Two for Tuesday – New Year, New Books

Happy New Year! We’ve successfully made it into 2019 and to rein in the new year, I purchased more books. New books also mean new pictures, so here is a shot I took right after I opened my package.

I’ve decided to treat myself, especially since these books were in my TBR for so long and I couldn’t stop thinking about them. These two should be great follow ups to The Education of Margot Sanchez.

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American Street (Book Review)


Fabiola has just gotten off the plane from Haiti into the United States. It is her first time back since she was a baby. She is excited to start her new life with her mother as they plan to move in with Fabiola’s aunt and cousins in Detroit. Before they can reach their connecting flight to Detroit, Fabiola’s mother is detained by customs. They don’t believe that she is just here for “a visit.” 

Now, Fabiola finds herself immersed into an American culture that she feels unprepared for. At the corner of American Street and Joy road, Fabiola has important decisions to make. Her fighting cousins, empty fridge, and quiet aunt are just a few of the things this America has in store for her.


Before we get into the review, check out these pictures I took myself. I’m working on taking more pictures myself. If you have any picture taking advice, let me know in the comments.

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Mini-Review Monday – Well-Read Black Girl (Book Review)

I’m trying out a new series! If you’d like to participate, just comment down below. Mini-Review Monday is just that, a mini-review on a Monday. It can be on books, products, or TV shows/movies. I’m planning to use it for my Netgalley reviews.

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Hunger (Book Review)


*Trigger Warning: Rape and Domestic Abuse*

Hunger is a memoir of Roxane Gay’s struggles with obesity, among other things. She writes about the traumatic experience that caused her to begin over eating. Gay includes that becoming bigger seemed to provide some solace after the experience, it seemed her only true escape. She also goes over her relationships with family, friends, and significant others.


I listened to Hunger as an audio book narrated by the author. I was surprised by how personal Roxane Gay got when it came to sharing her story. It was tough to hear just how much she had been hurt in the past. She also talks about her sexuality and how that has had a role in shaping the woman she became. 

I don’t know if I can give this book a real rating. It’s necessary in this current social climate. The Me Too movement has began helping books like this prosper, as they should. This book is a true, raw reflection of life after rape. Gay refers to herself as a victim of the assault and her account can serve to help us all understand victims more.

The Office Book Tag

I saw this tag a while ago over on Sara’s blog, The Bibliophagist. I love The Office, I’ve even written a show review for it!

1. Michael Scott – Book that tried WAY too hard:

one of us is lying

If you’ve read my review, you already know how I feel about this one. It felt like the author was trying a little too hard to pull one over on the reader.

2. Dwight Schrute – Book that ended up being a lot more complex than you thought it would be:


The premise seemed simple enough, but then I started reading it and there were a bunch of parts where I was just lost. Here’s my review, nuff said.

3. Jim Halpert – YOU in a book. Book/character that you related to a ton:

this side of homeI relate to Maya and her motivations on so many levels. I think she was one of the first YA characters I read and I really felt connected to. This Side of Home is one of my favorite YAs, I think it warrants a reread.

4. Pam Beesly – Seriously underrated but amazing book you wish everyone would read:

still life with tornadoStill Life with Tornado is one of those books that was really weird but also really cool in the way the author approached it. I love A. S. King and her books were the first surrealist fiction I ever read.

5. Ryan Howard – THE INTERN. Debut novel that impressed you:

18692431The ending was spoiled for me in this one but I still enjoyed it a ton. I love those subtle POC main characters that help change the narrative. The story itself was compelling and beautifully written.

6. Andy Bernard – ANNOYING book/character that you can’t help but love (or not):


I loved Levi’s personality so much. He’s the main reason I kept reading.

7. Robert California – Book/character/plot that went over your head or was really confusing:

black panther

It was definitely not like the movies. I should’ve known better.

8. Angela Martin – Book with a plot that didn’t appeal to you at first but you ended up loving:

If a plot doesn’t appeal to me, I usually don’t read it so I can’t think of anything for this one. Comment down below any books that fit this for you!

9. Kelly Kapoor – Favorite sassy character:

mindy kaling

I don’t know if this is cheating but this one feels so right. Mindy Kaling is the sassiest person I could think of.

10. Kevin Malone – Book that features music:

fat kid

I read this book over the summer and it definitely features a lot of music.

11. Phyllis Lapin – Book that made you feel warm and fuzzy:

love and first sight

Love and First Sight is just one of those contemporaries that hits you in all your soft spots. I think Phyllis would agree.

12. Oscar Martinez – Book that has an awesome LGBT character that defies stereotypes:

the gentlemans guideI was strongly considering this one for the sassy character prompt, but I feel like The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue fits this category perfectly. Monty and Percy were definitely much more than their stereotypes.

13. Stanley Hudson – Character/book that DGAF: 

the sun is also a star

Natasha was not about Daniel’s advances in the beginning of this book. She really didn’t care about romance. She had her goals and no one was going to get in her way. The Sun is Also a Star was one of my favorite reads of the summer.

14. Meredith Palmer – Book you couldn’t stomach (too graphic/violent/romantic/vulgar – or whatever your reason!):

the virgin suicides

I ended up just reading the spark notes after the first suicide. It was just so sad and the spark notes ended up making me feel even sadder.

15. Creed Bratton – Book/series that only ever made you ask more questions:

the diviners

This is another one that I DNF’d a while back. I was so confused from the beginning.

I tag: Anyone who wants to do this! It’s been floating around the book blogging community for a while so I don’t know who has and hasn’t done this yet.

What books have you been reading?

What’s your favorite prompt?

Have you or will you be doing this tag?


Let me know in the comments down below!