Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Review HeaderI finally got round to reading Queenie and I truly loved it. I got through it pretty quickly as I found it to be such a page turner. I’ve been meaning to read it for so long and it truly did not disappoint. If you want to hear some of my thoughts on the book, check it out below. There will be some spoilers in this review!

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Books by Black Authors

List HeaderWe wanted to write a post highlighting some books by Black authors that both/one of us have read, ones that we own and want to read, and ones we are currently reading. It’s so important to support Black creators not just now but always. Both Sarah and I want to do better and are taking meaningful action to do so. At the start of this list we have linked some articles and blog posts by Black people recommending books by Black authors as well as some lists of films to watch to educate yourself. We will also share in this list some resources for the Black Lives Matter movement, including links to donations and petitions, educational resources and info for protestors. We stand in complete solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and we vow to do better to help the Black community in any way we can.

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK BY PIPER KERMAN REVIEW

Title: Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison

Author: Piper Kerman

Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir

Publisher: Abacus

Publication Date: 2010

Pages: 352

Summary:

With her career, live-in boyfriend and loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the rebellious young woman who, over a decade ago, got mixed up with drug runners and delivered a suitcase of drug money to Europe. But when she least expects it, her reckless past catches up with her: convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at an infamous women’s prison in Connecticut, Piper becomes inmate #11187-424. From her first strip search to her final release, she learns to navigate this strange world with its arbitrary rules and codes, its unpredictable, even dangerous relationships. And she meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with tokens of generosity, hard truths and simple acts of acceptance.

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Top 5 Characters You’d Always Defend

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This was possibly the hardest Top 5 Wednesday post we had to make. It’s not easy thinking of characters you’d always defend when you generally read books that everyone loves. But alas we found some characters who we truly would defend to our dying days, ones that get so much hate we cannot help but stand up in front of a room full of people and protect our little angels. Okay that might be a little much, but we love them when no-one else will.

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March 2016 Book Haul

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In the month of March I was supposed to acquire no new books. That’s a final total of zero books, nothing, nada, zilch. Do we think that’s happened? No it has not. I was going very strong on my book ban this month until the shop that I work in (book shop, obviously) was having a sale: everything in the store was 99p. That is not something I could pass up so quickly grabbed all the fiction I’d been wanting for a while that they had in stock. Whereas I’m sad I actually purchased books, I don’t really regret it at all. So this haul isn’t huge, and I managed to get books that I’d been really really wanting to read. It’s not all bad.

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Thoughts on Literary Tastes Changing

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As we get older and discover new things it’s natural that our reading tastes change. As I didn’t start reading a great deal until I was in my late teens, I haven’t overly noticed my tastes changing from novel to novel. Of course as I’ve gotten to 19 and 20 years old I’ve liked a more mature novel than I did when I was sixteen, and I started to learn the kinds of things I really did enjoy. But I’ve only just started to go through my first major fiction taste change. And it kind of scared me.

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