Mostly Short Books Because I’m a Lazy Ladybug|April Wrap Up

13 books (let’s ignore the fact that most of these are short stories/novellas/graphic novels/books under 300 pages).

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GENERAL

Favorite Book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Least Favorite Book: #GirlBoss

New Authors Read: All of them were knew to me except Becky Albertalli and Brian K. Vaughn

New Authors I want to continue reading: Seanan McGuire

READING CHALLENGES

Number of “Diverse” Books Read: 9

Number of #OwnVoices Read: 5 (I think)

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ

Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 1

Number of YA: 7

Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 0

Number of Classics: 0

Number of Short Stories/Novellas: 2

Number of Short Story Collections: 0

Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 6

Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 3

Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 1

Number of Nonfiction: 2

Number of Graphic Novels/comics:4

Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

The Hate U Give|Openly Straight| You’re Welcome Universe|Upside|

Mini Reviews

Important books

TV/Movie Reviews

If You Watched 13 Reasons Why

New Shows Watched:

  • 13 Reasons Why: 2/5 (basically the same problems I had with the book but amplified)
  • Chewing Gum: 5/5 (new favorite of all time)
  • Dear White People: 4.5/5 (really good yes beautiful)
  • Jane The Virgin: 2/5 (too formulaic for me) DNF
  • Girlboss: 2.5/5 (Sophia is honestly horrible and Annie deserves better aka me)

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • read

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Review

I’m kind of late to the game when it came to this book since it took me over a month to finish. I finally sat down and read the entire book through and I must say probably for the first time EVER, this book lived to the hype.

If you don’t know, this book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement that was started by an amazing group of women: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. The movement fights for justice when

This book should have made you livid, disappointed, upset but it should also spark you to gain hope (even if it’s only a little bit).

The writing is extremely accessible and engaging. The main plot follows the aftermath of a black teenager getting killed by a police officer and Starr was in the car when all this went down. Starr obviously plays a crucial role in the case and tries to seek justice for her friend.   

Star was such an amazing beautiful character. She’s smart with that bit of sass that I love with any main character. The side characters definitely didn’t feel like side characters because they actually play a role in the story. Starr’s parents played a big part and so did the rest of her family and friends. What I liked about the book is that it promoted community involvement

Being black, a lot of this stuff resonates with me in such a personal level. Struggles that black America has to deal with goes even beyond police brutality, and Angie Thomas definitely accounts the adversary, especially the ignorance many of the characters had in the novel. It talks about privilege, race, “hood” neighborhoods and gang violence. Reading this, I didn’t read anything new, but it’s an important read for not just black people, but for all people. It doesn’t sugarcoat anything and it doesn’t make excuses for people. This book reminded me of Black Girl Dangerous {review here} when it comes to the harsh but real tone of these topics that’s depicted in these books (Unlike Pepsi’s newest ad lmao)

I would also like to note that the above does also mean that this book isn’t fucking hilarious at times. Starr’s dad was definitely the comedic, especially when he talked about his Harry Potter gang theory. I told so many people about this theory and everyone also thought it was brilliant. He’s hilarious when he applauds some of the stuff that Starr does that makes her mom mad and also when he’s around Starr’s boyfriend, Chris.

This book teaches you to use your voice as a weapon and to always fight for social justice for not just for yourself, but for everyone. There’s someone out there, innocent, who has been wrong by our messed up system and are facing the unjust consequences because of this. Young people are taught that they can’t do anything because they don’t have degrees or even experience but The Hate U Give teaches young individuals that a no one is ever to young to fight for what’s right.

Ooooo let me just say how angry I was with Starr’s friends. I snap-chatted all the stupid shit that was spewed from these girls mouths such as them complaining about their travels on spring break. One of the girls was basically like “ugh, went to the Harry Potter world in Florida, UGH woe is me.” I don’t get how people can just complain about that type of stuff.

I love Angie Thomas for publishing The Hate U Give. I love her for educating people on black culture and black adversary. I love her for giving young black girls out there a voice.

I hope you love her too.

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Currently Reading + Watching|Balancing College, Blogging/Reading and Mental Illness

Well, if you read my title, you can probably tell what this is all about.

Yeah, I haven’t posted in a while. College has beaten me limb by limb giving me no mercy. I’ve also been struggling to get a hold of my mental health and trying to be content about my life. It’s been a difficult couple of weeks because I went through a surge of hopelessness and anxiety but I’ve been getting better but I know that this feeling will keep coming back so hopefully I’ll learn to effectively get through these emotions.

I also gave myself a schedule to post: Tuesday,s Thursdays and Sundays!

