Hiatus

Dear Readers,

ColorfulBookReviews will be on hiatus until August, as my family currently needs me.

I do have some reviews scheduled to go up, but they need final editing and/or photos, and I’d rather spend my limited computer time reading your posts and commenting than stressing about trying to meet my normal posting schedule.

Most likely I will back-date the posts I had planned for the next two weeks.

My Apologies,

CBR

Adoption: A Primer

Many people go their entire lives without a thought to adoption or foster care.  Perhaps they see a story on the news or have an acquaintance that decides to care for non-biological children.  When fostering and adoption cross their path, well-meaning people think “what angels they must be” and “gosh, I could never do that.”  (You don’t want to know what ill meaning people say to a parent or child’s face.)

Thus, I’m taking a moment to educate.  In America, there are 3 main types of adoption:
domestic – an American child removed from the home or placed for adoption at the parent’s request.
international – a foreign-born child placed for adoption
kinship – an American child under the physical custody of a family member other than their biological parent, often a grandparent.
Kinship adoptions can be informal (not processed through the court systems) and are often overlooked by a crowded system, or relatives ashamed to admit the parent cannot care for the child.  As a result, these parents are less likely to have access to needed services and support.  Some forms of kinship can later be overturned by birth parents.

No matter what form of adoption, each one begins with a trauma – the separation from birth parents.  In some adoptions, that is the only trauma, and it is followed by much joy.

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#AsianLitBingo TBR

I think most of the people who read this blog have already seen the #AsianLitBingo posts from Shenwei or Huntress.  In case you haven’t, this is a challenge to read books by Asian authors in celebration of Asian American Heritage Month.

AsianLitBingo Banner TBR

Since one part of the challenge is to review these books (there is also a reading-only option), I am going to do a few re-reads of books I read previously but haven’t reviewed.  After looking at the bingo sheet and the books I had around me, I think my best bet is to focus on the left-hand column. Continue reading “#AsianLitBingo TBR”

Stats: 2017 So Far

Do you guys ever check your blog stats?  I do quite often.

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March 2017 ColorfulBookReviews Statistics

I’m not obsessed with getting new followers (although thank you for following me), but I find the data deeply fascinating.  It’s so cool when I have a view from another country, especially if it’s one I’ve never had before.  Most visitors here come from the United States, but I’ve had people from Malaysia, Japan, India, Uganda, Sri Lanka, France, Indonesia, and more.

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Pre-Ordering Diverse

I think the last time I pre-ordered a book was in my Harry Potter days.  Not that I don’t get excited about books, and wait eagerly for certain new releases.  However, I don’t like to plunk my money down for something that doesn’t exist yet.  It’s the same reason I’ve never invested in a Kickstarter, although there are some I’ve followed closely and bought products from when they were released.

This year I’m going a little wild with book buying, and this week I pre-ordered a book, nope, two books!

The first one you’ve probably heard of because it’s been generating a lot of buzz in the blogosphere: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.  This is an #ownvoice light romantic YA about an arranged marriage.  It’s told with two narrators, which I’m a little leery of, and it’s a YA romance, which is not my favorite genre.  But…  I read the first three chapters and sort of loved it.  And the cover is amazing:

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And as we all know, I’m easily moved by gorgeous covers.  (Remember how I almost bought Everything, Everything even though I knew it was very problematic?)  The henna, the modern clothes with traditional coloring, the title written on a drink cup…  I probably shouldn’t have bought this in hardcover, but I’m a sucker.  Hopefully it lives up to the beginning.

The reason I started pre-ordering is because I was going on a bit of a book-buying spree.  Okay, a somewhat irresponsible one.  As I was browsing around, I stumbled across a book I had to get!  This was perfect because I’d been thinking -here I am blowing my whole book budget on things that I’ll read quickly, review slowly, and then not be able to buy anything for quite a while.

Chasing Space

Enter Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances by Leland Melvin.  I’ve been on quite a space kick lately, although you wouldn’t know it from the blog because other than Hidden Figures and a Mae Jemison book, all of the books have been very white.

Leland Melvin was in the NFL until an injury led him to seek a new career.  He started training for NASA but went deaf during the process.  After he recovered partial hearing, he was allowed to go into space.  The synopsis doesn’t even go into some of his other accomplishments because he’s already in an elite category of one!

This story ticks all the boxes.  STEM PoC role model, check.  Deafness and diversity, check.  Space, check.  Sports (not a box for me but certainly for others), check.  It was a must-buy!  Although I’ll certainly be looking out for instances of audism and looking at how his hearing “loss” and cure are treated, this is definitely the most interesting book release I’ve seen so far this year.

What books have you pre-ordered?  Are there any new releases you’re eagerly anticipating this year?