Books, Books, and More Books

Little Women

About 13 years ago, on my 10th birthday, I opened my first copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. It was the full length–465 pages. I will admit, I read the first half of the book at least 5 times through until reading the entire book. Like a high school sweet heart I fell…

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Review of “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle

A memoir about star crossed lovers, self discovery, and family love, Untamed by Glennon Doyle is a book for posterity. It is a memoir that should be used as a tool for empowerment and encouragement for all women. Doyle’s memoir was published early in 2020 right before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, but that…

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Review of “Outlawed” by Anna North

Published on January 5, 2021, Outlawed is a recent celebrity in the book world. However, Anna North is not new to writing. North has three published novels including Outlawed, is currently a senior reporter at Vox, and previously worked as an editor and writer at the New York Times, Salon, Buzzfeed, and Jezebel. Head to…

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My Favorite Anthology

“And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see: or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.” Alice Walker February is Black History Month. This is a month dedicated to celebrating black excellence! Many…

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The Nightingale

I am always looking for books about awesome women by women because women’s stories are typically not recorded in history, especially not by women themselves. Therefore, I like to appreciate and celebrate inclusive and informative stories. During the summer of 2019 one of my English professors at Juniata College, posted on Facebook about The Nightingale…

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is an intuitive and breathtaking novel. Published in 2017, Thomas’ novel covers the storyline of a young black girl, named Starr, who learns about and grows into her identity as a black woman. We as readers follow Starr’s journey in her fight for justice in regard to police…

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The Giver of Stars

Powerful, historical, and intentional. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is a novel that made me gasp, cry, and feel hopeful. Published in 2019, the historical fiction novel is one everyone should read. Outstanding examples of feminism, heartwarming character development, and meticulous intentionality behind every word written are just three reasons why “The Giver…

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Where the Crawdads Sing

“Sometimes she heard night-sounds she didn’t know or jumped from lightning too close, but whenever she stumbled, it was the land who caught her. Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh…

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