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Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

Posted March 18, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I’m really glad this book exists. Huda F Are You? is your quintessential tale of a teenager searching for her identity, but it’s not like any story you’ve read before. This graphic novel is told from the perspective of a hijabi-wearing Muslim girl, and if it’s not the first of its kind, it’s certainly one of the first. Fahmy tells her coming of age story with adequate helpings of humor and relatability, but woven into this narrative are bittersweet experiences, scores of microaggressions, and the realities of growing up Muslim in the United States. If this already sounds like a […]

The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan

The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan

Posted March 14, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

The Orphanage of Gods has such a low Goodreads rating and I went into this book all like, “those must be overly critical! I bet it’s not that bad!” I embarked on my reading journey determined to find the sparkling diamond hidden beneath the façade. Despite my best effort, despite going into each part with a bright attitude of “this part will be better!” … I just can’t. I can’t give The Orphanage of Gods a shining review because it’s not an example of a good story, good writing, or good characters. The kindest thing I could possibly call it […]

Steelstriker by Marie Lu

Steelstriker by Marie Lu

Posted March 11, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Steelstriker was decent, but it wasn’t great. The end of the story felt rushed and wrapped up a bit too quickly, too neatly. I still really like the darkness of this duology and the world Lu built, but I think this story could have been grander and more complex. In that, this falls into a lot of common traps of Lu’s particular type of story. The dystopian future remains interesting, but as we move from Mara into the Capital, we feel less of the complexity of this colonized world. In many ways, this mirrors the perspective of powerful white nations […]

When Life is More Than Books (Gasp!) – My February 2022 Wrap Up

When Life is More Than Books (Gasp!) – My February 2022 Wrap Up

Posted March 7, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

Good morning everyone and happy March! I know we’re a few days in, so I hope those days have been lovely for you are. I like date markers, they always feel like new beginnings, don’t you think? My February was grand on a life-scale (if not on a reading scale) and I’m just thrilled to give you all a snapshot later on in this wrap up! As I write this wrap up today, I’m sitting in my new favorite place – a local coffee shop called Coffeelands. They play the music I like, there are plants everywhere, and they are […]

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Zodiac by Romina Russell

Posted February 14, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I’ve been anticipating reading Zodiac for a while, so this book had a lot to live up to. I really liked it, fully acknowledging that there are things about it that just aren’t perfect. It’s the conviction, the constant movement, and the universe of the Zodiac that really got me. This book doesn’t give you a lot of time to adjust before it takes you off running. Zodiac begins with the anticipation of an exam and band performance, but quickly explodes into a galactic terrorist attack and the struggle to convince seasoned politicians to do the right thing even if […]