What I’m Reading

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Here’s what I knew about Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith before: Victorian crime novel; surprise plot twist; made-for-tv movie starring Sally Hawkins (which I can’t decide if I want to watch, or not).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔎⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And now that I’ve read it? Well… I kind of just want to leave it at that. This is the kind of book…

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

What makes a #feministfantasy feminist? It’s not just b/c there are female heroes. This is a world with classism, wealth disparity, and religious absolutism (also, no free speech). AND, it’s *not* a patriarchy. The wedding ceremonies are about companions & fellowship, not subservience. There are platonic friendships between women and men. The women are flawed and have…

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The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

I like to wander around in bookstores; always have. Very rarely do I have a particular book in mind to buy — I like to discover. Sometimes a cover will draw me in, other times I’ll read the jacket a bunch of times before finally pulling the trigger. I almost always enjoy my random finds….

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Still Life by Louise Penny

Everything I want in a good mystery – a cool chief inspector, a mesmerizing setting (including lots of French-Canadian talk), a good whodunit and some super unexpected twists. One surprise strikes me as especially brilliant; Penny must’ve had fun with that one. Also… it’s really funny. I think the humor sometimes comes across better in…

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