn’t paid to say all that, but he deserves it.

Barnuz Barber Facebook Page