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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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Julie Murphy's books are so heart-warming but also don't shy away from complexities and grey areas. This is a great debut into the middle grade market about a 13-year-old who has a lot of stuff going on in her life: parents' divorce, parent coming out, an ex-BFF, and an eccentric elderly neighbour who asks Sweet Pea to look after her mail for her advice column while she's gone. Sweet Pea gets herself into a wee bit of trouble. I loved this!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I should probably stop listening to this #audiobook alone in my big house eh? #HalloweenReads #AwesomeAudiobooks

Cathythoughts 😳 maybe so ! 4w
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This is an amazing, diverse collection of personal essays. Topics range from a teenage summer spent in Mexico, to getting really into tarot, becoming a writer, the HIV / AIDS epidemic, identities of being Korean American and gay, being a student and a teacher, and lots more. I loved his voice and how he got to the heart of big issues while sometimes writing ostensibly about smaller, everyday things. Excellently read with precision and feeling.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian "Your imagination needs to be broken in, I think, to become anywhere near as weird as the world."

"It's a strange time to teach someone to write stories. But I think it always is. This is just our strange time."
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian "I was someone who didn't know how to find the path he was on. The one under his feet. This, it seems to me, is why we have teachers."
#QueerBooks #AwesomeAudiobooks
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suzisteffen I love this book so incredibly much, and actually every Alex Chee book and essay and article. He‘s amazing. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💖 4mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @suzisteffen This is my first book by him, I'll definitely be seeking out more! 4mo
Megabooks It‘s a great book! 4mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Only two essays in but I am loving this book! Topics touched on so far include being biracial, spending a summer in Mexico, his father's death, and tarot cards. I really like how he weaves together the lighter and heavier subjects together in one essay while still feeling cohesive. #AwesomeAudiobooks #audiobook #QueerBooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
From Twinkle, With Love | Sandhya Menon
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This has so many romance tropes in it, I love it. #Romantsy #Romance #YA #WeNeedDiverseBooks #audiobook #AwesomeAudiobooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
My Favorite Half-Night Stand | Christina Lauren
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This was a super fun friends to lovers #romance #audiobook! I was iffy on a woman character who's "one of the guys" and doesn't have any women friends (I know those women exist, I just find it hard to identify w/). But Millie's emotional intimacy issues & history with unresolved trauma/grief from her mom's death made the situation very believable. I liked how this gender-reversed the usual "woman teaches man how to get in touch with his emotions."

sammisho I feel the same way about that kind of character! How can you not like other women? We are effing awesome! 5mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @sammisho Yeah exactly! For this character it did made sense, though, because she had such a hard time opening herself up emotionally and it'd be hard to sustain female friendships without that! 5mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I liked this even better than the first book! Felicity Montague reminded me of Hermione Granger. She really wants to be a doctor, she's asexual, there are dragon sea monsters, and there's a queer Muslim girl character (Sim) who I also loved. I really liked how the book investigated how "smart girls" like Felicity can fall into sexism when they associate femininity with a lack of intelligence and the intersections of early science and colonialism.

suzisteffen WOW I want these books! Sounds amazing. 5mo
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The Austen Playbook | Lucy Parker
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This was a great #romance #audiobook! I really liked the dynamic between the couple: an icy Slytherin no-beating-around-the-bush theatre critic and a bubbly optimistic Hufflepuff actress. The romance wasn't the only or even most important plot: discovering an old family secret, a Jane Austen mashup audience collaborative play, how Freddie is going to learn to stand up to her dad/business manager, and how Griff is going to save his family estate.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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"A crowd of women around me doing the ocean of women's work that never subsided and never changed and always swallowed whatever time you gave it and wanted more, another hungry body of water. I submerged into it like a ritual bath and let it close over my head gladly." #audiobook #AwesomeAudiobooks