February was a busy reading month for me! I took part in two readathons, those being Blackathon and Contemporaryathon. I managed to finish 9 books and start a 10th! *Claps self on back* Haha!
Let’s just jump into it!
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Read: Feb. 2nd-5th
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this, but also that I didn’t get lost going through all the different generations. It was so well written that it was a pleasure to read despite the heavy subjects. Homegoing was so powerful with a beautiful ending. I’m so glad I finally picked it up. Goodreads
Bingo Love Read: Feb. 5th
That was a lovely story; very cute. The dialogue, really the writing in general was a little basic, but the artwork was beautiful. It made me cried still! Goodreads
The Color Purple by Alice Walker Read: 6th-9th
This was a reread for me. The first time, I had such a hard time with the poor English. But this time around it was much easier to get through. I just breezed through it. Still love the story. Goodreads
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert Read: 11th-13th
I felt that there wasn’t enough happening with the plot that the book was too focused on going back and forth from present to past to present again. It didn’t seem like there was enough ‘action’ to span a whole summer break. There were some great moments for education on racism, mental health especially, and sexuality. The family dynamic was great, one of my favourite aspects of the book. Goodreads
Pride by Ibi Zoboi Read: 13th-16th
Pride is a great retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I loved the family, although there was a couple of moment where ZZ or someone else in the family came across poorly,. If someone who read this without knowing the family from Pride and Prejudice, they would come across differently than intended. It was great seeing ZZ and Janae with ambition and the Darcy boys supporting them and wanting them to pursue post-secondary school. Goodreads
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah Read: 1st-16th
Trevor Noah has a very interesting story. I don’t personally know anyone who grew up in South Africa and it was pretty informative for one experience. I would love to learn of more experiences and maybe one day visit there myself. I feel so inspired to learn more about Africa, especially South Africa’s history. Goodreads
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Read: 16th
Another reread! I definitely forgot a lot of what happened. I heard such excellent things about the audiobook that I really wanted to give it a try. The Poet X was the Blackathon group book so it was the perfect time to reread it! The audiobook made a world of difference in my experience and made the story way more enjoyable than when I read the book physically. It was so much more impactful with great themes of racism, religion, and sexism. Goodreads
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson Read: 17th-18th
Great, strong story. There were a lot of teachable moments. The writing was just okay. I felt Watson over used “she said”. I know it wasn’t written for my age group, but it felt like Watson was pointing out who was talking constantly, even a conversation clearly stated between two characters. Each section for dialogue was followed by who was talking though it was sometimes unnecessary. Goodreads
Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth Read: 18th-23rd
What a fascinating history that I haven’t seen before. Great accomplishment to the movie Blackkklansman Directed by Spike Lee. It was hard not to see parallels between then with the KKK leaders and now with Trump. Goodreads
Right now, I’m reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf. It’s such a dense adult fantasy that it’s taking me a while to finish it. I plan to also get to The Fifth Season in March, which was my other read that I didn’t have time to get to it.
As always, thanks for reading!
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