LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE BY: CELESTE NG

Here we are again! Another book review. I would like to pat myself on the back because I have been doing so good at reading all the books. Although I have also gotten super overwhelmed because I put a butt tonne of holds on books and they are all coming up to be read! Eeeek! Thankfully, I am able to delay them a bit. whew!

A bit about the author first! Celeste was actually raised in the city that is featured in the novel, Shaker Heights. This book is her second novel. Little Fires Everywhere was made into a TV show on Hulu in 2020.

I have not seen the TV show so I really didn’t know what this book was about. From stuff I had heard I thought this book was about something totally different so maybe I was thinking of another book? Anywho on to the review.

a photo of the cover of Little Fires Everywhere on a cell phone

Little fires everywhere is a book about two very different families whose lives get entangled because of their children. As soon as a museum picture is found of one of the mothers, the other is off on a journey to dig up her past and find out who she really is.

I really did enjoy this book, it has been a while since I have read anything that is more fiction and lighthearted. Don’t get me wrong there is some talk of abortion and some other stuff that might be a bit hard for some but such topics are not hard for me.

The only thing that I didn’t enjoy in the book was when it the the sort of mystery was figured out, I did not get that oh damnnnnnn feeling. It was not powerful enough for me, I wanted a bigger mystery. The ending was also a bit underwhelming also. I won’t spoil it for anyone! Don’t worry.

I found that the book was very well written though and was smooth enough to keep me captivated the entire book. I just wanted more. It was still a great book and recommend it for anyone so it gets four stars!

Welp that is it for now look out for more book reviews cause I got those stacking up again. I am trying to incorporate other blog posts in between them though so look out for those also!

Until next time!

I’M STILL HERE BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS BY: AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN

Another book down! And now I am starting to get the books that everyone was reading when the Black Lives Matter movement was at its peak (btws there are still things going on and there is still the fight against racism check out my blog post about it)

On my list of many books by black author I am glad I got to read this one first. It was a short book, but was so concise.

So a little bit about Austin Channing Brown, She is a writer, media producer, and speaker. Her career is amazing and really just leaves me inspired. If you have the time look her up, I think she is an amazing person and I am so glad that she does the work that she does.

OK so onto the book. This book is Austin’s encounters with racism at different stages of her life. You start out in her childhood and how she grapples with living in a predominantly white neighborhood. Eventually you make it up to adulthood and how Austin embraces her blackness and is out in the world fighting racism.

Even though this book was short, it was good. Austin brought many things that I did not consider to light. One of the things I just need to quote.

I am not impressed that slavery was abolished or that Jim Crow ended. I feel no need to pat America on the back for these “achievements”. This is how it always should have been. Many call it progress, but I do not think it is praiseworthy that only within the last generation did America reach the baseline for human decency.

I can’t tell you what page that was on because it was not on the screen capture, but really that quote just really drove home this issue. Racism should not even be a thing, but it is and we should not be congratulating people on treating others with kindness. That should be the standard.

Another thing that I never really thought of was basically airing your past racist tendencies to Black people. Basically looking for forgiveness or that it is “ok”. They don’t want to hear you confessions, show them you are better by doing better now. What is in the past is in the past.

Overall this was a great book. It is short and shows a whole lifetime of dealing with racism. Austin brough many great points and I think this would be a great book to read for anyone. Definitely a 5 star book.

So yea def a good read and cannot wait to read more and learn more! Let me know in the comments what books you have been reading and what you have learnt from them!

Next week I will be writing about my closet and how it has changed so keep your eyes peeled for that!

until next time!

In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott

It has been a hot minute since I have read a book, but I have finally finished one again and here is the book review!

The latest book I read was In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience by Helen Knott. In my personal goal of reading more books that are by diverse authors, I was pointed to this book by a friend and I am so glad that I got to read it.

A little bit about the author, Helen is Nehiyaw and Dene-Zaa woman. This book follows her journey of dealing with addictions and trauma to finding her roots in the Indigenous communities that she came from.

This book is divided into three parts, each dealing with a different part of her life. The first part is her addiction and all the trauma she had gone through. Honestly, when I was reading this part it was hard to read and was heartbreaking. She explains how she is feeling while she was high and drunk and her thought process. She eludes to her past rapes but does not get into them so much in this section ( later on she tells a bit more about them).

