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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

Joined September 2016

Bisexual. Librarian. Writer. www.caseythecanadianlesbrarian.com
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Mehso-so

To be honest, I found most of this memoir about grief underwhelming. I feel a little bad saying that about a book about something as sad and intimate as your husband dying, but there it is. There were some occasional lovely turns of phrase. I also found reading about this rich white lady's unexamined life of privilege to be tedious and all the stuff about the American health care system fucked up but simultaneously not interesting?

Prairiegirl_reading I dfn‘d this. Completely agreed about the unexamined and privileged life. I just couldn‘t. Then I gave the book away which I rarely do. 1d
Cathythoughts I think the title is perfect.... how one comes to terms with death & being a widow ... magical thinking describes the first year, privileged or not ... 1d
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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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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! 5d
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! 4d
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Such a great book with gentle, non-judgmental, inspiring advice and coping strategies for dealing with mental illness. Forney has bipolar so that's the focus of the book, but as someone with anxiety and a bit of depression, I still found a lot of the tips applicable and helpful. Her writing is down-to-earth and funny and her illustrations are cute and emotionally spot-on. I borrowed this from the library, but it's definitely one I will be buying!

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Pickpick

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. 1w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Bailedbailed

I am still pretty sure I'm going to love this book, but I cannot stand the voice of the actor who's narrating the #audiobook, so I'm gonna have to bail on this and get the print book. #QueerBooks

silentrequiem So interesting. My friend who I recced this to is doing the audiobook and loves the narrator. Hopefully the reading it in print is better for you! 1w
StayCurious There‘s nothing worse than a bad audiobook narrator! Takes you right out of the story. 1w
sammisho I am reading this in print an loooooovvvvving it! 1w
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Although at times this comic felt a bit disjointed and without a narrative structure to hold it up, I also really enjoyed and felt moved by it. It's autobiographical #manga detailing one woman's struggles with depression and queer sexuality. It's very frank and vulnerable. Some of her statements about depression are so spot-on and sad ("I'm so bad at being alive." ?). I was also interested to learn about lesbian sex work in Japan. #QueerBooks

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There are a lot of hard-hitting thoughts about depression in this book, like:

"I'm so bad at being alive"

"Anyone is fine. I just want someone to hold me."

"I'd never understood how people could just *keep on living*"

#QueerBooks #Manga #Depression

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Panpan

As much as I liked listening to James Marsters' voice during this #audiobook, the book itself was not good. While there was some cool urban fantasy world building, I can't stomach how casually sexist the writing and the main character is. All the women are overwhelmingly described in terms of their sexual attractiveness, more than one is put in the damsel in distress situation, two women sex workers are killed, and they don't have personalities.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian For another urban #fantasy that is racially diverse and not sexist, I'd recommend 2w
KathyWheeler @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I love the Rivers of London series! 2w
SW-T Rivers of London is a wonderful series! 🙂🙂🙂 2w
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slightlyfoxed Yeah, I like Jim Butcher‘s world-building, but he falls into the category of male writers that make me wonder if they‘ve ever actually met a woman. 2w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @KathyWheeler Yes me too! I need to catch up. 2w
KathyWheeler @slightlyfoxed Although I love the Dresden Files, I completely understand what you‘re saying. Jim Butcher‘s female characters often make you wonder if he‘s ever been around women at all. 2w
Rudis I totally agree; I‘ve started skipping to the third or fourth when I reread, the first few are too painful. If you like PI‘s in your urban fantasy, the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire is fantastic. 2w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Rudis ooh, thanks for the rec! 2w
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This is my very first manga! I've never read a book back to front before, so I hope it's not too much of an obstacle! #QueerBooks

LogiKitty This looks amazing! 3w
fandom_hellspawn99 Wow, I've read so much manga from mainstream to the very obscure, how did I miss this gem? 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @fandom_hellspawn99 Hope you like it if you pick it up! 2w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @LogiKitty There's also a sequel now if you read and like the first one. 2w
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Butter chicken, green beans, and a queer mystery novel about a food writer. The actual book isn't in the Litsy database and is called The Foragers by Sarah Dunham. #QueerBooks #Mystery #BooksandDinner

Librariana I ❤ butter chicken over jasmine rice! Yum!! ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy! 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Librariana Thanks! It was delicious. 3w
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Mehso-so

Although this is unfortunately my least favourite of Cole's Reluctant Royals #romance series, I still enjoyed it. Prince Johan's non-binary younger sibling was the best part. I'm not into the playboy/experienced guy and the inexperienced woman dynamic, which is one of the main reasons Nya and Johan didn't really do it for me as a couple. I also normally like the fake relationship trope, but in this book I didn't find it interesting or believable.

