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Mindelan

Mindelan

Joined January 2017

Former scientist turned environmental educator. Hufflepuff. Lumberjane. Friendship to the max!
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I just picked up the last issue of Giant Days, and its making me surprisingly wistful! I can‘t believe it has been 4 years. A lot has changed, but I have always looked forward to the new issue every month, and I‘ll miss watching these kids supporting each other as they bash their way through early adulthood! Looking forward to one more new story, and I hope Allison‘s next series finds a cast of characters this human and lovable.

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Reading through this thoughtful graphic memoir for the first time and was delighted to find a reference to my favorite flip wizard near the end of the book!

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The Hidden Witch | Molly Knox Ostertag
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Well, I just read this in one sitting. Molly Ostertag always makes me cry, though this one was a little bit less dark than the first (which was amazing and utterly heartbreaking). Molly is so good at tapping into really genuine feelings. This very neatly nutshells how I remember feeling from about 5th grade onward, though I don‘t think I ever verbalized it that well. Definitely need to find the next one!

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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I‘m completely wiped out, and I have the beginning of Wayward Son and the end of The Adventure Zone: Amnesty for today. I am about to be ~~utterly emotionally destroyed~~ and I cannot wait. Onwards, to battle!
#taz #queerbooks

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Julian Is a Mermaid | Jessica Love
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Already have some 4 year olds thinking a lot about gender at school, so I went and talked face to face with the librarian who recommended books to me last year. Thought I should read this new one over breakfast and I am destroyed. I can‘t wait to read this in class!

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Just Jaime | Terri Libenson
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Terri Libenson is one of those adults who remembers how it feels to be a kid, and her books always make me remember vividly too. Just Jaime is about friends and cliques and social pressure and that left-behind feeling you get sometimes when you‘re just not clicking with your friends like you used to. This is an empathetic and loving book that gives kids space to make mistakes and be introspective.

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Tell Me How You Really Feel | Aminah Mae Safi
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I love going to my local library. It‘s the only place in my suburb I consistently see other people who read as queer. And even if I didn‘t see them, I‘d know they‘re around because they are always on top of cool queer new releases I find out about through other Littens! I had a stressful medical week(just-to-be-careful mandatory ER visit, everything was fine), and I‘m looking forward to reading in a bath while this little goober knocks things in.

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Look at these gorgeous end pages!

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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I think I am maybe, hopefully starting to recover from the late season exhaustion and extra migraines that brings on. This GN came at the perfect time- I was sick all day yesterday and I am so tired of sitting still. This will help me make sure I take rest breaks while I catch up on plant care/cleaning. Both authors are great at writing about personal relationships/friendship, I can‘t wait to see what they‘ve done together.

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Struggling through the last few weeks of summer drop ins before I can return to nature preschool. I had no idea I‘d be so eager to go back! In the meantime, I‘m reading some resources my boss loaned me. My background is more natural resources/botany, so I have some gaps in knowledge of human development and education theory and I can already tell this is going to be helpful.Taking advantage of my parents‘ screened in porch while I wait on laundry.

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Ghosted in L.A. #1 | Sina Grace
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Just grabbed this today after hearing the author interviewed on Queery. The first issue was a fun little slice-of-life/beginning of college story, also with ghosts. Daphne moves across the country to go to college in LA and quickly finds herself feeling isolated, lonely, and unsure of who she is. I can‘t wait to see how a mansion full of ghosts help her work that out. Photobombed by Ripley, who is getting bigger but still a total goobus.

