Calendar Girls June: Favorite Book with LGBTQ+ Representation

Happy Pride everyone! However you celebrate/commemorate/acknowledge Pride Month, I hope it is a great June for you!

On a personal note, I am now *officially* on Summer Vacation, but my summer semester for Grad School also starts today. I signed up for three classes, so hopefully THAT isn’t a complete and utter disaster. If you stop seeing blog posts from me, you know why.

Was anyone surprised that Pride was the theme for June? No, I think not! I can’t wait to hear what you all are going to pick!

Before I move on to my pick, I want to give a brief Honorable Mention to The Priory of the Orange Tree. There are several LBTQ love stories at the front and center of Priory, but I think what impressed me even more was how Shannon built a culture that had no expectation for straight relationships. They didn’t even have the word “husband” or “wife”, you simply married a partner. There was some expectation for royalty to produce heirs, which obviously implies a hetero-relationship, but there was no stigma surrounding homosexuality. Shannon also wrote a monarchy that was not in any way patriarchal, which considering the founder was a literal patriarch is pretty cool! The book is a massive 840-pager, so if you haven’t gotten to it yet, no judgement. But if you like fantasy (especially queer fantasy) you really should make time for it. It’s SO GOOD.

On to my pick. At first I was debating, but shortly realized that was ridiculous because there was absolutely no question as to my favorite LGBTQ+ book. Forget favorite LGBTQ+ book, it’s hands down one of my favorite books PERIOD. So without any further ado, my pick for June is…

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Calendar Girls June Theme


It’s not like I’m counting the days to summer vacation, or anything, but it’s 10 school days.

Hem. Which means, it’s time to talk about the Calendar Girls June theme! The votes are in, and the victory was overwhelming. Our June theme will be…

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Review: Whiskey When We’re Dry

Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison

Genres: Western, Historical Fiction
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆

In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family’s homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess’s quest lands her in the employ of the territory’s violent, capricious Governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah–dead or alive. 

Wrestling with her brother’s outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.

Let me start off by saying that this was my first western, so this is by no means an especially knowledgeable or well-informed opinion.

I suppose it makes sense to start first with authenticity. Again, bearing in mind that my only context for this novel is Bugs Bunny cartoons, Whiskey When We’re Dry felt to me as authentic as they come. I felt like I was reading some classic like Lonesome Dove, or like I was living in the unsettled California frontier. The dialogue, the scenery, the whiskey, it all rang so true and clear. The Wild West didn’t feel Holleywood-ized, but as bleak and barren and desperate as it must actually have been.

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Dumbledore’s Still Not Gay

In an interview that exploded onto the internet this week, the director of the new Fantastic Beasts movie revealed that the character of Dumbledore will not be explicitly gay in the upcoming film. And people are more than a little upset.


When the Harry Potter books were released in the 90s and early 2000s they were almost revolutionary in the way they dealt with discrimination. There were even a couple of studies (read more here) that showed that readers of Harry Potter had better attitudes toward minority groups, especially immigrants and homosexuals. However, to many 21st century readers, it isn’t enough. They want to see representation. This is most easily exemplified in the black-Hermione movement, which did eventually lead to the casting of black women for the role of Hermione in the Cursed Child play. However, LGBTQ readers and allies still lack a character to identify with.

Long-time fans have been anxiously awaiting the Fantastic Beasts sequel, because we assumed that any moving including both Dumbledore and Grindewald would HAVE to include something about their relationship and/or sexuality. It’s incredibly disappointing to me, but even more so to others, to find that this won’t be the case. Not just because of this lack of representation, but because I know I was personally hoping to get to know Dumbledore better. He is such an enigma in the books, which is presumably why his sexuality never came into play. I think fans are itching to find out more about him. (I can’t help but think of all the times I’ve heard a call to read a “Life and Lies of Albert Dumbledore” book…)

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