-wish this could have been ya (and skipped the sex scenes) bc I think showing the progression of how a person can change and grow out ofA few things:
-wish this could have been ya (and skipped the sex scenes) bc I think showing the progression of how a person can change and grow out of a relationship is important. Moving on from first love is (usually) a good thing. -a much better example of feminist female lead than Graceling. One of the issues I had w Graceling is how the lead felt she couldn't truly be autonomous w a partner, that submitting oneself to a relationship was debasing. I liked seeing the feminist partnership here. -yes she made rhys way too perfect but i'll take it. everything was so fantastically feminist I was there for it. hard to put down, and great flirting.
Reading this one makes the direction of the first book make so much more sense. I was kind of meh about it, a new spin on beauty.....but she was setting us all up for something so much more in the contrast. ...more
I was aware of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement...as a result many popular white authors began writing stories and including more PoC or writing otherI was aware of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement...as a result many popular white authors began writing stories and including more PoC or writing other cultures from their perspectives....often stumbling and missing the mark. In response the #OwnVoices movement began: promoting work that was created by people in their own voices. I've decided to read more #OwnVoices works this year.
Shadowshapers is a YA work of urban fantasy: a young Brooklyn woman connects to her ancestry and embraces her identity when she discovers she holds an ancient power passed down through her ancestry to give shape to spirits through art/creation. It's based on a Caribbean myth. I loved Sierra's character. Sometimes she acted impulsively and with good intention and showed that bravery sometimes comes out of foolhardiness - but she also shows that trusting your instincts usually pays off. I felt (and saw?) Brooklyn come alive - I'm even more excited to go visit later this year.
I've noticed there is a difference between how other people write your stories and how you write your own. Authentic voice is always good. Looking forward to reading more #ownvoices work. ...more
(4/5 for now. I need a few rereadings to let it all sink in.) I met Edyka Chilome this month when I went to hear her speak. She opened by reading one(4/5 for now. I need a few rereadings to let it all sink in.) I met Edyka Chilome this month when I went to hear her speak. She opened by reading one of her poems as a prayer, and never have I been more moved by a prayer.
I would characterize my 30s so far as the time of stretching and growth. I've found joy in being challenged and seeing with new eyes. There is a type of pain that comes with this growth, from realizing you've lived with tunnel vision; knowing you can never see the world the same way again.
I'm grateful for the work and progress I've made so far, I find the new me far preferable to the old me. The work of Edyka Chilome challenges the new me to push for progress with compassion, to call people in instead of calling them out. Once again, I am changed.
Her prayer ended with with this call:
"May we tell stories that complicate and humanize instead of simplify and victimize no matter how much courage it takes
In the words of sister Aja Monet may we be courageous may we be courageous may we be courageous"...more
I learned more in reading this one book than a lifetime of Sunday school and years of religion classes. Take that for what it's worth - I'm just a regI learned more in reading this one book than a lifetime of Sunday school and years of religion classes. Take that for what it's worth - I'm just a regular person, have no academic or religious study cred .... And Enns, a biblical scholar, wrote this to be accessible the masses - people like me. He gets a little jokesy and cheesy for my taste, but that doesn't take away from the quality content. ...more