Grief, Trauma, and Patriarchy: the True Banes of Anthony Bridgerton’s Existence

Dear Readers, I have a confession. When I read The Viscount Who Loved Me, I didn’t care much for Anthony Bridgerton. He was… fine? *insert shrugging emoji here* Now Anthony’s story has come to Netflix in Season 2 of Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey’s acting has me re-evaluating my feelings about Anthony (and in my opinion, theContinue reading “Grief, Trauma, and Patriarchy: the True Banes of Anthony Bridgerton’s Existence”

Interview with Kay Kerr

In this special episode, we chat to Kay Kerr, author of Please Don’t Hug Me and the newly released Social Queue. Topics include: autism representation, Kay’s writing processes for both of her books, and self-care. We also discuss Please Don’t Hug Me in spoilery details in the second half of the episode (we’ll let youContinue reading “Interview with Kay Kerr”

I Wish You All The Best

In this post, Priscilla wants to talk about I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. This book is an honest and heartfelt portrait of coming out in the context of difficult and/or abusive family dynamics. The main character also wrestles with symptoms of anxiety and depression and starts therapy in the story. PleaseContinue reading “I Wish You All The Best”

S02E04. A Duke By Default

Portia Hobbs, ‘perpetual hot mess’, meets Tavish McKenzie, gruff Scottish swordsman. Sparks fly, and self-discoveries abound. We discuss the book’s portrayal of ADHD and how this experience can impact on a person’s self-beliefs. We also chat about positive female friendships, difficult family dynamics, and (of course) the central romance. Mental health issues covered: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderContinue reading “S02E04. A Duke By Default”

S02E02 – It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake

What would life look like if you only focused the things that bring you pleasure? Noni Blake is about to find out. This episode, we are joined by Shelby from the Chub Rub Book Club podcast to discuss body image, anxiety, and the joys of prioritising yourself. We love the sex positivity and portrayal ofContinue reading “S02E02 – It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake”