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review 2017-11-11 20:00
12 Days of Death Note: Give-And-Take
Death Note, Vol. 6: Give-and-Take - Tsugumi Ohba,Takeshi Obata

I've enjoyed all books in the series, but this one was a bit slow, although you can already feel it is still somehow building the momentum towards something big. Also, Matsuda shined in his own way in this book. This is one of the series where you end up rooting for the side characters more than the main characters!

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text 2017-11-09 14:51
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 376 pages.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.

 

Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

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text 2017-11-08 21:21
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 376 pages.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

20 pages in and I'm already in love with this one. I also missed reading physical books, I love my kindle but going to a library and buying stuff is so much fun!

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review 2017-11-06 18:39
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Another tough review, mostly because this has been written about by so many at this point that I doubt I have anything much to add. This generation's "The Outsiders", The Hate U Give starts with the murder of an unarmed black teen by a jumpy white cop and tells the story of his friend, a teen girl living in a black city neighbourhood but attending prep school an hour away.
 
As a 30yo white Canadian in the urban west coast, it portrays a very different world from what I experienced in school or encounter in my day to day life. Great literature for all ages, but particularly for YA and kids, can teach us empathy by bringing us into the experience of those who are different from us, and this book does that effectively, making the choices, feelings, and responses of the characters clear and relatable whether or not you agree with them. I appreciated the level of insight this story gives since a lot of the reactions I see to the real world shootings and racism are media sound bites or Twitter hot takes that tend toward the outraged or the defensive, and generally lack context or depth. What I appreciated most was the level of complexity the author brings to her portrayals of the neighbourhood, the situations, relationships, personalities etc. Since we're firmly grounded in the MCs story, some ideas aren't developed as fully or in as balanced a way as they might be, but it's a story not an academic paper so that's as it should be. 
 
There's quality writing here, with current events and ideas explored through an immersive story framework, but to step away from the intellectual for a moment, this story was basically a continuous gut punch. I'm not sure if there was a chapter I wasn't crying in. So much heartbreak, which is what helps make the reactions and the anger feel like the natural conclusion. So much tragedy. One of the things, oddly, that really got to me was they way they reference "black Jesus" all the time - not because I have a problem with Jesus being portrayed as black, but because it felt like a snapshot of the multi-generational effects of racism and how that's informed identities. Like, Jesus of all people, ethnically Middle-Eastern and known for validating all human life and brotherly love, should not be seen as belonging to white people by default. Which is a theme that comes up again and again: white people vs. black people. Or white people vs. minorities, as comes up with the MCs Chinese-American friend. So much separation, enmity and rivalry, fear and violence . . . and in the end, so much of that violence turns back on the community that's suffered. So this book was a really thorough exploration of many dimensions of the modern teen's life, of life as a black person in America, of navigating identities between the different spheres of your world (again: teen life), of racism and police brutality, of poverty and gangs and drugs and family. Because this was also one of the most beautiful portrayals of a loving, connected family I've come across in YA. The parents had fully developed personalities, motivations, pasts, with messy but thoughtful approaches. I particularly liked the way the parents talked their kids through stuff. I think if more parents dialogued their kids through critical thinking, problem solving, and understanding the world around them, we'd be in a much better place as a society now. Very cool to see that played out in a YA book.
 
Highly recommend for older teens, maybe 15 through adult. Caution/parental guidance for younger kids based mostly on language, obviously on violence, and just a smidge on sexual content. I could see this book being taught in high school English classes for sure.

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text 2017-11-06 18:04
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Task 10 - World Peace Day & Pancha Ganapati
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders - Ross MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Shika MacKenzie
Y is for Yesterday (A Kinsey Millhone Novel) - Sue Grafton
In the Woods - Tana French
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
A Crown of Wishes - Roshani Chokshi

Doing two tasks in this combined post!

