Eleanor & Park (Book Review)

*Synopsis*

Eleanor has just moved back in with her mother and stepfather after being kicked out a year ago. The move brings with it a new school and the need for readjustment. Her family doesn’t seem so accepting and neither do the kids at school.

Park is half Korean and half white. He’s lived his life dodging racist comments from Steve, his next door neighbor and trying to fit into the mold of the “All-American Teen.” He’s not trying to fall in love with an outcast.

No one was rooting for these two to be together, not even them. So, how does this become a love story in the first place? Guess you’ll just have to read it to find out.

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Get to Know Ya Book Tag

I saw this tag over on Thrice Read’s blog and decided to give it a try.

FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME?

This is a tough one. To Kill a Mockingbird was my favorite for years but I think I can give this title over to Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

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FAVORITE BOOK FIVE YEARS AGO?

I wasn’t even in high school (secondary school for my international friends) five years ago. I was obsessed with Percy Jackson at the time but I had also read The Book Thief that year and I absolutely loved it.

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FAVORITE DUOLOGY/TRILOGY/SERIES?

I’m not big on series but this has got to be one of my all time faves.

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LAST BOOK YOU READ?

I read this last week for Booktubeathon.

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LAST BOOK OF POETRY YOU READ?

Black Movie by Danez Smith was the last book of poetry I read.

black movieWHAT BOOK MOST INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE?

There are so many to name. The Color Purple, All American Boys, and The Hate U Give have had a huge influence on me in recent years.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU UGLY CRY?

I am no stranger to tears. I cry during movies, while reading books, and even while watching TV shows. But, there are some books that make it too difficult to continue reading through the haze of tears. For me, these books were: The Color Purple, The Book Thief, and The Boy in the Black Suit.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH?

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist. I love Sundquist’s writing and the humor he finds in the most precarious situations.

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CHARACTER YOU’D LIKE TO BE FOR A DAY?

I think I would want to be Mindy Kaling from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? for a day if that counts. She’s hilarious and successful.

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BOOK SO GOOD YOU DREAMT ABOUT IT?

I don’t think I’ve ever dreamt about a book. I’ve probably dreamt of reading, but not a specific book.

BOOK YOU DNFD?

If I start a book and I’m not really into it, there’s a good chance I won’t finish it. The Diviners by Libba Bray was a little too creepy for me so I never finished it.

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WHAT BOOK ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO READ?

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is on the top of my TBR right now. I need to go out and buy a copy, the audio book will not do.

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I tag all who are interested in doing this. It was a fun way to reminisce on how much reading has meant to me in the past and present.

Are you going to try out the Get to Know Ya Tag? Let me know down below and be sure to tag me so I can see it!

Booktubeathon Wrap-up

This year’s reading challenges were:

1/ Let a coin toss decide your first read.
2/ Read a book about something you want to do.
3/ Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.
4/ Read a book with green on the cover.
5/ Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time.
6/ Read a book with a beautiful spine.
7/  Read seven books.

I started Booktubeathon with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. This has been a high one on my TBR for a little while now and I’m really glad I got a chance to read this one. This helped me get through challenge 2 (traveling Europe) and 4.

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Then I moved on to Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. I love poetry and I especially love Spoken Word. I wore my bonnet the whole time and since it covers my head I’m counting that as a hat so challenge 5 completed.

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Next I read Eleanor and Park. Also an audiobook. This wasn’t for the challenges, I just really wanted to read it.

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Then I re-read Black Movie by Danez Smith. It was just as beautiful as before.

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After that I read Fat Kid Rules the World for challenge 1 and 6.

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Five books and five challenges is pretty great for me. I think I only got through three last year. This was a fun week of fun reads and I’m happy to have participated. I’ll have my reviews out for these books in the coming weeks. Booktubeathon 2018 was a success!

Did you participate in Booktubeathon this year? If not, do you plan on trying it out next year?

Summer Book Tag

I spotted this on the Thrice Read blog and decided it was worth a shot.

