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  1. What's Up in June? - 2018

    That sounds lovely, I wish the 4 of you a lot of fun . This morning we took the dogs for a dog walk. We hadn't done that in a few days, because my dad has been away or has had to leave the house early and come back late. The dogs really enjoyed their walk. It looked like it was going to rain, but it didn't (it still looks that way, so maybe it will rain later).
  2. The only book I've read that involves a deaf boy and is a bit like what you described, is A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. But they aren't in college or university, they are in high school. But the scenes do sound a bit familiar. It's about a mute girl and a deaf boy and there is romance. The book was released though in 2017, so it's probably not what you're looking for. But it's the only one I can remember right now that features a deaf boy. Maybe someone else can help. Or you could try searching GoodReads or Google for books with deaf characters (or something like that).
  3. What's Up in June? - 2018

    I'm so sorry to hear of your granddaughter's condition .
  4. What's Up in June? - 2018

    I'm glad it's not a rare or out-of-print book, but that they are recent books that you could rebuy and are not desperately sad to lose. The best to your dad .
  5. I read Kelly Bruno - Sound. This is an #OwnVoices book about a teenage girl named Jessica, who has misophonia. Certain sounds are really hard for her to bear, they make her feel extremely angry. I think I found this book through GoodReads or a Dutch webshop, somehow. I hadn't heard anything about it but I bought it because the synopsis sounded interesting. Jessica, the protagonist, feels like she's going crazy, because even all the doctors her mum takes her to don't understand what she is going through. I didn't have a lot of (high) expectations for this book, it seems pretty unknown with not many reviews and such. But I actually really enjoyed the book and was pleasantly surprised. The novel is not that long, and some of the side characters were not very developed. I quite enjoyed reading this book though, and I really felt for Jessica (the main character). Gladly I don't have misophonia, but I felt I could relate to Jessica a bit because certain sounds / inputs can be difficult for me to bear too. I don't get really angry like Jessica, but I can relate to her hating certain sounds and wanting to run away from the situation. The book was nicely written, I felt like I understood Jessica. I also liked the family and friendship elements in the book. Overall I quite enjoyed reading this book. I didn't know anything about misophonia until I encountered this book, and it was interesting to learn more about what it's like to live with it.
  6. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Nice news about the cats !
  7. Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday

    June 20th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Books That Don't Feature Cis M/M Relationships Sam's Note: -- This may seem oddly specific, but in honor of Pride being this month, I wanted to have a topic to celebrate LGBTQ+ books. But, the book community tends to, when given the chance, lift up cis m/m pairings the most. And while those books are still important and valued (we've even had topics covering m/m relationships earlier this year, which featured many cis m/m pairings), I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of those lesser known, recognized, and celebrated books. Here are some on top off my head (I took this to mean LGBTQ+ books that feature a different relationship than the one mentioned. I also know of other LGBTQ+ books but they don't feature a relationship, ie. a memoir or a story that doesn't involve a relationship etc): With relationship (but not cis m/m): Jen Wilde - Queens of Geek A. S. King - Ask the Passengers Claire Kann - Let's Talk About Love Alice Oseman - I Was Born For This Jen Wilde - The Brightsiders Without a relationship: Ash Hardell - The ABCs of LGBT Sam Killerman - A Guide to Gender Alex Bertie - Transmission Alex Gino - George
  8. I read No You Don't: Essays from an Unstrange Mind by Sparrow Rose Jones (now Maxfield Sparrow). It was an interesting collection of essays written by a person with autism. I recognised a lot of myself in certain parts of their story, which was quite nice, I always love that feeling when someone writes something and I think 'Yes! I have that too.'. I am fortunate that I've not gone through some of the things they went through. It was an interesting book to read.
  9. I read Jen Wilde - The Brightsiders. This is a book about a teenage girl named Emmy King who's in a band with two friends. Emmy is struggling with being a celebrity, and one night her partying ends up with her in an accident and in the hospital. The book has LGBT+ elements (and the author herself is bisexual), and also some racial diversity. I read Queens of Geek, another book by the author, in 2017 and it was one of my favourite books of the year. That was partially due to the great autism representation. This book (The Brightsiders) doesn't have that element. It was a nice enjoyable read. I quite liked the writing style. There was one scene in the last quarter of the book that I wasn't so keen on, basically thinking to the main character, no, don't do that, that's not going to end well, but other than that I really enjoyed reading this book and I enjoyed the message.