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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

Joined September 2016

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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There are some really stand out personal essays in here, although the collection is dominated by cis white lesbian couples having babies with donors. Favourites included a Chinese Canadian lesbian adopting girls from China and having to swear she's "not a homosexual"; two bi women exploring polyamory and parenthood with a cis guy; experience of being non-binary and pregnant; non-gestational lactating lesbian mom; & a few sad stories with no kids.

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Mehso-so

A #QueerYA #Fantasy w/ unfulfilled potential. A bisexual necromancer living in a change-adverse land where the raised Dead are inexplicably changing into dangerous Shades. But it doesn't develop the MC enough to earn emotional investment before plunging her into grief 100 pages in where she's mean, depressed, and addicted. When this stagnant middle section ends to return to the main plot, I had a hard time caring. Also, bad guy was super obvious.

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Greenwood | Michael Christie
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Surprise gayness which is like the cherry on top of this already excellent book. I saw it coming and I was like, c'mon Casey not everything has queer content, and it looks like my intuition was right and also everything is gay. That's just facts.

Clare-Dragonfly It‘s true. 5d
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I feel like we didn't get to know this main character well enough before she quickly becomes mean, depressed, and addicted to this potion in the wake of grief a quarter of the way into this book. Intellectually I get it, but emotionally I have to know the character to be able to care about her in this state. The way this plot is structured is very weird. It's like trying to throw season 6 Buffy into season 1. #QueerBooks #BisexualBooks #YA

UnidragonFrag Yeah, you can't spring a sudden emotional change like that without letting you like the character how they were first. I'd say.. at least over the halfway mark or even in the second book. 6d
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @UnidragonFrag Glad to have your backup! 😊 5d
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Rebent Sinner | Ivan Coyote
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What a treat: a new Ivan Coyote book! It's a collection of personal essays, anecdotes, and other memoir-ish stuff, with an often elegiac tone. Ivan writes about talking to schools about anti-bullying, being in the world as a queer non-binary person, queer elders, travel, family, and random human connections. Although they write about tough stuff and do not suffer oppressive bullshit, this collection leaves me feeling like I can face the world.

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The Hard Tomorrow | Eleanor Davis
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A #GraphicNovel that sits decidedly in the grey area between hope and fear. It's set in the near future in the US that horrifyingly doesn't seem that far fetched: Mark Zuckerberg is president and the US is slipping farther and farther into a fascist state. Hannah is an anti- violence and chemical weapons activist, she and her husband are trying to get pregnant, and she has a complicated friendship with queer friend Gabby. Very thought provoking.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1w
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Little Sister: A Novel | Barbara Gowdy
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Mehso-so

With a unique magical realist premise (during thunderstorms one Toronto woman Rose had episodes where she's transported into the body of another as a kind of observer) it's surprising that this novel is as bland as it is. I just felt like it didn't do much or go anywhere. The contemporary story is offset by a narrative in Rose's youth around when her sister died in an accident. The woman that Rose visits becomes a kind of stand in sister. #CanLit

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The Boy on the Bridge | M. R. Carey
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A good, but not great, zombie book that is a prequel to The Girl with all the Gifts, which tbh I enjoyed a lot more than this. The world-building is fantastic, and it was fun to spend some more time in it. But the mysteries from the first book (that the child main character is a zombie and where these second generation zombies come from) are already known to you, so there isn't much new to discover. Finty Williams is a great narrator as always.

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Little Sister: A Novel | Barbara Gowdy
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As a 34-year-old, I was feeling like the 34-year-old character felt like a very old 34 or perhaps a 34-year-old from 20 years ago or so, and then there was a detail that she saw "Being John Malkovich" 5 years ago when it came out. I googled to find out that movie came out in 1999 and was like, aha, it's like 2004! She still feels old but more believable now, as does her using a paper phone book and calling a business to get their address. #CanLit

