I just noticed that I did not do a May Wrap-up post! I have been crazy busy with work and traveling (at the moment, I am in Argentina for two weeks) and in May I was in India for a bit.
I have been putting in as much reading time as I can. There are SO MANY books that I want to read that my stack is getting taller and taller. I have collected so much in the last few weeks, especially since I went to BookCon in New York City.
BookCon this year was okay. I think I was so excited last year that I got so much, but this year not so much. If you don’t know what BookCon is an annual convention in New York City where authors, publishers, celebrities and book lovers come together to talk about books and share the love they have for it. Many of the books being sold were the same as last year, there were so many YA books (Don’t get me wrong, I like a YA book from time to time), but there should be a little bit of everything. Also, the giveaways and events were disorganized and not run right. Nonetheless, I was able to leave with a couple of nice things! I got The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzergald, an ARC of Kid Activists by Robin Stevenson (I am giving this to my little cousin), an excerpt of Havenfall by Sarah Holland, a new Book Beau and new tote bags!
First up, the May Wrap-Up!
- Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah: Noah writes a comical, inspiring, and compelling book about his upbringing in South Africa during apartheid and after the days of freedom. Noah was born to a Swiss father and a Xhosa mother, which during that time was forbidden and punishable. This is a coming-of-age story of a boy who grew up in South Africa and made it to the desk of The Daily Show. I simply enjoyed this read so much! You get to learn so much about Trevor’s upbringing and his mischief life. (📚📚📚📚📚/5)
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: Emoni Santiago is starting her last year of high school and is thinking about what to do next after she graduates. She has always had a love for cooking and dream of becoming a chef. At the same time, she has to think about her daughter and Abuela, two people that she loves deeply and care for. This year her school is offering a culinary class and as part of the class, they get to go to Spain. She knows that all of it is out of the question since she has so many responsibilities. But that does not stop her from showing out her talent. I LOVE THIS READ! This was the first book I read by Elizabeth Acevedo and I was not disappointed. From the storyline to the realness of the characters, this book was just amazing. (📚📚📚📚📚/5)
- The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: Natasha: Does not believe in fate, destiny or in dreams that will not come true. She is not one to fall in love at first sight especially in the street of New York City and within hours of being deported to Jamaica.
Daniel: Has always been a good son, student and has high expectations from his parents. Deep down inside he is a poet and a dreamer, but that comes to light when he finally meets Natasha.
This was a cute read. I did enjoy it a lot, but the whole love at first sight, can’t live without your aspect was too much for me personally. I did enjoy the characters, especially the diversity of all the characters in the book. (📚📚📚📚/5)
NOW, for the June Wrap-Up!
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: This is a YA book about Dimple Shah who has graduated high school and is going to attend a summer program for web developers to break away from her family, especially her mother who is hounding her about finding the perfect I.I.H (Ideal Indian Husband). Rishi Patel is ready to find his future wife the traditional way by being arranged. He is going to be attending the program that this future wife will be going for the summer and he has to win her over. This was a cute read! I enjoyed reading about the cultural aspect (📚📚📚📚/5)
- Naturally Tan by Tan France: Tan France is one of the five amazing stars of the hit Netflix series QUEER EYE. In his memoir, he shares growing up gay in a traditional Muslim family and his childhood stories in England. He shares the love he has for his husband — a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City and how he loves FASHION! Tan writes about how he started his businesses and the stress that it gave him, how he was not interested in becoming part of a show, but how that has been the best decision he has ever made. Apart from sharing about himself, he also gives a bit of styling and dating advice. I seriously love learning more about Tan. I didn’t know much about him apart what has been shared in the show, so it was nice to see this side of him. (📚📚📚📚/5)