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American Indeed


Back in college, one of my friends took a comic books class where he had to read “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang. He raved about it just enough that years later, I remembered the title and put it on hold at the library. This is the first book I started and finished this year and it is probably going to set the tone for the rest of my 2018 reading.

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Same, Sherman


Sherman Alexie is the first writer of color that I ever read besides Frederick Douglass, and I didn’t read him until college. He and his writing have been immensely influential and this book about his mom completely captivated me.  Continue reading “Same, Sherman”

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I’m Sorry, Mr. Saunders


James McBride won the National Book Award in 2013 for “The Good Lord Bird.” I’m not going to argue that “Tenth of December” by George Saunders should have won the award instead, mostly because I haven’t read “The Good Lord Bird.” That would not be fair. But nothing in life is fair, so I’m just going to say it: Saunders totally should have won that award.

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The Beginning


Hello, Internet! I have failed at starting many blogs before, but I hope that this one lives a long and prosperous life. That sentence may have a little Nimoy in it, but those words are definitely what I am aiming for with this blog. This is it! This is the definitely going to be it because my focus is on something that I am actually passionate about—books!

This blog will focus on books and book-related things. It will be a lot of work, but I think I am up for the challenge.