Social Justice Book Club: Just Mercy

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Five weeks. That’s how long I’ve been reading this book. This is definitely the most powerful book I’ve read in 2016 so far, and I doubt anything else is going to come along in the next 7 months to topple that. 

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#BOTNBingo: Because I needed one more reading challenge

Well, yeah, I have a problem. Since discovering the bookternet, I’m all about the reading challenges. I’m pretty sure serious Readathon withdrawal (Andi, Rachel, ya hear me?) is the reason I jumped on this bandwagon as soon as I saw Shaina talk about it on twitter:

Yes, reaction GIFs are my favorite method of communication. 

So I’ve jumped on the bandwagon, and just in time. The #BOTNSBookBingo, organized by the lovely folks at Books On The Nightstand. It goes from Memorial Day Weekend (May 28th, 2016) all the way up to Labor Day (September 1st, 2016). Basically, a summer of reading glory, all mapped out for you! If you haven’t yet, go build yourself a card: http://tinyurl.com/BOTNSBingo2016

Note: The website is set up to generate a new card each time you refresh the page, so make sure you save/print yours as soon as it has been generated!

Here’s mine:

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This is a pretty good mix of things I usually enjoy reading, and things I’d never considered, like nature writing or a fiction set during a plague. Couple of categories, like a book about art or an artist, or a ghost story, are not types of books I gravitate towards (I read everything, so this statement is probably more anecdotal than empirical), so it’s a good mix. My goal is to truck along with #readmyowndamnbooks with this one, but I suspect with the unusual categories I might have to reach out to the library for support.

I’ve talked before about how I thought my rate of success is pretty low with longer reading challenges, but I have a feeling that having specific tasks will help me focus better. All I need to do now is organize what I want to read and that should prevent the slump from setting in. 24 specific books in the span of 3 months seems totally doable. 

If anyone out there is participating, let me know in the comments and we can compare cards!

-J

 

Teaser Tuesday: May 24, 2016

Hello!

It’s Teaser Tuesday!

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This fun bookish meme is hosted by MizB at Books And A Beat. The rules are pretty simple: Grab your current read, open a random page, and pick two teaser, non-spoilery sentences to share from that page.

Here’s mine for this week:

“Fear of a bully, fear of a volcano; the power within you does not distinguish. It does not recognize degree.”

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What’s everyone else reading?

-J

#DiverseBookBloggers: Read All The Things

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Hey all,

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or you follow the most default cis/het/white/able-bodied dude bloggers/twitter peeps, you definitely saw or heard about the #DiverseBookBloggers movement. Started by Naz and Demelza, the hashtag has gained a lot of ground in the short span of time (as it should, because talking about diverse books is awesome). Some eloquently-written pieces have since started floating around the interwebz, so I thought instead of adding my two cents to it (which would be reiterating everything all these amazing people are already saying), I would create a space to collect all these articles and posts and give it a separate home on my blog:

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May 23, 2016: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack. 

Ooh boy, this past weekend was glorious. All I did was stay home, read, not wear a bra, read, wine and dine, read, and bookternet like the introvert that I am (apologies for the play-by-play on Snapchat, y’all). It was GLORIOUS. Like I’d mentioned earlier, I’ve had so many social things happening in the last couple of weeks that I was desperate for some quiet, stay-at-home time, to read in peace. 

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ARC Review: Dinner With Edward

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Dinner With Edward: A Story Of An Unexpected Friendship by Isabel Vincent

Pub. date: May 24th, 2016
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Format: ARC, paperback
ISBN: 9781616204228
Source: LibraryThing Giveaway

 

 

Thanks so much to Algonquin Books and LibraryThing for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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Friday Finds: May 20, 2016

Hey!

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Books And A Beat, showcasing books that you “found” and added to your TBR stack-whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

My finds this week were:

What did you guys add to your TBR this week?

-J