Book Review: ‘Girls Like Me’ by Nina Packebush

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Girls Like Me by Nina Packebush

I just finished reading this book and am at a loss for words. This book is revolutionary! Here is the synopsis included on the back of the book:

“Sixteen-year-old queer-identified Banjo Logan wakes up groggy in a juvenile mental ward. She soon realizes that the clueless therapist and shiny psychiatrist can’t help her come to terms with her genderqueer boy/girlfriend’s suicide, the fetus that’s growing inside her, or answers the question of why she cuts.

She’s befriended by two fellow patients–a strange and slightly manic queer Ethiopian girl and a shy, gay boy disowned by his born-again Christian parents. Girls Like Me is a powerful coming of age story of a pregnant gay teenager who realizes that friends may make the best medicine.”

Being a queer teen mom, reading this book was moving, to say the least. It’s a struggle to be different–to be an outcast. When you fall on the outskirts of society’s pressured norms, you end up feeling really alone. I am a major bookworm and find it really special when I can relate to a story in a way that makes me feel less alone in my experiences. With that being said, this is the first book that has applied to that particular area of my life. I so, so wish that I could have gotten my hands on a copy of this book four years ago when I was pregnant. However, I am overjoyed that queer teens and teen moms and queer teen moms will have this book to comfort them. Girls Like Me was diverse, in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, mental health, social class, and so much more. I appreciate Nina Packebush for telling a story that has desperately needed to be told.

This is a book that I couldn’t stand to put down and I highly recommend that you all buy and read it as soon as possible! You can purchase your own copy of Nina Packebush’s Girls Like Me here.

Hooray for diversity and representation. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Book Review: ‘Before a Million Universes’ by T.W.R. Shelton

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Before a Million Universes by T.W.R. Shelton

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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Are you a book blogger? If so, I’ve created a like-minded environment to talk about blogging while supporting one another’s endeavors. This space comes in the form of a Facebook group for book bloggers, where we can all freely share our website URLs, social media handles, and posts, in addition to asking for/share book recommendations.

You can join the group here.

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Isn’t this new illustrated Harry Potter book gorgeous?!  I love this time of year, as I get to add a new Jim Kay/J.K. Rowling book to my collection. Do you have your hands on a copy of this new release yet? If not, you can purchase this illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban here.

I Read Banned Books and You Should, Too

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Today is the final day of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. Throughout history, books have been challenged and banned from schools and libraries. When this happens, our freedom to read is threatened. Check out the ALA’s list of the Ten Most Challenged Books by Year. How many of those books have you read?

While the challenging and banning of books has decreased over time and is much less of an issue today, Banned Books Week is a time to reflect on and appreciate our right to read the books of our choice. I have, personally, found many of my favorite books to be those that have been challenged and/or banned. The ALA defines a book challenge as a “formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”

Books that are banned offend people. They go beyond telling the stories of straight, white, Christian males who live bland lives and that is offensive to some. When I pick up a book, I want to read about characters who have varied genders, sexual orientations, classes, belief systems, races, states of mental health, and overall backgrounds. When we read, we are better able to empathize with others who exist and have existed through the human experience. Readers live thousands of different lives and are better people because of it.

In my opinion, a handful of offended people shouldn’t determine the entire public’s ability to access books that they could relate to or could help them better relate to others. What is distasteful to some is life changing to others. Celebrate Banned Books Week by opposing censorship and reading whatever you want!

You can get this I Read Banned Books mug here.

What are some of your favorite banned books? Share them with us in the comments section below.

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It’s Banned Books Week, everyone. Value your freedom of speech and read what you want! What are some of your favorite books that have been banned?

You can get this mug from Bookworm Boutique here.

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My Favorite Bookish Shops

While I have more bookish products than I know what to do with on my to-be-purchased someday list (or be purchased for me by loved ones, should they ever ask what I want for my birthday/a holiday), I have quite a few bookworm-targeted items that I absolutely love. I have multiple candles and wax melts, an entire bookmark collection, several tins of literary tea, a tote bag, a few mugs, and a throw pillow. Below are some of my favorite bookish shops that I have personally ordered from and been happy with. If you scroll through my blog posts, I have the link to each bookish product that I post a photo of.

 


Candles

Frostbeard Studio

Nerdie Nifties

Bookmarks

LovelyBookish

SillyLunastorta

Paperly & Co. 

MyBookmark

Literary Tea 

First Edition Tea Co.

Tote Bags and Clothing

Litographs

Mugs, Pillows, Art Prints, Etc.

Bookworm Boutique

What are some of your favorite bookish shops? Share them with us in the comments section below.