Friday, May 28, 2021

Project Go Green

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Title:  Project Go Green

Author: Alyssa Milano with Debbie Rigaud

Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781338329438
Thoughts: Friendship, family, and environmentalism all clash with meaning in this mg novel.
Rating: 3/5

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

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Title:  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Entertaining, but the story in the first half is completely separate from the story in the second half, but there is a forced tying at the end.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Me and White Supremacy


Title:  Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

Author: Layla F. Saad

Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN: 9781728209807
Thoughts: Very doable workbook for whites to examine their relationship with white supremacy.
Rating: 4/5

The Push

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Title:  The Push

Author: Ashley Audrain

Publisher: Pamela Dorman
ISBN: 9781984881663
Thoughts: Taught psychological read, but I am not sure the flashbacks to before Blythe was born really added anything.
Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

His & Hers

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Title:  His & Hers

Author: Alice Feeney

Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781250622181
Thoughts: There are numerous twist and turns in this well-written suspense with multiple red herrings.
Rating: 5/5


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Title:  Engn

Author: Simon Kewin

Publisher: Stormcrow
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Very unique steampunk world and it was refreshing that it easily stood on its own.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, May 21, 2021

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race


Title:  Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Author: Reni Eddo-Lodge

Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
ISBN: 9781408870556
Thoughts: I have read so many American anti-racist books that it was nice to see the UK side.

Rating: 4/5

The Oil Jar and Other Stories


Title:  The Oil Jar and Other Stories

Author: Luigi Pirendello

Publisher: Dover
ISBN: 9780486284590
Thoughts: A nice collection of stories, many as absurd as his plays.

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Good Company

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Title:  Good Company

Author: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Well-written, but nothing felt really new.

Rating: 3/5

Baby Island


Title:  Baby Island

Author: Carol Ryrie Brinker

Publisher: Aladdin
ISBN: 9780689717512
Thoughts: Very, very dated, but still a fun adventure story aimed at girls.

Rating: 3/5

White Rage


Title:  White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Author: Carol Anderson

Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9781632864123
Thoughts: Interesting look at how many advancements in Civil Rights were soon after rolled-back in sneaky ways.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

So You Want to Talk About Race


Title:  So You Want to Talk About Race

Author: Ijeoma Oluo

Publisher: Seal
ISBN: 9781580056779
Thoughts: Oluo uses personal incidents to highlight the pervasive racism in society in a very approachable way.

Rating: 5/5

White Fragility


Title:  White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Author: Robin DiAngelo

Publisher: Beacon
ISBN: 9780807047415
Thoughts: Approachable look at being white in a systemically racist society.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, May 10, 2021

Danny the Champion of the World


Title:  Danny the Champion of the World

Author: Roald Dahl

Publisher: Puffin
ISBN: 9780141349503
Thoughts: Rather dated, but fun story of a boy and his dad - if you can get past the word "poaching".

Rating: 3/5

Good Apple

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Title:  Good Apple: Tales of a Southern Evangelical in New York

Author: Elizabeth Passarella

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 9781400218578
Thoughts: Very few of these essays actually have to do with Passarella being an Evangelical, but they all have to do with how much she loves New York.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Joy at Work

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Title:  Joy at Work

Author: Marie Kondo & Scott Sonenshein

Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Not sure if I will actually try this practice, but definitely some good advice that makes you really look at the time spent on work.

Rating: 3/5

Waiting For a Girl Like You

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Title:  Waiting for a Girl Like You

Author: Gina Conkle

Publisher: Valkyrie
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Definitely steamer than I prefer, but still good storylines.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A Mercy

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Title:  A Mercy

Author: Toni Morrison

Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307264237
Thoughts: Very poetic look at a the beginning of America's troubled history.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, May 3, 2021

The One and Only Bob

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Title:  The One and Only Bob

Author: Katherine Applegate

Publisher: HarperCollins
Thoughts: I was not really sure what to expect with this sequel to The One and Only Ivan, and the first part was mainly showcasing Bob's personality, but it did get real - but in a different way than Ivan - when a natural disaster hit.

Rating: 3/5