New Boy Book Review

Tracy Chevalier’s New Boy is a new spin on Shakespeare’s Othello. The whole tale takes place in an elementary school in 1970s Washington D.C. All the regular players are there, Othello (“O”), Desdemona (“Dee”), Iago (“Ian”), Cassio (“Casper”), and so on.

I loved how straight-to-the-point Chevalier’s take was. It made for a fun, enjoyable read.

Knocking the age range down to elementary school provides an interesting challenge for the author, one that she handled beautifully.

While this was different than what I’m used to seeing from Chevalier, it was a pleasant surprise!

How To Be A Bawse Review

I started watching Lilly Singh’s videos earlier this year. I KNOW! Super behind… Anyways, I’m a fan and when I heard about her book I wanted to read it, without knowing much about it. Once I read the title, How to be a Bawse, I dragged my feet a bit. A self-help book? *insert eye roll here* Spoiler Alert: I loved it. Continue reading →

Tell Me How This Ends Well Review

I thought I was going to take a break from Blogging for Books in order to tackle all the books (I haven’t read) on my overflowing bookshelves. Sure, I’d check the site every now and then to see what they were offering but I’d always talk myself out of requesting review copies of anything. That was until I saw the cover, and read the premise, of David Samuel Levinson’s Tell Me How This Ends Well: Continue reading →

Five Things To Remember When Life Is Tough

It’s only May and I’ve had enough of the curveballs…(DO YOU HEAR ME, 2017?!)

I’ve been stretched and challenged in ways I didn’t anticipate. I’ve been emotional, more so than usual, and I’ve felt beaten down. There have been feelings of hopelessness and dread. The hardest part of all this isn’t what I’ve gone through and it isn’t the emotions attached to it.

The hardest part has been my inability to choose joy.

Look, you all know that I’m all for riding your feelings, not fighting them. Every feeling is valid and deserves to be felt. However, I also believe that feelings are no place to set up camp.

Feel what you need to feel and MOVE ON. (DO YOU HEAR ME, IDA?!) Continue reading →