I don’t think I had ever heard of Gabrielle Union before this book came out. I had seen “10 Things I Hate About You,” but to be honest, that was ages ago and I don’t remember her part in it, and I hadn’t seen much else she’d been in. But this book was everywhere when it first came out and how could I not be intrigued by that title?
I read The God of Small Things in high school, and even though I haven’t read it since, parts of it hit me hard at the time and have stuck with me. I still consider it one of the best books I’ve ever read, so when I heard Arundhati Roy was coming out with a new book, I didn’t hesitate to buy a copy and nominate it for my book club to read.
I absolutely loved Wonder Woman: Warbringer when it came out last year, so I was already excited for the next installment in the “series.”
When I saw that Batman: Nightwalker, by Marie Lu was available, I couldn’t wait to read it. At the same time, I didn’t have time to read it, so I listened to the audiobook, which I definitely recommend. The narrator did an excellent job of doing distinct voices for each character and I remained on the edge of my proverbial seat the entire time I was listening.
I had heard of Lu before this, although I had not gotten around to reading any of her books. But I had heard only good things, so I was excited to see what she could do with this iconic character.
I should probably preface all this by saying that I’m not a Batman fan. I saw all the Christian Bale movies and the latest “Batman vs. Superman,” but I’ve never read any of the comics. That said, my problem with Batman is that he’s basically a glorified cop. He fights criminals without doing anything to get to the root cause of most violent crimes: poverty.
I was seeing this YA book by Erika Sánchez everywhere for a while, but knew I wouldn’t have time to read it, so I got the audiobook from my library and I really enjoyed it.
It’s about a young girl, named Julia (pronounced hoo-lee-uh) who lives in Chicago – my home town! Except not really because Julia’s family is poor and they live in a not-great part of town. I’m not sure the book ever specifies what part of the city they live in, but there are plenty of Chicago landmarks throughout the book that I did recognize, including Lake Shore Drive and the Art Institute.
The book begins with the death of Julia’s older sister, Olga. Olga had graduated from high school, but was still living at home while she worked as a receptionist and went to college part time. She also helped her mom around the house, so she was “the perfect Mexican daughter” until she crossed a busy street without paying attention and got killed by a truck.
I read this book by Elizabeth Gaskell because one of my favorite podcasts, Bonnets at Dawn, did a readalong and I didn’t want to be completely left out. As it was, I ended up participating late.
I loved Between the World and Me, so when I heard Ta-Nehisi Coates was coming out with another book, I promptly got in line. I know he writes regularly for The Atlantic, but since I don’t read newspapers much, I don’t usually see his articles. All this is to say that the book was largely still new content for me, despite the fact that much of it had already been published in The Atlantic.
My mom bought a signed, hardover copy of this collection of short stories by Tom Hanks when it first came out. I was fully planning to borrow it once she had finished it, but then I went on Overdrive one day and saw that my library had the audiobook (narrated by Hanks) available to borrow right away, so of course I lost no time in downloading it.
It’s delightful. One never knows what to expect from an Oscar-winning actor turned writer, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Hanks’s writing. Each story is exactly as long as it needs to be and no longer. A few of them are sad, but most of them are just sweet, feel-good stories about a person, or a few people, and their lives in the limited sphere they inhabit.
OMG these stories!
This book is a collection of short stories by Helen Ellis and they are so creepy!
I say that, but they run the gamut from funny to sad to creepy, but it was the creepy ones that had the biggest effect on me because I wasn’t expecting them.
I read this book by Jason Reynolds so quickly, I actually forgot I had read it. I was first made aware of its existence (and its awesomeness) via Twitter, where a bunch of people I follow were raving about it. I spent the last week of 2017 furiously reading short books to try to finish my Goodreads goal (which I did manage to complete with just 3.5 hours to go!) so this was one I grabbed because I knew I’d be able to blow through it in an hour or two.
It’s a novel written in verse about a young black boy, Will, who is 15 years old when his brother is shot and killed. Although he was at the scene when it happened, Will didn’t get a clear look at the shooter, but he’s convinced he knows who did it.