Most white people lack the language to talk knowledgeably about race and class in the modern United States. Even the most woke white person doesn't know what she doesn't know (unknown unknowns!). Having the humility to admit this and that you can be very wrong in what you do know takes nerves. I am steeling … Continue reading New Review: Born Bright
Enjoyed: Continuation of story from second book Good character development of adults- male and female, protagonists and secondary obvious research into how diamonds are mined clear consent requested during sex scene! Not for me: Expected the romance to be a little more central due to genre Most of plot is about safety and mining, … Continue reading Bullet Review: The Daredevil Snared
A couple weeks ago, I was asking a group of [church-going] children what they knew about the Bible. Among other shared information, we tried to name some Bible characters. They quickly shouted out, "Jesus!... Moses!... Abraham!..." The oldest kid in the group is probably 8, so that was okay. I asked for the names of … Continue reading Review: CEB Women’s Bible
This review contains information that may be considered spoilers. This includes character descriptions and the reality of Happily For Now (HFN) in this book, but not necessarily plot elements (except where character realities are part of the plot). I have almost 500 books on my To-Be-Read pile, including a variety of books that I have … Continue reading Review: Hold Me
I recently read three books that are entirely unrelated in subject and yet I find myself thinking of them all together. In writing, as with other art forms, authors have the opportunity to normalize behaviors that are rare, unusual, or underground. While we often think of this in a negative way, normalizing certain topics in … Continue reading Commentary: Normalizing
Enjoyed: strong women friends to romantic attraction great and consistent world-building created "external sources" referenced in the book girl rescues prince consistent to intended audience (YA) Not for me: a LOT of plot to follow very fast-paced action, pace never slows locations are a little hard to follow at times Grade: B (enjoyed, … Continue reading Bullet Review: Burning Sky
This book has stayed with me for over a month now. I checked out from the library and then I kept it, long after I had finished reading, because I just wasn't done with it. Or more, it wasn't done with me.