Book Review: Kitchen Confidential

33313Two book reviews in one week?! Whaaaaat? Don’t get used to this ūüėČ this is a one off, a fluke. Write this date down in your calendars because it might never happen again.¬†

I’ve owned a copy of Kitchen Confidential for a while now, and I’ve tried to read it a couple of times, but couldn’t really get into it. Then, my boyfriend suggested I listen to the audiobook as it’s read by Anthony Bourdain, and WHAT A DIFFERENCE THAT MADE. I devoured this book. I listened to it every chance I could get — on my commute to and from work, during my lunch break, at home while cleaning or cooking. This book made me laugh while simultaneously grossing me out.¬†Read More »

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Book Review: Vicious

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So, I must confess that this is my first Victoria/V.E. Schwab book I’ve read. (I knowww)¬† After a LOT of my friends raved about this book I decided to give it whirl, and I was not disappointed one bit. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, and if I could give it more, I would. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I am normally not a Science Fiction fan, but I wouldn’t classify this as hardcore Science Fiction. If you are looking for an introduction into Science Fiction that isn’t tooo crazy, I would definitely recommend this book.

I thought¬†Schwab’s concept of time in Vicious was really¬†original. It involved different periods of time all together but it was laid out so flawlessly that you didn’t get lost or confused. I think if the book was laid out any other way it wouldn’t work.¬†Read More »

Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight

40854717Gmorning, Gnight by Lin-Manuel Miranda is by far the cutest and most adorable thing I have read all year. I was looking for a quick break into some of the longer books I was reading and decided to check this out from my local library. At only 200 pages it is very easy to read this in one sitting, which is exactly what I did.

Gmorning, Gnight is a series of tweet style poems that Miranda has posted over the years (and still posts). The poems range from self love, life, and little pep talks. The poems have a light airiness to them while at the same time hitting you in the feels and making you think.¬†Read More »

Book Review: Kingdom of Ash

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This review will be spoiler free but I will assume you have read all previous books. 

God, this book. Kingdom of Ash definitely lived up to it’s reputation that’s for sure. I decided to take my time with this book and really savor it. So much that it took me all of November to read it, oops! I will be honest, I was a little hesitant going into this book because Maas’ finale for her other series,¬†A Court of Wings and Ruin let me down. I felt that the plot was too rushed and that while things did happen, nothing¬†major¬†happened. I firmly believe that the¬†Throne of Glass series is her strongest work out of the two, and always recommend it over ACOTAR.

In theory I should have re-read Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms before I read Kingdom of Ash, but I didn’t.¬† ¬†*facepalm*¬† ¬† When I first started reading this book I had to look up characters names and bios because I had forgotten who they were and why they were important. Maybe if I had re-read Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms¬†the first few chapters wouldn’t have gone so slow for me. Because, heads up, the first 100 pages or so are slow. We are reunited with all of the characters from previous books plus characters we met in¬†Tower of Dawn.¬†However, it does move fairly quickly as each chapter is from a different point of view. During this stage it was easy for me to put down and pick up after a day or two, which I did a few times. (probably explains why it took me all of November to read this ūüėČ ) Read More »

Book Review: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell

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You may know W. Kamau Bell from his hit show on CNN. Or maybe you’ve read about him in¬†The New York Times¬†or¬†The New Yorker, about his intersectional progressivism gimmick: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable.

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell¬†is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.Read More »

Book Review: One of Us is Lying

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. 

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.¬†Bronwyn,¬†the brain,¬†is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.¬†Addy,¬†the beauty,¬†is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.¬†Nate,¬†the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.¬† ¬†Cooper,¬†the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.¬†And¬†Simon,¬†the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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Book Review: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies

40669793This book was so much fun to read!¬†Feminist’s Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies¬†is a collection of essays curated by Scarlett Curtis by women from all walks of life – to actresses, activists, comedians, and writers. Some essays are obviously better than others, but overall this was an enjoyable read.¬†The essays are short enough that the book breezes by and I ended up devouring this in a day and a half.

The book is split into different sections: Epiphany, Anger, Joy, Poetry Break, Action, and Education. My favorite essays came from the Epiphany, Anger, and Education sections.

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