Top Five Wednesday

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

May 15th: SFF BFFs -BooktubeSFF Awards Crossover Topic-
— Discuss your favorite friends in Scifi and Fantasy, or characters you’d be BFFs with.

I decided to list five book characters/people that I wish I could be best friends with.

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
(The Universe Has Your Back)
by Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein would calm me down when I need it.

The Pi**ed-Off Parents Club
The Pi**ed-Off Parents Club
(Roxy Carmichael Series #1)
by Mink Elliott

I want to be Roxy friend and tell her that everything will be okay in the end.

Anger Is a Gift
Anger Is a Gift
by Mark Oshiro

I want to be Moss friend and listen to what he has to say.

Can't Escape Love (Reluctant Royals, #3.5)
Can’t Escape Love
(Reluctant Royals #3.5)
by Alyssa Cole

Regina and I would have real chat about blogging and disability.

You're Welcome, Universe
You’re Welcome, Universe
by Whitney Gardner

I feel that Julia would like my creative side.

Alex

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Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by thatartsyreadergirl.

May 14: Page to Screen Freebie (Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa, etc.)

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

This would make a great chic lit.

Kat and Meg Conquer the World
Kat and Meg Conquer the World
by Anna Priemaza

I want this to be a movie for a million reasons.

Bump
Bump
by Matthew J. Metzger

This is an interesting story to see on film.

Daisy Jones & The Six
Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six isn’t your everyday band novel, so of course I want to see it in a movie.

The Other Boy
The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey

This would teach us all a thing or two as a movie

Rattle (The Bone Collector, #1)
Rattle
(The Bone Collector #1)
by Fiona Cummins

This would keep you on your toes.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)
by Jenny Han

I loved the movie but didn’t like the book.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
(The Tattooist of Auschwitz #1)
by Heather Morris

A painful history lesson that ends with love.

Friend Request
Friend Request
by Laura Marshall

A true cyber web thriller.

Tutankhamun (Rai Rahotep, #2)
Tutankhamun
(Rai Rahotep #2)
by Nick Drake

A book full of plot twists that would create a unique movie.

Alex

 

 

Accessibility In Malta

Let me start everything off, by saying that this topic was my research at Junior College which did earn me one of my A ‘levels, so I’m talking from research and studies point of view apart from the fact that I’m a wheelchair user myself.

My aim in writing this is to answer a question I hear a lot, and that is “Is Malta wheelchair friendly?” my short answer to that is no, we’re nowhere even close as a country to be wheelchair friendly. And you know what pisses me the most is that the government says that people like me have access to go anywhere they do press releases and whatnot and feeding people misleading news for votes. If you sit in a wheelchair for one day, you will get how hard our life is, and no one will care because they don’t even understand what a wheelchair is.

I’m Maltese, born and breed but I need to voice this pain that my own country is causing me and not just me but all for all wheelchair users that live here.

Alex

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Book Review: Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey by Dan Rhodes

I must say that it isn’t such a smart idea to read this book after the week I had to put my dog to sleep, so if you’re going through like that, I suggest that you put down this book for a bit and give yourself time. This book talks about a composer who is still closeted in his 60’s and the feeling I’ve got of why is that he fears to be the judgement of the people he composes for, but he almost doesn’t care about coming out anymore.

In a way, this dog that showed up out of nowhere has become the only partner he ever needed, and it shows that clearly because as in real life the only thing that stays by him is his dog, not his one-night stands. What made me furious is that Cockroft, the human, gives up his dog because of a lover that hated dogs, and, in my mind, I find it unreasonable to give up on my best friend that stood by my side for years, and we went through thick and thin together for a lover that might leave tomorrow.

On the one hand, this book shows the deep connections with our pets, on the other we see the stupid decisions that we human beings make at the spare of the moment that we make to regret later in our lives. This book left me with mix feels because I do get humans because I’m one of them. However, I don’t understand why Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey is being portrayed the way it is. Anyways, I gave this book a three of out five stars because of as a man who has been in relationships with another man, animal lover and LGBTQIA+ writer would have written about this topic differently. Having said this, I’m keeping in mind that Dan Rhodes, the author of this book looks like is not queer from the quick search I did, so that aspect of the book must be pure fiction.

Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey

Alex

First 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

Lines

I never really got to have a childhood. Or perhaps a better way to put it is that, as a feminine boy, my childhood was never really mine. My natural connection to my body, my comfort in my identity, my sense of security and safety were all taken from me before my earliest memories formed. They were pried from my hands, sometimes gently, occasionally violently: coaxed out of me through a combination of punishing isolation, public humiliation, and, when I managed to get things “right,” acidic reward.

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The Book Is…

Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story
Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender Story
by Jacob Tobia

(Go on the Goodreads page by clicking on the book title in the caption)

Alex

The Show Must Go On

Hey guys, this post is about my life, if you’re here to hear about books tune in with me tomorrow. During the last few weeks, I’ve been having anorexic thoughts, as a teen, I did go through anorexia, not because I wanted to be thin per se, in my case, it’s my gender dysphoria. However, I’m winning the battle by eating. A few days ago, I had to put down my dog Abby, and as a family, that was one of the hardest days we had to as a family. I do pre-blog for the days I’m not feeling well.

I’m on the right track I’m in therapy after many battles my id card came out as male which I’m very proud and happy about that. On the day this post goes up my best friend pushed me to go have a haircut which will make me look less like a bear and will help me feel less dysphoric, so thank you, Neville, for this and everything you help me overcome.

Alex

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