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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I finished reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty a few days ago and absolutely loved it. If you perused Goodread’s Best Books of 2016 list, you’ll see that Truly Madly Guilty made #1 in the fiction category. Moriarty is also the author of Big Little Lies, which was one of my favorite reads of the year. Truly Madly Guilty has also made my list of top favorites, as well. Have any of you read this book? If you’ve read Big Little Lies or Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s The Nest, I can bet that you will enjoy this novel, as well. You can purchase Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty here. I look forward to reading more of her books.

Summary: “Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.”

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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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You can purchase Ariel Gore’s We Were Witches here.

My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2017 (So Far)

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Last year, my goal was to read 25 books and I ended up reading 41. This year, I upped my goal from 25 to 40. As of today, September 8th, I have read 46 books and am expecting to finish up three more within the next few days. I hope to read at least 60 books by the end of the calendar year, but that will depend on how busy my new M.F.A. life will be, a few weeks from now. With that being said, I’ve read quite a few books this year and wanted to share my top ten 2017 favorites, in no particular order, with all of you.

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