Saturday, July 11, 2020

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 14

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I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.

Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.

Day Fourteen Reflection

1. What have you begun to see that you cannot unsee?

2. What have you begun to unearth about yourself when it comes to white supremacy?

3. What have these last thirteen days (and especially the last six days) shown you about how white supremacy works through you?

4. What have you learned about the dehumanizing ways you think about and treat BIPOC and why?

5. What have you learned about yourself and anti-Blackness?

6. If you are biracial, multiracial, or a Person of Color holding white privilege, what has this week brought up for you? How can you find grounding and self-care for yourself after this heavy week?

7. If you came to this book thinking you were "one of the good white people" or an ally to BIPOC, how do you feel about that now?

8. How are you thinking differently about your white privilege, white fragility, white tone policing, white silence, whiter superiority, and white exceptionalism now?

Let's talk!
Sarah

Stacking the Shelves #102


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature co-hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality. It is a chance to showcase all the goodies you've collected throughout the week, whether they're bought on-line or in-store, an ARC or a final copy, borrowed from a friend or the library, physical or digital, etc.

(These books are FREE to download until July 12th on the website!)

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Author Gift
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Library Treasures
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Happy Reading!
Sarah

Friday, July 10, 2020

My Mighty Girl is SEVEN!

My daughter turned seven today and exactly no one will be surprised that her gifts included a purple typewriter (from my mom) and new books (from me).

Amazon.com: Royal 79119q Classic Manual Typewriter (purple ...

Eleanor has wanted a typewriter for ages, ever since she read the book 'As Fast As Words Could Fly' by Pamela M. Tuck.


Eleanor began typing right away and pretty much hammered away at the keys all day. It was really cute. She's such a little writer already.

If you're familiar with the Fancy Nancy series with Nancy and Bree as kindergarten students, then you will recognize them as third graders in the Nancy Clancy series that Eleanor and I read a couple months ago. In those books, Nancy loved reading Nancy Drew mysteries, so naturally Eleanor became interested in the teen sleuth. I bought a set of the first ten books in the series and Eleanor can't wait to start reading them.

Amazon.com: Nancy Drew Set - Books 1-10 (8601422379983): Keene ...

We also enjoyed yummy take-out from one of our fave restaurants and you can't really go wrong with a DQ ice cream cake for dessert. I think she had a pretty good birthday and we are looking forward to her safe and socially-distanced birthday parade tomorrow.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 13

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I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.

Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.

Day Thirteen Prompts

Cultural Appropriation - the adoption or exploitation of another culture by a more dominant culture, such as its objects, symbols, motifs, rituals, artifacts, and other cultural elements (definitions at 45 and 46%)

1. How have you or do you appropriate from nonwhite cultures?

2. What actions have you taken when you have seen other white people culturally appropriating? Have you called them out? Or have you used your white silence?

3. Have you been called out for cultural appropriation? How did you respond?

4. How have you profited (socially or financially) from cultural appropriation?

5. How have you excused cultural appropriation as being "not that bad"? How do you feel about it now having done thirteen days of this work?

Let's talk!
Sarah

Thursday, July 9, 2020

First Line Friday #116


First Line Friday is brought to you by Hoarding Books. Playing along is easy: open the book nearest you and share the first line. Then check out the link to see the other first lines posted this week.

***You might have noticed an increase in recent weeks of books written by Black and African-American authors in a variety of genres. Since the murder of George Floyd and the spotlight once again shining on the mistreatment of our Black Brothers and Sisters, I am working on amplifying voices that often get shouted down. I have started a #BlackLivesMatter Reading List and would love any suggestions over on that page. My main contributions so far have been of non-fiction, big surprise, so I am looking for fiction especially.***

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"How small I look. Laid out flat, my stomach touching ground. My right knee bent and my brand-new Nikes stained with blood."

Leave a comment and let me know what you think, and leave a link to your FLF so I can stop by to see what you've posted this week.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 12

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I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.

Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.

Day Twelve Prompts

What have you learned about you and racist stereotypes? Begin by making a list of the different racial groups of people found in your country. Where possible, break these down into countries.

1. What are some of the national racial stereotypes in your country - spoken and unspoken, historic, and modern - associated with Indigenous people and non-Black POC?

2. What are the racist stereotypes, beliefs, and thoughts you hold about different racial groups of people? In what ways do you paint them all with one brush rather than seeing them as complex individuals?

3. How do you think about POC who are citizens in your country differently from those who are recent immigrants? How do you think about those who are more assimilated versus those who are less assimilated (e.g., if this practice your country's social norms, if they have accents that sound like yours, etc.)?

4. How do you think about and treat Indigenous children and non-Black children of color differently from white children?

5. How do think about and treat darker-skinned Indigenous people and POC differently from those who are lighter-skinned?

6. In what ways have you superhumanized parts of the identities of Indigenous people and POC while dehumanizing other parts?

Let's talk!
Sarah

Books From The Backlog #53


Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books, is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your shelf unread.

I am featuring books in the order that they were added to my Goodreads To-Read shelf, so sometimes there will be a couple weeks in a row of books on the same topic.

Neglected Book of the Week
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Why did I add Tudor Cousins: Rivals for the Throne to my TBR?

Because at any point after Henry VIII died the Tudor reign could have been radically altered from what we know it as today. The possibilities are deliciously endless.

Have you read this book, or is it somewhere on your TBR? If you've read it, would you recommend it to others?

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Book Tag | The Mid-Year Book Freak Out



Once again I am way behind, because Ashlee from Books Are 42 tagged me last week - maybe even two weeks ago? At this point I can't even tell you what day it actually is. So here's a little bit about my reading so far in 2020!

How much have you read?
My goal for the year is to read 275 books. Based on my Goodreads count, I have read 222 so far. However, that total includes the chapter books I read with Eleanor (Magic Tree House, A to Z Mysteries, etc.). I typically only actually include YA and above towards my own total, which is currently 133.

What have you been reading?
I have been pulled quite far into the YA and Adult thriller pool - thanks a lot, Greg and Ethan! But as always I am plowing through history like nobody's business. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis I have also been reading several texts on racism, antiracism, and such. I have also been reading more YA and middle grade books by Black authors, featuring predominantly BIPOC casts of characters.

Best book you have read so far in 2020
Oh good gravy, this is too tough to answer. There is no one single answer.
  • Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
  • The Broken Girls by Simone St James
  • Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison
  • Hunting the Unabomber by Lis Wiehl
  • William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher
  • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farror
  • Know My Name by Chanel Miller
  • The Boy Who Followed His Father to Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield
Best sequel you've read so far in 2020
One of Us is Next by Karen McManus OBVIOUSLY

New release you have not read yet but want to
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France and England, Mother of Empires by Sara Cockerill The only reason I have not read it yet is because Amazon has not been able to get it to ship to me. Boo!!!

Most anticipated release for the second part of the year
  • The World Aflame by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral
  • The Cousins by Karen McManus
Biggest disappointment
  • This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf - unbelievable "plot twist" that ruined the entire book, insufferable main character who was stupid
  • Scourge of Henry VIII: The Life of Mary de Guise by Melanie Clegg - more about Henry than Mary
  • A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson - a complete clusterfuck of garbage, an insufferable and dishonest main character, unbelievable events that just happen to happen
  • Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era - hard to be an inside look when you can't get basic facts correct
Biggest surprise
Pretty much all the YA and adult thrillers that I am finding and absolutely loving (except McManus and Capin. There is nothing surprising to be that I have loved the books they put out this year, seeing as how I loved everything they wrote before 2020.)

New favorite author (debut or new to you)
Courtney Summers. I loved Sadie and could not put the book down. I will be reading her other work ASAP.

