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Things in Jars

I’m a little behind schedule to meet my reading goal for 2020, but I’m thinking I’ll be able to make it up during the week vacation we have coming up. I am SO excited. Things in Jars by Jess Kidd was probably the most unique novel I’ve read this year. It started a little slow but definitely picked up and drew me in the more I read. It felt very Sherlock Holmes but with a sci-fi twist.

Bridie is a female detective in London and is hired to find the kidnapped daughter of an English nobleman. But it turns out she is no typical child. Bridie must make her way through history, science, and folklore to make sense of this mysterious girl and what may have happened to her. She also has to confront her own past as demons from her childhood make their way into the crazy chase of child and kidnappers.

I definitely recommend it but make sure you get through the beginning, which is a little confusing as you learn who the characters are. Enjoy!


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How to Be an Antiracist

I’m very grateful to have a book club of women who all strive to be better and support each other in that goal. We are focusing on the issue of racism and how we, as individuals and as a group, can try to make the worlds around us a more equal and just place.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi was not the most engaging read, I’m not going to lie. And most of it left me feeling hopeless and powerless. There was a little hope at the end, but for the most part it read like a thesis with personal anecdotes. Kendi spends each chapter discussing the different kinds of racism, which was definitely informative. I agree that the first step is to recognize how we are antiracist, both as individuals and as a society. My main takeaway was that the racist policies and policymakers should be the main focus of an antiracist’s energy, not focusing on individuals within a race. To recognize what policies and policymakers you support, vote for, encourage, and help implement (both consciously and unconsciously). And to think that there is not a deeply rooted culture of racism in this country and that every person is given the same opportunity and treatment is just ignorant.

Right now, I feel like my job is to research every person I am considering voting for. What are their views on issues and policies that are inherently racist: healthcare, housing, jobs, police brutality and oversight. And no, there will not be any candidate for any position who is perfect. And no, I do not automatically vote for someone based on party. I will vote for either side if a candidate is working for equality and justice and yes, antiracism. And I challenge everyone to do the same. Forget party affiliations and don’t focus on just one hot button issue. Take the time to look at the candidates and what they actually want to accomplish. And then take the time to vote.

Either racist policies or Black inferiority explains why White people are wealthier, healthier, and more powerful than Black people today.”

Ibram X. Kendi


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The Other Wife

I have been working my way through a pretty heavy nonfiction book for book club, so I needed a quick, easy read to jump into for breaks from the nonfiction. Especially since I’m now behind schedule to meet my reading goal for the year. It’s so nice to be able to jump onto Prime Reading and quickly find books to sync to my Kindle (or the Kindle app on any device you have)!

To be honest, I did not like the first book I read by Claire McGowan, What You Did. But this one seemed to have better reviews so I gave it a shot. The Other Wife was definitely better thought out, had more mystery and suspense. One wife is cheating on her husband and is now pregnant. Another wife is now a widow. Their paths become crossed but not for the reason you may think and their relationship becomes complicated fast. Both have secrets to hide and different reasons to protect themselves against the other. There were not really any characters – except maybe one – who was truly likeable. I don’t usually like that in a book or any media, but for some reason it didn’t really bother me in this book.

Definitely check it out – it’s free for the Kindle app or device if you have Prime! And it’s a very quick read. Enjoy!