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Quick Take: Born A Crime

Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

This was absolutely delightful! I find Trevor Noah incredibly funny and so, I had to born a crimelisten to this via audiobook on a road trip that my boyfriend and I took this past weekend.

This was a very different memoir in that this focused on his childhood in South Africa, which was a huge part of why I loved this book so much! It was so interesting to hear about his experiences growing up as a bi-racial child in South Africa after the apartheid. It was both heartbreaking and really empowering.Β My biggest take away from this book was definitely that his mother is an actual BADASS!! She is fierce and doesn’t put up with anyone’s nonsense, which you can tell is where he gets his drive from.

This was a poignant memoir that confronts racism and classism in some real ways. It was empowering to read, as a person of color myself, and it is a much needed statement during this time of too much hate in the world. I highly recommend this book and I actually recommend listening to the audiobook version.

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Quick Take: Legend

Legend (#1) by Marie Lu

legendThis will be another “Quick Take” review style, as this was a quick read for me and I don’t have a whole lot to say, other than the fact that I very much enjoyed this book! πŸ™‚

I have heard so much about Marie Lu and her two trilogies and needless to say, I’ve always been quite intrigued. I got this on the cheap at the Amazon Bookstore in Seattle (which is now my favorite thing in the entire world!), so I thought that this was a great time to be able to read this! πŸ™‚ And I am definitely happy that I did! This was super fast-paced and I read this in two sittings! πŸ™‚

The first thing that I really loved about this book and was really intrigued by was the very interesting typography in this book. The typography alternated between both Day’s and June’s perspectives, which I thought was so interesting and definitely added to the overall reading experience.

My two critiques about this book were the lack of world building and the convenience-ness of part of the plot. I have heard that the next two books in this trilogy do get better and fix some of the world building issues in this first book, so I’m keeping an open mind. I also do wish that there was a little bit more work to the plot line, rather than it feeling a bit too convenient in how it all worked out.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this and will definitely be continuing with this trilogy. I will also be checking out Marie Lu’s other trilogy, as it also sounds very interesting and definitely right up my alley! πŸ™‚

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Lord of Shadows (#2) by Cassandra Clare
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Oh my goodness, y’all!!! This book!!! I can’t even begin to explain howlord of shadows much I loved this book and how much I want to read it again and AGAIN!!! Cassandra Clare is an actual QUEEN when it comes to writing fantasy and not only that, she is a definite voice for a new generation!! And I am not even exaggerating!

So, as this is a sequel in the trilogy AND a continuation of the overall Shadowhunters Chronicles, there really isn’t much I can say that aren’t spoiler-y. I will say, I have to thank Cassandra Clare for taking some major risks with this book. I always feel that YA authors have an incredible responsibility with their books, as they have the ability to form not only young minds, but opinions and values of those young minds. With that being said, I think Cassandra Clare did an amazing and respectful job addressing some important issues around trans representation, how autism is represented in books and empowerment of young women.

While Cassandra Clare and her books have definitely become guilty pleasure reads for myself, I definitely have to give it up for Cassandra Clare for sustaining this incredible world and for creating this incredibly sophisticated piece of work! πŸ™‚ I obviously loved it – I am super bummed to have to wait so long for the next one, but I will definitely keep reading Cassandra Clare and ALL of her books. If you haven’t read this yet, now’s the time to go! πŸ™‚ For the rest of you, read on and discuss! πŸ˜€

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Quick Take: CRAy!!

Crazy Rich Asians (#1) by Kevin Kwan
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crazy rich asiansI am so behind in my reviews, so the next few are going to be “Quick Take” styles just to get myself caught up on everything! But, I have definitely read quite a bit and have enjoyed all of it! πŸ™‚

Up first for my “Quick Take” reviewing marathon:Β “Crazy Rich Asians”!! I definitely very much enjoyed this and had so much fun with this book. Yes, I did partially pick this up because of the INCREDIBLE news about the all-Asian cast film adaptation coming here soon!!

As an Asian-American woman, I am always excited when I see movies or books centered around Asians/Asian-Americans and attempting to broaden the narrative around Asians/Asian-Americans. So, I am all about this book and the upcoming film – I cannot wait! πŸ™‚ Continue reading

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Quick Take: Wild

Wild by Cheryl Strayd

Whew! I have been in quite the reading and blogging slump, my friends -_- Le sigh… I wildfinished “Wild” by Cheryl Strayd at the beginning of April and totally put off my review and even picking up another book. But…I’m back! πŸ™‚ I am posting a “quick take” review of this AND you’ll be seeing another review from me in the next few days here of another book I just finished. Your girl’s got her reading/blogging groove back! πŸ˜‰

Like I said, I read “Wild” towards the beginning of April. A colleague/friend of mine lent it to me and it was one of my 2017 Pop-Sugar Reading Challenge reads. I was excited to pick this one up! I had heard quite a bit about it and had heard some great reviews. Overall, I did enjoy it. I think Cheryls’ writing style is captivating and incredibly expressive. Her writing somehow evokes the same feelings in you, as you read her words on the page. Her story is heartbreaking and empowering, all at the same time…and I fully appreciate Cheryl putting herself out there for the world to see. Continue reading

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Quick Takes: After You

After You (#2) by Jojo Moyes

I’m going to go down the “quick take” review route for this read, mainly because there isn’t a after youwhole lot to say and this book pretty much speaks for itself. This definitely isn’t a knock on the book because as you can see from my star rating…I obviously enjoyed this book.

I readΒ “Me Before You”Β last month and I absolutely loved it. Oh how I loved it. I sobbed for nearly 15ish minutes after I finished this book. The book was unbelievably sad and while I knew how it was going to end, Jojo Moyes did an incredible job of weaving together the most heartbreaking of love stories I’ve ever read. So of course, I NEEDED to pick up this continuation of the story. I literally couldn’t resist.

As this is a continuation of a story, I can’t say much without spoiling the first book. If you want a good love story that tugs at all of your heartstrings, I highly recommend picking upΒ Me Before You”Β by Jojo Moyes or you can also check out my review of it on the blog. And then, if you want more fun romance, woman trying to find herself and hot guys, pick this one up for a light beach read πŸ™‚

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Welcome to the Witchlands

Truthwitch (#1) by Susan Dennard
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I was definitely pretty excited to pick this up – this has been a highly anticipated book for me, Itruthwitch just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Then I was able to pick it up for $3.99 on BookOutlet.com, so
I had to jump on it. I’ve also been reading a slew of contemporary novels, so I thought it was time for a much-needed fantasy.

When I read the description, I knew that I needed to read this book. The aspect of people’s “witcheries” in this book totally brought me back to my earlier days of reading fantasy. People have “witcheries” which are different powers that manifest in them. Safi, one of our main characters, is a Truthwitch which means she can tell when people are telling the truth or telling lies. Iseult, our other main character, is a Threadwitch which means she can see the threads that connect people. After a pretty rough altercation, the two have to flee their home and then they find themselves on the run from a Bloodwitch. Sounds really cool, right? πŸ™‚

All in all, a solid fantasy read. I will definitely be continuing with the series, which by the way…I just realized that this was going to be a 4-book series. You know I’m all about those longer fantasy series’, so hopefully this is one of those series that just keeps getting better and better. Keep reading for some more spoiler-y details πŸ™‚

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