Four Books That Are Guaranteed To Give You Comfort

We all need comfort in our lives, even more so at a time like this. And if you’re like me (and by me, I mean an ultimate book nerd), you’ll probably find refuge between a book’s pages as well.

Books can give us all kinds of comfort! And I thank the heavens every day that we get to discover and read books that will truly comfort us in many ways. So if you’re looking for books that will give you comfort this holiday season, I’ve got your back!

Here are four books that are guaranteed to give you all the comfort you need!

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Book vs. Movie: The Old Guard

Hello book nerds!

Oh my. It’s been a while since I posted my first book vs. movie post! Well, in my defense, the last couple of months has been a whirlwind. But I’m here now, taking a break from rigorous reading, and finally writing this blog post!

Let me begin by saying this entry is a very special one. It’s special because I LOVED the movie. By “loved” I mean, “I got too invested and watched it more than five times AND I still think about it until now.” Yep. That’s exactly what I mean. And if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you would know I’m not joking. (Because I’m really not, I swear this movie got me HOOKED.)

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Our subject is The Old Guard. The graphic novel is written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Leandro Fernández, while the Netflix adaptation is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

You might have heard of this already. It was a hit (and received many praises) when it was released this July 2020 on Netflix! I went in and watched the movie without knowing a lot about it, and then I came back a different person. I mean? Queer immortal warriors?? With found family trope, great action scenes, poignant themes, and a fun soundtrack?!? HELL YES. It’s everything I never knew I needed. I also adored it so much that I listed down seven reasons why you should watch The Old Guard. (Loved writing this one!) I also loved it so much that I hosted Netflix parties to watch it with some friends over at bookstagram! (That was really fun!)

Anyway, after partially getting over the movie (I say partially because I’m pretty sure will never get over it), I read the graphic novel! And of course, I just had to compare the two afterwards.

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5 Things To Do When Reading Starts to Feel Like A Chore

No matter how much we love reading and/or blogging about books, we’re bound to feel the pressure of it one way or another, sooner or later.

I learned this the hard way back in August and September. I read more than 20 books those months (when I usually just read 5-7 books a month), just so I could keep up with my e-ARCs and blog tours and other various releases. It was fun, that much I can say. However, I could also feel myself so close to burning out (especially because I work graveyard shift) and just feeling like reading is a chore. It was somehow taking a toll on my mental health, too, and I hated that. As a book lover, and as someone who has relied on books for escapism and joy and peace, I hated feeling as if reading was a chore.

So after August and September, I decided I needed to do something to stop. I needed to break the cycle and get back to my happy place. Now, here I am sharing a few tips with you!

Here are five things to do when reading a book is starting to feel like a chore:

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2020 YA LGBTQ+ Books that Deserve Netflix Adaptations

2020 YA LGBTQ+ Books That Deserve Netflix Adaptations

Tired of seeing all these teen romcom/drama films in Netflix featuring str8s?

Me, too.

I mean, all these other (very straight) Young Adult books are being adapted to Netflix films. But what if they tried to adapt LGBTQ+ books instead? Feature and amplify various stories from the LGBTQ+ community, rather than making another very straight movie?

So, I put together a small list of 2020 YA LGBTQ+ books that deserve to be adapted by Netflix! (Which in a way, also doubles a recommendation list!) Scroll down below and tell me if you agree!

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Immersing Myself in Audiobooks: June 2020 (Black LGBTQ+ books)

Hello book nerds! Happy happy Pride Month to everyone! And when I say everyone, I mean everyone! Whether you’re out and proud, in the closet, or questioning, this is your month, too! I hope you got to celebrate it in your own way. 💗

So, since it’s Pride Month, I made a vow to read books that are in the LGBTQ+ spectrum. This includes the audiobooks I will listen to! I also decided to listen to books by Black authors to help uplift their stories and voices in these hard times. And so, as a result, I listened to audiobooks of Black LGBTQ+ books this month!

I listened to a total of four books, and I gave all of them (yes, ALL OF THEM) 5 stars! These were just amazing, I swear!

You Should See Me in a Crown

Title: You Should See Me in a Crown
Author: Leah Johnson
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance, Coming of Age, Realistic Fiction, Sapphic

I saw this book getting a lot of hype and attention on both Twitter and Instagram so I decided to give it a try. And wow, wow, wow. I’m convinced this book added 10 years to my life span!

This was so good! So cute and wholesome and full of fluff. Showed the importance and beauty of friendships, of family, of young love. There are also great character developments, especially the main character’s. And this was also so damn relatable! Honestly, this book is just perfect. Kudos to the author, and of course, the narrator (who did a pretty great job!)!

I also definitely got myself a physical copy, because y’all, it’s THAT good.

The Black Flamingo

Title: The Black Flamingo
Author: Dean Atta
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Poetry, Novel in Verse, Coming of Age, Contemporary

If I knew this book was a novel in verse, I would have read this sooner! Nevertheless, it’s an amazing book that needs to be read by more people! This perfect book beautifully tackles gender and sexuality from childhood to adulthood, and I am in awe.

Dean Atta really knows his craft. He knows how to steal the readers’ breaths away and wow our minds with only his words. I loved everything about Michael’s journey—his mistakes, his experiences, his self-realizations, his achievements, his drag queen person, everything! Plus, the way gender and sexuality is talked about in this book is just amazing, enlightening, and wholesome. Such an amazing read!

Also, Dean Atta was also the one to narrate the audiobook and they’re brilliant!

King and the Dragonflies

Title: King and the Dragonflies
Author: Kacen Callender
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

I wanted to read Kacen Callender’s work before diving into Felix Ever After and this seemed like a good pick. It really was a good pick, of course!

This books is just amazing. It explored grief, self-identity, sexuality, friendship, and family in a melancholic yet tender way. Such a great ending to King’s story (which I loved), but now I feel like I want more. Kudos to the author and the narrator!

Clap When You Land

Title: Clap When You Land
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry, Novel in Verse

Elizabeth Acevedo was the who introduced me to novels in verse with her debut novel, The Poet X, and I’ve been a fan ever since!

This is another novel in verse from Acevedo, and it did not disappoint! If anything, it just proved to me that Acevedo is amazing.

This was such a beautiful book! There’s so much story here—about families (and how messy they can be), about identity, about race, about being a woman, about dreams and passion, about healing. I was working while I was listening to the audiobook, and I swear, it took all my strength not to cry. Kudos to the author and the other narrator! They did so good!


And there you have it! I had so much fun with the audiobooks I listened to this month. These Black LGBTQ+ novels deserve so much more hype and acknowledgment and praise. In fact, there are a lot more books by Black authors and queer authors that deserve so much more from us bookworms as a community.

I hope we continue to actively look for these books, uplift them, and give them the attention they deserve. Not just every Pride Month, but in every month of every year.

How about other book nerds out there? How did y’all celebrate Pride Month? Did you get to read queer books as well? Tell me in the comments!