T5W: Best Books 2017

*little factoids about the books which may possibly change since there are two more weeks left in the month
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) Lines We Cross

A. Making the white guy love interest work to deserve his person of color love interest

Status update on goodreads at 60%: Doesn’t let Michael off hook for racism like every time I think they finna do it they do a nope. You are actually going to face the hard work without a poc holding ur hand and coddling you through it (trying to keep this light but interracial relationships romantic and non-romantic need people who not only care about their friend/partner struggles  but also constantly work to get rid of their racism/prejudice)

B. Marina (main character) has a full life

It shows her family, friends, experiences, and so much more.

C. Audiobook

Listened to this 97-98% on audiobook so the narrators had to be good.

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) Piecing Me Together

*read this at the same time I read The Duff

A. Probably the closest I will ever get to seeing my experiences as a teen in a novel.

B. Focuses on intraracial issues

C.  Black feminist themes

It is connected to what feminism, womanism, or just what some black girls deal with. There was definitely a compare and contrast that happened between Piecing Me Together and The Duff.

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The Duff

*most read by other people

*read this alongside Piecing Me Together

A.  Kind of progressive in terms of sex positivity (my review gets further into why its a kind of)

B. Main character is messy- opinionated, kind of judgmental,  all stuff honestly I was as a teen. A part of the compare and contrast mentioned earlier with Piecing Me Together is the fact that I found myself in both  novels.

C. Movie –>Book

Seeing the movie before the book is probably going to be my newest method since it has worked really well this year.

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) Allegedly

*first young adult novel read

*only readalong finished

A. The book that made me get back into young adult

B. The mystery

C. The Readalong– the experience of asking, answering, and chronicling the progression of the story.

 

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) The Hate U Give

*longest book

*highest rated

A. Visibility- the fact that it is so widely read that I can still find a new review about it in December

B. More than Police brutality- a lot of people describe this as a novel about police brutality which is a disservice because 1. it makes people go into the novel with a certain expectation that is solely about police brutality 2. it is so much more than police brutality

C. Own the physical copy- one of the few person of color (particularly black) young adult books I owned this year so I tabbed it up.

There is so much that it did that I covered in my review of the novel

(Covers are all from goodreads)

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T5W: SFF TBR

Recently, I have been in a mood for reading some science fiction (well, some of these are fantasy but I am more in a mood for science fiction. I think I actually may like sci-fi more than fantasy) books.

T5W Group  where meme originated can be found on the link.

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1. Unplugged

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

Status: Currently reading but waiting to get from the library. I already sampled the first three chapters.

What I like about Unplugged is that it has a dystopia that I feel is plausible. It has so many allusions to current day issues that black and brown people deal with and main character is latina. Also, this would be a good series to get into because the second one came out recently and the third  one comes out in December.

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2. The Between

When Hilton was just a boy, his grandmother sacrificed her life to save him from drowning. Thirty years later, he begins to suspect that he was never meant to survive that accident, and that dark forces are working to rectify that mistake. When Hilton’s wife, the only elected African-American judge in Dade County, FL, begins to receive racist hate mail, he becomes obsessed with protecting his family. Soon, however, he begins to have horrible nightmares, more intense and disturbing than any he has ever experienced. Are the strange dreams trying to tell him something? His sense of reality begins to slip away as he battles both the psychotic threatening to destroy his family and the even more terrifying enemy stalking his sleep. Chilling and utterly convincing, The Between follows the struggles of a man desperately trying to hold on to the people and life he loves, but may have already lost. The compelling plot holds readers in suspense until the final, profound moment of resolution.

Status: Currently reading – same as Unplugged except I am going to buy this one because it is cheap online.

Horror and fantasy!

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3. On the Edge of Gone

January 29, 2035.

That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter near their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll never reach the shelter in time.

Then a last-minute encounter leads them to something better than a temporary shelter: a generation ship that’s scheduled to leave Earth behind and colonize new worlds after the comet hits. But each passenger must have a practical skill to contribute. Denise is autistic and fears that she’ll never be allowed to stay. Can she obtain a spot before the ship takes flight? What about her mother and sister?

When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

Status: Haven’t started yet.

I moved it up my TBR because I think it would be fun to read it for autism awareness month. With the line “When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?” it is a sci-fi I have to read.

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4. Sorcerer to the Crown

Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

Status: Read the prologue but have not read further yet.

Black. Victorian. fantasy.

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5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own.

Status: Still haven’t started yet.

A lot of sff books are doom and gloom so I like the idea of reading something hopeful. Having a book about exploring species, cultures, and worlds is appealing. I have not  read a book with any of these things since reading The Best of All Possible Worlds last year so I hope it is good.