Bookworms Explained #15: You Shouldn’t Buy Anymore Books Until…

You shouldn’t buy anymore books until you’ve read the ones you own. Says every friend/family member ever to us bookworms. In that case Nancy no more buying food until you’ve eaten everything you’ve bought. Same principal. Oddly though they don’t appreciate our sassy quips back, I wonder why?

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Sorted by Jackson Bird // A Transgender Memoir (ARC Review & INTL Giveaway)

Sorted by Jackson Bird
Series: Standalone
Genre: Non Fiction | Memoir | LGBT | 
Length: 320 pages
Expected Publication: September 24th 2019 by Tiller Press
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

I was provided a free physical arc by Simon and Schuster, this in no way affects my opinion.

Trigger/Content Warning: 

An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how, through a childhood of gender mishaps and an awkward adolescence, he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man in his mid-twenties.

When Jackson Bird was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with an internet connection. Assigned female at birth and having been raised a girl, he often wondered if he should have been born a boy. Jackson didn’t share this thought with anyone because he didn’t think he could share it with anyone. Growing up in Texas in the 1990s, he had no transgender role models. He barely remembers meeting anyone who was openly gay, let alone being taught that transgender people existed outside of punchlines.

Today, Jackson is a writer, YouTuber, and LGBTQ+ advocate living openly and happily as a transgender man. So how did he get here? In this remarkable, educational, and uplifting memoir, Jackson chronicles the ups and downs of growing up gender confused. Illuminated by journal entries spanning childhood to adolescence to today, he candidly recalls the challenges he faced while trying to sort out his gender and sexuality, and worrying about how to interact with the world. With warmth and wit, Jackson also recounts how he navigated the many obstacles and quirks of his transition––like figuring out how to have a chest binder delivered to his NYU dorm room and having an emotional breakdown at a Harry Potter fan convention. From his first shot of testosterone to his eventual top surgery, Jackson lets you in on every part of his journey—taking the time to explain trans terminology and little-known facts about gender and identity along the way. Through his captivating prose, Bird not only sheds light on the many facets of a transgender life, but also demonstrates the power and beauty in being yourself, even when you’re not sure who “yourself” is.

Part memoir, part educational guide, Sorted is a frank, humorous narrative of growing up with some unintended baggage.

*please wait whilst I try and gather my thoughts*

As someone who’s been wanting to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, this memoir was something I couldn’t resist. I don’t think my review can do this book justice, it’s just something you need to read yourself. I read this over two days and I know without a shadow of a doubt, I’ll be rereading it every so often. As there’s a lot of information to take in and I know I won’t take it in on the first read through.

The writing is cohesive, making you feel like you’re going on this journey with Jackson, as he writes from the heart and shares his story for those of us to read. I enjoyed reading his memoir and I think I may have watched one of his videos on YouTube but you don’t need to have seen any of his YouTube content to follow along with his story.

I learned a lot about the trans community and some of the hurdles they face in the USA. If you’re looking for LGBTQ+ books and/or specifically focusing on the trans community then I recommend you pick up this memoir. It includes helpful advice, many resources and a glossary, which all help educate you more on the trans community.

International Giveaway

Hi, hello so you guys have the chance to win a hardback copy of Sorted thanks to the publisher, who have kindly agreed to making this an international giveaway. You’ll need to click the link to enter via rafflecopter and when the winner is picked, I’ll contact them via email to confirm before then passing on the email to the publisher.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Best of luck to everyone who enters the giveaway! It’s open to everyone, whether you’re in the US or INTL, if you do have any questions about the giveaway then feel free to message me on twitter.

A Myers-Briggs Test for Readers…What’s Your Bookish “Type”? (Novel Newcomers: Alex @ Scribbles & Stories)

Y’all should get some paper and a pen ready (or your phone) so you can answer the questions as you read to find out your bookish type! Today for Novel Newcomers, Alex is on the blog with this awesome guest post.

You can find Alex’s social links at the end and be sure to let us know your bookish type in the comments!

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