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review 2017-06-09 20:01
Good info, perhaps too academic
"You're in the Wrong Bathroom!": And 20 ... "You're in the Wrong Bathroom!": And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People - Laura A. Jacobs,Laura Erickson-Schroth

As it is now LGBT Pride Month it seemed like this would be a good book to read. In light of the hysteria over transgender people using what bathrooms the title and book seemed quite apt for giving people much needed information. 

 

The book is basically what it says on the tin: the authors look at 21 myths about transgender people. Some are probably familiar to the reader: that transgender people use the "wrong" bathroom if they don't "look" a certain way, that transgender people are mentally ill and the like. And there might be some that are not so obvious: I had never heard of the concept that all transgender people all secretly want to be Barbie or Ken. 

 

So it was a learning experience. Backed by anecdotes, statistical data, research, and historical examples the authors go through and dismantle various myths. Overall the book was informative, even when I was already familiar with the myth. It's also relatively short so if you're looking for a primer for someone (a parent or a friend who wants more information) I think this might be a good pick.

 

There are also resources of sites, groups, organizations, legal resources, etc. that you may find helpful.

 

The only problem I had with the book was that the writing was quite dry and academic. My interest in the subject matter kept me going but I could really only read a few chapters at a time (and the chapters are really not that long at all from a few pages to maybe 7-8). The book runs less than 200 pages including the index, resources, citations, etc. but I personally found the text a little excruciating at times.

 

But that should not be a detriment. As I wrote it's a relatively short book so it shouldn't be too intimidating for a reader who is looking for more information. If you're more familiar with the subject and/or the specific myths addressed by the authors you may feel it's redundant to your own information so those with better/more in-depth knowledge may want to skim this first before deciding if you really want/need the book. But I definitely recommend reading it.

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text 2017-05-08 09:13
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
Strong Signal - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

What if he thought I looked like some military psycho? Or worse – a hipster, thanks to this beard?

 

Because nothing is worse than looking like a hipster? LOL

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review 2017-04-20 21:24
Hard Wired - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell

I loved this book so much.

 

This series has been perfection so far. I fell in love with this writing duo with book one and by book three, I know I want them to co-write books forever. I'll take anything they give us and beg for more if I have to.

 

There were times I was a little frustrated and times I was pissed as hell (I'm looking at one character when I say that) and those emotions just made this more enjoyable.

 

Jesse and Ian were cute together and sweet and made me feel all mushy inside. It was nice to see them get it together with their relationship. But I also liked that it took effort and compromise and love. It wasn't all fixed after they had sex and love didn't fix anyone. But there was growth and development.

 

And Ian. Ian was... I related to him in so many ways and I felt his struggles. It was so nice to read a character I could see a bit of myself in and is one of the reasons I love this book as much as I did.

 

Now I'm going to wait impatiently patiently for the next book. 

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review 2017-04-14 13:06
Growing pains
Make it Count - Megan Erickson

Alec does not want to find his best friend's girl attractive.  Lately it has been so much more.  Now, they share a secret.  Will it help or hurt the already tense situation?

 

Katia AKA Kat knows her time is almost up with her boyfriend.  She only keeps men around to avoid getting lonely.  Alec offers more, even dreams of a future.  If she can be brave maybe the future is already here.

 

Started off slow, but then got going so well I was not sure how to react.  This story is what most would call a slow burn.  I love the heat, heart, and humor.  These characters are some I would love to see again.  Loved how such a tense subject was handled.  I cannot wait to read more in the Bowler University series!  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-04-05 01:44
Book Review : Hard wired megan erickson
Hard Wired - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell
March 30-31

My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There's a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.

But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I've known online for years. And he'd known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.

Now we're back online, and he's acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don't plan to let him forget

Review : This book is was so cute I love this series this book is about Garvy aka Jesse and Cherry aka Ian I didn't see Cherry being a guy . Cherry and Garvy are asked by Kai to talk at a convention because he can't go cause of social anxiety . Jesse meets Ian and they start talking and flirting they go to this party and they end up having some sexy times . Ian wants to tell Jesse he is just having trouble because Ian has two kinda persona's and when Jesse finds out he isn't to happy but after the panel Jesse goes to Ian's room and they talk and end up having sex and after Ian leaves without telling Jesse . Jesse is disappointed in Ian but they end up talking . Ian wants to go to an art school in California and gets an interview . Jesse ends up going on a date and Ian flirts with him the entire time when Jesse is out with another guy so they talk and have phone sex . Jesse's parents use him a lot for money and he has trouble saying no to them . I really love Jesse and Ian there both really interesting characters Ian has a popular tumblr where he does art and we find out he drew Jesse with the #unrequited Ian has this persona to protect himself . Ian ends up visiting Jesse after his interview with the art school they hang out and have sex Ian makes Jesse a channel art cause Jesse is going to start a youtube channel . There is this rumor with this douche twitch gamer talking all this shit about Ian and Jesse is concerned but Ian isn't and that makes Jesse mad Ian goes back home and there going to another convention but Ian has hardly talked to Jesse but Jesse finally stands up to his parents and when Ian is a no show at the panel and the dick gamer starts talking shit Jesse looses it and Ian shows up and sees what's going on he got into the art school and there going to be living together this book was so cute I loved it I can't wait till the next one .
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Anyway, Kai had a super-hot boyfriend who’d been clear he’d pound my face if I even looked at Kai the wrong way. So that had killed the crush

He wore a black tank, which showed off his slender tattooed arms and a pair of skintight leather pants with boots that buckled up to his knees. His shaggy black hair nearly fell over his eyes, but I could see he had a nose ring and tiny silver hoops lining at least one ear. He held an unlit cigarette between full lips. Fuck. And now I was looking at his lips.

Cerise was sultry and gothic and mysterious, which was why he had so many followers on Tumblr and DeviantArt. The real Ian had zero charm and was easily startled by the attention of strangers.

“I’m paranoid you’re fucking with my head, and I still wish I could kiss away your sadness before getting your clothes off.

My real name is Ian. My other online persona is Cerise, which means Cherry in French.” “You have an odd obsession with fruit.”


didn’t recognize it from a game—maybe a movie? The blond curls, the blue eyes, the… No. I blinked. I had to be fucking imagining this shit. Scrambling for something that would show me my reflection, I settled on my phone camera. My eyes darted between my phone and the computer screen as my stomach flipped. There was no denying the fucking drawing labeled as a Cerise original was me. Me. My face.


You can just be you, who I’m totally fucking falling for.”

This is why you’ll always be my sweet little cinnamon roll. Jesse: … Jesse: You’re the weirdest person ever, and still my most favorite human. I swear.

Hey, you—” Catcalls exploded in the room as I cut him off with a kiss, brushing our lips together firmly but briefly, before draping an arm around his shoulders. I rested my head on his shoulder, crossed one leg over the other, and heaved a big sigh. “Sorry I’m late,” I said,

Jesse wouldn’t have stood up to his mom and Lyrix in the same week without your influence. You must have some magical confidence-building dick, Ian.


That’s, uh, my claim on your heart,” I said. “Because I love you, and you love me. I do accept you. All of you. So, happy birthday.”
 
 

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