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White Ivy: A Novel | Susie Yang
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Holy plot twists! I‘m speechless. This book was so good, so beautifully written and flowed effortlessly. I didn‘t want to put it down!

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This book is a great sociopolitical analysis on the corrupt power structures that continue to uplift mediocre white men and hold them as heroes despite the harm perpetuated by them through policy. The complacency of accepting mediocre white men as saviors of the people is more relevant than ever considering the current political climate. From Trump and Biden, to Bernie Sanders, no mediocre white man is excluded from the conversation.

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This book is fantastic with analyzing the power structure dynamics of white feminism and the weaponization of white women‘s tears that uphold the status quo of white supremacy and the patriarchy. I also loved the chapter that talked about how leftist political spaces so very often focus their class solidarity on whiteness, and how they fail to see that race plays a big part in class identity. This book is a must read!

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Recollections of My Nonexistence is soft spoken and poetic about hard hitting topics regarding PTSD surrounding womanhood, the gender violence towards women, and the social conditioning of self doubt in efforts to silence women. It‘s a powerhouse of a story. It also focuses not only on trauma of womanhood, but joys of queer culture and of finding small spaces to feel heard in a world that ignores women.

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The drama! The intrigue! This book had everything to keep me hooked. I couldn‘t put this one down, and I immediately moved it to my favorite books shelf. Philosophical crime nerds will love this!

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Excuse me while I become a Hank Green fangirl, because this book pulled me out of a reading slump, and was absolutely fantastic. If you haven‘t read An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, you should! A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor is the sequel and wow, I‘m mind blown. It‘s great commentary on society and social media.

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True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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This book was nonsensical for more than half of the story. It kept switching the writing style, and cutting off the characters mid sentence, as well as an unnecessary amount of short sentences. I did not enjoy how many sentences started off with “You” instead of the voice coming from the actual character. Like,

“You get a cup of coffee. You go to the train station.”

I wasn‘t a fan.

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Follow Me to Ground | Sue Rainsford
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I listened to this on audio, and I have to say the narrators were amazing. They spoke with an accent that was both soothing and atmospheric to the story. I like the idea of this book, and the writing is beautiful, I just don‘t understand the point of the book or what I‘m supposed to get out of it. It‘s a cool concept but I think I‘m just missing the bigger picture on this one.

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A well researched and thorough examination of male entitlement, this book examines the many facets of how male privilege harms women in today‘s society. Kate Manne‘s ability to dissect the way that entitlement hovers over women in every aspect of women‘s lives was not only informative, but life changing. This book should be essential reading.

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Wow, the absolute relevance to today‘s media manipulations. I‘m stunned. Even through using science fiction to relay a message, it‘s great commentary about the reactionary nature of the world.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This is beautifully poetic storytelling. Filled with so much emotion and hope for the future generations, Ta-Nehisi Coates gets right through to the heart. The writing flow was masterfully done, though a little bit repetitive. I‘d give it 4.5 ⭐️

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This is a great introduction into the topic of racism and antiracism. I listened to this one on audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It is so informative and narrated beautifully. I plan to read the larger version next. I recommend this one to anyone who is just starting out in becoming an activist or Antiracist.

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Catherine House: A Novel | Elisabeth Thomas
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I can see why so many people don‘t enjoy this book, but I loved it. It was the right amount of dark academia and mystery for me. It gave me Coraline-ish vibes, where things may not be what it seems. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters in all their sarcastic apathy. Those plot twists are something else, they had me hooked.

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Valentine | Elizabeth Wetmore
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I can already feel the emotional book hangover starting. It‘s a haunting and raw story, the writing is done really well. The multiple POV‘s were easy to follow along with and described so well that I completely lost myself in this book. The sisterhood in this novel rivals that of Steel Magnolia‘s.

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A Burning: A novel | Megha Majumdar
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This book just fell flat for me. I really wanted to like it, but it‘s forgettable. I appreciate the message they we‘re going for, when it comes to addressing classism and corrupt governments, but it all felt really obvious of where the story was going and didn‘t have enough substance for me to really get into it.

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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“To be alive, is to be in a perpetual state of revolution.”
This book was so validating and soul-pleasing to my intersectional feminist heart. Some may find this preachy, but I did not. Glennon shows great self awareness as an activist, and helped me to see myself in a new light. I highly recommend this for everyone who considers themselves a feminist.

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I didn‘t expect to like this one, but the more I read the more I could not put this book down. This whole story is wild and disturbing, any true crime amateur detective is going to love reading this. It almost feels like it‘s fake, it‘s surreal how everything went down, the fact that it‘s a real case is just mind blowing to me.

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City We Became | N K Jemisin
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This was a wild ride of a book. I found that it‘s something that I just had to dive into without expectations or trying to figure out the plot before it was laid out. Once I let all that go and just went with it, it became so clear to me. I love every bit of creativity it took to write this book. I love these characters and also how well thought out and researched they were, and I love that they are all so diverse! I‘m not even a fantasy reader.

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Enchante | Gita Trelease
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Revolutionary stories have my heart, mix it in with 18th century glamour and magical realism of Versailles and I‘m in love!

This story addressed classism, racism, privilege. I love that probably the most. It still held up it‘s end of romance, but it did not shy away from the heavier topics. If anything, this debut sets the stage for what‘s to come next. I can‘t wait for the second book to come out!

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The book is a Q & A style format, with kids asking all the questions adults are too afraid to ask. These questions range from “Do dead bodies smell?” to “Can I give my grandma a Viking funeral?” And the classic “Will my cat eat my eyeballs?”

Caitlin answers these questions with scientific facts, and does not sugarcoat it. She‘s honest but she answers with finesse and a bit of humor. It answered so many questions I never knew I had until now.

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Harley in the Sky | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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“Stars shine their brightest in the dark, so take this opportunity and supernova the sh*t out of it” - Vivian

If you‘ve ever wanted to run away and join the circus like I have, you will absolutely adore this book. It‘s magical, whimsical, and full of so much hope. I love each of the characters, and the world building is phenomenal. I‘m not even a romance reader, but even that part had me swept up in a whirlwind of emotions.

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Ok. I admit, I‘m relieved to have finished this book at all. The format was strange. I also don‘t like when books introduce tons and tons of characters like this book did, it‘s too much for me with my short attention span. I don‘t feel any emotions after reading it all the way through, which is a big cue that it‘s going to rank low for me. When I read, I want to be moved emotionally and intellectually. I was just bored out of my mind with this.

TrishB Near enough my thoughts. 2y
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Evelyn Hugo is so much more than just a great pair of tits. She‘s snarky, enigmatic, and brilliant. She has a whole lot of heart. I loved her character so much, and I felt like I could relate to her. That‘s how great stars are made, and this book delivered.

“What did I have to be good at other than being beautiful? And taking pride in your beauty is a damning act.”

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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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This book satiated all my true crime cravings, and then added in some bonus paranormal flair, and topped it off with a big serving of feminist sisterhood vibes. This wasn‘t like the most wild ride of a book, but it holds a lot of familiarity in it and keeps a steady pace. I really enjoyed this one, yet another hit by Simone St. James

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This book is one giant projection party forced on the readers, as they get a military style dress down from Karen. She bulldozes through your hard won softness and tells you in third person how you suck, and then gives advice for a very specific one type of person. Georgia‘s parts were better, but still unhelpful. This book had no clear direction, and was a complete waste of time and money.

ImperfectCJ I didn't dislike this one as much as you did, but your review is spot-on. "Projection party" in particular is excellent. I love negative reviews! 3y
Ghostnipps @ImperfectCJ thanks! I am honestly just so mad I spent like $20 on this book because of the hype, and now I‘m stuck with it and all the other bad decisions I‘ve made in my life 😂 3y
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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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This is the most ridiculously vulgar book I‘ve ever read in my life, but I didn‘t expect any less from someone who is part of the bird community. Well done. Leave it to this ridiculous book to hit me with the big time feels while wondering about what it means to truly live.

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As a creator of a Polyamorous space, I really enjoyed this book. I particularly loved the chapters on White Feminism, Fetishization, because those two do run rampant in the communities. Everything that was in this book is so important and needs to be addressed more in the communities, so I appreciate Kevin taking the time to write this out in a concise way, that feels like a conversation with a friend.

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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This was probably one of the more wholesome reads I‘ve come across. It‘s a coming of age story, and could honestly maybe have been a good YA. Edward has PTSD, the story is told in flashbacks similar to what PTSD feels like. One minute you‘re in the present, and the next you‘re reliving the trauma and the before. This was a good read, especially right before the holidays to serve as a reminder that love has no shape and you can find it anywhere.

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HOLY PLOT TWISTS! I did not see it coming, and I‘m usually pretty good at guessing the plot before it even begins. It starts out slow, a few well hidden clues set here and there, leaves you guessing all the way until the very end. I was not disappointed at all by this book, but who would expect any less from the author behind Mystic River and Shutter Island. This book has worked its way into one of my favorites of all time.

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Dead Letters: A Novel | Caite Dolan-Leach
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This book was just the right amount of dark, the twist is one I didn‘t see coming which is always a big plus. Delving into family trauma, the main character is relatable, although driven by paranoia.

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This story is bittersweet. It leaves you feeling satisfied but wanting more. I really enjoy the way the author writes, the build up scenes really well and the twists I did not see coming. I love the women of this story for their quick wit and sass, and also for their self awareness in certain moments. The choices we make in one year can shape our entire lives, is what I gained from reading this.

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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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I was contacted by Good Morning America to do a video book review for their pick of the month, Dominicana by Angie Cruz. My footage didn‘t end up being used, but regardless I will still advocate for this book! It is such a strong read, it‘s a rollercoaster of emotions that had me crying at the very end. This is a must read, especially for today‘s social issues around immigration.