I have this problem I’m sure a number of you are familiar with. I went through my TBR list when I was putting together my Top Ten Tuesday the other day and couldn’t remember why I’d added some books to the list. To remedy that, I thought I’d start posting my recently added books here with reasoning, that way I’m not confused later.
This week, I added…
What it’s about: A black girl is convicted of murder. The known facts are a white baby died while in the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine year old daughter. The media filled in the blanks and she was convicted.
Why I added it: Last school year I was talking with @HypeLit about my dissertation. Hype Lit is a librarian who writes a blog about African American characters in young adult literature. So I asked her to help me out. This is one of the books she put on the list she made.
What it’s about: When Fabiola Toussaint comes to the United States from Port au Prince, Haiti and her mother is detained by immigration, she’s left to navigate Detroit, Michigan – a new school, and a new life – on her own.
Why I added it: Honestly, because Jason Reynolds recommended it. But also because it’s about immigration and because it’s about the American dream. And, I mean, look at that cover. This is one I think I want to put on the list for my book club. It’d be an interesting discussion.
What it’s about: Elizabeth’s grandfather gifts her a typewriter with extraordinary powers. The more she types, the more it gives her information necessary to relieve her family of the curse they’ve been under for centuries.
Why I added it: I saw it on a blog last week, and was taken in by the cover. I’m a proud owner of a 1920s (ish) typewriter, and love to imagine that said typewriter has magical powers.