Episode 99: Best of 2018

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In this episode, we look back over a year of movies, television, music, experiences, and books. We did the same for 2017 in Episode 77, 2016 in Episode 53, and 2015 in Episode 27.

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Movies
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Black Panther
Crazy Rich Asians
Ocean’s 8
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Love, Simon
Insidious: The Last Key
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A Simple Favor
The Meg (Episode 94)
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Looking forward to: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Autostraddle review), The Favourite, The Wife, Mary Queen of Scots, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Mary Poppins Returns

Television
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Killing Eve
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
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One Day at at Time (Season 2)
The Good Place (Episode 85)
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FBI
Black Lightning
A Very English Scandal
Doctor Who
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Jesus Christ Superstar Live
Nanette
Looking forward to: Pose, Insecure, Vida, Howards End, Killing Eve, The Good Place, One Day at at Time, Trinkets

Music
Party for One” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande
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Pynk” by Janelle Monae
The Hamilton Polka” by Weird Al Yankovic
Crazy Rich Asians motion picture soundtrack
Looking forward to: “Fake Love” by BTS, “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monae, “Curious” by Hayley Kiyoko, “I Like It” by Cardi B, “Love It If We Made It” by The 1975, Golden Hour (album) by Kacey Musgraves, MitskiChristine and the QueensboygeniusCarly Rae Jepsen

Experiences
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Hamilton (and other live performances)
Royal Weddings
Seattle
Walker’s Shortbread

Books
#libfaves18
Broken Ice by Matt Goldman
Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? by Kelly Jones
My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum
Looking forward to: The Shallows by Matt Goldman
Thundercluck by Paul Tillery IV and Meg Wittwer
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The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
The Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao
Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis
The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis
The Neighbor by Gerri Hill
Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Treason of Hawks by Lila Bowen
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Looking forward to: The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory, The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, Jade War by Fonda Lee, The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker, A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian, The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty, The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey, Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Book Riot: 51 New Romance Novels Scheduled for 2019

Musical Obsessions
Anna: Spotify 2018 playlist, “Whistle” by Flo Rida
Alene: “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John

Obsessions
Anna: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Alene: Inclusivity

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Episode 97: Animated Crushes with @wonderlandchick

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In this episode, we discuss our favorite animated heartthrobs with friend of the podcast Sarah. Come for the strangely attractive cartoon foxes, stay for the romance recommendations!

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Links
HuffPost: 27 Cartoon Characters Who Gave Us The Hots As Kids
BuzzFeed: 38 Characters That Were Oddly Hot Even Though They Were Animated
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Robin Hood
Dimitri (Anastasia)
Trent Lane (Daria) also Daria and Jane
Roger Radcliffe (101 Dalmatians) [David Tennant]
Tuxedo Mask (Sailor Moon)
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Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)
Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist)
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Abraham De Lacy Giuseppe Casey Thomas O’Malley (The Aristocats) editor’s note: Alene got his name wrong in the show
Scar, Young Simba (The Lion King)
Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)
Lucifer (Cinderella)
Tramp (Lady and the Tramp)
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Bagheera (The Jungle Book)
Bambi
Miss Bianca and Bernard (The Rescuers)
Wonder Twins (Superfriends)
Brainy Smurf (The Smurfs)
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Ookla the Mok (Thundarr the Barbarian)
Optimus Prime (Transformers)
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Helga Sinclair (Atlantis)
She-Ra, Frosta
Evil-Lyn (He-Man)
The Claw (Inspector Gadget)
Mulan, Li Shang
Storm (X-Men)
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Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn (Batman, The Animated Series)
David Kawena (Lilo and Stitch)
Sakaki (Azumanga Daioh)
Flynn Rider (Tangled)
Zuko (Avatar the Last Airbender)
Garnet (Steven Universe)
Mrs. Beakley (Duck Tales)
Daphne (Scooby-Doo)
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Wendy Corduroy (Gravity Falls) [supercut]
Roger Miller
Overdue on The Little Mermaid (live episode recorded at New England Library Association–not on their site as of this writing)
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin
Fresh Romance
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
Sally Mackenzie’s Naked Nobility series
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
Yuri on Ice
Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series
Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series
Sherryl Woods Chesapeake Shores series
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Tiana, Prince Naveen (The Princess and the Frog)
Wolverine, Gambit (The Animated X-Men)
Jessica Rabbit (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)
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Megara (Hercules)
Esmeralda (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Kim Possible

Obsessions
Sarah: Romance novels: Alyssa Cole‘s Reluctant Royals series, Alisha Rai, Stripped by Zoey Castile, The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting [Shacking Up], Lucy Parker
Anna: The Wicked Wallflowers Club podcast, Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Alene: My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum

Musical Obsessions
Sarah: Toccata and Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Anna: Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Alene: Gravity Falls theme song

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
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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
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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)