A final close to The Romanices Awards and 2018. After seeing a lot of you struggle with reading slumps last year, all my best wishes for a better 2019 :)
*clicking on book cover brings you to the post with all the nominees
Favorite Cover Fav Secondary Character Favorite Scene
Favorite Quote Favorite Heroine and Hero
Favorite Couple Fav Contemporary and Historical
Favorite Book of 2018
On to 2019 and my top ten most anticipated reads! I'm still reading 2017 new releases, so I'm a bit behind in series :/
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What are your most anticipated reads coming in 2019?
Best reading wishes to you all!
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent
Review : I loved this book I highly reccomend the audiobook . Xiomara is a teenager who is going through a lot her body has changed a lot her mother has all these religious views and xiomara doesn't know what she believes anymore she meets this guy who she really likes but shit goes real when her mom finds out . this book is told in verse and I love verse books and the audiobook is read by the author and it was a beautifully written book . Xiomara finds out her twin brother is gay . Xiomara joins the poetry club where she gets to let out her emotions . after a big blow up with her family Xiomara calls the guy again and they start talking again . And she has her family priest help with her family to help them all talk this out . Xiomara finally performs her poem at the slam event . I believe everyone she read this book .
Quotes :And I think about all the things we could be
if we were told our bodies were not built for them
When your body takes up more room than your voice you are always the target of well-aimed rumors,
“And isn't that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.
Jason Parent writes some scary stuff, just look at the cover for What Hides Within and you will see what I mean. Does it make you want to know want to know more? It does me.
Cover by Q Design
Publisher: Bloodshot Books
Just looking at the creepy cover makes me cringe, yet I open it with sweet anticipation, looking forward to a great scare with same laughs, which I know Jason Parent is more than willing to provide.
With a name like Clive, I foresee some bad things coming his way. Will he be the victim or the perpetrator? We shall see.
The doctor cut open his head to remove…something…only to find everything is okay. He stitched him back up, offered an apology, and wanted him to go away. I’m sorry, but that wouldn’t work for me, and I don’t think it will work for Clive either. OMG! The nerve of the idiot moron doctor! If I was Clive, I probably would have killed him on the spot.
That is the present…NOW…let’s go to the past and find out how and why he got into this spot to begin with.
Detective Samantha Reilly was a hardened detective leading the investigation into a young girl’s death. She was inured to the brutality humans inflicted upon each other. Knowing Jason, I see more dead bodies on the horizon and a truly evil killer.
As soon as we went under the bridge, I knew where Jason was taking me. Now, I’m waiting for the twist.
Chester and Derek…OMG…I laughed so hard I cried. I love that Jason Parent packs so much action, along with the darkness and laughs, leaving me wanting more.
Chester, I wonder what’s going to happen to Chester. Every time I think about him, I try to imagine the details of his home, how and what he eats, and his dining accommodations. I wonder what Chester hopes to accomplish.
I shivered and freaked out a little. Spiders are one of my favorite critters to read about because they make me so uncomfortable. Talk about stepping outside my comfort zone.
Well, that didn’t go the way I thought and that is one of the reasons I love Jason Parent’s writing. He mixes genres seamlessly, dark horror and comedy with lots of action, and creates some amazing villains. Can’t hear so well? Have a stuffy nose?
Jason, you did it again. Took me to a place filled with suspense and tension and a pace that kept me reading, wanting to know what was on the next page, and the next one…
I can hardly wait to get my hands on Victoria, Book II and the final book in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of What Hides Within by Jason Parent.
MY JASON PARENT REVIEWS
W styczniowym numerze najbardziej zainteresowały mnie:
- "Mały fiat skapywał na podwórku" (str. 2-6) - opowiadanie Ignacego Karpowicza.
- "(...)" (str. 7) - czyli zasługujący na uwagę wiersz Piotra Matywieckiego.
- "Cholerne czarodziejstwo. O dziennikarstwie" (str. 8-14) - wywiad z Haliną Bortnowską.
- "Więźniowie czwartego piętra" (str. 16-23) - reportaż Ewy Wołkanowskiej-Kołodziej o starszych ludziach, którzy nie wychodzą ze swoich mieszkań, bo fizycznie nie dają rady tego zrobić.
- "Hilary Clinton nie zamierza odejść" (str. 30-39) - tekst Davida Remnick'a o Hilary Clinton i jej przegranej w wyborach na prezydenta USA.
- "Dochód gwarantowany. Panaceum czy iluzja"? (str. 40-47) - tekst, którego autorem jest Jędrzej Malko, próbujący odpowiedzieć na pytanie czy i ja ile dobrym działaniem jest gwarantowana suma pieniędzy dana bezrobotnemu.
Powstrzymam się od wielkich zachwytów. Pierwszy numer tego czasopisma uznaję za niezły. Głównie przez wzgląd na to, iż po pierwszej połowie gazety artykuły były dla mnie już mniej interesujące.
To, co najbardziej mi się podoba w tej gazecie (poza niewątpliwie ciekawą szatą graficzną przywołującą na myśl "Przekrój"), to przede wszystkim brak wszędobylskiej reklamy. O ileż pezyjemniej przegląda się czasopismo, w którym nie widać na każdym kroku znanej twarzy reklamującej krem, buty czy najnowszą perfumę...
Pierwszy numer przyjmuję sceptycznie, sięgając po następne z nadzieją, że będą tylko lepsze.