My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss
Keywords: memoir, cooking, finding where you belong, love
Last sentence: I went home again.
Thoughts: For me, food memoirs like My Berlin Kitchen are slow books. They’re not books I can rip through. I have to read them a few chapters at a time. This book was a really sweet read and made me want to visit Germany. Also, I love how the cover is mostly black and white except for the title, her name, and the flowers.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Keywords: SO INTERESTING, underdog story, by the founder of Nike, memoir, shoes, weird personalities
Last sentence: In the timeless, clarifying light of that moon, I begin to make a list.
Thoughts: This book was SO GOOD. The first couple of pages immediately shut down all my dumb misconceptions I didn’t even know I had going in. It was SUPERBLY written, and the story of how Nike came to be is FASCINATING. I still don’t really like Nike as a brand, but I love this book.
Miss Ellicot’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood
Keywords: middlegrade, s[ells, a dragon, adventuring, saving the kingdom
Thoughts: The writing gives me slight The Girl Who Drank the Moon vibes, but just barely. This book is more down=to-earth. Chantel, the headstrong main character, speaks before she thinks but is trying her best even though she doesn’t really know what she’s doing. Which is 100% okay because hello, she’s twelve. Or something like that. It’s also about power in the wrong hands and honor to the extreme and tearing down unnecessary walls and finding the truth, not just accepting what you’ve been told.
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Wanga
Keywords: teenagers, family, struggles, love, potential
Thoughts: This is a book that encompasses depression and suicide, which is something I normally never gravitate to, but I read this book for Beyond the Surface, and I am SO GLAD I DID. I really liked this book because Aysel felt like a real teenager. She had random (sciencey) thoughts and progressing relationships with her mom and sister and a science partner project and a job. She talks about depression as a “big black slug” that has taken over her body, which is a description that I think anyone who has ever been sad can understand. Even though this is whole book is driven by the fact that Aysel wants to kill herself, she is so much more than that. This book is so much more than that. It’s about HOPE.
I just looked on Goodreads, and Jasmine Warga (the author of My Heart and Other Black Holes) has a book coming out this November! The summary still doesn’t sound like something up my lane, but I’m definitely going to pick it up. I survived my first week of school (AKA first two days- I started on a Thursday)! It wasn’t great, but high school, I’m not giving up on you. I HAVE HIGH HOPES. I learned that we’re going to be dissecting sharks in biology this year. Whohoo. Right now, my stuff is organized with all my homework in a file folder snad all my notes and handouts in a binder. I think it’s going to be a good system.