When The Wind Chimes, by Mary Ting

(Buy it HERE.) β € As far as I am concerned, there are only 2 categories of holiday reading–romance novels and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The end of the year is often hectic and it’s nice to take a moment and remember that love is real and ghosts sometimes yell at stingy rich guys. TheContinue reading “When The Wind Chimes, by Mary Ting”

Indigenous Americans Still Exist!: What I Read for Native American Heritage Month

All year I’ve been reading around themes. In February I read books by Black American authors for Black History Month. In May I read books by Asian and Asian-American authors for Asian-Pacific-Islander Heritage Month. Pride Month had me exploring the words of authors in the LGBTQIA+ community and a little over a month ago, IContinue reading “Indigenous Americans Still Exist!: What I Read for Native American Heritage Month”

The Brave, by James Bird

(Buy it HERE.) 13-year old Collin has an OCD-related condition that makes him compulsively count the letters in every word said to him and blurt it out. This has gotten him bullied out of every school in the area and his distant, alcoholic dad finally can’t take it anymore. He packs up Collin and hisContinue reading “The Brave, by James Bird”

Books by Trans Folks; A Quickie Booklist for Trans Awareness Week 2020

Today, November 20th, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It’s a day to memorialize the individuals who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence — a shockingly normal occurrence. There’s not much I can say about the stats that would be adequate, but I will say this: take a moment and show some love toContinue reading “Books by Trans Folks; A Quickie Booklist for Trans Awareness Week 2020”

Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger

β €(Buy it HERE.) Seventeen-year old Elatsoe Bride has inherited the secrets of calling up the dead from her Six-Great-Grandmother, who bore the same name and protected the Apache people from invaders with a pack of trained ghost dogs and peerless bravery. Young Elatsoe has the same fearless streak and unnerving talents as her ancestor butContinue reading “Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger”

PostColonial Love Poem, Natalie Diaz

(Buy it HERE.) You know the face that jazz and blues musicians make when someone’s playing real good? That stank face, that disbelieving, how is this real, umph-umph–UMPH this is so good it almost hurts face folks get when the art is hitting every bit of your spirit right? You know that face? β €β € ThatContinue reading “PostColonial Love Poem, Natalie Diaz”

A Bastard’s Degree In English, November St. Michael

(Buy it HERE.) πŸβ €β €3 things: β €β €1) I haven’t been adulting particularly well lately. Spare a good thought in the direction of this reader when you can. β €β €2) November is Native American Heritage Month and for the rest of the month I’ll be reading and reviewing indigenous writers and their work.β €β €3) But before that–what better thingContinue reading “A Bastard’s Degree In English, November St. Michael”

Black In Asia, A Spill Stories Anthology

(Check out this anthology HERE.) So this is a little different than the usual fare around here–if only because I’m in the book in the photo above. Yes, that’s me staring at you from the photo above, and the book I’m holding has a little story to it that I’d like to elaborate on here.Continue reading “Black In Asia, A Spill Stories Anthology”

The Meaning of Mariah Carey, by Mariah Carey

(Buy it HERE.) πŸŽΆβ €This isn’t the best book I’ve read all year, but it’s certainly the most surprising. I was expecting Mariah Carey(the glamorous award-winning diva) to fill a few frivolous pages with brand names, romantic liaisons and shady entertainment gossip with a few childhood anecdotes sprinkled in. What I was not expecting was MariahContinue reading “The Meaning of Mariah Carey, by Mariah Carey”

Como Una Gota En El Mar: My Woefully Inadequate Latinx Heritage Month Reading Re-cap

patiently awaits someone to come along and correct my horrid Spanish… In the US, February is Black History Month, May is Asian-Pacific Islander-American Heritage Month, November is Native American Heritage Month and…September 15th – October 15th is Hispanic History Month, also known as Latinx History Month. If you’re wondering about the comparatively awkward timing(why straddleContinue reading “Como Una Gota En El Mar: My Woefully Inadequate Latinx Heritage Month Reading Re-cap”