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Settling in to do some reading on my porch garden! I‘ve had @Broke_Girl_Reads copy of this book forever. Got part-way through on the first go. There was lots to think about then, and I‘m hoping now that I‘ve done more reading on queerness and disability, I‘ll be able to take in more. And of course a lighter back-up for when my brain gets full! I am *loving* my porch garden this year and really hoping to spend more time enjoying it this summer!😍🌱

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Just stopped for a quick #libraryhaul. Our 8-year-old niece is sleeping over this week. We‘ve been reading the Lumberjanes comics aloud for the last few years when she visits, and this week seems like a good time to introduce the chapter books! Got her the first two so she has choices, and some YA comics that are... also definitely for her and not me😉😂

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Queer: A Graphic History | Meg-John Barker
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Still trying to regain some balance with migraine/fatigue cycles, but feeling good enough this afternoon to challenge my brain a little. It‘s tricky; I tend to want to read comics quickly, but I really have to slow down, reread and process new ideas pretty much every page. Makes me wish I had taken any college courses in gender studies or sexuality.⬇️

Mindelan I wanted to get a general broad understanding of queer theory to help me discuss these subjects more readily, and a foundation for future reading, which I think I am getting, but I feel like I could probably get even more out of it with some guidance. Have to start somewhere though, and at least I have an excellent research assistant. 6mo
ReceiptsForBookmarks I really liked this book as it provided me with an introduction to key theories and theorists in a highly readable and digestible format. I found a second read meant I took in the information more as there is a lot of info in such a short book! 6mo
Mindelan @ReceiptsForBookmarks Glad I‘m not the only one who felt like there was a lot of info! Just finished it and I really liked it too. Definitely going to re-read soon- I think I will take in a lot more now that I have the context of the whole book! 6mo
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Ship It | Britta Lundin
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Morning storms have left me with no one at my summer drop-in program this afternoon..Going to enjoy the chance to re-read this while the slow period lasts, next week will probably be crazy! I think I read this last year, I remember this as a fun read with likable main characters. Better enjoy the slow period while it lasts- I‘m sure it will be busy when school is out next week!

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Queer: A Graphic History | Meg-John Barker
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Hi littens! Had a really heavy migraine/fatigue spell at the end of the school year, but I‘m think I‘m starting to get back on my feet with some help from a new preventative. Have been reading a bunch of stuff that I hope to post on, this is one of my #currentlyreading pile to start pride. So far I think it‘s a good overview of the *boatload* of queer history that I definitely did not learn in school. ⬇️

Mindelan Sometimes when there is a 1pg spread on a philosophy or person, I feel like I‘m not able to fully understand the main idea, but as a broad overview/introduction to queer theory, I think it‘s pretty good. Hoping to finish it this week! 6mo
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Summer of Salt | Katrina Leno
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Did a bunch of research looking for some new #queerbooks the other day and found this one at my local lib. Still early but really enjoying it so far; the small island setting feels very cozy and filled-out, and even though the magics are interesting, they‘re not the whole narrative. Attempting to read a little over breakfast while I entertain the small beast. Ripley continues to live up to her name by being utterly sweet and completely wild.

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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Any other tabletop gamers out there? It‘s not a book but I thought some Littens might be interested. My spouse and I like to play board games. Most of our favorites are cooperative, and this is one of the best ones we have! The turns have a lot of steps, so it can be a little time to learn, but it is really fun and has lots of replay value, plus it is *crammed* with HP lore. We‘re playing it with my Dad today while we do laundry. Just beat year 4!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds like a lot of fun, I need to find some people who love board games! 9mo
Mindelan @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thats always the tricky part! This one is 2-4 players, so you don‘t need to find too many! 9mo
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I just learned about rope memory (literally weaving coding for space craft out of copper wires and rings because in the 60s disks were too fragile to be relied upon in space flight) and it is BLOWING MY MIND. I love learning about this stuff, but I also feel so frustrated! There are *so many* women in this book right from the beginning, why was this always presented to me as an exclusively male area of research until recently? #WomeninScience

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Finished this before work today during plant care. Really enjoyed this retelling. It sticks closely to the original novel but is full of commentary on class, marriage and how colonialism still impacts culture in Pakistan. It manages to be a delightful retelling while being more substantial and less fluffy. I also really enjoyed the author‘s narration, though I may have benefitted from a hard copy to help me look up new words/idioms.

