April has ended and we are off to start May. Can you believe?!
April was pretty busy for me in regards to work and traveling. Earlier in the month, I went to Dallas, TX to visit my college best friend who I haven’t seen in the last 2 years. It was nice to spend time with her husband and their new baby!
Of course, I was able to check out two bookstores while I was there – Interabang Bookstore and The Wild Detectives. Both bookstores are great and have their own vibe which I did like. Interbang is huge with bright walls lined up with books and little nooks to sit and read. The Wild Detectives had a more relax and low lighting setting along with chairs and tables to sit and work on your laptop or just plainly read. There weren’t much of book selections, but they had the important ones up. One thing I did find interesting and fun was that they have a bar in the shop so you can grab a drink with your book!
Now back to the wrap-up, I was able to complete 5 books this month (it has been a long time since I was able to complete this much within the month).
- Educated by Tara Westover: Follows the story of a Morgan girl living in the mountains of Idaho with her family who believes that the government is out to control them. Tara has never been to a hospital or even school until the age of 17 when she decided to attend college. In her memoir, she tells us about the challenges she’s had endured with her families theories and religion to trying to find herself out of the Idaho mountains. (📚📚📚📚.5/5)
- Cool Salsa by Lori M.Carlson: This small book is a collection of poems by different poets including those from Sandra Cisneros. These are bilingual poems about Latinos growing up in America. The great thing about these poems is that it’s in both English and Spanish! (📚📚📚📚/5)
- The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera: Margot is punished by her parents after purchasing $600 worth of clothes on their credit card in order to fit in with her prep school friends. As punishment, she has to work in her family’s supermarket in The Bronx for the summer to pay back the money while her school friends are off to the Hamptons. Margot is not happy with the decision especially since she wanted to catch the attention of a boy she has a crush on. Instead, she catches the attention of a neighborhood activist and discovers some secrets about her own family.
- Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine: Sabrina & Corina is a collection of short stories about indigenous women living in Denver, Colorado. Each story takes you to a different world and into their own stories. It is a book of feminine power along with exploration of heritage, abandonment, and sense of home. (📚📚📚📚/5)
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi: If you love Pride & Prejudice then you will probably enjoy this YA retelling of it. Zuri Benitez is proud to be an Afro-Latina and Brooklynite. She is seeing before her eyes her neighborhood of Bushwick change due to gentrification, especially after a huge and beautiful house had been built right in front of her home. As the Darcy family moves in, Zuri wants nothing to do with them, even though, her older sister already had a crush on Ainsley. She really can’t stand Darius and his arrogant self. Zoboi takes the classic and writes her own beautiful and selfless story of two young characters. (📚📚📚📚/5)