Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: Six of Crows

Source: Purchased

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy,
Pages: 465 (Hardback)
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Description (From Goodreads):
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
 A convict with a thirst for revenge A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager A runaway with a privileged past A spy known as the Wraith A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes  Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Reading with the Baby: Shades of Black

Source: Purchased from the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum

 Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney
Genre: Children's Books, Picture Books, Board Books, Culture
Illustrator: Miles C. Pinkney
Buy it: Amazon

I am Black / I am Unique / I am the creamy white frost in vanilla ice cream / and the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar...
Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children. Photographic portraits and striking descriptions of varied skin tones, hair texture, and eye color convey a strong sense of pride in a unique heritage. A joyous celebration of the rich diversity among African-Americans.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Eleanor and Park

Source: Purchased

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 328 (Hardback)
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Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.

Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises...Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Best of... Reading Challenge Detailed

I mentioned in my Challenge post that I was hosting the 2017 Best of... Reading Challenge.  I'm not really hosting a challenge, per se.  It's simply a thing I've been wanting to try for a while.  What is this thing, you say?

I'm simply picking one of the Goodreads Choice Awards categories from the previous year, and reading all the nominees in the category.  I'll also get to see if I agree with the chosen winner.   Most people haven't read every book nominated and you can only vote for the book(s) that you've read. I have a theory that the winner of each category is more of a popularity contest, rather than the best book in the category and I simply want to test that theory.

You can try it if you are interested, I'd be interested to hear how this little experiment works out for different categories (or the same).

I've chosen the Best Young Adult & Science Fiction Category from the 2016 Choice Awards, which means I'm reading the following:

The difficult part of this challenge is that I have to also read the earlier books in the series of some of these. I guess I don't HAVE to, but it is how I roll (eyeing United as One warily  I'm kind of nervous but I really want to give it a shot.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments?  Do you agree or disagree with me about the winners of Goodreads Choice Awards?  If you were to take on this challenge, which category would you take on?
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