Book Shelf: The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Enlightening, emotional true story of a young girl’s escape from North Korea. The book reads like fiction, and covers the time just before she crossed the border at 17 years old, through the 12 years of struggle to reuniting with her family. It’s a heartbreaking story at times, but a topic I feel we must educate ourselves about.

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Book Shelf: Bi the way: A Journey Over the Rainbow by Sarah Northwood

Bi the way: A Journey Over the Rainbow by Sarah Northwood

This is a great, helpful, and useful book for parents or caregivers who find themselves at the beginning journey of a family member coming out. Heck. Even if you aren’t a parent or caregiver, read this book to educate yourself. The more folks educate themselves, the less they will have harsh feelings and thoughts for matters that are not understood, or are different to what they’ve always known.

It’s an easy and quick read, and my favorite part is near the end when other family members share their own thoughts on the matter. Thanks for putting this out there, Sarah!

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Book Shelf: The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie

The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie

Heartwarming! Different cultures come together, friendships form, and the magic of childhood tales ….

I very much enjoyed getting to know the characters, following each of their journeys as current local and world wide events were introduced. Loved how the children brought together these different families, from different backgrounds and cultures. I didn’t want the story to end and hope that their friendships continued to grow!

To see the interview with Jessica Norrie, follow this link:

Meet the Author: The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie

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Book Shelf: The Near Witch

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

Another by V.E. Schwab that I very much enjoyed. A small town, where kids begin to disappear with no trace and no clues, just after a mysterious stranger comes into town. A small town that is highly suspicious of strangers, with towns people who are desperate to find what is happening to their children at night. Lexi is carrying out her own investigation, getting to the heart of what is truly happening, while everyone else is determined to blame, apprehend and punish the stranger. Loved it!

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Book Shelf: Rascal by Sterling North

Rascal by Sterling North

This was a beautiful and heartwarming story. Not a book I’d normally choose to read, but my son said I should read it. He’s in the habit of sharing his books with me, telling me that I would like it, or it just happens to be a story he would like for me to read. I very much enjoyed getting to know Sterling and his friend, Rascal. As I write this, I have just discovered that this is a memoir/autobiography of sorts. I assumed it was fiction! Now, I’m even happier I read this beautiful story. The perfect read for any person of any age, who wants to enjoy a great read about friendship and the freedom of childhood.

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Book Shelf: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Gods, ghosts, family secrets. What’s not to love? I so much enjoyed this fantasy tale of Jess finding her voice, and the courage to come out, and be herself. A page turner from beginning to end, with feeling like I was right there with the characters, as one of the invisible goddesses spying on their every move. Loved it!

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Book Shelf: Star Crossed by Barbara Dee

Star Crossed by Barbara Dee

Started reading this last night. Read for most of today until I’d read all 277 pages. Felt good to lounge and read a full book in nearly one sitting, reading most of it outside on the deck. It’s been a beautiful day.

Lovely book, too! There’s nothing like a story you don’t want to stop reading. This is one I bought to read before passing to Lillian and Thomas. It wasn’t in the library’s digital collection for checking out. First time I’ve bought a brand new book in a really long time, and also first time in many years I’ve been able to buy a brand new book.

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Book Shelf: The phone booth at the edge of the world by Laura Imai Messina

The phone booth at the edge of the world by Laura Imai Messina

Absolutely beautiful and moving story inspired by Japan’s real-life wind phone. I enjoyed getting to know the characters as they moved through grief, forming solid friendships along the way. I am deeply moved by the idea of the wind phone, and how folks have chosen to use it to help process loss and grief. Incredibly heartwarming.

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Book Shelf: Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

I was so excited when I won this book! I had it on hold at the library, with a pretty long wait ahead of me.

I could not stop reading this book; drinking in every last comforting word, letting it soak into my mind, body, heart, and soul. Deeply meaningful to and for me. I marked one page, holding this Walt Whitman quote, “Re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your soul.”

This Walt Whitman quote has always been a powerful one for me. I grew up in the Deep South (of the U.S.), and have had to unlearn much that insults my soul and knowing. There’s much that permeates the culture due to beliefs, discounting the knowing of our hearts. On the flip side, there’s much I love about the culture, having grown up there, with my ancestors being from there.

I love this book, for being about the truth of having lost our spark, being numb to life, for standing up for not discounting what we feel from our knowing, for putting words to our wild, for declaring, “I am a goddamn cheetah!”

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Book Shelf: The Sensaurum and The Lexis by Richard Dee

The Sensaurum and The Lexis by Richard Dee

Another I stepped out of my comfort zone to read. I’ve not read in the steampunk genre. I found the story incredibly interesting, enjoying the element of mystery. It was an action-packed journey getting to know the characters and The Orphan Detectives, following them as they keep Norlandia safe. Enjoyed it!!

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