Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard (2017 Reading Book #35)

I am guilty of many things, one of them being that I didn’t read Pulitzer Prize-winning Native Guard by Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey until this year. I feel all the shame. Trethewey is a powerhouse of a poet–something I’ve known from years of studying her poems in classes. I’m struggling to … Continue reading

I Feel Like I Ran a Marathon: Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (2017 Reading Book #34)

Another reading goal of mine has been to read a couple of classic literary works each year. And let me tell you, it is no easy feat. At least, Catch-22 was no walk (read?) in the park for me. Joseph Heller’s verbose writing was a doozy. Likewise, the jokes had a … Continue reading

Of Poetry & Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin (2017 Reading Book #33)

Several of my reading goals for this year were to read more poetry and to read more people of color as last year I read a lot of fiction by white women.I happened upon this anthology while perusing this shelves at Barnes & Noble, and I’d decided that if I … Continue reading

I Won a Couple of Goodreads Giveaways: John Coy’s Gap Life & Sara Lovestam’s Wonderful Feels Like This (2017 Reading Books #31 & 32)

I’ve become a rabid fan of Goodreads giveaways, entering any and all that are of interest me, although recently I’ve limited it to just YA novels. Still, I check and enter giveaways almost daily. And I was even lucky enough to win a couple of books a month ago. Sara … Continue reading

Hope for the Future of YA: Eric Lindstrom’s Not If I See You First (2017 Reading Book #30)

When I absolutely LOVE a book, I will post about it on Facebook, tweet my praise to the author, ramble about it on Goodreads, and tell my writer friends to read it. And that is exactly what I did upon finishing Not If I See You First. There is so much … Continue reading

On the Fictional Corner of Neuro-Diverse and Easy Life: Holly Goldberg Sloan’s Counting by 7s (2017 Reading Book #29)

I have a vague memory from years ago of my mom telling me about this book after listening to some program on NPR that mentioned it. Ever since then, it was on my mental to-read list. In January, it was discounted on the iBooks store and I decided to read … Continue reading

Always Relevant: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series (2017 Reading Books #21-28)

There’s never a bad time to re-read Harry Potter. It’s been something I’ve been meaning to do since I last re-read them when I was in high school. Plus, it was a necessary precursor to reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. So I put the books on my 2017 to-read … Continue reading

A Perfect Binge-Read for a Long Weekend: Brit Bennett’s The Mothers (2017 Reading Book #20)

I’m always a little bit dubious of books that get a lot of acclaim. Maybe that’s unfair to the author or the book, but sometimes what garners a large fanbase isn’t always that fantastic (cough cough Fifty Shades of Gray cough cough). But I am super grateful that I did … Continue reading

Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2017 Reading Book #19)

I gave this book to my mom for Christmas after seeing it on a list of recommended books. Then my mom passed the book onto me with the highest praises. My mom loves BBC shows about historical events and small towns, and this book has so much of what she … Continue reading