Author Archives: bagankify

July 2020: How I Went a Little Overboard with Graphic Novels and Book Acquisitions to Find a Little Joy

What I Got: To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo The Deep by Rivers Solomon Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, … Continue reading

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June 2020: How I turned this month into a magical, gay reading extravaganza

What I Got: Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serano Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston Wild Seed by Octavia Butler … Continue reading

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The Mini Apocalypses in My Life: How I’m watching doors close around me with no way to open them back up … yet

CW: mentions of suicidal ideation, fatphobia, transphobia, JK Rowling, depression, anxiety My life has been full of endings lately. And the unsettling part is that these endings haven’t been followed by new beginnings. I’m stuck in place while things I … Continue reading

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May 2020: How I Am Dealing with the Sad Chaos of the World with Books… and Punk Rock Mermaids

What I Got: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow The First … Continue reading

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April 2020: How I read about plagues and the world ending during a pandemic

What I Got: Lumberjanes Volumes 1-5 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, Shannon Watters, and Carolyn Nowak (sorry if I left someone out!) Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Collection Books 1-2 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley Every Heart a … Continue reading

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March 2020: How I’m reading and reconnecting with myself during this weird time

What I got: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler What I read: City of Night by John Rechy The Mariposa Club by Rigoberto González The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth An Orchestra of Minorities (audiobook) … Continue reading

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Stories are the Cure: How I’m embracing and facing my anger

There is a sticker on the lefthand corner of my laptop, below the keyboard I am typing this on, that says, “You got this.” It is slowly peeling away, curling up, to leave only the white background the words had … Continue reading

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Fear of the Blank Page: How I’m Trying to Get Back into Writing More and Punch my Fear in the Gut

For the past few months, I have been avoiding blank pages. I’ve been reading and studying and watching Doctor Who and cleaning my fish’s tank and working, but not looking at the blank pages in my creative writing notebook or … Continue reading

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November 2019: How I Read Two New Favorite Books and They Were Both Memoirs About Identity

What I Read: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band by Michelle Cruz Gonzales The Body by Stephen King Sorted: Growing Up, Coming … Continue reading

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October 2019: How My Attempted Spooky Read AND Punk Book Turned Out to be Flops

***Sorry no photos! I have some that I may add later but my computer is malfunctioning at the moment. 😦 What I Read: Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker Opal by Maggie Stiefvater Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward … Continue reading

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