Wrap-up: August 2020

I don’t know about you, but somehow August seems to have simultaneously lasted forever and also been as short as anything. It’s some kind of magic trick, I’m sure.

Also can you believe it’s autumn already?

But anyway. Enough of that. Have a scroll through our August summary to see what we enjoyed!


What we read


Like Water by Rebecca Podos (bi latina mc, genderqueer lesbian li, latino side character with the huntington’s disease, latinx side characters) – 5 ๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿ”ฅ Crush by Richard Siken (poetry; gay author) – 5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Iron Heart by Nina Varela (lesbian poc mc, bi poc mc, poc cast, side m/nb couple, side mlm & wlw couples) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ [review] tw body horror (chapter 6 & 14), panic attack, torture, murder
๐Ÿ”ฅ Joyride, Vol. 1 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Marcus To & Irma Kniivila (sapphic mcs, poc characters) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿ”ฅ Joyride, Vol. 2 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Marcus To & Irma Kniivila (sapphic mcs, poc characters) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
๐Ÿ”ฅ Joyride, Vol. 3 by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Marcus To & Irma Kniivila (sapphic mcs, poc characters) – 5 ๐ŸŒˆ


All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson (memoir) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ
Spindrift by Anna Burke (lesbian mc & li, bi & lesbian side characters) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]
Night Flowers Shirking from the Light of the Sun by Li Xing (Chinese lesbian mcs, gay, trans & nonbinary side characters) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
After the Parade by Lori Ostlund (gay mc, gay & lesbian side characters) – 2 ๐ŸŒˆ
The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (lesbian mc, bi mc, bi & nonbinary side characters) – 4.5 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]

The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky (British Pakistani lesbian mc with PTSD, lesbian li, Persian trans character) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]
I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch (lesbian mc, bi mc) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Laurel Everywhere by Erin Moynihan (lesbian mc) – 2.5 ๐ŸŒˆ [review to come]
The Testimony of Alys Twist by Suzannah Dunn (bi mc) – 2 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]
The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton (bi mc) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]

The Bright Lands by John Fram (gay mc & side characters) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
Blood Runs Through the Heart by L. L. Shelton (lesbian mcs) – 1 ๐ŸŒˆ
Thorn of the Night Blossoms by JC Kang (Chinese bi mc) – 2 ๐ŸŒˆ
Lord of the Butterflies by Andrea Gibson (poetry) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Forgive Me, My Love, the Ice and Sea by C. L. Clark (lesbian mcs) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ

You Perfect, Broken Thing by C. L. Clark (wlw mc with chronic illness) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston (Black lesbian mc, Black bi & nonbinary characters) – 2.5 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]
The Country Village Christmas Show by Cathy Lake (pan character) – 1.5 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]
The Betrayals by Bridget Collins (bi mc) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]
๐Ÿ”ฅ Work for It by Talia Hibbert (Black gay mc with anxiety & depression, bi mc, bi side character) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Chinese lesbian mc, lesbian side characters) – 2.5 ๐ŸŒˆ [review to come]
The Conductors by Nicole Glover (Black gay characters, Black trans side character) – 4.5 ๐ŸŒˆ [review to come]
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (gay mc, Chinese trans mc) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ [review]
Topics About Which I Know Nothing by Patrick Ness (gay characters) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ


What we watched (and listened to)


Get Even (S1) dir. Andrew Gunn & Sarah Walker (wlw mc, Black wlw li, gay side character) – 2.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Teenage Bounty Hunters (ep 1) cr. Kathleen Jordan (bi mc, lesbian li)
Motherland: Fort Salem (ep1) cr. Eliot Laurence (wlw mcs)


Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning (2020) dir. Kristian Mercado (stand-up comedy; Black lesbian comic) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ
Charlie’s Angels (2019) dir. Elizabeth Banks (wlw mcs) – 2.5 ๐ŸŒˆ


On the blog


On other blogs


So, how was August for you? What did you read and watch?


Since you’re here, please consider doing any number of the following to support Black Lives Matter, and the protests regarding police brutality in the USA.

Donate to bail funds and supplies for protestors, gofundmes of victims of police violence, mutual aid organisations and Black-owned businesses impacted by the violence.

You can donate even if you have no funds by watching videos where all ad revenue will go towards the BLM movement.

Sign petitions.

Get in contact with mayors and district attorneys, and maintain pressure on them.

Educate yourself further through the resources found on the carrd and others.

Pride was initiated following riots against police violence and raids, and those at Stonewall Inn were led by trans and lesbian women of colour, many of whom were Black. We owe them our support.

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