It’s been over a year since I started this Patreon and I am so grateful for all your support! Many of you have been patrons since the very beginning when I hesitantly dove into the whole Patreon thing in January 2017 and I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH. Your support has really motivated me to keep this little ol’ book blog going when I might not have with all the other work and non-work stuff going on in my life. Can you believe I’ve been doing this blog since 2012?!
I hope you have been enjoying the two Interview With A Queer Reader posts a month! I changed it from one to two a month after hearing from many of you how much you liked that series. I love getting that kind of feedback from you, so please feel free to comment on the blog or send me an email at stepaniukcasey [at] gmail.com if you have any other suggestions. If you participated in my reader survey last year and asked for specific topics to be covered, don’t think I’ve forgotten about you! I have them recorded and am planning to get to them.
This month’s winner of a free queer book is Chantelle. Congrats, Chantelle! Here are the choices this month:
I haven’t done an update since December, so there are lots of posts to remind you about in case you didn’t see them the first time around. The post I’m most proud of from December is “Reading and Re-Reading Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald”, which is kind of a hybrid personal essay about the experience of re-reading a heartbreaking book, review of the audiobook version read by Cassandra Campbell, and musing about the prevalence of dark traumatic stories about queer people.
In January, I wrote two posts about my 2017 reading year: Looking Back at My 2017 Year of Reading: A Bookish Survey and The Best (Mostly) Queer Books I Read in 2017. I read so many amazing books last year! I also wrote a review of Trish Salah’s stunning poetry collection Lyric Sexology Vol 1, where I talked about how Salah writes about gender, love, mythology, religion, sex, and trans ancestors (both real and mythical) through the lens of the idea of the self, of becoming and “I.”
And as always I want to individually thank all of the people who’ve signed up to be patrons. You lovely humans are: Danika, Leigh, Anna Marie, Jane, Jakelene, Emmet, Madeline, Heather, Carla, Laurita, Jason, Jillian, Shelagh, Priscila, James, Seed, Julie, Katherine, Rachel, Samuel, Amy, Sarah, Daniel, Sarah, Chantelle, Al, Undertheteacup, Karen, Nicole, Leora, Loretta, Mandy, Kate, and Elisabeth!