Monday, September 6, 2021

Review: The Beast Within

By Serena Valentino

A cursed prince sits alone in a secluded castle.

Few have seen him, but those who claim they have say his hair is wild and nails are sharp--like a beast's! But how did this prince, once jovial and beloved by the people, come to be a reclusive and bitter monster? And is it possible that he can ever find true love and break the curse that has been placed upon him?


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Mini Reviews: Bromance #1 and #2


After listening to two heavy books, I needed a lighter read. I found the the Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams and I'm enjoying it so far. I think I'll listen to the whole series. Here are the first two books:

Book #1: The Bromance Book Club

I needed to read something light and this book was perfect! The Bromance Book Club had a very cute concept: a group of men get together to read romance books in order to understand the women in their lives. In this first book of the series, Gavin is having marital problems. After an argument, his wife, Thea, kicked him out of the house and asked him for a divorce. Gavin was devastated and turned to alcohol. Gavin had a lot of self esteem issues and so did his wife, which made winning her back difficult for Gavin. Fortunately, Gavin had his Bromance Book Club guys. It was very cute to listen to how the men in the book club tried to give Gavin tips by analyzing romance books. I really enjoyed listening to their bromance; their relationship with each other was cute. It's great to see strong men being vulnerable and being supportive of one another. It was also fun to listen how the story jumped between Gavin's and the Count's, the character from the book Gavin was reading. This was a highly enjoyable read! I rate it: 4 stars. 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Review: Fear Street Part One- 1994


A Netflix Original Film

"A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside." 
~IMDB's description

Directed by Leigh Janiak
Written by R.L. Stine, Kyle Killen, & Phil Graziadei
Starring: Kiana Madeira, Olivia Scott Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr, etc...

My Thoughts: I was very excited when I saw the Fear Street movie trilogy pop up while browsing on Netflix. I had no idea that R.L. Stine's books were being turned into movies. As weird as this may sound, the Fear Street books hold a special place in my heart. Why? Let me explain.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Review: Bunny

By Mona Awad

Samantha Heather Mackey couldn't be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England's Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort--a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other "Bunny," and are often found entangled in a group hug so tight they become one.

But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies' fabled "Smut Salon," and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door--ditching her only friend, Ava, a caustic art school dropout, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the sinister yet saccharine world of the Bunny cult and starts to take part in their ritualistic off-campus "Workshop" where they magically conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur, and her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies are brought into deadly collision.

A spellbinding, down-the-rabbit-hole tale of loneliness and belonging, creativity and agency, and friendship and desire, Bunny is a dazzlingly original second book.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Bookstore Romance Day 2021


It's that time of year again! This weekend is Bookstore Romance Day!!!! It's "designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community." Bookstore Romance Day is celebrated the third Saturday in August. 

I participated in the virtual discussions last year and it was so much fun! I learned about new romance authors, was introduced to awesome romance books, and learned about various independent bookstores. It's going to be a fun weekend!

Here are just some of the events happening:

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Audiobook Review: Sanctuary

By Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher

Narrated by Paola Mendoza

Duration: 7 hours 52 minutes

It's 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked - from buses to grocery stores. It's almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that's exactly what 16-year-old Vali is doing.

She and her family have carved out a stable, happy life in small-town Vermont, but when Vali's mother's counterfeit chip starts malfunctioning and the Deportation Forces raid their town, they are forced to flee. Now on the run, Vali and her family are desperately trying to make it to her Tía Luna's in California, a sanctuary state that is currently being walled off from the rest of the country.

But when Vali's mother is detained before their journey even really begins, Vali must carry on with her younger brother across the country to make it to safety before it's too late.

Gripping and urgent, coauthors Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher have crafted a narrative that is as haunting as it is hopeful in envisioning a future where everyone can find sanctuary.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me

 By Julia Quinn

*TBR book

1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, this author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London's most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry.

And in truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better...

—Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814

But this time, the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry—he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield—the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate is the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands—and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate is determined to protect her sister—but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Audiobook: A Pho Love Story

By Loan Le

Narrated by Ryan Do and Vyvy Nguyen

Duration: 9 hours and 53 mins

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring pho restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao in the same vicinity despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

Monday, August 2, 2021

Literary & Book Podcasts #2

At the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I found myself being drawn to podcasts. I listened from paranormal stories, to unsolved murders, to self-help podcasts. Though many of these podcasts were great, I found myself enjoying the book related ones the most. So I decided that every so often, I would share with you a literary and book podcast that I highly enjoy. 

