Reblog: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I absolutely loved this memoir written in poetry when I had first read it and wanted to remind everyone of it for this year's National Poetry Month! I don't know what you're reading this April but I highly recommend brown girl dreaming if you haven't read it yet! Review: I've read a lot of memoirs, but... Continue Reading →

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

 Review: I've read (listened to) a lot of memoirs in recent years but this was my first by a human trafficking survivor. It's a powerful story of survival and determination that all adults should read. I'll warn the potential reader, though, this book comes riddled with triggers. An excerpt from the back cover: Yeonmi Park... Continue Reading →

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Review: This is the second book of Tahir's series, An Ember in the Ashes. I read and reviewed the first one here. I loved it and looked forward to this sequel. It did not disappoint.  If you haven't read the first book, stop here. Here's the back cover: After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt... Continue Reading →

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

Review: I love a good memoir, especially one that comes from such an unusual history. Here's the back cover info: The winner of CBC's Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada. Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet's violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five... Continue Reading →

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Review: I'd heard a lot of hype around this book and it did not disappoint. I have to admit, I wasn't entirely prepared for this book. I had read some reviews back when I first put it on my TBR and I went on hold at the library. That was months ago. All I remembered about... Continue Reading →

The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness by Kyung-Sook Shin, translated by Ha-Yun Jung

Review: It's not very often that a work of fiction gets to me as much as this one did. It was beautiful and haunting and familiar and foreign all at the same time. Homesick and alone, a teenage girl has just arrived in Seoul to work in a factory. Her family, still in the countryside, is... Continue Reading →

About the Night by Anat Talshir, translated by Evan Fallenberg

Review: The setting as a big part of what I loved about the story. People try to do stories of this kind in made-up scenarios and though some work, using the events that transpired in Jerusalem in the middle of the last century is just genius. There were so many things that I never quite... Continue Reading →

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Review: Despite that this is a classic that would have been relevant in almost any American Lit class, of which I've been in several between high school and getting an English degree, it only hit my radar on account of Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home. That book talks about this play, and... Continue Reading →

The Terracotta Bride by Zen Cho

Review: This is a delightful little book. I had read the description before buying it but then got a few library books and put this one on the back burner. I'm actually trying to catch up on the books I've actually bought because this happens a lot. Anyway, I had forgotten by the time I... Continue Reading →

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

Review: I don't know about you, but I had only recently heard of the Afghan practice of bacha posh, and I hadn't even heard the term until this book. I had no idea what I was getting into. I have to say that what I loved the most about the book was that it was... Continue Reading →

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