What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I have a feeling this summer is going to be a lot of me doing shorter book talks especially since, as I talked about here, I’m going to maybe post a little less during the summer.

 

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Outrun The Moon by Stacey Lee

I received this for review consideration but this in no way affected my opinions.

 

About In A Sentence or Two: Mercy, a young determined young Chinese girl, refuses to let the fact that she’s Chinese and a girl get in the way of her dreams. She cunningly bribes her way into an exclusive all-girls school and endures the push back from those who don’t want her there and keeping her story under wraps….until it all changes in an instant when a historic earthquake hits the city.

Thoughts: I loooove historical fiction and, while I loved Under a Painted Sky, this one blew me out of the water and stirred me up emotionally — and by that I mean there were lots of tissues next to me upon finishing. I loved the setting of San Fransisco at the turn of the century during this historic earthquake. I LOVED Mercy and how determined, strong and resilient she was and loved watching her go after what she wants — regardless of the roadblocks set up because she’s Chinese AND a woman. Her resilience in the face of tragedy was inspiring. I thought Stacey Lee tackled racism/prejudice in such a nuanced way in this book and I loved seeing it contrasted in the before and in the after — especially to see these glimmer of hopes that barriers could come down when everyone is mourning this tragedy together as a city. I thought the way she wove it through the novel was so perfect. The secondary characters were incredible, truly. If you like historical fiction, this is a must read for 2016.

 

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Ten Historical Settings I Want To See More YA Books Set In

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Historical Settings I Want To See in YA

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Prior to starting my blog a good chunk of what I read was historical fiction. When it comes to adult historical fiction I can find almost anything in any time period I want…but when I started to get into YA I found it to be lacking compared to other genres. Luckily in the past couple years more and more YA historicals are coming out and THANK GOD because it is a genre I love.

So here are a list of historical settings I want to see more YA books set in!! I want them any way I can have them — straight up realistic historical fiction, historical romance, historical fantasy/supernaturally kind of stuff. Doesn’t matter. So if you have any YA recs that fit my setting, please leave them in the comments.

Prehistoric

 

I mean, I know it probably wouldn’t be super historically in depth because limited knowledge but I want. Thank goodness for Ivory and Bone coming out! Maybe some dinosaurs toooo. I just want a more YA Clan of the Cave Bear which I tried to get into many years ago and couldn’t — though I plan to again.  Some kickass fantasy in pre-historic times could be awesome.

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