Review: Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

One of the biggest issues with mainstream feminist writing has been the way the idea of what constitutes a feminist issue is framed. We rarely talk about basic needs as a feminist issue. Food insecurity and access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. Instead of aContinue reading “Review: Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall”

January Reads

It’s finally 2021! I’ve started off the year with a variety of different books, with ranging success in how much I’ve enjoyed them. Still, I’m happy to kick down my TBR number on Goodreads and finally read some of the books I purchased a while ago. Like last year, I’ll be engaging in the ReadingContinue reading “January Reads”

Review: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Human lives were short and fragile. Time and illnesses consumed us, like flames burning away these pieces of wood. But it didn’t matter how long or short we lived. It mattered more how much light we were able to shed on those we loved and how many people we touched with our compassion. – TheContinue reading “Review: The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai”

Book Recommendations: If You Like This . . . Then Try This!

I’ve noticed a trend among various book-tubers I enjoy watching where they recommend books based upon their viewers’ enjoyment of other books, and thought I’d give it a try! Here, I’ve listed a few book recommendations based upon other books you may have enjoyed. If you like THIS book, then perhaps you should try THISContinue reading “Book Recommendations: If You Like This . . . Then Try This!”

Top 25 Books of 2020

I read over 200 books this year and I’d like to take a moment to reflect and highlight 25 of my favorite reads (in no particular order). This was an especially difficult list to curate since I read so many awesome books! From romance to historical to literary, these books carry a diversity of engagingContinue reading “Top 25 Books of 2020”

December Reads

The year has finally reached its end and I have surpassed my goal of reading 200 books! Let’s be honest . . . 2020 was a terrible year. However, I’m glad for all the books that have kept me company during difficult times. For this month (and for next month) I’ve focused on reading booksContinue reading “December Reads”

Review: The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

I’m not what anyone thinks I am. I never was. I didn’t have the mouth to put it into words, to say what was wrong, to change the things I felt I needed to change. And every day it was difficult, walking around and knowing that people saw me one way, knowing that they wereContinue reading “Review: The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi”

Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Alex was alone, and the one thing she still had was the freedom to follow the narrative that suited her best. – Such a Fun Age Summary and Thoughts In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler BriarContinue reading “Review: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid”

Review: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

The things you experience are written on your cells as memories and patterns, which are reprinted again on the next generation. And even if you never lift a shovel or plant a cabbage, every day of your life something is written upon you. And when you die, the entirety of that written record returns toContinue reading “Review: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien”

November Reads

November has not been my best month health wise, but it’s given me the opportunity to read more, evidenced by my high book count. I did my best to include as many Indigenous authors for First Nations / American Indian Heritage Month as I could depending on what was available at my library (lots ofContinue reading “November Reads”