A flirtatious game of “Catch Me If You Can” between a music teacher who is new in town and the silk weaver running a swindle with the local worker’s union. Featuring stunning writing from an underappreciated voice in historical romance.
Sofie grew up in a household that was a passionate about storytelling. While she didn't appreciate it much as a child, now she loves stories so much that she never leaves the house without a book. Sofie finds coming of age stories to be the most compelling. She will read across all genres but her favorite remains Magical Realism.
One of the best short story collections I have ever read. Every story touches upon the complexities of the lives of black women and how Christianity affects their sexuality, relationships, families and bodies. There is so much heart in each of these nine stories.
Optimistic and grounded, Heartstopper is a feel-good comic about two British boys and their friendship-turned-romance. The comic also touches upon different but relative topics such as coming out for the first time, the aftermath of bullying, and finding the best support network. The heart of the story is the romance which brings joyous comfort to all who read it.
A researched-steeped exploration into how mainstream feminism has been commericalized and excluding whole communities of women and nonbinary people. White Feminism has been in motion since the suffragettes in the mid-19th century and continues on today in influencers and #girlbosses. Koa Beck makes her argument while highlighting phenomenal moments of activism among intersectional feminist groups. A wonderful contribution to the feminist text.
This multi-generational story has everything I love: romance, history, politics. Descriptions of Cuba past and present are absolutely gorgeous!
Over spring break, two teens meet in Doha, Qatar. One has been suspended from school by the actions of her Islamophobic teacher. The other has been diagnosed with MS. Both are devout Muslims and together they have one of the best romances I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
This book chronicles the life and afterlife of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman who after being diagnosed with cancer had her cells taken by doctors. The cells, now known as HeLa cells, are still alive today and have changed the science industry. Henrietta and her family however had no idea of the impact she had on science and medicine. Now they are finally getting the recognition they deserve.
An alternate history of Cairo in the early 20th century. Featuring: djinn, suffragettes, sentient automatons and a detective duo from a supernatural agency! Also a nominee for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novella!
How Dare the Sun Rise follows a young Congolese refugee named Sandra as she reminisces about her life before war tore her country and family apart and how she brings to change to America, one story at a time.
This cute, little unassuming book holds a deeper message about being comfortable with your routine and not letting others dictate your life. A very charming book that has stuck with me years after having read it.