September TBR

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I have five books I’ll be trying to get through this month. There are no guarantees, now that I’m a college student, studying between blogging breaks.

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What is Two for Tuesday?

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I was scoping through my blog a few days ago when I realized, I never posted a formal explanation of Two for Tuesday.

Two for Tuesday is something I started doing last year to post my reviews of children’s books but it can also be done with graphic novels, novellas, products, movies, and TV shows. It’s basically just condensing two short reviews into one post.

I really want to make this into a sort of blog trend. If you are a fellow blogger and would like to participate in Two for Tuesday, please let me know. When posting your Two for Tuesdays, please tag me and I’ll keep a list of participating bloggers on this post.

A Little Piece of Her (Book Review)

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Yu Kiang falls for a Congolese woman while working for a Chinese lumberjack company in the Congo. He is growing in love for not only Antoinette, but her children, as well. One night, Yu discovers a scar that Antoinette carries from her youth, one resulting from an awful tradition. Yu decides to do everything in his power to prevent Antoinette’s daughter, Marie-Léontine, from enduring the same pain.

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Mandela and the General (Book Review)

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This was an interesting take on the battle that took place for the heart of South Africa. The story follows General Constand Viljoen and his conflicts as the leader of the white nationalist militias that have been bound as one upon Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. Mandela is gaining followers rapidly, causing fear to rise among white nationalists. Together, Mandela and the General form an alliance aimed toward achieving peace through nonviolent negotiations.

I enjoyed the illustrations, they were beautiful. I wasn’t expecting to be shown this story from the point of view of history’s villain. Through the eyes of his privilege, I could see how some of his decisions could make sense to him. It was an uncommon take that I’ve been seeing a few other novels move toward, as well. Overall, an interesting read.

I received a digital ARC of this novel through

Pub Date 05 Nov 2018

3.5/5 Stars

Monster: A Graphic Novel (Book Review)

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Is Steve Harmon a Monster? That’s how the prosecutor sees him. Or maybe he’s just a kid who likes to make movies. Whatever Steve is, he’s on trial for armed robbery and felony murder. This trial determines whether Steve gets to live a free life. It’s up to the jury to decide whether Steve Harmon is a monster or not.

I read the original book back in middle school for my English class, so when I saw the graphic novel version, I just had to pick it up. The story resonated with me long after that middle school class, even if I hadn’t remembered all the details. I love how Dawud Anyabwile handled the graphics. His style reminds me of the Boondocks in it’s exaggeration of facial features and great attention to detail. Guy A. Sims did a great job in condensing the novel. The images and text flowed together really well.