2017 LGBTQ YA Releases

2017 LGBTQ YA Releases

I’ll be honest – this month’s romance theme is a tough one for me. I don’t typically read a lot of YA or MG, and there isn’t usually that much romance in picture books. However – when I’m not singing songs with toddlers, I’m one of the co-chairs of the BC Library Association’s LGBTQ Interest Group. […]

Review: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Review: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

“Look at how pretty you are!” Mum exclaims. “You should straighten your hair all the time!” Well, I guess that’s one thing I can straighten about myself. (p. 63) Leila Azadi has always managed to avoid crushing on any of her classmates. No one knows she likes girls, not her loving and traditional Iranian parents, […]

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everyone is (accidentally) queer – Part 3

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everyone is (accidentally) queer – Part 3

Part 1 – Frederica herself Part 2 – Alverstoke and his foils So far Georgette Heyer’s Frederica has revealed a wonderful, albeit unintentional, abundance of asexual and aromantic characters. Hold on to your hats, my dears, there’s more. Chloe Dauntry, for one. Chloe is nearly seventeen, daughter of Alverstoke’s deceased brother, and sister to Endymion, Alverstoke’s […]

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everybody is (accidentally) queer – Part 2

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everybody is (accidentally) queer – Part 2

Last week I talked about Frederica Merrivale, an ace-aro woman who is, at least nominally, the protagonist of the book named after her. (I say nominally because, as so often happens in romances, at least, those written by Georgette Heyer, the narrative focus slips back and forth between the female lead and the male lead, […]

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everybody is (accidentally) queer – Part 1

Frederica: or, a Regency romance in which everybody is (accidentally) queer – Part 1

A few weeks ago, desperately in need of a comfort (re)read, I picked up Frederica by Georgette Heyer. I soon realized that this was not the book I remembered. Regency romances – older Regency romances, at any rate – are desperately straight: no matter how dear her best friend is or how clever and ravishingly […]