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Patricia Elzie-Tuttle

Patricia Elzie-Tuttle is a writer, podcaster, librarian, and information fanatic who appreciates potatoes in every single one of their beautiful iterations. Patricia earned a B.A. in Creative Writing and Musical Theatre from the University of Southern California and an MLIS from San Jose State University. Her weekly newsletter, Enthusiastic Encouragement & Dubious Advice offers self-improvement and mental health advice, essays, and resources that pull from her experience as a queer, Black, & Filipina person existing in the world. She is also doing the same on the Enthusiastic Encouragement & Dubious Advice Podcast. More of her written work can also be found in Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy edited by Kelly Jensen, and, if you’re feeling spicy, in Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Patricia has been a Book Riot contributor since 2016 and is currently co-host of the All the Books! podcast and one of the weekly writers of the Read This Book newsletter. She lives in Oakland, CA on unceded Ohlone land with her wife and a positively alarming amount of books. Find her on her Instagram, Bluesky, and LinkTree.

A Samurai Comes of Age in This Graphic Novel

What's the most unique setting for a coming-of-age graphic novel that you've read?

A Comic Anthology for Pride Month and Beyond

Dive into this comic anthology featuring 29 transgender and nonbinary comic artists sharing their unique coming out journeys.

This Poetic Queer Travel Memoir Is Both Heartbreaking and Hopeful

Poets write some of the best memoirs, and this one will have you feeling like you're in each of these cities.

Read This Action-Packed Korean Space Opera

"Today’s pick is a Korean space opera about love, grief, and the struggle to find one's place in the solar system."

Read This Book On Basketball, Belonging, and Survival by a MacArthur Genius

"The author writes about basketball in the way that basketball should be written about — the sport itself, especially in the Black community, is itself about love and connection and promise and hope."

For the Punks and Goths: This Graphic Novel is a Love Letter to BIPOC Femmes and Thems

If you're in the mood for a raucous graphic novel with perfect summer vibes, we got you.

This Retelling of a Classic is a Clever, Gut-Wrenching Punch-in-the-Face

This retelling of THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN will have you chuckling and devastated in equal measure.

A Black Second-Chance Regency Romance for Fans of BRIDGERTON

Being named after the goddess of love and beauty *is* a lot to ask of someone.

“Yes Means Yes,” and Other Ways Consent Is Sexy: A Quick Guide

Y'all, active, informed consent is where it's at. Just saying

Grammar Nerds, This Book Is for You

If you love grammar and words, this book is super illuminating. Turns out, a lot of grammar rules are because “One guy liked it this particular way and wrote it in a grammar book.”