Two for Tuesday: Playing Favorites

Two for Tuesday is a weekly tag I host here on Rae’s Reads and Reviews. Any and everyone is not only welcome, but encouraged to join. I love reading your posts and seeing how you interpret the prompts. If you do make a Two for Tuesday post, please link back to me and add your link to the comments of this post so others can see it, too.

Now unto this week’s prompt:

Week #4: Two books, TV shows, and/or movies that star your favorite characters.

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Two for Tuesday: Now that’s Innovative

Week #3: Two books, TV shows, and/or movies that are innovative.

This is definitely something that I think will be more geared toward movies and TV. I’m sure Sci-fi books could fall under this, but definitely choose anything that you feel is innovative.

I chose to go the Sci-fi/Superhero route with this prompt. These are both movies, one of which is currently on Netflix.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated by The Global Bookworm for this award a few months ago. Thank you so much, I feel so honored. I was also nominated for The Unique Blogger Award a while back and that was a lot of fun.

Rules of the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers; and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on 1 of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules, and display the Sunshine Bloggers Award logo on your site or on your post.

Why did you start a book blog?

I started a blog because I’ve always loved to read and I was really into watching Booktube videos. I saw that most of these booktubers started out as bloggers and decided to give it a try for myself. I ended up writing about TV shows and movies a year or so ago and that’s seemed to get a lot more attention lately.

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May Two for Tuesday Prompts

I’ve been experimenting a lot these past few months with Two for Tuesday, and this month is no different. I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to open Two for Tuesday up to TV shows and movies, too.

I made a new theme for this month, so feel free to use it for your posts. This time, I experimented with editing and I really like how the photo and text turned out. Let me know how you feel about it.

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Two For Tuesday: Spring has Sprung

If you’ve been keeping up with this month’s Two for Tuesday, you already know the gist. If not, Two for Tuesday is a weekly tag I host on this blog and encourage others to take part in. I have a fun time creating themes and picking books that fit them.

This week’s theme is Spring has Sprung. With spring comes color, so make sure to pick out two colorful covers for this week’s prompt. If you’re interested in joining Two for Tuesday, be sure to comment down below.

I decided to pick two books I haven’t read for this prompt. They’re both on my GoodReads TBR and I definitely need to go buy them. The reviews are looking great so far.

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Genesis Begins Again

*Goodreads Synopsis*

This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who is filled with self-loathing and must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant—even her own family. And #61: Because her family is always being put out of their house, belongings laid out on the sidewalk for the world to see. When your dad is a gambling addict and loses the rent money every month, eviction is a regular occurrence.

What’s not so regular is that this time they all don’t have a place to crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. It’s not that Genesis doesn’t like her grandma, but she and Mom always fight—Grandma haranguing Mom to leave Dad, that she should have gone back to school, that if she’d married a lighter skinned man none of this would be happening, and on and on and on. But things aren’t all bad. Genesis actually likes her new school; she’s made a couple friends, her choir teacher says she has real talent, and she even encourages Genesis to join the talent show.

But how can Genesis believe anything her teacher says when her dad tells her the exact opposite? How can she stand up in front of all those people with her dark, dark skin knowing even her own family thinks lesser of her because of it? Why, why, why won’t the lemon or yogurt or fancy creams lighten her skin like they’re supposed to? And when Genesis reaches #100 on the list of things she hates about herself, will she continue on, or can she find the strength to begin again?

*My Thoughts*

I wish this book was around when I was in middle school. I struggled with so much anxiety about myself and how others felt about me. I had a lot of self-hate at the same time. I wish I’d seen more stories like this with main characters who looked like me and had struggles I could relate to. I’m so thankful for this movement toward more inclusive stories and I plan on adding this book to my shelf soon.

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

*Goodreads Synopsis*

Dove “Birdie” Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she’s on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past…whom she knows her parents will never approve of.

When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family’s apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded–she’s also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she’s known to be true is turned upside down.

*My Thoughts*

I’m excited for this to come out in the summer. It sounds like a more real take on the old girl meets boy trope. Having the influence of family should makes things pretty interesting and I love how it seems to be discussing real issues of addiction.

What are your favorite colorful covers?

Do you plan on adding these books to your TBR?

What are you currently reading?

Let me know in the comments, let’s chat!