Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (2017 Reading Book #152)

I cannot believe it took me this long to read such an amazing book! This is the kind of historical fiction that I absolutely love. I loved all the different characters we got to meet. Werner’s story was especially interesting as I don’t know many books that make German characters … Continue reading

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

Jason Reynolds’ Ghost (2017 Reading Book #137)

Jason Reynolds has become a stand-out Young Adult author in recent years, and the first book in his new Track series, Ghost, is no exception. Ghost is the kind of book I’d like to see in every library, especially in towns where there are a large number of lower class black kids. … Continue reading

Best American Poetry 2016 (2017 Reading Book #115)

While I sometimes find these “Best American” collections to be a total toss-up in not always the best way, I was absolutely delighted in this poetry anthology. This is a great way to discover poets and read a wide variety of poems. I really adored this collection so much that … Continue reading

Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 (2017 Reading Book #98)

This novel was a major hit in 2016 and has received a lot of recognition and acclaim. As someone who enjoys a good mystery and the occasional thrill, I figured I should jump on this wagon. Unfortunately, I realized that this brand of psychological thriller just isn’t anything I’m in … Continue reading

Amber Smith’s The Way I Used to Be (2017 Reading Book #94)

Sexual assault is a topic I’ve become particularly passionate about in recent years. I’m often thinking, writing, conversing, and reading about it. YA has been one place that hasn’t shied away from the topic with Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak remaining a classic. While Halse Anderson’s novel spans a school year, The Way I … Continue reading

Finding Common Ground: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely’s All American Boys (2017 Reading Book #82)

I picked up this book because it was one of the predecessors to Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, and author Jason Reynolds is blurbed on the cover of Thomas’ book. I was really interested to see what books on the topic of racism and police brutality had come before the … Continue reading

I Wish I’d Read This When I Was a Teen: Ellen Wittlinger’s Hard Love (2017 Reading Book #71)

This was one of the books John Green said was very influential to him early on in his writing career. I can definitely see how it might have impacted novels of his like Looking for Alaska and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I really loved this novel for a number of reasons. I … Continue reading