“She picked grapes out of a plastic bag, chewing as she spoke.” • So many laye…

“She picked grapes out of a plastic bag, chewing as she spoke.” ❤️ • So many layers to this book. The premise is Polly, an undocumented Chinese worker, goes to work at the nail salon one day and does not return. She has an eleven year old son, Deming, and this book explores what happens … Read more

“There’s a juice box and a bag of potato chips on my desk in my cell” • I’ve b…

“There’s a juice box and a bag of potato chips on my desk in my cell” 🧡 • I’ve been loving reading books in verse – I think it’s such a powerful format and can reach a wide audience . I know there are many students who attend the charter high schools I work for … Read more

“As she sat down, he slid a bag of peanut M&M’s toward her.” • It’s always fun…

“As she sat down, he slid a bag of peanut M&M’s toward her.” 💖 • It’s always fun to reunite with characters from a first book and this was no different. My favorite part of this book was probably seeing the sisters, Beatrice and Samantha, grow up and grow closer. But ack! I think I … Read more

“I’ve got half a bag of salt and vinegar chips stuffed in the glove box.” • Su…

“I’ve got half a bag of salt and vinegar chips stuffed in the glove box.” ❤️ • Such a unique read – it alternates between Sadie’s POV and a podcast by a fictional host, West McCray. It’s a heartbreaking story and there’s a lot of intense content so please look for trigger warnings before picking … Read more

“When I shift, there’s the crunch of chips breaking and a bag crumpling, and sha…

“When I shift, there’s the crunch of chips breaking and a bag crumpling, and shards of Cool Ranch Doritos stab into my back.” 💙 • I definitely got Get Out vibes from this thriller about gentrification in Brooklyn, NY. Working in Oakland, CA I think this was a great social commentary on gentrification in general, … Read more

“It takes me a moment, but as soon as I see that it’s an entire bag of watermelo…

“It takes me a moment, but as soon as I see that it’s an entire bag of watermelon Jolly Ranchers, I want to smile.” ❤️ • My first Colleen Hoover read and not my last! This was a page-turner for sure. Lots of drama and the way Hoover writes relationships is so realistic and on … Read more

“Lucas surprised me with a bag of gummy worms, made one worm dance and peck me o…

“Lucas surprised me with a bag of gummy worms, made one worm dance and peck me on the cheek.” 💚 • I remember when this case was happening and feeling the rage, anger, disgust for brock turner and persky and silently cheering on, applauding, screaming and wanting to somehow support to Emily Doe. Well, Emily … Read more

“One of the agents brought the girls a bag of Skittles, but even then they could…

“One of the agents brought the girls a bag of Skittles, but even then they couldn’t smile, they couldn’t say thank you, they just stood there, looking at the candy with horror.” 💙 • There’s been a lot of talk about American Dirt recently and one of the books I’ve seen mentioned during that discussion … Read more