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Whatcha Reading? February 2020 Edition, Part Two

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We’re slowly approaching the end of February and it’s a Leap Year! That means one more day to enjoy some (hopefully) good books. Sneezy: The Likability Trap by Alice Menendez, and City Kitty and Country Mouse by Alyssa Linn Palmer! The Likability Trap has been “I see myself in this picture, and I don’t like it,” from literally the first sentence. City Kitty and Country Mouse is cute as FUCK, and already layering feels, and … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? February 2020 Edition, Part Two

Whatcha Reading? February 2020 Edition, Part One

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February has arrived and we have books to discuss! Here’s what we’re currently reading: Carrie: Mazes of Power, by my friend Juliette Wade! It’s labelled as “sociological science fiction.” The focus is less on tech and more on social and political intrigue. Very good so far. Shana: I’m digging into The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan. It’s a British cozy mystery set in WWII about an opinionated middle-aged woman searching for her missing … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? February 2020 Edition, Part One

Whatcha Reading? January 2020 Edition, Part Two

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January is nearly at a close, which feels strange because it’s lasted for eighty-seven years. Here’s what books we’re finishing for the end of the month! Claudia: I’m reading Headliners by Lucy Parker but distracted by a million things so it’s been slow going! Tara: I don’t typically read short story collections, but I’ve been slowly making my way through How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin and it’s excellent. I like … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? January 2020 Edition, Part Two

Whatcha Reading? January 2020 Edition, Part One

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It’s our first Watcha Reading of the year! I hope you’re all excited to talk about books! Tara: I’m reading Polaris Rising because Amanda said on the podcast that it’s amazing and, well, it’s definitely amazing. I’m also listening to 30 Dates in 30 Days by Elle Spencer, which is a pretty cute f/f romance. It has a lawyer who wants to find love and is reluctantly talked into going on (you guessed it) 30 … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? January 2020 Edition, Part One

Whatcha Reading? December 2019 Edition, Part Two

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We have reached the last Whatcha Reading of 2019! Let’s pour one out for the books we’ve finished this year. SBTB hopes you’ve ended your year of reading with something good. If not, there are tons more books waiting for you in the new year! Catherine: I’m in the middle of Christmas madness (singing and culinary editions), so I’m sticking to rereads at the moment. In particular, I’m rereading the Penric and Desdemona novellas by … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? December 2019 Edition, Part Two

Whatcha Reading? December 2019 Edition, Part One

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It’s our first Whatcha Reading of December and that means there is only one more Whatcha Reading post left in 2019. Can you believe it? A whole year of books has flown by! Let’s recap what we’ve been reading! Catherine: I am reading Anna Chronistic and the Scarab of Destiny by Ankaret Wells, which feels like the thing you would get if you crossed To Say Nothing of The Dog with Amelia Peabody. Time travel … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? December 2019 Edition, Part One

Whatcha Reading? November 2019 Edition, Part Two

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I refuse to believe we’re on Part Two on Whatcha Reading this month! HOW? WHEN? WHY?! Either way, here is what we’ve been reading in preparation for December! Catherine: I just finished The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman. This is the most recent novel in her Invisible Library series, and it’s fantastic – a funny, clever heist story, full of twists and turns and dragon politics. Highly recommended (but you should probably start with the … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? November 2019 Edition, Part Two

Whatcha Reading? November 2019 Edition, Part One

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We have reached November! Many of us at SBTB HQ have been groaning about reading slumps. Is something in the air? Let’s get into what we’re reading now! Shana: I just started a bunch of novels in a moment of book hangover desperation. The one I’m enjoying the most so far is White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter . It’s a marriage of convenience plot between two super sexy moonshine smugglers in contemporary Kentucky. Tara: … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? November 2019 Edition, Part One

Whatcha Reading? October 2019 Edition, Part Two

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It’s our last Whatcha Reading for the month of October! How are we all feeling? Exhausted? Thrilled for the holidays? Right now, I have two modes: devouring a book in one sitting or not touching a book for DAYS. Catherine: I’m reading Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey , which I was drawn to after reading this review a couple of years ago. I grew up on Greek myths and legends, so I’m delighted to … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? October 2019 Edition, Part Two

Whatcha Reading? October 2019, Part One

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October is here! There are so many damn books releasing this month that I’m honestly a little overwhelmed. Is the season affecting your reading? Do you want something more spooky in anticipation of Halloween? Let us know! Aarya: I just finished an arc of Chloe Neill’s Wicked Hour , the second book in the Heirs of Chicagoland series. I have mixed feelings despite liking most of it. I am completely invested in the relationship between … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? October 2019, Part One

Whatcha Reading? September 2019, Part Two

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Are you ready for September to be over? Or is it too soon? I love October, but I’m not sure how I feel for 2019 to end already. At least we have books, right?! Shana: I’m reading The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite. It’s been on my list since Carrie’s review. Women slowly falling in love over conversation is the perfect chaser to all the m/m novels with emotionally inarticulate men that … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? September 2019, Part Two

Whatcha Reading? September 2019, Part One

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Whatcha Reading for September is here! Are you ready? We are! Susan: No Good Men by Thea McAlistair! The protagonist is a pulp writer moonlighting as the mayor’s bodyguard to get by, which is a great job until the mayor gets shot. Now he’s being blackmailed by a reporter, flirted with by the “grieving” widow, and flirting with mob assassins while trying to find out whodunnit. It’s pulpy noir with a queer protagonist, which is … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? September 2019, Part One