So I managed to finish up “Copper Sun” by Sharon Draper. I really love Sharon’s writing style and this story did not fail to impress me! Although this is classified as a Young Adult novel, the content was definitely mature. I did however find the premise of a “negro slave” and an “indentured slave” becoming allies and running away together to be kind of a stretch.( An indentured slave was someone who in order to possibly clear a debt, gave themselves in service rather than pay with money or property. Some Negroes were indentured, and some poor or lower class whites could have an indenture on them as well) Even though they were both ” enslaved” the white character in this story still found herself to be more superior than Amari the negro. This book really gave insight in to what it must have been like for children to become enslaved and then try to quickly assimilate to a new life and system of living. This book would be a good book for parents who want to introduce this part of history and style of literature into your “tween” or teens reading repertoire. Think of it as the starter book before you would introduce something like ” The Book of Negroes” . 5 out of 5 stars!! Great read!
This week I’m really not sure what I want to read! I have repeatedly broken my promise of not buying any books until i finish my TBR books……but I realized that all of the books on my TBR are really heavy in content and I need something a little different.
So in this last week I purchased three books ( hangs head in shame lol: Shanice don’t judge me LOL) One was a repurchase because the copy I owned was literally 16 years old. I first read it in the ninth grade. The book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. I remember loving it back then but to be perfectly honest , I don’t remember what happens. So why not pick it up and re-read it! Plus the beautiful edition that I wanted was only $9.99!!!! score! Plus, I just heard that a sequel will finally be released in July of this year. This book was actually written before “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the 1950’s but was rejected by publishers. I’m excited to see where she takes the characters in this long-awaited sequel. I’ll give your more details on this closer to its release date, but this book is definitely being added to my TBR for this year.
Next, I was just browsing the bookstore…. lol and I saw a sale rack. Naturally I had to stop and look. I picked up this book called ” Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe” By Max Lucado with Candace Lee and Eric Newman. I was familiar with Max Lucado as an author( I believe my mom has a few of his books around the house) He is a Christian author. The cover( and 10 dollar price tag :P) caught my eye so I picked it up and it sounded pretty interesting. Amazon gives this summary of it:
Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.
Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.
When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask God a question of her own. Heaven answers in a most unexpected way.
Sounds like a pretty light read and I can’t wait to pick it up.
Lastly I picked up ” The Garden of Burning Sand” by Corban Addison. This was a book I had been suggested to read by a few of my book blogger peeps and since I had some time to kill yesterday before meeting up with a friend ( Hey Fafa!) I popped into Indigo and picked it up! Amazon.com details this story as follows:
Zoe Fleming, an accomplished young human rights attorney, has made a life for herself in Zambia, far from her estranged father–an American business mogul with presidential aspirations–and from the devastating betrayals of her past.
When a young girl with Down syndrome is sexually assaulted in a Lusaka slum, Zoe joins Zambian police officer Joseph Kabuta in investigating the rape. Piecing together clues from the victim’s past, they discover an unsettling connection between the girl–Kuyeya–and a powerful Zambian family who will stop at nothing to bury the truth.
As they are drawn deeper into the complex web of characters behind this appalling crime, Zoe and Joseph forge a bond of trust and friendship that slowly transforms into love. Opposed on all sides, they find themselves caught in a dangerous clash between the forces of justice and power. To successfully prosecute Kuyeya’s attacker and build a future with Joseph, Zoe must risk her life and her heart–and confront the dark past she thought she had left behind.
I’m so intrigued by this plot line. It’s definitely a genre( mystery/thriller) that I have been wanting to delve into. With my successes in reading “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train” I think this may be one of my favorite genres to read right now.
So this week I’m going to try to finish the Max Lucado book because it’s a pretty short read ( 184 pages) and maybe try to get through some of ” The Garden of Burning Sand”.
Also , my girlfriends and I are continuing our Bible study devotional “Women of the Bible” This week we are studying Sarah 🙂
Have a wonderful reading week guys! Good Luck!
*Disclaimer: Book descriptions ( with the exception of the Copper Sun description) were taken from the Amazon.com website©