Books shelved under “Transgender”

13 reviews found

  1. Book cover for Pet


    by Akwaeke Emezi

    3 out of 5 stars


    Although Pet crossed my book radar a few times, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it hadn’t been recommended to me by my friend Emeline. The descriptions of the book, despite its promise of a trans main character, didn’t leave me with the impression that it would be my jam. Indeed, for the first third or so, that was my initial conclusion: that I could understand Pet’s appeal for other readers, but…

  2. Book cover for Whipping Girl

    Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman On Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity

    by Julia Serano

    3 out of 5 stars


    One of my goals last year was, and for this year remains, to read more works by transgender authors, particularly about trans issues. I have been following Julia Serano on Twitter for a while now, so during my latest shopping expedition I decided to pick up Whipping Girl, which has also been on my radar for a while. Serano is not only a trans woman but also a molecular biologist, providing her with insights…

  3. Book cover for Felix Ever After

    Felix Ever After

    by Kacen Callender

    4 out of 5 stars


    I’ll give this book credit for getting me out of my reading slump that I fell into at the beginning of the year. I read Felix Ever After in a day! Kacen Callender made me feel very invested in Felix’s story. Though I wouldn’t call this a “light” YA read by any stretch of the imagination, there is a lot in here that is humourous to balance out the more serious parts. In particular, Callender…

  4. Book cover for Cemetery Boys

    Cemetery Boys

    by Aiden Thomas

    4 out of 5 stars


    This was one of those books where I was afraid it would not live up to the hype, because people I follow on Twitter have not been able to stop talking about it. Fortunately, Cemetery Boys lived up to the hype—perhaps even exceeded it in some ways—and I went from being apprehensive about possibly not liking such a popular book to being really happy I took this chance. It’s great as a trans story, great…

  5. Book cover for Girl, Woman, Other

    Girl, Woman, Other

    by Bernardine Evaristo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Updated | Reviewed

    Every once in a while, I stop and just think about how everyone else around me is totally engrossed in their own life. I don’t mean in an egotistical sense. I mean … just as I am wrapped up in living my life, with my own beliefs and struggles, my moments to myself and my moments given to others … everyone else goes through all this too! Except they aren’t me, or I’m not them,…

  6. Book cover for For Today I Am A Boy

    For Today I Am A Boy

    by Kim Fu

    1 out of 5 stars


    This is an own-voices review for being a transgender woman, but I am white and do not share the protagonist’s ethnicity. For Today I Am A Boy left me unsettled in ways I didn’t expect, and not entirely in the good kind of unsettled you want from some literature. I’m going to be harsh here because it’s how I feel, having read the book, but I would like to disclaim up front that even though…

  7. Book cover for The House of Styx

    The House of Styx

    by Derek Künsken

    5 out of 5 stars


    Let me tell you how I thought this review would go. As I began reading The House of Styx (which I received free via NetGalley and publisher Solaris), I thought that I would enjoy this book, for sure. Derek Künsken had, after all, reignited the faint embers of my love for posthumanism with The Quantum Magician and then fanned those flames with a dose of time travel in The Quantum Garden. However, I also…

  8. Book cover for Non-Binary Lives

    Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities

    by Jos Twist

    3 out of 5 stars


    You’d think the pandemic would mean I have more time to read rather than less, right? But for some reason my reading speed has decreased rather than increased. I’m making more of a comeback, but it still took me a long time to read and review Non-Binary Lives: An Anthology of Intersecting Identities. That shouldn’t reflect on the quality of this book. Similarly, I’m going to explain later that I’m kind of over these…

  9. Book cover for Love Lives Here

    Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family

    by Amanda Jetté Knox

    4 out of 5 stars


    If I had read this book last year shortly after it came out, I would be writing this review from the position of a cisgender man and, like Amanda Jetté Knox, hopefully a trans ally trying to educate himself. Instead, I recently came out as transgender, not too long after having the epiphany that I am a trans woman (I’m still trying to work out the precise language I want to use to describe that…

  10. Book cover for Baker Thief

    Baker Thief

    by Claudie Arseneault

    4 out of 5 stars


    What's better than a magical mystery? A magical mystery featuring baked goods, you say? Sign me up! Baker Thief is a conventions-busting, inclusive, fun alternate world urban fantasy novel with mysteries and thrills and no small amount of underdogs taking on the corrupt underbelly of corporations.

    It is, in short, a good read.

    Adèle is a detective recently relocated and transferred to a new unit. Shortly after moving in, a masked, purple-haired thief named Claire…

  11. Book cover for To My Trans Sisters

    To My Trans Sisters

    by Charlie Craggs

    3 out of 5 stars


    So I guess this is my coming out review? I actually have a blog post for that, but of course, some of my transition experiences thus far will be interspersed throughout this review.

    Hello, world. I’m Kara now. (That’s pronounced Car-uh.) I’m a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her.

    To My Trans Sisters seemed like a perfect book to read and then review on the day I came out online. It’s a collection…

  12. Book cover for Lizard Radio

    Lizard Radio

    by Pat Schmatz

    3 out of 5 stars


    Lizard Radio is a lovely, messy, very queer book with queer characters. I enjoyed it and also didn’t, if you know what I mean—I’m glad I read it, but reading it was a bit of a chore, because Pat Schmatz’s style is quite distinctive. This feels more like a novella than a novel to me, despite its length, because it doesn’t quite have the narrative completeness I desire, personally, in my novels. Nevertheless, Kivali’s journey…

  13. Book cover for Trumpet


    by Jackie Kay

    4 out of 5 stars


    Trumpet is the August pick for the Banging Book Club, an online, tweet-fuelled read of books about sex and sexuality hosted by Hannah Witton, Leena Norms, and Lucy Moon. This is a nice change of pace after a few months of non-fiction books. All of the fiction books so far have been excellent but in such different ways. The two previous novels (Asking For It and All the Rage) had similar topics…