Today's featured Podcast:

Heaving Bosoms

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Audiobook: We Are Not From Here

By Jenny Torres Sanchez 

Narrated by Marisa Blake 

Duration: 9 hours 31 minutes

A ripped-from-the-headlines novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña have no false illusions about the town they've grown up in and the dangers that surround them. Though their families--both biological and found--create a warm community for them, threats lurk around every corner. And when those threats become all too real, the three teens know they have no choice but to run: for the border, for the hope of freedom, and for their very lives.

Crossing from Guatemala through Mexico with their eyes on the U.S. border, they follow the route of La Bestia, a system of trains that promise the hope of freedom--if they are lucky enough to survive the harrowing journey. With nothing but the bags on their backs and the desperation that courses through their very veins, Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña know that there's no turning back, dangerous though the road ahead might be.

In this story inspired by real--and current--events, the plight at our southern border is brought to life.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Review: Fairest of All

By Serena Valentino

The tale of the young princess and her evil stepmother, the Wicked Queen, is widely known. Despite a few variations from telling to telling, the story remains the same—the Queen was jealous of the girl’s beauty, and this jealousy culminated in the Queen’s attempt on the sweet, naive girl’s life.

Another tale far less often spoken of is the one that explains what caused the Queen to become so contemptuously vile. Still, some have attempted to guess at the reason. Perhaps the Queen’s true nature was that of a wicked hag and her beautiful, regal appearance a disguise used to fool the King. Others claim that the Queen might have hated the girl for her resemblance to the King’s first wife. Mostly, the Queen is painted as a morally abhorrent woman who never loved another being during the course of her miserable life.

In fact, the theories about exactly what cause the Queen’s obsessive vanity and jealous rage are too numerous to catalog. This book recounts a version of the story that has remained untold until now. It is a tragic tale of love and loss, and it contains a bit of magic. It is a tale of the Wicked Queen.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Bookish Things in Georgia Trip


Earlier this July, my husband and I visited my husband's sister in Georgia. We were invited to do a special hiking trip that was incredibly fun. Though the hiking trip was only going to take a couple of days, my husband and I decided to stay in Georgia for a week. Since it was my first time visiting this state, I researched things to do and I found many great things. And of course, I made sure to include a couple of literary excursions.

The first literary item on our list was to visit the Margaret Mitchell house in Atlanta.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Mini Reviews: June 24th


The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson

Narrated by Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy , Peter Ganim, Jeremy Davidson, Mozhan Marnò 

Duration: 12 hours 55 minutes

It has been a while since I've read or listened to a political thriller. I was actually excited to start this one after learning President Clinton co-authored this book. I'm not sure how much of it was written by him but I suspected certain parts of the book were heavily inspired by him. This had an interesting premise of a virus that could cripple the United States. President Duncan goes "missing" in order to stop the virus from activating. The story was fast-paced and exciting. I highly enjoyed the different narrators as they read the different characters for each chapter. 

However, some of the information about the enemies and the virus went over my head (I found myself day dreaming a lot) and Duncan's silence regarding his knowledge of what was happening at the beginning was a little irritating. Also, his presidential speech at the end recapped everything, and I mean everything that happened in the book. I felt that the story was just repeating itself. This could have been shortened or skipped over. 

But...this was not a bad book. I may read the second book written by Patterson and Clinton. I rate it: 3 stars. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Audiobook: The Lost Apothecary

By Sarah Penner

Narrated by Lorna Bennett, Lauren Anthony, Lauren Irwin

Length: 10 hours and 18 mins

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious 12-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries.

Meanwhile in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London 200 years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate - and not everyone will survive.

With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters, and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance, and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Review: Dragon Slippers

By Jessica Day George

Poor Creel. She can't believe her aunt wants to sacrifice her to the local dragon. It's a ploy to lure a heroic knight so that he will fight the dragon, marry Creel out of chivalrous obligation, and lift the entire family out of poverty. Creel isn't worried. After all, nobody has seen a dragon in centuries.

But when the beast actually appears, Creel not only bargains with him for her life, she also ends up with a rare bit of treasure from his hoard, not gold or jewels, but a pair of simple blue slippers-or so she thinks. It's not until later that Creel learns a shocking truth: She possesses not just any pair of shoes, but ones that could be used to save her kingdom, which is on the verge of war, or destroy it.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Little Free Library Adventures #15

During the Memorial Day weekend, my little family and I went to Oceanside, California for some much needed self-care. We stayed at a farm, which was very calm and serene. We were able to hike in the regional park literally across the street from our stay and our hosts lent us bicycles so we could bike the 9 miles to the beach. And of course, we ended our mini trip by searching for Little Free Libraries. Here are three that we found:

This one was in front of an elementary school


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Audiobook: 365 Days

By Blanka Lipińska 

Narrated by Maya Starling, Sebastian York 

Length: 9 hours and 43 mins

Laura Biel and her boyfriend are on a dream vacation in beautiful Sicily. On the second day of their trip, her 29th birthday, she is kidnapped. Her kidnapper is none other than the head of a powerful Sicilian crime family, the incredibly handsome, young Don Massimo Torricelli, who is determined to possess her at all costs. Massimo has his reasons. During an earlier attempt on his life, a vision appeared before his eyes: a beautiful woman, identical to Laura. After surviving the attack, he vows that he will find the woman in his vision and make her his own. No matter what.

