Wrap-up: February 2021

February seems to have both whizzed by and also taken forever to be done, much like this past year has felt overall, really. There’s not much to add here that we haven’t said before: as ever, I read more than Anna. Anna watched more than me.

So it goes.

But we do have some great posts to highlight this month, so take a scroll and find out!

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What we read

Anna

๐Ÿ”ฅ Feed by Tommy Pico (poetry; gay Native American author) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (pan mc, nonbinary li, polyam couple f/f/f, side f/f couple) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ tw homophobia, internalised homophobia
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth (lesbian mc with depression, pan mc, gay mc, bi mc, genderfluid side character) – 5 ๐ŸŒˆ tw blood, gore, body horror, death, drugs, past suicide, suicide ideation, toxic relationship

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Charlotte

The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu (lesbian & gay characters) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ [review to come]
Feels Like Home by Jo Cox (lesbian mc, bi li, bi side character) – 2 ๐ŸŒˆ
Words of Radiance, Part One by Brandon Sanderson (bi mc with PTSD, gay side character with epilepsy) – 4.5 ๐ŸŒˆ cw domestic abuse
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima (Japanese gay mc) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ
Words of Radiance, Part Two by Brandon Sanderson (bi mc with PTSD, gay side character with epilepsy) – 5 ๐ŸŒˆ cw domestic abuse

The Fat Lady Sings by Jacqueline Roy (Black lesbian mc with bipolar disorder) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ cw institutionalisation, child sexual abuse, self harm, mentions of rape
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan (bi mc, gay side characters) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens (bi mc) – 2.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
My Dear Boy by Rictor Norton (nonfiction) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ
Vermilion by Molly Tanzer (gnc mc, gay & lesbian side characters) – 1 ๐ŸŒˆ cw racial slurs, cannibalism, graphic descriptions of torture

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales (bi mc, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, & pan nonbinary side characters) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ cw biphobia, vomiting, toxic parental relationship [review to come]
Queer ed. by Frank Wynne (anthology) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow (lesbian mc, bi, gay & trans side characters) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ cw biphobia, death of a parent, mentions of cancer
Oathbringer, Part One by Brandon Sanderson (bi mc with PTSD, gay side character with depression) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
The Satyricon by Petronius (mlm characters) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ

About a Girl by Sarah McCarry (bi mc, sapphic li, trans li) – 2 ๐ŸŒˆ
Bewilder by Bryce Oakley (lesbian mcs, bi side characters) – 2.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn (bi mc, bi li, Black lesbian li) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (biracial East Asian lesbian mc, lesbian li, Black gay side character, gay side character) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ cw vomiting, toxic relationship, homophobia, adult-minor relationship, abortion
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (sapphic mc, genderfluid mc) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ cw outing

America, Vol 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera (Afro Puerto Rican lesbian mc, wlw side characters) – 2 ๐ŸŒˆ
Oathbringer, Part Two by Brandon Sanderson (bi mc with PTSD, gay side character with depression) – 5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott (bi mc, gay mc) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
Point of Knives by Melissa Scott (bi mc, gay mc) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (Black bi mc, Black sapphic li) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ cw homophobia, disownment

The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K. J. Charles (gay mcs) – 5 ๐ŸŒˆ cw past child abuse, implied domestic abuse
How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole (bi & lesbian characters) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ

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What we watched (and listened to)

Charlotte

The Dig (2021) dir. Simon Stone (gay character) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
The Mallorca Files (2.02) cr. Dan Sefton (lesbian character) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ

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Anna

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020), dir. Cathy Yan (Latina sapphic character, Chinese-American sapphic character) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ tw violence, murder, blood
Larry Kramer In Love & Anger (2015), dir. Jean Carlomusto (documentary) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
The Circle (2014), dir. Stefan Haupt (documentary) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ tw homophobia
How to Survive a Plague (2012), dir. David France (documentary) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2018), dir. Sasha Wortzel & Tourmaline (documentary)

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012), dir. Jim Hubbard (documentary) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
The Celluloid Closet (1995), dir. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman (documentary) – 4.5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Wish You (2021), dir. Sung Do-joon (Korean cast, gay mc & li) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ tw homophobia
Your Name Engraved Herein (2020), dir. Kuang-Hui Liu (Taiwanese cast, gay mc & li, Canadian gay characters) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ tw homophobia, internalised homophobia, homophobic violence, child abuse
Where Your Eyes Linger (2020), dir. Hwang Da-seul (Korean cast, gay mc & li) – 3 ๐ŸŒˆ tw homophobia, violence, child abuse

No. 1 For You (2021; S1), dir. Ray Jiang (Taiwanese cast, bi mc, gay li, gay characters) – 4 ๐ŸŒˆ
Equal (2020; S1), dir. Stephen Kijak & Kimberly Reed (documentary) – 5 ๐ŸŒˆ
Itaewon Class (2020), dir. Kim Sung-Yoon (Korean cast, trans character, gay side character) – 3.5 ๐ŸŒˆ tw bullying, kidnapping, blood, violence, transphobia

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On the blog

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On other blogs

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

4 Replies to “Wrap-up: February 2021”

  1. February was a good reading month for me, I discovered a few new favourite books (and reread an old favourite) ๐Ÿฅฐ Thank you so much for including my review (A Dark and Hollow Star was amazing, I can’t wait for the sequel!!)

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  2. I’m hoping to read A Dark and Hollow Star in March, my library just purchased the audiobook and I’m so excited to listen to it! Great post, I love seeing all the media you both consumed this month!

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