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Am I starting this #audiobook based pretty much solely on the fact that James Marsters aka Spike from #BtVS narrates it? Yes, yes I am.

Krisjericho That is exactly why I stick with them. The first one is not his best narration, but he does a great job with the rest of the series. You have to be able to overlook misogyny and Butcher‘s absolute inability to write female characters to enjoy the series, though. It‘s not always easy. 3w
KathyWheeler I read the first several but started listening to them when I learned James Marsters narrated them. He‘s fantastic. I agree with @Krisjericho — you have to be able to overlook a lot of misogyny and unrealistic female characters to enjoy them; which, apparently, I‘m able to do. 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Krisjericho Hmm, okay good to know! 3w
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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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Had a nerve-wracking and stressful day at work so am watching this book to movie adaptation! I loved the book so I hope the movie lives up to it.

xxjenadanxx Great movie!! 3w
KirstieE I haven‘t read the book yet but the movie was good !! 3w
Unabridged I prefer the book but thoroughly enjoyed the movie!! ❤️ 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Unabridged Of course the book is always better, but I did really like the movie! 3w
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Tell Me How You Really Feel | Aminah Mae Safi
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Parts of this #YA I loved, and others I feel iffy about. Two seniors at a fancy prep school, one a future doctor with rich grandparents and a "have-to-be-perfect-daughter" complex and the other a scholarship recepient and filmmaker with a huge chip on her shoulder. Loved: enemies-to-lovers, sometimes unlikable girls, and ethnic/religious diversity. Didn't love: rushed ending and how the author seemed to deliberately avoid the words gay/lesbian/etc

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Child of a Hidden Sea | A. M. Dellamonica
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Bailedbailed

This is just not interesting me. I put it down for a few weeks and had pretty much zero desire to pick it up again even though I'm like 100 pages in. Plus, I still have no idea who the guy on the cover is; he's either white-washed, has the wrong hair colour, and/or too old to be any of the main male characters in the book. How annoying.

theresidentromantic That's a shame, he's rather pretty in an anime kind of way. 3w
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This was refreshingly similar to cishet Regency romances, but with a bisexual male character and a non-binary cross dressing character! I really liked the dynamic between the leads (stiff, aristocratic Alistair who doesn't know how to love and easygoing playful loyal Robin). Sebastian succeeded in writing their relationship in a way that didn't conform to hetero dynamics despite the fact it's about a cis man and an AFAB person. Great bi rep!

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Tell Me How You Really Feel | Aminah Mae Safi
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Airplane read today! #QueerBooks #YA #LGBTQBooks #GayYA

rachelsbrittain So excited to read this one! 1mo
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The latest in a series of library books I have been tempted to check out even though I have so many books waiting for me at home. #NoRegrets #Poetry

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"There were men who preferred other men, and kept damned quiet about it, and there were men who preferred women. To not take a stand one way or another seemed wanton. Greedy. Not at all like the sober, measured gentleman Alistair wanted to be." Oof, internalized biphobia in the Regency period. That feels almost too real. #Romantsy #BisexualBooks #QueerBooks

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Littens I am not doing very well on my project to read the books I already own, but it's so hard when you work at a library! And also I recently moved and my books are still in boxes. But anyway, I checked out these #romance books yesterday at work. I have heard very good things about both! Plus, the Cat Sebastian has a bi and a non-binary character! #Romantsy #QueerBooks #BisexualBooks

Owlizabeth I love Sarah MacLean, I‘m gonna have to look for the other! 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Owlizabeth I think it's her latest! 1mo
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Just realized this will be my fourth Alyssa Cole book in 2019. I regret nothing. #Romantsy #Romance

SkeletonKey I‘m waiting in line for this one! 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @SkeletonKey Hope it arrives for you soon! 1mo
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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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A strange book indeed. A damned soul/folk tale monster walks the earth as a witness to humanity's evil; she offers her hand to others to walk with her. Her story is told through the stories of many, including half through old letters and diaries from different periods around the world. In the present there is Helen, whose particular evil is a mystery until 3/4 of the way in. Gothic, uncanny writing about sin and redemption, mostly set in Prague.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I really liked this book, but am not sure I understood it? It probably would have been better for me to read it in print, although the #audiobook narration was fantastic. 1mo
Emilymdxn I love this book! Great review 1mo
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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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This is deliciously gothic and spooky. Also very European (set in Prague with Czech, German, and British characters). I love the #audiobook narration!

