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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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text 2017-07-23 05:03
#24in48 Halftime report
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling

Bedtime Report 

Hours read: 0.75 in The Invention of Nature

Hours listened to: 5.5 in Dies the Fire 

Reviews written: none

Other household tasks advanced: Lots

 

See ya in the morning

 

 

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text 2017-07-22 22:48
Dies the Fire
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling

Of all the post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction I've read, for whatever reason Dies the Fire is the one that haunts me and that I dream about.  And I can't read about what Junie finds at the Fairfax place with dry eyes.  

 

Rest in peace Frank and Joan Fairfax

(spoiler show)

 

262 of 1380 minutes

Available as an audiobook from Hoopla

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text 2017-07-19 21:55
#24in48 and 2nd COYER Read-a-thons Reading List
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Chaucer's Major Tales - Michael Hoy
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two, The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel - Rick Riordan,Antoine Dode,Orpheus Collar,Robert Venditti
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings

From today through next Sunday, I will be knee deep in read-a-thons. Since the 2nd COYER Read-a-thon rules stipulate that only print books can be read, I decided to make 24 in 48 all physical books as well. Some of the books are new to my COYER reading list, as they can be read for Pop Sugar challenge prompt fillers. I am also hoping that some of these books can be used for the Ripped Bodice Bingo, because I would like at least one bingo on that card.

 

1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Pop Sugar: Set in Wilderness) (Library Love Challenge)

 

2. Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy and Michael Stevens (Pop Sugar: Book mentioned in another book - Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was mentioned extensively in one chapter of London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford) (Library Love Challenge)

 

3. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pop Sugar: Interesting Woman) (Library Love Challenge)

 

4. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan/adapted to graphic novel format by Robert Venditti (Pop Sugar: Mythology) (Library Love Challenge)

 

5. A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander

 

6. The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray

 

7. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow

 

8. Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin

 

9. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings

 

10. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings

 

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review 2017-07-17 03:33
Precursor
Precursor - C.J. Cherryh

Precursor - C.J. Cherryh is the first book of the 2nd trilogy in the Foreigner series and starts a few years after the end of Inheritor.  The shuttle to carry people and supplies between the planet and the space station is recently operational and the ship captains recall Jason with little warning.

 

The early part of the book is a lot of milling around and jockeying for position that drags a bit.  But eventually the pace picks up and the book finishes in a rush like mechetti  following the leader in a satisfying mad race to home.  During Precursor, Bren finally sheds some of his tedious insecurity and Ilsidi charmingly steals the show as usual. 

 

Read as a Free Friday selection for Booklikes-opoly.

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