Two For Tuesday: Spring has Sprung

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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!

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Two for Tuesday: April Flowers

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Two for Tuesday is a weekly tag I host here on my blog. If you’re interested in joining, just let me know and I’ll add you to the list of participants. This week’s prompt is two books that have flowery language.

My first pick literally has a flower on the cover. You can’t get more flowery than that.

the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

I got the sun and her flowers as a birthday gift a few years ago. I immediately devoured it. Poetry just has a way of connecting to my pain in ways I didn’t know possible. I haven’t gotten around to reading her first book, Milk and Honey. Hopefully, I’ll finally get to it this summer.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star is a beautiful story. The language is very flowery at times, but completely understandable. It’s one of those books that has resonated with me ever since I finished it.

I’m surprised both of my picks for this month have sun in the title. But then again, you can’t have flowers with sunshine.

What are some of your favorite flowery books?

What are you currently reading?

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

Two for Tuesday: April Fools

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Two for Tuesday is a tag I started on my blog this year. If you’d like to participate and write up your own Two for Tuesday posts, make sure to comment below!

In honor of the notorious April Fool’s Day yesterday, this week’s prompt is about two funny books. And I mean laugh out loud, almost peed my pants, level of funny!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This book was absolutely hilarious. Despite everything that happened, Monty was still able to find humor in the situation. I listened to the audio book of The Gentleman’s Guide and I highly recommend it.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian gave me all the feels, but the humor stuck out quite clearly. Junior’s take on what happened over the course of the year continued to show his resilience and his humor kept the story moving.

Have you read the books I mentioned?

What are some of your favorite funny books?

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

Two for Tuesday Participants

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Two for Tuesday is a weekly tag I host here on my blog. All are welcome to join and post on their own sites under the tag, just make sure to link back to my blog so I can see what you’ve chosen for the prompts. The April Prompts are up now!

In honor of spring, I added a new banner for this month. I took the picture myself and used Canva.com to add the text. Let me know what you think.

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April Two for Tuesday Prompts

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I’d like to offer you a warm welcome to the third month of Two for Tuesday. This is an official tag that I’ve started this year. If you’re interested in joining, please make sure to comment down below. Without further ado, here are the prompts for this month.

Week 1: April Fools, two really funny books

Happy April Fools day, everyone. What are some books that are just laugh out loud funny? Make sure to pick out two for tomorrow.

Week 2: April Flowers, two books with flowery language/themes

April Flowers, May Showers. These books could be poems or prose, just anything that has a beautiful mix of figurative language.

Week 3: Oh Happy Day, two books that make you smile

The beginning of spring is just such a pleasant time. What are two books that bring a smile to your face?

Week 4: Earth Day, two books that encourage a change

Earth Day is the 22nd of April. What are some books that make you want to change the world?

Week 5: Spring has sprung, two books with colorful covers

With spring comes color, so make sure to pick out two colorful covers for this week’s prompt.

I’m going to change out the banner for Two for Tuesday seasonally, so here it is again if you’d like to download it.

Are you participating in Two for Tuesday this month?

What are some prompts I should include next time?

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