Book Review: “The Map of Salt and Stars” by Zeyn Joukhadar

This book was incredibly hard to read. I don't mean literally, but emotionally. Half of the book deals with a Syrian fable that Nour's baba told her when she was younger, but the other half deals with Nour's family escaping Syria after the bombing of their house and becoming refugees to flee to Ceuta, with … Continue reading Book Review: “The Map of Salt and Stars” by Zeyn Joukhadar

First Impression Friday: “The Map of Salt & Stars” by Zeyn Joukhader

I started off this year by reading The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukahder, about a trans Syrian boy struggling to find their name in a world after their mother has died. The Map of Salt & Stars was actually written by Zeyn before they transitioned, and deals with a young woman moving to … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Map of Salt & Stars” by Zeyn Joukhader

Book Review: “The Thirty Names of Night” by Zeyn Joukhadar

The Thirty Names of Night was December 2020's Fantastic Stranglings Book Club pick from Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess), and I'll have to admit that I wasn't sure that I'd like it going into the book. The first chapter made me a little uncomfortable, but sometimes you have to be uncomfortable in order to grow. … Continue reading Book Review: “The Thirty Names of Night” by Zeyn Joukhadar

First Impression Friday: “The Thirty Names of Night” by Zeyn Joukhadar

My first book of 2021 is December 2020's Fantastic Stranglings book club book, which arrived on the very last day of the year (thanks, USPS). From BookShop: Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. He has … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Thirty Names of Night” by Zeyn Joukhadar