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July’s Book Club Pick: Peeps by Scott Westerfeld

I’m so excited to announce this as my book club pick for the month of July! This month I want to read and review books about vampires in preparation for Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer and I couldn’t have picked a better vampire book for this month.

Synopsis

This book is the complete opposite of what you imagine a vampire is. Vampirism isn’t something you contract by being bitten, it’s a parasite that goes into your body. The main character Cal becomes a vampire after having sex with a gothic girl named Morgan. Because we all know, don’t have unprotected sex or you will become a vampire and die. In Cal’s case, he is a one in one thousand case of being a carrier of the disease, without the bad stuff of making him want to eat humans. Instead, he is the carrier of the disease and anybody he has sex with, or kisses, he infects and turns them into a vampire. In this book, he joins the Night Watch and it is his civil duty to capture all of the vampires in New York before they go crazy and wipe out the whole human race. Perfect for STEM majors, nerds of science, and for those who want just a good laugh on what a vampire book is about.

Synopsis From the Publisher

Last year as college freshman, narrator Cal was infected by exotic goth Morgan with a parasite that caused following girlfriends to become vampire-like ghouls he calls parasite-positives “Peeps”. A carrier without symptoms, he hunts his progeny for the centuries old bureaucratic Night Watch. But victims are showing more sanity, pretty human Lacey is pushing his buttons, and her apartment building basement houses fierce hordes of ravening rats, red-eyed cats, and monstrous worms that threaten all. Morgan has the secret to a centuries-old conspiracy and upcoming battle to save the human race.

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Favorite Quotes from the Book

“Haven’t you ever known someone rejected by a lover, who, consumed by rage and jealousy, never lets go? They look on from a distance, unseen but boiling inside. The emotion never seems to tire, this hatred mixed with intense obsession, even with a kind of twisted love.” 

As a bio major, I figured “free will” meant chemicals in your brain telling you what to do, the molecules bouncing around in a way that felt like choosing but was actually the dance of little gears–neurons and hormones bubbling up into decisions like clockwork. You don’t use your body; it uses you.

Are you saying that your fat-ass cat has turned me into a vampire? 

Um, maybe?

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Pop Culture

Why Every “Books To Read for Quarantine/Lockdown” List is Trash

Out of all of the digital content that was released during our government mandated lockdowns, all of the articles, videos, and tweets being released of what books to read during quarantine bothered me so much. LIKE WHAT WHY?

I underststand that because most of us have time on our hands because of unemployment, working less, or just working from home, and we need ideas of what to do with our time. I just don’t appreciate the message behind it.

Most of my agenda is trying to push forward the message of why we must read in a fast paced world. While others are telling you to read only when you have down time. Which is a good message don’t get me wrong, it’s just that many people would read that and say, “Oh well im busy and I don’t have time to read.” Although reading is great for when ever you have time for yourself, but reading requires effort for you to make time for it out of your busy schedule. 

During the first few weeks I was even motivated to creating a list of books to read during quarantine, but my whole blog is an escape to reality! It would be pointless for me to compile a list of books to read in quarantine when literally any book or genre is good to read during quarantine. 

Here are my reasons why every “Books to Read in Quarantine” list is trash:

1. Every book allows us to escape
A lot of the books of that are mentioned in these lists are books that are made for you to escape the harsh reality of COVID-19. Which is a dumb idea because literally EVERY FICTION BOOK IN THE WORLD is an escape to reality. Books are made for us to escape into the world of every book. Any book published before March of 2020 is a book to escape reality. 

2. The recommendations
Most of the book recommendations on these lists are so broad. Everyone has different tastes and there’s no way that a list has a book for every person in the world to read. There’s a reason to why these books are being recommended, which brings me to my next point.

3. They Announce New Releases
Most of these lists recommend new releases, books that are affecting sales due to COVID-19, so they are trying to advertise these books for you to read. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great new releases, but there are also great books that were published a year ago, or a decade a go, or even a century. Publishers are trying to hit their projected sales quota. 

