Friday, February 26, 2021

New Kid


Title: New Kid

Author: Jerry Craft

Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 9780062691200

Thoughts: Unlike it's sequel, Class Act, this one took a little longer to hit its stride, but definitely an excellent read about fitting in and finding yourself.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

All Systems Red

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Title: All Systems Red

Author: Martha Wells

Publisher: Recorded Books
ISBN: 1501977822

Thoughts: A lot of great world-building within a novella, but the story did not always hold my interest.

Rating: 3/5

The Waiting Room

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Title: The Waiting Room

Author: Nicole Gonzalez van Cleve

Publisher: Amazon
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts: A look at comings and goings at Chicago's Cook County jail, but it only scratches the surface.

Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, February 23, 2021



Title: Sisters

Author: Raina Telgemeier

Publisher: Scholastic/Graphix
ISBN: 9780545540605

Thoughts: Fun and honest autobiographical graphic novel about growing up and family.

Rating: 4/5

Pretty Things

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Title: Pretty Things

Author: Janelle Brown

Publisher: Random House
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts: Solid characters, but needed to move just a tad faster to make it more of a psychological thriller.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Handmaid's Tale

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Title: The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 038549081X

Thoughts: Very unique dystopian, especially considering how old it actually is.

Rating: 4/5

Friday, February 19, 2021

Medical Apartheid


Title: Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Author: Harriet A Washington

Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780767915472

Thoughts: The history in this book is so shocking and thought-provoking, and now that we are in the middle of COVID-19, I would love to see an updated version dealing with the inequality around this pandemic.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Sands of Time

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Title: The Sands of Time

Author: Melanie Tomlin

Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 9780994616067

Thoughts: Very much a standalone story until the very end, this is an interesting take on Father Time.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

You Should See Me in a Crown

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Title: You Should See Me in a Crown

Author: Leah Johnson

Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781338503265

Thoughts: This needs to be a movie because it is  romantic, dramatic, and just plain fun.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, February 14, 2021

We Are Not Free


Title: We Are Not Free

Author: Traci Chee

Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780358131434

Thoughts:  Chee presents the Japanese incarceration through the eyes of 14 teens, each with a chapter written in its own unique style.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, February 8, 2021

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are


Title: I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

Author: Rachel Bloom

Publisher: Grand Central
ISBN: 9781538745359

Thoughts:  One of the funniest and most irreverent memoirs I have read, and I have never even seen Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Rating: 5/5

Frederick Douglass

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Title: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Author: David W. Blight

Publisher: Simon Schuster
ISBN: 9781508265665

Thoughts:  Very comprehensive biography, but while mostly interesting, a tad long at times.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021

To Find a Viking Treasure

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Title: To Find a Viking Treasure

Author: Gina Conkle

Publisher: NYLA
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  Fun Viking romance, which is a genre I have never read before.

Rating: 3/5

Dying Breath

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Title: Dying Breath

Author: Kory M. Shrum

Publisher: self
ISBN: 9781370193400

Thoughts:  Very action-packed, but you will be lost if you have not read this series in order.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, February 1, 2021

Hell's Princess

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Title: Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

Author: Harold Schechter

Publisher: Little A
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  Schecter relays the fascinating and  twisted facts of the Belle Gunness case, letting the reader come to their own conclusion.

Rating: 5/5

More Than Just a Pretty Face


Title: More Than Just a Pretty Face

Author: Syed M. Masood

Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316492355

Thoughts:  Hilarious and feel-good while also dealing with some touchy subjects.

Rating: 5/5

The Ethnic Project


Title: The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions

Author: Vilna Bashi Treitler

Publisher: Standford
ISBN: 9780804757720

Thoughts: Fascinating thesis on how and why some ethnic groups rose to the top while others stayed at the bottom.

Rating: 4/5