At the end of every year, I like to go through and look at all of my reading stats just to get an idea of what went on in that year for my reading-wise and also because I love statistics. Last year was honestly one of the best bookish-years for me in terms of ratings. In 2017, I may not have read a lot of five star books (I think that numbed capped out at 12 out of the 230 books I read), but my average rating was 3.9. So I read a WHOLE lot of 4 star books last year and LOVED what I was reading. That is a significant improvement over average ratings from previous years and yet, I am still not reading a lot of five star…
I think we are all aware the world is a pile of crap and yet this past week, it seems like all of that is escalating. From refugees running away from human traffickers being turned away by Italy to prove a point to incredibly young children being separated from their parents after escaping unimaginable horrors, the world truly sucks. Sometimes it can be incredibly overwhelming when many of us sit in the protection of our own homes feeling like we are unable to do anything. There is always something you can do though. Whether it is calling your representatives (no matter how shitty they are) or donating your time/money.
Authors Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz put together the “Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages” campaign. Donations will go to 6 different organizations working to support detained immigrants. You can donate and find more information out HERE.
Five Books About Immigration Experiences You Should Read
I am also sharing a short list of books about immigration experiences you should read. I made a list of 10 books last year you can also check out here.
1. Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
Jasmine de los Santos’ world is turned upside down when in the process of applying to scholarships for college, she discovers that their visas expired ages ago.
2. Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
Following the events of Pearl Harbor, Sumiko and her family is shipped off to an internment camp while her grandfather and his eldest brother are separated from them to be ‘questioned’.
3. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
This graphic novel is one of my all-time favorites and one that captures the immigrant experience so beautifully.
4. The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt
This is the only book I know of that has an MC from El Salvador (or a Central American country in general) and it touches on immigration issues and racism in America.
5. American Street by Ibi Zaboi
When they immigrate from Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by US immigration authorities, leaving her to navigate the US and her cousins by herself.