45 minutes | Sep 30th 2020

Ep #204

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“BOSOM FRIENDS” This week Sarah Jean concludes our Friends to Lovers theme with special guest librarian and reviewer Anna Clutterbuck-Cook and debate the inherent queerness of the trope EP 204 HOST > SARAH JEAN (she/her) From the woods of Massachusetts, Sarah Jean has been reading queer romance for 12 years. She runs a queer book club called Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts (https://www.facebook.com/rainbowreadersmass/) that celebrates queer lives, joy, and empowerment through genre fiction. When not reading or listening to books Sarah is plotting her queer historical romances, cuddling with her cats, and planning her next adventure. Follow Sarah on Twitter @queer_reader EP 204 GUEST ANNA CLUTTERBUCK-COOK (she/her) is queer feminist, fanfic writer, historian, reference librarian, romance reader, and crafter. She works at the Massachusetts Historical Society and reviews fiction and nonfiction for a variety of outlets including Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. She lives in the Boston area with her wife and two cats. You can visit Anna’s website at https://thefeministlibrarian.com/ and follow Anna on Twitter @feministlib and on Instagram @feministlib_amsewing EP 204 DISCUSSION PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR EPISODE TRANSCRIPT NOTE: These notes include affiliate links to Bookshop.org and Amazon.com to support the RBP transcript project NOTE: This episode was recorded in mid-August during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 NOTE: This episode opens with a dedication to Corey Alexander who sadly passed away in mid-August shortly before this episode was recorded > The Stucky fanfic Sarah mentions, entitled Truth May Vary, can be found here: Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/11818410/chapters/26665734 > Here’s Anna’s blog post on the subject of same-sex friendships and crushes under heteronorms Link: https://thefeministlibrarian.com/2013/03/26/comment-post-friendships-crushes-and-heteronormativity/ > Per Anna, Cat Sebastian did point out that F2L can reinforce heteronorms by privileging sexual/romantic relationships over friendship that doesn’t have sexual intimacy (https://twitter.com/CatSWrites/status/1290268103947952134) which is a completely valid counterpoint > Related Twitter threads:  >> 1st thread: https://twitter.com/feministlib/status/1289976686461640704 >> 2nd thread: https://twitter.com/feministlib/status/1292600192542355457 > Anna mentions A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton Kindle: https://amzn.to/3cQD4yt Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42627239-a-lady-s-desire NOTE: This book was previously discussed in RBP ep #113 > Anna mentions Documenting Light by E.E. Ottoman Kindle: https://amzn.to/3kYzl4r Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31764286-documenting-light > Title: Two Rogues Make a Right (Seducing the Sedwicks #3) Author: Cat Sebastian Relation to theme: Will & Martin, childhood friends to lovers Representation: Queer author, queer MCs Content Warnings: MC with tuberculosis, MC with PTSD due to time in the Navy; MC with opium/laudanum addiction; death of parent (past); discussion of sexual abuse of a minor (past, not main MCs) Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/3cAOENS Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52737554-two-rogues-make-a-right NOTE: Cat Sebastian appeared as a guest on RBP ep #108 > Title: Take a Hint, Dani Brown (Brown Sisters #2) Author: Talia Hibbert Relation to theme: Danika & Zafir, friends to friends with benefits to lovers, fake dating Representation: Black, queer, autistic author, queer MC, Black MC, Pakistani MC Content Warnings: death of father and brother (past), anxiety, evil ex Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/3cAOuGg Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48568248-take-a-hint-dani-brown NOTE: Zafir is Pakistani > Title: Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love #1) Author: Anyta Sunday Relation to theme: Theo & Jamie, college friends to lovers Representation: Queer MCs Content Warnings: fear of water/past near drowning  Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/3mZNHDt Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33267481-leo-loves-aries > Title: Out of Nowhere Author: Felicia Davin Relation to theme: Aidan & Caleb, childhood friends to lovers, fake dating Representation: Queer author, queer MCs Content Warnings: main character survives a horrific science experiment including starvation, violation of bodily integrity (past), death of a parent (past), non-consensual sedation, mentions of needles, prejudice (against people who can teleport), physical violence, murder Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/2S7XNnu Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48708199-out-of-nowhere NOTE: Felicia Davin appeared as a guest on RPB ep #116 > Title: The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows (Feminine Pursuits #2) Author: Olivia Waite Relation to theme: Agatha & Penelope, friends to lovers Representation: Queer MCs Content Warnings: homophobia, alcohol, death of a loved one Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/30dzucC Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48989837-the-care-and-feeding-of-waspish-widows > Title: For Better or Worse Author: R. Cooper Relation to theme: Javier & Jimmy, friends and neighbors to lovers Representation: Queer MCs Content Warnings: none identified Bookshop: unavailable Kindle: https://amzn.to/2G49lpL Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35688906-for-better-or-worse > Title: Mooncakes Author: Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu Relation to theme: Tam & Nova, childhood friends to lovers Representation: Queer MCs, Chinese-American MCs, hearing-impared MC, non-binary MC, Jewish rep Content Warnings: parental death, cult-related abuse, magic possession   Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/36goXRx Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54482408-mooncakes > Sarah Jean mentions building a Sukkah, a traditional structure built in observance of the Jewish holiday Sukkoh Link: https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2010/09/23/130078125/sukkah Link: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/sukkot-101/ > Title: Behind These Doors Author: Jude Lucens Relation to theme: Aubrey Fanshawe & Lord and Lady Hernedale, childhood friends to lovers, polyamory Representation: Black, queer author, queer MCs Content Warnings: police violence (minor), threat of exposure, toxic family, misogyny, character with Crohn’s disease Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/3mZmMrF Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40190173-behind-these-doors NOTE: Behind These Doors was also discussed in RBP bonus Pride ep #4 > Sarah Jean’s TBR: >> Defying Convention by Cecil Wilde Bookshop: unavailable Kindle: unavailable Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24814911-defying-convention NOTE: This book is currently out of print but may be available through your local library >> Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/2HLZa9J Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50261396-hairpin-curves > Anna’s TBR: >> Best Laid Plaids by Ella Stainton Bookshop: unavailable Kindle: https://amzn.to/3cJdnj0 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52739473-best-laid-plaids   >> Death by Sliver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/lists/host-sarah-jean-s-recs Kindle: https://amzn.to/34afYih Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17453991-death-by-silver > Which #QueerRomance Friends to Lovers favorites did we miss? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram @RomBkPod Happy Reading! EP 204 MUSIC CREDIT Music: “Lift Off” by Jahzzar From the Free Music Archive CC BY-SA 3.0 TRANSCRIPT WILL START HERE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE
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