Themed Book Recommendations and The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

Last month I was tagged by Amanda @ Bookish Brews to do the Themed Book Recommendations book tag. I don’t know where the time went, but I’m finally posting my answers today! Thanks for tagging me Amanda!! 

Rules

  • Tag Ally @ Ally Writes Things
  • Give at least one recommendation for each of the prompts below
  • If you don’t have a recommendation, talk about a book you want to read
  • Tag your friends

A book about friendship | If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

This book is so underrated. Frances Cha effortlessly transported me to South Korea in a captivating story about the lives of four young Korean women and the obstacles they struggle to overcome. It’s emotional and sharp, and I’m now recommending it for the second time!

A translated book | All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan

This book about forbidden love was translated beautifully from Hebrew to English by Jessica Cohen. Check out my review here.

A diverse romance | The Sun is Also a Star

This story of insta-love between a hopeless romantic and a girl who doesn’t believe in love was super cute. I am embarrassed to say that I am behind when it comes to reading diverse romances, but I have a few on my TBR!

TBR Picks

A fast-paced book | Where’d You Go, Bernadette

There is plenty of chaos and laugh-out-loud moments in this fast-paced mystery about an unhinged woman who disappears into thin air. A majority of this book was told through email exchanges, which made it a really quick read. I just finished reading it, so stay tuned for my review!

Other Recommendations

A nonfiction other than a memoir | Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

This book isn’t a memoir, but it’s semi-autobiographical. It’s a powerful Chicana feminist manifesto that uses prose and poetry while code-switching between English and Spanish. It taught me so much about intersectionality, as well as US history and the oppression that Mexican people have faced at the hands of colonialism.

Additional Recommendation

An underrated memoir | Half-Breed by Maria Campbell

With just over 1,000 reviews on Goodreads, I think it’s safe to say that Half-Breed is underrated. If you are Canadian and/or wanting to learn more about Métis history and culture, I highly recommend this book. It’s heartbreaking, but it shines a necessary spotlight on Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous peoples.

A book with fewer than 10,000 ratings on Goodreads | Slay by Brittney Morris

This book has 9,951 ratings. What?!? I think it deserves way more attention than that. It’s about a 17-year-old girl who invents a virtual reality game that goes viral, but not without consequences. It deals with racism, relationships, identity and more. Plus, it’s still fresh in my mind three months after reading it, so I’m telling you, you need to check it out (review here).

A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist | You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

I’ve had this book on my list for a bit now. It’s a contemporary YA novel about a girl named Liz Lighty who feels like an outcast in her small midwestern town. She can’t wait to leave for college, but when her plans get ruined, her only chance to save herself is to do the last thing she would ever want to do, run for prom queen. To make things more complicated, Liz starts to fall for her competition, the new girl in town. This says Mean Girls (which I love), but with less catty behaviour, so I’m into it!

Additional recommendation

  • Loveless by Alice Oseman | 4/5 stars | review here

A book by a trans or non-binary author | Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

I’m obsessed with the cover of this book and I’ve had this on my TBR all year. It’s about Sigourney Rose, a young Caribbean woman from a noble family. She has the ability to control people’s minds and she’s out for revenge. Her mission: to infiltrate the ranks of the rulers of the royal island, which is inhabited by the colonizers who are responsible for the murder of her family.

A book with more than 500 pages | The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I’m not going to lie, I considered reading this for the Popsugar Reading Challenge but when I saw that it was 771 pages, I changed my mind. A second look at the blurb is tempting me to pick this up in the winter when all I’ll want to do is curl up with a book. The blurb describes it as “a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate.” I can see why it won a Pulitzer Prize.

A short story collection | Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

Having diverse and realistic representations of Black characters in books is important and that’s exactly what this collection accomplishes. There were a lot of really good stories in here and with such a variety of topics, there’s bound to be something for everyone!

Book you want everyone to read | Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Dear Justyce is the sequel to Dear Martin. I liked this book even better than Dear Martin. It was emotional, realistic, and thought-provoking. Despite it being a YA book, I didn’t feel too old to be reading it. I loved the characters and thought that Nic Stone did an amazing job with handling heavy topics.

The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

I was nominated by Steph at My Book Throne for The Vincent Ehindero blogger award. Thank you so much for the nomination Steph!!

Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Make a post of the award (with photo).
  • Post the rules.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  • Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  • Follow Vincent Ehindero to qualify for a free blog promotion, shoutout and more blogging opportunities.

Steph’s Questions

1. If you could be any character, who would you be?

This question is too hard for me. I decided to Google “which book character am I” and took the first quiz I saw. My result was Lucy from The Chronicles of Narnia. If you want to take the quiz click here and let me know what you get!


2. Do you prefer reading physical books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

Physical books are my favourite because I grew up with them. Although, as of recently I’ve really started to like ebooks. I like being able to see how far along I am, turn the pages easily, and leave bookmarks. 


3. If you were a superhero, what would your powers be?

This is a tough question too! It’s a toss up between invisibility and teleportation. 


4. What are you favourite book tropes?

Friends to lovers, slow burn romance, fake dating, and mistaken identity.


5. Which fantasy world would you want to live in?

I honestly can’t think of anything to put here. I wouldn’t mind exploring Hogwarts and watching a live quidditch game, but I’m not a Harry Potter fan so I wouldn’t want to live there.

My Questions

  1. What is the first book you remember reading?
  2. Is there a book you love but everyone else hates?
  3. If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life which would it be? 
  4. Would you rather only be able to read first person or third person POV?
  5. What book are you going to read next? 
  6. What is your favourite song right now?

I tag

Thank you again to Amanda and Steph for tagging me! To everyone I tagged, feel free to participate however you like. Don’t feel obligated to do both tags or post them at the same time. Happy blogging and I hope everyone has a lovely week! 💕

Have you read any of the books I recommended? Did you find anything to add to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Themed Book Recommendations and The Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award”

  1. This was so fun to read!! I’ve heard of some of these but only read ‘The Sun is Also A Star.’ I’m definitely adding some of these to my (technically never-ending) TBR because they sound so fun! Great post :))

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  2. Thank you so much for doing the tag, I loved reading your answers!

    I’m reading If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha right now, and loving it! It’s so good, and I love all the women so far (I’m only a few chapters in). And Half Breed has been on my TBR for ages, I definitely need to pick it up soon!

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    1. No problem, it was so much fun!!

      I loved all of the characters in If I Had Your Face, I hope you like the rest of it 😊 Half Breed is a must read, Maria Campbell is such a good writer and her story is unforgettable.

      Happy reading!

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  3. No problem, I can’t wait to read your answers! Thanks, Wren 💕 I hope you found something for your tbr :p
    I think she’s a good character haha, she’s so smart.

    Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes is my new fave adult romance. I’m posting a review for it soon-ish, hopefully 😂 It’s slow burn and it’s funny too! I wish I had more to suggest but I’m blanking.

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