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text 2017-10-14 02:48
DNF: Songs of Willow Frost
Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford

Slow start and just not grabbing me. William and Charlotte are finally about to leave the orphanage, so I should probably stick it out a bit longer, but all I can think of is the Halloween Bingo Books I could be reading instead.


Maybe I'll try again between November 1st and the author visit...or then again, I may cancel on the author visit because there's a conflicting event the same night.

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text 2017-10-05 02:21
Reading progress update: I've listened 167 out of 704 minutes.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas,HarperAudio,Bahni Turpin

Absolutely loving this! (Though simultaneously feeling uncomfortable in exactly the way the author intended). 


Bahni Turpin's performance is wonderful so far.



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text 2017-09-26 03:40
Reading progress update: I've listened 30 out of 704 minutes.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas,HarperAudio,Bahni Turpin

We have a winner for my new audiobook!!!  Finished the first chapter and I'm hooked (even though I know that tragedy is just about to strike).


Not quite sure how to fit The Hate U Give into Halloween Bingo.


The most obvious match is for


Which is nicely placed on my card.  But I think it could also fit 




My first hesitation is that Murder Most Foul breaks the pattern I was following (and it's an easy square to fill).


My second hesitation is that I'd originally earmarked Diverse Voices for


Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford 


While Songs of Willow Frost doesn't really fit the Halloween Categories, I'm hoping to have it read by mid-October for a book discussion at my local library. I absolutely loved Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, so I'm apprehensive about starting this, especially as the reviews are mixed. 


I wonder if Songs of Willow Frost can fit the Amateur Sleuth square?  Might have to read it to find out.





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review 2017-07-24 23:51
All American Boys
All American Boys - Brendan Kiely,Jason Reynolds

All American Boys follows two young men - one African American, one Caucasian - after an incident of racist police brutality.  Rashad, who is innocent, is beaten severely enough to be hospitalized by a White police officer who claimed he was stealing a bag of chips from a convenient store.  Quinn observes the incident and then struggles with whether to let people know that he was there.


Set in a generic small city or large town named Springfield, the story could be taking place anywhere in today’s America.  I’ve been hearing about this book from teacher and librarian bloggers since its release in 2015 and thought it would be a good fit for the optional 4th of July Booklikes-opoly Americana book selection.


Co-authored by African American author Jason Reynolds and Caucasian author Brendan Keily, All American Boys could qualify as an #OwnVoices book.  However, I feel like All American Boys was written more as a parable to explain to Caucasian readers why this topic is important than as a book for African American readers to see themselves.  While I found the book compelling, at times All American Boy almost crosses the line to polemic and the moralizing is a bit too blatant to these adult eyes.


In the end, All American Boys is a timely memorial to Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Tarika Wilson, Keith Childress and the countless other young African Americans who are disproportionately dying at the hands of police. Despite my quibbles, All American Boys admirably serves as a potential avenue to start the conversation with young adults about this complex topic.

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review 2016-09-19 01:04
The Shadowed Sun
The Shadowed Sun - N.K. Jemisin

Some fantasy worlds feature elves and other mythological beings wandering around a pseudo-medieval Europe (think Tolkien and all those who have come around and after).  There are also fantasy worlds where whole new cultures are developed from a few assumptions about how magic or psychic forces or co-existing non-humans would influence the people.  While certain elements of the world of N. K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun are can loosely be traced to ancient Egyptian culture, these books are firmly in the 2nd category. And what a world! With dream magic, healing magic, and death magic centered around Hananja, Goddess of the Moon in Gujaareh the City of Peace.


The Shadowed Sun, the 2nd book in the Dreamblood Chronicles, takes place 10 years after the events of The Killing Moon. While The Shadowed Sun follows new protagonists - Hanani, the first female Sharer/Dreamhealer,  Prince Wanahomen, fugitive son of the old king, and Tiaanet, daughter to a scheming member of the merchant class - Jemisin makes liberal use of cameos of the main players from inThe Killing Moon to set the stage and to move the story along.  


I loved The Shadowed Sun, even though parts of the story turn on difficult or troubling subjects – the misbegotten product of incest and an attempted rape take key roles in the story.  I wasn’t aware of it until reading other blogger reviews, but Ms. Jemisin talked about the conscious decision to include rape on her blog and her reasoning is worth reading.


The Shadowed Sun kept me up much too late two work-nights running.  I just couldn’t put it down.  I’m now officially an N.K. Jemisin fangirl.  It will take a while before I get through the stack of books in the queue before them, but I am very much looking forward to seeing the world Ms. Jemisin built in The Broken Earth Trilogy, the second book of which just released in August 2016.

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