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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Wendy @ What the Log | Novel Newcomers

Hellooooo!

This month means big, BIG things:
  1. NaNoWriMo
  2. Thanksgiving which is secretly code for lots and lots of yummy food but also trying to catch up/get ahead in school work.
  3. WE TURNED FIVE EARLIER THIS MONTH. AHHH. I am, at least. Lupe is three, Anelise is one.
*screaming ensues in distance*

It's been a busy week (all those projects due and there's more next week #someonehelpmenotprocrastinate 😭), but I'm trying to Novel Newcomers back on track so I finish on time this year. However, it looks like I'll be carrying this over to January of next year. I'm completely okay with this. Maybe I'll get a few stray ones I forgot to message or my email got lost in the year or... or...
OH. And there are laptop issues. I'm sick and tired of my laptop spazzing on my internet. It's not the school WiFi, it's not the mobile hotspot. I've tried everything to the moon and back, including searching Google.
Disclaimer: While I am frustrated with my computer (I brought it earlier this year! Gah.), no computers were harmed.

My current mission in the gaming world has been (that post has been put off for way too long) accomplished, so time to get my little self in gear and try to schedule as many posts as possible throughout Thanksgiving Break. I mean, I now have a questing buddy as well, so I'm hoping new laptop will actually NOT be annoying and I can do blog things while the game is doing its spell animations that I've seen 20 million times.

Okay, I'm done complaining.
This week's Novel Newcomer is Wendy from What the Log.


Whatthelog’s Epic List of Bisexual Books

My name is Wendy and I blog at www.whatthelog.wordpress.com and @whatthelogsaid. September is bisexual visibility month*, and as an out and proud bisexual lady myself, I thought an EPIC list of bisexual books would be very appropriate! Now, please keep in mind that I haven’t read every one of these books, so I cannot always vouch for their representation. However, to the best of my knowledge, none of these books contain harmful rep.

*Note from Sophia: Wendy wrote this post for September, but it is never too late for book recommendations.

I have a pet theory that the best representation is often found in young adult novels. So here’s a couple of young adult novels that have bisexual main characters.
  • I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
  • Wild by Hannah Moskowitz
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Science fiction and fantasy are great genres for exploration of sexuality. Here is a couple of books (all of them young adult, sorry about that!) where bisexuality is a key aspect of the novel.
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  • Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee
  • Hold by Rachel Davidson Leigh
I love historical fiction that talks about bisexuality, especially when they’re about actual people. So often we forget that bisexual and queer people were around throughout the whole of history, and I love it when these stories are celebrated!
  • A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar
  • Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham by Emily Bingham
  • Goddess by Kelly Gardiner
  • The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
Graphic novels often also push boundaries in theme and content. Here are three graphic novels in which bisexuality meshes with other important topics such as mental health and interracial marriage.
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
  • She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya
  • Kiss and Tell: A Romantic Resume by Mari Naomi
And finally, there is non-fiction! All of these are on my TBR for when I need a good bisexual kick up the butt! I especially like the idea of a bisexual revolution.
  • Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World edited by Robyn Ochs & Sarah E Rowley
  • Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out edited by Loraine Hutchins & Lani Ka-ahumanu
  • Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner
  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

I hope that you have been inspired to pick up some books with bisexual characters, and if you ever need recommendations, give me a shout! I’m always here to yell about diverse books, particularly about bisexuality and mental health.

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Sophia

Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.