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Book Photo Challenge: Hosted by @booksforthoughts

↳ Month: August

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Top 8 New Releases I read (so far)

With July almost being over, I’m going to share some of my favorite new releases that I read this year! These are in no particular order, so don’t be offended if your faves didn’t rank higher or aren’t on this list.

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (Feb 2017)

I absolutely adore mentorship themes, along with themes are working hard and challenging the systems. Jade is a young African American girl who dreams of being able to do some good by winning a spot on a study abroad program at her fancy private school. But her school sees that Jade needs more opportunities fitting her social status and instead sign Jade up for the Women-to-Women program. By the end of this book, I was as sick of the word opportunity as Jade was. An wonderful read!

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Feb 2017)

An amazing magical-realism story with powerful characters, American Street does not disappoint. I loved the story and Fabiola is strong, smart and quick-witted. There are scenes in this book that still cut me up. If you need a book about some magical-realism that isn’t all Western world, please check this one out!

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whiney Gardner (March 2017)

Deaf MC, illustrations, two moms?? Um, hell to the yes please! You’re Welcome, Universe was a pleasant read, and totally not at all what I thought it’d be. In your face protag, the stigma of disability and beating back the ideas of mental illness. YW, U gave me all the feels. My favorite part is the graffiti wars going on. THAT WHALE. And the whole cast of characters, man!

Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh (Jan 2017)

This was my first short story collection and it did not disappoint! I love every story, my favorites being Sol Painting, Inc by Meg Medina and Flying Lessons by Soman Chainani. Part of the We Need Diverse Book campaign, I cannot suggest another book with so much diverse in culture, gender and race.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Feb 2017)

Seriously, if you haven’t been here lately, welcome to my new obsession. I love, love, love this novel. The emotions, reactions and words feel like my home. The fall out of what happen after the shooting, the constant worries of Starr balancing her Garden Heights and Williamson selves. I cannot recommend or shout or toot this book around enough to get people to read it. My main joy is that there is still a waiting list for this book!! HA!

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry (March 2017)

This year is the year of mental health and Tourette’s is an illness I have only ever heard about once. (It was a hallmark film, I believe called Front of the Class, really good.) I love that Callie’s parts are in these beautiful verses and her friend Jinsong is told in paragraphs. I love her passionate and smart and wonderful Callie is.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (May 2017)

Summer contemporary that beats all other contemporaries out of the rank! I love Sandhya Menon’s writing and her characters. When I wasn’t laughing at Dimple’s exasperation over her mother, I was howling at Rishi’s inner thoughts. Each character played off one another, it was such a wonderful read!

Allegedly by Tiffany D Jackson (Jan 2017)

Mystery-Thrillers that give Law & Order SVU a run for their money. This book had creep-factor, twists, and I really cannot even get over that ending. I loved Mary and she does such a good job building her defense and her Momma is a crazy lady. This book took a hard look at baby jails, group homes and the system that ultimately fails a lot of people.

BY NO MEANS IS THIS ALL THE NEW RELEASES I READ. If I kept going, at least half of my goodreads shelf would’ve been on here! These are the books I love and still think about til this moment. See any of your faves?

Book Photo Challenge: Hosted by @booksforthoughts

↳ Month: July

To participate please tag your photos so I can see them! Also please reblog to spread the word!

You can interpret these prompts any way you want! Just have fun with it!!!

If you have any questions feel free to ask me :)

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Aug 1, 2017 - Heartbreaking

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I blubbered at Starr’s emotional recollections of the shooting. I still tear up and cry, even while listening to the audio. The emotion in the narrator’s voice makes it that much harder. Also, there’s like 35 heartbreaking moments in this book, and not all of them are romantically-incline.