Ender’s Game

By: Orson Scott Card The Ender Quintet (The Ender Universe) 1977 Fiction Rating: 3/5 I’m not going to lie: I was pretty excited to read Ender’s Game. It was recently made into a movie (with a pretty killer cast), appealing… Continue Reading

The Fortress of Solitude

By: Jonathan Lethem 2003 Fiction Subject Matter: Brooklyn; New York, NY; Male friendship; Race relations; Teenage boys Rating: 2.5/5   The Fortress of Solitude is exhausting.

The Cay

By: Theodore Taylor (Not technically a series, but followed by Timothy of the Cay) 1969 Fiction Rating: 2.5/5   Can we just talk about that cover for a hot second? Yes. That’s real. Whoever designed that should be fired. I… Continue Reading

The Shape of Mercy

By: Susan Meissner 2008 Fiction Rating: 3.5/5   A friend of mine gave me The Shape of Mercy to read because she knows how much I enjoy historical fiction. I had low expectations. The cover makes it look like a… Continue Reading

Death and the King’s Horseman

By: Wole Soyinka 1975 Drama Subject Matter: Elesin; Nigeria; History Rating: 4/5   Much like my last post about Woza Albert!, there is a lot of social commentary going on in Death and the King’s Horseman. And, again, I’m not… Continue Reading

Woza Albert!

By: Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema, and Barney Simon 1983 Drama Rating: 3/5   There’s a lot going on in Woza Albert! and I’m not sure that I should even try to talk about it. It’s a play set in Johannesburg,… Continue Reading

Meridian

By: Alice Walker 1976 Fiction Subject Matter: African American college students; African American women; Voter registration; Southern states; Atlanta Rating: 2/5 You probably know Alice Walker from The Color Purple. Like that novel, Meridian is a depiction of the African-American experience. Walker… Continue Reading

Why We Can’t Wait

By: Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963 Nonfiction Rating: 4/5 I’m not sure why I’ve never heard of Why We Can’t Wait before. Or that Martin Luther King, Jr. even wrote a book. (He has multiple, by the way.) Any person who’s ever… Continue Reading

Freshwater Road

By: Denise Nicholas 2005 Fiction Rating: 3/5 First and foremost, Freshwater Road is a book about race. It takes place during the real-life Freedom Summer that took place in 1964, during which volunteers went to towns all across the state of… Continue Reading