Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Review: I look forward to the day when this book has been added to American Literature classes all over the country. It beautifully captures so much of our history and the alternatives that life could have taken. Homegoing focuses on the African and slave experiences but I’m sure many Americans of all races can look back and see a dividing point when their families decided to … Continue reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

5 Happy Little Memoirs

Tomorrow is the International Day of Happiness and I just couldn’t help myself. Here are some memoirs that make me happy: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure by Rachel Friedman I Have Iraq in My Shoe: Misadventures of a Soldier of Fashion … Continue reading 5 Happy Little Memoirs

Fresh Off the Boat by Edward Haung

Review: I absolutely loved this audiobook. I’m sure the ebook would have been just as great except that Haung narrates it himself and his delivery is great. I felt like we were just sitting down and talking for most of it. Not everyone can pull off the casual way that he relates his story. It’s really not a surprise they wanted to turn this into … Continue reading Fresh Off the Boat by Edward Haung

International Women’s Day

This year’s theme is #PressforProgress and I can think of few betters ways to do that than to invest in or support girl’s education. Though I’d always had an idea of the difference even a high school education makes in the US, I had no idea how much just fifth grade can make a difference in other countries. I had no idea that girls weren’t … Continue reading International Women’s Day

United: An Alienated Novel by Melissa Landers

Review:  United is the final book of the Alienated series by Melissa Landers. As a whole, the series has been fun, even though the love story is a bit nauseatingly adorable at times. It’s the world building that really makes the series worth reading. As you might remember from Alienated and Invaded, there is much more at stake than simply whether or not the two main characters or … Continue reading United: An Alienated Novel by Melissa Landers

TTT: Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

So I’ll just say it up front, some of these are fairly morbid. The problem is that’s the sort of thing that really sticks out in my mind sometimes. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – “Death is always sudden, even when it isn’t.” This Place Holds No Fear by Monika Held – The perpetrators of these crimes weren’t sick in the head – … Continue reading TTT: Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Review:  I had read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling a while back and immediately put this on my TBR but it got buried under a bunch of other books and I’m just now coming back around to it. I absolutely love her and both of these books. There are bits from her last book that I still think about sometimes … Continue reading Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling