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I just put a bunch of things on hold at the library, which is a regular part of my reading cycle. Though these days I have things I should read, and they are all rather difficult in one way or another, so I often end up not reading them, and reading something cozy or rereading something familiar.

I spent a long time having a policy of not accepting review copies for just this reason; I would start something and it would be too hard, and I could not finish it, or was not up for it right then and it would take ages for me to read, or I just couldn't read it at all. I accepted several review copies recently, and found myself getting stuck in each of them. This one because of genderqueer representation, that one because it was triggering, this one because the worldbuilding was so complex, my pain-fogged brain couldn't follow it. (I adore SFF but often cannot read new SFF for that reason.)

Given how much it feels like pressure to do the impossible to have a couple of these review copies still waiting for me, I think its probably a good idea for me not to accept more. Back to my old library patterns. Instead, I want to work out how to get my local library to order more of the titles I want, ideally how to do that online so I don't have to talk to people. They do well with YA but their romance and queer & trans lit...leaves much to be desired.

Put on hold today:
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  • Aminas Voice by Hena Khan
  • The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
  • The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez
  • Where the Girls Are ed by DL King
  • Star Crossed by Barbara Dee
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian
  • Heartstone by Elle Katherine White
  • Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
  • This Bridge Called My Back (new ed) ed by Gloria Anzaldua and Cherrie Moraga
  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold

Checked Out
  • The Awesome by Eva Darrows
  • Curvy Girls ed by Rachel Kramer Bussel
  • Iron and Velvet by Alexis Hall
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I also do much better with ebooks these days; they are easier for me to read in a number of ways, so print library books often get returned half read or unread. Ebooks are easier to carry, less likely to be allergic to them, easier to read lying down. (Which I should go do, cuz my back is saying we are done now.)

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