Alpha Recs: E

Recently, the wonderful Dahlia Adler did a thread on Twitter where she recommended five good books for each letter in the alphabet. She suggested I might do a similar set of recs, and that sounded like a lot of fun to me, so I have decided to do a weekly series of alphabet-based book recommendations. Here is the most recent list.

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Six Good Books That Begin with E

  • Eight Naughty Nights by Eliza Madison (contemporary m/f erotic romance) This is one of my favorite Chanukah romances. The heroine travels home after her mothers death and proposes a Chanukah no-strings-attached affair to a longtime friend as a way to manage her grief. (She has no idea that he’s been in love with her for years.) This deliciously geeky romance includes Star Wars marathon.
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Yee (YA fantasy) I loved this book! It was hilarious, riveting, and just so much fun. The pacing was impeccable, hit every beat exactly where it should. It was incredible to read a book that centered a girl who was so intensely angry, and really made her complicated and resonant and a heroine and caring and so so funny. I reviewed this one here, naming it in my top 3 2017 YA reads.
  • Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation by Eli Clare (personal essays) This book of essays by the genderqueer author is one of the books I carry with me, that has shaped my thinking about queer and trans disability politics and is a touchstone for my analysis of ableism. It’s brilliant, nuanced, poetic, and means the world to me.
  • Even This Page Is White by Vivek Shraya (poetry) This debut poetry volume by the brilliant trans poet/artist/performer focuses primarily on race and racialized transness, and it blew me away. It’s primarily engaging with small moments of everyday racism, both internalized and external.
  • The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel (comics) This has much of the classic queer soap opera-like comic series, along with additional newer strips. This depiction of dyke culture and queer chosen family is dear to my heart, and this book gives a real sense of how culture has shifted over time.
  • East in Paradise by Tif Marcelo (contemporary m/f romance) The second book in this trilogy of foodie romances centering Filipina heroines is based around a reality show. It’s got all this simmering chemistry forced proximity stuff going on, and also a bit of antagonism that ebbs and flows between the MCs as they try to work out how to manage two side by side foodie businesses, the pressures and exposure of reality TV, and their intense attraction for each other.

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