An Ode to My Acne

The amount of beauty tips I am bombarded with through Facebook and other social media is staggering. And as someone whose acne never went away after puberty, this continuous stream never ceases to give me false hope of finding a miracle cure to make it all just maybe, one day, finally disappear. However, it suddenly…

Happiness, Like Water

“Happiness is like water,’ she says. ‘We’re always trying to grab onto it, but it’s always slipping between our fingers.” ― Chinelo Okparanta This is one of the few books where I found myself wondering why the author had chosen this title and what it meant. In my mind I had imagined water in its river…

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

This is the debut novel of Heidi W. Durrow and highlights characters who all struggle to make sense of a world they don’t belong in, racially or economically. The topic of this novel is extremely pertinent to our times, particularly with Rachel’s struggles with negotiating race as a biracial person and having to categorize life…

Book Deals for September 7th

Seems that I am unable to help myself from buying books. In my defense I did have some Amazon credit available to me so I willingly spent that. In today’s interesting book deals: When Broken Glass Floats: This book fits well into my book journey goals. Definitely about a place I have never read about…

Book Deals for September 5th

These are harrowing times it seems and it would only be fitting that the book that stood out to me today revolves around Hurricane Katrina: Salvage the Bones. Particularly poignant for these times with Hurricane Irma on her way. Check it out! “The question isn’t whether I have time to read or not (time that nobody…

Book Deals for September 1st

It is a little late for this but these books seem worthy of being publicized for being on sale today! I will unfortunately not be purchasing them since I need to put a halt on my purchases for awhile. Too many books to read. Best problem to have though! The Bright Hour: This book stood…

Mundane is Good 

The PhD life teaches you a lot of things, it teaches you how valuable your time is and that you have be careful how you spend your heartbeats. You learn to prioritize things and how to let certain things go. Unfortunately, there is not enough time in the day to do all the things you…

Book Deals for August 26th

At a departmental event today but there’s always time to be keeping an eye out for good deals!  In today’s exciting deals:  The Secret Life of Bees: this is just a must-read. It has a good reputation for good reasons. Please check out!  The Last Lecture: a depressing book but an amazing book. Read it…

Book Deals for August 21st

It is a little late to be posting this given that the day is almost over but because I am currently reading this book wanted to share:  A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. I will forewarn that this book is slow to start but it is written in such a creative way. I did have…

Book Deals for August 17th

In today’s deals: Mama Day – This book just jumped out of me because of the description. Then come to find out it is by the same author as “The Women of Brewster House”, which I loved and reviewed not long ago. Definitely seems like a good pick! A Land More Kind Than Home –…