Social Justice Book Club: Just Mercy

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Five weeks. That’s how long I’ve been reading this book. This is definitely the most powerful book I’ve read in 2016 so far, and I doubt anything else is going to come along in the next 7 months to topple that. 

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#BOTNBingo: Because I needed one more reading challenge

Well, yeah, I have a problem. Since discovering the bookternet, I’m all about the reading challenges. I’m pretty sure serious Readathon withdrawal (Andi, Rachel, ya hear me?) is the reason I jumped on this bandwagon as soon as I saw Shaina talk about it on twitter:

Yes, reaction GIFs are my favorite method of communication. 

So I’ve jumped on the bandwagon, and just in time. The #BOTNSBookBingo, organized by the lovely folks at Books On The Nightstand. It goes from Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th, 2016) all the way up to Labor Day (September 1st, 2016). Basically, a summer of reading glory, all mapped out for you! If you haven’t yet, go build yourself a card: http://tinyurl.com/BOTNSBingo2016

Note: The website is set up to generate a new card each time you refresh the page, so make sure you save/print yours as soon as it has been generated!

Here’s mine:

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This is a pretty good mix of things I usually enjoy reading, and things I’d never considered, like nature writing or a fiction set during a plague. Couple of categories, like a book about art or an artist, or a ghost story, are not types of books I gravitate towards (I read everything, so this statement is probably more anecdotal than empirical), so it’s a good mix. My goal is to truck along with #readmyowndamnbooks with this one, but I suspect with the unusual categories I might have to reach out to the library for support.

I’ve talked before about how I thought my rate of success is pretty low with longer reading challenges, but I have a feeling that having specific tasks will help me focus better. All I need to do now is organize what I want to read and that should prevent the slump from setting in. 24 specific books in the span of 3 months seems totally doable. 

If anyone out there is participating, let me know in the comments and we can compare cards!

-J

 

Teaser Tuesday: May 24, 2016

Hello!

It’s Teaser Tuesday!

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This fun bookish meme is hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat. The rules are pretty simple: Grab your current read, open a random page, and pick two teaser, non-spoilery sentences to share from that page.

Here’s mine for this week:

“Fear of a bully, fear of a volcano; the power within you does not distinguish. It does not recognize degree.”

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What’s everyone else reading?

-J

#DiverseBookBloggers: Read All The Things

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Hey all,

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or you follow the most default cis/het/white/able-bodied dude bloggers/twitter peeps, you definitely saw or heard about the #DiverseBookBloggers movement. Started by Naz and Demelza, the hashtag has gained a lot of ground in the short span of time (as it should, because talking about diverse books is awesome). Some eloquently-written pieces have since started floating around the interwebz, so I thought instead of adding my two cents to it (which would be reiterating everything all these amazing people are already saying), I would create a space to collect all these articles and posts and give it a separate home on my blog:

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May 23, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack. 

Ooh boy, this past weekend was glorious. All I did was stay home, read, not wear a bra, read, wine and dine, read, and bookternet like the introvert that I am (apologies for the play-by-play on Snapchat, y’all). It was GLORIOUS. Like I’d mentioned earlier, I’ve had so many social things happening in the last couple of weeks that I was desperate for some quiet, stay-at-home time, to read in peace. 

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ARC Review: Dinner With Edward

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Dinner With Edward: A Story Of An Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent

Pub. date: May 24th, 2016
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Format: ARC, paperback
ISBN: 9781616204228
Source: LibraryThing Giveaway

 

 

Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and LibraryThing for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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Friday Finds: May 20, 2016

Hey!

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Books And A Beat, showcasing books that you “found” and added to your TBR stack-whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds this week were:

What did you guys add to your TBR this week?

-J

Swag Galore!

So, a few weeks back I’d asked if people wanted to take a peek at all of my literary swag, and people said yes, and it’s finally here!

Quick disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the brands or sellers, and I have not been paid to promote any of the products mentioned in this post. I’m only doing it because I know some friends wanted to have a look at my stuff, it forced me to do laundry and clean my room, and I now have a greater appreciation for models who are constantly changing costumes.

So grab a snack and start scrollin’! 

