Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

This might be unpopular opinion time, but I wasn't as blown away by Juliet Takes a Breath as most other readers seem to be. Don't get me wrong: there was plenty I did love about this book, even though one major aspect in particular frustrated me. As much as I enjoy seeing white feminism parodied, one of the major characters is cissexist and TERFy for most of the book. What bothered me was, it didn't seem to bother anyone. Other characters weren't calling her out at all, which seemed to indicate agreement. It was finally addressed near the end (thank you, Ava), but so briefly that it felt like an afterthought. That scene wasn't enough. That being said, I loved…

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No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

Gosh, we are so fortunate to be alive at the same time as someone like Ursula K. Le Guin. Her memoir No Time to Spare is a collection of essays in which she talks about literature, politics, belief, aging, and life. It is absolutely delightful. She's such an interesting person. Even when she's talking about her cat, Pard, there's a deeper layer to her musings. She sees the world with such clarity and wonder, and these essays allow the reader to experience that perspective and benefit from her wisdom. No Time to Spare is an intelligent, feel-good kind of read.

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The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook by Anneliese Singh

Written by a licensed professional counselor who is nonbinary themself, The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression by Anneliese A Singh, PhD, LPC, is an LGBTQ-focused self-help workbook that is both encouraging and hopeful as it helps people work through LGBTQ-related stressors. The author is also a woman of color, and the book does a pretty good job at intersectionality (although a bit of ableist language does sneak in). It's refreshing to to see pansexuality and asexuality covered as well. The case studies were especially helpful, and I would have liked to read more of those in the latter chapters of the book. The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook would be a great…

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Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

Dear Fahrenheit 451 is a book about books, letters of love (or farewell) to the books on author Annie Spence's shelves. I enjoyed Spence's thoughts on all sorts of books, her bookish matchmaking, as well as hearing about the quirkier tastes of some of her library patrons. Maybe because we're of the same generation, I connected with her musings. But also, there were a number of well-loved books she didn't like that made me feel heard. Sometimes it can be lonely feeling like you're the only one who couldn't get into a popular book. Dear Fahrenheit 451 is full of bookish nostalgia and commentary on books old and new, and oh my word the suggestions (I especially appreciated her "recovery…

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The Aliens are Coming! by Ben Miller

My head is spinning! In The Aliens Are Coming! The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe, science writer and comedian Ben Miller seems to go off on so many tangents. But he eventually ties them all together, and with no loose ends. This book isn't as much about aliens as it is about all life. Math, science, history...everything around us. It all comes together in this book. I listened to the audiobook and that was a real treat. Ben Miller narrates the book himself, and he's super entertaining. I was hanging on every word!

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