2020 faves

Edit 2/11/21 to add Barriner’s lqb2 newsletter.

Books, Fiction

The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso (Rooks and Ruin #1)

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (The Masquerade #3)

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Books, Fiction, Honorable Mention

K. Eason’s How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (Thorne Chronicles #1)

DIE vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans

Swordheart by T. Kingfisher

Nahoko Uehashi’s Beast Player (Beast Player #1)

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata

Books, Non-fiction

I Hope We Choose Love by Kai Cheng Thom

I Choose Elena by Lucia Osborne-Crowley

Untamed by Glennon Doyle (honorable mention)

Short Fiction

Alyssa Cole’s Bulgom Pamplemousse of the Knights Doudou

Note this contains spoilers for A Prince on Paper.

Alix E. Harrow’s The Ransom of Miss Coraline Connelly

Carrie Vaughn’s Sinew and Steel and What They Told


Bread and Roses: developing romance and the Third Act Test by KJ Charles

Alexander Chee’s How To Unlearn Everything

Lindsey King-Miller’s Writing Doesn’t Need to Hurt

Corinne Manning’s Crafting the Narrative of Abuse

How Not to Be All About What It’s Not All About: Further Thoughts on Writing About Someone Else’ Culture and Experience by Nishi Shawl

Rebecca Reynolds’ A few awkward thoughts on the love language of physical touch


Bookable, conversation between Jennifer Eagan & Susan Choi

Bookable, conversation with Kiese Laymon, Saeed Jones, Mira Jacob

Lady Don’t Take No

I don’t miss an episode of Alicia Garza’s podcast. I usually listen as I do my cooking on Saturdays, along with Radiolab.


Lawrence Barriner II’s lqb2weekly

Alyssa Cole’s Girls With Glasses

Charlie Jane Anders’ Happy Dancing


Cirque du Soleil’s AmaLuna

SF Ballet’s Infinite Ocean (choreo. Edwaard Liang)

Hyena, text Moleena Williams-Haas, music Georg Frederich Haas


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Nadiya’s Time to Eat

The Old Guard

Fruits Basket (the new one)


Utada Hikaru’s Laughter in the Dark (2018) concert


Doja Cat’s Rules

Vanessa White’s Running Wild

Lianne La Havas ft. BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Bittersweet

Snoh Aalegra’s Whoa

Harry Styles’ Adore You (Live @ NPR Tiny Desk)

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