Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you two mini reviews for amazing books that I have read recently as well as the TBR for a Summer Readathon that I’m participating in that runs from August- September 22. I’m keeping both the mini reviews spoiler- free, so I hope you enjoy reading them! 🙃
Title: You Should See Me in a Crown
Author: Leah Johnson
Content Warnings: homophobia, racism, character with sickle cell anemia, character death
Liz has always felt out of place in the small, wealthy town she has grown up in, so when her plans to escape after graduation fall through, she is determined to find another way out. The solution? Win prom queen and the scholarship that comes with the crown but winning the competition may not be as easy of an answer as Liz had hoped for. The situation becomes even more complex when Liz begins to fall for the competition- the new student Mack. Full of drama, love, and prom antics, this book is a powerful story about coming out and being unapologetically Black in White society.
This was a fun book! Liz was an entertaining main character, and I really liked watching her campaign for prom queen. Her school was so intense about prom, and it was an overall enjoyable setting! Liz and Mack were funny together, and they had such a great connection! I loved all the characters in this book, and I enjoyed that Liz’s problems with getting a scholarship and grant for college were so relatable. She felt like a really realistic character, and I loved getting to know her friends and family.
This book tackled the struggles of being black and queer in high school, and it was a powerful story about being yourself and not hiding who you are.
Title: One to Watch
Author: Kate Stayman-London
Content Warnings: fatphobia, racism, online bullying, hate speech
Rating: 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When Bea Schumacher, a well-known plus-size fashion blogger, drunkingly calls out America’s favorite reality TV show, Main Squeeze, on their lack of body diversity on their show, the last thing she expects happens. She gets a call from the manager asking her to be their next main squeeze- the one women that twenty five men fight over. Bea agrees to become a plus size model for women’s across the country, but under one condition- she does not have to fall in love. But as Bea enters the magical set and experiences of reality TV, she realizes that nothing is as easy as she expected and she might deserve her own real life fairytale.
I really loved this book! It was sweet, funny, and incredibly enjoyable to read! Sure, the fact that Bea is on a reality dating TV show made the book super cheesy, but it was also raw and amusing. Bea was an incredibly lovable main character, and I felt so connected to her throughout the entire story! Her experiences as a plus sized women in the fashion industry were so real and painful, but I learned so much about loving yourself and being confident in yourself through Bea’s story.
The men in the show were a mix of awful and perfect, and it was great to get to know them all! I loved how this book was laid out, and it was wonderful to see Bea realizing that she is deserving of love. Although the reality show gave this book a cheesy vibe, I still loved the magic of the dates and dramatic life.
This book did an amazing job tackling the struggles of being plus sized in a world where being thin is admired. Bea is a strong, independent woman, who loves her body and is a wonderful model for women everywhere.
End of Summer Readathon
At the end of July, I was tagged in a Summer Readathon by the creator, Hundreds and Thousands of Books. They created this Readathon to encourage people to read as this summer comes to a close, and you should all go check out their site!
- Link to the original tag’s creator: Hundreds and Thousands of Books. Please don’t let all the squinting at my laptop screen to make the graphics flop!
- Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post (or the original one if you just want to give it a go).
- Tag as many people as you want to participate, with links to their Then get to reading…
- Borrow, buy, ebook, steal books that fit the descriptions. Don’t worry if you can’t read all 9 before the summer is over – although you have until the 22nd September 🙂
- Post at the end of the challenge how you got on!
My TBR for the 9 Prompts
A Book Released in 2020
- The Switch by Beth O’Leary. I can’t wait to read this sweet, clever looking book!
A Book Set Abroad (And not America)
- Woven in Moonlight (Bolivia) by Isabel Ibañez. This Bolivian story is beautiful, and looks incredibly enjoyable to read!
A Books Set in the Past
- The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow. This book set in the late 1890s looks like a fascinating book about magic, witches, and power!
A Book on My TBR For Ages
- A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. Oh my gosh, I have had this book since it came out, and it has made it on almost all of my TBR lists all year- and I still haven’t even started it 🤦♀️
A Graphic Novel
- Heartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman. I read this first book and I adored it, so I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2!
A Famous Fantasy Book
- I don’t know if this really counts, but we’re going with Crescent City by Sarah J Maas because I’ve been meaning to read this book forever and it is technically a highly anticipated and widely read fantasy-like book!
A Book Set in Space
- Star Wars: Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston. I don’t think this is what they had in mind with this prompt, but this book is set in a galaxy far far away, and I’m totally counting it! 😂
A Book By a Trans/ Non-binary Author
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender. I just finished this stunning book about being transgender and still questioning your identity.
–Emma by Jane Austen. I have always wanted to read this book, so hopefully I get around to it! ❤️
Feel free to join the Readathon if you’re interested! Thanks for reading! What did you think of these mini reviews? Have you read either of these books? Chat with me in the comments!
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