Friday, April 30, 2021

Best of the Bunch (April 2021)

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Today I'm sharing the best book I read in April.

Of the 12 books I read this month, I had one 5-star read, so that's my Best of the Bunch!

Rick felt like a warm hug. I'm very impressed how Alex Gino writes books about queer kids that 1) are accessible to elementary school and 2) express the love and joy of being part of the queer community even while tackling difficult topics. The way that they wrote a character who is questioning and may be asexual and/or aromantic was pitch-perfect — framing it in terms that are relevant to a 6th grader (having crushes, hearing sexual jokes), and acknowledging that sexuality is still in discovery at that age but verbalizing the importance of having labels to feel valid, even if those labels could eventually change. There's little enough ace rep in books in general, and having one that can introduce the identity to a younger audience is much appreciated.

What is the best book you read this month? Let me know in comments, or write your own post and link up below!

Looking back:
One year ago I was reading: The Autobiography of Malcolm X and Team of Rivals
Five years ago I was reading: The Church of Mercy and The Fellowship of the Ring
Ten years ago I was reading: The Bermudez Triangle

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