Review: Island of Shattered Dreams

During the tāmā’ara’a that follows the meeting, the whole village talks of nothing else but this war. Where on earth is this Motherland, and whatever is this Germany? Why should they defend a country they’ve never seen and whose name they’ve probably heard a dozen times in their lives, if that! Why did that Papa’āContinue reading “Review: Island of Shattered Dreams”

October Reads

This month has been full of spooky, Halloween themed reads! Though I don’t think any will reach my top books for the year, I’ve still enjoyed the opportunity to pick up such diverse stories. This is also Filipino-Heritage month in the US, with First Nations/Indigenous Heritage month coming soon in November. Overall, I’m pleased withContinue reading “October Reads”

Review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

An elk mother, cornered, will slash with her hooves and tear with her mouth and even offer the hope of her own hamstrings, and if none of that works, she’ll rise again years and years later, because it’s never over, it’s always just beginning again. – The Only Good Indians Summary and Thoughts A taleContinue reading “Review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones”

The Autumn Bundle

Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn–that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste andContinue reading “The Autumn Bundle”

Review: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

I try to imagine how Gifford Place must have looked to the people who lived here back then. Big-ass trees and thick underbrush. Darkness unbroken by streetlights. And in that darkness, the sudden arrival of men who’d decided the land was theirs. . . – When No One is Watching Summary and Thoughts The gentrificationContinue reading “Review: When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole”

Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

She felt ambushed; she thought they had planned to scold her together. She wondered if they did this with Catalina. She would go into the dining room and offer a suggestion—about the food, the décor, the routine—and they would politely, delicately silence her. – Mexican Gothic Summary and Thoughts After receiving a frantic letter fromContinue reading “Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”

September Reads

During September I participated in Latinx-athon and the Bratz-readathon (Team Yasmin!) and read a variety of books to fulfill those challenges, sprinkling in some poetry and history in-between. Overall, I’m pleased with the reads of the month, especially in regards to the balancing of heavy and light reading. In October I’ll be reading some moreContinue reading “September Reads”

Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

All along I’ve thought, no matter what it takes, I’m going to make sure no one so much as sneezes the pollen off a single bee on that farm. It’s like I needed to fight for them the way nobody but Miles ever fought for me. But through all that, I think maybe I missedContinue reading “Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery”

Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Does she know of me? Would my father have told her? Did she share in his confidences? While the whole while he lied to me? Or is she the only one who would understand my heart right now? If I find her would I find a breathing piece of myself I had not known wasContinue reading “Review: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo”

Review: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

It is a story as old as time, that we always find what we needed was right at home. But, therein is the riddle: a child has to leave to return. My mother had to. She says it often. She only appreciated her mother, only understood her mother, after she had left home. I hadContinue reading “Review: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez”