Recently Read Books!

This is a list of the books I've read this year, with a few of my thoughts on each.

Go here for last year's list!
Go here for the jump-off point of all the years I've been recording my reading list, separated by year!

6/20/23 Refusing Compulsory Sexuality: A Black Asexual Lens on Our Sex-Obsessed Culture
Sherronda J. Brown
Incredible book about the Black asexual experience with a deep and broad look at all the societal elements that contribute to acephobia and racism and all its intersections. This one had so many important insights and will be such a blessing to other ace activists moving forward.
3/25/23 A Deadly Education
Naomi Novik
Jeaux wanted me to read this so I checked it out. The exposition was a bit much for me but I enjoyed the authenticity of the character alliances and the nuance of the people's relationships. It kinda gave me a stomachache though--it's a stressful book.
3/6/23 I Am Ace
Cody Daigle-Orians
A wonderful introductory book for people questioning their sexuality and wondering if they were asexual, and newly identified asexual people. I love the welcoming tone and friendliness. 100% recommended.
2/24/23 Juliet Takes a Breath
Gabby Rivera
Powerful but sort of unevenly told story about a Puerto Rican lesbian from the Bronx taking a summer internship in Portland and learning all kinds of stuff about embracing feminism from a POC perspective (rather than entertaining white lady bullshit, but learning where she can from it when it suits her).
2/2/23 Janet Gurtler
You Too?
An anthology of MeToo stories that came across my radar because one of my friends had a story in it. Tough to read because too many things are way too familiar, and yet there are also experiences some people have had that I hadn't ever considered or heard about. This is a really important collection.
1/14/23 Michele Kirichanskaya
Ace Notes
Got asked to blurb this so I got to read it early! This is a friendly book for asexual people about how living life as an asexual person, and it's basically just very validating--probably most helpful for people who are relatively new to the identity. It's nice to have an entry point that's not aimed at 101 either, but about presenting different perspectives ace people have and letting new people learn about what is valid for them.


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