Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Crayons, Cool Link & Summer Reading List Update

New Crayons is hosted by Color Online

In this meme we talk about what books we got this week, from the library, bookstores, giveaways, gifts, etc. Crayons being an unique metaphor for multicultural literature.

But first it's time for you to primp yourself! Why? Because you need to get caught reading a book by an Author of Color! This is being sponsored by Amy Bowllan and her goal is to get 100 pictures sent in by September. Let's send in more than that, I might even said in my own :) Please go check out the post and then email Amy your picture.

Other by Karen Kincy

Gwen Williams is like any other modern teenager with one exception: she's a shapeshifter. Never having known her Pooka-spirit father, Gwen must struggle with the wild, wonderful magic inside of her alone—and in secret. While society may tolerate vampires, centaurs, and "Others" like Gwen, there are plenty of folks in Klikamuks, Washington, who don't care for her kind.

Now there's a new werewolf pack in town, and Others are getting killed, including Gwen's dryad friend. The police are doing zilch. In the midst of terrible loss and danger, Gwen meets a cute Japanese fox spirit who's refreshingly comfortable with his Otherness. Can Gwen find the courage to embrace her true self and find the killer-before she becomes the next victim?

-I won this book from YABC (Young Adult Books Central), thank you so much! Why am I reading it? April's review 'cute Japanese fox spirit'

And Then Everything Unraveled by Jennifer Sturman

Delia Truesdale has no idea her life's about to change forever. She's too busy enjoying the California summer. Her internet tycoon mother, T.K. Truesdale, is out of town, and that means Delia can spend all her time at the beach, surfing. That is, until everything unravels.

Her mother suddenly goes missing, and everyone thinks she's dead - except Delia, who knows T.K.'s way too organized to simply disappear. But Delia's still sent to New York to live with her two aunts - a downtown bohemian and an uptown ice queen.

And in case that's not bad enough, she also has to deal with a snooty new school and trying not to fall for the wrong guy. Oh, and finding her mother.

As she delves deeper into the tangle of conspiracies and lies surrounding T.K.'s disappearance, Delia begins to suspect that the wrong guy may be the right guy...and that some secrets - especially the dangerous ones - were never meant to be unraveled.

And Then I Found Out the Truth by Jennifer Sturman
This is a sequel to And Then Everything Unraveled so I won't be sharing the summary (in order to not spoil the ending for myself and my readers).

-Won from MarjoleinBookBlog. Thanks so much! I think the main character is half Chinese, I'm in the mood for a good mystery and many bloggers I respect have really liked this book. Yay :)

What new books did you get this week? Any PoC ones?

Summer Reading Update

Classics Reading List
1. Middlemarch by George Eliot (I am still currently reading this except I had to turn it in at the library. So I technically haven't read this book in quite some time. I keep it up on Goodreads so that I can remember what page I was on. There's a 99% chance I won't get to read this book till next summer)
2. Kindred by Octavia Butler (my library doesn't have this book so I'm going to have to ask them to order it)
3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
5. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
6. Persuasion by Jane Austen (currently reading, enjoyable so far. I like the humor)
7. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
8. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
9. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (I want to read this next so badly)
10. The Living is Easy by Dorothy West (I really liked this novel along with The Wedding, Dorothy West is an excellent writer and I intend on reading her one other book, The Richer, The Poorer)

Adult Fiction
1. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
2. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
3. Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice
4. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
5. Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
6. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (Book 1 in Easy Rawllins series)
7. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
8. Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
9. Feminista by Erica Kennedy (plan to read next)
10. Bloody Waters by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera (Book 1 in Lupe Solano Mystery series)

Off Color (To reiterate: These books will not be reviewed here. I may review them on Goodreads)
1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (plan to read next)
2. Graceling by Kirsten Cashore
3. Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1) by Diana Peterfreund
4. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
5. The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson
6. The Daykeeper's Grimoire (Prophecy of Days #1) by Christy Raedeke
7. Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker
8. The Eternal Kiss: Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire (anthology), edited by Trisha Telep
9. White Cat by Holly Black
10. Levithian by Scott Westerfield

So obviously I didn't do so hot with my list. Oh well, better to aim high from the get-go. I'm going to use this list as a reference point throughout the school year and hopefully I will have time to finish all these books before next summer so that I can create a new summer reading list.


  1. Thanks for spreading the word! 91 more to go.... :)

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