Review: A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying

Jefferson is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and is sentenced to death. In his defence, his attorny calls him a hog, claiming that something that isn’t human doesn’t deserve to be treated as one. Jefferson’s godmother, incensed by this, employ’s Professor Grant Wiggins, to make a man of Jefferson before his final days.

Why this book?: It’s my first required read for my AP Lit class. I’d also heard interesting things about it before having to pick it up for class.

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Review: No Normal (Ms. Marvel #1) – G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

Kamala Khan is just a normal Pakistani-American Muslim girl living in Jersey City. She likes to write superhero fanfictions, and hang with her friends Nakia and Bruno. But when Kamala sneaks out to go to a party, and somehow gets the power to change how she looks, Kamala realizes that maybe she isn’t as prepared as she thought.

Why this book?: I’d heard it was a fun comic! Plus, a Pakistani-American Muslim MC in a comic? Sign me the fuck up!

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14 Books I’ve Been Meaning to Read But Haven’t Gotten Around To

bookdeviant.wordpress.comWe all have those books that we’ve been meaning to read, but just haven’t gotten around to yet, right? You buy them the moment they came out, because you’ve been waiting for it forever, but then one thing leads to another and it’s kinda collected an inch layer of dust before you realize how long it’s been. Right? We’ve all been there.

So here’s 14 of those books for me, where I’ve had them sitting on my shelf for who-knows-how-long.

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Review: Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) – Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle

Sophie, being the eldest sister, knew that she would never amount to anything. So when the Witch of the Waste comes into her hat shop and curses her, Sophie leaves behind her family to join Wizard Howl, because being in the presence of another wizard (and fire demon!) might help break the spell.

Why this book?: I loved the movie Howl’s Moving Castle, but out by Studio Ghibli, and when I learned there was a book, I just had to read it.

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Review: Ace of Hearts – Caitlin Ricci

Ace of Hearts

While show jumping, an accident kills Ashton’s horse Atreyu. While grieving, he moves to a new house, and meets his neighbor Ty, who used to help run a horse riding therapy center. Ty, realizing who his new neighbor was, wants to be friends, no matter how much Ashton tries to push him away.

Why this book?: A romance between a trans guy and an ace horse show jumper? This is like a dream come true!!!

I would like to thank the people at Less Than Three Press for allowing me to have an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Are Book Reviews Effective for Their Intended Purpose?

Are Book ReviewsEffective

This is something I ponder a lot. It seems to be a book blogger-wide acceptance that book reviews get the least amount of views. At the same time, though, book reviews are intended for the readers, in hopes to influence what books they choose to read.

But are these reviews really changing reader’s minds? Do people even actually read these reviews to so many book bloggers take hours to write?

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