4. They recommend books that are on the NYT Bestseller lists.
Most of these books that are recommended are on the bestsellers list and that’s because they wanna recommend books that you’ve heard of or are popular. Which is a good idea on paper, but there are hundreds of books that were once a hit, and still are a hit. There are also some very good books written by indie writers who don’t have a huge publishing house behind them to promote their books. Not only that, most good books don’t make the New York Times bestseller list because it’s a list of 20 books out of the thousands of books released within the past two years. 

5. Book Bias 
I’m sure that the recommended books that Ted loved are good, but will I like them? Ted, you don’t know me. You don’t know my tastes, and what kind of
books that I like. Many of these picks are picks by one person. 

6. More pictures, no words.
Lots of these lists do very little in talking about why this is a good book, and they give you a short synopsis, and show you a huge picture of the book. Rather than telling you what books to read, it tells you which pretty cover to read. 

Do these lists work? Have you been tempted to read a book from a recommended publisher? Let me know down in the comments!

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Book Recommendations

🌞☀ Summer Reading 2020 ☼🏄

We might not be traveling this summer, but you can still travel by diving into a book this summer. As the majority of the world is practicing social distancing, the only mode the transportation is by reading. In your imagination that is. As the heat is making us tired, stressed, and exhausted, reading could be a tool used to relax your mind and make you smarter. Below are this summer’s must-read books.

Create a Reading Schedule

Before you pick up a book and start reading, you gotta make sure you read it. Think of a time where you can squeeze in reading into your schedule and make it a habit. For example: I do most of my reading in the evenings. At 7PM, I set everything aside, pick up my book, and read on.

Don’t Miss Out and Be Informed

I started reading this book the other day and it was captivating from the start. This book reads like a textbook, but with a prose that keeps you enthralled. This book is a look upon racist ideas since the beginning of America until the present, and how/why racism has systemically oppressed minorities. A must-read.

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Be On The Edge of Your Seat

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner  – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast. 

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

Read the book before it hits the theaters! Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Get Out of This World

Coming soon on June 30

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.   
 
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
 
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. 
 
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Fall In Love With Your Summer Fling

Literally the only book that has ever made me ugly-cry. Seventeen year old Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie’s father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.

The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels–first love, love between parents and children — that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts . . . and heal them.

At 12 years old, Azere promised her dying father that she’d marry a Nigerian man and preserve her culture. Years later, her mother has done everything in her power to ensure that Azere does just that. But one night at a bar, Azere meets Rafael, a handsome stranger who happens to be white. When their one night together turns into more, Azere must choose between her heart and the promise she made long ago.

Solve A Mystery

When Jan awakens in utter darkness, chained to a wall, a manacle around her wrist, her echoing screams only give her a sense of how small her cell is. As she desperately tries to reconstruct what happened and determine who is holding her prisoner, dread covers despair like a hand clamped over her mouth. Because, like the Minotaur in the labyrinth in Greek myth, her captor will be coming back for her, and all the lies will catch up to her. 

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?

What are you reading this summer? Comment down below your summer reads!

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book review

The Devil Wears Prada: The Movie Was Better Than The Book | Book vs. Movie Review

Spoiler Free Book Review

Designer: Lauren Weisberger

Release Season: April 22, 2003

Thread count: 401 pages

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Chick-Lit

Textiles Themes: Capitalism, Leadership, Beauty Is Pain

My Rating: ★★★.5☆☆

Buy This Book Fresh Out Of The Runway Here:

Today’s Fashion Show Table of Contents:
Page 1: Spoiler Free Book Review
Page 2: Spoiler Book Review
Page 3: Movie vs. Book Review (Contains Spoilers)

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Pop Culture

Here’s What We Know About Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer So Far

May 4th will forever be a day in history of being the day that 2020 was saved. On this day, we found out about the next installment of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, a book we thought that would never see the light of day.

