Happy New Year!

It's been awhile since I've written a post, and there are a million good reasons why that is. In a few more weeks, my time will be freed up significantly, and I'm really looking forward to it. Although I can't share everything I'm reading, I will share a quick rundown of books I've read since my last post. After January 23....it's about to get all the way real on this blog.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera - I was completely drawn into this story about 16 year old Aaron who struggles with his sexual identity and embarks on a psychological journey about memory, loss, love, family, and friendship. Excellent read.

Soul of the Band: Making the Cut by K. L. Brady - I really enjoyed this book. 16 year old Brandy finds solace in music as she copes with her mother's schizophrenic episodes. After her mother is hospitalized, Brandy goes to live in the suburbs, and is encouraged to use her love for music as a gateway to the school's marching band. This is a small novel with a big heart.

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon - This book was the shiz-nit! I walked away with a profound respect and appreciation for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her contributions to this country. Excellent writing, thoroughly researched, and the cover and title is so bad ass...well done.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King - Gut punching and thought provoking....King delivers in this Printz Honor winner. Vera is steeped in a culture of brutality and silence...she stays silent when she hears her best friend's mother being beaten, or when the neighborhood skin head Nazis terrorize the neighborhood, and even when she finds herself the victim of physical and sexual abuse. A very powerful and intriguing novel.

We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman - This was a quirky story that really surprised me. I enjoyed it....I mean...this isn't a book I'd recommend for everyone, but the writing was clever, even though the story was a bit recycled. Andy has to be the most depressed sob on the planet. When he loses his job and his granddad turns ill, he stays with his parents' in Omaha to spend time with his family, and reflect mainly on how his ex-wife cheated on him and left him, and how his entire life seemed to unravel...that is until he meets a cute manic-pixie-dream-girl who makes him feel like he's not so alone.

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor - Hand down....one of the best books I've read all year, and that's saying a lot as I read well over 100 books this year. Superb writing coupled with the fascinating rise of the Bronx born Boricua from the projects to the Supreme Court. This is probably one of the most inspiring books that I've ever read. Honesty, heart, and hope are the ingredients that make this lush memoir an instant classic, and a must read for every American.

Settle For More by Megyn Kelly - I listened to the audiobook written and read by the controversial television personality. This isn't the best memoir you'll ever read, but it's certainly an interesting read - especially her description of her experiences with PEOTUS. I respect her drive and her ability to recreate herself. This is a solid read, but it's just okay.

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice - Regardless of how you feel about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, she is an extremely fascinating person. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir of her family and life. You won't find much scandal here, but Ms. Rice's journey is definitely a road less traveled, and this book is a worthy listen.

Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Clinton by