⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • • Thanks to the publisher for an e-galley! Annabelle is a fantastic swimmer who happens to have learning difficulties. She’s happy to finally be getting something right when she’s moved up to the high school team in the summer. However, things get a bit complicated when an older boy starts showing her attention and her estranged father seems to want to return to her life. • • In UP FOR AIR, Laurie Morrison perfectly captures the issues of competitive female friendships, the desire to be liked and accepted by an older crowd, and the search for identity. • • This book is so well written with such a strong, unforgettable voice. I enjoyed the deft way the author tackles all the teenage issues, family struggles, and the way Annabelle works to figure out who she really is. I can’t wait for more people to read this one! • • I have SO MANY great middle grade books lined up and I can’t wait to get to them! Aren’t books just wonderful? Have a great Saturday 📚 #bookstagram #mglit #amreading
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for this wonderful YA novel by @maurenegoo . I didn’t love her debut novel, but this one read so much better to me. Clara Shin is a “cool kid” determined to be unbothered by caring too deeply about anything. But when a prank goes too far, she has to spend her summer working on her dad’s food truck with her nemesis, do-gooder overachieving, Rose. • • I loved the character development in this one. The whole story and all the characters felt so authentic and enjoyable without being unbearably saccharine. I’m so excited to read Goo’s upcoming YA novel! 💫 #bookstagram #ya #amreading • • It’s been close to two months since my last post, and I’m gonna keep posting sporadically, because it’s just more fun this way. I’m currently reading a middle grade novel called UP FOR AIR by Laurie Morrison and listening to (and LOVING) Anne Lamont’s BIRD BY BIRD. What are you reading (and loving)?
📣 I have a theory that PURPLE HIBISCUS is CNA’s least known book outside Africa. Many non-Africans know Americanah and a smaller percentage, Half Of A Yellow Sun. I think her newer tiny books are more well known. In my opinion, even fewer non-Africans know about her collection of short stories 😂. This is probably because of publicity issues or something, since PURPLE HIBISCUS is Chimamanda Adichie’s debut novel. 🌺 • • Purple Hibiscus is also my favorite book by Chimamanda Adichie and none of her other works have I read and reread so feverishly. None of her other books could I relate more to as a teenage, middle-class Nigerian girl. I miss books like these by Nigerians - books by Nigerians about Nigerians living in Nigeria. Books not obviously set out to “tackle” any issues. Stories for the sake of stories. • • • 🌺 If you’re not African but like Adichie’s writing, there’s an 80% chance you’ve not read this and a 40% chance you didn’t even know it existed 😂. Consider this my official recommendation. • 🌺 • I’m rereading this soon with @ekaiban ! I read it countless times in secondary school and this was one of the books that showed me I could write stories about my reality. It’s the closest thing to YA literature by a Nigerian, while still very much for an adult audience. • • 🌺 I’m really enjoying posting without a schedule and just when I feel like it 😂. Okay, just to test out my theory, if you’ve read Purple Hibiscus or not, let me know in the comments. I’d also like to know if you’ve read any of Adichie’s other books and which one you read first! Bonus points if you tell me your fave so far! 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 #chimamandangoziadichie #bookstagram #bookstagramnigeria #bookstagramafrica
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • • 📣 • SOMETHING IN BETWEEN is the story of Jasmine, whose parents migrated to the US from the Philippines in her early childhood. Jasmine becomes captain of her high school cheer team, is one of the best in her class and even wins a National scholarship. The latter event, however reveals a secret her parents have hidden for the last few years: Jasmine and her entire family are undocumented in the US. • • • 📣 As expected, type A, overachiever Jasmine is devastated by the realization that she doesn’t have a green card as she had been told before and doesn’t even qualify for the National scholar award she won. The book also follows her budding romance with Royce, the son of a conservative congressman in the midst of all her immigration trials. • • 📣 I LOVED this book. I expected a wildly unbelievable story, romance, and ending but that was not the case. The book is actually based on the author’s experiences as an immigrant from the Philippines and is very moving and thought provoking. I enjoyed peeking behind the curtain at the way politics works and what undocumented immigrants in the US contend with on a regular basis. I also loved the romance between Royce and Jas. It was very realistic and mature, while retaining the sweetness of teenage love. • • 📣 I can’t believe I’d never heard of this book before I began reading it! Overall, a superb read, for YA audiences and beyond. Highly recommend! It was also fun discussing this with a group of readers, including @aquietnook . • • 📣 I’m excited to dive into more backlist titles! What are you currently reading & loving? #bookstagram #YA #immigration #amreading
Ever since I saw LUCY & LINH on @sachireads stories, I’ve been intrigued! Mostly because I’d never heard of this book before - which is rare because I love and stalk Asian/Asian-American literature. • • “From an author Amy Tan calls “a gem,” this is a witty, highly acclaimed novel that’s “part Mean Girls, part Lord of the Flies” (The Bulletin, Starred review) about navigating life in private school while remaining true to yourself.” • • Have you read this one? What did you think? Any other Asian lit fans in the house? Leave recs please! 👇🏾 #bookstagram #asianamericanlit #asianliterature PS- I’m reading this on @scribd !
Happy Friday! I’m feeling much more (willingly) productive and focused today than I was yesterday and I’m very happy about that. In the spirit of my new goal to read more backlist titles, here’s a middle-grade novel I read and loved earlier this year. • • Counting Thyme is a potent, family-centric novel about raising children when one of your kids has a potentially terminal illness. Although it sounds like a sad read, it’s actually often funny and thought-provoking. I love that facts that book like Counting Thyme exist, because they teach empathy and remind us of the things that truly matter. I’m accepting all the backlist recommendations (books published in 2017 and earlier.) Let me know yo faves 👇🏾 • • How’s your Friday going so far? #bookstagram #kidlit #mglit #family
Let’s talk about a female African author I love: Zambia-born, Zimbabwean-bred author Pettina Gappah. I shared over ten other favorite female African authors on @kacheetee (link in bio) if you’d like to expand your TBR. • • I find Gappah’s writing very thought-provoking. Her stories often tackle societal issues and always incorporate her native language, Shona. Her second novel, The Book Of Memory is centered on an albino woman named Memory who is in jail for murder. • • I’ll admit, Petina Gappah’s books may not be the easiest to read because although quite funny, they’re slow paced and full of Shona words. Still, I enjoyed her most recent collection of short stories, Rotten Row. If you’re a patient reader, who appreciates reading of daily life in other African countries, try Petina Gappah. #bookstagram #africanauthors #bookstagramafrica
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • • 💐 🌸 🌺 It felt so good to be reunited with my favorite bunch of fictional kids! Again, I’m just so warmed by how sweet, adventurous and thoughtful the Vanderbeeker kids are! I loved watching how much growth they experienced in this book and how increasingly distinct their characters became. Would 100% recommend this! • • 💐 🌸 🌺 I’m so excited about my current audiobook TBR! My next listen is Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni! I heard of the author on one of the episodes of @whatshouldireadnext . Nowadays, I’m trying to read more backlist books, adult books and even enjoying non fiction 😱 • • 💐 🌸 🌺 What’s currently popping in your reading life? I’d love to know!
HAPPY PUB DAY to this middle grade novel! Thanks to Starscape Publishing for this e-galley! I’m still in the middle of reading this one, but so far it’s been sensitive and compelling. • • EVERLASTING NORA is the story of a young girl living in a shantytown in the PHILIPPINES North Manila Cemetery . After a tragedy causes the loss of both her father and home, twelve-year-old Nora and her mother take up residence in a cemetery. After her mother disappears one day, Nora embarks on a dangerous journey to find her mother. • • So many great books are out today, and I'll be shouting a few others out in my stories! I'd love more recommendations of stories, middle grade and adult, set in the Philippines, please! ❤️🤗#kidlit #mglit #bookstagram