Here’s a full list of facts of what we know about the book so far: (as time passes, I will keep updating the blog post so keep this page on your bookmarks if you wanna be updated on the latest information for Midnight Sun) Updated: Monday, May 11: #9 controversy. The controversy surrounding the twilight saga is 100% warranted. This one of the many reasons of why I don’t like the Twilight saga as much as I use to, but it’s important to bring these issues to light and not divert away from them.

  1. This book will be published on August 4th, 2020. (Confirmed by the publisher)
  2. The book will be 672 pages long. That’s longer than Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. (Confirmed by the publisher)
  3. This book will be told from the perspective of Edward. In this book we will read more about his personal life, and history. In short: This will be the book of twilight, but told in Edward’s perspective. From the summary given by the author, it suggest that we will read more about
  4. This book is going to be a modern text of Greek mythology’s Hades and Persephone epic.
  5. The book will different than the original leaked manuscript. That’s just a given. The publishers will make sure they change Midnight Sun so that they can get readers to purchase the book.
  6. It’s being marketed as a prequel to the Twilight series. On Good Morning America, the news anchor called it as a prequel to the series. Maybe we will learn more about the Cullens prior to Bella.
  7. The publisher’s first round of printing will be 750,000 copies in hardcover and large print.
  8. As of now, there is no word whether this going to be series or just a stand alone book.
  9. Following the announcement of Midnight Sun, the twilight saga was brought into light about racist and misogynistic tropes within the novel. Controversy sparked on Meyer’s portrayal of Native American culture and her non-diverse characters.

Controversy:

Favorite Memes:

As of right now, this is the book cover that they are going with. I believe this book is so odd and weird, but it does the job of capturing your attention. The cover also has to do with Greek mythology’s Hades and Persephon, the story that’s inspired Midnight Sun.

This is also one of the books in which I don’t care about the book cover looks like, I just NEED to have this book in my hands.

What Readers Are Hoping To Get Out of The Book

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  1. If “Twilight” had an Indian version, These actors could be part of it.

What are you most excited about the book? Let me know down in the comment section down below!

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Bullet Journal Spreads and Ideas for Book Readers and Bloggers

What is a bullet journal?

A literal definition of a bullet journal is a journal that uses dots rather than lines. The dots are used as a guide to create charts, and shapes.

A figurative definition of a bullet journal is a journal that you customize to your own liking. Bullet journals are for the planners that hate traditional planners because truth is, everyone has different priorities, things to do, and different day-to-day routines. Bullet journals are for fast-logging, organizing your ideas, to-do lists, and planning. So yes, a bullet journal is a diary, a planner, and a to-do list all in one.

This is an example of a bullet journal spread. This journalist wrote their wreaking spread along with their to-do list, goals list, and weather ideas. This is just an idea what you could do with your bullet journal.

Although the idea of bullet journaling sounds appealing, it isn’t for everyone. Bullet journals are time consuming since you have to create your own spreads, use different colors to your likening, and write all of your goals, motivations, and to-do’s all in one list. Not only is bullet journaling time consuming, they are also an investment. Bullet journals range anywhere from $5-50, and besides that, you have to invest on good pens, pencils, rulers, and markers. But at the end of the day, the work is rewarding. Everything is organized in a few pages, and you feel one step ahead. Plus, the whole process of journaling is relaxing for those who love arts and crafts. You have the option to use colors, stickers, and Washi tape.

Since bullet journals force you to create your own spreads, readers use books as inspirations to plan their day, write their ideas, and plan their next reads. Here are some of my essentials spreads, monthly themes, daily themes, and reading trackers, all book themed!

TBR (to be read) Spreads

TBR spreads are essential for every reader. They allow you to jot down all the books that need to read for when you are looking for your next read.

Created by dear friend, Jessica. Thanks Jessica!

