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What I'm Reading

I enjoy reading books from a wide variety of genres including literary fiction, young adult, romance, manga, or anything else that catches my eye. Read about some of my recent favorites below.

 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Fiction

This book is so beautiful, lonely, and a wonderful, all-consuming read. I loved how Bennett weaved together the stories of the different characters. You watch the characters hide, act, reinvent, and love in ways that make each of them feel so real. I got lost in this one and I loved every minute of it.

We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Young Adult

Reading this book was like having someone read my thoughts and look into my heart. Spalding does an excellent job of portraying what it's like to be inside a friendship as it is breaking apart. The structure is not chronological, which added to the heartbreak for me because as a reader you know that the friendship is doomed and the reasons why are slowly revealed over time. If you feel alone after a friendship break up, I definitely recommend this... just have some tissues nearby ❤

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are by Libby Copeland

Nonfiction

I first heard about this book on the Family Secrets podcast. I enjoyed the Libby Copeland episodes so much that I decided to read her book, and I'm so glad I did. While at times the science felt beyond me, I loved reading the stories of people who used genetic testing. Some wonderful and some heartbreaking, the stories continuously pointed to how the past lives in the present whether we want it to or not. Copeland does a wonderful job of telling these stories and exploring the emerging issues around inherited trauma, privacy, and consent when it comes to DNA data. And, by the end of this book, I couldn't put it down, eagering reading as Copeland revealed the resolution of the main subject Alice's genetic mystery. Great storytelling and great research! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in family secrets, recreational DNA testing, and genealogy.

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Short Stories

This short story collection takes many surreal, violent, and beautiful turns and I'm so glad that I finally read it! Some favorites stories: "The Finkelstein 5," "The Era," and "In Retail."

I enjoy connecting with other readers and seeing what my friends are reading.

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