For 365 days, Massimo will keep Laura captive in his palatial estate and attempt to win her heart. If she doesn’t fall in love with him during this time, he will let her go. But if she tries to escape at any point, he will track her down and kill her entire family.

Soon Laura develops a fascination with her handsome and powerful captor. But as a precarious, risky relationship forms between them, forces outside their control threaten to tear them apart...

Friday, July 2, 2021

2021 Audiobook Challenge Mid-Year Check In


It's time to check-in and see our progress with the 2021 Audiobook Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer & That's What I'm Talking About. There are different achievement levels and my goal is:

My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+

Here Are My Listens So Far:

1. Fool by Christopher Moore 

2. Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal

Literary & Book Podcasts #1

At the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I found myself being drawn to podcasts. I listened from paranormal stories, to unsolved murders, to self-help podcasts. Though many of these podcasts were great, I found myself enjoying the book related ones the most. So I decided that every so often, I would share with you a literary and book podcast that I highly enjoy. 

Here's the first one:

Novel Pairings

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Audiobook Review: Clanlands

By Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish

Narrated by the authors

Duration: 10 hours, 40 minutes

From their faithful camper van to boats, kayaks, bicycles, and motorbikes, join stars of Outlander Sam and Graham on a road trip with a difference, as two Scotsmen explore a land of raw beauty, poetry, feuding, music, history, and warfare.

Unlikely friends Sam and Graham begin their journey in the heart of Scotland at Glencoe and travel from there all the way to Inverness and Culloden battlefield, where along the way they experience adventure and a cast of highland characters. In this story of friendship, finding themselves, and whisky, they discover the complexity, rich history and culture of their native country.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Mini Reviews: June 18th


Here are two mini reviews of books that I read a couple of months ago:

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I read this book for a book club and heard many great things about it. I was intrigued at the beginning of the book: Nora encounters a library filled with books with alternate lives after attempting suicide. I enjoyed the beginning of Nora's journeys to discover herself but I quickly found myself bored. I found Nora dull and it felt more of a self-help book in the second half (I'm not a big fan of self-help books). After her encounter with the polar bear, I could not help but skim through most of the chapters since I could not relate to Nora nor cared about the alternate reality. However, I did enjoy the last few chapters of the book. They were predictable but it was cute. Overall, I gave it 3 stars. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Review: A Woman is No Man

(Way overdue for this review...)

By Etaf Rum
*TBR book

In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Little Free Library Adventures #14


Here are some various LFL's I encountered earlier this year in California:

La Mirada/La Habra:

Monday, June 7, 2021

Update: June 7th


I'm on summer break!!! Woo hoo!
And wow, what a school year!

This school year was the toughest school year so far for me. Not only did we start the year with distance learning, but I was split between two schools: my home elementary school and a middle school. My school district decided before the school year started to not hire a replacement for the RSP teacher at the middle school. They thought it wise to split the caseload between two teachers. What could go wrong? Aye...

And things got super interesting once we went from distance learning to hybrid in April, plus we went forward with state testing. *double sigh*

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mini Reviews: Women's History Month--Children's Books


I am always on the lookout for children's books to add to my classroom library. Since it's Women's History Month, I read three books that I must add to the library:

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton & Alexandra Boiger
This was a wonderful book! I loved the illustrations and I loved how each snippet was written to captivate the reader. This book focused on 13 different women from around the world, such as Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Caroline Herschel, Marie Curie, and Leymah Gbowee. I loved how it focused on women that are not always talked about. Usually with these types of books, I tend to read about the same women but not with this one. In fact, I was happily surprised that it began with Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a woman that I only read about while doing by undergrad for Chicano, Latino Studies. Clinton brought awareness to individuals I never heard of. I rate this: 4 stars!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Audiobook Review: Concrete Rose

Written by Angie Thomas
Read by Dion Graham
Duration: 7 hours 17 minutes


If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can't just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

His and Her Review: Jurassic Park

By Michael Crichton

(TBR book)

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong. . . .

In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.

Monday, March 1, 2021

February 2021 Wrap-Up

We are now in March so that means it's time for February's Wrap-up! I thought this was going to be a one time thing but I continue to find myself on a roll with my reads despite the heavy workload. So yes, I want to brag. :D

I read six books in the month of February! Yay!

