Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard | Audiobook Review

Several months ago I was looking for an audiobook, and OverDrive suggested M-E Girard’s Girl Mans Up. After listening to the sample, I gave it a shot and loved it.

Girl Mans Up is about a high school girl trying to be who she is. Pen plays video games, supports her friends, wears her brother’s shirts,  and wants to be one of the guys. Her Portuguese parents want her to dress like a “girl” and….

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Zen for Beginners by Judith Blackstone & Zoran Josipovic

The Language Learning Challenge had a theme last month of reading about the history of the region, culture, or our target language. My target language of focus for the month was Japanese, so I tried to find books about that culture. I’m going to change up what I would typically write as only a review… Continue reading Zen for Beginners by Judith Blackstone & Zoran Josipovic

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack | eARC Review

I received this electronic Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. In this Alice in Wonderland retelling, Alice Liddell has “vasovagal syncope – a fainting disorder which causes her to lose consciousness whenever she feels emotions too strongly.” Her mother, a cardiothoracic surgeon, cannot cure her, but some new witchy friends think they can.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2018

February ended yesterday, so it’s time for a wrap-up post. It’s been an okay month for me. The news has been filled with the Winter Olympics, more school shootings, and #MeToo in the publishing industry. Book Reviews This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp: 4/5 Stars The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 2, by Kore… Continue reading Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2018

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Music Monday: The Parade of Nations

Last night marked the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which featured EXO and CL. I used to listen to a lot of K-POP in high school and my freshman year of college, so I was excited when I recognized two K-POP songs during the Parade of Nations in the Opening Ceremony two weeks ago.… Continue reading Music Monday: The Parade of Nations

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Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

In a vein similar to unpopular opinions, I’m going to share books that I’m unlikely to read. I was tagged by Lucy-May at Writing Wolves a few weeks ago. Thank you for the tag, Lucy-May. It also looks like Marisa at littlespider9 created the tag. A Really Hyped Book You’re Not Interested in Reading? Zenith by… Continue reading Books I’ll Probably Never Read Tag

Review · Nonfiction

Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden, was published in 1997 and acknowledged Mineko Iwasaki as the real-life geisha that the author interviewed. After it was translated into Japanese, Iwasaki saw her name in print without permission and claims that Golden’s book misrepresents what it is to be a geisha. Iwasaki’s memoir tries to break the stereotypes perpetuated in Golden’s book.