Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes

As I write this review on Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes, I’m sitting in the lounge area of a hostel in Munich, Germany. I am more than half-way through my 2021 tour of Europe, and I had hoped to write more reviews while here. The planned writing has not happened as I expected it to, butContinue reading “Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes”

Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages

I bought the “Single’s Version” of Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages. My friend and coworker at Los Angeles Southwest College, Dania, was taking marriage counseling sessions with her fiancé, and I was inspired to read the book for myself. It was an odd paradox because my friend and her fiancé are Muslim while GaryContinue reading “Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages”

Ken Robinson’s Finding Your Element

“It’s about doing something that feels so completely natural to you, that resonates so strongly with you, that you feel that this is who you really are” (ix). In his first book, Sir Ken Robinson said that not everyone may find their element. I get that, but I also thought it was a shame becauseContinue reading “Ken Robinson’s Finding Your Element”

Malala’s Yousafzai’s I Am Malala

My friend Marissa Brandson, a teacher at LAUSD, actually gifted this book to me a while back. I had heard of Malala vaguely over the years, but I didn’t become fully aware of her until I read her book. She tells the story of how her home region in Pakistan was taken over by theContinue reading “Malala’s Yousafzai’s I Am Malala”

Ken Robinson’s The Element

I can’t remember exactly when I was introduced to Sir Ken Robinson, although I am rather sure it was after 2016 via his TED Talk on Youtube, which I happen to believe is slightly better than this book. I had a lightbulb moment where I went: Aha! I found a credible resource that says soContinue reading “Ken Robinson’s The Element”

Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection

The impertinence of a white woman to have a name with an accent when she’s neither Latino nor European! These website generating software systems don’t come with an easy way to add the accents. So, this is how I’m starting this review. My copy of The Gifts of Imperfection was published in 2020; it’s theContinue reading “Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection”

Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism

Everyone needs to read this book! Mikki Kendall wrote one of those books that leaves me thinking for days. How do I respond to this? What should I highlight for this review? And, what kind of commentary do I want to provide that will be beneficial to modern feminists? Because, that’s the key to aContinue reading “Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism”

Erika L. Sànchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Sànchez tells the story of Julia, a rebellious teenager that wants to be a writer. Julia is haunted by the death of her sister Olga who was run over by a bus. Olga essentially becomes that perfect picture image of the lost daughter hanging over the fireplace with a Virgin Mary candle burning eternally underneath.Continue reading “Erika L. Sànchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre

“Superstition was with me at that moment: but it was not yet her hour for complete victory: my blood was still warm; the mood of the revolted slave was still bracing me with its bitter vigour; I had to stem a rapid rush of retrospective thought before I quailed to the dismal present” (9). CharlotteContinue reading “Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre”

E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View

“She beheld the horrible fate that overtook three Papists – two he-babies and a she-baby who began their career by sousing each other with the Holy Water, and then proceeded to the Machiavelli memorial, dripping but hallowed” (21). E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View is the coming of age story of Lucy Honeychurch. She’sContinue reading “E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View”