Hi, I’m Lauren! Or Lo. I use she/her or they/them pronouns. I’m queer and neurodivergent and a little witchy and book obsessed. You can find me occasionally posting about books at @readingwithfeelings on Instagram.
What queer book have you chosen to share with our readers today?
Okay, after many false starts and much deliberation, I have chosen to tell you about IT GOES LIKE THIS. An absolutely beautiful debut from Miel Moreland, it is a YA book about a queer pop group who have broken up but come back together for a benefit concert after a storm ravaged their hometown.
Why is this book one of your favorites?
It made me feel so many feelings. If a book makes me both laugh and cry, I am basically forever obsessed with it. Steph’s exploration of gender identity and their feelings around Moonlight Overflow constantly being referred to as a girl group. Their love of family and trying to balance that with living their own life. Celeste and Eva and their relationship and the ways we can hurt those we love, and hopefully the ways we heal from that hurt. The song lyrics! The fact that everyone was allowed to be young and make mistakes and figure out what they wanted! Ugh, so, so good and I wish it got more hype
How would you describe yourself as a reader?
Voracious? I read a lot. Definitely every single day. It is a form of escapism and learning both. I definitely read more fiction than nonfiction but I try to get in a few nonfiction books per month. I also read more queer than not, and I love the over abundance of queer books now! I have so many I want to read!
As a queer person, have books helped you explore or express your queer identity?
I feel like I read a lot of YA that teenage Lo would have benefitted from greatly. I feel like my main responsibility as a queer person is to constantly question my own beliefs and make sure I am interrogating my own internalized homophobia, racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, etc. Reading keeps me intersectional. I am loving Andy’s intentional reading challenge for this year! (You can check it out at Andy’s Insta @foreverinastory)
Other than reading, are there any queer nerdy recommendations that you would like to leave with our readers?
This is also book related, but: I love the Bookstagays podcast! Alex and Sam are amazing.
Thank you, Lauren!
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