Stunning & Expansive: Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds (2017 Reading Book #81)

The poetry in this book is absolutely stunning. It covers so much ground and weaves together so many different images and issues. Vuong is a master at playing with form and the format of the poem does a great job of supplementing the words. I found myself dog-earing many poems I … Continue reading

The Most Feminist YA Novel I’ve Ever Read: Isabel Quintero’s Gabi, a Girl in Pieces (2017 Reading Book #80)

I LOVED this book. Gabi is such a lovable character. I love her spunk and heart. I found many of her coming of age concerns to feel true to what I worried and wondered about as a teen. It was a really interesting to learn about the Mexican-American culture and … Continue reading

Totally Unexpected in the Best Way: Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2017 Reading Book #79)

This book was so surprising and not like anything I’ve read before. I loved the narrative voice; it reminded me of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. It was unexpectedly creepy in some parts, especially with what we learn about the brother. That aspect of the novel reminded me of Ransom … Continue reading

A Little Beyond My Comprehension: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee (2017 Reading Book #78)

This work was a really interesting combination of elements and forms. It almost seems to push past poetry into some greater piece of art. I’m always fascinated by what we categorize as poetry and the variety that exists within that genre. This is definitely a work that pushes boundaries and previously … Continue reading

A Story of a Family: Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House (2017 Reading Book #77)

All of the books I’ve read this year that have been authored by an African American have dealt solely with race issues in America, particularly the Black Lives Matter movement. So it was rather refreshing to read this novel about a black family in Detroit that wasn’t completely about race … Continue reading

Don’t Call This Romance or Recovery: Teresa Toten’s The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (2017 Reading Book #76)

I was interested in this book because I’d heard it was an accurate portrayal of OCD. I’m not sure how true that is, but I liked reading about all the different characters’ OCD and seeing how it manifested for each of them. My biggest issue with the book was the … Continue reading

Of Music and History: June Jordan’s Directed by Desire (2017 Reading Book #75)

This was a stunning collection of poetry to spend some time with each day for the month or so I spent reading it. Jordan’s poems cover a lot of ground–history, politics, race, sexuality, gender, religion, and so much more. I felt like I got a good sense of her experiences … Continue reading

A Lovely Story of Grief, Family, and AIDS in the Eighties: Carol Rifka Brunt’s Tell the Wolves I’m Home (2017 Reading Book #74)

I absolutely adored this book. Well crafted novels about family drama and secrets are always a fun read. It also felt like a mystery as I learned the truth of different events and relationships. I liked all of the characters and their issues felt real to me. Even the protagonist who … Continue reading