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- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
My April Book Club meeting is coming up so I needed to tackle this 550+ page story.
Summary from Goodreads:
A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book; a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.
I am also reading/listening on audiotape to Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He is the narrator of the audiotape and tells his story with such heart that I find myself stopping and replaying parts that are so powerful over and over again.
Summary by Goodreads:
In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society. In this short memoir, the “Atlantic” writer explains that the tragic examples of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the results of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people–a structure that includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation. From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States. A timely work, this title will resonate with all teens–those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color.
What I recently finished…
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
If you enjoy audiobooks, Emmy & Oliver is one that can be listened to on audio. It was a sweet story between two teens who fell in love at a young age and then their lives were torn apart when Oliver’s father kidnapped him for 10 years and Emmy thought she would never see him again. When Oliver shows up at home, Emmy faces the feelings she had before and falls in love all over again. The thing about love is that it is never easy and Oliver returns with baggage. If you are looking for a teen romance, this one is worth reading!
THUG: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Have you ever picked up a book and knew that it would change you? Make you think just a little differently about the world? THUG: The Hate You Give is a #mustread2017 story. It is one of those books that everyone needs to read and really think about. I fell in love with All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely last year and THUG tops it. They are perfect companion books. The Hate You Give is inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement and tackles topics that MUST not be pushed under the rug anymore.
I have always grown up with the belief that police officers are good people. The main character, Starr, an African American teenager, always believed that as well, especially since her Uncle is a police officer too. All of that changed when she witnessed her childhood best friend shot and killed by a white police officer who pulled them over for no reason.
“A hairbrush is not a gun.” she repeats over and over again.
This story is about more than right and wrong. It is about discrimination, racism, racial bias in our justice system. It is about educating the youth of America to be open to diversity and to think about how our actions affect others. I can’t recommend this book enough. Believe the hype – It is a powerful story and worth reading and sharing over and over again.
What I plan to read next…
These three books just came out (or will be coming out by the end of March) and I need to work on reviews of these for NetGalley.