I’ve got my eye on four titles hitting shelves today, including two veeeery different Girls books that I’ve reviewed.

Books I’ve Reviewed

I loved War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi. It’s been frustrating to see so many readers not give it a fair chance because they’re unfamiliar with the Nigerian history involved. If you want diversity in publishing, walk the walk! You’re making us all look bad because you won’t do 3 minutes of background googling. Shaking my head…

Anyway, it’s thrilling and dark and beautiful. Five stars. War Girls confronts true Nigerian history as an unflinching, compassionate witness to unspeakable violence. Tochi Onyebuchi paints gritty, powerful girls that endure and overcome.

I have mixed feelings about Dear Girls, the humor memoir from stand-up comedian and TV writer Ali Wong. You might recognize her from the stand-up specials she did for Netflix while pregnant.

Her book is just as crass and graphic as you’d expect, and almost as funny. It’s also a little poorly-conceived and uneven. I was especially frustrated my the off-hand mention on the last page of a nanny that didn’t merit mention in any of the detailed chapters on parenthood in the book.

Books On My TBR

I’m pumped for Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor (queer Lunar Chronicles? yes please).

I’m so excited about Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. The Rick Riordan Presents imprint is a nonstop machine churning out OwnVoices stories in the Percy Jackson tradition inspired by legends and lore from different cultures. I loved the first Aru Shah installment from Roshani Chokshi, and I’ve heard great things about the others. I’m expecting the adventures of Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong in African-American folktales and African mythology to be no exception.

Other Releases On My Radar

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