Book Reviews!

As a librarian, I’m privileged to be a member of NetGalley, which allows me to download and review advanced reader copies of books not yet published. Lucky Me! I’m also starting to get back into reading more frequently, so I just managed to finally read the first two titles I downloaded from NetGalley. They seem to have been already published…but I went ahead and reviewed them anyhow. Better late than never.

Now, it’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed a book, so please feel free to point out (in your kindest voice) how I could be doing this better, because while it was really fun to read these books with the knowledge that I’d need to review them at the end, I also feel like there is always room for improvement. Thanks for your help!

Without further ado:
Girls Like Us, by Gail Giles
Regardless of our race, wealth, or intellectual speed, we all sometimes need some help learning how to relate to others. This book offers a special window into the minds of two girls trying to find their way in the world, and turns the mirror on the reader and their assumptions about how others think and feel, and how to relate without being unintentionally hurtful or condescending. This book deals with some truly awful topics with compassion and clarity, and reminds the reader that we all have value in this world, whether we realize it or not.

Percolate: Let Your Best Self Filter Through, by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino
Percolate is more fun than your average self-help book. With its light, conversational tone and abundant but not overwhelming coffee metaphors, it reads like a good long talk with a friend. Messages of strength, resilience, and positive attitude are powerful for anyone who needs a boost, but those who are going through a serious illness in their family or other domestic trauma will find much here to relate to and draw from.