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I am really glad to see that the District of Columbia Public Schools have restored the GLBT titles to their summer reading lists.

There are a lot of queer-themed YA novels around nowadays, although I find that most of them aren't to my taste. One of the only book review websites I read is the newish Queer YA: Fiction for LGBTQ Teens.

I think my favorite queer-themed YA novel is My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr. I also really enjoyed Gravity by Leanne Lieberman, although I thought it was deeply flawed.

What's your favorite GLBTQ-themed YA novel? Adult novel?
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Everyone is doing their holiday card address book updating, and it makes me want to send out holiday cards. I celebrate, in December, the Festival of Hecate, which is a holiday that [ profile] ethrosdemon and I made up for a Harry Potter fanfic we wrote a few years ago. I decided I liked it a lot, and appropriated it to be my holiday, kind of like Festivus, but not so annoying.

I would love to send out holiday cards, but -- but I am too lazy, basically. I mean, first one has to figure out what card. Then something to write inside each card. Then to the post office. And then! Money I could be spending on new tattoos is spent to mail things.

I don't think so!

Here are three things you should know:

(1.) Today I wore a plastic necklace, and looked freaking adorable. That is the necklace I am wearing to SFWA later this month! This was just a practice run. *g*

(2.) My sister and I have decided to go see an opera. [ profile] garretfw was talking about opera a few days ago, and since I've never been, I started talking about it, and now my sister and I want to go. Does anyone have suggestions for a happy opera that is not about infidelity? We are very picky. Nothing unhappy, nothing about infidelity. I feel like that cuts out 99% of all operas right there! I think we're doing to end up at die Walkuere, but we're open to your thoughts.

(3.) Bloom by Elizabeth Scott is up there in the top five books I've read this year, nestled right near My Heartbeat and Stay With Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr. Seriously. I can't believe how good it is; my mind is blown.
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Today I read some slush in which the author declared in the cover letter that the ms. was based on The Mists of Avalon and Independence Day and was yet completely original and unique.


In fact, all slush read today has been of similar quality, which is entertaining the hell out of me.

That's not what I want to write about today, though. What I want to write about is Garret Freymann-Weyr. )

Here is something else, something not about books: in this post here, [ profile] anteka gives us a picspam of the Impala from Supernatural. If you are so inclined, at the bottom of the entry, after the pictures, there's a whole meta about how the car reflects Dean Winchester's emotional state. If you are not inclined, the pictures of the car are practically car porn, seriously. Mmm, Impala.

Anna out.
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Good afternoon! Today I read a magnificent book about growing up, falling in love, and existing. It's a YA novel called My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr, loaned to me by [ profile] gl0ry_gl0ry, and I can't get it out of my head. It is marvelously simple and affecting. One might say that it is about the beauty of beginnings, but I would have to say that it's about the pain of endings, and how terrifying and terrible it can be to realize "adulthood."

On a happier note, over at [ profile] tor_backstairs, it is time to play "Published or Slush?" again! I know you're all really excited. It took me a while to find the perfect lines for this. I think next month we'll do entire paragraphs!

Now I'm off to eat a pistachio muffin. Catch you later, percolators.


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