Goodreads Monday | 12.7.2020

Hello, book lovers! đź’•

I’m back with another Goodreads Monday post. I feel like I say this with every one of these posts, but I’m not consistent with these weekly memes. This one in particular. I think I do them once a month, if that. But they’re a lot of fun to do!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow; to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it! I originally saw this post on A Little Haze Book Blog, who is amazing and you should definitely check their blog out.

I use a random number generator when picking the book from my TBR. This way, I have no idea what book I’m going to choose.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto the book that I chose to talk about today!

The book that I ended up picking was Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. I mentioned this book in a blog post I wrote over the summer for diverse books that I want to read. And this is still a book that I want to get to eventually.

The following is from Goodreads:

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Not only is this book diverse, but it’s also written in verse. Those are the two main reasons that I have it on my TBR. I’ve read many books that were written in verse (mainly Ellen Hopkins, but a few other authors as well), and it is one of my favorite ways of storytelling. It’s so interesting how an author is able to write an entire story and only use poems. You’d think there wouldn’t be enough description to be able to envision what was going on, but that’s never the case. So I’d be interested to see how Jacqueline Woodson does it in this book.

This book also seems like something that I should read because the topics it deals with are ones that are important for everyone to read about. The Civil Rights movement and Jim Crow both seem like topics that are going to be powerful and emotional and overall heartbreaking, especially knowing that these are real events that happened. From what I can tell, this story is a memoir, so the author is writing about things that she went through in this book.

I think that’s all I really need to know about this book in order to pick it up. And I definitely plan on doing that soon. After reading the synopsis again, I want to pick it up even more now, even if it breaks me in the process.

So there you have it. That’s Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Have you read this book? What did you think about it? I’d love to chat in the comments below!

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Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary. I also love to play video games and draw and watch movies and TV shows. And this is my safe space where I can gush about everything I love.

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