Review: Five Little Indians, Michelle Good

I finished this book over the weekend and have struggled to find the words to adequately review it.

Five Little Indians is a must read book. It was raw and emotional and honest.

Following the lives of five native children who were stolen from their parents and sent to Canada’s Indian schools where they faced horrible conditions and abuses. Their lives are wrought with tragedy and a bit of triumph as they find their voices and paths forward.

The most uncomfortable truths are often the most important. This is especially true when it comes to history. This is evident in the white-washed version of American history.

I never learned about Japanese internment camps. Or Indian schools. Or how Black American soldiers where intentionally shut out from receiving the GI Bill when it was introduced.

This is one reason why Own Voices literature is vital. There are stories and truths that need to be told without filters.

Review: The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes, Xio Axelrod

Is there anything better than reading a book and having it completely blow all your expectations out of the water?

The Girl With Stars in Her Eyes was a deep, yet fun, journey into Toni and Seb; two people with a difficult past and a star-crossed future. Add in the drama of music’s latest “it” band, the Lillys, and this book has all the right ingredients for a delicious music-filled book.

So, yeah, I loved it. You should read it.

Review: Have We Met by Camille Baker

Y’all. Y’ALL! This book right here was a sleeper surprise. I was 100% expecting a cute rom com. While, yes, it was that, it was so much more!

The inclusion and representation in this book was both very present but also natural … if that makes sense. The main character effortlessly accepts people for who they are. She doesn’t stumble over pronouns or complain about learning sign language. She does what we should all do … meet people where they are and don’t force personal beliefs on them.

I also loved Cory and all of Corinne’s friends and family. The romance part of the novel didn’t disappoint, either.

All in, this was a fabulous book. Go get it. ⁣

Review: Felix Ever After, Kacen Callender

Another fabulous book that lived up to the hype.

It’s been about 22ish years since I’ve been a teenager, but reading Felix’s story brought me back to the heartaches and confusion of that time. But his story was so much more than that.

It’s a story of discovering strength in yourself and finding your people. It’s about learning to accept and give love. It’s about being true and kind to yourself.

Felix Ever After should be required reading for all high schoolers. The importance of respecting someone’s identity and exploration of that identity is something that isn’t taught but should be.

I know I’m late to the game on Felix Ever After, but I’m so glad I read it. Have you read it yet?

Review: Thank You for Voting, Erin Geiger Smith

This book provided a great overview of voting, the history of voting, voting rights, voter repression, polling, elections, and everything in between.

Geiger Smith utilized research and expert to highlight the points she made. She also highlighted the importance of voting and how one vote (yours) can and does make a difference.

I definitely recommend this one for literally anyone – a casual voter or a consistent voter, but especially non voters.

Review: Malibu Rising, Taylor Jenkins Reid

This was a 5 star read for me until the last little bit. I loved the Rivas family. Loved their drama. Loved their closeness. Loved them.

I didn’t particularly care about the cast of characters that arrived at the party. I felt like those last lashes should’ve been dedicated to Rivas family and what came next for them.

But I still loved the book. TJR rarely disappoints.

Review: Hang the Moon, Alexandria Bellefleur

Be still my rom-com loving heart.

I absolutely loved Elle and Darcy’s story in Written in the Stars. In Hang the Moon, we get Brendon and Annie’s story, and it did not disappoint.

Hang the Moon hit all the high points for me. I laughed, I cringed (the ferris wheel scene … y’all!), and I swooned. A lot. Brendon is the perfect book boyfriend.

Review: Over the Top, Jonathan Van Ness

It’s been a hot minute since I watched Queer Eye, but I adored JVN. His personality, his super pro body positivity, and overall poise made him my favorite.

When I started this audiobook, I got several messages from people saying they loved this book. Now I see why.

Jonathan was so incredibly raw and honest on every page. He made me giggle and snort laugh but also made me stop and think. His storytelling pulled me into his world.

Review: The Rural Diaries, Hilarie Burton Morgan

This book is what I call a palate cleanser. The perfect book to pull me out of a rut and leave me smiling.

It’s kinda like a warm chocolate chip cookie on a fall day. Comforting. Nostalgic.

in Rural Diaries, Hilarie is honest and raw. She shares the good and the bad. I found her voice to be relatable and warm. I loved learning more about Hilarie and Jeffrey and their life on Mischief Farm.