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A Decolonial Feminism by Françoise Vergès

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2.75

I'm not sure if it was the translation or the author's writing style but I found this quite hard to follow. I liked the overall ideas of the book but definitely struggled to understand it.

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Dear Dolly: On Love, Life and Friendship, Collected wisdom from her Sunday Times Style Column by Dolly Alderton

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4.25

While I loved Dolly Alderton's memoir, part of me was worried that I look back on it with rose-tinted glasses and that I wouldn't like Dear Dolly as much, but boy was I wrong. This book is what I think I expected her memoir to be - short chunks of life advice on varied topics - so that was a great surprise and it had all the humor and warmth of Alderton's writing that I'd loved last time. 

Unfortunately I borrowed this book from a friend so I didn't get to annotate it, but that gives me an excuse to read this a second time once I get my own copy.

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Working Girl: On Selling Art and Selling Sex by Sophia Giovannitti

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4.75

An incredibly interesting comparison between how the art industry and sex work function under capitalism. Couldn't put it down.

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Heartstopper Volume 4 by Alice Oseman

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dark emotional funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25


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Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

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adventurous emotional funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

So lovely reading this after watching the show, they really followed the source material so closely I love it.

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The Nerves and Their Endings: Essays on Crisis and Response by Jessica GaitĂĄn Johannesson

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  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0

I struggled with this book at first, finding it simultaneously too academic and too poetic for me to understand, but as it went on I found myself enjoying it more and more. It's both uplifting in how it discusses hope and depressing in how it describes the fear and uncertainty that comes with future-planning in this current time. I'm left feeling a lot of complicated emotions now that it's over.

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How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Andreas Malm

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5.0

This is the book I've been needing. While I was disappointed the book didn't  provide clear instructions on direct actions readers can take, and I don't agree with some of the author's points, I still can't let myself give this anything less than 5 stars for the hope it's given me for the climate movement. Something I feared I was losing hold of.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search by Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gene Luen Yang

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  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

A fun addition to the Avatar story, I always wanted to know what happened to Zuko's mother so I was happy that this answer didn't disappoint. I loved how it incorporated the spirit world and the flashback sequences, but I found Azula frustrating and the ending was a bit rushed.

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Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation by Hannah Gadsby

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3.75

Bloody funny and emotional but also bloody long. I genuinely really enjoyed it but I do wish some parts were edited down just a liiiittle bit more, but I can see with a story this personal it must've been hard to cut it down. If you liked Nanette then you'll obviously like this.

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Glitch Feminism: A Manifesto by Legacy Russell

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3.5

Very interesting book, but a lot of it definitely went over my head. Want to look into cyber feminism more.

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