rretzler I'm glad to hear someone is enjoying it. For some reason, I'm struggling through it - it's just not keeping my attention and I thought I would like it. 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @rretzler I had a similar problem with her other book actually! 1mo
Branwen I really didn't care for her first book, but this one I absolutely adored! 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Branwen Same experience for me! 1mo
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Child of a Hidden Sea | A. M. Dellamonica
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Literally chose my next read by reaching into one of my boxes of books (from recently moving) and picking the first one I found that I haven't read yet. I've read one other book by the queer Canadian fantasy author and loved it. I hope this one is good! #QueerBooks #Fantasy #CanLit

suzisteffen !!!!! I am going to buy this RIGHT NOW. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @suzisteffen Hope you like it!! 🤩 1mo
silentrequiem Oh I have this one! Also unread... Whoops. 1mo
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An amazing book! My favourite historical by Alyssa Cole. Set in the American civil war, the story is about 2 people with a lot of growing to do. Daniel, a Black man born free in the North, is experiencing PTSD after having been kidnapped into slavery. Janeta is the Cuban daughter of a slaveowner and a former slave; she's been raised to think herself above other Blacks. Their love story and individual journeys are so beautiful and moving. I cried.

Liatrek I loved this one too❤️ such an amazing series! 1mo
writerlibrarian That was a really good Cole indeed. 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Liatrek I somehow missed the second one so nowi have to go back and read it too! 1mo
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"He walked away from the idea that his only use in this world was vengeance, or that vengeance was only hatred and pain. Vengeance was happiness in a world that wanted to crush him. Vengeance was love in a world that wished him misery. Vengeance was stopping injustice." ? #BlackBooks #Romantsy #Romance

Owlizabeth I cannot wait for my library hold to come in!! 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Owlizabeth Hope you love it too! 1mo
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Grasshopper Jungle | Andrew Smith
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This is a fucking weird book. It's about a confused teen boy who's in love with his gay best friend and his girlfriend Shann. It's also about the end of the world via secret government experiments causing giant praying mantises who eat humans. Austin is constantly thinking about being "horny." His voice is very authentic. I can imagine teen boys really digging this book. Caveat: I was pretty disappointed with the shallow characterization of Shann.

kgriffith I bailed on this one. I tried the audio as it was a free pick through Sync and I just couldn‘t. (edited) 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @kgriffith I can totally understand why you would bail! It is definitely not for everyone. 1mo
MCYmermaid This is a fucking great review. 1mo
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My partner and I spent all day yesterday cleaning and organizing and unpacking our new apartment so today I am taking a much deserved day off to do all the things listed on this mug. Also, this book is fabulous so far! #Romantsy #Romance #BlackBooks

SW-T Congrats on your move! Hope the two of you enjoy your new home 😊 1mo
brennahawleycraig I haven‘t started this series by her but I definitely want to! I have the first one at home. Enjoy your rest! 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @SW-T Thank you! 😃 1mo
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Oops checked out a #romance book on my shift at the library today. I loved the first one in this series, and the plot of this one sounds even better! Two spies, one who's a double agent set to betray the other?? #Romantsy #BlackBooks

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I loved the depiction of drag & the first blush of queer community. This #YA about awkward baby dyke Nima brought me back to that period in my life. I loved the supportive adults: her hippie dad, lesbian family friend Jill, and drag mentor Deirdre. But: the plot about her mom who's left was underdeveloped and the characterization of Deirdre was off: she's constantly referred to as a drag queen not a trans woman but she always presents as a woman?

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Grasshopper Jungle | Andrew Smith
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This book is super crude and quite weird but I kinda love it? It feels very authentic teenage boy. #YA #BisexualBooks #WeNeedDiverseBooks #LGBTQBooks

catiewithac I loved this book! 😍 Sequel comes out this fall! 1mo
Emilymdxn The bisexual books tag is always an immediate stack for me 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @catiewithac Oh, I didn't know there was a sequel coming out! 1mo
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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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The Austen Playbook | Lucy Parker
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Okay so this book is amazing so far. I love the characters and I love the premise that they are going to be brought together by a choose-your-own-adventure style play with a mash-up of Jane Austen characters. I would love to see that play!! #Romantsy

