Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.
And that’s how it started.
And that’s what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn’t tell a soul…He’s not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school—and nation—start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like “racism” and “police brutality.” Quinn realizes he’s got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he’s a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be.
Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.
Book slumps; the one thing all book worms despise. We never know when it’ll hit. It may come out of nowhere and make you uninclined to read another book. It can creep in slowly and you find yourself having to push yourself to read a book and then slowly and painstakingly make your way through a book and by the end you find yourself in the midst of a book drought and it doesn’t matter what book you read, you just won’t find yourself engaging with the book.
Last month I found myself in the middle of an awful book slump. The school year had ended and I was getting excited for all the books I would be able to read but I would start a book read 20-50 pages and then put it down, not connecting with what I was reading. Soon I gave up attempting to read at all and whiled away the time. Book slumps suck and I was determined not to let it ruin my summer so I sought ways to see it and lo and behold I got the book slump to end. I engaged it to head on and emerged victorious in the age old battle of reader vs book slump.
Step 1: Identify the Cause
One of the reasons I wasn’t reading was because I was partaking in another form of entertainment and that was Netflix. Most of my favorite shows had come to Netflix during May/ June and I wasn’t able to watch them because school (finals ugh) but with endless hours to waste during the summer I threw myself into watching all the shows and that left very little time for reading. I was hooked on the visual plotlines Netflix presented and couldn’t tear myself away to read. Now that I knew what was responsible for causing my book slump I had to address it head on. By this point, I had caught up on most of the shows and made sure that I sat down for an hour at least and force myself to spend some time reading.
Step 2: Go to the Safe Place
I’ve found the best way to combat a book clump is head for the familiar r favorite and so I decided to read a genre I never get tired of…some contemporary romance. These books are always light fun and mostly short reads that can pull you out of any funk. I read what feels like dozens of them and soon, I began spending less time watching Netflix and more reading. The schedule was finally a bit more balanced. I slowly branched out to other genres and before you know it the book slump has been conquered!
This isn’t a foolproof 2 step way to win in a battle against the book slump but it should work as intended…at least it did for me!
Do you guys have anything specific you do to conquer a book slump? What type of books get you into or out of one? Let’s discuss!
The summer solstice begins tonight at approx 11:24, and then the longest day of the year shall begin. Just like I have for the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox I thought it would be fun to create a recommendation list tailored to the length of the days. Depending on wherever you are in the world, the summer solstice will commence soon (or it already has) and it will be the longest day of the year, in some places like in Alaska you’ll have close to 24 hours of sunlight and in other places like Texas (me!) you’ll have 14 hours of sunlight. Since we’ll all have the greatest amount of sunlight hours you’ll need equally large books (500+) pages to read. So now that it’s the summer solstice here are some large book that should be able to keep you occupied, and hopefully, you’ll be able to put a dent in these books during the day.
It’s been 5 days since my summer vacation started and I don’t know the date. Not so surprisingly this isn’t a rare occurrence. If there’s one thing the school year is good for it’s for forcing me to know what day it is but when it comes to summer all the days just blur with one another. But now that it’s summer there is infinitely more time to read! Rather than doing TBR for the next few months I thought it would be easier to just set some ambiguous semi-concrete goals for the things I want to achieve this summer. Read More »
The sun is shining, the sky is blue; I’m still pining for book anew. It’s the beginning of a new month and that always means new books to buy that will drain our wallets. Here are a few of the books I’ve got an eye on this month. Read More »
As this month comes to an end so does the school year, although technically I have my last final on June 1st, I now consider the school year to be over. I read a lot more books than I originally anticipated this month. It started off a bit hectic what with AP exams and then after 1 weeks reprieve began finals, somehow in the midst of all the last-minute projects and cramming I managed to read 13 books. I think that a record high for me this month in terms of books read per month. I also managed to reach my original Goodreads goal of reading 50 books this year so I’ve decided to aim higher and raised it to 150 books and hopefully, this upcoming summer can allow me to make a dent on that. I’ve rambled on for long enough so here are the books I read this month.Read More »
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.