Author: Sarah Hannah Gómez

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Nonfiction About Romance in Review: Black Love Matters

February 7, 2022 Uncategorized 10 ★★★★★

Nonfiction About Romance in Review: Black Love MattersTitle: Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters
Author: Jessica P. Pryde, Carole V. Bell, Sarah Hannah Gómez, Jasmine Guillory, Da’Shaun Harrison, Margo Hendricks, Adriana Herrera, Piper Huguley, Kosoko Jackson, Nicole M. Jackson, Christina C. Jones, Julie Moody-Freeman, Allie Parker
Source: NetGalley
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:five-stars

Summary: This was a great bland of touching personal stories, history, and thoughtful analysis.

When I first starting reading romance, I immediately loved how light and enjoyable the genre can be. Unlike nonfiction, where I’m often working to learn and retain new knowledge, I let myself relax into a romance, swept away by the characters’ emotions. However, I also immediately recognized that there was a lot of interesting content to discuss in a romance. This included topics like consent, equality, and respect in relationships. This book showed me that I was more right than I knew. This was an incredible collection of essays by people who write romance and/or professionally analyze romance novels, specifically those by or about Black people. I think it made a strong case for the value of romance and of representation within romance novels. It also highlighted the depth to be found if you take the time to really think about these apparently “light” novels.

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Essay Collection Review: (Don’t) Call Me Crazy

August 13, 2020 Uncategorized 6 ★★★★

Essay Collection Review: (Don’t) Call Me CrazyTitle: [Don't] Call Me Crazy
Author: Kelly Jensen, Victoria Schwab, Adam Silvera, Libba Bray, Esmé Weijun Wang, Yumi Sakugawa, Mike Jung, Meredith Russo, Stephanie Kuehn, S.E. Smith, Emery Lord, Sarah Hannah Gómez, Nancy Kerrigan, MILCK, Reid Ewing, S. Zainab Williams, Lisa Jakub, Hannah Bae, Monique Bedard (Aura), Gemma Correll, Heidi Heilig, Christine Heppermann, Shaun David Hutchinson, Ashley Holstrom, Mary Isabel, S. Jae-Jones, Susan Juby, Emily Mayberry, Amy Reed, Jessica Tremaine, Clint Van Winkle, Dior Vargas, Kristen Bell
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads
Rating:four-stars

Summary: A solid collection, with several exceptionally funny and moving pieces; many informative ones; and very few duds.

This collection of essays on mental health impressed me in a lot of ways. Most or all of the essays are #ownvoices, with authors writing about topics that they have personal experience with. They come at this topic in a fascinating variety of ways. Themes include mental health in pop culture and the ways we both define mental health and sometimes let it define us. I learned a lot from this collection as a whole, although very few of the individual pieces felt didactic. They simply presented such a wide range of experiences and perspectives that it was impossible not to learn something new. Read more »

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