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This was one of those books that I read just at the right time. Topics in this memoir in essays by legendary queer San Francisco writer include fashion, money, "scarcity issues," not living in a shithole punk house anymore, moisturizing, food, babies, marriage, exercising, spirituality, class, (not going to) college, and how to honour your 19-year-old despair-striken activist self without falling back into depsair. That last one was my favourite.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian From my favourite essay: "I had a terrible sort of revelation, in which all earthly forms of oppression became very visible to me. I could see all their interconnectedness with a horrible clarity that made it difficult to live." Ugh I remember this feeling so hard! 2w
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Having recently moved to a new town for a permanent fulltime job, bought the first car I've ever owned, and bought a (also first time) house with my partner, I feel like maybe I didn't just procrastinate owing this book for 5 years and not reading it, but maybe I just waited until the right time? So far topics in this book include not living in a shithole with 20-somethings anymore, managing money, and dealing with "scarcity issues". #QueerBooks

Soubhiville Congratulations! Big life changes! 2w
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Best Bi Short Stories | Sheela Lambert
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A mixed bag, and some of these are more vignettes than stories, but I enjoyed most of them. There's a fair amount of diversity, bi men and trans rep which is great, and a definite avoidance of usual tropes of love triangles and cheaters (more POC though please!). Favs include older women in love on a ship in 1985, Chinese American fantasy, a trans man coming out and saying goodbye to his dad in Guam, and an old guy befriending his boi neighbour.

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Best Bi Short Stories | Sheela Lambert
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Moved my reading set up outside cause it's so nice and sunny today! I've owned this anthology of #bisexual stories for years and I am finally reading it today! #QueerBooks #BisexualBooks

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This was a very amusing book that plays tongue-in-cheek with stereotypes about queer women, mostly related to dating (trying to figure out if the multiple hang outs you've had with one woman were dates to dating your ex's ex to trying and failing to break up). I really loved the cheeky drawing of cats as lesbians! The references in here are very west coast lesbian for women currently in the 30-40 age range. Also some spot on bisexual jokes too!

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I need something light and funny after finishing my last read, which was disappointing and dark. This book seems appropriate. Just the look on the left cat's face cracks me up. #QueerBooks

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Honey: A Novel | Brenda Brooks
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Mehso-so

I like this author's writing on the sentence level, but I found the character development and pacing in this lacking. Nicole is a lost 24-year-old living in her crap hometown when her childhood BFF Honey shows up after a mysterious 6 year absence. What follows is an obsessive love story with a woman involved in shady stuff. But I wasn't convinced of the love, didn't empathize with Nic, and found the pacing at times too slow and others too fast.

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Honey: A Novel | Brenda Brooks
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Modern queer Canadian noir and homemade chicken soup! #QueerBooks #CanLit #BookandDinner

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Record of a Night Too Brief | Hiromi Kawakami
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This book of one novella and two short stories is one of the most unique things I've ever read. Kawakami's writing is bizarre, surreal, incredibly imaginative, and full of startling imagery and prose. A lot if this, especially the first story, seems to be working if not solely then mostly on the level of metaphor. My problem was I didn't know what the metaphor was--the tenor is there, but what's the vehicle? That leaves meaning just out of reach.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Continued: Or, that means there is none. Which is even weirder than this book already is. Still, I'm not sorry I read this. I think I will remember it for quite some time. But I wish I didn't feel like I needed a degree in Jungian dream interpretation to understand it. 3w
Cinfhen Great review but I think I WILL take that pass 😉 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Cinfhen Glad you found this! I was just thinking j should tag you. 😃 3w
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Record of a Night Too Brief | Hiromi Kawakami
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Another fabulous opening paragraph, like the last book I read: "What was that itch on my back? I wondered. And then I realized it was the night--the night was nibbling into me."

Cinfhen And....#stacked 3w
Cinfhen But now I need to know what the book is about 🤪 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Cinfhen Well it's a book of three long short stories (novellas?). I've just read the first one so far, very surreal dream like story, heavy on strange imagery but not on plot. Honestly it feels like it's not "about" anything except night itself? 3w
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Cinfhen Hmmmmm, might unStack??? 😘 3w
Cinfhen Hahaha!! Thanks 😂if it improves, let me know ❣️ 3w
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I somehow simultaneously think this book is genius, but also see how it's pretentious and annoying? There are many passages with startlingly brash wisdom, exemplified with the brilliant beginning. It's half novel, half memoir sometimes written in play format. It's about a white woman in her 20s trying to be a writer (and person). She reminded me of Holden Caulfield. I loved that the heart of the book is her friendship with fellow artist Margaux.