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Red: A Crayon's Story | Michael Hall
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We have been hearing a bit of “I can‘t wear that because it‘s not pink” or “We only play with boys” etc at preschool. I emailed my library to ask for some books about gender norms and acceptance, to help our kiddos be confident in what they like and accept their friends, and they gave me this treasure trove!The tagged book is my fave, but they are all wonderful. I can‘t wait to start with this one tomorrow and hear what color crayons they all are!

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Alys (the main character) teaches english at a high school that deals with high class families who are mostly expecting their daughters to marry (often without finishing school). It seems like half the stories about Alys at work are about parents pushing to fire her for introducing challenging/inappropriate books and ideas to her students. And she and her best friend (/Charlotte Lucas) talk about sex. I love her and I am loving this retelling.

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Downloaded on audible this morning, and I am having a hard time not racing through! I‘m only about an hour in total, but I‘m really enjoying Alys‘ analysis of P&P in her english class and her thoughts about her own experiences with class and pressure to marry. The book is also read by the author, who is doing a wonderful job! Ripley has been helping me with chores by trying to climb my leg and destroy my headphones.

LiteraryinLititz How very helpful, Ripley! 10mo
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Doing some #audiocoloring this weekend as I work my way through a winter cold and book 4. The tonal shift seems so much bleaker as an adult; this book gets DARK, and I‘m not even at the end yet! Also listened to some of the #unassignedreading podcast‘s HP episodes, and really enjoying them! Just wish they were longer! Looking forward to hearing their breakdown of book 4. The Sass Meter is on the rise in this one!

emtobiasz There‘s a ton of great HP podcasts out there— I like The Boy Who Hasn‘t Lived for a queer/first-time-through perspective and Witch, Please for a more academic one. ✨ 10mo
Mindelan @emtobiasz thank you, I was going to ask for recommendations of longer HP analysis podcasts! I‘m really enjoying hearing them discuss the story and will definitely check these out! 10mo
emtobiasz @Mindelan you‘re welcome! ☺️ Always happy to help! 10mo
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Keeping it pretty low key today as we try to prevent yesterday‘s migraine from making a comeback. Doing some #audiocoloring as I re-listen through Harry Potter. It‘s really interesting to follow Moody‘s actions through this book with the end in mind. Also, Ripley is turning out to be an adept migraine snuggler.

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Dreaming of spring on this snow day, and doing some reading up for our next container garden with little Ripley. Hoping to up my garden game a little bit for next year, and draw in/feed more native birds and pollinators! Watching the garden come alive last year was such fun. I‘m also trying to plot a way to grow strawberries too, but we have plentiful, balcony-scaling squirrels... any food we want to harvest ourselves may have to be grown indoors.

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Running errands and look what came in earlier than anticipated! Looks like perfect reading for tomorrow. The weather looks awful, fingers crossed for a snow day to stay home and read with cats!

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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We got a kitten! She is the sweetest, friendliest girl who almost immediately tried to scale the face of a brick chimney when she was let out to meet us at the foster home. We‘ve named her Ripley. She‘s on quarantine from our other cat right now, because she seems to have a bit of a cold. I‘ve been snagging time to read the tagged title between kitten naps.

xicanti Hi, Ripley! 10mo
MarriedtoMrT 😻 10mo
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I am so excited right now; I‘m up early to do some extra chores before work because we may be getting a kitten tomorrow! We‘re meeting a litter being fostered by a local shelter (3 boys and a girl) and hopefully one of them will be a good match for us and Emma. It is super cold in Chicagoland (even our outdoor school will not be going outside today) and this is maybe the only thing that could get me to leave the house.