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This book is giving me serious nostalgia about the time when I was first coming out and went to my first Pride parade and drag show. 🏳️‍🌈 😍 #QueerBooks #YA #LGBTQBooks #GayYA

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Bailedbailed

Wow wow wow. I think this male voice actor is possibly the worst I've ever heard at doing women's voices. His narration of Hazel's voice is completely unbearable. And tbh, the first chapter did not endear me to Hazel's character; I found her pretty annoying. Too bad, I really liked the last Christina Lauren book I read! #Romantsy #Romance

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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A wonderfully atmospheric fantasy: a unique mix of fairy tale and Russian / Jewish mythology. Novik did an amazing job retelling Rimplestiltskin, taking ample liberties and making it her own. Strong female characters, not always likable, all rebelling against the patriarchy; the story is told from all theirs POVs, plus a few others. Overall excellent #audiobook narration but it REALLY needed character name markers when it switched perspectives.

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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

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The Austen Playbook | Lucy Parker
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I am really enjoying my current #audiobook (Spinning Silver) but I am also very much looking forward to these two #romance books! #Romantsy #AwesomeAudiobooks

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A majestic collection of #fantasy and #sciencefiction short stories from N.K. Jemisin, one of my favourite authors. There's incredible variety in here, from a world where "quantum proliferation" has propelled everyone into separate looping realities to a magical recipe that keeps you forever young to a restaurant that can serve any meal from history to an uncanny exactness. Some stories are stronger than others, but overall an excellent book.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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This is so captivating and unique so far! Great #audiobook narration. #AwesomeAudiobooks #Fantasy

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Puddin' | Julie Murphy
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Oh man, I REALLY loved this. I loved it even more than Dumplin'. Such a real heartwarming story with authentic characters. Millie is a crafty rule following fat girl who wants to be a broadcast journalist. Callie is a popular girl with a jerk bf, no true friends, and super into the dance team. Strange circumstances bring them together, and they become friends against all odds. Wonderful diversity of all stripes, and seriously adorable romances.

Christine Wait, this is about Millie?? I liked Dumplin‘ fine but wasn‘t rushing to read a sequel...but I did love Millie, so onto the TBR it goes! 2mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Christine Yes!! Millie is the best and so lovable. 2mo
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There are a few incredibly moving scenes in this volume. Buffy, having given up her superpowers to escape an internment camp for people with magic, sees a guy harassing a woman. She moves in to fight this huge guy. At first you think she's lost, but then she's out of control beating the shit out of the guy, and breaking down. Faith arrives out of the blue to help Buffy just when Buffy needs her most. Plus, Spike and Buffy are too cute together.

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Honestly one of the things in life that gives me the most joy is Faith showing up to help Buffy. I am admittedly also a big Spuffy fan, but sometimes I think, well if Spike died then Buffy could be with her soulmate Faith?? Faith + Buffy = ❤ #Comics #BtVS

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This book was just as cute as the adorable cover! But I'm bummed her stories about queer and disabled characters only get novellas and the straight abled characters get the novels? Anyway, I really liked this story, which is told half in flashbacks of when the women first met and Fab ghosted Likotsi and when they meet again months later. If you're waiting for the sex scene, you just might have to wait until the end... Also I want to marry Likotsi.

TieDyeDude Have you read anything else by her? 2mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @TieDyeDude Yep, I've read the first two novels and the other novella in the Reluctant Royals series and also An Extraordinary Union. 2mo
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This is just so fuckin cute I can't handle it. Also I love the cover so much! #QueerBooks #Romantsy #Romance #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BlackBooks #BisexualBooks

Liatrek Loved this one so much❤️ 2mo
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The Brilliant Death | Amy Rose Capetta
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Unique #YA fantasy is hard to find, but this is one! The worldbuilding is inspired by pre-unification 19th century Italy. Teodora is a daughter of the mafia Di Sangro family--she's also a strega who turns enemies into inanimate objects. She has to journey to the capital when her father falls magically ill. Along for the ride is Cielo, a genderfluid shape-shifting strega. Thoughtful interrogations of politics, gender identity, and the patriarchy.

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I out of the blue remembered I wasn't actually caught up on the #BtVS comics, and lo and behold the branch of the library I was working at today had the first two volumes of season 11, plus a Giles side story! #Comics #Buffy

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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Oops holds just came in for these two #audiobooks, plus Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton, plus I'm already listening to The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta. Hopefully at least one of them won't capture my interest, which is a weird thing to hope for! Anyone read any of these three and can help me decide which one to read next?