Combo Weekly/Monthly Round-Up (It’s Monday, y’all!)

Combo Weekly/Monthly Round-Up (It’s Monday, y’all!)

My eye issue has mostly resolved, so I should be able to keep up with blogs more from now, which is a definite yay. I missed posting last week, so this is a two-fer (though, technically, I guess it’s a three-fer). I read some books is what I’m saying. Let’s get to it. This past week, I finished: To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson My rating: 5 of 5 stars 4.5 stars, rounding up I love everything about this book (okay, almost everything, hence the 1/2 star deduction), including the cover. So fun! It gave me a happy. View all my reviews The week before that, I finished: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale My rating: 5 of 5 stars Harriet Tubman is your OG, and you will respect her as such. Harriet Tubman is a complete and total badass. This book is A++ in […]

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Diversity on the Shelf 2016: February Link Up

Diversity on the Shelf 2016: February Link Up

How did everyone’s first month go? Are you making good progress toward your goal? One of my goals is to read 50% by and about POC. So far, I’m at 25%, so I have a little more work to do. Also! I have visited the blogs of everyone who signed up. I have to let you know, though, that if you have a Blogger blog that doesn’t allow anonymous comments, I cannot comment on your blog because Blogger HATES ME. It hates me on my laptop and it hates me on my work computer. So! If I haven’t said so already, welcome to the challenge and happy reading! Link up your reviews below. If you don’t have a book blog, but have Goodreads or Library Thing, etc., you may use that to participate and post your links to your reviews. Get more details about the challenge here.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/25/2016)

It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/25/2016)

Posted January 25, 2016 by Akilah in Memes / 9 Comments

My eyes have still been bothering me, so I’m still limiting screens, which means I haven’t been able to comment on as many blogs as I want to. Or be on the internet as much as I want to. Or watch as much TV as I want to. In short, it still sucks. But I have read a bunch again, so that’s good. This past week, I finished: Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well, that was delightful. Great characters, excellent premise, delightful set up for the rest of the series. More gender and race swapped retellings, please and thank you. Read Harder 2016: middle grade, first book in a series written by a person of color   Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Luna My rating: 4 of 5 stars Beautiful artwork and it was actually kind of sweet. Aw. Alex’s grandmother […]

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/17/16)

It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/17/16)

Posted January 18, 2016 by Akilah in Memes / 13 Comments

A lot is what I’m reading. My eyes have been killing me from looking at the computer screen, so I spent this past weekend on a no-screen diet (…or a very limited screen diet), which included no computer, no phone, and no TV. Which meant lots of books. This past week, I finished: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz My rating: 3 of 5 stars I really liked the first part of this book (once I got past the introduction), but the last half dragged. Yes, yes, family history, etc. But I wanted more Oscar, Lola, and Beli. Also, probably more Yunior, too. (Yunior!) View all my reviews   Recovery Road by Blake Nelson My rating: 3 of 5 stars I can’t remember if I found out about this or the TV show first. Either way, I read it, and I dug it. I’m looking forward […]

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/11/16)

It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/11/16)

Posted January 11, 2016 by Akilah in Memes / 18 Comments

So last week, I totally skipped on using the format I discovered I like for these posts. TRYING TO DO IT RIGHT THIS TIME.   Last week, I finished: Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary K. Wolf My rating: 2 of 5 stars So, this book has a cool premise and an intriguing set up. The mystery is pretty well done with lots of great clues and red herrings. The writing is so bad, though, and the world building is not as great as it could be. For example, I really didn’t know how the word bubbles worked until about 3/4 through the book. That should have been clear from the beginning. So stuff like that took away from my enjoyment. View all my reviews Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead by Michelle Markel My rating: 5 of 5 stars Hillary Clinton is a badass. Whether you […]

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2016 Goals

2016 Goals

So I psyched myself out of blogging by saying I was going to keep it no pressure and then managed to put a bunch of pressure on myself. It’s just how I roll I guess. So, goals for this year: 1. No pressure blogging. I am requiring my students to post once a week, so I’m going to do that as well. However, I think regular reviews aren’t it for me unless I’m feeling really inspired. To that end, I’m going to keep up with It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (because I’ve gotten great recs from it, and I like the round up nature of it) and then I’ll blog in whatever capacity I see fit after that. It’s the only way, really. 2. Expand my reading horizons. And by that I mean branch out in my reading choices. I’m not going to stop reading YA, so that means […]

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Posted January 4, 2016 by Akilah in Memes / 3 Comments

Happy New Year, everyone! So far this year I have finished one book.   If you’ve ever read the Humans of New York FB page or blog, then you know what that’s about. It’s pretty great, actually. Highly recommend. I am also making my way through Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf. And, yes, that is the book that the delightful Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is based on. Spoiler alert: the movie is better. My biggest issue is that the writing style is terrible. For example: “He made my money vanish with a skill that would have impressed Mandrake the Magician and gave me a duplicate of the long, hard going-over I get from patrol cops when they catch me hanging around a decent neighborhood at an indecent hour.” AND “His gumball flipped back and forth between his cheeks like he had two competing Mister Tooth Decays in there […]

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2015 End of Year Book Survey

2015 End of Year Book Survey

Posted December 31, 2015 by Akilah in Memes / 4 Comments

  Number Of Books You Read: 103 Number of Audiobooks: 12 Number of Re-Reads: 4   1. Best Book You Read In 2015? Pieces of Why by K.L. Going My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a beautiful and honest book. I picked this up on a whim at the library, and I’m so glad I did. View all my reviews     2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion My rating: 2 of 5 stars This was a hard read, mostly because Rosie was completely terrible in the book, and I was so frustrated with her and her characterization. Everything is explained via psychology, but I still spent most of the book angry with her. For starters, the whole premise of the book is that Rosie is pregnant and shuts Don out because she […]

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Favorite Book Covers of 2015

Favorite Book Covers of 2015

Posted December 30, 2015 by Akilah in Memes / 1 Comment

For today’s A Month of Favorites, the topic is our favorite book covers and whyyyyyy. I had quite a few this year, so here are my top ten. This Side of Home — Maya just looks so happy and blissful. Royal Wedding — What’s cooler than being cool? Mia apparently. Ms. Marvel: Generation Why — I just love that Kamala is on her phone and kicking ass at the same time. LOVE. HER. The Boy in the Black Suit — It’s all crinkly and textured and cool. P.S. I Still Love You — The covers for these books are even more gorgeous in person. Seriously. I love how romantic and soft they are and that the model looks exactly the way I picture Lara Jean. Also, that black marker is genius. Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen — The cover screams Jeopardy! (which I am a fan of), and Jeopardy! actually features […]

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