Happy April! I promise I don’t have any April Fools jokes planned for y’all, just some straight-up honest gushing about books.
You guys! Surprise endings or shocking plot twists is one of my absolute favorite things in a book. A big twist gives the book such a wonderful feeling of fun and excitement! A book without any big surprises often falls flat for me. I want a book that can keep me on my toes!
So, obviously, I had a really hard time with this theme because I couldn’t pick just one favorite! Here are some of the amazing contenders that I was thinking of:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (OMG THAT ENDING!!!!)
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (okay, I was 15, it was shocking at the time…)
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy (never saw his identity coming) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (seriously, what even HAPPENED?!?!?!)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (if you tell me you saw the love interest coming, then I’m calling you a liar)
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green (maybe I would have been less surprise if I’d have known it was a series…)
In the end I went with a book that a) I’m sure I’ve never used for Calendar Girls before and b) I read before ANY of these books. And, if we’re being honest, it might be the book that MOST shocked the socks off me. Ever. So, without any further ado, my favorite book with a surprise ending is…
Good gracious, is it only just now February? Is it just me or did January feel like it lasted forever? (It’s probably just me…)
Here in the states February is national Black History Month. It’s a topic of some debate. Many people on both sides of the political spectrum aren’t fans, and every year there’s folks protesting. But publishing is still dominated by white males, so book bloggers tend to go out of our ways to look for ways to celebrate authors who are not. So, here we are!
Honestly, this was a really hard topic for me. Usually our Calendar Girls themes revolve on a particular topic or genre, so choosing a favorite isn’t hard. But since we’re choosing by author I feel like I’m being asked to compare apples and oranges. But once I stopped overthinking it and decided to go with my gut, the answer was obvious. Because it was my #2 book last year.
So without further ado, my favorite book by a black author is…
Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly blog event hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavoriteandbest. It’s inspired by the 6 Degrees of Separation, a movie game where you attempt to connect actors in six movies or less. But we do it with books!
This month we’re starting with Fight Clubby Chuck Palahniuk.
I haven’t read Fight Club, and I don’t really have any desire to read Fight Club. Much like The Sixth Sense, I know the twist at the end, so I feel like the book is basically ruined for me. Fight Club is unique to me, however, because I feel like the movie is so much more well-known than the book. In fact, I would guess that many fans of the movie didn’t even realize it was a book first! Another movie I think lots of people probably don’t realize was a book first is…
2018 has been such a great year for me for books! Probably my best reading year ever. In addition to setting a record for the most books I’ve ever read in a year (not counting the upper/elementary middle school years where I read a book a day), I read the most 5-star books I’ve ever read. Where last year’s Top 10 list had I think three 5-star books, this year there are nine. NINE!
Zélie was ready. All of the other children around her looked scared, but that was what made them weak. Zélie wasn’t afraid. After what happened to her mother and all the other Magi, nothing could compare. She stood chin high and back straight, waiting for whatever the teachers would bring.
When the old woman with the tall hat produced an old battered hat, Zélie’s jaw dropped. This was the test? It required no skill, no training! This was no way to prove herself worthy!
She glanced around with disdain. One girl’s knees were literally quaking, shaking so badly that she had to hang on to the dark-skinned girl next to her for support. Zélie rolled her eyes. Then, the unthinkable happened. The hat began to sing.
Zélie was not hard to sort! While I wouldn’t call her ambitious in the most traditional sense, she is certainly ambitious in her belief that she can bring magic back. She thirsts for power, and doesn’t shy away from dangerous blood magic. And Zélie definitely has a dark side. She embraces revenge and doing whatever it takes to win. Continue reading “Sorting Hat Sunday: Children of Blood and Bone”→
Series: Legacy of Orisha
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Maturity Level: 4+
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Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
WOW. Children of Blood and Bone creates a fantasy universe unlike anything I’ve ever seen before while telling a story that feels as old as time. It was dark and gritty, but with a profound sense of purpose. I feel like this is the kind of book that could change the world.
It’s the 21st century, and we all know how this little dance goes. Finish book. Feel inspired. Exclaim “MY LIFE IS SO CHANGED!!!!” Then do nothing.
We all have those books, the ones that really made us understand something important, or feel inspired to bring change, or that made us feel like we could make a difference. In the acknowledgements for Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi even had a call to action to go do something. And yet, is it just me, or are we not doing anything?
I think that it’s easier to feel inspired than it is to act. Especially because a lot of times a book doesn’t actually tell you what to do. A lot of the social issues that are so important to so many Americans right now just don’t leave us with that many options. Yeah, we can vote, and yeah we can march, but not TODAY. And yeah, we can tweet, but what is that really doing anyway? Maybe a book leaves you feeling inspired that you can do something to change the world. And then maybe you try to go do something and can’t figure out what to do after all. And then a few days go by, then a few weeks, and next thing you know you aren’t so inspired anymore.