A Perfect Pair: Americanah & Fresh Off the Boat Six Words

Some things are just meant to be together: peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, Burt and Ernie, Milli and Vanilli (girl, you know it’s true).  While reading Americanah, I discovered its perfect match: Fresh Off the Boat Six Words. Here’s why they go so well together (click here to find out why Milli and Vanilli go so well together). Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:  The story starts out with strong, self-assured, opinionated Imefelu preparing to return to her native Nigeria after 15 years in America. As she prepares for departure, her past is told in a series of flashbacks. After a year in a Nigerian college, Ifemulu leaves her boyfriend, Obinze, and everything she knows to go to college in America. She struggles with holding on to her Nigerian heritage and culture while trying to assimilate to American society. I’m only half-way through, but the author brings up so many interesting points about race, culture, and identity.  Fresh Off the Boat Six Words edited Keep Reading

12 Slightly Scary Stories for Any Age

Sometime during the month of September a peculiar thing happened. The temperature began to drop, the sky became increasingly cloudy, the leaves began to change color, and gusts of wind sent them flying through the air. As a recent transplant from the South, I had no idea what was happening. Is this some kind of apocalypse? Are aliens planning to invade and enslave mankind? I was frightened and asked a passerby what was going on. “Sir, sir” I pleaded. “Please tell me what kind of sorcery is happening among us!” The man looked at me with a bewildered look and replied “It’s fall, lady”. Ok, that might be a little dramatic. Even though I spent five years in western North Carolina where we had beautiful foliage, I'm still amazed every time I see the seasons truly change. In south Georgia, where I grew up, we had two seasons: hot and really hot.  Now that my family and I have moved to Minnesota, we’ve already had the joy of experiencing a very mild summer. Now we’re enjoying Keep Reading

Reading Reflections: What’s on my Nightstand

Modern Romance: Done! At the urgings of my sister-in-law, I downloaded the audio version of Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance. At first I didn't think this book would be for me. After all, it's about dating in the modern age and I have been married for almost 10 years. Actually, I know very little about dating since I married my first boyfriend and we met when I was 18. But I downloaded it on Audible anyway because I love Aziz Ansari. I've watched his stand-up and binge-watched both seasons of Master of None (which is an excellent show if you haven't watched it already). If you decide to read this book, you HAVE to listen to the audio version. Ansari narrates it and is hilarious! This book is very well-done and gives some interesting perspectives on love that anyone can relate to. I love that Ansari paired up with psychologists to do the research for this book. He regularly references the interviews and focus groups he conducted while writing the book. He also frequently sites research Keep Reading

4 Banned Books that Made Me Love Reading

So, I recognize that Banned Books Week was last week, but since I’m a chronic procrastinator I feel no shame in posting this after the fact. Also, standing up for your first amendment rights and fighting censorship is something that should be celebrated all year long. And I NEVER miss an opportunity to stand up to the man. Censoring books might feel like something of the past that our culture has overcome, but it’s just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. With emerging groups fighting for social equality and increasing racial tensions, it’s even more important for younger generations to understand the problems that exist in our culture and find ways to overcome them. In recognition of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association posted this video of the top 10 books challenged in 2016. Books were often banned for content thought to be sexually explicit, containing foul language, or exploring racial themes thought to be inappropriate. Today the most common reason for Keep Reading