Thursday, March 01, 2018

What I’ve Been Reading: February Update

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January kind of flew by but I feel like February has felt like it has gone on forever. I did get a lot of reading done but at the same time, I haven’t really wanted to read in the same way I wanted to last month. That might be in part due to the fact that I’ve been stressed out all month and just need something to let up so I can breathe and read. For this upcoming month, I do hope that I will be able to go back to unhauling my backlist TBR.

I read 5 sequels in February (technically more but I am sticking to old series that I started instead of new books.) That’s one less than last month but hey February has less days so not too shabby.

  

 

Two of these sequels were really good, one was extremely disappointing and two were mediocre. Also continuing my Ally Carter binge has been FUN and I cannot wait to finish this series and attend my funeral!

This month, I really didn’t read off my backlist that much and it’s kind of sad because I keep thinking about all the books I want to read and I just feel like crap so I don’t read anything. MAYBE I’LL FIX THAT THIS MONTH.

   

5 to 1 was technically not on my list but it used to be so I AM COUNTING IT. Off the Ice was the only book I DNFed this month and also the only book I’ve DNFed this year… I discovered Lucy Parker this month and my life is forever changed. AND I discovered Lauren Layne but this backlist book I had from 2014 was not the way to go, LOL.

These are published (and one recently published) books I’ve read this year that have under 200 ratings on Goodreads and deserve more love!

  

One of these is also a sequel and like, seriously, the Frazzled books are amazing and if you read middle grade, 10000% worth checking out.

What have you been reading this month? Anything you loved I should definitely check out?

 

How to Support Diverse Books (aside from buying them)

How to Support Diverse Books (aside from buying them)

Posted by on 02/28/2018 • 2 Comments

 

Here is the thing, even though you may think that there has been a huge influx of diverse books, there really has not been. Diverse authors, especially people of color, still face many barriers when it comes to getting their books published. You can check the CCBC Publishing Stastisitics for more info. We might not always be able to buy every single diverse book that comes out (even if we will try) because our wallets aren’t infinite but there are more things we can do that also supports diverse books!

1. Request upcoming releases at your library if they don’t already have them pre-ordered. Even if you are planning on buying a copy.

Libraries are always welcome to open recommendations from patrons!

2. Check diverse books out from the library!…

Centers the White Person’s Experience: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Centers the White Person’s Experience: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Posted by on 02/27/2018 • 3 Comments

Here is my thing with this short collection of poems. It’s good. It’s really good. It is also extremely creative and Lovelace’s talent really shines through with the poems. The problem I had and why I don’t actually know what to rate the collection of poems is that it also felt like it was very much the narrative of a white, cishet person.

Amanda Lovelace is a white woman which explains this and I wouldn’t ask her to write from a POC perspective when she really really REALLY cannot claim those experiences. EDIT: I was informed that Amanda Lovelace is demigirl, demisexual, and demiromantic and I wrongly assumed her identity for which I apologize. She does try to not forget her non white cishet counterparts within her poems, which is appreciated…

Top 20 2000’s Pop Jams

Top 20 2000’s Pop Jams

Posted by on 02/26/2018 • 6 Comments

DON’T @ ME. I AM 2000s GARBAGE and to be honest, my top 20 is always shifting depending on my mood. Anyway, I am just gonna embrace my identity and call it a day.

The Playlist The Songs 1. All Star by Smash Mouth

This song played at every single one of my school assemblies and I still never got tired of it because HEY NOW, YOURE AN ALL STAR.

2. Hey Ya! by OutKast 3. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

I’ve been listening to this song on repeat tbh and it makes me feel better.

4. Dirty Little Secret by The All-American Rejects

THIS SONG IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT AND THE MUSIC VIDEO AND I AM SO HAPPY.

5. The Middle by Jimmy Eat World

Okay so if…

Fresh Batch (February 25th – March 3rd)

Fresh Batch (February 25th – March 3rd)

Posted by on 02/24/2018 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Tess of the Road Rachel Hartman Publication date: February 27th 2018by Random House Books for Young Readers

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In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and…

Blog Tour: Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes

Blog Tour: Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes

Posted by on 02/23/2018 • 0 Comments

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…

6 Libraries to Visit Before You Die

6 Libraries to Visit Before You Die

Posted by on 02/22/2018 • 10 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…