June Reads: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

If you’re looking for something ground-breaking or philosophical, this isn’t the book for you. It’s just a simple, slightly cheesy love story, and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else. And that’s probably one of the best things about SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA.

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May Reads: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas (Review)

I’ve always supported the Black Lives Matter movement, but I’ve also always been an outsider as both a non-black person (my ethnicity is a mix of a few things, but there’s a fair amount of white in there) and someone who grew up in a ‘good’ neighbourhood. I can’t truly understand it because I’ve ever lived it and probably never will. I still don’t, but this book certainly helped a lot. It’s easy to support the movement and want justice for the black men and women killed, but understanding police brutality in the larger picture of systematic racism and its effects on society is different and much more complex. It’s easy to see supposed drug dealers and gang members as purely bad when you don’t understand the circumstances that go behind it, when you don’t know about the Khalils and DeVantes.

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June Reads: THE ODYSSEY by Homer

The Odyssey is a pretty great adventure. There’s a reason it’s so famous, and that’s because it’s so characteristic of the adventure genre itself. The Odyssey is basically the “OG” starting point of the Monomyth, and t’s a perfect match for Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey model. I’d recommend it to any and all adventure and epic fantasy writers.

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