I think this book was such a good demonstration of the intergenerational trauma and hardships that indigenous people face all the time. Helen at one point even mentioned how going to a peyote ceremony goes against everything that she grew up believing. I think this is because her mother was Catholic and was told that Indigenous traditions were bad (way to go colonialism). I am guessing this is from one of the many horrendous things Canada did to the indigenous peoples.

This book really deep dives into a first hand account of a person dealing with trauma and addiction. This is a good chunk of the book so be prepared.

Spoiler alert
Helen eventually gets help by connecting with her roots and working through the traumatic events of her life. It really brings me joy when I read a book and an Indigenous person reconnects with their culture that was ripped away from them.

In the few books that I have read, all which have dealt with an Indigenous woman reconnecting with their culture, They have all had such a spiritual connection and it is amazing.

Overall I really liked this book. It helped me see the world through someone else’s eyes. I give this book a 5 star review. It was really well written and the story really flowed well together.

I have a bit of time off for the past while and is why I haven’t been as active on here. I hope to get to a more regular schedule and put out more stuff. If you are missing seeing what I post here, definitely check out my instagram!

Until next time!

THE WITCHES ARE COMING BY: LINDY WEST

Another day and another book review! After a bit of a hiatus to do lots of learning to be a better ally, I decided that I needed to write again. There will be more to come about life and current world climate but I have a backlog of book reviews right now so that is where I am going to start.

The Witches are Coming is a book that talks a lot about the world climate right now. Lindy West honestly touches on so many different topics in the book I actually found it hard to keep up with it. I literally had to keep a note going about what each chapter touched on and even then they had many points that varied.

Just some of the topics that are in the book are:

Abortion

Why does Adam Sandler get to keep making movies?

Microagressions

Goop

Donald Trump

and many more topics.

Overall it was a good book that brought to light a lot of things that I never thought about. I really appreciate the book for doing that, however I personally found the book really hard to read. I really had to slow down and read every world to process what I was reading and keep stuff straight. Maybe that is what Lindy meant to do, make the reader slow the fuck down and really process what is going on in the world. I haven’t asked Lindy so I am not too sure on my theory.

I had to keep tabs on all the topics so that I could write this review because each chapter is basically its own book. The chapters also didn’t really come together for me and I really had a hard time with that. For me it felt really choppy.

I really wanted to love this book with all my heart because I do love Lindy West, but I just can’t. I will say I did make it to the end of the book which says something.

Usually if I find a book uninteresting or it is really hard to read I toss it. However I made it to the end, which means it had enough significance to get me there.

There were a lot of amazing points that Lindy made in this book that I had never cared to think of ( Why Joan Rivers disliked Lena Dunham and a few other points) and that put those things into perspective. There were other topics like climate Change, microaggressions, and so on that I was very aware of but gave me another way of putting these things.

Overall I give this book a three stars really only for my own selfish reasons. It has amazing points that anyone can learn from I just could not follow it very easily.

 Until next time!

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ARTEMIS BY: ANDY WEIR

So when I finished Pandemic (my last book review) I wanted to read something else immediately. I have been unsuccessful in finding a free e-book version of Genome (second book to Pandemic), so I needed to find something else to satisfy my reading hunger. I decided to look and see what my local library had to offer. All the “popular books” had ridiculous waiting lists( I am on one that 18 weeks) so I needed to find something not popular that is available now. Que Artemis.

I absolutely LOVED the Martian by Andy Weir so I was definitely hoping for another story like that. And it was similar as in it was in space.🌒

I did like that the main character was a very independent woman and she didn’t have a sexual relationship or the need for one. There was talk of past sexual relationships but nothing that became the reason why she did anything.

This book takes place on the moon in a human colony called Artemis. There is no reference to what year it is so I can’t tell you when this takes place. In the book you have the main character who is a smuggler. She isn’t really on good terms with the one “Police Officer”. I don’t’ think they ever call him the police and that is why it is in quotation marks.

When one of her clients asks her to be apart of a bigger criminal undertaking things don’t go so well (dun dun duuuuuu).

Overall I liked this book ( I was able to finish it). However I didn’t find it as awesome as some of the other books I have read. Would I recommend it to someone? Yeah, it has its twists and turns that I like but there was just something I was missing. I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is though.

All in all a good book! I suggest People try and read it if you like Andy Weir’s books or Space adventures (did I just make up a new genre?).

I have already moved on to my next book, which is completely different from the books I have been recently reading. I am taking a break from the fiction world and moving on to a cultural critique book.

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