Amani Al-Khatahtbeh’s Muslim Girl (2017 Reading Book #143)

As part of my goal for this year’s reading, I thought this book would be a great way to broaden my perspective. I admit that I haven’t read many books by Muslims about the Muslim lived experience. This sounded like a great book and I had read some rave reviews online. … Continue reading

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

Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns (2017 Reading Book #131)

Without a doubt in my 2017 Reading, this book has taken the longest to read. This is nothing to do with it being an unenjoyable read. In fact, I really loved reading this book. It’s just a long book with long chapters that take a while to make your way … Continue reading

The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown (2017 Reading Book #129)

I heard about this book during my NYU Summer Publishing Institute program and I was able to pick it up during a bookstore visit to Three Lives. My mom and I both read this book and really enjoyed it. While everyone seems to focus on the heartbreaking, tear-jerking stories, I … Continue reading

Wesley Lowery’s They Can’t Kill Us All (2017 Reading Book #126)

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m all about widening my perspective and educating myself on the issues of today’s world. This book was a really comprehensive look at the shootings that launched the Black Lives Matter movement. It is especially awesome that this is written by a black male journalist who … Continue reading

Michael S. Kimmel’s Guyland (2017 Reading Book #125)

When you look at the news these days, there seems to be an epidemic of straight white males enacting violence and proclaiming that they are the ones who are underprivileged and suffer prejudice. It’s incredibly confusing how these attitudes can manifest when they’ve always been the ones to face the … Continue reading

Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist (2017 Reading Book #123)

I’m a bit ashamed that it took me this long to finally sit down and read Bad Feminist, but I am so glad that I did. This was an incredibly interesting and thought provoking collection of essays. The majority of them were interesting; I only skimmed one. This is definitely a … Continue reading

Hannah Hart’s Buffering (2017 Reading Book #121)

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while as I hoped it would give me some insight for a novel I’m working on that involves a teen whose parent has schizophrenia. While Hannah Hart’s stories are interesting and touch on more than just her schizophrenic mother, the … Continue reading