Episode 92: We Need Inclusive Romance!

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In this episode, jumping off our presentation at the Massachusetts Library Association conference in May, we discuss inclusive romance novels we’ve read and are looking forward to reading. The official genre of Bellwether Friends is Historical Romance. This episode is brought to you by Fake Dating with a side of Getting It Out Of Our System.

Links
LA Review of Books: Romance, Compassion, and Inclusivity (Or: How Romance Will Save the World)
Why We Need Asexual Romances
Reading romance as an asexual & aromantic person

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Courtney Milan Cyclone series
Sherry Thomas
Jeannie Lin
Alyssa Cole An Extraordinary Union, A Princess in Theory, A Duke by Default
Jasmine Guillory The Wedding Date, The Proposal
the bride test
Helen Hoang The Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test
Jackie Lau Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (May 2018), Mr. Hotshot CEO
Alisha Rai Forbidden Hearts series
Camille Perri When Katie Met Cassidy (June 2018)

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[LESBIAN ROMANCE SIDEBAR]
Bold Strokes Books, Bella Books

BookRiot: Native American Romance Novels by Native Authors
V. S. Nelson
Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Laura Brown Signs of Attraction
Margaret Locke The Demon Duke
Amanda Quick Deception
Julia Quinn To Sir Phillip, With Love
Karin Kallmaker
Claire O’Dell A Study in Honor
love and basketball
Jamie Wesley Slamdunked by Love
Cathy Yardley Level UpOne True Pairing
Sonali Dev
A Bollywood Affair, The Bollywood Bride, A Change of Heart
Alexis Hall How to Bang a Billionaire, How to Blow it With a Billionaire, Glitterland, Looking for Group
Mia Sosa Acting on Impulse
Ruby Lang Acute Reactions
The Ripped Bodice: The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report
Jeevani Charika A Royal Wedding
Alexis Daria Take the Lead
Pema Donyo Revolutionary Hearts
Talia Hibbert A Girl Like Her
Priscilla Oliveras His Perfect Partner
Cat Sebastian
KJ Charles
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E. E. Ottoman
J. K. Pendragon
Damon Suede
Yolanda Wallace Tailor Made
Rebekah Weatherspoon So Sweet
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K. M. Jackson Insert Groom Here
Beverly Jenkins (we totally forgot to talk about her but she should be on this list)

WOC in Romance
Read Harder: Romance Novels By or About a Person of Color
Romance Novels in Color
A List of the Best Contemporary Romance Books Featuring Women of Color
Diverse Romance
The New York Times: In Love With Romance Novels, But Not Their Lack of Diversity
The New York Times: The Changing Face of Romance Novels

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Obsessions
Alene and Anna: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before; Crazy Rich Asians

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Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Cheryl K feat. Awkwafina from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
Material Girl (200 du)” by Sally Yeh from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
(Bustle article)
Anna: “Yellow” by Katherine Ho from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack (LA Times story)

 

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Episode 80: Things We Just Don’t Get with @anniecardi

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“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”
~Jo Godwin

…and a moderately good librarian podcast should aspire to the same!

In this episode, we brought in author and podcaster Annie Cardi (@anniecardi) discuss things everyone likes that we don’t. Yes, it was covered in Episode 9, but that was back in December 2014, so here’s an update!

Links
Joanna Newsom
Bob Dylan
Bruce Springsteen (twitter thread of Bruce and Clarence kissing)
Grunge
Experience Music Project (now the Museum of Pop Culture)
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Sorting
Passive Aggressive Planmaking “I don’t know, what do you want to do?”
Karaoke
Brandy’s
Starting the week on Sunday (ISO 8601 decrees the week starts on Monday!)
Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
S’mores
grass
Walking barefoot in grass
Changing display names on Twitter
Christmas Cards
This Is Us
Call the Midwife
My So-Called Life
Reality TV
Broad City
Bridget Jones
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Literary Fiction
Buying Books (estimating shelf capacity)
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Bananas
Video Games (Lego Lord of the RingsKing’s Quest VI)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (read by Jim Dale)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Sarah MacLean
The Cat in the Hat
Roller Coasters

Musical Obsessions
Annie: “Drive It Like You Stole It” from Sing Street motion picture soundtrack
Anna: “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
Alene: “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Obsessions
Annie: Olympic Figure Skating
Anna: How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall
Alene: Plant Nanny

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Crossover Appeal (Tumblr)