Punching the Air – Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Amal Shahid has been convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison at just sixteen years old. Whilst in prison he finds refuge in his art and tries to keep his sense of self within a system designed to grind him down.

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” was completed shortly before his assassination in 1965. He lived a remarkable life; from a difficult childhood to an adulthood of drugs and street hustling before being converted by the Nation of Islam whilst in prison.

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July Round Up

JULY ROUND UP

I had an awesome reading month! Honestly, does anyone else have those months where everything you pick up and read is just brilliant and you can fly through them with no problem? That’s definitely been me for most of this month.

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Thirteen – Steve Cavanagh

Con-Artist turned Lawyer, Eddie Flynn, has landed himself a seat on the trial of the century. Hollywood star, Bobby Solomon, is on trial for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover, but something doesn’t add up for Eddie and for serial killer, Joshua Kane, killing itself is just the beginning, he needs to see the story through right to the end.

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In The Tall Grass – Stephen King & Joe Hill

Brother and sister, Cal and Becky, are extremely close. During a cross country drive they stop when they hear a young boy calling for help from the tall grass by the roadside and both go in to look for him. Before they know it they are separated from each other and seem to be further from the road than should be possible. What is really going on in the tall grass?

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Olive – Emma Gannon

Olive and her friends have been together through thick and thin since they were kids. Now grown up and in their early thirties their lives are starting to diverge, with Olive, in particular, taking a different path. Can they put these differences aside for the sake of their friendship?

“Olive” is a NetGalley book, which I was very pleased to be selected to read. It will be published by Harper Collins on 23 July.

Content warning: this book could potentially be quite triggering if you have fertility issues.

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On The Come Up – Angie Thomas

Bri is 16 years old and planning on being one of the greatest rappers of all time. It’s not just for herself; money is beyond tight at home after her Mom lost her job and she wants to get her Aunt away from the gang life. If she can make a success of her rapping she could help everyone.

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The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Celie is a young Black girl born into poverty and segregation in the Deep South of America, who’s life has been hard from the very beginning. She’s repeatedly raped by the man she calls Dad, her two children are taken away from her, her sister, Nettie, is gone, and she is trapped in a loveless marriage. Then she meets Shug Avery, a fascinating singer who has always been in charge of her own life. Under her encouragement Celie starts to see another way to live.

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June Round Up

I’ve decided to expand my blog posts a little beyond simply reviewing the books I’m reading. Over on my Instagram page I do a monthly round up so thought I would start sharing these here too. For many purposes I use my birthday as my annual marker so the end of June was also the end of my reading year and the start of the next one.

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Chosen – Kiersten White

There’s a lot going on in Nina’s life; she’s turned the Watcher’s Castle into a sanctuary for hurt and lost demons, she’s trying to get to grips with her Slayer powers after getting them back from a succubus and her twin sister, Artemis, has left and isn’t really communicating with her anymore so when a new threat emerges she doesn’t know who to trust or where to turn.

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