Not So Pure and Simple (Book Review)

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Hey y’all! I’m trying to catch up on reviews these next few weeks and this is another one that I’ve been struggling to put into words. I have so many feelings and not enough words to describe them. So, I will try describing it with the words that I have at my disposal.

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The Field Guide to the North American Teenager (Book Review)

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Hey y’all! So you know how I’ve been screaming about Charming as a Verb ever since I heard about it? Well, I decided to check out Ben Philippe’s first book to mull me over until I got my hands on that new release.

I listened to the audiobook of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager via the CloudLibrary app well over a month ago but I’ve been trying to figure out how to put my many feelings into words. This is going to be that attempt.

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Author Interview: Lamar Giles

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Hey y’all! So I’m coming at you with something super special this week. Lamar Giles’ marketing team reached out to me to check out his upcoming Middle Grade Novel: The Last Mirror on the Left. It is a sequel to The Last Last Day of Summer and it features Black kids saving the world with some cool sci-fi elements.

I am so honored to have this opportunity to interview Lamar Giles, especially as I begin delving more into Middle Grade. I recently read his latest YA novel Not So Pure and Simple and I absolutely loved it. I ended up buying a copy of The Last Last Day of Summer for my cousin (she’s ten) and I’ll be giving her my ARC of The Last Mirror on the Left to go along with it. I’m so excited to see what she thinks about it.

Okay, enough of me gushing. Here’s the interview:

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Author Interview: Sandra L. Richards

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Hey y’all! Welcome to my tour stop for the Rice and Rocks book tour hosted by Hear Our Voices. As I mentioned in my M is for Melanin post, children’s books hold such a special place in my heart and I love seeing Black authors getting the recognition they deserve. It’s beautiful seeing how kids today have access to so many new stories where the main character actually looks like them.

After I received my physical copy from Hear Our Voices, I decided to give it to my youngest cousin (she just turned eight). She kept asking me questions like “Why is the bird so big? What’s rice and rocks? Is the boy going to eat rocks?” as soon as she saw the cover. I told her to read it and find out and so that’s what she did while I sat on the couch with her. She ended up enjoying the story and I’m pretty sure the bird was her favorite part.

Now let’s get into this exclusive interview!

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The Long Way Down Book Tag

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Hey y’all! I’m back with a book tag, how exciting. Today’s spoiler-free book tag is based on one of my favorite books by Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down. I’m creating this tag as part of the Hear Our Voices book tour for the graphic novel adaptation that’s being released on October 13th.

The first book tag I ever made was The Ungodly Hour book tag a couple of months ago, so I decided to try my hand at making a new tag in honor of this lovely creation.

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