It’s been a while. I decided to take a break from my book blog as I wasn’t getting any joy from writing reviews anymore. But, I had a revelation recently that I can still keep up my book blog by writing discussion posts, recommended reading, diverse reading lists etc. They give me joy. So, here it is, my first discussion post on my book blog, and it has been a LONG time coming.
Hi everyone! I’ve been busy with a lot of personal things of late hence the lack of posts. I’ve also been backlogged with book reviews for months now, so I’ve decided to do mini-reviews to catch up! I hope you don’t mind!
Today I’m going to do short reviews for the following books:
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Summary: ” The extended version of This Is Not a Spectacle explores human curiosity towards strangers and investigates where curiosity becomes fascination with another’s grief or misfortune from afar. Split into six sections, the poems range from my experiences of a car accident, my own fascination of others and strangers’ impressions of me. It is an expression of anger from those who least want to be stared at and be put on display.” (Source: Goodreads)
Summary: “A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.” (Source: Goodreads)
Hi everyone! I’m currently in the middle of a thousand deadlines, but I wanted to take a moment to promote some black author magic during Black History Month. I don’t like the fact that Black History Month is in the shortest month of the year, February, so I want this post to be a springboard for y’all reading more books by black authors! (Books marked with a * are books that I haven’t read yet but want to read/heard good things about!)
Summary: “A poetry collection about the mythic life of Artemis, Greek Goddess of the hunt. Told through the perspective of Artemis herself with the contributions of a few other Greek Goddesses. This collection reimagines and follows Artemis navigating her lifelong vow of chastity and, rather than suffering through it, owning it as a facet of her aromanticism and asexuality. Immerse yourself in a cultivated tempest of poems illustrating Artemis as a warrior, whose shoulders have known an excessive weight of responsibility, and who always fights to remain her authentic self among people who would change her.” (Source: Goodreads)
Content Warnings: blood, sexual harassment, body objectification, misogyny, internalised arophobia, naked body imagery, sexual imagery, deliberate use of acephobia, representation of alcohol misuse, issue of lack of consent, drunken behaviour
Rating: ★★★ (3 stars)
I received an ARC of this poetry collection in exchange for a review, thanks to the author.