The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

I’ve been toying with the idea if I should review this book all day yesterday because this might end up being a short review. This book is set in the ’80s early ’90s. A period where the LGBT+ community was severely hit with HIV, and there was no cure at the time. So people were dying from it.

You guys know how much I love the pose series on Netflix and to be honest, I don’t know which one they worked on first. What confused me that some characters names were used as on TV and some weren’t, and that didn’t go down too well with me. However, it was well written and realistic. Having said that I wished there were more ballroom scenes in the book.

In my opinion, it lacked detail about the emotions that people in those situations felt and how they were able to stand back on their own two feet and fight back the discrimination for us to have the freedom that we have today. I gave this book three out of five stars.

The House of Impossible Beauties

Alex

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June 11: Unpopular Bookish Opinions (submitted by Kaitlin Galvan @ Somehow I Manage Blog)

Attachments
Attachments
by Rainbow Rowell
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
Grief Is a Hungry Business
Grief Is a Hungry Business
by Di Jones
Celtic Viking  (Heart of the Battle #1)
Celtic Viking
(Heart of the Battle #1)
by Lexy Timms
Twin Souls (Nevermore, #1)
Twin Souls
(Nevermore #1)
by K.A. Poe
Gold Diggers
Gold Diggers
by Tasmina Perry
From Transgender to Transhuman: A Manifesto on the Freedom of Form
From Transgender to Transhuman: A Manifesto on the Freedom of Form
by Martine Rothblatt
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian
by Sean Smith
Perfect Liars
Perfect Liars
by Rebecca Reid
Read Me Like a Book
Read Me Like a Book
by Liz Kessler

Alex

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June 4: Books From My Favorite Genre (You pick the genre, and give us your ten faves.) I think I’m going to stick with historical fiction today.

The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Daisy Jones & The Six
Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (The Tattooist of Auschwitz, #1)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
(The Tattooist of Auschwitz #1)
by Heather Morris
Before the Poison
Before the Poison
by Peter Robinson
The Song of the Jade Lily: A Novel
The Song of the Jade Lily: A Novel
by Kirsty Manning
The Night Tiger
The Night Tiger
by Yangsze Choo
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart’s Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
Code Name: Lise. The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy
Code Name: Lise. The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
by Larry Loftis
Olivia Twist
Olivia Twist
by Lorie Langdon
The War Outside
The War Outside
by Monica Hesse

I tried to get a variety of books in this genre, from World War II to crime to culture.

Alex

June To Be Read

Tangerine
Tangerine
by Christine Mangan

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.

Million Love Songs
Million Love Songs
by Carole Matthews

After splitting up with her cheating ex-husband, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single again for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is another serious relationship.

Mason Soames represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, handsome, and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, and yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe Edwards, on the other hand, is also lovely and handsome but he comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

Ruby soon has some very tough decisions to make. Is she ready for a relationship of any kind, and what type of life does she really want? Because while Ruby may think she knows what she wants, is that what she needs to be truly happy?

Feel-good, wonderful and an absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Ruby’s story will make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting more. It’s about to get emotional in Million Love Songs

In My Sister's Shoes
In My Sister’s Shoes
by Sinéad Moriarty

Kate O’Brien is thirty and has very little to think about except trying to keep her balance as she totters up London’s media-land ladder.

Fiona O’Brien is Kate’s responsible older sister – with a husband, twin boys, a dog and now … a life-changing problem.

It’s a problem that means Kate going back to Dublin. Pronto. There she finds herself stepping into Fiona’s shoes – and discovering that she’s definitely not cut out to be a domestic goddess. On top of that, the ex she thought she’d got over years ago turns up to haunt her.

Will either of the O’Brien sisters survive? And even if they do, can either of them slip back into their old shoes ever again?

Line of Fire (Nick Stone #19)
Line of Fire
(Nick Stone #19)
by Andy McNab

Nick Stone is back in an up-to-the-minute thriller – ripped fresh from the headlines.

Stone has returned to London.

The world is in a state of unrest and opportunists are looking to take advantage of an unstable world.

Their motives are unclear. But their threat is real.

Who are they really working for?