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Is this, or is this not, the perfect opening to a book?

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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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Going to continue with my excellent work of reading the books l already own! Just finished Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi and now onto this uniquely structured feminist novel/memoir/play/self help book/whatever the heck it wants to be. #CanLit

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Odd, delightful, confusing. I just love Oyeyemi's voice and how she weaves these strange books that are like fairy tales and contemporary stories all at once. There were some parts of this story of 3 generations of women from a maybe fictional country that had me puzzled about what was happening and what significance there was, but also I loved the writing throughout. There's something being said here about immigration that I'm not catching too.

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Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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Pretty cute so far! #Audiobooks #MiddleGrade

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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The perfect haunted house story with a perfect #audiobook narration by Bernadette Dunne. I love the subtextual queerness too. #QueerBooks #HalloweenReads

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Spending the day at home as I'm sick but I am excited to be in my new house my partner and I just bought and to start the latest Helen Oyeyemi book. I love her writing! This is a little glimpse of the backyard, where it is raining buckets as you can see.

Lindy I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. 😊 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Lindy Love the first chapter so far! 3w
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What an odd little book this is. It's a bit horror, a lot bit satire, and a little slice of dystopian life of a current humanities academic. Edith Vane works at U of I and her job is supposed to be safe, what with tenure, but the new dean is evil, her colleague has gone mysteriously missing, and Crawley Hall, her building, seems to have developed sentience and is trying to kill everyone inside it. I admired but didn't always enjoy this novel.

charl08 I like the sound of this! 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @charl08 I hope you read and like it! 3w
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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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The Daylight Gate | Jeanette Winterson
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Mehso-so

I'm not sure how I feel about this. For the most part it was pretty brutal and ugly, which is perhaps just the truth about a lot of life in England under the rule of King James I. Despite the interesting subject (the events leading up to real witch trials and execution in 1612) and Winterson's trademark spare writing, it never really grabbed me. I liked that Shakespeare had a cameo and that the main character was a real witch and queer though.

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The Home Library | Brander Matthews
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My partner and I just moved in to the very first house we've ever owned! So exciting!! We have like no furniture yet but of course I have unpacked a bunch of my books.

kamoorephoto Congrats on the house!! 👍🏼 4w
TheBookAddict Congrats, wishing you the best! We lived that life too. We didn‘t have furniture, but we had each other and our books. 🙂💕 4w
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @TheBookAddict Thanks! Yes, books and each other, the important things in life. 4w
Bookzombie Congratulations!!! 4w
Ruthiella Exciting! 😀 4w
Lucy_Anywhere Congratulations! 4w
Lindy Congratulations! Where are you located now? 3w
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Lindy thank you! In Nanaimo. 3w
Lindy @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oh! Far from Vancouver. Enjoy island life! 3w
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This anthology of fantasy stories by trans femme writers was hit and miss for me, but there were a few stories that I loved. Perhaps not surprisingly, the ones by authors I already knew: Kai Cheng Thom and Casey Plett. But I also really liked "Undoing Vampirism" by Lilah Sturges and "Perisher" by Crystal Frasier. The editor introduces this book focusing on epic fantasy, but the stories I liked were the ones that did something different.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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Went for an #audiowalk after dinner in this cool blustery October evening, the perfect accompaniment to this spooky #audiobook. I read this book about 3 years ago and loved it. It's a great Halloween season reread!

sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo! 1mo
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The Daylight Gate | Jeanette Winterson
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I was going to read this book a bit before bed last night but then I remembered it's pretty scary. So I saved it for this morning! #QueerBooks #Horror

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The Hard Tomorrow | Eleanor Davis
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#BookMail! I'm excited to get this graphic novel about a 30-something activist trying to get pregnant while wondering about the ethics of bringing a kid into this world. #GraphicNovel

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Started reading this #queer #Canadian satire of academia with a touch of supernatural hauntedness on the ferry ride home this afternoon. So far it is definitely confirming my decision to leave academia many years ago. #QueerBooks

