Everywhere You Don’t Belong

I’m a sucker for coming-of-age stories ESPECIALLY ones centered on diverse characters. So when I got a copy of Gabriel Bump’s sharply funny debut novel EVERYWHERE YOU DON’T BELONG, I just couldn’t wait to read it! Claude McKay Love is a young, black boy growing up in the south side of Chicago in the 1990s….

The Prettiest Star

THE PRETTIEST STAR by Carter Sickels is a devastating and poignant story about the AIDS crisis. This powerful book shines a spotlight on the often overlooked demographic of young people that were forced to return to the families they ran away from and the communities that rejected them because they were dying and had nowhere…

These Ghosts Are Family

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I LOVE multigenerational family sagas! So when I heard about Maisy Card’s debut novel THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY, I knew I had to get my hands on it! THESE GHOSTS ARE FAMILY follows multiple generations of a Jamaican family as they grapple with the…

Jonny Appleseed

I stumbled upon JONNY APPLESEED by Joshua Whitehead when I was looking for a new book club in San Francisco. And let me tell you, I am so happy I read this unique, important, and beautiful book! Jonny Appleseed is a young, Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer Native American who lives off the reservation but must return to his…

Normal People

I know I’m late to the party and y’all smarties read NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney waaaay back in 2018 but I’m here now and ready to join the horde of people cheering this book! NORMAL PEOPLE is an intimate view into the very complex relationship of Marianne and Connell. Sometimes lovers, sometimes friends, sometimes…

Such a Fun Age

SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid is so hot right now. I mean, come on, the brilliant Lena Waith snatched up the film rights before the book was even published! It’s a fast-paced read that tackles big, important issues and I totally devoured it! Y’all know me (#ProudSlowReader) so when I say I finished…

Nothing to See Here

Occasionally you come across a perfectly quirky little book that reminds you that sometimes reading is just meant to be FUN! For me, that was Kevin Wilson’s NOTHING TO SEE HERE. From the second I picked up the book I had a smile on my face (I mean, come on, check out the cover!) and…

Trust Exercise

What can I say about TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi that hasn’t already been said? This is one of the most polarizing books I have recently come across. Some people love it! I mean, come on, it just won the National Book Award for fiction. And then, I know a lot of people that hated…

The Revisioners

THE REVISIONERS by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is a very special book and all I can say is get out there and read it!! Set in 1855, 1924, and 2017, the multigenerational story features Ava, a single mother who moves in as a caretaker for her elderly white grandmother whose lingering racism intensifies as her dementia worsens. Also…

Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung

For anyone that enjoys mythology or the novels of Madeline Miller, WAKE, SIREN: OVID RESUNG is perfect for you! It provides a bold, new twist on the classics! The book is a retelling of the famous myths of Ovid’s Metamorphoses from the perspectives of the nymphs, demi-goddesses, seductresses, and she-monsters! Whereas Ovid’s women are passive…