Underrate gems you've discovered recently
Doesn't really apply to me. I discover my fiction mainly through a couple blogger friends who seem to know pretty accurately what I will and won't like.

Rereads this year
Due to reading non-fiction almost exclusively, I never reread those. I did, however, reread One of Us is Lying in preparation for One of Us is Next.

Newest fictional crush
These will never change - Nate Macauley from One of Us is Lying/Next and Chuck Watts from the Mercy Watts series. Dan Jones obviously remains my very real non-fiction historian crush. Is that weird? Oh well. It should be illegal to be that intelligent AND that attractive all in one person.

Newest favorite character
I've read about a lot of badass young women in my latest fiction forays mentioned above. No fave in particular though. 

Book that made you cry
Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
Crow by Barbara Wright

I also freaked out at the end of One of Us is Next when it was unclear how extensively Nate was injured. I very politely asked Karen McManus on Twitter to please leave him alive and well and JUST FINE before I started reading the book. Her reply did nothing to calm my fear and when I reached that part of the story I may have returned to Twitter and loudly reminded her of my request. Side note: Karen McManus is awesome. She is an author who I constantly see interacting with fans and it is great. I can't think of a single Tweet I have ever tagged her in that she has not responded to in some way. I love when authors take the time to cultivate relationships with fans - even after a slew of successful books.

Book that made you happy
One of Us is Next. I can't help it. I <3 Nate.

Favorite book to film adaptation
I don't watch much television or many movies, so I would have to go waaaaaaaay back and say Jurassic Park or The Shining.

Most beautiful cover you bought/received this year
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What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
LOL. Have you seen my TBR?

Favorite post you've done this year
I am really proud of the Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad book talk series. I am posting the prompts each day and even though there are not a lot of comments or discussions yet, the posts are getting a lot of views so I know people are seeing them. I get it, it is uncomfortable, but these are conversations that white people need to have and things we really need to think about and confront. I have slowly but surely been adding my own responses to the prompts and I hope more of you will chime in!

Favorite book community member
This question is not even fair. I have a group I adore and you all know who you are!

I won't be tagging anyone this time around, because I have a done a bunch of these lately. I would love to see anyone's answers to any of the questions, either here or on your own blog.

Happy Reading!
Sarah

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 11

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I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.

Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.

Day Eleven Prompts

1. Think about the country you live in. What are some of the national racial stereotypes - spoken and unspoken, historic, and modern - associated with Black children?

2. How do you think about Black children who are citizens in your country differently from those who are recent immigrants?

3. How have you viewed or how do you view Black children when they are young versus when they get to their teens and young adulthood?

4. How have you treated Black children differently than white children? And how have you treated darker-skinned Black children differently from lighter-skinned Black children?

5. How have you tokenized or fetishized "cute Black kids" or "cute mixed kids'?

6. How have you wanted to "save" Black children?

7. If you are a white or biracial parent of Black children, what antiracism work have you been doing on yourself and in your communities to make the world a safe space for your children? Do you protect your kids when someone others your Black children, or do you retreat into white silence?

Let's talk!
Sarah

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Tackling the TBR Week 25: July 1 - July 7, 2020


My TBR has been out of control for YEARS. Then in January of 2019 I started tracking weekly my true reading/acquiring habits, and voila! I have been able to keep on top of things a little bit better. I may never get below 1,000 books, but at least I won't be topping out over 5,000! When a book cover is linked, it goes to the review here on my blog.


I will be posting on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and the last day of the month. Feel free to join in if you'd like!


If a book is linked in the 'Books Read' section, you can click the cover to go to my review.


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Previous Week's TBR Total: 3,095


Currently Reading

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Books Added to TBR

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Books Removed from TBR: 0

Books Read

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Books DNF-ed

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Duplicates Removed: 0


New TBR Total: 3,097


Any of these catch your eye? Have you already read any? Let me know!


Happy Reading!

Sarah