Heat Wave by Elyse Springer

I couldn't connect with this one. I'm starting to realize that I'm actually somewhat particular about my romances--I like them angsty (the angstier the better), and I like them best with a secondary plot. This one was neither angsty nor especially plot driven, and there were some problematic elements that left me feeling uneasy. The... Continue Reading →

Libraries for Life: March 15th

With all the library holds I've got coming in, I've temporality abandoned my "read the books you own" project. I probably could have predicted this. However, I have not put ONE BOOK ON HOLD in the past two weeks! This is a pretty big deal. I've still got 9 open holds, but most of those... Continue Reading →

What A Week: March 5th-11th

I'm currently fighting off a cold, so I've been curled up on the couch all weekend. It's meant plenty of time for reading, but the sun is finally out after days of rain, so I'd much rather be out enjoying the sunshine and ocean. On top of that, I learned today that the historic African... Continue Reading →

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This book has gotten a lot of hype, which is the sort of thing I tend to ignore, but it's also right up my alley: a book about fairytales. Seventeen year old Alice has lived a vagrant existence with her mother all her life, never staying in one place for long, always running from the... Continue Reading →

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X is a quietly powerful, beautiful, and moving novel-in-verse. It's the story of Xiomara Batista, a Dominican American teenager, the child of immigrants, and a powerfully talented poet. She struggles to fit in, torn between her own desires and the desire to please her religious mother. She feels unseen by those around her, and... Continue Reading →


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