Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

  This book is so good. It’s good in a way that pulls you right into the story, that unabashedly talks about issues of race, and has characters that could walk right off the page.  Right now, books about Black trauma are being gobbled up, but there isn’t enough conversation about subtle daily racism.  Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From is not a Black book, but it approaches racism from a latinx view and pays respects to Black voices as well.  And it should not be ignored. I think of most people, the most difficult thing about Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From […]

Posted June 30, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Why Do Authors Think It’s Okay To Viciously Murder Cats?!

Why Do Authors Think It’s Okay To Viciously Murder Cats?!

So. Something that has been annoying be about books, especially horror books, for a while now. Why in the world do authors think it’s okay to do horrible things to cats!? The first time I noticed this and really catalogued it was back in 2017 when I was reading Anna Dressed in Blood.  Throughout the entire book there’s this lovely cat that has been helping protect the family in his own sweet, loyal, kitty cat way.  Then right there at the end, the demon eats the cat.  And we know this, because Kendare Blake described the cat’s tail hanging limply out of the demon’s mouth. […]

Posted June 29, 2020 in Bookish Things // 1 Comment //
A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

  When I read this book in high school, I remember two things very distinctly.  Firstly, I remember really enjoying it.  Second, I remember believing fully that Phineas loved Gene.  These are the memories I took away from this book, and I haven’t touched it in fifteen years. But I wanted to read it again. And now I think… I think A Separate Peace is a great book and I enjoyed it.  And, try to look for LGBTQ+ undertones as I might, I don’t think there are any.  There is so much to unpack in A Separate Peace.  There’s a lot of underlying […]

Posted June 28, 2020 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
What I Have Learned So Far on Bookstagram; Pt. 3: Tags

What I Have Learned So Far on Bookstagram; Pt. 3: Tags

Good morning everyone and happy Friday! Today is part three of my “What I’ve Learned on Bookstagram” series.  As I’ve noted in the previous two posts, I am by no means an Instagram expert.  There are beautiful feeds out there with tens of thousands of followers and I bow to them.  But I do think I’ve found myself in a comfortable groove, and I wanted to share some tips and tricks that I have found helpful. Today, I want to talk about tagging.  This is different from hashtagging, which is also important and I’ll talk about next week. There are a few […]

Posted June 26, 2020 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments //
Highfire by Eoin Colfer

Highfire by Eoin Colfer

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This book was such an unexpected delight. It’s almost just… super insightful as to the maturity of my sense of humor.  Honestly.  I am so refined.  Only the most elite of jokes. Oh, who am I kidding? Highfire is overrun with balls-jokes, a violence-hungry crooked cop, and a dragon that loves Flashdance and honestly I am here for it.  It’s a little crude but utterly ridiculous, and […]

Posted June 25, 2020 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

  Something Strange and Deadly falls squarely into the realm of the forgettable.  With an intended audience of 14 y/os, this feels more like a paranormal romance for older teens.  It’s a little dark, but ultimately it’s a distracted story with a frail protagonist and just… not Susan Dennard’s best work. For those who enjoy paranormal romance, this isn’t so bad.  Particularly for the YA genre, if you’re looking for something “clean”, with nothing heavier than kissing.  It’s a bit sappy and with that paranormal romance tendency of giving you a compelling setting (zombies!) but rich with fluttering eyelashes and […]

Posted June 24, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //