Pamela Newkirk’s Spectacle (2017 Reading Book #140)

I was really excited to read this book because it sounded like a strange and captivating story. And it definitely contained many interesting things that were not too difficult to consume. The story of Ota Benga is incredibly fascinating, complex, and confusing. I laud the author for putting in so … Continue reading

Growing Up Girl: Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn (2017 Reading Book #88)

This was a really quick and immersive read for me. I loved sinking into the lives of these girls in Brooklyn and watching them grow up and grow apart. Woodson’s lyrical narrative voice is an absolute delight and it makes for easy reading. You could finish it within a weekend. … Continue reading

An Unexpected Approach: Walter Dean Myers’ Monster (2017 Reading Book #73)

This is another book that John Green really liked and found influential. Reading it today in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and with Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give residing for weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, it’s hard to believe this book was published around the turn … Continue reading