I am determined to stick to this schedule. I want to get back to blogging because it’s therapeutic for me and I love sharing my passions with you all. I also love reading your blog posts/opinions and I just wanted to let you know that you all matter to me! I hope to do better with balancing college, blogging, reading, work, etc…

–ANYWAYS, what have I been reading?–

The Hate U Give

32075671Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Thoughts so far: This book has angered me to no end (but in a good way!).  One of Starr’s friends is literally the worst and I don’t know how she could have tolerated her all this time. I never had a friend like that–probably because I live in a pretty diverse city–and hopefully, I’ll never experience that type of friendship. I love Starr’s dad and I love how parents are more involved in the story because it’s almost rare to see that in YA. I have about 100 pages left and I really want to finish this!!!


Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes 

Summary of book 1: I17342701n the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

Thoughts so far: For some reason, I haven’t been loving this series but it’s one I want to continue reading. I don’t know what’s motivating me to read the rest of the Falling Kingdom books, but Rhodes must be doing something right if I want to keep reading.


–What I’ve been watching–

Jane the Virgin

Image result for jane the virginJane is a religious young Latina who is a waitress in a hotel in Miami. Her life takes a big turn for the unexpected when her doctor (Dr. Luisa Alver) mistakenly artificially inseminates her during her checkup.

 

 

 

Thoughts so far: I steered cleared of this TV series for some reason due to me thinking that this was going to be propaganda but Jane the Virgin turns out to be a hilarious, outrageous addicting show that has become a new favorite of mine. I would recommend to anyone!

 

What have you been reading/watching?

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Types of Memes Book Tag

Is it bad that I remember all these memes when I was younger? Thank you @Icebreaker694 for tagging me in their original tag. This tag was meant for me since I’m a lover of memes (if you follow me on twitter, that’s all is on my personal feed)

Rules:

  • Pingback to creator (Icebreaker694) ALWAYS!
  • Link back to the person who tagged you and thank them.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Provide a meme for each question.
  • Tag 7+ people, don’t kill the tag!

GRUMPY CAT” —A BOOK YOU HAVE NEGATIVE FEELINGS ABOUT.

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

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Ugh, I have several reasons why I despised this book including the characters, the cheating, the slut shaming, the possessiveness. Definitely not a great reading experience  .

 

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“WHAT IF I TOLD YOU” — A BOOK YOU SPOILED FOR YOURSELF.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 

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I was a bit late to the Hunger Games hype and so after I finished reading Catching Fire, I was kind of over it and looked up what happens on Wikipedia (despite the fact that I read it anyways).

 

 

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“I DON’T ALWAYS MAN” — A BOOK YOU DON’T ALWAYS LIKE, BUT WHEN YOU’RE READING IT YOU DO.

The Ramona Quimbly Series by Beverly Cleary

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Reading these as a kid, I absolutely adored these books. I believe I read them all. However, thinking about it now, these books were just okay and Ramona was kind of a brat.

But I still enjoy this series because it’s ridiculous and entertaining!

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“90’S SPIDERMAN” — A GOOD CLASSIC OR RETRO BOOK THAT’LL NEVER GET OLD.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

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When I’m at home, I always go look at the passages and quotes I tabbed. I don’t know why but I really love this book and it’s one of my all time favorites. The themes of innocence and death colliding is haunting but compelling.

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“MARCHING BAND MEMES” — A BOOK THAT’S VERY RELATABLE.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

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I was really at a dark time when reading this and I related to the main character a whole lot. Although it’s humorous, all what the character went through in the book is what I went through and still struggling with.

 

 

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“DEMOTIVATIONAL” —A BOOK THAT YOU’VE SEEN ALMOST EVERYWHERE.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I mean, the book hasn’t even come out yet and it already has a 4.7 rating on Goodreads. This is everyone’s most anticipated book, including mine, and I can’t wait to read it!!!

 

 

 

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“YOU DON’T SAY” —A PREDICTABLE BOOK.

The Perfect Chemistry Series by Simone Elkeles

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An okay YA contemporary series I read years ago.

 

 

 

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“ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY” — ONE DOES NOT SIMPLY BINGE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK. (A BOOK YOU BINGE READ.)

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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Again, every tag I do, I mention my queen. I read Dark Places in one sitting and I love love LOVED it. It’s my favorite by her because I love stories about controversial cases. Libby was such an intriguing character and so were the side characters that we were introduced to. Highly Recommend!

 

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“CHEMISTRY CAT”— A BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING NEW.

None of the Above by I.W Gregorio

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I learned a lot about intersex from this book. It’s extremely educational and the author clearly put in a lot of research. Not the best story plot wise, but if you wanna learn what intersex actually is, I recommend None of the Above.

 

 

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“PET MEMES” — A BOOK THAT’S JUST REALLY ADORABLE.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by  Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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I just recently finished this book and I’m still thinking about how amazing Aristotle and Dante were. I just loved their relationship. I read this on audiobook and I’m pretty sure people gave me weird stares since I was smiling A LOT (listen to this on my way to classes)

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