I like this spread because it portrays the bookshelf that you may or may not have. This a great example for those who love to see their book visually rather than a list. The use of highlighter colors bring out the books, and appeal to they eye. This spread allows you to have up to 50 books, in one page, and drawn literally.

This spread is also simplistic and easy to draw. All you have to draw are rectangles and squares, use highlighters to draw around the boarders of the books, and use a pen to write in small print the books that need to be read.

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Playing around with next month’s reading list spread 📖

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This is a custom made spread by Cara, thank you Cara!!!

This spread is a good way to introduce the month as it has your TBR books for the month, along with a calendar and a separate box for favorite books.

I love this spread because it has a TBR list, a calendar, and colors to make it stand out.

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This a good monthly book spreads for bloggers. This spread allows you to list the books you want to read for the month, and opposed to rating it for stars, you could highlight the emoji that summarizes your relation to the book. Or if you want, you substitute the smiley faces to stars.

This spread is also a good idea for readers who want to get back into reading, and it allows you have a to be read list, a read list, and a rating system all in one page.

My favorite part about this spread is the detail on the pages. You could see the zig-zag and the pencil used to show the age of a book.

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This is a simplistic TBR spread for hardcore readers who have huge libraries, and huge lists of books to read. This is something that I could take advantage of since I’m always reading different books and short stories for the blog.

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This is a great, and a beautiful spread for those who want to draw a reading nook. This is a page for those who are artsy and love to take their time on spreads.

As an English major and a writer, my drawling skills are limited, but this is just a pretty picture to look at.

Monthly Theme Spreads

Most bullet journals, depending on those who like them or not, have a page or two dedicated to presenting the months by a quote or an image. For example, someone’s December intro page would be a picture of a Christmas tree or a snow man.

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This page looks like a lot of work, but then again, bullet journaling are meant to relax you by using colors and drawing objects. This idea is great because it shows the many different types of books, and the classic looks of books from the 19th century.

Now I love this image. Although this may be really hard, it gives the idea of using Belle as a literary theme for your bullet journal. Belle has been a beloved literary character by Disney, and represents the model of reader who reads simply to escape into another world better than their own.

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This spread is another great theme of comic books! Comic books and bullet journals share the idea that they are straight forward, and fastly paced.

This a great idea for those who love comics and have the freedom to use bold colors, markers, and icons.

List of Books Read Spreads

Below are my compilation of bullet journal read books spreads, used as a reference page for readers, book critics, and bloggers to keep track of the books that they loved or hated.

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This is a great spread for hardcore readers and bloggers. This easily organizes the books you read, the dates read, and your ratings. The use of glitter on the top is just an example of how you can make your pages stand out. Plus, they make me feel good so I love glitter on my bullet journals.

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This is a great example of keeping track of the books you read. I love the way that this page looks, but it also stresses me out because it looks so complicated to create. This is definitely a spread for those who are talented at creating 3D art.

Another great artsy, challenging spread idea. I love this spread because it scatters the books all over the floor, almost making it look like 3D art. It also uses details of the spider webs, to evoke the passage of time.

This spread is not also a spread to bring out your nostalgia, but it can also be used as a list to note the books that you have already read.

This another example of simplistic read list. What I appreciate about this spread is that it allows space for a key/legend to remind you of your rating system, and uses lines to organize the columns for each book.

Quote Spreads

Bullet journals often have pages that dedicate an entire page with uplifting quotes from celebrities, philosophers, and authors. Here are some of my favorite artistic quote spreads for artsy fans.

This was a custom made bullet journal by @beansbujo. Please follow her on Instagram!! Her
account is so pretty, filled with bullet journal ideas for days.

I love this spread because it gives you the idea of using a favorite quote from your favorite book, and create something unique. Using the cover for inspiration, you can use the colors, and symbols as part Of the design.

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I love this design as a designated bullet journal spread for a TBR list and a quotes page.