Bad Boy (Inspector Banks, #19)
Bad Boy
(Inspector Banks #19)
by Peter Robinson

A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But Banks is abroad, and the woman’s revelation of a loaded gun hidden in her daughter Erin’s bedroom leads to a shocking fatality when a police armed-response team breaks into her house. The fallout will have dark consequences for Banks and his partner, DI Annie Cabbot. It turns out that Erin’s best friend is Banks’ own daughter, Tracy . . . who was last seen in the company of the weapon’s actual owner, a very bad boy indeed.

Now that his child is on the run with a psychopath, Banks finds himself caught in a bloody tangle of betrayal and murder. But the rogue DCI is a bit of a bad boy himself, and he’ll freely risk his life and career in the cause of love—and vengeance.

Piece of My Heart (Inspector Banks, #16)
Piece of My Heart
(Inspector Banks #16)
by Peter Robinson

1969… In an era of free love and rebellion, a dead body is discovered among the detritus of a recently concluded rock festival—a beautiful young woman stabbed so savagely through the chest that a piece of her heart was sliced off.

Now… A freelance journalist, a stranger to the region, is savagely bludgeoned to death in a shocking act of violence with no apparent motive.

Two murders separated by four decades are investigated by two very different but equally haunted investigators—one, a casualty of war unable to come to terms with a confusing new world; the other, a rogue policeman harbouring ghosts of his own. But the truth behind a grisly present-day slaying may somehow be hidden in the amplified, drug-induced fog of a notorious past, propelling Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks into the darkest shadows of the peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll generation.

If you haven’t guessed yet by the blurbs, I was gifted those books or bought myself and I read or try to read any book I’m given. Now I will go on my Goodreads to read list and pick two books at random.

Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
by S.J. Goslee
These Witches Don't Burn
These Witches Don’t Burn
(These Witches Don’t Burn #1)
by Isabel Sterling

Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.

Soon June is pride month, I need LGBTQIA+ books recommendations I can add to my list this month. So use comments section to do that! Looking forward to hear what you want me to read.

Alex 

 

May’s Wrap Up/ Life Update

Timoleon Vieta Come Home by Dan Rhodes Summer Stock by Vanessa North Prelude to a Wedding by Patricia McLinn Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan City Boy by A.E. Wasp Merge Ahead by Tanya Chris Dare To Love by Amanda Kaitlyn Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan Soulswap by Arizona Tape Temptation by Design by Andrea Dalling Sissy by Jacob Tobia The Rules of Love by Cara Malone The Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden Girls Love Girls by Liz Gavin When I'm Weak by Aria Grace Shane and Trey by Anyta Sunday When It's Right by Aria Grace Would it be Okay to Love You? by Amy Tasukada I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju Handle With Care by Patrice Wilton A Hero Lies Within by Patrice Wilton Private Paris by James Patterson  Steeplechase by James Patterson Gallows View by Peter Robinson At First Sight by Patrice Wilton The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye Kill and Tell by James Patterson Second Son by Lee Child The Exile by James Patterson Deep Down by Lee Child Not a Drill by Lee Child Scott Free by James Patterson The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning Small Wars by Lee Child Zoo 2 by James Patterson Caedmon's Song by Peter Robinson Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson Dry Bones that Dream by Peter Robinson Penguins of America by James Patterson Queer Eye by Antoni Porowski Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson Zoo by James Patterson

This month I read 44 books, which is typical for me. I decided to tell you what happened this month, so here we go. This month didn’t start so high, the family had to say farewell to Abby, our dog, and that made the whole feel lost. It was time to face one of my fears head on, I returned to a hair salon, in this case, a barbershop after a lot of anxiety I did it, and it changed the way I look at myself. The magic of a haircut!

I’ve been able to stay in my “happy place.” The reason is I was able to find my comfort zone and got me through hard times, including being sick with a chest infection. A few days ago I got a text from this person saying that I’m “toxic” person, I don’t think I’m but if I ever hurt anyone I’m sorry harming or triggering anyone isn’t my aim in life.

I’m meeting my third endocrinologist on the 24th this month so wish me because I’m scared of the unknown and that my case is rejected but, I’m not going to give up because I know I’m a man and that’s what’s important to me.

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.

CHALLENGES:
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

OR

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

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

OR

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

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

OR

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

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

OR

Girls Love Girls by Liz Gavin

Girls Love Girls
1/5 stars

OR

The Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden

The Rainbow Clause
3/5 stars

OR

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

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

OR

Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

Just Juliet
4/5 stars

OR

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

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

OR

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

OR

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

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

OR

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.

Alex

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.

Alex

Soulswap (Twin Souls, #1)