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The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: loss of family, orphaning, war, war crimes, rape, death. Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars Review: This novel has been all over #bookstagram, reading lists, and bookstore recommendations, so when a friend of… Read More ›

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Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: dieting, bullying, emotional trauma. Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars Review: “You can’t listen to audiobooks and call it f*cking reading!” – Fran, Shrill (the TV show) Actually, Fran, yes I can. As… Read More ›

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Thank you to NetGalley and Knopf Doubleday Books for providing this DRC in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: southernisms. Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars Review: As a southern transplant, when I saw… Read More ›

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: sexual assault, depression, eating disorders. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: Where do you start with a book as heavy as Hunger? From the very first chapter, Gay describes her auto-biography as “not… Read More ›

Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin… Every Inch of It by Brittany Gibbons

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: dieting, mental illness, bullying, emotional trauma. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: Another audiobook read that I absolutely LOVED. Hearing Gibbons (sidenote- it’s so hard to call her by her last name… Read More ›

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: family, relationships, self esteem. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: Way back in February, my KY bestie sent me this text: She raved about the funny, honest, and conversationally modern writing, and… Read More ›

For the Broken by Shenaia Lucas

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: love, relationships, heartbreak, equality. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Review: Another beautiful collection of poetry! I had seen screenshots and whatnot of Lucas’ poems, and found them touching and relatable, so I… Read More ›

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: family, relationships. Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars Review: This was a recommendation from my KY bestie, who told me about this book over a meal one day. We both love reading things… Read More ›

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

*Trigger Warning: This novel (and review) covers topics including abuse, violence, sexual identity, rape. Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars Year Published: 1982 Review: I felt like I had struck gold when I found this one in my local Little Free Library… Read More ›

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: relationships, religion, spirituality, sex, drug useage. Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars Review: As the weather outside gets colder, I find myself dreaming of being outdoors more. Of course, in the spring/summer/fall I’m… Read More ›

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