THUG is one of those books that has been around #bookstagram for a while. And for that reason I just wasn't sure about it. The fear of the hype, plus my niggles with YA made me not want to pick it up. But how wrong was I? I'll tell you now, very wrong! The Hate U Give is not only the best YA book I've ever read but also one of the best books I've ever read.
So why did I love it so much?
1. It's a very important read. Police violence, brutality and ultimately murder against black people in the US is disgraceful and shameful. Yet at the same time it's still severely denied by large portions of society, especially defensive white people who just don't want to see what's in front of them. THUG shows this well, especially through Hayley's character, the white friend who doesn't realise she's being racist and gets extremely defensive when this is pointed out to her. I hated Hayley but she's such a perfect representation of that type of person!
2. Starr just has the nicest voice. As I've said I have problems with YA. I don't judge anyone who reads it but I have myself always struggled with the genre. My eyes always roll so hard while I read an YA voice they end up in the back of my head. It's mostly because I find their problems trivial and I have my old lady voice of "wait until life hits you". But life has already hit Starr, it hit her at the age of 10 when she saw her best friend get shot and it hit her again at 16 when her other childhood friend gets pulled over and killed by a police officer who mistakes the handle of a hair brush for a gun. Reading this from her perspective made it even more meaningful to me. It showed at what an early age black people in America have to be aware of their race. The fact that her dad gives her the talk of how to behave around police officers at the age of 12 is heartbreaking.
3. It's funny! In spite of the harrowing experiences and the fact that this book made me cry a few times, Angie Thomas manages to balance that with so many funny remarks from Starr. She's hilarious really and the bits about how white people love their dogs were particularly funny.
They definitely werent kidding when they said "Welcome to the most beautiful bookshop in the World" .. nestled in the streets of Venice, this beautiful little bookshop is also known as the "Floating Library" since its situated right at the canal and can switch to a floating bookshop on days when the tide is high .. 😬 you can also get dropped to this bookshop via boat in the canal 😁
More pictures to follow! 😊
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Just started 'listening' to Michelle Obama read out her story in 'Becoming' to me. 😊
Bought an audiobook for the first time! The fact that the author had read it herself prompted me more to get my hands on it.
I guess im in for a lot of lessons to learn from her!
Have you guys tried any audiobooks? #currentlyreading#tbr
Happy Sunday 😊 😃
This afternoon, by 2pm, all roads lead to our store at Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping mall, Surulere Lagos, where we will be having our first Bookclub Meet-up!!
A little over a month ago, we launched the PATABAH BOOKCLUB (click on the link in bio 👉🏾 @patabahbooks if you’re interested in joining) and we picked a Book of the Month for March; My Sister The Serial Killer by @oyinbraithwaite .
You don’t have to be a bookclub member to join us🤗
There will be lots of bookish discussions, wine, games and lots of books to buy😍😍😍
We look forward to having you 🎉🎉🎉
My voice on this book doesn’t really matter and shouldn’t hold much weight, but do know that I loved it. 5 YA Stars!
From my limited perspective, On the Come Up is JUST as good as The Hate U Give with just as much to say. I absolutely loved Bri, her family, friends, and her journey.
Angie Thomas writes with a flow and chemistry that jumps off the page. It feels smart and playful, like bantering with your best friend.
I loved this one and can’t wait to hear all your thoughts on it as well! Fingers crossed that someone turns this into a movie ASAP.
Novel ini menyediakan tokoh-tokoh yang membuat aku penasaran. Banyak dari mereka yang penuh dengan 'rahasia'. Mulai dari karakter yang penuh 'rahasia' maupun orangnya yang juga penuh 'rahasia'. Seperti Moura, sahabat Jovana (tokoh utama) ini penuh rahasia. Moura bisa tau apa yang terjadi, yang tidak diketahui orang lain. Karakternya sih baik, tapi cukup misterius dengan adanya 'rahasia' yang tidak diungkapkan.
Begitupun dengan JT, orang yang naksir Jovana tapi Jovana menolak mentah-mentah. Karakternya bisa dibilang penuh rahasia. Udah dijahatin/ditolak, masih aja baik sama ngedeketin Jovana. Tapi aku penasaran sebenernya 'tujuan' JT mendekati Jovana itu apa sih. Karakternya JT susah ditebak!
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green's debut novel, was another one of my recent reads! I've been a Hank Green fan since the Lizzie Bennet Diaries came out, and was excited to see what Hank would do as an author as opposed to a video creator. I was particularly intruiged by the chance to hear his thoughts, via his characters, on viral videos, given his own experience with YouTube. .
Overall, I liked but did not love An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. I thought the presence of mysterious robots around the world was fascinating and the commentary about contemporary society insightful, and appreciated the way the sexual orientation of the protagonist, April, was treated with care. But April as a character frustrated me at times, and I did not love her treatment of the people in her life or the novel's ending. All in all, this is a worthwhile first book, and would check out a second novel by Hank Green. .
