Some ALL THE RAGE things are happening! ARCs and e-galleys are slowly working their way out in the world and people are reading. Scary!
But I am more thrilled than I can say to share this response:
"In ALL THE RAGE, Courtney Summers gives a voice to countless teenage girls our society has turned our back on—the ones so many of us try to ignore. With a confident, fearless, incisive, and even compassionate heart, Summers allows these girls to be seen and heard again. A YA game changer along the lines of Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK, this is a work of great power and resonance and I believe it can give a new generation of teen girls a voice.”
- Angie Manfredi (fatgirlpopculture)
Head of Youth Services Librarian at Los Alamos County Library
This means so much to me. Thank you so much, Angie.
The book isn’t out until April 14th, 2015 but there a couple of opportunities for an early read if you live in the US!
If you are a member of Goodreads, you can enter to win one of 25 copies right here. The giveaway ends on October 13th. If you are a librarian in the US, click here to find out how to receive a physical review copy or to get white-listed on Edelweiss for an e-galley.
And to learn more about ALL THE RAGE, click here and to read the first chapter click here.
This book… What have you done!
“Are you sure that’s a real spell?” said the girl. “Well, it’s not very good, is it? I’ve tried a few simple spells just for practice and it’s all worked for me. Nobody in my family’s magic at all, it was ever such a surprise when I got my letter, but I was ever so pleased, of course, I mean, it’s the very best school of witchcraft there is, I’ve heard – I’ve learned all our course books by heart, of course, I just hope it will be enough — I’m Hermione Granger, by the way, who are you?”hermione granger ⇝ jordan richardson
How to be…Francie Nolan: Be optimistic.
“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains - a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone - just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.”
Visiting old friends at the library.
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I love when books do the thing
Ἀφροδίτη - is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. She was born from the foam of the sea.
“Do you not see what a great goddess Aphrodite is? She whom you can neither name nor measure, how great she is by nature from how great a thing she comes through. She nourishes you and me and all the mortals. And as proof, so that you might not only comprehend this in words, I will show you by deed, the strength of the goddess. On the one hand earth desires rain when the dry barren ground is in need of moisture on account of drought; and on the other hand, the revered sky, when it is filled with rain by Aphrodite, desires that it fall on the earth; and when the two mingle into the same thing, they beget everything for us, and at the same time, they nurture everything through which the mortal race lives and grows.” – Euripides frag. 898
I keep seeing posts to the tune of not enjoying published works of fiction because they’re full of straight romance; of having been ruined by fanfiction, because where else are you going to find universes where everyone’s queer, and they also get to go on space pirate adventures?
And I get that. Like everyone, I’ve spent my life inundated by straight media to the point where seeing a man and a woman make eye contact on TV makes me groan. But here’s the thing: these stories about queer characters absolutely do exist.
Don’t conflate mainstream literature with good literature. Queer authors are writing books about queer characters having entire worlds as safe-spaces. I talk to queer authors every day who are writing and have written amazing works of fiction, and I’ve poured endless hours and love into writing my own trilogy.
But here’s the thing: if you want to read about queer characters, you have to support queer authors. If you see something that catches your interest and have the funds to do so, buy it. If you can’t afford it or it’s not your cup of tea, reblog it. Queer fiction isn’t mainstream fiction because it’s queer fiction, and the only way queer people are going to be able to continue to produce the works people are chomping at the bit for is if you support them.
So instead of continuing to indulge in queerbaiting and settling down to read AU number eight-hundred and seventy five about a pair of cis white males, take a look around! Ask for recommendations! Pay attention to what queer people are producing. Trundle through the e-books on Amazon. I promise you, it’s no more stressful than digging through AO3 for something that catches your fancy.
Hear hear. I’d also like to wholeheartedly recommend ebooks from riptidepublishing. Even when I’ve read things that were not my personal cup of tea, they have a a strong commitment to editorial quality and representing queer lives honestly and authentically.
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