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hissingpotatoes
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Last month I read 14 books between #blackathon and #contemporaryathon, including many 4 and 5 star reads. Check out my reviews! https://youtu.be/dzuHRfVVpf0

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rjsthumbelina
The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Pickpick

This book is so important. I loved the complexity of the characters - yes, some of them were involved in dealing drugs or gang activity, but the main character comes to the decision that this doesn't make them bad people or deserving to die at the hands of those supposed to protect us.Her relationships with other characters were so dynamic and real.I especially loved her dad, Maverick-a great complex character defined by so much more than his past

rjsthumbelina Listened to this on #audiobook via #Scribd. Read this as part of #contemporaryathon, just didn't finish it by the end! 7mo
JaclynW Such an important and well done book! 7mo
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hissingpotatoes
The Tea Chest | Josephine Moon
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Pickpick

4/5⭐ Chick-lit isn't usually my cup of tea 😜 but the promised aesthetic of a tea shop drew me in, and the feminism kept me there. This book is a lovely comfort read and absolutely delivered on the tea vibe. There was more depth and complexity than I expected, and Moon did a great job of promoting healthy relationships and demonstrating what they do and don't look like. #contemporaryathon

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hissingpotatoes
The Tea Chest | Josephine Moon
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‘Your sister has organised for John to be out of the house for the next two hours. We‘re going to your place and we‘re packing three suitcases of your things. Then you‘re coming back to my house for two days, and I will feed you cups of tea, chocolate, ice cream and vodka on constant rotation as the mood necessitates. You can resign from your job when you feel ready.‘

Friend and family support circle goals. #contemporaryathon

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hissingpotatoes
Girl Meets Boy | Ali Smith
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Mehso-so

3/5⭐ I often loved the truly beautiful, poetic writing that conveyed the character development and themes (family, love, rebellion, access to water, feminism, patriarchy, identity, etc). But that flowing, abstract writing often turned into more stream-of-consciousness passages (page-long sentences, really?) that were incredibly annoying to get through. Overall though I enjoyed what the book had to say and how it said it. #contemporaryathon

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hissingpotatoes
Girl Meets Boy | Ali Smith
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So you looked out across the deep waters, Robin said. And you decided, by yourself, and with the help of a clear night and some stars, which way was north and which was south and which way was east and which was west. Yes?
Yes, I said.
Then I said it again. Yes.

#contemporaryathon

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hissingpotatoes
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Mehso-so

3/5⭐ I'm so torn. Half the book lost focus. The characters felt less like fully realized people than vehicles for the book's themes. At the end the complexity of the first 3/4 of the book fell off completely in favor of a constant "will they/won't they" romance I wasn't invested in. Read it for an eye-opening look at race across multiple continents, but not really for any interesting characters or plot. #blackathon #contemporaryathon #projectSAMS

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hissingpotatoes
Behind You | Jacqueline Woodson
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Pickpick

4.5/5⭐ A stunningly beautiful, complex exploration of how the grief from a single event ripples out and affects so many people. It's not often I spend the majority of a book in tears. #blackathon #contemporaryathon #projectSAMS

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booksensation
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Pickpick

Book 5 of #contemporaryathon completed! 4 ⭐️ read! I really enjoyed reading this book, it breaks my heart to read about the injustice that the main character faces. Being a Muslim person in a world after 9/11 is not easy and it‘s even worse when you‘re a young teenager in high school. I keep thinking about how some kids can be so cruel and stories like these just enforce that belief.. 😕

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rjsthumbelina
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Pickpick

This book was an interesting look at diversity (the majority of it takes place in Iran, where Darius goes for the first time bc his grandfather is dying.)I loved it's portrayal of depression and how it affects both individuals and families.I also really liked it's portrayal of a friendship, and the way a friend can change the way you feel about yourself.It's likely the only book I will finish during #contemporaryathon - v sick husband & depression

rjsthumbelina Also, am I the only one who sometimes feels like I need a rating between "pick" and "so-so"? This wasn't a favorite, but enough redeeming qualities that it wasn't a so-so read, either ? 7mo
JaclynW @rjsthumbelina I wish there was an in between pick too!! I'm often in this boat. 7mo
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