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!
What we read
🔥 Feed by Tommy Pico (poetry; gay Native American author) – 4 🌈
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (pan mc, nonbinary li, polyam couple f/f/f, side f/f couple) – 3 🌈 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 🌈 tw blood, gore, body horror, death, drugs, past suicide, suicide ideation, toxic relationship
The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu (lesbian & gay characters) – 4 🌈 [review to come]
Feels Like Home by Jo Cox (lesbian mc, bi li, bi side character) – 2 🌈
Words of Radiance, Part One by Brandon Sanderson (bi mc with PTSD, gay side character with epilepsy) – 4.5 🌈 cw domestic abuse
Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima (Japanese gay mc) – 3 🌈
Words of Radiance, Part Two by Brandon Sanderson (bi mc with PTSD, gay side character with epilepsy) – 5 🌈 cw domestic abuse
The Fat Lady Sings by Jacqueline Roy (Black lesbian mc with bipolar disorder) – 4 🌈 cw institutionalisation, child sexual abuse, self harm, mentions of rape
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan (bi mc, gay side characters) – 3 🌈
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens (bi mc) – 2.5 🌈
My Dear Boy by Rictor Norton (nonfiction) – 3 🌈
Vermilion by Molly Tanzer (gnc mc, gay & lesbian side characters) – 1 🌈 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 🌈 cw biphobia, vomiting, toxic parental relationship [review to come]
Queer ed. by Frank Wynne (anthology) – 4 🌈
Starting from Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow (lesbian mc, bi, gay & trans side characters) – 3 🌈 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 🌈
The Satyricon by Petronius (mlm characters) – 3 🌈
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry (bi mc, sapphic li, trans li) – 2 🌈
Bewilder by Bryce Oakley (lesbian mcs, bi side characters) – 2.5 🌈
Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn (bi mc, bi li, Black lesbian li) – 3 🌈
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 🌈 cw vomiting, toxic relationship, homophobia, adult-minor relationship, abortion
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (sapphic mc, genderfluid mc) – 3 🌈 cw outing
America, Vol 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera (Afro Puerto Rican lesbian mc, wlw side characters) – 2 🌈
Oathbringer, Part Two by Brandon Sanderson (bi mc with PTSD, gay side character with depression) – 5 🌈
Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott (bi mc, gay mc) – 4 🌈
Point of Knives by Melissa Scott (bi mc, gay mc) – 4 🌈
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin (Black bi mc, Black sapphic li) – 3 🌈 cw homophobia, disownment
What we watched (and listened to)
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020), dir. Cathy Yan (Latina sapphic character, Chinese-American sapphic character) – 4 🌈 tw violence, murder, blood
Larry Kramer In Love & Anger (2015), dir. Jean Carlomusto (documentary) – 3.5 🌈
The Circle (2014), dir. Stefan Haupt (documentary) – 3 🌈 tw homophobia
How to Survive a Plague (2012), dir. David France (documentary) – 4 🌈
Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2018), dir. Sasha Wortzel & Tourmaline (documentary)
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012), dir. Jim Hubbard (documentary) – 4 🌈
The Celluloid Closet (1995), dir. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman (documentary) – 4.5 🌈
Wish You (2021), dir. Sung Do-joon (Korean cast, gay mc & li) – 3 🌈 tw homophobia
Your Name Engraved Herein (2020), dir. Kuang-Hui Liu (Taiwanese cast, gay mc & li, Canadian gay characters) – 3 🌈 tw homophobia, internalised homophobia, homophobic violence, child abuse
Where Your Eyes Linger (2020), dir. Hwang Da-seul (Korean cast, gay mc & li) – 3 🌈 tw homophobia, violence, child abuse
No. 1 For You (2021; S1), dir. Ray Jiang (Taiwanese cast, bi mc, gay li, gay characters) – 4 🌈
Equal (2020; S1), dir. Stephen Kijak & Kimberly Reed (documentary) – 5 🌈
Itaewon Class (2020), dir. Kim Sung-Yoon (Korean cast, trans character, gay side character) – 3.5 🌈 tw bullying, kidnapping, blood, violence, transphobia
On the blog
- Our February book of the month.
- Bi and/or pan books of the first half of 2021.
- Interviews with Leslie Vedder & Sophie Gonzales.
- Rec lists for LGBT documentaries and docudramas, BIPOC bi mcs, college-aged protags, books you can find on Scribd (part two), enemies to lovers (part two) and songs from January.
- All of March’s releases.
On other blogs
- The Quiet Pond had a great month (as always) providing us with interviews with Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, Aliette de Bodard, Nekesa Afia and Jonny Garza Villa, as well as recommending 20 Black LGBT books,
- Dahlia @ LGBTQReads gave us cover reveals of An Island Without You and This is Our Rainbow, as well as an excerpt from Follow Your Arrow, a guest post about recovery and addiction in LGBT lit,
- Hannah @ Ink and Myths reviewed one of our favourites, A Dark and Hollow Star.
- Kate @ Reading Through Infinity posted 25 of her most anticipated sapphic releases.
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders interviewed Morgan Rogers.
- Michelle @ Magical Reads reviewed Down Comes the Night.
- Becky @ Northern Plunder recced some sapphic books matching the colours in sapphic pride flags.
- Anna Stephens interviewed E. J. Beaton.
- Cam @ Camillea Reads reviewed Fireheart Tiger.
So, how was February? What did you read and watch?