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”

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”

Review: Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer

I am older than the poets and I am older than the pens. I am older than the stars and the ocean I crawled out of. – Aphrodite Made Me Do It Summary and Thoughts Bestselling and award-winning author Trista Mateer takes an imaginative approach to self-care in this new poetry and prose collection, Aphrodite MadeContinue reading “Review: Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer”

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”

Review: When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

I can forget about her for hours or even whole days, and then the truth rushes back like a brush fire, burning me from the inside out. The person you loved? They’re gone. – When You Were Everything Summary and Thoughts It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded. Nearly a month since CleoContinue reading “Review: When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk”

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”

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”