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peanutnine
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This was a great YA graphic novel grappling with a toxic relationship and how it reverberates back on your life, your friendships, & your self-confidence. I liked the black and white art style with pops of pink throughout.
#LGBTQ2023 lesbian/wlw rep @Kenyazero
#2023ReadySetRead title has 7+ words @Clwojick

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Darklunarose
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About to start listening to this while trying to finish knitting a scarf I‘m making for my charity box.

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Mariasimon
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Shizuka Satomi, the queen of hell, sold her soul and has to deliver 7 phenomenal violin players and only needs one more. Katrina is a transgender runaway with a raw (but untrained) talent. Lan is a space captain running a donut shop, and falls for Shizuka. I loved the conversations regarding queerness (sapphic and transgender), but the plot jumped around and at times was hard to follow I thought.

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chasjjlee
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I think I still have a holiday hangover 😂. Still trying to get back into the swing of things over here. I didn't find time to read that much this month BUT I did read some very good stories ❤️.

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JazzFeathers
Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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Pickpick

Took me some time getting into this story, but then l really enjoyed it. More for the world than for the characters or the plot, l should say

This is Hollywood where movie stars may really become immortal. Film producers are monsters and if you get lost in among the fires lit in the night, you might not be able to go back.
The surreal mood is very strong and l loved it, but in some places it made it hard to figure out where the story was going.

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RaeLovesToRead
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#manicmonday #letterY @CBee @The_Penniless_Author

I was going to say The End of Mr Y for the book, but since Randy is being Captain Rulebook about it, I'll do it properly 😇😉

📖 You made a fool of death with your beauty (Emezi)
✒ Hanya Yanagihara
🎬 Y tú mama tambien
🎤 Years & years
🎶 Youngblood (5sos)

Bonus song: You (Matilda)

CBee Captain Rulebook 😂😂 4h
The_Penniless_Author I'm proud of any part I might have played in your journey toward alphabetical correctness 😊 2h
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BookishlyPleasant
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This was an engrossing, beautiful and emotionally charged read. Feyi felt like a friend who was navigating a new chapter of healing and growth and I was with her in all of the mess that comes with. The way that grief, love, loss, anger, lust and new beginnings are written is enough to take your breath away!

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Clwojick
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A little mind-blowing that February starts in just 2 days, but I‘m excited for a month filled with love, love and more love. 💗

Here is part 2/3 of my #Loveathon TBR.
@StayCurious

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Darklunarose
Cleanness | Garth Greenwell
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Bailedbailed

Call me a prude but second chapter in was content that I just couldn‘t get through. R@p€ and SA are just not things I enjoy reading about and this was pretty graphic. I get that‘s a me thing and for others it might be no issue, but for myself and my own MH I‘m best to out this down and try something different.

ShyBookOwl I've always struggled with rape scenes and the older I get the less interested I am in powering through. I bail 99% of the time now. 14h
Darklunarose @ShyBookOwl im the same. For me that‘s an autostop and I just move on to something a lot nicer. 9h
MissHel I‘ve started hunting down content warnings for SA. I can‘t deal with it anymore. 8h
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mamareading I was thinking the other day that if there is a rape science in every book then we‘re reading graphic rape scenes & SA multiple times a week and that doesn‘t sound like a great idea. I balance that with very real experiences and raising awareness… Still, I personally need a break. 6h
CollapsingLibrary While in college I struggled to understand why I‘d find some SA scenes in books okay & others upsetting. Then a girl in my class explained that she was tired of men writing scenes of women being SA by men & it could almost always be removed from the plot entirely anyways & it was a complete lightbulb moment for me. Now I typically bail on books with male authors that have SA scenes because I never enjoy them & it feels like lazy writing to me. 6h
Darklunarose @CollapsingLibrary that‘s the way I also view movies. It‘s often not needed. In this case it‘s a gay man who is with someone who refuses to listen and causes harm. I just cannot read through it. now
Darklunarose @mamareading needing a break makes sense. When faced with things that are dark and harmful there is only so much a human can cope with now
Darklunarose @MissHel there is a brilliant brilliant app for movies called “does the dog die” and it‘s been a godsend in my home. My husband can‘t cope with animal abuse and I have a few things I can not watch. We need an app like this…for books. now
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This book does pretty well what it sets out to do even though it wasn't the most engaging read. If you read it -- a history of US trans social justice movements focused on 1950-2016 -- skip the 1st chapter. The book feels like a conventional work of history: it tells dry facts, lists names, etc. I found a lot of info interesting, like prior uprisings to 1969 Stonewall that aren't as widely known but most descriptions are brief and perfunctory.