LEMONADE: PICK A BOOK THAT STARTED OFF BITTER BUT THEN GOT BETTER

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There was a lot of negativity going on at the beginning of this but as the day proceeded, some serious character development went on. I’ll be posting my formal review next month, so keep an eye out for that.

GOLDEN SUN: PICK A BOOK THAT MADE YOU SMILE BEYOND COMPARE

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I listened to Love and First Sight as an audio book. While listening, I would close my eyes and smile to myself because of how cute a lot of the scenes and dialogue were.

TROPICAL FLOWERS: PICK A BOOK SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY

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This one’s set in the Motherland.

TREE SHADE: PICK A BOOK WHERE A MYSTERIOUS OR SHADY CHARACTER IS INTRODUCED

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The main character of Still Life with Tornado is just an endless mystery. She’s like a puzzle that’s missing part of the middle.

BEACH SAND: PICK A BOOK THAT WAS GRAINY AND THE PLOT BARELY DEVELOPED

I honestly couldn’t think of something for this. If a book is too confusing or boring, I usually don’t finish it. Leave some suggestions down below!

GREEN GRASS: PICK A CHARACTER(S) THAT WAS FULL OF LIFE, MAKING YOU SMILEthis side of homeI loved Maya Younger and her character was one I could relate too on more levels than one.

WATERMELON: PICK A BOOK THAT HAD SOME JUICY SECRETS

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If you haven’t read this before, it’s a must. There are so many layers to The Kite Runner.

SUN HAT: PICK A BOOK WITH A VAST, BIG UNIVERSE/SETTING

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I love A. S. King’s surreal novels, her world building and story line are so creative.

BBQ: PICK A BOOK IN WHICH A CHARACTER WAS PORTRAYED AS A HUNK

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I haven’t read this in YEARS but come on. This book fits the prompt sooo well.

 

I challenge you, yes YOU dear reader to complete this challenge!

What I’m Watching

I’ve been so into the World Cup this month and now that it’s over, I feel so incomplete. I really do love watching soccer. Even if all my favorite teams lost (Spain, Nigeria, and Portugal). France’s victory was quite something. Croatia definitely made their mark, though. Who doesn’t love an underdog?

marlonI don’t have a show review this week but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching Netflix. I started watching the show Marlon. I’ve been wanting to check it out for a while but I didn’t have cable when it came out last year. Season one is currently on Netflix so I watched it and it definitely gave me some My Wife and Kids vibes. I have Xfinity now so I’m going to start watching season two. It’s a pretty funny show and Marlon Wayans is great. His hour long comedy special “Woke-ish” is also on Netflix and it is absolutely hilarious.

kimI just started watching Kim’s Convenience yesterday. It’s a really cute sitcom about a Korean-Canadian family. Mr. Kim runs the convenience store and his daughter Janet is a photographer in art school. Mr. and Mrs. Kim’s relationship is very interesting. Their son Jung is estranged and works at a car rental agency. I’ve seen a couple episodes so far and I think I’ll continue watching it.

the_loud_house_on_nickelodeon_by_princessbeautiful-da8ryorAs far as TV goes, I’ve been watching a lot of The Loud House on Xfinity On Demand. It’s one of my favorites as far as the newer cartoons go and it’s honestly really good. The premise is interesting, the show is really funny, and there’s always a lesson at the end. It has everything I loved about my favorite cartoons growing up.

DiazFamilyS2.jpgI haven’t liked a lot of the new shows coming out on Disney Channel, but Stuck in the Middle is really good. Harley is the middle child of the Diaz family. Being stuck in the middle of six other siblings isn’t easy but Harley’s inventions often help save the day. I love how the main character is so into STEM. Her inventions are pretty creative.

craig of the creekCraig of the Creek is a new show on Cartoon Network that I’m absolutely loving. It’s a show about a black boy who has adventures with his friends down at the Creek near his home. The characters on the show are great and I love the family dynamic. It’s another one of those shows the always has a lesson at the end.

All in all, I’m loving the diversity I’m seeing in a lot of these newer shows. Not every new show is the best, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all bad either.