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Joined June 2017

🇨🇦 Book Reviewer | 📚🌿 Also instagram.com/bookalong | twitter.com/bookalong00
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5/5🌟Nobody lives and writes quite like Eve Babitz she is lesser known for her journalistic career than for her L.A. party girl persona but this collection of her professional free lance work is such a treat! Still so Eve, Fresh, Funny and Facinating! Is there anything this woman can't write about?!
Here is almost 50 pieces written between 1975 -1997. The whole collection was really engaging! I will definitely be revisiting this one regularly.

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4/5🌟Vanasco undertakes the ultimate task, interviewing the man who raped her 14 years ago. A boy who was one of her closest friends. She recounts the rape but also their friendship, and how it changed after the rape, the lasting affect it had on her and him as well. An interesting, deep dive into the Me Too movement,and myths surrounding rape culture.Behind the scenes it also showed the importance of female friendships. #bookreview #bookblogger

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Aphrodite Made Me Do It | Trista Mateer
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5/5🌟Channeling Aphrodite's mythology in these poems and prose giving hope and positivity to show up for our own happiness as female's first, while also baring her most intimate self.I loved the way she used the mythology of the female god's, weaving it with her own story and the notion of believing in oneself. Read in one sitting, then again more slowly. A meaningful, uplifting and inventive feminist retelling. #poetry #bookstagram #bookreview

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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3/5🌟So on the one hand I found this compulsively readable, hard to put down.Taddeo's writing is good. Very journalistic and thorough. Their stories are very intimate and at times graphic, all heartbreaking and overall very sad. The main takaway for me was women's wants and desires arent heard and or believed. Overall well written and readable but sad and I don't feel like I learned anything new about human desire, female or male. #bookstagram

TiredLibrarian I agree. It was very sad to learn how much their desires were influenced by the manipulations and criminal acts of men.
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BookAlongBlog @TiredLibrarian Right?! This was marketed way wrong. And the one story of pedophilia seemed misplaced here. Unless we are just looking at these stories as stories of trauma not female desire. The way it was marketed I thought i would find insight and unapologetic female narratives but it mostly made me sad. Taddeo's writing was the only reason I kept reading. 6d
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4/5? A thought-provoking at times humorous read about the origins and stigmas of normalcy and how to rewire how we regard them.I admired his ideas on changing the outlook on what normal and not normal is. People's abilities, diversities, etc, instead of shaming them come at it with a different approach of acceptance and celebrating our differences instead of trying "fix" them.An enjoyable, compelling and eye-opening read. #bookreview #nonfiction

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Heroine | Gail Scott
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5/5🌟 We find our narrator, Heroine in Montreal in the 1980's laying in a bathtub. In a dream like sequence her memories of love and politics from the unsettling times of Montreal in the 70's float to the surface, seeing her struggle between finding love and breaking her deep ties in left wing politics, with the backdrop of volitile times in Montreal made this a tense and potent read. Political, Feminist and Queer. Out now! #bookreview

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Inquiries | Michelle Porter
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5/5🌟What a beautiful collection wraught with raw emotion and history. Inundated with family, love, anger, home, and poverty from an Indigenous girls perspective of her Canadian upbringing with her mother. Porter's attention to detail is remarkably vivid. Capturing this life down to the smallest details. Transported me into the poems themselves. It all felt so personal. Overall these poems are fuelled by the strength of the human spirit. #poetry

Emilymdxn Stacked so fast this sounds perfect! Great review, and great pic too! 3w
BookAlongBlog @Emilymdxn Thank You for reading it and Yay!! Oh I hope you enjoy it too! 2w
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5/5🌟With honesty, humour and pristine storytelling Gildiner has written a facinating look at therapy and psychology and its power to heal. I loved how she spoke of behind the scenes with these patients as well as their journeys together. How these patients changed her as well as themselves. This was such a moving read. Shedding light on how people can cope with severe trauma and come out the other side, heartbreaking and inspiring. #bookreview

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4/5🌟This book is beautiful inside! The photography, layout and quotes themselves. I'm not one that has used affirmations in my life much before but as someone who can worry too much and get anxiety I decided to be open minded and give this book a try. I did find it helpful without being preachy. The layout makes it super user friendly. I will definitely return to this one as needed for motivation and positive energy. #bookreview #bookstagram

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5/5🌟What a witty and original ride this book is, took me by surprise! It's so fresh and clever and hilarious! One of the best I have read in a long time. These stories are strange in all the best ways. I was entertained and completely captivated. We meet characters that are lively and authentic, spanning generations, plots that range from murder, to lonliness, love, to infidelity, and chicken.
Her prose and storytelling are honed and impressive.

Freespirit That title gave me a giggle😂😂 4w
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Invented Lives | Andrea Goldsmith
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5/5🌟 Out Today!! 🎉 An enthralling read from start to finish! Goldsmith's storytelling is impressive and moving. Beautifully descriptive, with rich and vivid characters. Showcasing the importance of friendship and love. I had a hard time putting this down! #bookreview #bookblogger #bookstagram

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Year of the Monkey | Patti Smith
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5/5🌟In her newest book Year Of The Monkey, Patti recounts her happenings during 2016. She takes us along with her during a year long exploration of sorts. While also yearning for the people she has lost over the years and contemplating the passing of time and space. Offering insight and wisdom along the way. Patti's writing is beautifully poetic, tender and philosophical, a calming lull in these turbulent times. #bookreview #bookstagram

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5/5🌟The lovable monster truck with Gumption is back! If you haven't read Cena's first book (Elbow Grease) its a great story about never giving up, always believing in yourself and trying your best. In this sequel Cena has taken that same message and added the element of team work and counting on others to create this funny, heartwarming and inspiring story. #kidslit #kidsbookreview

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5/5🌟This guidebook is packed full of tips, recipes and valuable information on how you can change your skincare routine into a more holistic, natural plant based. For the recipes I loved how most of them are just a few ingredients I had in my house already.
I really loved her overall Down-To-Earth approach.
Food is so vital to our overall health, we really are what we eat so why not incorporate that into our beauty routines too. #bookreview

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4/5
Such a beautiful collection inside and out! I really loved the layout of this book. Six section with an interesting fact about Octopus to begin each new section. With a beautiful cover and stunning illustrations throughout! Farook is a very talented writer. I loved her vision of love and heartbreak in this collection. So deep, moving and relatable. This is one I will definitely revisit.

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The Revisioners | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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5/5🌟 In a word.....REMARKABLE!!
Sexton's newest novel hits you right in the gut! Remarkable writing and storytelling.
In this multigenerational novel we meet two mothers at different stages in their lives, both deeply affected by racism and white privilege. This was one of the best books I have read this year hands down! Beautiful and affecting. Your going to want to read this noteworthy novel ASAP Its out Nov 5th! #bookreview #bookstagram

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4/5🌟for this illuminating memoir! In Every Little Scrap And Wonder Funk reflects on her childhood, growing up in a Mennonite community in a small logging town in British Columbia. Telling stories of her girlhood and family. I found myself curious from the first page and ended up really enjoyed it! Her writing is tender, vivid and beautiful. #bookreview #readthenorth #canlit

Cinfhen Stacked ♥️I read and loved 1mo
BookAlongBlog @Cinfhen Me too! I want to read all her books now! They are making it into a tv adaptation. 1mo
Cinfhen Oh, that could be fantastic!!! 1mo
BookAlongBlog @Cinfhen Right?! I'm not sure when it comes out vut I'm looking forward to it! 1mo
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5/5🌟A compelling read and a beautiful debut! Kaur has managed to weave together prose, poetry and illustrations flawlessly to tell the story of a young immigrant mother escaping a life of trauma to raise her daughter in North America. I was drawn in immediately to this strong, impressive and unapologetic voice. So raw, real, and mighty. It will invoke a lot of emotions.Kaur has truly captured something necessary in these pages. #bookreview