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This is Patsy Takemoto Mink. She was a congresswoman from Hawaii (the first WOC, first Asian American woman, and first woman from Hawaii to be elected to congress) and she was one of the cosponsors of Title IX. Apparently, when she passed away in 2002, Title X was renamed the Patsy T Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act. Thanks Patsy, for making sure that we have as many resources available to us as the boys! #HardcoreLadyType

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Hell yes Blair Imani! This is exactly how I feel as well, mostly so I can encourage kids, but also so I can unleash a crushing wave of information on anyone who tells me women, people of color and LGBTQIA+ folks have not always been achieving amazing things right alongside men. 👍🤘

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Have just a few minutes of time before I need to get ready for work, and decided to start this book. Flipping through the table of contents and I saw Cameron Esposito included! I was excited to learn about women pushing boundaries, but I didn‘t realize how many different kinds of artists were included! I‘m so excited that I might discover more media that I love as much as Cameron‘s podcasts and stand-up sets!
#Queeroes #HardcoreLadyTypes

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Dragonflight | Anne McCaffrey
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Grabbed this book this morning after some nostalgia, and WOWZERS I am conflicted, Littens. My vague recollection that my middle-school self thought that the male lead was kind of garbage has turned into some pretty problematic stuff, and I‘m barely in! I‘m going to give it a go (because badass woman and bonded dragons) but I‘m wishing I could find some similar dragon fantasy without the problematic romance/relationship dynamics. Any suggestions?

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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This book did a great job with a tricky premise. I often feel like P&P retellings end up bending over backwards to stick to all of the major plot points of the story. Pride was excellent, because it leaned in to its strong points (modern social/economic/class disparity) and didn‘t work too hard to cram in elements that didn‘t fit as well. This makes the plot hold together on its own merit. I really enjoyed it, especially listening to Zuri‘s poems.

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Starting today early after being sick/sleeping most of the day yesterday. Preschoolers bring potent germs back from break, y‘all. Don‘t have a ton of energy, and very happy to have a good book to keep me company. Green‘s debut is intriguing, creepy (I‘m a pushover), and thoughtful. I haven‘t read a book that makes me this uncertain of the plot is heading in a while, and I‘m enjoying it!

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Got a big pile of comics for christmas, and this is one of my favorites so far. Cooking contest! Space! Cute queer love interest! Rampant silliness! I can see how some reviews said the series was unevenly paced, but I don‘t think it‘s as much of a problem with the bound volume vs single issues. Now begins the quest for volume 2!

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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Thanks for all of the kind wishes on the loss of our kitty, littens!❤️ As you can see, our remaining cat Emma has been working overtime dispensing cuddles. Comforting ourselves with yet another re-listen of The Adventure Zone: Balance while I work on some fan art for the current arc (you can sorta see my Pine Guard patch in the background). Just starting the Rockport Limited, can‘t wait for the GN. Jenkins‘ introduction is one of my fav scenes.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I‘m relistening to Balance too! But I‘m at work, not listening at home with my gorgeous kitty! Good luck with the art! 11mo
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My plan for the evening.

emtobiasz This looks adorable! It‘s on my list of things to buy for the library where I work. 11mo
Mindelan @emtobiasz I‘ve got two nieces who are new readers so I‘m always on the lookout for things to get them into books. This looks really early-reader friendly, I can‘t wait to send it to them! 11mo
emtobiasz @Mindelan oh good! ☺️ 11mo
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Lioness Rampant | Tamora Pierce
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Had to say goodbye to a dear old friend on christmas morning. It‘s been a rough week. Frodo was 15 and had a great life, but I‘d had her since I was a kid and we are going to miss her terribly. She was one of those cats that was so smart about people that she felt more like a tiny person sometimes. She was tiny and fierce and loud and liked to cuddle under blankets and steal socks. We were lucky to have had her, but saying goodbye is hard! ❤️🐈💔

rachelsbrittain So sorry for your loss! She looks like she was an absolute sweetheart. We lost one a few years ago around the holidays and it's an especially hard time to lose a pet. Sensing thoughts and good wishes your way ❤ 11mo
xicanti I'm so sorry. 11mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet kitty. 😢 11mo
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Literary_Siren Oh no! 😩 she was so pretty! 💔 11mo
RaimeyGallant Oh, Frodo. I'm so sorry for your loss. 11mo
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Finally have a quiet day after an insane week. I picked up some yarn for a christmas present I‘m making a friend, and grabbed some comics! Going to do some #audioknitting as I re-listen to Harry Potter, catch up on Lumberjanes and read some manga. Emma is standing by to assist. She is a very diligent knitter.

