PaperBackSwap: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Most everyone in the world of books has heard about PaperBackSwap.com by now. For those who haven't, the site is a way to trade books with others anywhere for free (well, for the cost of postage). When I first found out about the site I was ecstatic--the words FREE and BOOKS when connected have always held magical sway over my actions (for better or for worse). And what I've discovered since signing up is that PaperBackSwap is a pretty great site in a lot of ways. Here are my findings: The ...

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (Review)

Some books are hard to write reviews for because you're afraid that what you publish won't be anywhere near persuasive enough to get others to pick up the work when you really want everyone to read it. Redefining Realness is one of those books. Janet Mock wowed me with her ability to create a cohesive and deeply self-reflective memoir of her personal experiences with gender identity, poverty, being multiracial, experiencing sexual abuse, and so much more. When she opened her book with a dis ...

Wednesday Quote: Ralph Ellison

All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.--Ral ...

5 Experiences Bookworms Can Relate To

We've all been here... 1) Trying to figure out how to walk and read a book at the same time. I mean really it's just so much more efficient. And walking is so boring by itself... From Welcome to Paradise 2) Checking out way too many books at the library (or buying way too many books). ALL the books. From Gif Warehouse 3) Missing out on other pop culture experiences. Movies? Oh yeah, I watch those sometimes... You know, when it doesn't interfere with my ...

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Review)

Adichie seems to be getting a lot of buzz these days, and I wanted to read her work Americanah to see what she was all about. Plus, any novel where the protagonist is a blogger has to be entertaining. I got everything I was looking for in Americanah. Adichie's writing is engaging and self-reflective, as she takes us into the perspectives of Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman who lives in America for several years, and Obinze, her high school love who has a very different experience leaving Nigeria a ...