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”

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”

Review: The Break by Katherena Vermette

He wants the simplicity of finality, but it’s never like it is in the movies. It always lingers on. Like a song that ends a beat or two before it’s supposed to, it feels like there should be more but there’s nothing, just an empty space and a long, fading echo. – The Break SummaryContinue reading “Review: The Break by Katherena Vermette”

Review: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

He thought of Lucy, shorn and scabby. He thought of Wilfred, alone in the dorm without him. He thought of that big cop who’d dragged him back to the school the last time – the one who wouldn’t believe him about what Brother was doing. He thought of his mom. A long, low sob fellContinue reading “Review: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good”

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”