Idaho by Emily Ruskovich
This book messed with my head, made me feel so many emotions, and it is beautifully written! I really had no idea which way it would turn at any given moment, and that kept me on edge (often harrowing). I loved the seamless shifts in time and changes in perspective. And let me say again: The writing is gorgeous.
The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata
I did enjoy the writing style and flow enough to keep reading and finish this book. However, the portrayal of the Romani character was so full of outdated and downright offensive stereotypes and clichés, it overshadowed everything else for me. I kept hoping it would turn around somehow, but the harmful representation persisted to the end… it just got worse and worse. Really disappointed in this one.
Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
I’m a sucker for speculative fiction, especially when it’s set in the near-future and imagines how we interact with technology. This collection of short stories really hit the spot for me. Some of themes in these stories are jarring and unsettling (even disturbing), while others were more subtle, quiet. I was feeling emotions for things that weren’t even real—or were they? Loved this book!
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
Be still, my anarchist heart! Solnit eloquently voiced so many of my beliefs (and honestly? I didn’t know there were any “mainstream” writers who shared those beliefs). I didn’t agree with her on everything, but it didn’t matter: Her writing unites. It’s accessible and no-nonsense, while inspiring people to connect, listen to each other, and appreciate minor differences, allowing the variety of individuals to work together for the good of all.
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