Showing posts with label nnedi okorafor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nnedi okorafor. Show all posts

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Books I Avoid, Books I Really Should've Read & more | Bookish Questions TAG

Y'all know I love a good tag. So here's another one I discovered, in which you learn quite a lot about my habits and my weird taste.

1. What book is on your nightstand now?
IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo.

2. What was the last truly great book you read?
THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember, you guys know how much I love this fabulous bisexual mermaid story.

3. If you could meet any writer—dead or alive—who would it be? What would you want to know?
Honestly I would just want to meet Oscar Wilde. He seems like a swell dude and I think we could be friends. I'd just want to hang with him.

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
Probably the flat out ridiculous amount of Goosebumps and Fear Street and The Three Investigators books. I love them, they were my childhood. I've got about forty, I think.

5. How do you organize your personal library?
I switch it up. Sometimes it's by color, sometimes I poorly attempt to do them by author, but usually it's just by convenience. I don't have enough space for everything, so I basically just organize them by whatever fits.

6. What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet? Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?
  • AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
  • THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
  • AKATA WITCH by Nnedi Okorafor
  • ALUTA by Adwoa Badoe
  • INTO WHITE by Randi Pink
I don't feel embarrassed about not reading anything! One book at a time.

7. What book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t? Do you remember the last book you put down without finishing?

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab was definitely a huge letdown for me. I'm almost mad that I didn't like it, mainly because I lovelovelove books that feature parallel worlds.

There haven't been any memorable DNFs lately, fortunately!

8. What kinds of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

A book can only become a potential new favorite and five star if it has:
  • fantastic world building that makes me forget where I even am
  • decent, not overly flowery prose
  • a memorable voice
  • is so thrilling that I don't want to put it down and/or finish it in one sitting
I avoid books that have:
  • only white, straight characters
  • follow book tropes and a specific unoriginal formula with no spin on it
  • have special snowflake protagonists that are the chosen ones

9. If you could require the president to read one particular book, what would it be?
I really don't care about patronizing/policing what other people read. I would decline that opportunity.

10. What do you plan to read next?
Oh, I don't know. Maybe 27 HOURS. Possibly 27 HOURS. It's so long until release date but I don't think I can wait much longer.

Consider yourself tagged!
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

20 Exciting 2016/17 YA Books by Black Women | #DiversityBoost

This is the first post for my new blog feature, #DiversityBoost - created solely to boost and highlight diverse books and authors!

Do yourself a favor, diversify your shelf, and add all those fantastic books to your TBR on Goodreads.


PEAS AND CARROTS by Tanita S. Davis
A Black girl coming to live with a White foster family and I absolutely need to read this book! This sounds so great. (Feb 2016, Knopf Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

THE SMALLER EVIL by Stephanie Kuehn
A fast-paced fantastic thriller featuring a gay teen with anxiety! I've been excited for this for months. (Aug 2016, Dutton Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

INTO WHITE by Randi Pink
This is about a Black girl waking up White one day and I need it in my life SO SO SO badly. You need it, too. (Sept 2016, Feiwel and Friends) Goodreads

PASADENA by Sherri L. Smith
A noir thriller in the vein of WE WERE LIARS, oh my! Give me all the unreliable narrators, I am ready for this. (Sept 2016, G.P. Putnam's Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

EVERYONE WE'VE BEEN by Sarah Everett
This has a gorgeous cover and features one of my favorite tropes - memory loss and trying to recover those memories. I'm excited. (Oct 2016, Knopf Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

STEALING SNOW by Danielle Page
You can't go wrong with fairytale retellings and this particular one absolutely had me at "high security mental hospital".
(Sept 2016, Bloomsbury USA Children's) Goodreads

A gorgeous contemporary about love and fate from the fantastic Nicola Yoon. (Nov 2016, Delacorte Press) Goodreads

FATE OF FLAMES by Sarah Raughley
Four girls with the power to control elements fighting against nightmare monsters. Love me some girl power, this sounds great.
(Nov 2016, Simon Pulse) Goodreads

PLASTIC WINGS by C.T. Callahan
Angels and humans fighting to the death, I've always been a sucker for a good angel story, so all the thumbs up for this! (Nov 2016, Three Little Books Co.)  Goodreads


ALLEGEDLY by Tiffany D. Jackson
This sounds like a marvellous thrilling read: The protagonist is accused of having murdered a child.
(Jan 2017, Katherine Tegen Books) Goodreads

BINTI: HOME by Nnedi Okorafor
Granted, this one is a short story, but if you haven't read part 1, BINTI, you are missing out. African-inspired sci-fi. You need this. (Jan 2017, Goodreads

This is about a Haitian immigrant pursuing the American Dream, and I am already in love. (Feb 2017, Balzer + Bray) Goodreads

THE HATE U GIVE by A.C. Thomas
This tackles the very important topic of police brutality and I cannot wait to read this and recommend it to everyone I know. (Feb 2017, Balzer & Bray) Goodreads

LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert
A black and jewish teen and mental health! Ah, this sounds like a dream come true. (Aug 2017, Little Brown Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

Accidental pregnancy, adoption, secrets! Yes! (2017, HarperTeen) Goodreads

(other covers yet to be revealed, but not any less exciting!)

THE BELLES by Dhonielle Clayton 
Girls who can manipulate beauty. Give me this fresh concept and fantastic idea immediately, I need this! Ahhhh (Dec 2017, Disney Hyperion) Goodreads

DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
This one makes me already love it by its fantastic blurb. Police brutality, Martin Luther King, Blackness. Yes. ( Oct2017, Crown Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

UNRAVELING LOVELY by Ashley Woodfolk
Social media, diversity, and dealing with a tragedy. Sounds exactly right up my alley and like it will rip my heart out. Yes. (2017, Delacorte) Goodreads

Not much has been revealed yet but Gay is a name you can expect nothing short from perfection of. Looking forward to this. (2017, Balzer & Bray) Goodreads

Which upcoming novel sounds the most interesting to you?

#DiversityBoost is a new monthly feature on my blog where I boost and highlight diverse books or books by diverse authors. 

I'll periodically be making posts like this, so if you're a diverse author/ have written a diverse book and would like to be in one of my posts, follow my twitter to never miss a submission call!

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