Blanca & Roja, by Anna-Marie McLemore, retells two of my favorite fairy tales, Snow-White and Rose-Red and The Wild Swans, with two Latina girls and a non-binary prince. Blanca and Roja del Cisne are the next two girls in a long line of women who were born in their exact pair because of a blessing and curse from the swans who raised their great-great-great-grandmother. This was a blessing to the original bisabuela, but it has been a curse for every pair because….
Twelve-year-old Conor O’Malley must come to terms with his mother having terminal cancer and what that means for him. He’s an independent boy who has had to take a lot responsibility during his mother’s illness and after his father left them. He also has to deal with a strict grandmother and bullies at school. What sets all of this in motion is an old tree that hunts him down and forces him to face the truth through storytelling. The movie adaptation of A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, convinced me to read the novel, and both are beautiful.
It’s time for a #ThrowbackThursday. This week’s theme for Book Traveling Thursdays is to choose a book you read years ago. Looking back to 2014, I read Chocolat by Joanne Harris. It’s about a single woman and her daughter who moved to a sleepy village in France. The woman sells chocolates during Lent, has to deal… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Throwback Thursday
Happy Second Day of Summer! To celebrate, the theme of this week’s Book Traveling Thursdays requires me to choose a book that I want to read this summer. I’m up for anything to get out of the burning sun and the triple digits outside. I chose Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox. If you look at my Currently… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Summer TBR