Friday, February 23, 2018

Blog Tour: Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes

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Blog Tour: Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes
Between the Lines
Nikki Grimes
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Publication date: February 13th, 2018
by Nancy Paulsen Books

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This thought-provoking companion to Nikki Grimes' Coretta Scott King Award-winning Bronx Masquerade, about a boy who takes a poetry class to become a better reporter, shows the capacity poetry has to express ideas and feelings, and connect us with ourselves and others.
Darrian dreams of writing for the New York Times. To hone his skills and learn more about the power of words, he enrolls in Mr. Ward's class, known for its open-mic poetry readings and boys vs. girls poetry slam.
Everyone in class has something important to say and in sharing their poetry, the class learns that everyone has challenges they must deal with--whether it is health problems; worries about aging out of foster care; being bullied for religious beliefs; or having to take on too much responsibility because of an addicted parent, each kid has a story to tell. As Darrian and his classmates get to know one another through poetry, they bond over the shared experiences and truth that emerge from their writing, despite their private struggles and outward differences.
-A copy was provided by Nancy Paulsen Books for review-

Occasionally, when a book is written in verse(partly in this case) and I need to review it, I break out my incredibly rusty poetry skills and write a review in verse too. I usually try to imitate the style of verse in the book but you know, it isn’t always successful.

This Book

Between the Lines follows the story

of eight teens.

It seems like a lot and is occasionally overwhelming 

and yet . . . 

Nikki Grimes has somehow found the balance so it isn’t

too much.

Between the Lines is so ordinary and yet extraordinary in the way it tells the story of

eight different children and how they come to embrace the power

of poetry.

The story of these eight different children is bound

to take you on an emotional journey but at the end

you’ll come back having learned something new. 

Some people might not

love it.

But

you’ll likely get something out of it. 

 

About the Author



Nikki Grimes received the Coretta Scott King Award for Bronx Masquerade, and has also received four Coretta Scott King Honors. She has written more than fifty books, including The Road to Paris, Jazmin’s Notebook, the Dyamonde Daniel series, and the New York Times bestseller Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope..

6 Libraries to Visit Before You Die

6 Libraries to Visit Before You Die

Posted by on 02/22/2018 • 6 Comments

1. Qarawiyyin Library (Morocco)

One of the worlds oldest libraries, it was founded by a woman in the ninth century and hosts some of the rarest texts known to us. It was also restored by a woman which makes it doubly as cool.

2. Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt)

I think as bookworms, we can all agree we would lose our shit if the remains of the Ancient Library of Alexandria were found but in the mean time, this awesome library that they build to commemorate it is noteworthy. It was also a $220 million project so…

3. Library of Congress (United States)

I know its kind of cliche to have this library on this list but I truly think that the Library of Congress is a bucket-list item and absolutely stunning.

4. Stadtbibliothek…

Not What I Wanted: #PrettyBoy Must Die by Kimberley Reid

Not What I Wanted: #PrettyBoy Must Die by Kimberley Reid

Posted by on 02/21/2018 • 3 Comments

I wanted to love #PrettyBoy Must Die and I did NOT. It’s not even entirely easy to pin point where it went wrong and why I am not here salivating over its goodness? It’s got a teen CIA agent who is undercover, a mystery and some twists. My issue was that even though so many exciting things were happening in the story. I was not invested in the happenings. I did not care about the main character or the secondary characters and I didn’t really care about what was going on.

I didn’t passionately dislike or like the book so I basically have no idea how to rate it. Objectively, its not a terrible book but I do think that the writing might be part of the reason why I…

To Be Savored, Not Devoured: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

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Posted by on 02/20/2018 • 2 Comments

Tess of the Road is not an easy book to read. At 544 pages it is long and those pages don’t fly by. In the traditional sense at least. Here is the thing about Tess though, it is a long book, it is winded and yet, I wouldn’t really have it any other way. The slowness can at times be exhausting but the book isn’t really about a big adventure that Tess takes. It’s about Tess’s character arc and her trauma. This book would NOT work if it was a speedy read you could flip through. It is a painful read but there is so //much// that Tess has internalized that it makes no sense if we could uncover her and her experience in a mere handful pages.

Tess is not…

10 Stationery Items To Help You Organize Your Life in 2k18

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Posted by on 02/19/2018 • 3 Comments

I love love love love writing tools and notebooks and nice paper and literally everything that gives me some semblance of control in my life. So, I spend a lot of my time window-shopping for these things and decided to compile some of the things I’ve had my eye on into a nice, handy-dandy list. Note that I am not an affiliate for any of these sites and receive NO money if you choose to click on buy links. But you know, lemme know so I can turn green with envy.

1. Brush Pens

I feel like brush pens have become a much bigger deal since bullet journaling has taken the world by storm but if you’re like me, and not really a bullet journaler, I think the pens are…

Fresh Batch (February 18th – 24th)

Fresh Batch (February 18th – 24th)

Posted by on 02/17/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Pitch Dark Courtney Alameda Publication date: February 20th 2018by Feiwel & Friends

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Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.

Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space.

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain…

Not Linden’s Best: My Once and Future Duke by Caroline Linden

Not Linden’s Best: My Once and Future Duke by Caroline Linden

Posted by on 02/16/2018 • 0 Comments

I might have waited too long to write this review because I am really scrambling to gather those thoughts. I’ve read several books by Caroline Linden and have really enjoyed her HRs. When I heard about her upcoming release and heard there was gambling involved, I was 110% in.

Here was my main problem though, I enjoyed the romance, I loved the story, I just didn’t love the Duke of Ware. He is completely insufferable and too pig-headed for my liking. He is intense and not in a good way. I warmed up a little bit to him, but for the most part, his pushiness and self-centeredness was not endearing in the list.

But if I hated the love interest, why did I enjoy the romance? Well, Caroline…

The Royal Romance I Didn’t Know I Needed: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

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Posted by on 02/15/2018 • 2 Comments

If you have ever read or enjoyed a romance novel, this book needed to be on your TBR yesterday. I was over the moon when I was approved to read an advanced copy and the book held up to every single one of my expectations + more.

REASONS TO READ Naledi Smith is in grad school studying to be an epidemiologist Spam emails that aren’t really spam from the assistant of the Prince of Thesolo Cocky Prince who doesn’t really know how to function outside of a castle but learns to impress a girl Some cooking experiments when said cocky prince is trying to impress Ledi Angst but like good angst Swoony romance with hate-to-love vibes. Discussion of socio-economic privilege Discussion of what it’s like to live in a non-western…