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: 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”

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”

Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Actually, I need to change what I said. Everybody wants something from you, but sometimes there’s a person you want to give to. Sometimes what you give them makes you better for having given it. And it makes having to give to everyone else not so bad. – A Princess in Theory Summary and ThoughtsContinue reading “Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole”

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”

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”