WWW Wednesday 2/19/20

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! … Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading.

Taking on a World of Words

The questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I reading?

The first two, A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole & The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, were on my IMWAYR this week, but I’m in the second half of both of them! Don’t feel strongly about either. About 30% into Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell, there’s a cult involved and I’m excited to see what they end up doing. I started Urusei Yatsura Vol.1 by Rumiko Takahashi maybe a week ago? But honestly I keep forgetting about it and am only a few pages in.

What have I recently finished?

Still only Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo!

What might you read next?

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson, Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed, and Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

The pattern here is new releases I’ve yet to start! The first two are from this year, but Permanent Record was one I got right when it came out. I’d like to be more on top of my reviews for releases from this year so here’s to that.

What books are you reading or planning to read soon? Talk about it and feel free to link your own WWW posts in the comments! Til next time ~

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is a weekly space to check in with other readers and share where you are in current reads, recent completed reads, and review how the previous week went for you. Kathryn @ The Book Date hosts it so definitely give her a visit!

Currently Reading

For the first two I’m dragging my feet a bit. For The Wrath and The Dawn I’m listening on audio and it’s about 10 hours total and I just… Phew. A Princess in Theory is interesting so far but the main love interest is a bit insufferable in his ignorance.. But he has redeeming qualities so I’m trying to get through it. It’s not a bad read so far, I just don’t feel compelled to fly through it. Wayward Son is one I put off reading for no good reason and I picked it off my shelf on a whim and am into it so far.

Completed last week

I finally finished the Grisha trilogy and yes I cried a lot. I’m going to start King of Scars asap and stare off into space mourning everyone in the meantime.

Work has been super busy and I haven’t had much energy to read a lot or blog, which I’m sad about. Very thankful V-Day is behind me now and I can ease out of intense holiday mode.

Posts from last week

How did your week go? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Manga Review: Ouran Highschool Host Club Vol. 1 by Hatori Bisco

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Anyone who’s any kind of nerd on the anime and manga side of things knows the Ouran High School Host Club series. Completed at 87 chapters throughout 18 volumes, Ouran is undoubtedly one of the most well known manga. It also has an anime adaption most people know about which was near and dear to my heart as a tween. This is my first real go at reading it. Let me tell you about it!

What’s It About?

Haruhi is a new transfer student at Ouran High School, a private school for the children of the rich and elite. Her arrival serves as fodder for gossip as her admittance to the school is through a scholarship which is uncommon. As a normal lower class citizen, Haruhi is completely out of her comfort zone. In a quest to find a quiet place to study, Haruhi stumbles across the Host Club, a group of six handsome guys who female students pay to have tea and chat with. Which is fine, until Haruhi accidentally breaks a $80,000 vase meant to be auctioned. Naturally, the Host Club demands she work to pay off the debt. Madness ensues!

In this first volume, we meet Haruhi and the Host Club. There’s a type of guy for everyone. The princely pretty boy, the cutie, the glasses-wearing brains of the group, the tall silent type, and twins with an.. Interesting dynamic. Haruhi, on the flip side, comes from a normal household and is amazed by how grandiose the simplest things at this school are. These people are even fascinated by instant coffee!

Quickly, Haruhi who dresses in frumpy clothes (can’t afford the $6000 school uniform) is dragged into the Host Club. She has to adjust to the petty behavior of the young richlings as well as her new crowd of friends. Haruhi is really a sweet baby angel and for a manga from the early 2000’s this series was really ahead of the game. I won’t give everything away but our heroine is totally a nonbinary icon who doesn’t care about how other people perceive her because she knows who she is.

While there are great messages in the Host Club’s encounters with bullies, overzealous gamer girls, and bridging the gap between the rich and commoners it’s still very much a comedy. The leader of the Host Club, Tamaki, is an absolute idiot with a huge ego and a total meme. The rest of the club and Haruhi take digs at him the entire time and it’s great because he goes from sobbing in a corner to skipping to the next plot for an event in seconds.

In conclusion, this is an iconic series, but it totally isn’t daunting. If you’re looking to invest in a story that will make you laugh and characters who may make you cry later in the series, definitely give it a try! It’s terribly corny but honestly that’s its charm.

Sunday Post #407

Hello friends! I’m back!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them! Feel free to copy and use my Sunday Post image.

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This past week wasn’t busy on my blog, but I did manage to whip up a bunch of graphics for it including a new header which I’m proud of! I intend on posting more, which I say all the time, but I’m more excited to do my best to make friends with more of you all and run a nice looking blog.

This Week I …

Posted twice! Three if you count this one. Maybe 2 and a half?

Bought two books

Upcoming posts for next week

  • It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 2/10
  • Book Review: The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • Manga Review: Ouran High School Host Club Vol. 1 by Hatori Bisco
  • WWW Wednesday 2/12
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (this one we’ll see about but I’d like to start reviewing this trilogy before I finish the last book!)

To conclude, this week has been a bit slow, but I’m looking forward to this week! How has your week been? Do you have upcoming posts planned? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Review: Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

“If Monday were a color, she’d be red. Crisp, striking, vivid, you couldn’t miss her—a bull’s-eye in the room, a crackling flame.”

Content warnings for this book: child abuse, child neglect, death, mention of domestic abuse, homophobia, slut-shaming, bullying, miscarriages, grief

Months ago I bought this book and it’s sat on my Kindle ever since. To celebrate Black History Month I’m reading more books by black authors, starting with this one! The synopsis interested me when I first found it and when I did start reading it was easy to get into the story.

What’s it about?

