Pride Month Books

Pride Month books

Amazon posted its list of books recommended for Pride Month. I was a little disappointed that none of them were on Kindle Unlimited, but I understand that Amazon wants to sell books.

There are some cute children’s books on the list. I may get around to them later, but not this month.

I have read some of the books on the adult list already, and would recommend most of them. A few I wouldn’t read again, but someone might like to read them.

Take a peek at the list and go for it.

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

In the Dream House

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up as required reading for one of my classes. I enjoyed most of the book. It delved into issues with same-sex relationships being similar to opposite-sex relationships in some not so fun ways.

The layout of the book was interesting and I know that some subtleties we missed because I hadn’t read the book that the author was referring to, or had no knowledge of a topic that she discussed. The book was still very good and worth reading.

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The List by Jade Chang

The List

The List by Jade Chang
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When I picked this up, I was expecting a romance story. Instead it was a how to do book. My issue with it was that it was presented as Wiccan magic for most of it. I’m not sure that the magic in the book was from the origin of the idea of the list or if it was just the power of positive thinking. Either way, I was not a fan.

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My Shadow Is Purple by Scott Stuart

My Shadow Is Purple

My Shadow Is Purple by Scott Stuart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I enjoyed it more knowing about the author’s first book, My Shadow is Pink. I knew the concept from the first book, so I didn’t have to think much about what the author meant when he referred to the child’s shadow.

The illustrations and the story were wonderful and I loved that it showed acceptance and friendship.

I would recommend this book to everyone!

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My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart

My Shadow is Pink

My Shadow is Pink by Scott Stuart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a beautiful story about acceptance! The illustrations and story itself were beautiful.

I loved that the reality of a parent’s reluctance to accept his child’s uniqueness was portrayed. The child’s not knowing how to react to get his parent to know who he is was such a great addition to the story. The relationship between parent and child is portrayed just right in the story.

I would recommend the story to anyone!

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Upcoming Pride Parade

Well. Since it’s June, it’s time to plan for the Pride Parade at the end of the month. Usually, an email goes out at the last minute to ask the staff at work to walk the parade.

This year, I texted a friend who has asked me to walk with his company in the past. They were dragging their feet about asking people to walk the parade, too.

Early last week, I finally got the information about walking with work. I signed up and asked my cousin if she was interested in joining me. She was unsure. I signed her up with me, just in case.

Yesterday, I got the text that my friend signed me up with his company. His group walks earlier than my group, so now I’m trying to decide if I want to walk twice or just walk with my friend. I suspect I’ll be hot and tired after the first run through, so I’ll just be walking with the first group.

I am happy that so many people are a part of this celebration of Pride! I feel like no one has been doing much because of the pandemic, but this event is so important to the LGBT community, it needs to be celebrated.

Happy Pride, everyone!

Star Wars by Drag Queens

Star Wars Day by Drag Queen Story Hour

I love the idea of drag queen story hour! They are all over the country, but today’s was on Zoom. The link is above, if you’d like to watch it.

Felicia “Fefe” Minor read several books about Star Wars for the children, and after the Star Wars books, she read Hidden Figures, but the children’s version. She included the displeasure of knowing how much the white males at NASA dominated the black women there. The book shows how important the female calculators were.

What a wonderful program!

Heritage month guide

Heritage month guide

As you know, February is Black History Month. According to the above linked article, here are the other heritage months that we observe.

MonthHeritage Celebrated
JanuaryNone to date
FebruaryAfrican American History Month
MarchNational National Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month
AprilMarch 13 to April 15 is National Deaf History Month
MayAsian Pacific American Heritage, Older Americans Month and Jewish American Heritage Month
JuneGay Lesbian Pride Month
JulyNone to date
AugustNone to date
SeptemberNational Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
OctoberNational Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Italian American Heritage Month
NovemberNational American Indian Heritage Month
DecemberNone to date; are two international commemorations

In the past, I have posted for Black history month, Women’s history month, LGBT Pride month, and Hispanic-Latino Heritage month. I plan to do the same this year, as best as I can.

Happy Heritage month when your favorite arrives!

Trans day of Visibility

Trans day of visibility

March 31 is Trans Day of Visibility. In honor of today, here’s a list of books that celebrate Trans people. I hope that I get to read some of these soon.

1. Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

2. Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky

3. The Tensorate Series by Neon Yang

4. Zenobia July by Lisa Bunker

5. Girl Haven by Lilah Sturges, ill. by Meaghan Carter, let. by Joamette Gil

6. Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore

7. The Love Study by Kris Ripper

8. The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean

9. The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

10. The Seep by Chana Porter

11. The Hazards of Love by Stan Stanley

12. Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stintzi

13. The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar