Review: The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh

Neither happiness nor sadness are ever done with us. They are always passing by. – The Magical Language of Others Summary and Thoughts The Magical Language of Others is a powerful and aching love story in letters, from mother to daughter. After living in America for over a decade, Eun Ji Koh’s parents return to SouthContinue reading “Review: The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh”

April Reads

April’s been an up-and-down month for me. Aside from working on a variety of personal projects (which I may provide updates on here), I’ve also been busy with work/job hunting, leaving me with less time to read than usual. Still, I’m happy with the diverse books I had a chance to pick up and I’mContinue reading “April Reads”

Review: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

Emigration was a peeling away of the skin. An undoing. You wake each morning and forget where you are, who you are, and when the world outside shows you your reflection, it’s ugly and distorted; you’ve become a scorned, unwanted creature. – Infinite Country Summary and Thoughts At the dawn of the new millennium, ColombiaContinue reading “Review: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel”

Review: The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar

I think to myself, It is terrifying to be visible, and then I think, I have been waiting all my life to be seen. – The Thirty Names of Night Summary and Thoughts Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searchesContinue reading “Review: The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar”

Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

People find unusual habits more charming when they are included. Eve had always known that, in the back of her mind, but it was something she’d resented, and so she tended to ignore it. Now, though—now, here was Jacob, laying it out like a military tactic rather than some sort of moral directive. Like aContinue reading “Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert”

March Reads

March has been an up and down (but productive) month for me, but I’m glad to have read such a diverse collection of books (including some manga which I haven’t listed here, as they were all continuations of earlier mentioned series.) I also completed weird zeal‘s Women’s History Month readathon bingo sheet, which I shownContinue reading “March Reads”

Review: Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi

And that was her principal vice, wasn’t it? Desiring to be entirely consumed by any and every moment that quenched the hungry howling loneliness that sat curled down inside herself. – Butter Honey Pig Bread Summary and Thoughts Spanning three continents, Butter Honey Pig Bread tells the interconnected stories of three Nigerian women: Kambirinachi and her twinContinue reading “Review: Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi”

Review: Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

Being silent on matters of justice – that’s something I’ve never done. – Island Queen Summary and Thoughts A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in theContinue reading “Review: Island Queen by Vanessa Riley”

Review: These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card

Even though they were just words, they built a world that she couldn’t stop thinking about, that she felt trapped inside every night. – These Ghosts Are Family Summary and Thoughts Stanford Solomon has a shocking, thirty-year-old secret. And it’s about to change the lives of everyone around him. Stanford Solomon is actually Abel Paisley,Continue reading “Review: These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card”

February Reads

February has been a busy month! In addition to reading some books I own and some books I borrowed from Netgalley, I also participated in #Blackathon for Black History Month by fulfilling their Contemporary/Literature/Nonfiction Challenge. I’m happy with the many reads I picked up this month, even if they weren’t all home-runs for me. I’mContinue reading “February Reads”