MeWelcome to Once Upon a Bookcase, my LGBTQ+ YA and fantasy book blog.

I'm Jo (she/her), a Children's Bookseller of nine years, and I have been blogging at Once Upon a Bookcase since 2009. In June 2022, Once Upon a Bookcase took a move to focus primarily on LGBTQ+ YA, fantasy, and horror.

Reading preferences:
  • I am all about LGBTQ+ stories for children of all ages, and adult fantasy and horror focusing of LGBTQ+ characters.
  • I love reading YA of most genres (rarely historical and sci-fi), and all fantasy subgenres; especially high fantasy - especially non-western inspired high fantasy - and magical realism.
  • Give me all the horror, please!
  • I love diverse books, particularly sapphic stories and bi, pan, or poly m/f relationships.
  • I’m a sucker for a fairy tale retelling, and stories inspired by myths and folklore.
  • And if a story is enchanting, atmospheric, and ethereal, I am all over it.
  • Some of my favourite authors include Robin Hobb, S. A. Chakraborty, Laini Taylor, Katherine Arden, Erin Morgenstern, Natasha Ngan, Mo├»ra Fowley-Doyle, and Deidre Sullivan, among others.
Over the years of blogging, a few wonderful things have come my way:
Discover which books are currently rocking - and failing to rock - my world, and find out if they sound like your cup of tea here at www.OnceUponaBookcase.co.uk

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Want to contact me? That's great! I'd love to hear from you.

You can email me at onceuponabookcase@gmail.com.