Thursday, August 20, 2020

Book Beginnings | Friday 56 | Friday 50/50 | Blogger Hop || Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi || Favorite/Least Favorite Summer Read

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

I want to get through at least two of the books I'm currently reading before I pick this one up. Those NetGalley books though, I need to really limit the number I request when I know there are books I have on my shelf and books I put on hold at the library. It just makes things chaotic when I get approved. And I am very excited for one of the books I was approved for. 

   Rooted in foundational loss and the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is both a global dystopian narrative an intimate family story with quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience.
   Ella and Kev are brother and sister, both gifted with extraordinary power. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by structural racism and brutality. Their futures might alter the world. When Kev is incarcerated for the crime of being a young black man in America, Ella—through visits both mundane and supernatural—tries to show him the way to a revolution that could burn it all down.

Book Beginnings:
  Before her Thing begins. Before even Kev is born. Before the move to Harlem.

Friday 56:
  "You have to call home," he says, in a voice too kind for this place. 


50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  This has recently been retired. Here is her post explaining the situation.

Favorite/Least Favorite Summer Read 

Great start to what I can only assume is going to be a fantastic series. The American covers suck though, so I'm using this UK version.

As I stated in my review, this series edges on boring. The pacing isn't great, and the characters I've loved from the previous books almost never interact with each other. This isn't a bad book, it just has the slowest pacing, and the chapters are all very long. (There are only 8 chapters in this nearly 400-page book).


Book Blogger Hop

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Q: Do you look at your shelves and stacks of books and wonder how you have ever read so many books? 

A: Sometimes, then there are all the books I've read that I don't own because of the library, and the books I've donated because I didn't plan on re-reading them.


  1. Hi there! I also tend to give books away or just donate it to the school's library. But I still love to see me shelves stacked! Not that I've read them all....

    Your Friday 56/Book Beginnings book is not my cup of tea, but I do like the title.

    Happy weekend and here's my Weekend Book Friends

  2. Riot Baby sounds like a captivating story...great excerpts! Here's mine: “CLEO MCDOUGAL REGRETS NOTHING”

  3. Sounds like a wicked read, love the cover too!! Happy weekend!

  4. That's disappointing to hear about that installment of the Witcher. I'm still waiting on my holds to come in for Sword of Destiny and the Last Wish.

  5. Riot Baby sounds like a passionate story. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week :)

  6. I've been an avid reader since childhood, so I can't imaging how many books I've read in my lifetime so far. I switched to Kindle about 6 years ago, so my shelf of physical books isn't that big. However, when I look on Goodreads at the number I've read, it makes me smile. (I try not to look at how many are still waiting to be read). Lol!