Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: February 28, 2017
Star Rating: 5 stars
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life. (source)
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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelves & Paperbacks that highlights the diverse literature in our world! The weekly meme consists of coming up with a book for three different categories: a diverse book that you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book that is on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.
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I’m not really an Oscars type of person. Celebrities, Hollywood… just not what I’m interested in. But, do you know what I am interested in? BOOKS! Shocking, right?
So if any of you bibliophiles like me are out there, and decided to ditch the Oscars this year, I’ve created a bookish one for you!
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I’m slowly approaching my eight-month blogiversary! YAY!!
“Jordyn. Eight months? That’s kind of a random number!” Yes it is! But you’ll only be able to find out why eight months is so symbolic in the actual blogiversary post! Get psyched for that. I know it’ll keep you up at night.
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Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: January 3, 2017
Star Rating: 5 stars
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Haha, afraid. Because, you know… Happy Friday the 13th!
Friday the 13th has always seemed like a mini-Halloween to me. I mean, sure, you don’t dress up and go trick-or-treating, but it does have that spooky aspect to it.
In honor of today, I’m talking about 13 diverse books that I totally need to get my hands on this year. And, despite the title that was created to celebrate this “holiday”, I’m not afraid of any of these. On the contrary, I’m freaking pumped to read them. Some have already been released, some have yet to be published, but either way, I’ve got to read these books before the year is up.
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We all hate it. Devoting time (and, let’s be honest, effort) to reading a book that you’re hoping will be brilliant, but finding out that it’s just not for you. A lot of readers persevere and keep going until that last page. Why? No one wants to DNF.
For those of you who don’t know, DNF stands for “Did Not Finish”, meaning a book that you decided not to complete – as far as I know – for good.
I’ve seen a lot of people say that they hate DNF – they can’t give up on a story halfway through, what’s the point? I, on the other hand, really don’t mind not finishing a book.
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I’m not going to say that this reading year sucked, because it didn’t. I read some great things – in fact, I even found my new favorite book/trilogy! Yay!
But, if I had to describe my year in books in one word, it would be… mediocre.
My multi-month reading slump made it difficult to keep a steady rhythm of reading. The whole pick up a new book, devour it, then pick up the next one. Rinse and repeat. That was last year’s reading. This year, not so much.
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We all know that 2016 wasn’t the best year for our great Earth, and I think most of the population is ready to greet 2017 with weary, yet hopeful hearts.
But, as the saying goes, “I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man that had no feet.” Downer, I know, but it’s my inspiration for this post! While 2016 was sort of a disaster there are a lot of book characters that probably had worse years than you did. These aren’t necessarily book characters that had a bad year this year, because some of these books weren’t published this year but… you get the picture.
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Happy Tuesday bibliophiles! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted my The Broke and the Bookish that I haven’t participated in in forever! HOWEVER, this week’s theme got me really excited, and I couldn’t resist. This week I’m talking about my most anticipated releases of the first half of 2017 (only 18 days left of 2016, woah!) Where does the time go?
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