2019 LYRC/LTRC reads

Okay so I’m going to attempt a complete read through of this year’s Louisianas Young and Teen Readers Choice lists.

So far I’ve read:

Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss wrote the Cat in the Hat

Jake the Fake

Explorers: The Door in the Alley

The Hate U Give

And Geekerella

So far I don’t HATE anything, but I’ll be posting my review/very short booktalks in the days to come.



What I’ve been reading – 2018


Stone Sky – by N K Jemisin


The Lightning Thief – by Rick Riordan

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – by Becky Albertalli

Sea of Monsters – by Rick Riordan


Symptoms of Being Human – by Jeff Garvin

Annihilation – by Jeff Vandermeer

Authority – by Jeff Vandermeer


Acceptance – by Jeff Vandermeer


Edgedancer – by Brandon Sanderson

Oathbringer – by Brandon Sanderson

The Titan’s Curse – by Rick Riordan


The Assassin’s Blade – by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass – by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight – by Sarah J. Maas


Memories of Ice – by Steven Erikson


Heir of Fire – by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows – by Sarah J. Maas


Jackaby – by William Ritter

Empire of Storms – by Sarah J. Maas


Tower of Dawn – by Sarah J. Maas

The Female of the Species – by Mindy McGinnis

Akata Witch – by Nnedi Okorafor

This is Our Story – by Ashley Elston

Projekt 1065 – by Alan Gratz

The Hate You Give – by Angie Thomas

November –

Boy Erased – Garrard Conley

Kingdom of Ash – by Sarah J Mass

Three Dark Queens – by Kendare Blake

December –

One Dark Throne – by Kendare Blake

Artemis Fowl – by Eoin Colfer

Riders – by Veronica Rossi

Dumplin – by Julie Murphy

The Arctic Incident – by Eoin Colfer

Mother’s Day

There have been many times in my life when the second my mouth opened I knew it should have remained shut. There has been a great many more times when I knew I should say something and cowardly chosen to remain silent. Two years ago today I went to church on Mother’s Day; a not altogether uncommon feat for me. I had been raised in the church. I enjoyed going to church: the community, the service, the safety. And sure , among the 30,000 different Christian denominations and the 3,223 different translations of the Bible there have always been disagreements and differences but I had never stepped into a Christian Church, much less my home Church, and felt more unwelcome and unsafe than two years ago today.

Of the almost endless topics for an appropriate Mother’s Day sermon (women in Ministry, Biblical motherhood , a mother’s love and sacrifice , the mother of God Etc.) can anyone guess what twisted and demonic (yes the desert demon is Alive and Well in America today) ignorance and fear was crammed into my ears for an hour? I’ll give you a hint https://youtu.be/8mLimHwl-WA

So to all the mothers out there today , embrace and love your children. Know that you are THE source of compassion, joy, and hope in your child’s life. Know that you were gifted with the power of permanence. At some point in your life you have toiled and labored and bled and wept to bring up a screaming hunk of humanity into this world and absolutely no one can take that truth away from you.

So for the sake of everything pure and holy in this existence be a mother! Ladies no man on Earth has been motherless (that includes JC). You are our strength and our dignity, our wisdom and our kindness. While man has ceaselessly throughout history destroyed and spread death you and your ilk have ceaselessly nurtured and birthed life. You are our compassion and we your heritage. Let no petty, weak, and feeble man stand before you behind a Pulpit and tell you your child, your gift from God, your pride and joy is a broken thing to be cast out, fixed, or subject to shame. That is a lie straight from the deepest and darkest pits of damnation and anyone believing in a Majesty greater has better and Holier (more holy?) work to do on this Earth than this!

Happy Mother’s Day!

2017 – What I’ve been reading

January –

  • The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
  • Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Brave New Wold by A. Huxley

February –

  • Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erickson

March –

  • Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

April –

  • It by Stephen King
  • Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind

May –

  • It … still, omg
  • ChainFire by Terry Goodkind

June –

  • American Gods by Neil Gaimam
  • The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

July –

  • American Gods still, I’m slow this summer
  • Phantom by Terry Goodkind
  • Confessor by Terry Goodkind

August –

  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
  • If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

September –

  • Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  • The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

October –

  • Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erickson
  • The Haters by Jesse Andrews
  • My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

November –

  • The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin
  • Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
  • The Secret History of us by Jesse Kirby

December –

  • Call me By Your name by Andre Aciman
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman



17 minutes

An hour a day an hour a day an hour a day an hour a day brain melt time lost Sinners sending losers grinning I’ll never make it never tell I slowly die here then go to hell because the guy who loves me hates my guts and The God Who to save me would be my Destroyer, what a double sided coin he is, she’s a real trashy lady and an abusive dad all rolled up into one big THEY that wants all my attention but none of my companionship.

An hour a day an hour a day an hour a day an hour a day if vampires were real, and I think that they are, they’d suck our lives away leaving a shambling Mindless empty husk of fat and Blood and Bone, leave us to an emptiness that seems so vast and complete that hopeless isn’t even a drop in that great Cosmic bucket, teachers teaching points and morals that get you lost beaten down locked away and unwanted,  bosses using life-sustaining nectar as hostage for blind allegiance to their own greatness, worship oh sheep your Lords and Masters, the ones who signed the paychecks and shovel excrement into your eyes, brown is all you can see, brown and green, green the color of Broken Dreams and therapist couches, brown the color of the trees they’d be more than happy to hang you from, why? because you stepped out of line by being born, you’re born too dark, too gay, too fare, too far from the center of the universe to Matter to The God Who will gleefully torture you for all eternity, no lesson, nothing learned, no Second Chances, just fire and darkness and hatred because the masses sing praise to the child God of narcissism and selfishness and pride and judgement. Calling All Peoples your judgment is now.

