Book Tour & Review: Waiting for Frank Ocean in Cairo by Hazem Fahmy

Poetry makes me believe that magic exists. It breathes new life to the stories and experiences that shape us, it reminds me of the power and weight of words, and leads me to look inwards and find my own words, too. In his sophomore collection, Hazem Fahmy carefully weaves together the lyrics of Frank Ocean’sContinue reading “Book Tour & Review: Waiting for Frank Ocean in Cairo by Hazem Fahmy”

Book Tour & Review: Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee

Synopsis A striking debut novel about racism on elite college campuses. Fans of Dear White People will embrace this activist-centered contemporary novel about a college freshman grappling with the challenges of attending an elite university with a disturbing racist history–that may not be as distant as it seems. Savannah Howard sacrificed her high school socialContinue reading “Book Tour & Review: Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee”

Review: Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

Let me begin by saying that Ashley C. Ford is a force to be reckoned with. Her name is one you should know. Her story is one that deserves to be heard around the world.  I am in complete awe of her debut novel, “Somebody’s Daughter”. I didn’t know how I could possibly encourage someoneContinue reading “Review: Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford”

Review: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

If you’re looking for a book that will absolutely rip your heart into a million pieces and occupy your mind long after finishing it, look no further.  Michelle Zauner recounts her experiences growing up Korean-American, the death of her mother, and the uncertainties she faced while paving her own path in this world. She masterfullyContinue reading “Review: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner”

Review: The Collective by Alison Gaylin

What would you do if someone close to you was murdered and justice was not served? You are grieving and angry while the murderer gets to continue their life as a free person. How far would you be willing to go to get them to pay for their actions? What if you were presented withContinue reading “Review: The Collective by Alison Gaylin”

Review: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

If you are looking for a powerful book to read next, this is the one for you. This is a story we have all probably heard before. You may know the name Harvey Weinstein. You may remember victims coming forward. You may have even watched news coverage of this story being broken by Ronan FarrowContinue reading “Review: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow”

Review: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

This week I finally completed my first book for Nonfiction November! I first heard of “Hillbilly Elegy” about a year ago when it popped up on my Netflix “What to Watch Next”. At that time, I had no idea that it was based on a true story and that it was an adaptation of aContinue reading “Review: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance”

Review: Big Boned by Jo Watson

Meet Lori Palmer, the newest addition to Bay Water High in Capetown, where all of the students radiate Lori’s idea of what it means to be beautiful: athletic, shiny hair and thin. She is an artist and is able to find beauty in everything around her – except herself. Lori has always struggled with acceptingContinue reading “Review: Big Boned by Jo Watson”

Challenging Myself to Participate in “Nonfiction November”

There are reading trends and challenges specific to each month of the year that seek to inspire readers to broaden their bookshelves and diversify their reads. “Nonfiction November” is one of them, and it is exactly what it sounds like: it is an initiative that encourages booklovers to read nonfiction during the month of November.Continue reading “Challenging Myself to Participate in “Nonfiction November””

Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When Rowan is hired as the Elincourt’s new live-in nanny at the Heatherbrae House, she begins caring round the clock for a baby, two young children, and a teenager. Everything seems absolutely perfect at first: a technologically-advanced smart home, a generous salary, a luxury car to drive the children to and from school, and aContinue reading “Review: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware”