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Snap Review: Belle – The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne

Title: Belle – The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice

My rating: 3/5


The illegitimate daughter of a captain in the Royal Navy and an enslaved African woman, Dido Belle was sent to live with her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. Growing up in his lavish estate, Dido was raised as a sister and companion to her white cousin, Elizabeth. When a joint portrait of the girls, commissioned by Mansfield, was unveiled, eighteenth-century England was shocked to see a black woman and white woman depicted as equals. Inspired by the painting, Belle vividly brings to life this extraordinary woman caught between two worlds, and illuminates the great civil rights question of her age: the fight to end slavery.

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Snap Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

My rating: 4/5


Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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Bout of Books 19

Bout of Books







I’m super excited to be participating in this readathon this year! I’ve been in a slump since I got back from vacation – perhaps because I’m back to ‘real life’ and catching up on everything. No worries, I’m determined to make the most out of the Bout of Books reading challenge this week and knock out books that have been on my TBR for far too long!

I’m getting ahead of myself, let me have the organizers explain what’s about to go down:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Now that we are on the same page, are you ready to sign-up? Follow these steps to join in on the fun!

  1. Post on your site, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook account and declare your intentions to join. It’s EASY. They ask you share info to help spread the word. Please link back to @boutofbooks!
  2. Add the direct link to your sign up post to the linky in the original post. You have until Tuesday, May 9th at 11:59pm CST to sign up. (If the linky is closed, you’re too late.)
  3.  Beginning May 8th, READ!

I think this calls for a sick day, cough, cough 🙂

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday (35)


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Recently Finished Reading: Everything that Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, Doubles by Nic Brown and Belle by Paula Byrne

Reading Next: Invisible River by Helena McEwen and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult


What is your WWW Wednesday?

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May 2017 TBR

  • Dark Matter by Blake Couch
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Invisible River by Helena McEwen
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley French and Thomas French
  • The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

What is on your May TBR List?