Wrap-up: January 2021

One month down, only eleven more to go… This year won’t be so bad, will it?

As always with us, I (Anna) watched more stuff than Charlotte, but Charlotte read way more books than I did. At this point, I don’t suppose anyone is ever surprised to see that. But hey, at least I read more than in December, this is clearly progress! And hopefully y’all have read more than me!

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What we read

Anna

I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Mason Deaver (nonbinary mc with anxiety & depression, Black bi li, Bahraini pan nonbinary Muslim sc) – 4 🌈
Master of One by Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett (mlm mc, mlm li, disabled characters, trans character) – 3 🌈 tw torture, blood, murder, mention of parental abuse
A (Fake) Boyfriend for Christmas by Sean Ashcroft (gay mcs, side sapphic characters) – 3 🌈
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell (mostly poc cast, bi mc, gay mc, wlw, mlm & nonbinary side characters) – 3.5 🌈 tw past domestic abuse, past rape, mental torture, murder [review]
In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens (bi/pan mc, mlm li) – 3 🌈 tw blood, murder, panic attacks [review to come]

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Charlotte

His Lordship’s Secret by Samantha SoRelle (gay mcs) – 3 🌈 cw period typical homophobia
We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson (gay mc) – 3.5 🌈 cw child abduction, paedophilia, sexual abuse, homophobic slurs, violence
What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson (gay mc with depression, biracial Indian American gay li) – 2.5 🌈 cw attempted suicide, car accident, casual racism & homophobia, homophobic slurs
πŸ”₯ Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Chinese American gay mc) – 5 🌈
From Darkness by Kate Hazel Hall (wlw mc & li) – 3 🌈

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo (Vietnamese bi mc, bi side characters) – 3 🌈
Alan Cole is Not a Coward by Eric Bell (gay mc) – 3 🌈 cw domestic abuse, child abuse, emotional abuse, abuse apologism
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth (pan mc, lesbian mc, bi mc, gay mc, genderfluid side character) – 4.5 🌈
A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein (gay mc & li) – 4 🌈 [review] cw death, violence, execution (beheading, hang drawn & quartered), gore, implied domestic abuse, child abuse
Roommate by Sarina Bowen (gay mc & li) – 2 🌈 cw homophobia, homophobic slurs

Persephone Station by Stina Leicht (lesbian mc, nonbinary mc) – 2 🌈 cw torture, violence
Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera (Colombian bi mc) – 3 🌈
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Ghanaian bi mc) – 4 🌈 [review to come] cw death by overdose, heroin addiction, suicide attempt
No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull (Black bi mc, Black sapphic mc, Black bi ace trans mc) – 4 🌈 [review to come] cw implied sexual abuse, drug abuse, implied domestic abuse, police brutality, gun violence
Dead Space by Kali Wallace (lesbian mc, nonbinary li, gay, lesbian & pan side characters) – 5 🌈 [review to come]

The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith (Black pan mc, bi mc, gay mc) – 3 🌈
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (sapphic mc & li) – 5 🌈
The Archive of the Forgotten by A. J. Hackwith (Black pan mc, bi mc, gay mc) – 3 🌈 [review]
Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley (lesbian mc, bi mc) – 4 🌈 [review to come]
The Velocity of Revolution by Marshall Ryan Maresca (pan mcs, polyamory) – 4.5 🌈 [review to come]

Knit, Purl, a Baby and a Girl by Hettie Bell (bi mc, lesbian li) – 3 🌈 [review to come]
The Favourite by Ophelia Field (nonfiction) – 3 🌈
Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather (lesbian mc & li) – 3 🌈

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What we watched (and listened to)

Charlotte

Ideal Home (2018) dir. Andrew Fleming (gay mcs) – 3.5 🌈 cw implied domestic violence, mentions of drug addiction and associated death, alcohol abuse, homophobic slurs
Tangerine (2015) dir. Sean Baker (Black trans mcs) – 2.5 🌈 cw prostitution, transphobic slurs, homophobic slurs, misgendering, racist slurs

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Anna

Rhys Nicholson: Live at the Athenaeum (2020), dir. Toby Parkinson (stand-up comedy; gay comic) – 4 🌈
Freaky (2020), dir. Christopher Landon (gay side character) – 2 🌈
Breaking Fast (2020), dir. Mike Mosallam (Muslim gay mc, gay li, Muslim gay characters) – 4 🌈 tw homophobia
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020), dir. Natalie Krinsky (lesbian character, Black gay side character) – 3.5 🌈
Tiny Pretty Things (S1), cr. Michael MacLennan (Latina sapphic mc, gay mc, Latino bi mc, gay mcs) – 2.5 🌈 tw islamophobia, eating disorder, medicine addiction, parental abuse, relationship between an adult and a minor, drugs, alcohol, sexual assault, mention of rape, murder, sexual harassment, homophobia, internalised homophobia, fatphobia, emotional abuse, military glorification, past domestic abuse, incarceration

Dash & Lily (S1), cr. Joe Tracz (half-Japanese American gay sc, Puerto Rican-American gay sc) – 3 🌈
It’s a Sin (S1), cr. Russell T Davies (gay mcs, Indian gay mc, Nigerian gay mc, gay characters) – 4.5 🌈 tw homophobia, death, epilepsy

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On the blog

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On other blogs

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So, how was January? What did you read and watch?

8 Replies to “Wrap-up: January 2021”

  1. Thank you for shouting out my post! I watched a LOT of QI (like… most of what’s available on Britbox ^^; ). I continued rereading Percy Jackson and listened to my audiobook arc of Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala which was wonderful!

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