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High School Just Really Sucks: Recommendation of Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

It is a truth universally acknowledged that attending high school in the United States just completely blows. The best, and by best I mean the least harsh, description I’ve heard of someone’s high school experience is “meh, it wasn’t too bad, but I wouldn’t go back for anything.” If THAT is the top of the …

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The Most Unhelpful Book Review You’ll Ever Read: Recommendation of What Lies Between Us

Have you ever read a book that you knew would completely mess you up? Like, you've gone in knowing that the journey through the pages would be worth it, but your soul might not make it through to the final destination? Friends, I've read two of those books in recent times. One was The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret …

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#ThursdayThoughts: The Burden of Diversity

When I decided to blog my venture into reading literature written by women of color, I did so for many reasons: To expand my own reading past a library dominated by white men, To understand myself better and to contextualize my position as a woman of color living in the U.S., and To actually understand …

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Making Reading Magical Again: Recommendation of Wintersong

There is nothing more magical than diving into another world when you’re a child, whether it’s through a good movie, a video game, or for me, a really great book. In his book Why Write?, University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson discusses the particulars of reading as a child. He writes that reading when you’re …

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Brown People Can Have Sex Too! Recommendation of The Bollywood Bride

I adore romance. And when I say adore, I really mean “I unabashedly live for all romantic storylines and romantic chemistry and romantic everything.” This obsession is not surprising. I grew up on a healthy diet of Hollywood’s romantic comedies, both classic and new, and a bombardment of Bollywood melodrama from the 90’s. From Tom …

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Seeing Myself: Recommendation of The Star-Touched Queen

Growing up in the nineties and early 2000’s, I didn’t encounter many young characters of color in the novels I perused. The majority of my favorite books had white male protagonists. I reread books like Tangerine by Edward Bloor, and Holes by Louis Sachar, because they featured outcasts trying to find a home for themselves, …

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Today is a scary day for me, and for many Americans. I am full of fear, and I honestly can't say that I am being buoyed by hope and love and friendship. Because I'm not. I'm not comforted by people, including my own husband, telling me that "everything is going to be okay." I know …

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