A Request for Reading Recommendations

Warm greetings to all of you!
It’s now April, and I hope (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere) that Spring is starting for you.
It’s a time to move from reading indoors under a blanket, to reading outdoors on-top of a blanket.

April is also the month with my birthday in it, and what I’m asking for my birthday is reading recommendations from you, please.

What’s something you adored reading?
What’s something you think I should read?
(I know a lot of writers, so I’ll say that of course you may recommend your own books.)

Oh, and I’m thinking of gathering-up your recommendations, and putting them in a follow-up post, so that more people than me may benefit from what you share.

If it’ll help you target your suggestions, here’s a few points on what I love reading the most:

  • In fiction, my favorite genres are Urban Fantasy and Romance.
  • In non-fiction, space science and memoirs have my heart.
  • For bedtime reading, I’ve loved poetry since I was a little girl.

Thank you in-advance for your reading recommendations; I look forward to receiving them!

Your Library Girl, Mina
Thank you for reading.

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2 thoughts on “A Request for Reading Recommendations

  1. I have four recommendations, which is too many, and I’ve definitely mentioned some of them to you before, but I’m doing it anyways because I love all these books and my hunch is you would too:

    1) A Half-Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys – this is a hopeful, queer, Jewish, alien-first contact story with an emphasis on non-traditional families, motherhood, caretaking, and environmental stewardship. It is particularly timely for Pesach.

    2) From Dust, A Flame by Rebecca Podos – this is a queer, Jewish, modern fantasy YA book about connecting with Jewish roots you didn’t know you had, and the joy and community and also weight of intergenerational trauma that can go along with that.

    3) Cheer Up! Love & Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise – this is queer YA romance comic. It’s incredibly charming, one of the leads is a very sweet latina trans girl, and it’s wonderful and smart about how it thinks about the intersecting experiences of girlhood and transness it’s showing.

    4) We Are Mermaids by Stephanie Burt – a poetry collection filled with trans poems and queer poems and poems about punctuation and language and superheroes and loving and caring for the world and each other.

    1. Thank you for these recommendations! I feel like these are speaking directly to my interests and life experience; hopeful, queer, Jewish, trans, & Latina are all me; and I love first contact & modern fantasy tales! Also, poems about language, heroes, & Tikun Olam are my jam, too.

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