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381. Our Favorite Books of the Year, Part One: Lara, Tara, Carrie S and Charlotte

In the next few episodes, the SBTB reviewing team will be talking about our favorite books of the year! Lara joins us from South Africa to tell us about the books, fiction and nonfiction, that she read this year that made her feel good about herself. Tara joins us from Calgary, Canada, to talk about romances she read that changed her perspective – and taught her some history of lesbian pulp fiction. Carrie S. revisits zombie horror she adored and books that helped her get out of bed to fight the good fight, and Charlotte talks about revisiting her reading over the past year and how many books she loved.

I hope you enjoy this reading recap, and that you share with us your favorite books that you read in the past year, too!

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The track in the intro and between interviews is is The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, originally composed by Tchaikovsky. You can find this album at Amazon.


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  1. 1
    HeatherS says:

    My favorite book of the year: “Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston. I’ve read it 3 times and will likely read it again before the year is out. Casey said they wrote it for “depressed, queer Millennials”, and I guess I’m part of that target demographic, because it resonates like heck with me and I love it. It’s the perfect antidote to our political reality for me (but also going out and voting, because we need a massive wave of pissed off, politically involved citizens – especially Millennials – to remove him and everyone who supports him and then elect people who are going to do right by us, not the 1%).

  2. 2
    DiscoDollyDeb says:

    I don’t know if there’s a plan to have a post asking for the Bitchery to list their favorite books of 2019, but my absolute favorite is Rachel Reid’s m/m romance, HEATED RIVALRY, which covers ten years in the relationship of two professional hockey players who play for rival teams. Hot, sweet, emotional. Just lovely.

  3. 3
    Barb says:

    Thank you for speaking about “ Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” ! I thought it was just me who found that movie horrifying.

  4. 4
    Adularia16 says:

    So interesting to see the mention of Seven Brides. While I have always had an issue with the kidnapping of the women in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and how a movie made in the 50s could espouse that, I still love it for the dancing and songs. It’s a tough one to give up and I doubt I ever will. We can put so many lenses on things in the past. Where is the boundary? We all have our limits. I’ve discovered I cannot watch Disney’s The Little Mermaid anymore! I guess a topic for another day to delve into. Glad to see such diversity in thought and opinion!

  5. 5
    Jill Q. says:

    I haven’t even finished this podcast, but chiming in to say I also grew up loving “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and I have made my peace with it, but I also decided I would not show it to my children b/c I know it hasn’t aged well. I have so many old movies that I have conflicted feelings about, but that one even the whole premise is just not going to go over well. Even by the time I went through puberty, it already felt like a bit of a “guilty pleasure.”

    I was surprised that even “Singing in the Rain” had some stuff that I had to explain to the kids on our last movie night. When Gene Kelly first jumps into Debbie Reynolds’s car and she complains, he basically implies since he’s a star he could do anything he wanted with her and she couldn’t do anything about it. He’s clearly just messing with her, but it’s so so not funny in 2019. Not the kind of thing that is going to make him endearing to anyone. My 7 year old was like “what is he talking about?”
    Uhhh. . .

  6. 6
    Sharon says:

    I keep seeing Get a Life, Chloe Brown on a number of reviewers’ favorites list of the year. I really need to read this book soon.

  7. 7
    SandyH says:

    Ilona Andrews has a new novella coming out this month in their Innkeeper series. Returns to Dinna and Sean’s relationship.

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