Clap When You Land (Book Review)

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Elizabeth Acevedo is one of my favorite authors for a reason. She has this gift of connecting the reader to her pieces in ways that I haven’t seen before. I actually read this over a month ago and I’m still thinking about Yahaira and Camino.

Have y’all seen this cover? Wait, did you check the inside too?

When I tell you this cover is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve seen, just know that I’m not exaggerating.

Trigger warnings: death of a parent, stalking, sexual assault

The Good

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Book of the Month ~ June

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I have some sad news y’all: My local bookstore is closing. I’ve tried supporting them online but they haven’t added any new selections and when I went to their physical location last week, there was a “for sale” sign on the window.

I’m sad to see it go and I’m pretty sure it’s in large part due to Covid-19. As someone who loves supporting small businesses, this hurts a little extra. I’m going to miss it a whole lot and I hope a good business replaces it.

All that being said, I was still able to buy a book from an independent bookstore for June. This time, I decided to buy one from a black owned bookstore. The shop I bought it from is called Cultured Books and it’s physical location is in Tampa, Florida. Seeing as I don’t live in or near Tampa, I bought this online.

So this month’s pick is:

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TOP 5 SUMMER READS

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Happy Top 5 Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Shanah of Bionic Book Worm. It’s all good vibes and good times so if you’re on the fence about joining, just try it out!

As a kid, I used to hate when summer came around because I knew I’d miss my friends. My mom would take me to the library every week during the summer to keep me busy and that’s something I’m super thankful for. Summers are still when I get the most reading done for the year.

Without further ado, let’s get into these summer reads.

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Books of the Month ~ May

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Hey everyone, my Book of the Month series stems from a challenge I gave myself back in January. I want to support authors and bookstores more so I challenged myself to buy one book a month. I’ve finished last month’s pick and the review should be up this Friday.

This month I seem to have decided that I need to step up in supporting authors or something. Honestly don’t know what took over but I didn’t buy just one book this month. It wasn’t just two books this month. No, I bought three books this month!

If you know me, you know I’m not one to buy boooks like that. Yes, I am a book lover but I also have only worked a part time job while being a full time student. I usually frequent the library, especially the audiobooks on the CloudLibrary app. But these new releases needed to be in my hands IMMEDIATELY.

So, here are the books I bought this month.

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Color Me In (Book Review)

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I wanted to like this book. In all honesty, I expected to love this book. As my first book purchase of the year I had some seriously high hopes. *cue High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco*

Now that the dance break is over, let’s get back to this book. Let’s be civil with this. I’m not saying that just because I didn’t like it, no one else will either. No, what I’m saying is that I had issues of my own with this novel and some of those issues stem from personal experience, some of them are just my own likes and dislikes, and other things are straight up problematic. It’s a mixed bag with this one.

Disclaimer: All these thoughts are my own unless stated otherwise. Just because I didn’t like this story doesn’t mean it can’t have a positive influence on someone else, especially someone falling under this demographic.

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