Monday’s Not Coming is about a girl named Monday Charles. She’s a bright young black girl who loves school, Mondays, the color pink, creating dances with her best friend Claudia, and doing hair. She’s been Claudia’s best friend since the third grade and is excited to embrace their last year of school before high school and try more grown-up things like sexy Halloween costumes and dating boys. So when Monday who’s always early is nowhere to be found on the first day of school, Claudia knows right away that something is wrong and her best friend needs her help.

The book follows Claudia starting eighth grade and trying to figure out where Monday is. In the beginning, her parents assure her Monday could be staying with a relative somewhere else. Though as the days turn into weeks and weeks grow into months, Claudia can’t shake the gut feeling that something is up. Why would Monday leave without saying anything to her best friend? They’re closer than that. Right?

My Thoughts

This book drew me in right away. I was once a small Black girl who didn’t fit in or have more than a couple friends and got bullied often so I really related to Claudia. She even loves to color and do nails like I did when I was younger. It isn’t often that I read stories with protagonists I can actually see myself in so I loved that experience. I found it hard to put this book down because I wanted to know what happened to Monday! The story has chapters set in the present after Monday’s body is found, the before when Claudia didn’t know where she was yet, and X years before the events that led to Monday disappearing (confusing enough for you?) So I also wanted to see how Claudia would get along without her one friend.

Relationships are one of the most prevalent themes in this book. We learn just how deep Claudia and Monday’s relationship runs and just how big Monday’s absence runs. Another thing I love is that Claudia’s parents are still married and very much in love and happy to be together. This is super positive and I love seeing a positive family dynamic considering the darker aspects of this book. The longer Monday isn’t in the picture we see Claudia spending time with more new people and how she stumbles about the uncertainty of being vulnerable when she’s used to being trampled on and treated poorly. It was just heart wrenching but also cathartic to see someone similar to myself struggling but still going and growing/changing through it.

Daddy grunted. “You need to stop worrying about your friend and start worrying about them grades. I don’t want to hear another word about that girl. Not one more word about Monday until your grades are up! You understand?”

Now, this book confronts a lot of weighted topics as well as issues in the Black community about what Black girls face growing up; being accused of being “fast” and chasing men when that’s the farthest thing in their mind, minding your own family’s business and standing by when someone is being abused. It even happens within families where everyone won’t say a word to the creepy uncle your mom doesn’t let you hang around, but it’s totally alright to yell at your child daughters to change their clothes because of these grown men. Claudia never gives up on Monday. She has to hear over and over again how her best friend missing for months is none of her business and to worry about herself instead of everyone rallying together to do the right thing for this little Black girl.

This read was both a bit painful but also kind of like therapy because seeing some of my own traumas and experiences on a page stirred something in me and was uncomfortable. But to see it on the page was great because it was like being told I’m not alone in my experience and what happened in my childhood doesn’t define me and I can grow from it. The Black community (lots of older generations) is reluctant to seeing Therapists and receiving help to work through trauma. This goes on for generations and it festers into toxic households that are shown in this book. So in short, I was moved by this book.

My lip quivered. “I did, Ma. I did love her.” Ma reached over and held my hand. “So did I, Sweet Pea,” she whispered. “So did Daddy. That’s why I think it’s time we . . . all got some real help. Together.”

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book to anyone but especially to my Black ladies who grew up being scrutinized by someone older than you who you loved and had a rough time growing up. You’re valid and we’re going to be alright. Definitely make sure you’re in the right headspace to read this because it was a lot. While this does have abuse and murder in it, it’s still a coming of age story for Claudia and I loved reading how she worked through everything. Definitely a favorite of mine and I’ll be checking out Tiffany D. Jackson’s other works.

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It's Monday! Whaaaat Are You Reading?

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Hello friends, back again with the weekly bookish meme hosted by Kathryn over at The Book Date. We can use this space to share our recent reads and current reads and catch up with other bloggers. (And add more books to the ever growing TBR)

Recent Reads

Don’t laugh but I feel like my reading habits are reverting to my middle school/high school love of vampires and early 2000’s manga. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that. The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh was a delight and I grew up with the Ouran anime that doesn’t need any promoting.. I keep forgetting and remembering Libby has manga from Shojo Beat soooo… Here we are!

Currently Reading

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Regrettably I haven’t read many Own Voices books about black girls and this has been on my Kindle forever so I started it Saturday morning on a whim-and wow. It sucked me in right away and I have a lot of feelings so far. I can relate to parts of the protagonist (and her best friend)’s experience growing up and phew! I already advocate for representation in media but I see I need to read more books by black authors! And during this month– Happy Black History Month!– I 100% plan to.

Feel free to link your Monday posts even if they aren’t this specific meme. Let’s chat!

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January Wrap-up!

Hey friends! I’m taking a minute to review how blogging went for me this month and talk about what my February goals are.

Personally, January has been a bit of a struggle. Work is tough as we’re recovering from Christmas but gearing up for one of the biggest holidays in my line of work, Valentine’s Day! I struggle with a lot of self doubt and this will be my first time doing the holiday while in charge of it. I could be taking it and myself too seriously, but the stress is real dang it! Aside from that I’m working on dealing with adulting tasks I’ve put off because of my anxiety surrounding them. i.e Setting up my health insurance so I can get a recurring toothache resolved. The energy has been weird but onward we go! Now for the bookish parts..

Books Read

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (I begrudgingly add this as I finished it on the 1st on January)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  • King’s Rising by C.S. Pacat
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Currently Reading

  • The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
  • Olive Witch by Abeer Y. Hoque

Blog Posts

I meant to write a post about it but I also went to the signing for Hand on The Wall by Maureen Johnson last week!

In February I plan to read and review more books by black authors about black people in celebration of Black History Month. I also plan to make time to blog more consistently and be a bit better on getting reviews out. What are your February goals? Or if that isn’t your cup of tea, what new Feb releases are you excited for?

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