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elizabethlk

elizabethlk

Joined October 2017

Avid reader. Amateur writer. Spoonie. Canadian. thefeministbibliothecary.wordpress.com
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Our newest #litereads selection, chosen especially for our #halloweenreads picks, is The Fruit of My Woman by Han Kang. This Korean story, translated to English by Deborah Smith, inspired the author's later book, The Vegetarian. This short story depicts a woman's transformation into a plant. You can read the story in full for free from the link in the full article below.

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Locked Doors | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Apologies for the lateness, but the full review of last week's #litereads pick, Locked Doors by Mary Roberts Rinehart, is now available! This classic gothic mystery starring a nurse was a fun and interesting read, and it kind of reminded me of Scooby-Doo. You can read the full review in the link below. Drop a comment to let me know what you thought of this one!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jq

#halloweenreads #octoberreads

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Locked Doors | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Our newest #litereads selection for the #halloweenreads season is Locked Doors by Mary Roberts Rinehart. This story from 1914 is from the classic Hilda Adams mystery series, and has some classic gothic elements as well. You can find a resource to read the story for free from the full introductory post linked below. Give the story a read, and drop us a comment to share your thoughts.

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#octoberreads

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It's a bit late, but my review for this past week's #litereads pick, Sweetmeats by Linda Cheng, is now available. This fairy tale inspired YA horror was chosen especially for our #halloweenreads and is probably a new favourite for me, but I want to know what you think too. Drop a comment to share your thoughts. You can read my full review in the link below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jg

#octoberreads

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Our new #litereads pick is Sweetmeats by Linda Cheng, chosen with the Halloween season in mind. This modern day, horror-tinged, YA fairy tale can be read online for free, and you can find the link in my full article below. Give this story a read and let us know what you think!

https://thefeministbibliothecary.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/lite-reads-selection-s...

#shortstories #shortstory #reading #halloweenreads #octoberreads

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We have complete our most recent #litereads pick, The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards. This gothic ghost story from 1864 is exactly what you'd expect from the genre. It doesn't break the mould, but it makes for a solid kick off to the spooky fall season. You can read my full review in the link below. Be sure to drop a comment to share your thoughts, and look out for the next Lite Reads selection soon!

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Through the Woods | Emily Carroll
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Definitely falling in love with Emily Carroll's gothic horror fairy tale style, regardless of whether she's writing for kids, teens, or adults. This collection of short stories (suitable for teens and up) is genuinely great. I didn't dislike a single one, and a couple of them really knocked my socks off. Definitely enjoying for the season as well.

CoffeeCatsBooks I loved this one too. I gave it as a gift to several people. 3w
elizabethlk @CoffeeCatsBooks Nice! I think I'm the last of most of my friends to get into this since the author is local. 3w
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I've been dying to read this one since the last book, and especially since I picked up a copy when it came out, but I only just got to it. I may have stayed up until after 5am reading last night/this morning. Oops. Totally worth it though. Tessa Dare novels are just too wonderful to put down. Girl Meets Duke books have been some of her best ever, this is no exception.

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Our newest #litereads selection is The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards, our first for the Halloween season. This 19th century piece of English lit is a gothic ghost story, a good start for a spooky halloween reading season. You can find a link to read the story in our full article below. Drop a comment to let us know what you think of this one!

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#halloweenreads #octoberreads

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Angaaray | Snehal Shingavi
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This #BannedBooksWeek #litereads pick was Dilli Ki Sair (or, A Trip to Delhi in English) by Rashid Jahan. The story isn't a favourite of mine, but it's an interesting depiction of life in purdah in 1930s India, it makes a lot of good points in a short space, and it is a good example of a banned short story. Drop a comment to share your thoughts on the story. You can read my full review in the link below.

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Freeze Tag | Caroline B. Cooney
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I came across this childhood favourite at the local goodwill. I didn't pick it up, but I may go back for it since I haven't seen a copy in many years. I loved anything Caroline B. Cooney, but this was up there with the Face on the Milk Carton for me, even though it was a bit cheesy. This was even the same edition I read as a kid.

Beatlefan129 Gosh I loved Caroline B Cooney! My favorite was 3w
elizabethlk @Beatlefan129 I think all of my friends loved her too. I read a ton of her stuff, but other than Freeze Tag, my other favourite was the obvious 3w
IndoorDame That cover takes me back! This was a favorite of mine too! 3w
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Angaaray | Snehal Shingavi
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Chosen especially for #BannedBooksWeek this week's #litereads selection is Dilli Ki Sair by Rashid Jahan. This story was part of a 1931 anthology that was highly controversial and widely banned. The story details a woman's meditations and frustrations related to purdah and patriarchal society. A link to read the story is in the article linked below. Be sure to drop a comment to let us know what you think of the story.

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This past #litereads week is over, as we've finished The Virus by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene. This South African story depicts local rural culture, society, and history, in a world where countries with better cyber infrastructure are undergoing cyber warfare. Drop us a comment to let us know what you thought of this one.

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The Nameless City | Faith Erin Hicks
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I've been reading a lot of middle grade graphic novels lately as they have felt good for my burdened soul, but this one was a real standout. I like the art style, the story was engaging, and the characters were easy to connect with. Recommended, and looking forward to the next book!

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Our new #litereads pick is The Virus by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene. This South African short story that was shortlisted for the Caine Prize features a story set in the realistic setting of a changing rural South Africa while the rest of the world is plagued by cyberwarfare. You can find a link to read with your eyes or ears in our full post linked below. Be sure to drop a comment to share your thoughts once you've read it!

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Our most recent #litereads week has come to an end, as we've finished The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin. This sci fi utopian story is a deep philosophical look into the scapegoating of a child. You can read my full review in the link below. Drop a comment to share your thoughts on this story.
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#shortstory #shortstories #sciencefictionshortstories #scifi #reading #utopianliterature

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Our new #litereads pick is a classic, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin. This philosophical science fiction classic can be found to read in full in a link in our article below. Be sure to let us know what you think of it!

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#shortstories #shortstory #classicshortstories #classiclit #sciencefiction #sciencefictionshortstories #scifi

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The Old Lie | Claire G. Coleman
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This #litereads week has come to an end as we finished Noplace by Claire G. Coleman. This dark science fiction story of a utopian colony collapsing on itself is a fascinating read that gave me a lot to think about. I definitely enjoyed myself, and I look forward to reading more from the author. My full review is in the link below. Drop us a comment to let us know what you thought of this story!

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The Old Lie | Claire G. Coleman
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Our new #litereads pick is Noplace by Claire G. Coleman. The author of Terra Nullius has brought us this incredibly dark science fiction story that you can find the link to read in full in our full article below. Be sure to drop us a comment to let us know what you think of this one. TW for suicide mention.

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(This story isn't on here, tagged book is her brand new novel).

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The Stories of Eva Luna | Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden
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Our double week #litereads pick, Two Words by Isabel Allende, has come to an end. This final pick for #womenintranslationmonth featured a woman selling words for a living and a politician desperate for some of those words for the purpose of winning speeches but is more impacted by the private words only the two shared. I definitely enjoyed reading deeper into this story, and you can read my full review in the link below.

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The Stories of Eva Luna | Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden
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Our new #litereads pick is Two Words by Isabel Allende, chosen with #womenintranslationmonth in mind. You can find a link to read this classic magical realism / political short story from the Chilean author in our full post linked below. Be sure to drop us a comment to let us know what you think of this one.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-gx

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The week has come to an end for our latest #litereads selection, Kunfoosa the Terrible, Or; How to Tell the Difference Between Harmless Pets and Very Harmful Jinn by Tamar Hochstadter. This pick for #womenintranslationmonth is a fun fairytale style read about the dangers of jinn, the wisdom of elders, and more. You can read my full review in the link below. Drop us a comment to let us know your thoughts on this story.

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Our new #litereads selection is Kunfoosa the Terrible, Or; How to Tell the Difference Between Harmless Pets and Very Harmful Jinn by Tamar Hochstadter. This is another one chosen for #womenintranslationmonth and we hope you enjoy this bit of #kidlit focused on the mythology of jinn. You can find links to read the story in the full article linked below. Be sure to drop us a comment to let us know what you think of this one.
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elizabethlk Also, this is our fifty-second short story pick for Lite Reads, making this the end of a full year of our short story club! The one year anniversary of Lite Reads is officially tomorrow, August 12th! 2mo
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Quilt & Other Stories | Ismat Chughtai, 'Ismat Cuugghta'i
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This week of #litereads has come to an end as we finished The Quilt by Ismat Chughtai. This selection was chosen with #womenintranslationmonth in mind. I didn't really love this one and found some of the content too much for me, but I appreciate it for what it is. You can read my full review in the link below. Be sure to drop a comment to let us know what you think of this one.

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Quilt & Other Stories | Ismat Chughtai, 'Ismat Cuugghta'i
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Our new #litereads selection for #womenintranslationmonth is The Quilt (or Lihaaf in the original Urdu) by Ismat Chughtai. This literary realism story had progressive elements that were controversial for the 1942 release and had Chughtai in court on obscenity charges. You can find a link to the English translation in our full article below. Drop us a comment to let us know what you think of this classic short story.

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The most recent #litereads week, The Snow Traveller by Ayfer Tunç, has ended and you can read my full review of this Turkish short story in the link below. This creepy literary mystery was a mixed bag for me, with some good elements and some weaker ones. I would recommend it to anyone interested, but it wouldn't be the first thing to come to mind as a recommendation.

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Ojiichan's Gift | Chieri Uegaki
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I've actually had Ojiichan's Gift by Chieri Uegaki (illustrated by Genevieve Simms) on hold at the local library since January when they preordered it. It was so worth the wait. This story of a girl's relationship with her grandfather and the love they share for their garden is so absolutely precious. Genuinely teared up reading this one. Definitely recommended.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Litsy is just killing me. Last week it was a book using my grandma name (which is Japanese). (I ordered it of course.) Now you‘ve got one with the formal version of Mr. B‘s grandpa name. I might order it also, based on your review! 3mo
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August is #womenintranslationmonth and we're beginning our celebrations a bit early with our first #litereads pick for the occasion. The Snow Traveller by Ayfer Trunç is a suspenseful Turkish story, translated to English by Stephanie Ates. I hope you enjoy this story; you can find links to visual and audio versions of it in our full article linked below. Be sure to drop us a comment to let us know what you think!

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This #litereads week has come to a close with our review of A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong (read the full review in the link below). This intensely emotional and painful fantasy story is well worth the read with its big topics and intense and beautiful imagery. I definitely enjoyed and appreciated this one and will need to reread it to get the full benefits of it.

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Our new #litereads selection for this week is A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong. You can find a link to read this fantasy short story through our full post linked below. I hope you'll give the story a read and drop us a comment to let us know what you think.

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#fantasy #tor #shortstories #shortstory

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The Goddess of Mtwara and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2017 | Lesley Nneka Arimah, New Internationalist Publications, Limited, Chikodili Emelumadu, Bushra Al-Fadil, Arinze Ifeakandu, Magogodi Makhene
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Our most recent #litereads week has come to an end. We read The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra al-Fadil and we want to know what you thought of this flowery, poetic, violent tale. I personally didn't love the story, but I adored the writing style and the translation. Drop us a comment to let us know what you think. You can read my full review in the link below.

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The Goddess of Mtwara and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2017 | Lesley Nneka Arimah, New Internationalist Publications, Limited, Chikodili Emelumadu, Bushra Al-Fadil, Arinze Ifeakandu, Magogodi Makhene
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Our new #litereads pick is The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra al-Fadil. This Sudanese short story was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2017. I hope you enjoy this short story. Let us know what you think of it in the comments. You can find a link to read it free online or link to listen to an audio version within the full blog post below.

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Hungry Hearts | Anzia Yezierska
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Our most recent #litereads week has come to a close with the completion of The Fat of the Land by Anzia Yezierska. This Jewish American classic short story wasn't my favourite, but I did enjoy it, and definitely found it worth the read (and worth recommending). Be sure to let me know what you think of this one in the comments. You can read my full review in the link below.

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Hungry Hearts | Anzia Yezierska
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Our new #litereads selection is The Fat of the Land by Anzia Yezierska. This 1919 shirt story is a rags to riches tale of immigrant Jewish women in Manhattan's Lower East Side. I hope you enjoy the story. Be sure to let us know in the comments what you think. You can find a link to read the story in our full article below.

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river woman | Katherena Vermette
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Half as Much by Katherena Vermette was our last #litereads pick for #indigenoushistorymonth and chosen with #canadaday in mind as well. This story is about an elderly Metis man as he learns of the Supreme Court ruling recognizing the Metis as Indians under the constitution. I'm a big dan of the author, and this story was no exception. My full review is available at the link below. Let us know what you thought of this one.

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Baba Yaga's Assistant | Marika McCoola
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My poor girl injured her tail this past week, so she's doomed to The Cone (until next week). She's so uncomfortable that I can't say no when she asks me to read to her in bed, even if I find comics a bit awkward to read aloud.

Baba Yaga's Assistant was a fabulous read though. Cute and funny, fun and heartfelt. It was everything I had hoped for. Anyone who enjoys fairy tale retellings and anything to do with Baba Yaga should give it a go.

TrishB Awww ❤️ poor Doggo 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww 💔💔 4mo
kezzlou85 Poor doggy. All better soon, I hope. 4mo
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readordierachel Poor thing 💕 4mo
DGRachel Poor puppy! Bailey hates her cone, too, but every time I try to give her a break from it, she licks her paw. 😔 I hope your baby heals quickly! 4mo
elizabethlk @TrishB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kezzlou85 @readordierachel I'll give my girl your sympathies. Less than a week until she gets the stitches out and can lose the cone. 4mo
elizabethlk And @DGRachel I hope your baby heals quickly too. It's hard not to feel helpless to care for them when they clearly just don't understand why it has to be that way. 4mo
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river woman | Katherena Vermette
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Our latest #litereads selection is Half As Much by Katherena Vermette, our final pick for #indigenoushistorymonth and also chosen with #canadaday in mind. I'm looking forward to this short story focused on an elderly Metis man as the country learns of the Supreme Court decision to recognise Metis as Indians under the constitution. You can find a link to read the story in our full post below. Let us know what you think!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-ek

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Capricious: Gender Diverse Pronouns Special Issue | Andi C Buchanan, Lauren E Mitchell, A E Prevost
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Our final #pridemonth selection for #litereads Sandals Full of Rainwater by A.E. Prevost is a character-driven fantasy story full of worldbuilding, with a focus on gender, pronouns, language, immigration, friendship, and found family. I think anyone interested in fantasy that is heavy on the characters and world and day to day life will find themselves enjoying this one. You can read my full review in the link below.

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I'm a big fan of Laurie Halse Anderson, so I had high expectations, but she didn't let me down. This memoir in verse was well worth the read, and she told so many fascinating and moving stories from her life. I intend to revisit this one, and I definitely recommend it.

ferskner I just finished this and immediately wanted to get the audiobook. So good. 4mo
elizabethlk @ferskner do you know who reads the audiobook? I bet it's just as good as the visual read regardless. 4mo
ferskner It looks like she narrates it herself, awesome! 4mo
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Capricious: Gender Diverse Pronouns Special Issue | Andi C Buchanan, Lauren E Mitchell, A E Prevost
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Sandals Full of Rainwater by A.E. Prevost is our latest #litereads #pridemonth selection! This fantasy story deals with immigration, language, gender, and pronouns, and you can read it in full on the Capricious website, which we've included a link to in our full article below. Be sure to give the story a read and let us know what you think of this pick!

