Between The World and Me

I don't think I can say anything about this book that hasn't already been said, but I wanted to include it in my reviews regardless. Perhaps there is someone who hasn't heard of it, will come across it here, and begin walking the road to self-assessment. Coates writes this book as a letter to his… Continue reading Between The World and Me

Catherine House

It wasn't until my second son was born and keeping me up all night that I read WUTHERING HEIGHTS. I can't imagine what drove me to choose it as my escape at two in the morning while my new baby refused to sleep anywhere but my chest. Sleep for me was only a memory at this… Continue reading Catherine House

Star Marque Rising

by: Shami Stovall This is the first review in my "Self-Published/Indie Author Review Series." I did not receive any compensation for this review. You can find this book for purchase here. I consider this story to be a Biopunk meets Military Sci-Fi read, at least that's what I've determined after a cursory search of the… Continue reading Star Marque Rising

The Obelisk Gate

Second Book in the Broken Earth Trilogy by: N.K. Jemisin There's a thing that happens with trilogies. Sometimes, anyway. The second book, the middle child, becomes the bridge between the two other books. Following this pattern is risky because BORING. It's used as a a place for exegesis, a way to explain plot points and… Continue reading The Obelisk Gate

The Great Alone

The Great Alone

By: Kristin Hannah I haven’t traveled much. The Carolinas in the Southern U.S. have always been my home and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Not that I wouldn’t try it. I’m not opposed to it. I’m open to change; although, my openness is probably limited. Does this new place know how to make real… Continue reading The Great Alone

The Fifth Season

There's an incredible thing that happens when you come across something new, inventive, something that breaks the mold. It has the power to open up what once seemed closed. It can give hope, provide clarity, and be a catalyst for creativity. N. K. Jemisin has written a book that takes what we think of as… Continue reading The Fifth Season

Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee "History has failed us, but no matter."- first line of Pachinko I want to branch out, read different genres and writing forms. I want to open myself to LGBTQ stories and what they can teach. Authors that don't look like me, love like I do, speak my language, are writing important… Continue reading Pachinko

Bloodroot

By Amy Greene   One of the best things I can do for myself as a writer is read. Good writing is such a wonderful teacher. Bad writing can teach, too, of course, but who wants to read it? The best lessons come from writers who write for the love of a story. Bloodroot is… Continue reading Bloodroot

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk By: James Baldwin   Let's get cozy. Grab that heavy blanket, that cup of warm whatever. Find a secluded spot, one without distractions; a place where you can take out your pen and underline all his words and not feel bad about it. Pull your grandma sweater tightly around your… Continue reading If Beale Street Could Talk

Calypso

Calypso

By David Sedaris Genre: Creative Nonfiction Essays/Memoir   I'm in love with David Sedaris. It happened in high school. I think it was when I read Me Talk Pretty One Day that I realized writing could be funny. Of course I'd read Twain, and yes, he was funny, but Sedaris was alive and breathing. He was… Continue reading Calypso