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New Blog

After using this website for the first two months of blogging, I have decided to change where I blog. 
Two weeks ago, I tested out using WordPress instead of Blogger, and I found that I preferred using it. Getting views and likes is easier on WordPress, and they have more options for blog templates and design. 
So, I’ve made a new site on WordPress and that is where I am currently blogging, and where I will probably keep blogging.
I’m going to keep this blog up, just because it was my first blog, but I will no longer be updating it. 
Here is the new site: https://booksophobias.wordpress.com/

The Bondwoman's Narrative Review

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4 Stars

This was an intriguing novel that contains quite a bit of history as well. 
This is a novel, that was originally found as a manuscript, and was purchased by a Harvard professor; who later published it along with useful nonfiction material pertaining to the author of the novel and interesting annotations. 
This novel is believed to be one of the first to be written by a black woman, as it has been estimated that this novel was written in the mid to late 1850s. The plot itself is about a young woman who is a slave, and her experiences in slavery and her eventual escape. 
The novel begins with an introduction by the professor, who explains how he acquired the novel and his search for the true author of the novel, as Hannah Crafts is a pseudonym. 
I normally don’t enjoy introductions, but this one was interesting and detailed. I think it helped that the subject matter itself was fascinating. The professor explained his search for the author of the novel in an engaging manner, and the p…

The Golden Notebook Review

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3 Stars

I went into this novel expecting to like it a lot more than I did, but I found that I was disappointed by what I expected the feminist aspect of this novel to be.  
To begin, this novel is about Anna Wulf, an author who has published a novel, and keeps four notebooks, a black one; detailing her experiences in Africa, a red one; about her disillusionment with communism, a yellow one; which has a fictional heroine who goes through very similar experiences as she did, and a blue one; which she uses as a diary. She hopes to unite them in a golden notebook, hence the title of the novel. There is also a short part before each notebook called Free Women where she talks to her friend Molly. In addition, a majority of this novel is supposed to take place mostly in the 1950s.
I’ve heard a lot about this being a feminist novel, and I began reading this novel in that mindset, which was a mistake. I think perhaps the reason I didn’t find it to be the novel I expected was because of its age, a…

Einstein: The Life and Times Review

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4 Stars

This is an in-depth, definitive biography on the life of Albert Einstein that I really enjoyed. 
The book gives detail into many aspects of Einstein's life, beginning with his childhood in Germany, and ending with his death in America. The author gives excellent detail into Einstein's career as a physicist, and for the most part, makes the complex physics understandable to the average reader. He also covers Einstein’s change of citizenship from German to Swiss as a young adult, which I thought was an interesting aspect of his life.
There is a lot of detail given for Einstein's personality as well, after reading the novel I felt I really understood his personality and personal beliefs. His beliefs are expressed as well, the author covers his Zionism, pacifism, and his religious beliefs, and how these beliefs change as the years go by, and why he was originally drawn to these beliefs. The part on his religious beliefs was especially interesting to me, as it showed t…

Graphic Novels Sundays - TBR

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I've recently done a summer TBR for books, so I thought I would make a seperate TBR for graphic novels that I hope to read in summer as well. 


Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #1 by Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto (Illustrator), Phil Noto (Illustrator)
The plot of this novel is about what takes place after Return of the Jedi in the galaxy. The plot itself seems interesting. I read one or two of these StarWars comic books before, so I'm hoping I'll like this one as well. 


Superman: Earth One, Volume 3 by J. Michael Straczynski (Writer), Ardian Syaf (Penciller), Sandra Hope (Inker), Barbara Ciardo (Colourist), Rob Leigh (Letterer)
This is the last novel in the Superman: Earth One series. I liked both of the other novels, but I never got the chance to read this one. I really want to read this one because I enjoyed both of the other ones in the series, and I'm hoping this one will be just as good. 


Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1 by Amy Chu (Goodreads…

Unbecoming Review

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4 Stars

This is an enjoyable novel that is complex and emotional. 
This is a novel about three generations of women and their various struggles with each other and their lives. There is the grandmother, Mary, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, her daughter, Caroline, and her granddaughter Katie. 
There are many secrets involved with these characters that throughout the novel that slowly become revealed, and help the reader to better understand the tensions between the characters. 
The story is told from the point of view of both Mary and Katie, which helped to better understand the characters. Mary's struggles throughout her childhood and adulthood with having Caroline and giving her up to her sister are very well shown as well, making her both a sympathetic and flawed character. Katie's struggles with whom she wants to date are shown in a sympathetic manner as well, and her confusion and anger towards her mother is displayed in a relatable way. 
As Katie discovers her family'…

Summer TBR

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This post will include some books that I hope to read in June, but there will be a lot of overall summer reads, especially in the new releases section. I also don't know if I will be able to get all of these books to read, as I usually read books through the library, so if they're not there I probably won't read them. Libraries supposed to be opening up soon, so I hope I will be able to get these books!
New(ish) Releases


The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
This is a very new release, in fact, I think it was released yesterday. The story is about twins, both black, but one who passes as white, and one who doesn't. It follows the characters over the span of about 40 years. It sounds really interesting, and I'm excited to read it. 


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This is a mystery set in the 1950s in Mexico. I'm really excited to read this because I love historical fiction, and this is a setting that I haven't read before. This book won't be released u…