Cinfhen Lovely review/ sounds like a hard read 1mo
BookAlongBlog @Cinfhen Thanks for reading it. It really was....so many emotions swirling. 1mo
Cinfhen Have you read this memoir 1mo
Cinfhen It was absolutely raw!!! 1mo
BookAlongBlog @Cinfhen YES! It was stunning! I still think about it! 1mo
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Initiated: Memoir of a Witch | Amanda Yates-Garcia
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4/5🌟A Bewitching Read! Garcia lives her life as a modern witch. She takes the reader through her journey of being Initiated onto this path. Garcia unpacks so much in these pages, Memories, Mythology, Trauma, Self-Discovery, Empowerment and more! Her writing is strong and decisive. This is one of thoes memoirs that really shows what the human spirit can endure and what it looks like to come out the otherside. Out Oct 22nd! #bookreview #booklover

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5/5🌟This was an unbelievably touching memoir about a mixed race jewish girl.
I found this a hard one to put down. I was so drawn into Gad's endearing and inspirational story. And she tells it with so much candor, humor and grace. An essential read surrounding race, bigotry, adoption, identity and love. Reccomended Reading! Out November 12th!
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5/5🌟 Chapin is funny, honest and original while he retells his two year journey across the globe in a mad obsession with the game of chess. This is all told with such a fresh and hilarious voice. I have never played chess before and yet I found myself completely drawn into his story. His search for the meaning of chess intertwined with the meaning of life was completely encapsulating! #bookreview #bookstagram

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4/5🌟This book is a gem! It looks at the science of making memories. Great memories being the secret to happiness. Delving into how our brains make, store and forget certain memories, and how our memories affect our overall happiness. So much research went into this book. And there is a definitely a lot to unpack, but its full of insight, guidance and charm. As well as beautiful photos and artwork throughout. #bookreview #selfhelpbooks

Freespirit Lovely photo too😍 2mo
BookAlongBlog @Freespirit Thank You 😊😊 2mo
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Nanny's Kitchen Party | Rebecca North
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Such a fun, silly read! Upon arriving at her grandmother's for a kitchen party a girl discovers party crashing animals all over the house but her Nanny is nowhere to be found. With rhythmic narration, cute illustrations, and lots of animal friends it's a kitchen party like no other! My kids and I really enjoyed this one! #kidsbookreview #picturebooks #juvenilefiction #canlit

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Birdsong | Julie Flett
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5/5🌟 This book touches on important issues for children. Like loss, change and generational friendships. This is all presented in such a subtle, peaceful way. Perfect for young readers. The illustrations are alluring and lovely. I can't reccomend this one enough! #kidsbooks #juvenilefiction #canlit

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4/5🌟This book took me completely by surprise! Its personal, soulful, vulnerable and just really good. Like sitting down with an old friend you havent seen in a while. It read like a coming of age memoir in essays. Perry gets very personal as he relays his experiences. Themes of identity, race, and belonging are found throughout. For a debut collection his writing chops are well honed. He's a very intelligent writer. Available November 12th!

ju.ca.no Intriguing review and lovely picture! 2mo
BookAlongBlog @ju.ca.no Aww thank you 💖 2mo
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This is such a funny book, I found this reminiscent of Jon Klassen's style of humor which are some of our favorite books so this was a welcomed addition to our library. The illustrations are simple but fun and cute. I wasn't familiar with Liz Climo's books before this but I'm excited to read more of them after this one.
Available October 15th!
Highly reccomend checking this one out with the kiddo's in your life. #kidsbookreview

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5/5🌟 Out October 15th!
This is sooo good!!! Steph Cha has managed to write a story surrounding a particular dark and violet moment in Los Angeles's history with such precision and magnetism! Her storytelling skills are strong! She created this believable story full of generational violence, racial injustice and politics with characters that felt so authentic. This will stick with me for a while. #bookreview #bookstagram

