Borderline (Review)
reviews / August 13, 2011

I originally wanted to read this book because it seemed to be one of the few YA novels that has a Muslim protagonist, and one of the even fewer YA novels that has a male Muslim protagonist. (I mean, I’m sure there are more, but this is one of the first that I’ve heard of.)

Then I started reading about how many awards this book has won over the past year. And you know what? They are entirely deserved.

December Round-Up
month in review , thoughts / January 3, 2011

This month has been the anomaly of the year. I only finished reading four books, and rarely blogged more than once or twice a week. I did, however, get a chance to post about the Montreal Massacre on December 6th, and also to post a very cute holiday picture of my cat. Here are some quick links to blogger interviews I posted this month, in case you missed them: Reading Roots: Katy from A Few More Pages Reading Roots: Stephen from This Week At The Library Reading Roots: Violet from The Eager Readers Reading Roots: Kristi from The Story Siren And finally, you can see what I read this month below. While I didn’t get to read or blog much this month, I’m hoping to make up for that in the near future. I’m also going to be posting a reflection on my first year of reading and blogging soon. Hope that everything has gone well for you over the past few weeks, and into 2011! What did I read this month? Click on the book cover to see the review post for each title.

Home, Away (Review)
reviews / January 2, 2011

I originally requested this book through the EarlyReviewers program because it looked interesting: I tend to love books about troubled kids, and I also love the game of baseball. It was something I grew up with as a kid, playing softball and watching the major leagues with my parents (mostly my dad).

Obasan (Review)
reviews / December 27, 2010

I think that part of why I’ve been in this “reading slump” is because of the subject matter of this book – normally, I don’t have trouble reading historical fiction, even when it’s based on horrible events, but for some reason this one was different.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Review)
reviews / December 13, 2010

I’m not sure what I expected from this book, but it wasn’t what I got.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was simply fantastic – way better than anything I had imagined.

I think that I was expecting a somewhat dry narrative about medical ethics gone awry and the things that our society have done to people over the years, focusing specifically on the case of Henrietta Lacks, aka HeLa. What Skloot wrote was, instead, a deeply personal look into the lives of Henrietta’s descendants and how the legacy of her cells has affected them.