I photographed this with some of my other @bookofthemonth selections. I've only read four of these so far — I need to get moving on The Oracle Year and The Clockmaker's Daughter!
. #marchbookstagram19 : Saturday shelfie
. #anabsolutelyremarkablething#hankgreen#bookofthemonth#botm#bookphotography #bookstagram#staybookish#saturdayshelfie#shelfie#staybookishreviews
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I had grand plans for tonight, but got sidetracked organizing my finished reads. There are some gems in here that are probably due for a reread. 🌈 📚🌈
It was a superb - and color coordinated - reading week!
Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing was poetic, layered, and, at times, painful. Addiction, the realities of poverty, family ties and dissolution - woven throughout the perspectives of thirteen year old Jojo and his imperfect mother, Leonie. I love when books switch character POVs, you get to learn multiple sides of events and emotions. I immediately found my unready copy of Ward’s Salvage the Bones upon reading the final page of this novel to read next.
Player Piano was my second Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five being my first. I listened to the audiobook. I appreciate Vonnegut’s wit and dark dark humor. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work so that I can comment more on the evolution of his craft.
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Homemade lemon poppyseed loaf with lemon frosting & this @bookofthemonth thriller that I’m starting. Today was enjoyable. I’ve been working on a lot of within myself and I’m manifesting some wild energy lately. And now we relax and fall into a different world for a bit. TELL ME WHAT BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING !!! please, I love book recommendations. ✨✨
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What to read next from the ever growing TBR pile? This is just a potion of my several selves worth. With so many great books coming out it’s hard to keep up!
Reading Recs #3 : The Suspect by Fiona Barton. •
From the UK to Thailand and back again, and again, for some...
Description: When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared?
Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth—and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, whom she hasn’t seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.
As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think...
I felt like this was the modern equivalent of an old Victorian novel warning young people of the dangers of not securing a proper marriage. In this case, it’s caution of what a year off from school and an exploratory trip can bring. There were some fundamental issues with the storyline and accessibility I just couldn’t get past and prevented me from truly caring for the characters much throughout the novel. The Child was so good, my expectations were anchored there and this didn’t measure up to me. • #bookstagram#bookstagram#bookshelf#bookshelves#bookclub#books#readingnook#readingtime 📖 #bookofthemonth#bookworm#bookish#bookobsessed#bookhoarder#bookreview#bookreviews
The other day I was sitting at the bar of a Brooklyn coffee shop, nervously sipping my latte while I prepared for the launch of #awomanisnoman (which was scheduled to start moments later at @greenlightbklyn), when I looked across the room to find @ffmirza, author of #APlaceForUs , typing into her laptop. I recognized her immediately, and the next thing I knew I had stood up, walked over to her table, tapped on her shoulder, and said, “I’m sorry to bother you, but I just wanted to say that I loved your novel and you’re even more beautiful in person.” She replied, “Thank you so much. Can I give you a hug?” Aww!💕 After a small conversation, I told her I was an author too and that my event was in a few minutes at the bookstore next door. She said she was sorry she couldn’t make it, but she would love to read the book. We said goodbye and I headed next door to @greenlightbklyn to prepare for the event. A few moments later, @ffmirza walked into the bookstore, bought #awomanisnoman , and asked me to sign it. Long story short: you know when you like an author based on her work but then you meet her and instantly fall in love with her character even more? That’s what happened with me. Forever a fan of @ffmirza. ✨
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How Successful People Think by John Maxwell 🔑
“𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹 𝘀𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴; 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹 𝗴𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴.“💯
Goals are easy to set & a journey to commit to. We all can set them but in order to achieve them we have to commit to the journey. The journey might feel like hell sometimes & that’s why we need keep our “why” in mind. With a clear vision of our “why”, the universe will provide us the “how”. From there we plan, execute & commit. 🔥
Have you guys read any of John’s books? Which is your favorite? #booksforthewise
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“Many of us learn to construct a clear and precise vision of what we want, but we’re never taught how to enjoy what we actually have. There will always be more victories to strive for, more strangers to charm, more images to collect and pin to our vision boards. It’s hard to want what we have; it’s far easier to want everything in the world.” ― Heather Havrilesky, What If This Were Enough?
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Happy Weekend! I’m a day late to @scaredstraightreads#scaredstraightstack but here you go! Some of my favorite thrillers and authors in this stack, and many of them have new books coming out this year too!
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#CurrentlyReading The Winter Sister by Megan Collins
After seeing all of the wonderful reviews for this book on bookstagram, I had some serious regret not adding it to my February BOTM box... so when it came time to order my March box, I made sure to make it my add on!
I’m in a bit of a reading slump at the moment, so I’m hoping that a quick thriller will give me the jumpstart I need to get back into the reading groove.
What’s your favorite genre to read when you’re feeling slumpy?