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This was me when I started taking the pictures. This was NOT me when I was done.

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The Great Audiobooks Marathon 2016: The Raven Cycle

Dang, I wish there actually existed an audiobooks marathon of some sort, mostly because it’s the only format of reading I’ve had time or energy for in the last two weeks. Hmm, maybe that is a thing that could happen in the future, if people are open to it. I am slowly but surely becoming a buddy-reading evangelist, and The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is definitely to blame.

I, of course, only picked up this series because I saw Shaina and Jenny gushing over the first book on twitter. There was a ton of buzz and hype on the interwebz about the upcoming final book of this series, but I had not done any research into the series, so I didn’t have the faintest idea what it was about. All I wanted to do was be a part of a buddy-reading-squeeing twitter chat.

After listening to the first couple of minutes of The Raven Boys and realizing it was YA friendship cheeseballs, I was both afraid and excited. High-school me totally ate up the Twilight series back then after avoiding the hype for the longest time, and then regretted it after the series ended, so I didn’t want to have a repetition of that experience. And I didn’t have to, because Stiefvater is an amazing writer and has great content and is the master of delivering the friendship feels straight to your gut so yeah.

Here’s your most basic of all basic plot lines: Blue is the only non-psychic in a family full of them, Gansey is the richest and the most privileged of them all boy looking for a sleeping Welsh King, Adam is the scholarship kid attending the prestigious, preppy school with the rest of The Raven Boys and comes from a very abusive home, Ronan recently lost his father, and then there’s Noah. Oh Noah. Adventures and friendships and feelings ensue. Just magic. There, the end. Now go read the damn books.

These five idiotic teenagers had my feelings by the balls for a solid three weeks. It also helped that Will Patton was a great choice to narrate this series on audio- the lilting southern accent, his gentle voice, and his performance were all top-notch. I think the last time I felt this way about a YA series was Harry Potter for sure. Watching these characters develop and navigate all of the things about being teenagers, and at the same time navigating all of these monumental life-choices- there’s something there. There’s something about that entire experience that makes you just want to envelope these children into a giant hug forever.

Did I mention the thing about how I was having all of the feelings for these friendships?

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Me at any point in the reading of this series. 

If you’re hesitant about having to tackle cheesy YA drama and it’s not your jam, don’t be. Gushing aside, I loved Stiefvater’s writing, plot development, and character development. My favorites are feminist Blue and Calla. Feminist Blue is a force to be reckoned with, you guys. All day, everyday.  I can’t pick just one of the four Raven boys, because each of them had strengths they brought to the table, and their own personal life turbulence to deal with, in the middle of running around this magical forest looking for a sleeping king and trying to survive all that. Watching all these kids work through their interpersonal relationships definitely hit home for me. I don’t think that will ever get old for me. Being a teenager is a rough time, and navigating those real, solid, friendships, understanding loyalty and fostering those bonds, will always warm my frigid heart.

I am actively choosing not to talk about each of the books seperately because I can’t without spoilers and that’s just uncool.

Shoutout to Shaina, Jenny, Memory, Ana, Heather, and Katie for including me in the Raven squad and for sharing all of the feels and gifs via Snapchat and Twitter! I love you guys.

-J

 

Teaser Tuesday: May 17, 2016

Hello!

It’s Teaser Tuesday!

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This fun bookish meme is hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat. The rules are pretty simple: Grab your current read, open a random page, and pick two teaser, non-spoilery sentences to share from that page.

Here’s mine for this week:

“I was just a number to him (and if he saw thirty-five patients a day, as he told me, that means I was one of a very large number). He is a by-product of a defective system that forces neurologists to spend five minutes with X number of patients a day to maintain their bottom line.”

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I haven’t picked up any of my print books in the last couple of days save some graphic novels, and even those haven’t been able to sustain my interest long enough to finish them. Audiobooks seem to still be holding my interest, so that’s good. I started this book just this morning, and it’s really interesting to hear about her account of the onset of her symptoms. I have a couple of reviews in my drafts waiting to be edited, which I shall do over the course of the week. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to my first weekend in a while without any social obligations, and hopefully National Readathon Day will jumpstart my reading. 

What’s everyone else reading?

-J