The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

The Only Woman in the Room

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. When I first heard of it, I thought it was just another biography. Not at all! It’s the story of a truly fascinating woman who lived an amazing life. She went on to invent something that helps us daily. Either part of her story would be very interesting, but she has three really different parts to her life that make her story truly amazing. 

I would recommend this book to multiple groups. The WW2 buffs would enjoy it. The readers who like old Hollywood stories would enjoy it. People interested in women’s history would find it interesting, too, especially those interested in scientists. 

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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book because of bookclub, but I didn’t finish in time to discuss it. I was not too sure about the topic, because of the way it was presented to me.

I loved the book! It was written from the perspective of two different women, with two different outlooks. Some of it came from race, but I feel the majority of it came from class. 

One woman was raised in a culture where your talent was recognized, not how much money you could make. The other was raised with money. One felt that each person was living their own life. The other felt that if you weren’t excelling, you needed a push. 

It was a wonderful book with great characters and a solid storyline. I enjoyed almost every moment of it. It was definitely worth reading. 

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
 by Shirley Jackson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up for bookclub. I spent a lot of time overthinking the book.

It was a quick read, and I did enjoy the book. Because it was labeled horror, I was expecting it to be scarier. I did not find it scary at all. Maybe a little creepy, but not necessarily scary.

It was an ok book. I don’t think I’d really recommend it to anyone, but I had it recommended to me many times.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I picked it up because it was available at the library. I found that it had a lot of good information in it.

One of the things that I loved was that the author made it clear that this is her opinion, and she is not speaking for all black women. Just herself. Also, when there came a time to tell the white person part of the story, she chose to have a white person write that part, since she felt she couldn’t give it justice.

Great information was given in a humorous way. I would definitely recommend this book.

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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Five Feet Apart
 by Rachael Lippincott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had seen this movie about a year ago. It popped up as available from the library, so I decided to read it, since I knew it was going to be a short read. It followed the movie almost exactly.

It was very good, and it happened to be timely because of all the mask wearing and hand cleaning that’s going on right now. It explained why 6 feet apart is a good thing, but the book was actually about cystic fibrosis patients.

I would recommend the book, but it does get heavy in some parts. I do think the ending was a little far fetched, but it did the same in the movie.

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Five Feet Apart

Becoming by Michelle Obama


 by Michelle Obama

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had read some very heavy books before I picked this one up. I knew how it was going to end, so I didn’t worry about stressing myself out.

The author told her story very well. It was powerful. I am glad that she wrote the story in her own words and didn’t have a ghost writer.

She told the story of a woman who worked hard for everything she got. She told the story of a woman struggling with infertility. She told the story of a mom struggling between work and family.

I would recommend this book highly. It was definitely worth reading.

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Can you please review my book?

I am used to authors asking me to review their books. I am usually honored to be asked. Lately, I have been warning the authors and publishers that I am behind and while I’m willing to read the books, I’m probably not getting to it for a while. Most of the time, they send me a copy of the book anyway. I am honest. It’s really going to be a while before I get them read and reviewed. A few I’ve read and rated but haven’t reviewed yet. Full disclosure up front.

Today I got a message from an author, asking for a review. I gave her my usual response. Sure. I’ll read it, but I have several months of books to finish before I can get to it. She said ok and sent me a link to her book. “It’s on Kindle Unlimited.” Well, that’s new. No problem, though, since I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, but they are usually emailed or mailed to me.

The funny part, though, is the book’s topic – Procrastination. Yea yea. I’ll get to it.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book after the first few chapters. I had heard a lot about the book from multiple sources so when it popped up for bookclub, I jumped at the chance to read it.

I enjoyed the characters and the story. The author put a lot of herself into the book. 

I would definitely recommend the book. Parts of it were funny but it gave me a lot to think about between the laughs. 

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Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

PBS The Great American Read

AmericanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Because this book showed up on the PBS Great American Read list, I wanted to read it for a while. It popped up for bookclub, so I made an effort to read it. I didn’t manage to get it read in time for bookclub, but I had read enough to know that I wanted to finish it.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was just longer than I thought it was. The book never dragged. It was a great story and brought up some difficult topics that made me think.

I recommend the book, but it’s not a book that is meant to be read in one sitting. It requires time to digest the thoughts in the book. Read a little, put it down, and think about what its meaning is.

The book also showed up on the 100 books to read by ages list. I do think that the age of 26 was a little young for the recommended age of this book. There’s quite a bit that might be missed by a younger person who hasn’t been through some of the situations yet.

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