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Little Weirds | Jenny Slate
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4/5 Slate's debut book and one of my anticipated reads. This is a book like no other. Its very genre bending. Part essay part vignette, part poetry. At times she reflect on her childhood and adult life so far, others parts are filled with poetic, interesting and deep philosophical thoughts. Its honest, insightful, kinda weird and very whimsical.
Check this one out on November 5th!
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Girl: A Novel | Edna O'Brien
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4/5🌟 It's absolutely horrifying what happened to these girls. That this is based on true events is very disturbing. Reading this you can tell O'Brien did her research. The storytelling and writing is exquisite but I did struggle in some parts with Maryam's character. This story is filled with ghastly violence, only writers as fantastic as O'Brien could take on such an ambitious story. Out Oct 15th!
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TheNerdyProfessor This sounds so interesting and heartbreaking. Did you find the violence described to be very graphic? I read Girls Burn Brighter last year and it was hard to read at times but such an important story. 2mo
BookAlongBlog @TheNerdyProfessor Yes I did. I loved Girls Burn Brighter, its definitely similar. 2mo
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4/5🌟 Written in prose poetry style and presented in three parts. The first two parts resonated with me the most but I found the whole collection quite interesting, his writing is very exploratory. I appreciated his dark humour and play on words. Banks writes with a lot of perception with some pieces dealing with darker subjects than others. And this cover is fantastic! It really ties in with these poems. Out tomorrow! #bookreview #poetry

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4/5🌟 Wonderful meditation on a life spent in nature.Hammer made a living as a traditional mole catcher, one day he decided to give it up.He tells of his unusual life as a mole catcher, what led him there, and the wisdom his path has taught him about life. With many a beautiful ode to nature as well.Evocative and poetic. I was left with a feeling of appreciation of life and all its beauty.Out in North America October 1st. #bookreview #bookstagram

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Toil & Trouble: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs
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5/5🌟 What a great, entertaining memoir! I was really intrigued by this one from the moment I read the synopsis. Augusten Burroughs opens up about how he and other members of his family are descendants of Witches! Yes you read that right Witches, the supernatural kind. Burroughs is a wonderful writer and storyteller. His words and humour pulled me in. Definitely one of the more curious and uncanny memoirs I have read. Out Oct 1st! #bookreview

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5/5🌟 Out Oct 8th!
Essential Reading! In these 22 introspective and sharp essays a diverse selection of female authors explore their rage and the different forms it takes.
This was such a great collection! I found several new authors to add to my growing reading pile. I appreciated the diversity in the authors voices. The different perspectives really offered a lot of understanding how different women express and experience anger. #bookreview

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5/5🌟Heartbreaking, Queer, Poetic, Intimate and Raw. Saeed Jones has written a beautiful coming-of-age memoir about queerness, love, race and grief.He shares about being a young, gay black boy, about becoming a openly gay man, about sex and partners and blackness and about his mother and grandmother. A love letter to all gay, black boys raised by single mothers fighting to make space for themselves in the world. So so good!Out Oct 8th! #bookreview

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Flourish | Jacqueline Turner
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This was such an interesting and beautiful collection! The very first piece she had my attention. Turner's writing is smart and purposeful. This collection is hard to define. Some pieces read like literary criticism others were beautiful fragments full of wisdom just waiting to be pondered and yet some parts felt very much like a story from a memoir, and almost an intimate look at a writers diary. So thoughtful and sentimental.
Out Tuesday 17th!

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In these stories we meet characters that are so utterly human, beautiful and flawed, haunted and real as they try to navigate their contemporary American lives. Even though these were written years ago I found them ever so relevant today. With themes of marriage, motherhood, prejudice, childhood, desire, and more.Hale's stories are so astute and intelligently written. And her writing is beautiful and vivid. Out Sept 24th. #bookreview #bookstagram

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Spur, a Wolf's Story | Eliza Robertson
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5/5🌟I think Eliza Robertson's debut children's book is a very touching one but is also a creative and gentle approach to an important issue about protecting wild wolves.This book is a great way to showcase this to children and teach the importance of protecting animals natural habitats.Such an impactful message. And the beautiful illustrations of wintery landscapes are the perfect touch.Out September 24th #bookreview #picturebooks

