Bookish Brains Issue 14

Letter from the editor

Happy 2022! It’s been a couple of months since I last published an issue of Bookish Brains, though I did put out my Favorite Books of 2021 list a few weeks ago. (Peruse the previous issue of Bookish Brains from November here.) But Bookish Brains is back now, and with an all-new design!

This issue features book reviews of the nine books I read in January, including Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs, The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds and illustrated by Jason Griffin, My Solo Exchange Diary by Kabi Nagata, The Tea Dragon Festival and Aquicorn by Kay O’Neill, and several others! Plus, I discuss what I’m currently reading and what’s on my TBR.

And you especially won’t want to miss the list of upcoming February book releases at the end of this issue!

Hope you enjoy and take care readers~

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Bookish Brains Issue 6

Letter from the Editor:

Spring is upon us, and I hope you’ve been reading some lovely books lately! I had a month full of good reads, and as always I’m happy to share my thoughts with you. In this issue of Bookish Brains, I’ve included book reviews for No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood, Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins, and How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House by Cherie Jones. Plus, I give a sneak peek at my May TBR and shout out a few upcoming book releases!

During April, I also received some exciting news: I was accepted into a Master’s program for Library and Information Science! Last week I registered for classes, so this fall I will be attending school again. Through this experience, I’m seeking a career in the library systems, and I couldn’t be more excited. When I was a teenager, I worked for a couple years at a shelver at my local library and loved it. So it’s been a rewarding month and I feel grateful for this opportunity.

Wishing you a beautiful, blooming May! Please leave a comment and let me know what your favorite read from April was; I would love to hear about it.


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Bookish Brains Issue 5

Bookish Brains Issue 5

Letter from the Editor:

Another month has passed! I always look forward to writing and posting these Bookish Brains issues because they’re such a rewarding culmination of the month’s reading, as well as exciting to look forward to next month’s TBR and upcoming releases!

For Women’s History Month this March, I resolved to read only books authored by women, which wasn’t too hard for me at all! Four of the books I’ve read this month are featured in this newsletter with mini reviews: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Motherhood by Sheila Heti, and Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, as well as a few comments on my current read Know my Name by Chanel Miller. In addition, I list three of the books on my TBR for April and highlight a few new book releases for April. Lots to look forward to!


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Bookish Brains Issue 4

Letter from the Editor:

Greetings! Even though February is the shortest month of the year, I still managed to read several amazing works. In honor of it being Black History Month, I exclusively read Black-authored books. Not just this month, but year-round as well, I think we should generally aim to uplift the marginalized voices which so often have been ignored throughout history.

In this issue of Bookish Brains, I will be sharing reviews for The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi, Black Boy Out of Time by Hari Ziyad, the March comic trilogy written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, as well as my currently-reading thoughts on Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin and my reading plans for March! Cheers!

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Bookish Brains Issue 2

Letter from the Editor:

The end of the year is swiftly approaching and only two more Fridays remain in 2020! This will be the last edition of Bookish Brains until 2021 and features a list of the books I’m trying to read before the end of the year, as well as brief reviews of They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Real Life by Brandon Taylor, and Parakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino. I’m aiming to end the year with the best of the best, so perhaps you will find some recs! Enjoy!

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Bookish Brains Issue 1

Letter from the Editor:

When I was in elementary school and created my first email address, I founded an indie newsletter called The Goofball Times. Essentially, it was a weekly periodical comprised of weather reports, sports updates, a joke section, a creative writing portion, and whatever other current events I decided to include. I couldn’t have done it alone, though—I outsourced various research to my friends at the time; for example, Steve was in charge of emailing me the joke before the deadline. Then, I would send the completed newsletter via email to a handful of friends and family.

I don’t recall how many issues The Goofball Times ran, although my mother has them all printed out and filed away, my old email address now defunct. However, it was a noteworthy first attempt which naturally led to my later intrigue with running a blog, because, despite the drama of my friends missing deadlines or shirking their “commitment to the newsletter,” I had a lot of fun with it, and so did my charmed readers.

Now, I recollect that project with oozing fondness, and, inspired by the “me” of the early 2000’s, I would now like to launch a new series on my blog entitled Bookish Brains; this will be a brief collection of reading updates, including the materials I’m reading and reviewing, as well as what’s happening in the bookish-sphere.


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