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Jeremy Whitley, Bre Indigo: The Dog Knight (2023, Feiwel & Friends) 5 stars

A nonbinary middle schooler saves a dog from bullies and is offered the chance to …

Review of 'Dog Knight' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Utterly charming. Young Frankie is astonished to discover that they have been chosen as the next potential Dog Knight--protector of the universe from gremlins and shadow beings. But first, they have to pass six trials, which will force them to make difficult choices that define who they truly are. This is a gentle story (gremlins don't die when hit with a magic sword, but instead temporarily "poof" out of existence) with lots of heart. Highly recommend to fans of classic fantasy tropes, adventure stories, quality LGBTQ+ representation, and of course, dogs.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex: Spare (2022, Random House Publishing Group) 3 stars

Review of 'Spare' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This book took me six entire months to read, solely because the middle section is just. so. boring. that I struggled to motivate myself to pick it back up. Part I, The Royal Childhood, is somewhat interesting, and Part Three, The Meghan Stuff, has some of the royal drama I was hoping for. But my God, is Part Two, The Military Stuff, dull. If I had to read one more chapter about like, shooting at the enemy or whatever, I was going to scream. I do not give a single shit about a military helicopter. Stop with that nonsense. I almost DNFed multiple times but I held on for my girl Meghan.

I honestly don't remember much about the beginning because it's been so long; I only remember that I bought the audiobook, couldn't stand Harry's narration for some reason, and promptly switched to the physical book. The Meghan stuff …

John Paul Brammer: Hola Papi (Paperback, Simon & Schuster) 3 stars

Review of 'Hola Papi' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I did once have a friend come out to me in a Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot, so I love the subtitle for that reason.

I have followed J.P. Brammer on Twitter for many years, and I always enjoy his humor and insight. This book is no different! I often found myself staring into the middle distance, thinking about the conclusion to a chapter for a while before moving on to the next chapter. I liked structuring the essays as responses to fictional advice column letters, but it did throw me off occasionally how he addressed said fictional letter writers by their pen names mid-essay, since I had often forgotten those names by that point. Still, there is much to think about here, including race and sexuality, but also depression, love, and the human condition overall. A great read.