Okay, I’m 25 reviews behind guys. I’m going to finish them here, and then be done with CBR I think. I absolutely love this community, and will probably keep logging on to read y’all’s awesome reviews, but trying to keep up with my own has felt increasingly like an obligation, not like a fun expansion of my love of reading. But I’ve read some great books this month, so here’s one last blast of recommendations… The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson (3 stars) I’m actually pretty familiar with the Emmett Till case, thanks to my focus in college […]
Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca, and through a combination of her family’s teachings and her time at school, spent most of her childhood and teen years as a religious fanatic. Then, in her 20s, she became a computer security engineer, working with a variety of people, and realized just how wrong the situation in her country really was. She began to rebel against the government by doing something that most of us bitch and moan about doing every day: daring to drive. Manal tells her story here — her upbringing, her cruel marriage, how she and other women suffered […]
Y’all, if you’re looking for some fun, cute YA, I’ve got it for you right here. I grabbed When Dimple Met Rishi (along with most of the books I’ve read in the last month) off Goodreads Reader Choice Awards, and it did not disappoint! Dimple, an aspiring web designer, has one thing on her mind: attending a good college, away from her mother — who’s hell-bent on finding Dimple an “Ideal Indian Husband”. Rishi, on the other hand, dreams of finding a wife that will be as a good a match for him as his parents are for each other. They both […]
I find it so hard to review memoirs sometimes, because it feels too much like passing judgment on a person’s life. I don’t intend to do that, so I focus more on the writing and how said person told the story of their life. Gabrielle Union’s We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories tells the story of a strong, focused woman who went through a lot of really terrible shit in her life — and turned that pain into a drive for victims’ advocacy. All of that is amazing. Unfortunately, and this may have been amplified by reading it right after finishing […]
“People assume that I have a degree in poli-sci and that I decided to become a comedian just because that was the best way to spread my message. It’s the same way for my dad too. He seems like he has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School, but he really only graduated from Spring Hill College in Mobile. For all three of us, people assume that because we have the information, we must have pieces of paper that certify us as smart. Nope. We just have information because we wanted it. If there’s one thing that I […]
This was a sad, beautiful book. If you can listen to the audio version, do so. Alexie mixes poetry in with his narrative, and listening to him sing/recite it in his accent brought a whole new depth to the writing. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me is a story of Alexie’s mother — 78 essays and 78 poems written after she died at the age of 78. He paints a full, raw portrait of a frankly terrifying woman who loved her family so fiercely that it hurt. He also tells us, in great detail, about his life — […]
This is the fourth Fredrik Backman novel I’ve read, and probably my second favorite (A Man Called Ove places 1st). It’s about a small town that lives and breathes hockey (think Friday Night Lights, but it’s really cold). We have two main hockey players: the rich kid who was born into it, and the son of an immigrant with massive natural talent. Then something terrible goes down at a party, and we see how a town like Beartown can cope with that. This book has a lot to say about sports culture and how we treat athletes — even 17 year old […]
Y’all I am still like 22 reviews behind. How do I do this to myself?!? So this was a super cute book about science — think Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, but with cartoon. Also like Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, I won’t even pretend I understood it all. But it was still fun to read and definitely cleared up the fact that space is just like, really, really big guys.