The Girl With the Louding Voice: A Book Review

I had heard that The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré was an emotional yet powerful read, so I was a bit weary to go into it in case it destroyed me. After I found a used copy for a reasonable price by chance last autumn, I finally decided to pick it up this month, and I’m so glad I did.

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Planting Stories: A Book Review

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, written by Anika Aldamuy Denise and illustrated by Paola Escobar, is a lovely biographical picture book portraying the life of New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré.

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Bookish Brains Issue 13

Letter from the Editor:

November always passes so quickly, but then again, most months feel like that. This November, I turned 26, and Slanted Spines hit its SIX-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! I’ve officially been posting to this site every Friday for over six years, and I’d like to thank you all for your readership. So far, 2021 has been the best year for Slanted Spines in terms of stats, and it seems like viewers are really enjoying the shift towards book reviews. It’s incredible to have an outlet for my creativity and reading habits, one which I get to share with others.

Cheers to another year!

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Dear Senthuran: A Book Review

Memoir Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi is a deeply energetic text exploring their experiences existing as an ọgbanje in a world of human constructs, a Nigerian writer within the constrictive realm of U.S. academia and publishing, and a soft heart seeking comfort among the spirits of loved ones.

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People From My Neighborhood: A Book Review

On November 30, 2021, Soft Skull releases People From My Neighborhood, a collection stories by award-winning Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami and translated by Ted Goossen.

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Bookish Brains Issue 12

Letter from the Editor:

Greetings! October has been a month of abundant beauty and life, despite the dying nature of our region’s foliage. As the semester has proceeded, most of my attention has been on school work, though I have carved out more and more time to read because this time of year compels me to cozy up with a book. Moreover, I proposed to Bryant at the beginning of this week, and he said yes! We have been together nearly five years and I am so excited he is my fiancé now–cheers to a long and glorious engagement!

This edition’s Bookish Brain features mini book reviews of Princess Princess Ever After by Kay O’Neill, Burning Girls and Other Stories by Veronica Schanoes, The Times I Knew I Was Gay by Eleanor Crewes, The Heartbeat of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, How to be Ace by Rebecca Burgess, and Everything is Beautiful and I’m Not Afraid by Yao Xiao. Plus, a very long list of upcoming November book releases you will definitely want to check out! Hope you enjoy-


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To Be Taught, If Fortunate: A Book Review

This past weekend, I traveled to outer space. I didn’t visit NASA, I didn’t pay a large sum, and I didn’t undergo any specialized training–and in fact, a part of me still lingers in space, floating in a detached wonderment, content and untethered. To accomplish this intergalactic voyage, I immersed myself in the cosmic tale of To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers.

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