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Reading Trackers

Reading trackers are for those who want to keep track of days that they’ve read. They are perfect for those who are trying to create a routine out of reading.


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Besides the drawing of a girl carrying the book, this reading tracker is great because it’s a whole year view of your reading habits. This tracker allows you to track all 365 days, and the pages that you read using a color key to show how much reading you have done.

This is great idea for readers to keep track of the series that they are reading. As someone who starts multiple book series, and almost never finishes them, I need this bullet journal spread to keep track of my reads.

Now I love this bullet journal spread because of Winnie the Pooh. I love that character.

Okay now for serious talk, this bullet journal spread is perfect for keeping track the minutes and hours that you read, alongside with a rating system for your books.

This is a custom spread and quote by Freya. Please follow her Instagram account!!! Her page is filled with bullet journal ideas for weeklies, dailies, and trackers.

This is an a weekly spread, using an opened book as the inspiration. This image is so pretty for the use of colors. Not only could this be used as a weekly spread, this could be used as a reading tracker for the books or short stories read. This spread could also be used as a tracker for books to be read, or book releases, or books to review.

This bullet journal spread is great for a more detailed list of the books read. You could keep track of the books that you read along with a list of your impressions of the book.

Now I love this spread. It has a great use of colors and organization, with each color meaning the books you read, along with a sleek and clean rating system. The chart on the second chart is also a good idea for those who want to keep track of the pages read for the month.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, these are just ideas. You could use these spreads as inspirations and you could tweak it to your liking. Not only that, these page spreads are versatile. You could use it on your journals, notebooks, the back of books, a whiteboard, where ever you want!

If you have some spreads of your own, email me at readinglitty@gmail.com and submit your submissions to be featured on this blog post.

Do you bullet journal? Comment below your response! 🙂

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Six of Crows: YA’S Gold Standard of A Thriller | Book Review

Spoiler Free Book Review

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: September 29, 2015

Page count: 465

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Themes: Thugs and Thives, Money Talks, Darkness

My Rating:★★★★★

Where to buy this book:

Synopsis

A soon to be Netflix series in late of 2020, Six of Crows is the young adult fantasy version of the film Ocean’s Eight. Full of action, magic, and wit, Six of Crows is an adrenaline rush ride with a group of thugs and thieves that join a heist. This group of thieves are not afraid to kill, steal, and loose their loyalty for money. Bardugo’s craft allows you to escape into a dark world with a group of thieves and you are the spectator, witnessing all of their crimes.

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The Ultimate Readers Guide to Quarantine

Everyone around the world is forced to be at home and practice social distancing. Now that we are forced to to stay home, we should take advantage of this time to read, create, and relax. Below I have my list of ideas to kill the boredom, read more books, create book marks and book covers, and most importantly, multiple ways to challenge your mind.

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The Bluest Eye | Book Review

Author: Toni Morrison

Release Date: 1970

Page count: 206

Genres: Fiction, African American Literature

Themes: Beauty, Whiteness, Seeing vs. Being Seen, Sexual abuse

My Rating:★★★★★

Where to buy this book:

I read this book as part of my book club pick for the month, and I do not regret choosing this book for the month of March. This book has everything one can hope for: wit, humor, beauty, tragedy, and imagination.

Synopsis

This book focuses on the story of Pecola during the Great Depression. Pecola is a young black girl who has an abusive father and a mother who finds comfort in her job of caring for a white home. Pecola is often mocked for her dark skin and prays for blond hair and blue eyes. In this novel, you read the story of Pecola when she was taken care by another family, learn the backstory of Pecola’s parents, and ultimately, the meaning of beauty, race, and class. 

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Reading Tips & Tricks

Is It Important to Read Criticism About a Book?

This is a question that I’m thinking to myself as I’m reading what others have to say about American Dirt. Many book reviewers are choosing to silence the criticism and read the book, and conclude their own thoughts.