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When Unicorns Poop | Lexie Castle
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 Available October 1st!
This book is full of rainbows, sparkles and silliness! The story is fairly simple it describes what happens when Unicorns poop, toot, sneeze etc. Being magical creatures these bodily functions are not the normal ones, they have a magical twist! With very colorful and fun illustrations this is definitely a light, creative and humorous read.
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Sloth to the Rescue | Leanne Shirtliffe
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🌟🌟🌟.5/5 Out October 15th.
A sloth living at the rainforest rescue centre needs to return a book report that got left behind back to his favorite visitor a young girl named Patti. Sloth must look to his other much faster animal friends for help to achieve this mission. This book was cute with a good message about facing fear and playing off others strengths to come together as a group effort. Great lessons for kids.
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4/5🌟 What a wonderful short story collection! A introspective and thoughtful read. Heartbreaking and endearing. Rowe's writing is lush and impressive! I loved how she used different locales to backdrop and shape around these stories and characters. It really added something different each one. And the characters within were realistic and layered. Definitely check this one out October 8th!
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HAPPY #PUBDAY🎉
5/5🌟Solnit does it again! This essay collection is brilliant and insightful. She tackles political to personal with such grace. In these essays Solnit writes about our current culture, politics, climate change, social and cultural change and more. I found her outlook and optimism on large group movements over individual heroes quite interesting. All in all she is one smart woman and talented writer.Reccomended Reading!#bookreview

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Rag: Stories | Maryse Meijer
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
Dark, strange, haunting and very inventive storytelling!
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5/5🌟 I have tried about 85% of the recipes in this lovely book and enjoyed every one! And my kids ate and enjoyed them as well which is always a plus! All the recipes were hearty, flavorful and delicious.
I appreciated McDonald's simple ingredients. She has included 75 recipes covering , lunch, dinner and dessert/treats. Plus some easy to make yourself staples. Out Now!! #bookreview #canlit #bookstagram

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A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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4/5🌟This is one of the most intimate, vulnerable and unbelievable honest memoirs I have ever read!
This reads almost like diary form as Cyrus Grace Dunham writes so clearly and openly about their gender journey, family, desire, queerness and more. So many people will find this book a great comfort. And anyone who enjoys memoirs or has ever wondered about gender identity and queerness needs to read this book! Out Oct 15th! #bookstagram

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Flannery | Lisa Moore
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4/5🌟To start with Lisa Moore is a wonderful award winning Canadian writer! I love her style and how truly Canadian her stories are. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.Its a touching and funny coming of age story.Flannery is a great character, very relatable. I also enjoyed her mom even through her faults. Moore's proficient storytelling shines throughout. I think even readers who dont typically read a lot of YA would enjoy this one too. #bookreview

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4🌟In this collection of personal essays Hughes draws from her childhood, elementary school days to college and into adulthood. She touches on big issues like racism, bodyweight, family, illness, friendship, celebrities, the internet and more!
I particularly enjoyed the parts about her childhood and where she hit on tougher subject matter.
Reading her writing felt very casual, as if we were old friends. She's funny and fresh. Out September 24th!!

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High School | Tegan Quin
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5/5🌟A candid, poignant and insightful coming of age memoir. They recount their own high school experience. Sharing stories that highlight their individual struggles with teen angst, family, twin life, identity, self esteem, drinking, depression, drugs, first loves, longing, the confusion and acceptance of their sexuality (both are gay), bullying, music.
This will be available September 24th!
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collegecatlady Really looking forward to getting this one! I love their music 4mo
BookAlongBlog @collegecatlady yes! Your going to love it!! 4mo
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4🌟 A fun read out Sept 10th
Early 1900's, January finds a strange book amongst all the peculiar artifacts in the mansion she lives. This book tells a tale of secret doors to magical lands, of danger and adventure and love. She is in for a real journey!
Rich and lovely prose, superb storytelling abilities! Harrow has crafted a very creative and unique story of portals and magic. I didn't even mind the romantic subplot! #bookreview #bookstagram

TorieStorieS I started this one yesterday- loving it so far!! 4mo
BookAlongBlog @TorieStorieS Yay!! Its a fun one! 4mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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4/5🌟 Oyeyemi has weaved a strange, whimsical tale of a family of three generations of women and the gingerbread recipe that is their curse.There isn't much plot but Oyeyemi's way with words kept me going. Her prose and storytelling abilities are something of a marvel. She manages to mix folklore, fantasy, race, and feminism into this storyline. With a narrative style that is unique and dreamlike. #bookreview #bookstagram

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5🌟A collection of personal essays, advice and more on bigger bodies, body image and body positivity. It offers insight and guidance to self love, acceptance, and confidence to loving bodies just the way they are. A diverse range of voices from different genders, sexualities and races. Readers of all sizes and ages will take away from this collection. It will resonate, comfort and educate.
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