An hour a day an hour a day an hour a day an hour a day a Time past when playing was play and not fear and pain when hopes and dreams were actual goals not distractions from the slavery we call Freedom and petulance we call politics an ending is brewing is boiling is about to flash this evolutionary experiment into Oblivion and one finite mushroom cloud reaching into the atmosphere to wipe the stain of humanity away and start over in a thousand years of peace.

2 minutes, 42 seconds

A more inclusive selection!

Want your local/school/public library collection to be more LGBTQ friendly?

Request for purchase or  donate an item yourself from the 2017 Rainbow List 🙂




Picture Books


Worm Loves Worm

by Austrian, J.J.

ISBN: 978-0062386335

Pub Date: 1-5-16


Big Bob, Little Bob

by James Howe

ISBN: 978-0763644369

Pub Date: 10-11-16


I’m a Girl

by Yasmeen Ismail

ISBN: 9781619639751

Pub Date: 5-31-16


Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship

by Jessica Walton

ISBN: 9781681192109

Pub Date: 05-31-16


Home at Last

by Williams, Vera and Chris Raschka

ISBN: 9780061349737

Pub Date: 9-13-16


Middle Grade Fiction


Lily and Dunkin – I’ve requested this book through Ann

by Gephart, Donna

ISBN: 9780553536744

Pub Date: 5-3-16


The Other Boy

by Hennessey, M. G.

ISBN: 9780062427663

Pub Date: 9-20-16


Middle Grade Non-Fiction


Pride: Celebrating Diversity and Community

by Stevenson, Robin

ISBN: 9781459809932

Pub Date: 4-19-6


Young Adult Fiction


Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

by Brown, Jaye Robin

ISBN: 9780062270986

Pub Date: 8-30-16


How Many Letters are in Goodbye?

by Cassidy, Yvonne

ISBN: 9780738747453

Pub Date: 3-8-16


Look Both Ways

Cherry, Allison

ISBN: 9780553511864

Pub Date: 6-14-16


Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity

by Clark, Kristin Elizabeth

ISBN: 9780374380069

Pub Date: 11-8-16


Boy Robot

by Curtis, Simon

ISBN: 9781481459297

Pub Date: 10-25-16


Unbecoming – I’ve requested this book through Ann

By Jenny Downham

ISBN: 9780545907170

Pub Date: 2-23-16


The Great American Whatever – I’ve requested this book through Ann

by Federle, Tim

ISBN: 9781481404099

Pub Date: 4-25-17


Symptoms of Being Human – I’ve requested this book through Ann

by Garvin, Jeff

ISBN: 9780062382863

Pub Date: 2-2-16



by Jaffe, Sara

ISBN: 9781941040133

Pub Date: 9-1-15


You Know Me Well

by Levithan, David, and Nina LaCour

ISBN: 9781250098641

Pub Date: 6-6-17


True Letters from a Fictional Life

by Logan, Kenneth

ISBN: 9780062380258

Pub Date: 6-7-16


Without Annette

by Mason, Jane B

ISBN: 9780545819954

Pub Date: 5-31-16


When the Moon Was Ours

by McLemore, Anna-Marie

ISBN: 9781250058669

Pub Date: 10-4-16



by Moskowitz, Hannah, and Kat Helgeson

ISBN: 9781452138398

Pub Date: 5-17-16


This Song Is (Not) for You

by Nowlin, Laura

ISBN: 9781492602903

Pub Date: 1-5-16


Seven Ways We Lie

by Redgate, Riley

ISBN: 9781419719448

Pub Date: 4-4-17


Juliet Takes a Breath

by Rivera, Gabby

ISBN: 9781626012516

Pub Date: 1-27-16



by Spangler, Brie

ISBN: 9781101937167

Pub Date: 10-11-16


Under Threat

by Stevenson, Robin

ISBN: 9781459811317

Pub Date: 3-1-16


The Inside of Out

by Thorne, Jenn Marie

ISBN: 9780803740587

Pub Date: 5-31-16


The Root: A Novel of the Wrath & Anthem

By Tilahun, Na’amen Gobert

ISBN: 9781597808637

Pub Date: 6-7-17


Highly Illogical Behavior – I’ve requested this book through Ann

by Whaley, John Corey

ISBN: 9780525428183

Pub Date: 6-13-17


The Steep and Thorny Way

by Winters, Cat

ISBN: 9781419719158

Pub Date: 8-8-17


Young Adult Non-Fiction


Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began

by Cooper, Alex

ISBN: 9780062374608

Pub Date: 3-1-16


The Gender Quest Workbook: A Guide for Teens & Young Adults Exploring Gender Identity
by Testa, Rylan J., Deborah Coolhart, Jayme Peta
ISBN: 9781626252974
Pub Date: 12-1-15


Graphic Novels


Beyond:  The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Anthology

by Monster, Sfe R.

ISBN: 9780990995692

Pub Date: ? – ? – 2015

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls: Expanded Edition

by Nicholson, Hope

ISBN: 9781506700991

Pub Date: 10-18-16


Lumberjanes Volume 2 & 3

by Stevenson, Noelle, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho, and others

ISBN: 9781608868032

Pub Date: 4-5-16

ISBN: 9781608867370

Pub Date: 10-13-15