May 2021

The Love Study

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The Love Study: A New Adult Romance By Kris Ripper Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781335943194
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Published: Carina Adores - September 29th, 2020

This romance novel is one of the queerest I've read, and considering my tastes, that's saying something. The romance is between a cis bisexual man and a genderqueer person. "Normal" relationships haven't historically worked for either of them, but they really like each other. The solution? They might have to actually communicate about their wants, needs, and past traumas. 

Shana


Foolish Hearts

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Foolish Hearts By Emma Mills Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250180780
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

Emma Mills writes near-perfect books, and Foolish Hearts is at the top of the list. Pick this up for funny and flawed friendships, complicated family relationships, tentative romance, and a dollop of Shakespeare. Reading this book is like receiving an extremely cozy hug.

Rebecca


While I Was Away

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While I Was Away By Waka T. Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063017115
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 26th, 2021

When Waka's mom suspects that she may be losing touch with her Japanese heritage and language, Waka is sent to live with her grandmother in Tokyo for a few months. This is a delightful memoir about trying to fit into the culture you were born into and the culture you've been brought up in, and finding harmony between the two.

Sinny


Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

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Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet By Laekan Zea Kemp Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316460279
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

This story is one for the senses: it is suffused with flavors and smells, with love and pressure, danger and expectation, and the upbeat tempo of a working kitchen. These are more than the traditional 5 senses, but this heartfelt book swept me up using all of them and then some.

Meaghan


Amira's Picture Day

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Amira's Picture Day By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Fahmida Azim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823440191
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Published: Holiday House - April 13th, 2021

I LOVE this book so much. The fear of being forgotten on picture day and not being able to leave your mark is so relatable. The pictures are gorgeous and the glimpse into how Amira's family celebrates Eid filled my heart with happiness. The book made me want to color my hands with henna, dance, and celebrate the joy of being brown!

Janaea


Chlorine Sky

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Chlorine Sky By Mahogany L. Browne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593176399
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 12th, 2021

This short novel-in-verse packs a serious punch of honest emotion - feelings that will be instantly recognized by anyone who’s felt like the sidekick in a friendship or grieved that growing apart is sometimes a piece of growing up. Definitely recommend the audiobook available on libro.fm or even just search YouTube for the author’s past performances - Mahogany L. Browne is a phenomenal reader.

Leila


Bindu's Bindis

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Bindu's Bindis By Supriya Kelkar, Parvati Pillai (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Supriya Kelkar, Parvati Pillai (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781454940203
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Published: Union Square Kids - March 16th, 2021

This is such a colorful story about the strength of familial ties within Indian culture. Such a wonderful message of loving one's full self and shining bright regardless of what others might think!

Janaea


King of Shadows

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ISBN: 9780689844454
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 1st, 2001

While playing Puck in a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nat Field finds himself four hundred years in the past, in another production of Midsummer, playing opposite Shakespeare himself. This is a really lovely historical fantasy that feels like a hug across time.

Ari


Into the Dark

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Star Wars: The High Republic Into the Dark By Claudia Gray, Giorgio Baroni (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Claudia Gray, Giorgio Baroni (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781368057288
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Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - February 2nd, 2021

Claudia Gray has been one of the best Star Wars writers since the debut of the new canon and her win streak continues here. I am so excited about the High Republic launch and you will be too after Into The Dark, which will be both familiar and fresh to Star Wars fans new or old!

Caleb


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