The Forest of Vanishing Stars, Kristin Harmel

Books that take place during the World Wars are my favorite. With the bonus of having a person raised in the woods as a survivalist, I thought this would be an easy home run. But unfortunately, for all the strength Yona was supposed to have, I found her lack of assertiveness weak. She let people… Continue reading The Forest of Vanishing Stars, Kristin Harmel

The People of Ostrich Mountain, Ndirangu Githaiga

I adore this cover 😍 We start the story following Wambũi and her life as a teen. When she goes to a boarding school, things change for the better for her. The act of going to this school is elite, and it sets her apart from her peers. We meet one of her teachers, Eileen,… Continue reading The People of Ostrich Mountain, Ndirangu Githaiga

The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

About the Book:The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister… Continue reading The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

10 Books to Look Forward To in February

There are so many wonderful books releasing in February it's been incredibly hard picking out the ones to make the list. I am going to have so much reading to do next month. Let's get to it. Prepped, Bethany MangleYAFebruary 23rd Blurb:Always be ready for the worst day of your life. This is the mantra… Continue reading 10 Books to Look Forward To in February

The Arsonists’ City, Hala Alyan

“An outcry in an echo chamber isn’t much of an outcry.” Told in alternating viewpoints and timelines, The Arsonists City tells the story of a family in turmoil after the patriarch, Idris, decides to sell the family home in Beirut. Through the 3 siblings, we learn of their lives, their connection to Beirut, and each… Continue reading The Arsonists’ City, Hala Alyan

Chasing North Star, Heid McCrary

Heidi was kind enough to send me a paperback of Chasing North Star and nothing beats holding a paperback. The book is told in alternating viewpoints and timelines. We travel to 1940s Germany when Hitler’s reign of terror is showing itself. Didi’s mother is suffering from mental illness, and that suffering manifests itself with physical… Continue reading Chasing North Star, Heid McCrary