4 posts in a week? This may be a record for me. Yeppers. But when I looked at my feed this morning, I saw that Cinderzena posted about a new campaign called #diversebookbloggers started by ReadDiverseBooks.
Of course–this is awesome! I don’t have a Twitter (because, honestly, I just cannot remember to update all the things. I can barely remember to update my Goodreads), but for anyone who does use Twitter, this is a great way to network with those who are dedicated to upping the representation within writing and literature. And isn’t blogging really pretty important? It’s bloggers who have been at the forefront of social change and progress. We can do it again.
If you want your blog to be listed, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to @100storyreviews.
Ok! Now onto books I want to read next (currently sitting in a stack next to me)
I’ve put on my last couple reviews that our school librarian attended BookExpo America in Chicago and came back with SO MANY BOOKS. Seriously jealous. BUT one of the many upsides with being friends with the librarian is when I say, “Whoa, some of these would be perfect for my blog,” and she says, “Yeah, go for it, take the ones you want!”
Does it always feel this cool to read ARCs? I want in on the ARC action even more now ^_^. Anyway. Moving on.
I’ve already read and reviewed two of them: Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel (I cannot even begin to describe how cool this lady is and how NICE she is, and so so so responsive!!) and The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything.
I have 4 more books in the stack I initially borrowed, so here they are with the back cover descriptions.
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction.
On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?
As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl named Cecily. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty–in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?
Told with humor and breathtaking poignancy, Love and First Sight is a story about how we related to each other and the world around us.
The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
The Best We Could Do, the debut graphic novel memoir from Thi Bui, is an intimate look at one family’s journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home. The Best We Could Do brings to life Thi Bui’s journey of understanding, and provides inspiration to all of those who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
It is the present-day, and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.
A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service. He’s got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called “the Hard Four.” On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn’t right–with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.
A mystery to himself, Victor suppresses his memories of his childhood on a plantation, and works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines. Tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he’s hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won’t reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw’s case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child who may be Victor’s salvation. Victor himself may be the biggest obstacle of all–though his true self remains buried, it threatens to surface.
Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country’s arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost.
Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we’d like to believe.
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Note: This is one I checked out from the library, written by an apparently super-famous sci-fi writer from China that was only recently translated into English.
The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
Hope you made it to the end! If you’re reading any of these, let me know! I’ll post reviews as I make it through :). Peace out.