Books with ALL THE BEST COVERS (part 6)

It’s been a while since I last did one of these series, but I hadn’t seen too many books lately that fit exactly what I was looking for in this. But FINALLY I have one.

As you know, I’ve read and reviewed Tash Hearts Tolstoy before it came out a bit a go and was a fan. Well, this book is back for this series. Now I loved the original cover. I’m a sucker for old images with writing on it like this.

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(English Cover)

(Brazilian Cover)

 

(Polish Cover)

Okay, so it’s only two other covers so far. But MAN. I love them. Which has me excited to see what others end up happening. They’re creative and fun and I think all of them fit the story and characters so. Another book to add to my list of books I want to buy all the covers for.

Personal

Normally, I don’t go personal on here. That’s what my twitter and tumblr are for. But I want you guys to know ahead of time about why this month I might not be posting as many reviews this month. I’ve already had one surgery and I’m having a second on the 22nd. Basically, I have a way too big kidney stone and too small holes for it to even think of moving. They put a stent in to open things up so this next one they’ll go back in and get it (hopefully) and a possible third to get out my stent.

All of this basically happened quickly that I had to cancel a planned trip to visit family in FL. I would have left yesterday, so that makes things a little worse.

If you want to help out at all, you can check out my Recovery Wish List which is basically just a bunch of cheap books that I’ve been dying to read. But with everything, I can’t buy them. But only if you can afford them too. I’d love to make a big post about each one with my thoughts when I’m better, though it probably won’t be my normal full reviews.

 

Yes, I love Reading Bingo Games

I’m kinda really bad at planning my reading lists ahead of time, but everyone else is, so I’m gonna try to as well. It’ll probably change. For now, I’m putting up which ones I KNOW I will be reading. I’ll be adding to this post when I figure out the other books for this challenge, so keep an eye on this!

Before you question this idea as just using diversity as a check box, the idea is to bring more discussion to authors of Asian heritage and the lack of them in this industry. I admit, even I’m struggling to find books for this challenge, which is the point of it.

 

Romance with PoC/Indigenous Love Interest:

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It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura

Translated Work by an Asian Author:

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Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida

 

For more details check it out here!

What’s ACTUALLY happening in Book Communities Right Now

So some of you might have heard, there’s been a lot of negative things happening in book communities from Goodreads, to Twitter, to Tumblr. As someone who’s actually been effected by it and seen people seriously hurt, I’m going to explain whats actually happening instead of people like Bookriot and Owlcrate who think they know whats happening and spreading false information.

This has been happening for a while, people attacking other bloggers who don’t agree with their opinions on certain books. I’ve seen PoC attacked and gone after for simply saying a book is racist for the fact they have ‘the dark skin savage’ trope. But it all got worse with one book, that book being The Black Witch.

Myself and a few other bloggers got this book to read and review. I mean, I was pumped. It was about witches, that’s my jam. But as soon as you open this book, you realize two things: One, it’s horribly written, and two, it’s full of issues and doesn’t actually call out these issues as bad, but simply says ‘oh, well, that’s how it is’. In a time where neo-Nazis are gaining strength again, this book comes out and it attacks anyone different. It was racist, it was homophobic, it was ableist, it attacked people with mental health issues, it sexist.

I put the book down because it made me sick. I posted a short review saying that I wasn’t comfortable with the book and what it was saying and also how I really found it badly written and unrealistic. Then a fellow blogger picked it up and she fought through the book to post all the issues. And it got so much worse than what I had read. The character supposedly gets a redemption arc, but at what cost? Anyone different reading that book would feel attacked. And someone did take their life because they called out this book and others like it and felt like they were alone, that there were no allies out there.

I updated my review to add the other issues and me and other people started calling out the book and warning people who might be a minority not to read it. All I wanted was an apology from the author and publishing company. But suddenly people were saying we wanted the book banned, that we were attacking an author and a book ‘without reading it’ (which some people did do, but they do have a right when it’s hurting so many people). They started posting reviews that called us out and had nothing to do with the book. People who stood up were attacked. They were harassed, sent death threats, called horrible things, were stalked, and worse. I got some hate for, people saying ‘well it’s a book’ as a reason why it’s okay, which it isn’t. Some people posted five star reviews just to counter act everything we’d done without reading it. They defined all these issues without reading it and said that it was right to have those things in that book, one directed at teens who are mostly like in those minorities.

But that hasn’t stopped authors from calling us horrible things, saying we don’t have a right. It hasn’t stopped book centered websites from saying that we’re not being fair or nice. People are still being attacked on twitter and I’ve watched people I’ve befriended crumbling over it.

I had to stop blogging for a while because it left me exhausted emotionally, it messed with my mental illness and left me hollow feeling. I still have times where I can’t hold my head up. We’re trying to simply make books for everyone, so that no one feels alone like that one blogger did again. People still go through the reviews until they find a bad one and attack the person for posting it without ever touching the book itself. It’s bad when the world has come to this, that it’s reflecting a horrible world that’s inside of a horrible book.

Something to consider

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Maybe Someday Soon

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The Sunlight Pilgrims

by Jenni Fagan

Honestly? I got this book ages ago and the idea of it sounds wonderful. But since I finished my class on dystopian books, I can’t bring myself to pick it up. Instead, I feel rather exhausted. I keep trying to do do so, but I simply can’t. I’m hoping that this will change in future. Soon. Because it does sound good and I’ve heard good, but until then, I’m putting it on hold, including a place marker for it here. There WILL be a review for it at some point soon, and it will go here. Sorry Blogging For Books. I’ll do better and not have such a long time go by before I review again.

Have you guys read it? Do you enjoy it?

Diversity Bingo Reading Challenge!

So I love reading challenges. I recently just finished the #readthemargin reading challenge for all of December my friend Manda ran. So other tumblr users decided to make a reading challenge bingo board for all of 2017.

I’m posting this in part to share with all of you but also a way to keep track of this. I’ll be disappearing again with school, but this is what I’ll be trying to do this year. I want to read each of these squares. You’ll be seeing reviews when I can of these.

I hope you guys consider challenging yourself in your reading this year. If it’s just reading a number, reading a genre, or something like this. It can really help spice up any reading you might do.