Bookish Roundup –– August, 2020

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Better late than never is what I always say, y’all, and a Bookish Roundup in August of this wild year called 2020 is just what the doctor ordered, if I do say so myself.

A lot has happened in my life this year… I’m now an Empty Nester in a new home, I’ve lost some loved ones and gained a couple more, and perhaps most conspicuously of all, I have been self-isolating in my home since April, as I have a compromised immune system and am in hiding from that Corona Monster… One would think this would give me ample time to add to my reading list, but… no. No, it hasn’t quite worked that way, for my concentration is absolutely shot. Whereas I used to read 15-20 books in a month, in August of 2020, I managed to choke down only 8 of them. And it was hard work, y’all. I keep reading that this phenomenon is touching readers all over the world, but for some reason I feel personally betrayed that it is happening to yours truly. That said, let’s take a look at what I did manage to read in August…

August, 2020 Reads:

By far the star of the month is Mercy Thompson, from the supernatural thriller series by author Patricia Briggs. Now, I held off on reading these books for a looong time – simply based on the crudely designed covers of these books. No lie, y’all – these covers would cause one to assume that the book inside is nothing but a trashy supernatural romance. Which, all things considered, has it’s place in the reading world, but that place is not usually in my own personal orbit. This is a primo example of, “Do not judge a book by it’s cover,” if I ever saw one. So much thanks to my bookish buddies @reidingwithk and @literallyreidingmor for turning me on to this series and for convincing me to take the leap. Fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris will absolutely want to pick these up. Incidentally, they are a great “gateway drug” into Supernatural/Fantasy for those new to the genre. Regardless of what kind of reader you are, I suggest you take my lead: check out the first 2 (or 3, or 4!) of the books in this series to begin with, because folks: one will just not be enough. I, personally, love a good binge-fest – and Briggs’s novels are the best kind of binge-able.

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The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

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The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed is apparently a historical fiction novel (1992 is historical fiction?! I’m sooo old) detailing the life of an affluent Black Californian teen girl over the six days following the Rodney King verdict/acquittals – which, of course, includes the 1992 LA Riots. Throughout the book, CHR tackles such topics as class, privilege, systemic racism, oppression, and identity.

Final impression: I feel it could have been so much more. I was just so anxious throughout the entire book because I kept wanting to scratch and dig past the surface of the story to get to the real substance that was just waiting to be released.

Will I read more books by CHR? Hell, yes. The Black Kids was her debut novel. You live and you learn. I’m more than willing to bet that whatever this author turns out next is going to be FIRE.

MUCH thanks to @ksherman712 for the fantastic Buddy Read this weekend. Looking forward to many more, my friend!

Want to learn more about the 1992 LA Riots and the unrest leading up to them? Check out the following documentaries on Netflix:

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