Welcome to My New Books Blog

All a person needs is a cup of coffee, a good book, the souls of their enemies, and their cat. 🖤

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

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My Riot Review

GoodReads 4/5 ⭐️

Blog: 4/5 😺

“1991—Val, a teenager from a conservative family, has grown up dreaming of becoming a ballerina, but recently something has changed. She’s begun feeling pressure to conform to a specific idea of beauty, body type, and a personality that just doesn’t fit.

Val meets Kat, a smart, witty girl that doesn’t take any crap off anyone. Kat introduces Val to punk rock. Along with Rudie, another new friend, the three form an all-girl punk band they ironically name The Proper Ladies.

Soon Val and her friends find themselves caught up in a movement with other girls also starting bands—also finding their voice. Collectively, these “riot grrrls” discover that their songs ring out loud and powerful, and for Val, there’s no going back.“

I really loved this. As a punk rock person and a fan of riot grrrl music and the movement, this spoke to my spirit and soul. The message that we do not have to conform to societal standards is such an important message today, for all persons.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone, but especially those who are struggling to find their place, like Val.

Middle Grade Monday: A Touch of Whimsy!

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying your day off. It’s Middle Grade Monday!!!! This month I am participating in the Touch of Whimsy readathon. I will link the hosts below. It’s Alice in Wonderland themed! I am so, so excited because that is my favorite children’s classic!

How it works: there is a map to follow, that has prompts.

My TBR:

Pages and Co: The Book Wanderers

Greenglasshouse

A Pinch of Magic

The Night Owl

Group Book: Train to Impossible Places

I think I can do it! It’s a month long, so here’s hoping! 💜

https://youtu.be/y_rY5FhQdlA

https://youtu.be/B7aen_yXSYE

https://youtu.be/QlNgCINeXNk

https://youtu.be/l86isx5jQds

September TBR & Bookopalathon

It’s September! 😱

Where does the time go?

This month is full of book clubs and a month-long readathon hosted by Becca from Becca and the books. Let’s start there for this months TBR!

Bookopalathon:

I did the standard 5 rolls, and had 2 doubles making it a grand total of 7 rolls! I haven’t picked out my big book yet. 😬

Book clubs:

The Tolkeinalong- The Hobbit

The Stormlight Archives: Way of Kings

Literally Dead Book Club: The Night Swim

I’m also planning on one more readathon and to continue along with the Game of Thrones series this month.

Crazy? Probably. 😂

Middle Grade Monday- The Jumbies

Corinne La Mer does not scare easily…at least that is what she believes. She definitely does not believe in the legend of the jumbies. That is until she sees a pair of yellow eyes in the forest which makes her question everything she believes in. The jumbies are a local legend based on a Caribbean folktale. Corinne soon becomes more and more suspicious of the legend itself, of the mysterious woman who begins coming to the market, of her own mother’s history and where Corinne actually belongs. This is an exciting novel that while a bit reaching at times, however it is based on a folktale so nothing is too out of bounds, manages to capture the essence of a creepy tale, the power of magical possibilities, and what the love of family could overcome.

This book by Tracy Baptiste is enrapturing from the beginning. I couldn’t put it down. Learning about folklore from Trinidad and Haiti was amazing. It has been missing from all the fairytale stories so far.

I really enjoyed the quickness of the read. There was nothing superfluous. It was just the story, which for middle grade, I think is important, as to not lose the reader. The bond between the characters was very believable, especially at that age.

All I can say is it was an excellent read.

Catch the Middle Grade Monthly show for this at: https://youtu.be/aid_bUSmeLk

GoodReads: 4.5/5 ⭐️

CatRating: 😺😺😺😺

Tome Topple 12: A Swing and a Miss

You’re sitting on your love seat. A warm cup of coffee in your hands, a plush, warm maroon blanket on your lap. The twitter notifications on your phone tell you it’s time for the Tome Topple to start.

I had LOFTY goals. I wanted to read 4 books that covered all the prompts. I managed almost 2.


The Prompts:

  • The tome that has been on your TBR the longest
  • A tome audiobook
  • The tome you’ve most recently acquired
  • A standalone tome
  • Read 1 tome
  • A tome written by a Black author
  • Tome from a genre you don’t usually read
  • The tome on your TBR with the most pages
  • A tome you started during another round of Tome Topple

My TBR:

  • Peace and Turmoil- Elliot Brooks
  • A Game of Thrones- George R R Martin
  • The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas
  • Serpent and Dove- Shelby Mahurin

I managed

  • Peace and Turmoil : 582/732 pages
  • Game of Thrones: 675/837 pages
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: 61% of the audiobook
  • Serpent and Dove : didn’t even touch it.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience. I will finish up my tomes this week and then carry on with a new reading challenge/readathon next month!

Happy Reading Everyone!

My Dark Vanessa Review

“ 2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen year old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two year old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising war of allegations against powerful men,a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past.”

I had to sit with this book for a while. It was definitely dark, intense, and made my soul feel dirty.

We bounce between present day where Vanessa is still involved in some weird relationship with Strane and 15 year old Vanessa and their relationship back then. I like the juxtaposition of the two timelines and how Russell told a gritty story that felt so real that it could have been in today’s a headlines. Her characters were well formed and her setting provided for an immersive reading experience.

The story….while I feel like it is a relevant and important topic to touch on in today’s urgent social climate, I think it could have been done better. Where as the emotional fallout of sexual abuse is accurately depicted, I feel like Vanessa never got to the point of healing. I think that can be a good thing, as not all stories have happy endings but I think Russell could have done that a bit better, personally.

I also do not like that it doesn’t really touch on consent. It vaguely explains that he groomed the girls but it didn’t really delve into what consent is, or why it is so important. I really feel like the concepts of abuse, grooming, and consent should have been touched on more.

Overall: The book made me want to shower when I was done because it was gross. It was dark and twisted and the feelings it brought up were not pleasant. I give it 4/5 😻 simply because I think the book did the job it intended with the emotions it evoked and the excellent writing it took to create it.

Goodreads: 4/5 ⭐️