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New Ink on Life | Jennie Davids
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I would never read and strongly dislike asshole alpha male characters in romance novels, so why would I want to put up with a lesbian version? MJ is just a total jerk to everyone including her employees and is bordering on sexual harassment with Cassie who is supposed to be her future love interest. Plus, casual bisexual erasure. No thank you. #QueerBooks #Romantsy

xicanti I was really excited for this book—until I read a sample and saw all the things you mentioned. Blah. 1mo
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I haven't written anything for Book Riot for so long but I'm back with this list of #QueerBooks! #LGBTQBooks #GayYA https://bookriot.com/2019/09/27/fall-2019-bisexual-and-lesbian-ya/

Tonton Great, thanks so very much for the list! 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Tonton Hope you find a great read on it! 1mo
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Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand
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Do you think I can read only #queer #HalloweenReads from now until October 31st? I'm gonna try!! #QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #GayYA #YA #Horror 🎃🦇👻🧙‍♀️🧛‍♂️

SincerelyWinona Okay, now I need a list of queer Halloween reads. This sounds like the perfect October. 2mo
Branwen I love this book! So fierce and beautiful! 😍 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly That sounds like a great plan! 2mo
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This #queer spooky #HalloweenRead graphic novel is full of beautiful art and an unsettling, sexy story about a vampire lady who lives in a castle who is visited by another lady who is half human, half cat. If this sounds weird, that's because it is. As my sister said when she read it: "I loved it, but I'm not sure I understood it." Definitely worth a reread. ????‍♀️?‍♂️? #QueerBooks #Comics #GraphicNovel

lele1432 I just recently ran across her other one. The artwork looked beautiful. 2mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @lele1432 Yeah, Through the Woods is so good! 2mo
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Spooky queer Halloween read by the fire tonight! #QueerBooks

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So excited about this #spooky #Halloween read! #QueerBooks

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Small Change | Roan Parrish
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This book is everything I have ever wanted in a #romance! Ginger is a queer cynical tattoo artist who owns her own shop in Philadelphia. Her whole life she's had to fight for who she is. Christopher is a happy-go-lucky redhead who's just opened a sandwich shop. I loved how it gender flipped the usual dynamics of nurturing woman who brings the man out of his shell. I also loved how integrated Ginger was in the queer community despite dating a guy.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Also, this book is incredible as an #audiobook. The voice actress has a really sexy voice. #QueerBooks #BisexualBooks #Romantsy 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly A bisexual main character set in Philly?! Gimme! 2mo
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My weekends are Sunday and Monday, so I am enjoying my "Sunday" morning on my porch with tea, granola, and a new #QueerBook of fantasy short stories by trans femme writers. #TransBooks

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In at the Deep End | Kate Davies
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An incredible book! While it started lighter, with Bridget Jones-esque dry wit about (lesbian) dating life in London, the tone went darker as it explored Julia's first relationship with a woman. This girlfriend turns out to be controlling and emotionally abusive. It's painful to watch, which is a testament to Davies' writing. I also loved the friends, family, and job portions of the book. It had me laughing out loud throughout. Highly recommended!

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In at the Deep End | Kate Davies
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Reading this book on my covered back porch since it is somehow raining and sunny at the same time. Also, this book is going somewhere dark, the woman Julia is dating is showing classic signs of an emotionally abusive partner. #QueerBooks

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In at the Deep End | Kate Davies
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This book is awesome and hilarious! It's making me laugh out loud like every other page. #QueerBooks

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In at the Deep End | Kate Davies
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Reading and lunch! I laughed out loud at this:

"Nevertheless, [Leon and I] stayed together, right up until he dumped me just after graduation because he wanted to 'travel the world' and be 'free of ties'. He moved to Peckham three months later and started a graduate training scheme in management consultancy."

#QueerBooks

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I really liked this book, but didn't love it as I was hoping. I guess that happens when you have super high expectations! This had all the elements right: diverse, complex characters with emotional depths; modern, leftist politics (like, when was the last time a hetero romance casually included a queer woman of colour and mentioned the existence of nonbinary people?); fun concept of dating app world but.... Still highly recommend! #Romantsy

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Small Change | Roan Parrish
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Omg, this #audiobook narrator has such a sexy voice. Also I'm pretty sure I'm gonna love this book. #Romantsy

Soubhiville You had me at sexy voice. I‘m going to have to check it out! 2mo
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