We loved Children of Blood and Bone  by Tomi Adeyemi so very much. This book is  powerful and poignant and we couldn’t recommend it more. Hope you enjoy!

Content Warning: in this episode, we discuss a lot of really difficult topics including racialized violence, torture, and abuse. If you or someone you know is the victim of child abuse, please contact ChildHelp 1-800-422-4453 for assistance


Here’s a list of the resources we mention throughout the episode. There are more that we did not talk about and so many that we probably don’t know exist. But we commit to keep learning. Please contact us with other resource recommendations. Legacies of slavery – mass incarceration, racial wealth gap

Books and articles about experiencing racism (and/or privilege)

Hair Things

White feminism BS

  • Let’s stop the white washing of the Me Too movement by A. supporting survivors and B. recognizing the badass Tarana Burke, who has been doing this work for a looooong time before white feminism had something to say about it starting in 2017.

As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical folx. Post or tweet about the show using #criticallyreading. Let us know what you think of the episode, anything we missed, or anything else you want us to know by dropping a line in the comments or reaching out to us on twitter or Instagram (@thelibrarycoven), or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). You can also check out the show notes on our website, thelibrarycoven.com.

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2 Comments

Alex Stein · September 17, 2018 at 2:28 am

And I am listening to this one, too, and guess what, I have a little pang of jealousy. Nice to have smart friends to talk books with. Not to mention social progress. Why are so many YA books about magic and supernatural activity but contemporary young adult readers in my experience are so skeptical and, practically scared of religious sensibilities? Do YA reader of books about magic aspire to become magical themselves? Does it inspire discipline in magical directions? I’m mean, secretly, of course. Do YA readers secretly believe in the powers of the YA characters? The way I believed in and tried to understand and develop the techniques of spiritual practice that I encountered in books like “Siddhartha” (Buddhist novel, by Hesse).

Episode 34: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – The Library Coven · October 9, 2020 at 7:08 pm

[…] Hello, magical friends! This fortnight we’re coming at you with a discussion of Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi, the second book in the Legacy of Orïsha series. If you need a recap of the story or what we talked about in the first book, check out episode 2 (so long ago!!!) about Children of Blood and Bone. […]

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