What I’ve Been Reading | February 2020 Bullet Reviews

Hello Blogosphere! Welcome back to my hodgepodge bookish blog!

Today I’m bringing you another round of bullet reviews for the books I read in February. I hope you enjoy!

Teaching While White: Addressing the Intersections of Race and Immigration in the Classroom by Laura A. Roy (2018) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • read for Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Curriculum
  • gave me a lot of insight that spurred further research into concepts like deficit model thinking & the ways teachers can use literature to help kids understand their own & others’ experiences
  • my only complaint is that I feel like it could’ve gone into more depth on specific actions teachers can take in the classroom… it felt like a lot of what she suggested were these big changes that I don’t feel empowered to make on my own without more support
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok (2010)- ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • one of those books I wanted to enjoy more than I actually did
  • focuses on the gritty side of immigration: Kimberly & her mom live in a horrifyingly inadequate apartment & work in a sweatshop for minimal income
  • unfortunately, focuses mostly on how education is the escape & glorifies the “model immigrant” storyline
  • I didn’t really feel connected to the characters very much due to the detached writing style
There There by Tommy Orange (2018) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • beautifully & poignantly constructed literary fiction
  • follows multiple Native characters as they navigate identity & family
  • does a great job of showing that Native Americans aren’t a monolith, but have varying experiences of their identity
  • an explosive ending that left me wanting more
  • highly quoteable
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas (2018) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • memoir of a Filipino journalist who came to America as a child & has been undocumented most of his life
  • incredible as an audiobook
  • exposes the realities of living as an undocumented immigrant & the impossibility of becoming documented for so many people
  • made me question a lot of my unexamined assumptions about immigration
  • a book I made both my parents read
The Magicians by Lev Grossman (2009) – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • first re-read of 2020 (because my husband wanted to watch the show with me)
  • a book that sounds better in theory than it does actually reading it, due to the whiny, cis-het-male protagonist
  • just watch the show on Netflix instead
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • a realistically written mid-to-young YA (protagonist is 15, an age I don’t feel we see often enough in YA)
  • exploration of a young girl’s struggle against parental explorations, compounded by severe depression & grief from losing her sister
  • the mystery element wasn’t a big enough piece to this story
  • quite angsty, which I feel is realistic, but definitely not everyone’s cup of tea

Have you read any of these books? What is your favorite story about identity? Let me know in the comments! Until next time,

Author: christine @ lady gets lit

writer // barista // education grad student // depression warrior // nasty woman who reads

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