Another Brooklyn (Jacqueline Woodson)

This was a beautiful story to explore. I almost feel like my experience is incomplete having only read it once. This is a book that needs to be savored again.

Title – Another Brooklyn

Author – Jacqueline Woodson

Page count – 170

Goodreads rating – 4/5 (really liked it)

I’ll give as much description as I can, but it needs to stay vague to avoid giving anything important away. It’s really better if you discover the secrets and answers for yourself.

This book is fictional prose, but the author’s background in poetry is clearly evident. Our narrator’s name is August, and in this story we learn about her life through current events and flashbacks…but it’s not always immediately clear where we are in time. Continue reading “Another Brooklyn (Jacqueline Woodson)”

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Searching for Sunday, or Where is the Jesus I used to know?

I did re-read Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, but I already wrote a review last year which you can find here. If you are interested in more of RHE’s writing, you can find that here. This post is going to be a little different than my usual book reviews. It is geared more toward friends and family who know me personally, but I hope it will help anyone else who is stunned, appalled, frustrated, grieving, and/or feeling hopeless about things happening in the Christian Church.

The tagline for Searching for Sunday is “loving, leaving, and finding the church.” It uses the sacraments as a structure to chronicle RHE’s relationship with a Christian Church that, instead of welcoming people into a place of hope and love, is leaving people broken, outcast, and feeling distinctly unwelcome. Over the past…couple years, I guess…I, too, have become increasingly distant from the faith I’ve always known, and I want you to know why. Continue reading “Searching for Sunday, or Where is the Jesus I used to know?”

milk and honey (rupi kaur)

I’ve never read a whole volume of poetry straight through before. I tend to skip around in them as the whim comes to me. I did alternate back and forth with a more traditional volume of fiction I’m also reading right now, but perhaps reading an entire book of poetry from start to finish is something I should do more often because this one was quite good.

Title – milk and honey

Author – rupi kaur

Page count – 204

Goodreads rating – 4/5 (really liked it)

The book is divided into four sections: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. Obviously these are simplifications but: the hurting is about abuse; the loving is about sensuality and relationship; the breaking is about loss; the healing is about putting yourself back together. Femininity is strung throughout all of this. Continue reading “milk and honey (rupi kaur)”

All the Single Ladies (Rebecca Traister)

Single women should read this book to know they are not alone or defective. Single men should read this book to understand why their potential marriage partners are no longer willing to settle. Married people should read this book to understand why their experience is not the only real and valid one.

Title – All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Author – Rebecca Traister

Page count – 309

Goodreads Rating – 5/5 (it was amazing!)

This book covers so many topics related to the marriage and (romantic) relationship patterns of women, especially focusing on how women and their singleness have shaped America: our political contributions, geographic living choices, non-romantic relationships, non-married sexuality, and parenthood. This is a chronicle of how the political, economic, and social status of women (single, partnered, married, divorced, etc.) has changed as women have no longer needed to be married to be financially secure. Traister strikes a balance between Continue reading “All the Single Ladies (Rebecca Traister)”

The Year I Memorized My Library Card Number

Happy New Year! It’s time to see how my “50 Book Challenge” went…

Fourth quarter books: The Book of Phoenix (Nnedi Okorafor), Because of Sex (Gillian Thomas), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen), Good Christian Sex (Bromleigh McCleneghan), The Improbability of Love (Hannah Rothschild), Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit), Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie), 12 Years A Slave (Solomon Northup), Gospel According to the Klan (Kelly J. Baker), The Fate of the Tearling (Erika Johansen), Like Water for Chocolate (Laura Esquivel), Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling/John Tiffany/Jack Thorne), Code Talker (Joseph Bruchac)

Here’s a reminder of what my rules were for this challenge: 1) no more than half the books be re-reads, 2) at least half be by women, and 3) at least a quarter be by people of color. So how did the numbers turn out? Continue reading “The Year I Memorized My Library Card Number”

Code Talker (#44/50)

This is officially my final book of the year! I have quite a few friends who’ve said they are doing various reading challenges for their New Year’s resolutions. What are you all doing? It is definitely a challenge to try to read 50 books in a year! But there’s also no shame in aiming for a smaller number or reading a certain number of minutes per day…Anything that encourages people to read more gets my approval. 🙂

Title – Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Author – Joseph Bruchac

Page count – 224

Goodreads rating – 4/5 (really liked it)

Our main character is a Navajo boy named Ned, and he is recounting to his grandchildren his experience serving in the South Pacific during WWII. The story follows his journey from early childhood to joining the Marines at 16-years-old to become a “Code Talker.” For those who don’t know, the Code Talkers were Native American soldiers who used their bilingual abilities to communicate unbreakable coded messages. Continue reading “Code Talker (#44/50)”