Death and Other Holidays ~ Marci Vogel

Happy Book Birthday to Death and Other Holidays! Rating: 4/5 Vogel's debut work of fiction is the story of a young woman coping with the death of her stepfather and going about her life for a year after his death. I didn't catch the main character's name, but it really felt as if I was … Continue reading Death and Other Holidays ~ Marci Vogel

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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl ~ Issa Rae

Rating: 4/5 I have watched most of Issa Rae's show Insecure over the years, and love her sense of humor and insight. So when I saw she had a book, I knew I wanted to hear it on audio. I was not disappointed. This is a fun essay collection, designed to get people to think … Continue reading The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl ~ Issa Rae

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good ~ Helene Tursten

  Rating: 3/5 This noir short story collection follows an elderly woman named Maud. She has lived in her building for 88 years of her life with her mother and sisters before they died. When the apartment building was bought by her landlord, she received a contract to live there rent-free for the remainder of … Continue reading An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good ~ Helene Tursten

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes ~ Eleanor Coerr

Rating: 5/5 Sadako is a character I fell in love with. Her enthusiasm for life despite all odds filled me with hope. Sadako is a young girl living in Hiroshima. She is lively and athletic, a runner on her school's racing team. However, she is diagnosed with leukemia, and goes to the hospital for medicine. … Continue reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes ~ Eleanor Coerr