"I promise.She wassomebody's light." Title: We Want Our Bodies BackAuthor: Jessica Care MooreGenre: PoetryPages: 224 pagesPublication date: March 31, 2020 Fun fact: I saw Jessica, the author, about the week this book came out at the 2020 AWP conference. The virus was still small at the time, and many panelists canceled at the last minute. … Continue reading Book review – We Want Our Bodies Back (Spoiler Free)
As the year comes to a wrap, it's time for the annual best books. So, here is a list of my favorite books that I've read this year. Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron — It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to … Continue reading Best books of 2021
Title: I RiseAuthor: Marie ArnoldGenre: YA FictionPages: 320 pagesPublication date: August 2, 2022 Thank you NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair review! I'll start with my highest praise: I enjoyed this book more than The Hate U Give. I Rise is about a teenager—Ayo—dealing with racism and … Continue reading ARC Review — I Rise
“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.” Title: The Cruel PrinceAuthor: Holly BlackGenre: FantasyPages: 370 pagesPublication date: January 2, 2018 I found out about The Cruel Prince a while back. It was one of those books I put on my Goodreads to-read list, but I never had the opportunity … Continue reading Book review – The Cruel Prince (Spoiler Free)
Yearning for the dayWe don't have to fight to liveAnd can be ourselves Perhaps I'm just waiting for the world to turn upside down.
I found a powerful poem recently. In light of the world being its same brutal self, I decided to share it. It's called "Compassion Fatigue" by Ebony Stewart. It was performed in 2016, but it's even more relevant today in 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeRafMKWg-Q
My university is always quiet when people leave and that’s when you notice things. You’ll find broken, empty branches, hiding behind the leaves. Or the discolored rock that has been there for at least five years and will be there for another ten. You’ll notice black paint peeling off the railing because the school only … Continue reading Quiet now, pay attention
“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” Title: The Hate U GiveAuthor: Angie ThomasGenre: YA FictionPages: 444 pagesPublication date: February … Continue reading Book review – The Hate U Give (Spoiler Free)
College should be helping me, right? But why do I feel like it's holding me back? Instead of writing short stories, I'm writing essays over British poems. Instead of editing my novel, I'm learning about different Japanese grammar points. I'm not making connections in the writing world. Instead, I'm worried about my two handwritten finals. … Continue reading Is college holding me back?