Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Finding My Place +Awards

Waiting on Wednesday is brought to you by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Finding My Place by Traci L. Jones

Release Date: March, 2010

"For most people, 1975 was the year that bell-bottoms were in, Happy Days was the best show on TV, and shag carpeting was the ultimate interior decoration. For Tiphanie Jayne Baker, however, it’s the year her parents decide to uproot her from her life in Denver and move to the ritzy suburb of Brent Hills, Colorado. The only Black girl at a high school full of Barbies, Tiphanie suddenly feels like she has to be better than her peers just to be equal. Ninth grade has never been so unbearable.

That is until Tiphanie meets Jackie Sue Webster. Jackie Sue may be blond, but she’s definitely not a Barbie. She spouts out crazy vocabulary words like “anomaly” and “imbroglio,” and announces that she’s walking trailer trash as grandly as if she were declaring she were descended from Queen Elizabeth. So what if Jackie Sue has some secrets? Now that Tiphanie has finally found a real friend, life at Brent Hills High suddenly seems like it might be bearable—possibly even enjoyable. But as Tiphanie begins to feel more comfortable in her new home, her ties to her old community start to fray, and she can’t help but wonder—does fitting in have to mean selling out?"

-The age old question of fitting in and selling out. It's always interesting to read about this dilemma and it's set during the '70s. I'm pretty sure there are very few YA novels about African Americans set in the '70s so this should be an original, good read.

I received awards! I'm so late in doing these and I apologize. I also apologize for not notifying everyone who won previous awards. I'll do better.
From Ah Yuan at Gal Novelty I received the Happy 101 award. Yay! And I haven't received it yet, Ah Yuan ;)
I have to list 10 things that make me happy and then give this award to 10 bloggers that brighten my day (almost all book blogs do <3)
10 Things That Make Me Happy
1. Accents-I love listening to people's accents! My Abuelita has a delightful Spanish accent, my friends from Nigerian have pretty accents as well and I adore the lilting accent that the mother of one of my friends has.
2. Music-Brightens my day!
3. Cool days. Not too hot, not too cold. Almost perfect
4. Ice Cream, especially milkshakes (when I don't think of calories). And cheesecake. yummy :)
5. CHOCOLATE (milk, dark, peppermint bark, etc. As long as it's not like cheap, disgusting tootsie rolls. ew)
6. Bones, Glee, the Colbert Report
7. Getting Good Grades
8. Not having school because of holidays, snow days, summer, etc!
9. My readers/followers, love you!
10. BOOKS :D
10 Blogs That Brighten My Day (besides Gal Novelty)
3. Jill at The O.W.L.
4. Bookish Blather (just discovered this blog. Love it, very poc friendly!)
6. Multiculturalism Rocks! (The blog name alone simply causes happiness!)
The Rules:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs you've recently discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
Thanks so much Jill from The O.W.L.!
I tried to give this award to people I've never given it to (it's hard to remember). Also, I don't mind if you don't post this, finding 15 bloggers who haven't gotten the award is hard work! ;)
13. The Undercover Book Lover (Not Really)
PS You all must, MUST check out this list of POC books coming out in 2010. It was compiled by Doret who is beyond amazing. They all sound good and I'm hoping to discover many great new books this year :)


  1. I am truly flattered for this award, thank you so much! And I have to say that I am not ashamed to admit (well, I'm sort of ashamed to admit) that I prefer *cheap* chocolate AND *cheap* wine! Of course, this trait makes me very attractive to my husband! :--)

  2. You're welcome. I just feel like tootsie rolls are maswuerading as chocolate but they aren't fooling anyone, lol!

  3. Congrats on the award!

    "Finding My Place" sounds great. I guess, with WHEN YOU REACH ME, the 70s are historical fiction now, and well worth looking into for all sorts of reasons.

  4. I want to read Finding My Place. I really enjoyed the author's debut novel Standing Against the Wind.

    Ari, thanks so much for the link love and the award. You have many followers, aka many other people who could've choosen so Thank you.

    I shall show my thanks by borrowing (air quotes) the Finding Place image to put at the top of my Mark Your Calenders list.

  5. Thanks! I love your blog because you highlight books that aren't always highlighted. I loved hearing about many different books.

  6. Hi Ari,

    I second Jill of the O.W.L.' comment.
    The award made my day.:)

  7. Oh, wow! Thanks for the award! I've never seen awards done this way - such a cool idea. So glad you enjoyed my blog!

  8. Ari,
    Even though I prefer cheap chocolate, I wouldn't even put tootsie rolls in THAT category, so I'm partly with you on that one! :--)

  9. Stopping by from Nathalie's blog and I'm really glad I did. I'm so impressed by your blog, you're doing a great job! I'll make a note to myself to read more multicultural books this year. Now I know where to find new titles :) I see you're doing the GLBT challenge, I think I'm gonna sign up for it as well. Oh, and I love Glee :)

  10. Finding My Place sounds like a book destined to be on my TBR pile. Love finding books I might have otherwise overlooked. Thanks!

  11. Thanks for the award! Thankyouthankyouthankyou! :]
    And you really should read the Georgia Nicolson books. They're really wonderful.

  12. Thank you so very much for the award! It made my day!


  13. wow thanks so much! I'm honored!!!

  14. Thanks so much! I love your blog too.

  15. Thanks for the award! Your blog is really valuable to me for finding good books.

  16. I was just going through the entries for my 200 follower contest, and realized that I hadn't acknowledged this award yet! So...

    Thank you! And congrats on receiving these awards - you DO have a happy and lovely blog!


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