 

World Peace Day-

 

If I had wings like a dove I would love to fly to Montreal or Toronto. I really want to explore Canada more and since it's so close (I live in the D.C. area) I think I would be able to go for a week or longer and just explore. I think that either in spring 2018 or maybe summer I am going to aim to take a trip up north and go exploring. If I don't go to those cities, I did hear about cool things that I can do though that I would love. When I was in Ecuador two Canadian tourists were on the trip with our excursion and they enthused about so many things and showed me videos. 

 

Image result for canada montreal

 

Montreal

 

I know that I want to tour Niagara Falls, but I have heard about walking tours of Old Montreal and I could do a private tour of Prince Edward Island (home of the fictional Anne of Green Gables). 

 

Tasks for World Peace Day: Cook something involving olives or olive oil. Share the results and/or recipe with us. –OR–

Tell us: If you had wings (like a dove), where would you want to fly?

 

Pancha Ganapati:

 

My 5 favorite books of this year was hard to narrow down. I decided to pick the top five that I have already read more than once this year and of course that I read/reviewed for the first time this year. I just included excerpts from my full reviews so you can see why they are my favorite books for this year. 

 

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders-Wow all I have to say is that this book was great. More than anything I love clever books like this, and this was definitely very clever. I honestly was a bit worried for a couple of minutes that maybe I wouldn't be able to get the book since the setting is in Japan. But wow the author Soji Shimada is able to pretty much show you that murder is murder no matter where it takes place.

 

 

Y is for Yesterday- I have to say that I love the fact that even though this book takes place in 1989 there's definitely some similarities to what's going on in the world today in this book. There's the question of rape, there's the question of getting consent, there's the question of violence against women and what do women do in order to fight back against that. I feel like all of those are discussion topics that are very relevant in today's world. 

 

I've really hated how isolated Kinsey felt to me in the past few books was just her interacting with Henry and Rosie. But this one definitely showcases how many people are connected to Kinsey, and how many people just love her.

I was really glad to finally see it seem to laying to rest her whole relationship with the missing Robert Dietz. And I think I see a game plan coming with regards to Cheney Phillips. It was good to read what was going on with him and finally having me not wanting to kick the crap out of him based on what I thought was going on with this character.

 

 

In the Woods- What a compelling read. I finished this thing in about a day and a half. I will say that at first I found myself somewhat bored. But this book ends up being a nice slow burn of a read. I wanted even more by the time I got to the end. I already put a hold on the second book in the series. I have to say that I am really glad that French didn't try to solve the overarching mystery for the main character, Rob Ryan. I know that some readers ended up loving this character and I had to say that in the end, I didn't feel love, but just outright pity for him.

 

 

The Hate U Give-I got so many feels while reading this book.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas takes a look at a teenage black girl who is trying her best to be Starr back home in Garden Heights and Starr at her suburban prep school.

 

Thomas doesn't just make this a YA book, she makes this a YA book accurately showing the struggle for black Americans, for black men, black women, interracial relationships, the pain that we feel when we move away into what is considered "good areas", etc.

Thomas is able to show you so many layers to Starr and the other characters in this book that is becomes mesmerizing to read. Even with the subject matter, I loved that Thomas was able to inject humor and show how for many black Americans that tragedy does not define us, that you still keep going as much as you can, as long as you can. Heck, Thomas even shows you how much simmering anger is under the skin for many black Americans in the U.S. right now, and how those that people screech about as "thugs" and "monsters" can finally just have enough and yes start rioting.

 

 

A Crown of Wishes-  I needed a fantastic book and I savored this one for two days though I wanted to swallow it whole at times. It lingered with me in my sleep and I smiled when I woke up because I was so happy to just keep reading this book. Chokshi includes Indian myths and also just really great characters that you want to keep reading about. We also get appearances from characters from the last book that I was sad to see go when we finished. I often worry when authors start writing a YA book and write a sequel or decide it will be a trilogy. That's only because not many have held up. This one holds up. I highly recommend.

 

Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: Post about your 5 favourite books this year and why you appreciated them so much. –OR–

Take a shelfie / stack picture of the above-mentioned 5 favorite books.  (Feel free to combine these tasks into 1!

 

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