Here's what I read:

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Friday 56: Feb. 26th



Friday 56 
is hosted by 
Freda's Voice . The idea is to share a sentence from the 56th page of the book you are currently reading 


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
*Find a snippet, short and sweet.
*Post it, and add the url to your post to the linky on Freda's page.

Here's my snippet:

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Review: Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists

 By Mikki Kendall and A. D'Amico

The ongoing struggle for women's rights has spanned human history, touched nearly every culture on Earth, and encompassed a wide range of issues, such as the right to vote, work, get an education, own property, exercise bodily autonomy, and beyond. Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists is a fun and fascinating graphic novel-style primer that covers the key figures and events that have advanced women's rights from antiquity to the modern era. In addition, this compelling book illuminates the stories of notable women throughout history--from queens and freedom fighters to warriors and spies--and the progressive movements led by women that have shaped history, including abolition, suffrage, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ liberation, reproductive rights, and more. Examining where we've been, where we are, and where we're going, Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists is an indispensable resource for people of all genders interested in the fight for a more liberated future.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Friday 56: Feb. 19th


Friday 56 
is hosted by 
Freda's Voice . The idea is to share a sentence from the 56th page of the book you are currently reading 


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
*Find a snippet, short and sweet.
*Post it, and add the url to your post to the linky on Freda's page.

Here's my snippet:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Audiobook: Pushout

Written by Monique W. Morrison

Read by Kristyl Dawn Tift

Fifteen-year-old Diamond stopped going to school the day she was expelled for lashing out at peers who constantly harassed and teased her for something everyone on the staff had missed: she was being trafficked for sex. After months on the run, she was arrested and sent to a detention center for violating a court order to attend school.

Just 16 percent of female students in the USA, Black girls make up more than one-third of all girls with a school-related arrest. The first book to tell these untold stories, Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.

For four years Monique W. Morris, author of Black Stats, chronicled the experiences of black girls across America whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged—by teachers, administrators, and the justice system—and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Morris shows how, despite obstacles, stigmas, stereotypes, and despair, black girls still find ways to breathe remarkable dignity into their lives in classrooms, juvenile facilities, and beyond.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Review: The Duke and I

 By Julia Quinn

(TBR book)

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable… but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule...

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Audiobook: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

By Wai Chim

Read by Christina Ho

An authentic novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a debilitating mental illness.

Anna Chiu has her hands full. When she's not looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father's restaurant, she's taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father's new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren't right at home, she's starting to feel like she could be a normal teen.

But when her mother finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as her mother's condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling is a heart-wrenching, true-to-life exploration through the often neglected crevices of culture, mental illness, and family. Its strong themes are balanced by a beautiful romance making it a feel-good, yet important listen.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Friday 56: 2.12.21

*It has been years since I've participated in these meme*

Friday 56 
is hosted by 
Freda's Voice . The idea is to share a sentence from the 56th page of the book you are currently reading 


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
*Find a snippet, short and sweet.
*Post it, and add the url to your post to the linky on Freda's page.

Here's my snippet:

Monday, February 8, 2021

Mini Reviews: Selena & Cranes


Here are two small reviews, an ebook and audiobook: 

To Selena, With Love by Chris Perez

Selena Quintanilla. I grew up with this legend and after watching the first season on Netflix, I wanted to read Chris Perez's version of what happened. In this book, Chris Perez, Selena's husband, recounted how he came to be the guitarist in the band Selena y los Dinos and how he fell in love. Though they were both very young, Selena and Chris loved each other tremendously. It was sad to read all of the hopes and dreams they had as a married couple only to know that it would never happen. Along with describing his life with his wife, Chris also gave a lot of details of Selena's family, especially of her father.  Though it was an easy read, it had a lot of heart. I felt Chris's pain of losing Selena and I felt his continued devotion to keep her memory alive. I rate this book: 4 stars. 


Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar
Read by Dani Gonzalez

Oh my goodness! This book had me crying and had my blood boiling! This story was told through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl in prose. Her father gets deported and her and her mother get placed in a cage for "violating" their asylum papers. The young girl described the fears for her father, the anger of being torn apart, and her fear and confusion as she witnessed the atrocities of women and children in filthy cages. There was a lot of anger, hope, sadness, and despair in this story. Though it was fictional, the young girl's story was based on true facts that happened (and continue to happen) at the border. I gave this 5 stars. 

Monday, February 1, 2021

January 2021 Reads

Hello everyone!

I usually don't do end of the month reading wrap-ups but I had to brag a I did one for January. 

I read seven books in the month of January! Yay! I've been in a major reading slump for a few years now and I tend to read more during the summer time when I'm on vacation. So reading more than two books in a month is a major plus for me!

What did I read? 
(In the order read)