Category: Reviews

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie

Posted April 14, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color is a fantastic non-fiction collection of facts and individual stories of Black, Indigenous, Latinx women and female-identifying individuals and their experiences with the police.  This book should have been in conversations last summer when we were talking about Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, the California lynchings, and all the other lives stolen by racism, hate, and unhinged law enforcement.  I’m a bit upset that it wasn’t, to be honest.  A bit upset that books about racism by white women got many more sales, while Invisible No More was […]

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Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross by Marie Lu

Posted April 9, 2021 in Reviews // 1 Comment

  I both really enjoyed and was disappointed by Warcross. I like video game related books.  I was excited to pick up Warcross and it’s been on my TBR wishlist for a while.  The world, the backstory, the tech?  It’s all on point.  I really liked it.  You know what I didn’t like?  The romance. I can’t talk about the romance too much because it would be a spoiler BUT I will say that there was an emotional relationship between Emi and the individual that would have motivation her actions well enough without adding a romantic relationship to the mix.  Particularly one […]

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This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

Posted March 31, 2021 in Reviews // 3 Comments

  Wow. This book swallows you up immediately.  The writing is beautiful, the language striking.  Each character unwinds smoothly.and is easily identifiable, even within the limited space of the novella.  I was on the fence about picking this up.  Too much hype about a book can turn me a little sour on it – I’ve been burned before – and I was worried it wasn’t really going tofu my reading tastes.  I was wrong!  I am so glad I decided to read This is How You Lose the Time War! This novella tells the story of two agents – known as […]

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Posted March 29, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  If I were to share just one observation about Mindy Kaling’s memoir, it would be this:  there are a lot of lists. Most celebrity memoirs I’ve read are filled with essays that lean more toward stories about their life.  They feel more biographical.  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? had a little of that to be sure, but it was mostly at the beginning and it faded out quickly.  At the very beginning, she does address that this memoir is not going to be like Bossypants (though she says very nice things about Tina Fey and advises the reader to […]

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Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Posted March 25, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I could tell early on that Freshwater was not going to be a great fit for me as a reader.  Literary fiction is a bit hit-or-miss.  I like the lyrical language used in the genre, but the stories often don’t hold my interest.  This is to say nothing against the books themselves in the literary fiction genre – I’m used to fantasy, which tends to be more quickly paced. Freshwater is told in an interesting way, from the perspective of multiple personalities inside the body of a young woman.  This split in self is  not mental health related, it’s because Ada […]

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