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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mehso-so

Alyssa Cole is hit or miss for me, and sadly her first full length sapphic romance was more of a miss. The characters were great, but the middle chunk really dragged; not enough character growth or romantic/royal plot. Then the end felt rushed. I listened to the audiobook and while Karen Chilton is great for an African American woman's voice like Makeda, it's disappointing they couldn't get an actor who could also do the book's other fun accents.

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Love Me as I Am | Garcelle Beauvais
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Thanks to Amistad Books I received both the advance readers copy, and also the finished copy of Love Me As I Am by Garcelle Beauvais. This one will be in stores tomorrow 4/12/22. It‘s a great read! #newbookalert #blackbooks #memoir #autobiography #justasiam #blackbooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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What a journey. This is Emezi's debut romance, so I went in with plenty of genre-related expectations. The book immediately thwarted them. Feyi begins the story coming back to life after the death of her husband. Not even 30 and already a widow. What follows is a gorgeous, sensual (the food!), and very queer (bi for bi!) romance. If you find the beginning chapters flat, persevere! I read them as intentionally mirroring Feyi's interior state.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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This book is FINALLY picking up at page 72. Tbh, I think it's a lot ask a reader to go this far with such lifeless plot, pacing, and writing, even if it's deliberate to mirror the protagonist's inner state. The first 6 chapters felt off, like the story and characters were at arm's length. It felt especially off for romance genre conventions. It would be different if I was a diehard Emezi fan, but I've only read Pet, which I liked but didn't love.

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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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Just as incredible and sophisticated as I remember. I loved revisiting it in #audiobook format. Kim Staunton did a wonderful job. It was especially great to hear the Southern accents. What I find remarkable about this book is Butler's talent for creating such complex characters and situations and her restraint at not explaining or simplifying anything. Dana's journey into enslavement is so psychologically complicated and compelling. #BlackBooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Funny, adorable, sexy, moving, romantic what a great romance! Of course I expected nothing less from Talia Hibbert. I loved the representation of autistic characters too! #Audiobook excellently read by Ione Butler. #Romantsy #BlackBooks

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Butter Honey Pig Bread | Francesca Ekwuyasi
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Delicious. Beautiful. Three Nigerian women, a mother and twin daughters, have drifted apart as adults as a result of childhood sexual assault. Heartbreaking but not dark at all, full of life and hope. The characters are wonderful, fleshed out; the writing gorgeous. Taiye, a messy hedonistic lesbian, stunned me in her authenticity and heart. The mom Kambi is a spirit not meant to linger as a human but she falls in love with being alive. Plus, food!

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A dense, thorough history of state-sanctioned anti-Black racism in Canada: slavery, segregation, policing, education, poverty, immigration, education, and the child welfare system. An infuriating, essential read. I learned a ton. My biggest takeaway is that many Canadian institutions/laws/policies purporting to address "race neutral" problems are in reality functioning to uphold white supremacy and control/criminalize Black people (among others).

JamieArc Interesting. I only really think about this from a US perspective. Curious how it plays out any differently in Canada. 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @JamieArc There's definitely overlap with the US for sure! One of the main differences I think is Canada's national mythology of tolerance and multiculturalism, which often includes comparing Canada favorably to the US, and which tries to hide the racism and colonialism underneath. 2y
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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Finished my first #Readathon book! Melancholy and spooky. I felt like the whole reading experience had me teetering on the edge of discomfort. The house in this book isn't so much haunted as it is alive. It's a monstrous character who keeps the Silver women for itself. It also *is* the women. There's also a delightful amount of queerness and interrogation of the UK's racist and anti-immigrant/refugee ideologies, plus Oyeyemi's beautiful writing.

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