Pride Month Reads 2020: A Wrap-Up and Booklist

Happy Pride Month, fellow readers! The genesis of LGBTQIA+ Pride is a long story that begins before the 1969 Stonewall riots and still continues today. Notably, in 1970 a bisexual woman named Brenda Howard first proposed a Pride march and a week of events to celebrate and take joy in queer identities and the restContinue reading “Pride Month Reads 2020: A Wrap-Up and Booklist”

When My Brother Was An Aztec, Natalie Diaz

“When My Brother Was An Aztec/he lived in our basement and sacrificed my parents/every morning. It was awful.” Natalie Diaz’s When My Brother Was An Aztec is a legit masterpiece. Go read it, now. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Books of poetry are sometimes navel-gazing, self-absorbed bores but this one is simply amazing. I slurped it down in twoContinue reading “When My Brother Was An Aztec, Natalie Diaz”

The Hundred Wells of Salaga, Ayesha Haruna Attah

⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5) ⠀ Buy it HERE⠀ ⠀⠀💧Wow, where do I even begin? I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like this before, even though all of the elements of it are familiar. There’s a misfit princess, warring nations, a beautiful foreign slave girl, and strange visitors from a faraway land. Characters struggle with unrequited love,Continue reading “The Hundred Wells of Salaga, Ayesha Haruna Attah”

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

“Who will be lost in the story we tell ourselves? Who will be lost in ourselves?” This is a messy book. There’s a lot going on between its covers–PTSD, emerging sexuality, poverty, war, immigration, mental illness, class, race, abuse, art, gender performance. There’s a lot going on, but it all seems to add up toContinue reading “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong”

Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982, by Cho Nam-Joo(translated by Jamie Chang)

(Buy it HERE.) /5⠀ I feel so many ways about this book. Let me start by saying that this is not an enjoyable read at all, but it is important. It isn’t dramatic, but it is realistic. And it isn’t entertaining, but it is necessary, I think. ⠀ Kim Ji-Young was the most common babyContinue reading “Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982, by Cho Nam-Joo(translated by Jamie Chang)”