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Absolute Power: Tales of Queer Villainy! | Tristan J. Tarwater, Jd Glass, Leia Weathington, Barbara Ann Wright, A. Merc Rustad, Audrey Chase, Claire Jackson, Emily Kay Singer, Jude McLaughlin, Mari Kurisato, Missouri Vaun, Susan Smith
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The Trip by Mari Kurisato was this week's #litereads pick, and it both enthralled me for its science fiction worldbuilding and ripped my heart out for its emotional storytelling, so I have to say I personally liked it. You can read my full review below. I hope you'll let us know in the comments what you thought of this story chosen with #indigenoushistorymonth and #pridemonth in mind.

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Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling | Marc Mauer, Sabrina Jones
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This is such a necessary introduction to the problems in the US prison system. It covers the bases and it makes a ton of information accessible for the layperson. Definitely recommended!

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Absolute Power: Tales of Queer Villainy! | Tristan J. Tarwater, Jd Glass, Leia Weathington, Barbara Ann Wright, A. Merc Rustad, Audrey Chase, Claire Jackson, Emily Kay Singer, Jude McLaughlin, Mari Kurisato, Missouri Vaun, Susan Smith
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Our latest #litereads selection is The Trip by Mari Kurisato, chosen with both #pridemonth and #indigenoushistorymonth in mind. This emotional science fiction story can be found in a link in our full article. I hope you enjoy the story. Be sure to let us know what you think!

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The Poet and The Spider by Cynthia So, our latest #litereads selection for #pride month, is a new love for me, one I enjoyed more than I expected to before reading it. I love the imagery and ideas surrounding the actual poetry, and the love story moved me. You can read my full review in the link below. I hope you'll share your thoughts on this story in the comments.

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Our latest #litereads selection is The Poet and The Spider by Cynthia So, chosen with #pridemonth in mind. We want to know what you think of this historical fantasy selection, so be sure to drop us a comment once you've read the story. You can find links to the story and its audio version in our full post below. Happy reading!

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#shortstories #fantasy #historicalfantasy #pride #pridemonth2019

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Fantasy Magazine, Issue 60 (Dec. 2016, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue) | N. K. Jemisin, Karen Lord, Sofia Samatar, Justina Ireland, Darcie Little Badger, Daniel Older, Tobias Buckell, P. Clark, Shweta Narayan
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Black, Their Regalia by Darcie Little Badger, our latest #litereads selection, is a dark fantasy story in a contemporary setting with a plague sweeping the land and a band kept in quarantine. I definitely loved this one, but I want to know what the rest of you think. Let me know in the comments. You can read my full review for this #indigenoushistorymonth pick in the link below.

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#shortstories #fantasy #indigenousreads

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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I enjoy a bit of Lovecraft now and then, but this retelling knocked my socks off. LaValle managed to capture what makes Lovecraft and Lovecraftian horror so delightful to read, while reworking problematic elements into something else, subverting the racism into the reality of the story rather than the writer's shitty point of view. I really enjoyed this, definitely recommend it for horror fans, and look forward to reading more from the author.

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Finished during a late night reading binge. A genuinely helpful intro (with essays, poems, comics, songs, interviews) to activism and resistance. Whether you need direction or a pep talk, this book has it. It is meant for teens, but I think adults can get just as much out of it. Not every piece knocked my socks off, but it was largely very good. Recommended!

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I want sure this could live up to how much I genuinely loved The Kiss Quotient, but I love The Bride Test just as much. It is sweet and charming and funny and emotional and intensely relatable. Love it and very eager for the next book.

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Fantasy Magazine, Issue 60 (Dec. 2016, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue) | N. K. Jemisin, Karen Lord, Sofia Samatar, Justina Ireland, Darcie Little Badger, Daniel Older, Tobias Buckell, P. Clark, Shweta Narayan
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Our latest #litereads selection is our first chosen with #indigenoushistorymonth in mind, Black, Their Regalia by Dr. Darcie Little Badger, a Lipan Apache writer and scientist. This dark fantasy story stars the Apparently Siblings, a group of Apache and Navajo musicians, in the midst of a new and deadly plague. You can find a link to the story in the full article below. Be sure to let us know what you think!

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