Niche Genre Recs: Sapphic Historical Fiction

This is a post I have been meaning to write for a long time. I have had the idea for it almost as long as I have had this blog, I have just never gotten around to actually writing it. However, now that I am doing themed posts for women’s history month, it was the perfect push to get me to write this. Albeit, this is a looser interpretation since these are all historical fiction.

Personally, this is a niche book type that I really enjoy, and something I have been seeking out for a while now. Below, I have shared books I enjoyed, as well as a few bonus books on my tbr. You can find all the books mentioned in this post on my list on

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Announcement: Blog Changes

Hello everyone! To get it out of the way, I just want to say that all of these changes are cool, exciting things! I will still be making essentially the same content. However, I have added or changed a few things recently, and I wanted to make a post to kind of identify those things all in one place. These include visual changes, and ways to monetarily help support me and the blog. While none of these are super huge on their own, I just wanted to give a bit of space to talk about some of the things I have changed recently.

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Women in Math Books

Happy pi day! I originally had something different planned for today (which you will be seeing soon), but inspiration struck and I decided to write this instead. After my post last week about memoirs by women, I thought I would stick to a loose women’s history theme this month. And I thought I would combine that with the fact that today is pi day to talk about books both by and about women in math.

I realize that this is a bit of a niche topic that may not be interesting to a lot of people. However, I promise you don’t need a lot of math knowledge to read these books! And it is a topic that I am very passionate about as a woman in math. So I hope you will indulge me to talk about some books which are genuinely very cool.

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Five Memoirs for Women’s History Month

In the United States, March is designated as Women’s History Month. As is true for all marginalized groups, women’s history has frequently been hidden and obscured. As such, it is really important to make sure that women’s stories are heard, especially those of queer women and women of color. I decided to focus this post on memoirs for two reasons. Firstly, because I have read way more memoirs than I have biographies, so I have more books to recommend. But also because it is also important for us to hear stories directly from the source.

In the words of Carmen Maria Machado, whose memoir is mentioned in this post, “sometimes stories are destroyed, and sometimes they are never uttered in the first place; either way something very large is irrevocably missing from our collective histories.” So today we are here to highlight times when women have told their stories, to make sure they do not disappear from history.

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February Wrap-Up // fun February means less reading

Welcome (back) to the blog! It is hard to believe February flew by so fast. I know it is the shortest month, but still. My friends and I decided this month would be “fun February” so we did our best to do fun things whenever possible. And it was very fun! However, since I was slammed with school and using all my free time to socialize, I did not read as much as I normally do this month.

This is a bit disappointing because I had a pretty ambitious TBR, mostly of books by Black authors, that I wanted to get through. So I definitely did not meet my reading goals, but I will still be looking forward to reading those books! The upside is I did read some really good books this month, and in general I enjoyed them more than the books I read in January. Standouts of this month include Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Bungleton Green and the Mystic Commandos, and The Personal Librarian. Bungleton Green was a comic strip compilation I read for class and it was honestly super interesting, I encourage everyone to go check it out! It was an antiracist, sci-fi action/adventure comic from the 1940s. Keep reading to hear about everything else I was reading and thinking about this month!

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Review: The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

  • Title: The Killing Code
  • Author: Ellie Marney
  • Genre: historical mystery
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: ebook
  • Publisher: Little Brown Books
  • Pub date: September 20, 2022
  • Content warnings: death, murder, blood, racism, antisemitism, nazi symbols, homophobia, arson and fire, mentions of sexual assault, serial killer, violence against women
  • Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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January wrap up // happy new year!

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. I have truly had the busiest, most fun January. If I am being honest, most of the books I read were good, but didn’t stand out a lot. However, I am really proud of the fact that I stuck pretty closely to my TBR, there were only 2 books that I didn’t get to.

I did re-read The Anthropocene Reviewed, one of my favorites from last year, and there were definitely a lot of YA books I read and enjoyed this month. I am in the middle of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, which I am absolutely loving, and hopefully will be finishing very soon. I am also trying to expand my monthly wrap-ups and generally talk about different things, so please read on and let me know how you like it!

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Discussion: what makes a book queer?

Last week I posted my 2022 reading wrap up. I talked a bit about the statistics, and one of the things I mentioned was the number of queer books I read last year. Since I started more diligently tracking my reading 2 years ago, I have also started tracking different details about the books I read, and one of those things is whether it is a queer book. But what does it actually mean for a book to be queer? Let’s discuss.

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Review: Begin Again by Emma Lord

  • Title: Begin Again
  • Author: Emma Lord
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Pub date: January 24, 2023
  • Content warnings: mentions of death of a parent, grief, cheating, underage drinking
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me access to an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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2022 Reading Wrap Up

Hello everyone! So two weeks ago I promised a 2022 wrap up, and I am finally here to actually deliver on that. I will go a little bit into the statistics of what I read, although if we are being honest I don’t keep detailed enough information to make it very precise. I will talk a little bit about what books won me over this year, although I again won’t go into too much detail because I already made a post on my favorite 2022 releases. Finally, I will round off with a wrap up of my blogging this year.

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