It’s time for another round of mini reviews because while I LOVE reviewing books, my brain is mush.
Up today, we’ve got a short story collection, a graphic novel, a tiny fiction novel, and a non-fiction book for kids/teens/etc.
Here we go
Black Boy Joy–3 Stars
I was really intrigued by this short story collection, because obviously, it’s so needed in the book community. Happy, or at least joyful, stories about Black boys in middle grade fiction are COOL, right? But…this collection was a bit hit or miss for me. Some stories were great, others felt like extra chapters to books I hadn’t read, and it felt really long.
Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness–5 Stars
This was a great non-fiction graphic novel with science, sociology, and memoir woven throughout. The art work is AMAZING. The pieces about the experiments on monkeys are freaking haunting and depressing, but overall this was a 5 star read for me. Perfect medium for the subject.
Intimacies: A Novel–2 Stars
My train back from Williamsburg was a bit delayed, so I cruised right through this short, strange novel. It’s about an interpreter at the Hague, but it’s so short and it’s so…removed from the violence. It was ultimately pretty unsatisfying for me. I just didn’t care about the characters at all.
Own Your Period–4 Stars
I also read this non-fiction book for kids on the train–it’s a very British look at periods and menstruation–from all aspects of it, yes. It’s about different types of period products and what the heck a period is and how to talk about it with friends and learn more. Definitely a useful book for anyone who wants to learn more, but it felt really BUSY.