Eyelit Omg that face! 😻 12mo
Mindelan Haha she was chewing on the knitting needles before I took the picture 🤣 12mo
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Lumberjanes #28 | Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh
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Sending love to our trans, NB, genderqueer and otherwise gender-nonconforming littens during this rough week. You are seen, you are loved, you are welcome.

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I was planning on waiting until the holidays for this one, but my husband ended up picking up last week‘s comics for me today because our October has been insane and he saw this and grabbed it. Best spouse. Going to cuddle my very photogenically demanding cat and get into this! I am so looking forward to more Mal and Molly. #friendshiptothemax

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Happy #nationalcomingoutday! I only recently realized I‘m bi and am still working my way out irl/looking for community.It‘s nice to have this little oasis of bookish acceptance in the meantime.LJs was one of the first places I saw myself, and I love that I can be excited, find more #queerbooks, and keep learning about our community here.Love to all our LGBTQ2SIA+ littens, whether you are in, out or in-between you are important and valid and loved.

LiteraryinLititz 💜💚💛❤️🧡💙 14mo
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I‘ve been waiting for this one! In typical Sawbones fashion, I am alternating constant giggling with horrified exclamations and loving it. I think much but not all of the material has been covered on the podcast, but they‘re bringing greater depth to the research and fresh goofs to the table. It‘s also packed with visuals, both historic illustrations and new ones from Teylor Smirl (Sydnee‘s sister!) which add a whole new dimension to the humor.

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Sabriel | Garth Nix
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Had a hankering to re-hash this series so I could check out the later books (I think I got to Abhorsen but I remember none of it!). Unfortunately, I am old enough that my original Nix audiobook was on cassettes! Was able to find a free download through my library and grab it before my commute. Libraries are great!

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Giant Days | Non Pratt
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Littens, I‘ve made a terrible mistake. I knew the novelization of Giant Days was coming, it is one of my favorite comics, and somehow I still got so busy I missed it by WEEKS. Thank god my new job is long term and I won‘t need to keep hopping/training. Can‘t wait to get into this! Who‘s ready for some FRIENDSHIP?

Mindelan @Broke_Girl_Reads @queerbookreader Just in case you two also missed it it‘s OUT 🎉🎉🎉 1y
queerbookreader SINCE WHEN IS IT OUT 1y
queerbookreader BOOM SAID NOTHING ABOUT ITS RELEASE 1y
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Lumberjanes Coloring Book | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Brooklyn Allen
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Hey Littens! I have missed you! I‘m having a crazy few weeks finishing my summer job/having end of summer burnout/ prepping for my next job. It‘s been exhausting but really great, and I am so excited for my new job, teaching in an outdoor preschool! This was the first thing I got when I found out I had landed the position. It has a mix of artists from the books and it has been so fun to flip through and remember the different stories.

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Tea Dragon Society | Katie O'Neill
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Woke up with a migraine = lots of comics today. Saved this for bedtime because I knew it would be gorgeous and relaxing and full of tiny dragons but I WAS NOT EXPECTING ALL OF THESE FEELS. OKAY JUST CASUALLY INTRODUCE A CHARACTER WITH A DISABILITY AND THEN IMMEDIATELY GIVE HER A SUPPORTIVE FRIEND. I‘LL JUST BE HERE IN THE CORNER WITH MY FEELINGS. #DisabilityBooks #QueerBooks #FriendshiptotheMax

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Lumberjanes #43 | Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh
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Yesterday was new comic book day! Have I mentioned how much I love Ripley?

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Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy
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I‘ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced, and it did not disappoint! TAZ is one of my favorite things to do when I‘m feeling down, and the book did a good job of making writing tweaks in order to smoothly switch formats while still capturing the playful spirit of the podcast. The artist (who also did some Lumberjanes!) is amazing and I loved seeing my favorite goofs! Cannot wait for Murder on the Rockport Limited.

Mindelan Also, can we just talk about how great Killian is and can we please have a Killing it with Killian bonus episode??? 1y
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