Mini Reviews: Heavy and Uplifting

I saw this meme recently and if that doesn’t perfectly describe my reading!

Meme with text in bar at top and an image of Obi-Wan Kenobi, acted by Ewan McGregor, with his hand on his chin lost in thought. Text at top reads "When you're asked for a 'beach read' recommendation but you only read depressing literary fiction"

Image credit: Library Fines

The books below aren’t all literary fiction, or necessarily depressing, but they are quite heavy though there are some uplifting moments too!

Book cover for Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. A Black teenage girl stands in pajamas with a feather in her hand. She is very tall compared to the city she stands in, a purple city block covered with brown buildings.

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Genre: YA Fiction
Own voices: Black MC

A thought-provoking and haunting novel about a creature that escapes from an artist’s canvas, whose talent is sniffing out monsters in a world that claims they don’t exist anymore.

I’ve talked about this one a bit before and of course so have many in the book world. It’s the first I’ve read by Emezi and I’m glad to have finally checked out this well-loved author.

This book has an interesting premise in that it takes place after all the ‘monsters’ have been driven out of the town. Kids are taught about how the ‘angels’ of the city led this revolution to drive out evil but many folks avoid directly talking about the kinds of crimes and societal issues that this community has supposedly moved past.

It’s something that feels very recognizable in our present day, with people increasingly calling for awareness and reform regarding issues impacting minoritized groups. Emezi bases the story around an important question, “How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?“, and it’s one that challenges the way we think of our own interactions with our communities.

There are some beautiful lessons here in the importance of community care and the strength people have when they all come together.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Names in the Title

Once again, it’s time for a list!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, and each week there’s a prompt for you to use in building your own bookish top ten list.

I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday prompt on characters’ names before so I decided to generalize it and look for any names. Of course, the names in a title are very likely to be characters’ names but that’s besides the point.

This isn’t officially this week’s prompt but here are some books with names in the title, each book from my physical shelves!

Books with Names in the Title

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Bookish Memory Check: June 10, 2022

I have more reviews to share soon but haven’t managed to figure out the words yet so when in doubt, do a bookish meme!

Bookish Memory Check is hosted by Tanja @ Where Stories Lie and is a way to test your memory of the books you’ve read. There are 3 simple steps to participate:

  1. Go to your Goodreads read shelf
  2. Sort by random (drop-down bar at the bottom of the page)
  3. Test your memory of the top 5 books

This Place: 150 Years Retold foreword by Alicia Elliott

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