Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People (2017 Reading Book #116)

I got an ARC of this novel thanks to BookExpo, and upon reading the blurb I was pretty stoked to sit down with it. This novel was very surprising and way different than I expected it to be. It’s definitely an interesting angle into stories of rape scandals, and I … Continue reading

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2017 Reading Book #96)

I have heard so much about Americanah over the years, and I knew I needed to pick it up before my trip to NYC, since it was selected as the One Book for New York. And it’s a truly interesting story that really gave me a new perspective on American culture. … 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

Fixated on Food: Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins (2017 Reading Book #85)

This story and the family it centers on is unlike anything I’ve run across before. I really liked the narrative voice and how the story jumped around in time, telling the reader not only the past and present but also the future. Attenberg has a great understanding of these characters, … 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

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