TTT: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books on my Fall TBR. As we’re coming to the end of the year, my main goal is just to finish the books on my reading challenges. I have 5 left for Read Harder and 10 for Litsy A to Z. I’m a little anxious about getting it done but I know I’ll be fine. Here are my top … Continue reading TTT: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR

Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Translation is never easy but I have a feeling that translating poetry is even more difficult than normal. There is the cadence of the poem and all the hidden meanings behind word usage to consider. I don’t envy a translator in general, but it must take a special kind of professional to throw themselves into the poetry of another language and try to come out … Continue reading Femme Friday: Translated Poets

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Review: I’ll be honest, I was with this book for about the first three quarters of it. And then it lost me. Actually, I was really enjoying it, despite the typical YA love triangle and a nobody who becomes the last hope of civilization. It’s YA, I get it. (Disclaimer: I LOVE young adult books, but there are those who happen to be coming of … Continue reading Zodiac by Romina Russell

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Review: It’s amazing how hearing the same story from a different perspective makes you see it all a little differently. While there are some bits that I’m not familiar with from American history classes throughout the years, most of the information isn’t entirely new. This book just does something with the information that no American history class I’ve ever taken has done. It added in … Continue reading An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler *Spoilers*

Review: I know, it’s about time right? It seemed like everyone was reading this a while back and I know that it isn’t exactly a new book to begin with. I wanted to read it because of all the reviews and rave it was getting but had this gnawing fear that I would hate it. But then I listened to Bloodchild and other Stories by Octavia … Continue reading Kindred by Octavia E. Butler *Spoilers*

This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Review: President Sirleaf is one of the Nobel Prize winning women that I challenged myself to read last October. I had first heard her name in the memoir of one of her co-winners, Leymah Gbowee, that I had reviewed here for the blog I had before this one. Because of that, I was a little familiar with the civil wars that tore Liberia apart for … Continue reading This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

Review:  Kargar shares some fascination and mostly heartbreaking stories that she had collected while producing The Afghan Women’s Hour on BBC for five years. I’d had this book on my to read list for a while and even put it on both my Litsy A to Z (Letter D) and Read Harder (Task 24: Read a book wherein all point of view characters all people of … Continue reading Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Review:  I’ve had this book on my To Read list for a while but finally prioritized it for the Litsy A to Z Challenge. I had first seen it when looking for books on the trans experience that talked about more than the act of transitioning from one end of the gender spectrum to a place further into the other end. The story itself is … Continue reading Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Review: This is one of those books that comes along and turns everything you thought you knew upside down. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read more from Nafisi. We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For … Continue reading Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Review: I am so glad that I read this after seeing the movie. I loved the movie, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the lifetime of achievement of the women featured in the movie plus there are more women mentioned in the book whose accomplishments aren’t evident in the film. It’s an amazing story and Shetterly relays it beautifully. Before John Glenn … Continue reading Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly