Welcome back to LaMon Reviews. Today I am adding the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme to my posts. I first saw this meme while reading a blog post from The Book Dutchess. I like her posts and find great recomendations from her. This time I am trying the Can’t-Wait Wednesday Challenge. It actually is great timing as I just found two new books I am extremely excited to read, just yesterday.
Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Just yesterday, I read an email from Book Riot with book recommendations for me from In Reading Color. I had no idea that April is Arab American Heritage Month. I’m already half way through the month. Well, thanks to the awesome people at Book Riot, I have a book that I’m extremely interested in. The cover art and blurb drew me in. I really like the cover art!
Blurb: Nima doesn’t feel understood. By her mother, who grew up far away in a different land. By her suburban town, which makes her feel too much like an outsider to fit in and not enough like an outsider to feel like that she belongs somewhere else. At least she has her childhood friend Haitham, with whom she can let her guard down and be herself. Until she doesn’t.
As the ground is pulled out from under her, Nima must grapple with the phantom of a life not chosen, the name her parents didn’t give her at birth: Yasmeen. But that other name, that other girl, might just be more real than Nima knows. And more hungry. And the life Nima has, the one she keeps wishing were someone else’s. . .she might have to fight for it with a fierceness she never knew she had. (less)
Home Is Not A Country by Safia Elhillo
- Pages: 224
- Format: Hardcover
- Author: Safia Elhillo
I immediately went to my online library and placed a hold. My library only has one copy and my wait time is going to be about four weeks. I can’t wait. While on my library’s homepage, it recommended another book that jumped out at me titled The Cost Of Knowing by Brittney Morris.
The Cost Of Knowing blurb.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short. It’s hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life. And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes. With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.
This is the next book I have on deck to read. I am currently listening to Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi read by Christopher Dontrell Piper. I hope to have a book review up later this week. I am learning things I didn’t know and it is causing me to remember things I had forgotten I learned about our country’s history. I started this book last month, so I am taking my time reading it.
That is it for this post. Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you think in the comments below. Do any of the books in today’s post grab your attention? Which would you like to read? Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts about them?
And As Always…
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