#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.

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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?

 

Catching Up

Hello all,

We had a family emergency, so although I had posts written for the last two Fiction Fridays, I didn’t have them set to auto-publish and wasn’t able to do it in the midst of events.

I’m slowly catching up on all manner of things and trying to decide if I will just start fresh this week or try to backdate some of the posts I had planned for the last two weeks.  If I do, I’ll edit this post to link them below.

Thanks for reading!

Edited to Add:

2/10/2017 – A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane.

2/17/2017 – The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

2/24/2017 – Extra Credit by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mark Elliott.

I decided just to post the Fiction Friday books (since I have a fiction review backlog) and will post the others another time.  The family challenge took another turn so I had to backdate another week.  Hopefully this coming week I’ll be able to post on time, even if I have to schedule it!

#DiverseAThon TL;DR

A quick overview of my results from the January 2017 #DiverseAThon:

Elementary Chapter Books

I enjoyed Encore, Grace! but was confused until I learned that there was another book in the series which I missed reading.  I chose not to read Bravo, Grace! because it is a collection of short stories, not a novel, and thus better suited to reading another time.

The alternate Scraps of Time 1928 I didn’t read as I didn’t finish my original TBR and would prefer to read the books from that series in order if possible.

Middle Grade Novels

I liked One Crazy Summer a lot (and finished it) but didn’t like The Red Pencil as much as I hoped (thus didn’t finish it yet).

Teen/YA Novel

I didn’t get a chance to read Flygirl.  My plan was to read it on one of the weekends when I had an uninterrupted block of time, which never happened.  I am still very excited to read it at some point soon.

Nonfiction

Hidden Figures (which I had started reading on my lunch breaks before DiverseAThon) continued to be great.  I’ll be going to see the movie and starting the young reader’s edition.  Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice had a different format than I expected, but was still a worthwhile read.  I’m close to the end of both.

Overall

I wasn’t super happy with my reading for this week but given the busier than average week and emergencies, this is what happened.  It was interesting limiting my reading for one week to books with black characters that I already owned.  This won’t often be a possibility for me, given how much reading I need to do for my various works and classes, but it was a fun challenge.

If you want more details, I kept a running record of what I was reading each day of the DiverseAThon over in this post.

#DiverseAThon Jan 2017 Results

Here’s what I read during #DiverseAThon.  I kept a post draft open throughout the week and wrote down what I was reading at least once each day.  It was a busier week than normal, but I also didn’t do any reading outside of this challenge which is very unusual for me.  Usually I’m reading at least one chapter book for school, one for the library book group, and one for personal reading.  The only personal reading I had ongoing this week was the adult version of Hidden Figures, which certainly relates to this challenge.

If this post is too long for you (lots of details of my reading habits for the week), there’s a shorter synopsis here.

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January 2017 #DiverseAThon TBR

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#DiverseAThon January 2017

I don’t normally post these sorts of things, but Naz at ReadDiverseBooks was very convincing about the need to promote the #DiverseAThon and maybe I have a few readers who might not know about it yet.

It runs from January 22nd to the 29th and “The goal of Diverse-A-Thon is simply to celebrate diversity in literature by reading diverse books all week and engage in thoughtful discussions on Twitter under the #DiverseAthon hashtag. The readathon will largely remain the same. It is low-stress and there no challenges – just read as many diverse books as you are comfortable reading in 7 days. There will be daily chats on Twitter this time around as well, so be sure to follow the @Diverseathon Twitter account to stay updated on all future news regarding the chats.”

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January 2017 #DiverseAThon TBR

It takes me ages to plan and write a review (I’m not great with cameras), and some of these I might not review, so just like last month’s book haul, this is what I’m (hopefully) reading and what you might see reviewed in the distant future.

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