TL/DR: An amazing book with minimal sentimentality about trauma, mothers, daughters, and memory. Possibly one of my favorite books ever. In a nutshell: Burnt Sugar is a glimpse into the inner thoughts of Antara, an artist in Pune, India, reckoning with the trauma inflicted upon her by her mother. Meanwhile, her mother (Tara) is beginning…… Continue reading Burnt Sugar and facts about Tessa you probably didn’t want.
TL/DR READ THIS NOW. READ IT NOW. WHY AREN’T YOU READING THIS BOOK YET? STOP READING THIS POST AND GO GET THE BOOK! It definitely felt like Ring Shout was all over the little corner of the bookernet that I hang out in, and certainly for good reason! My (……signed (heart eyes)) copy of Ring…… Continue reading Ring Shout
TL/DR Don’t be an ass. Beautifully written, lyrical prose, lots of bird symbolism. The style isn’t normally in my wheelhouse, but I’m very glad I read this book. It will stick with me for a long time. The Thirty Names of Night (by Zeyn Joukhadar) was the December Fantastic Strangelings Book Club selection. (Side note…… Continue reading The Thirty Names of Night
TL/DR: New year, same shit show. First book of the year: Plain Bad Heroines Very very fun read with many excellent queer women characters, but the ending comes out of left field (which I never like) and didn’t give a very satisfactory explanation for…..much of anything. BUT I would still 100% recommend this to anyone…… Continue reading Happy New Year, and a review(ish) of Plain Bad Heroines
TL/DR- This is a good story if you’re not expecting a novel of revenge, but suffered from some really uneven writing. This was the first Read With Jenna pick that I didn’t totally love. I thought it had a very slow start, and I almost gave up after 70 pages or so. However, I am…… Continue reading Thoughts on The Comeback by Ella Berman
What this book is billed as: a punk-rock-true-crime memoir. What this book actually is: an attempt by the author to process her grief after losing her charismatic, mentally ill, drug-addicted, punk-rock sister to overdose and/or suicide and/or the failure of the American criminal justice and public health systems to intervene and provide treatment for an…… Continue reading Thoughts on The Book of Atlantis Black
Soooooo, NYT bestselling author of You Never Forget You First (a biography of George Washington), Alexis Coe, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post. A few concerned readers, myself included, took issue with how it was written. The point of her article was that all problematic and offensive statues in this country should come down…… Continue reading Buckle in for the ride!
I’ve been adding more diverse books to my kid’s shelves. He loves books, I love books, everyone is happy. So tonight, we read Black All Around by Patricia Hubbell. It’s a lovely book, highly recommend. Lately, when reading before bed, Cole has a question about something on what feels like every single page. His curiosity…… Continue reading Family Fun Friday, or That Time I Knew the Words Coming Out of My Mouth Were All Wrong But Damn if They Didn’t Come Out Anyway
Aromas brought to you by Candlefish. I feel obligated to share that I initially spelled Wednesday wrong in the heading. I stared at it for longer than I care to admit trying to figure out what the problem was. WHY ARE YOU THERE RED SQUIGGLY LINE? Stupid letter N. Are we sure it isn’t Monday?…… Continue reading What I’m Reading Wednesday, and a Truly Half-Assed June Wrap-Up
I did actually read some books in May! But then the world became even more awful than simple pandemic awfulness, as if that wasn’t awful enough, and I didn’t feel much like writing anything. Well, the world is STILL awful, and I’ve talked to awful people who have said awful things. I’ve also talked to…… Continue reading Black Lives Matter, Engaging in the Conversation, and My May Wrap-Up: Things that Shouldn’t be Combined Into One Post, But F*** You, It’s My Blog and the World Is Bonkers