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Hello lovely humans I haven’t posted in awhile because I haven’t had anything really to write on beside my phone…but that’s a little challenging. I hope to grow this blog more this year and hope to see you reading my stuff soon!

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All American Boys Short Review

All American Boys¨Don’t joke. This is Serious.¨

¨I’m not.¨

¨I’m not racist!¨

She hesitated, and I sat there, sticking in my own sweat, needing her to say something, Eventually she did.

    ¨Not like KKK racist,¨ she said. ¨I don’t think most people think they’re racist. But every time something like this happens, you could, like you said, say, ‘Not my problem.’ You could say, ‘It’s a one-time thing.’ Every time it happened.¨


Synopsis (from book): That’s the sidewalk graffiti that started it all…

Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.
And that’s how it started.
And that’s what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn’t tell a soul…He’s not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school—and nation—start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like “racism” and “police brutality.” Quinn realizes he’s got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he’s a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be.
Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.
Cuz that’s how it can end
Review: I first saw this book on Alex and Belindas online book club called @diversifytheverse. I finally picked up the book and I started to read it: here is my thoughts. So for this book it took me awhile to get into it, but once I got into it I loved it. This book made me feel a lot of emotions. I really loved how in the book you got point of view of a black person and of a white person. It makes you think about how quickly you judge a person by appearance. 

Rate: 4.5 stars

Would I recommend? Yes.

What age group do I recommend it for? I put this more in the teen/ya area. 

Update: Little short review. I am super excited for my new posting schedule so stay on the lookout for these types of post. I am super excited for tomorrow’s post so stay on the lookout for that. I really hope you guys had a great weekend! See you in the next post, Adios!

Update

I have not written a post in awhile. So here is a quick Update I plan on posting a blog post every Wednesday and Sunday. Wednesday is going to be random Wednesday where I can post whatever I feel mostly life hacks, fun things to do, anything really that is why it is random. Sunday is going to be everything bookish. Just letting you know book reviews will be posted randomly, I will not be putting them in Bookish Sunday. Hope you enjoy! New poSt Sunday!

Get to Know me

Hello my name is Dylan and I am a new blogger! (Insert nervous and excited emoji!) If you don’t know already, this blog is going to be about books. I am addicted to books and I just love everything about them; from the world they create, to the author. I hope you enjoy my blog. Today I wanted to do a little Q&A so you get to know me. I directed messaged two of my favorite bookstagramer friends Belinda and Kalli. I hope you enjoy!

 

So the first is the questions I got are from Kalli. She asked me quite a few questions which was amazing!

First she asked me, what is your favorite genre?

Okay, I was not a big reader until the beginning of 2016. So I feel that is a hard question to answer because all genres are amazing. I think my favorite though is science fiction, I love this genre I find it so intriguing. I love how most of them are based in the future and the end of the world.

Do you prefer series or standalones?

I love them both, but I feel like I like series the best. I love how you get to see how the character grows from the first book to the last book. I like how you can try to predict the ending and most of the time get it wrong, but in standalones I feel like you can start to predict the ending of the book by the middle.

What is your favorite series?

This question is really hard to answer. I love most series, I just find them so good and I feel like I can never put them down. My favorite series though has to be Harry Potter. Harry Potter is just so fun to read and I love the plot twist!

What kind of bookish merch do you like to buy (or want to buy)?

I love bookish merch so much. I think bookish merch is just so pretty and it looks great on your bookshelves and in pictures but I have to say my all time favorite has to be candles. I don’t own any book candles but they just look so pretty.

What’s your favorite part about bookstagram?

Let’s make this clear bookstagram is Instagram only its people with book accounts. My favorite part has to be about the people you meet on there. I like how you can bond with another person about a book in comments. I LOVE how supportive other people are to other people’s bookstagrams.

 

Next, Belinda ask me some questions. These I had to think a little bit more.

Why did you want to start a blog?

I get this question a lot by friends and family. I wanted to start to blog because I want to be a writer when I’m older. I want to write stories. I want to read more books and have people know my personal opinions on them. I just wanted to learn more and do more in the book community.

What book got me into reading?

Shout out to my 6th grade reading teacher. We had to do a book report and I was having trouble on what book I should read for my book project. I was not really a reader and I found most books really boring, I would always start a book but never finish it. My teacher told me about this book called Esperanza Rising by Pam Muños Ryan. I loved this book so much! I read this book super fast for me at the time, I read this book in 3 days. I could not stop reading. For this project we had 5 months to do it and I finished it in the first 3 days. She was not going to hand out the rubric for the project until a month before the project so I had to find another book to read. So then I read Twilight. (Hahaha) How did I go from Esperanza Rising to Twilight?

 

Thank you for the lovely help Kalli and Belinda! If you have question please write them in the comments! Thank you for reading. Here is where you can find them!

Kalli’s blog: https://ktheravenousreader.wordpress.com/author/kmbooks24/

Follow Kalli on Instagram: @kmbooks24

Belinda’s Blog: https://bookstormreads.wordpress.com/

Follow Belinda on Instagram:  @bookstorm

My TBR Pile

 

So, you know that to be read pile that never seems to get smaller, it only seems to get bigger? You can’t do anything about it because you are addicted to buying books. That is me, my TBR pile only gets bigger BUT I’m going to set a new goal for myself. Before I buy another new book I must finishing reading the books in my TBR pile…that excludes series. I will allow myself to buy the rest of the series so I can finish it and figure out how it ends. I am going to tell  you what is on my TBR pile is.

So first of I got the The Lord of the Rings series on my TBR. I have not really been introduced into fantasy novels so I’m hoping this one will pull me into reading fantasy even more! I have heard marvelous things about this series and I’m so excited to start the series. I also looked through the book and it looks like it has marvelous maps!

Next I have the Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. This book I was given to me by my Grandma for my birthday back in November and I have not gotten around to reading it yet. Im super excited to dive into this book, it will be a super quick read and it won a Newbery Prize! So heck yes I’m going to read this book even though it is a kids book.

Okay. I know I’m sort of late to this book but I’m super excited to read it even though I have a beaten up copy of the book, its Thirteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. This book is just so pretty and I found it at Half Price Books for $4.99 so it was steal. Have you read this book? What do you think of it? I think it will be a really good book!

Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. I know, I know my bestfriend is probably screaming at me right now. This book has been on my shelf for over a year and a half and I have just not gotten around to reading it yet. I have read the first few chapters and I just can’t get into it. I think I may read it as an audiobook. Sometimes I like audiobooks to get me into the book so then I can pick up the book once I get into it.

Greater than Angels written by Carol Matas. This book is sooo good! I have read half the book back when reading wasn’t my thing and I just remember really enjoying it. This book is about a girl named Anna Hirsch who is Jewish and her fight for survival during world war two. This book is amazing for kids and for adults I totally recommend you read it! I can’t wait to finish it!

Roseblood by A.G Howard, I received this book in my January Owl Crate. I′m super excited to pick this book up and read it. If you do not know it is a Phantom of the Opera retelling. I′m super duper excited to read this and I think I will really enjoy it!

To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I don’t think I really need to explain this one if you are a book lover like I am. If you don’t know about this book I will give you a basic explanation of the book. Lara Jean can ¨pour out her heart and soul¨ and write love letters to every boy that she loves! This is a trilogy and a contemporary novel and I’m super excited to read this book!!!