Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Color Me Brown Links


Laura over at Reading and Rooibos reviewed Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. In her review Laura wrote, "Butler’s prose is searing and direct, and her larger-than-life characters nearly leap off the pages."

Wendy over at Musing of a Bookish Kitty reviewed The Writing on My Forehead by Nafisa Haji. The main character is caught between two worlds, the American culture she grew up in and the culture of her family. Wendy called this novel "rich; while at times tragic, it is also full of redemption and heart".

Over at Notorious Spinks Talks, Uptown by Virginia DeBarry and Donna Grant was reviewed. Uptown is being described as an "authentic and heart-wrenching novel filled with truth, lies, demons, secrets and family". This book sounds great! There's also a giveaway on the blog for Uptown so go read the review and enter for a chance to win this.

Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot reviewed Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston.

Aarti over at Booklust reviewed Susan Abulhawa's Morning in Jenin, a book that follows a Palestinian family over several decades. In her review Aarti called the book "highly charged".

The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini was reviewed by Meghan at Medieval Bookworm. Meghan writes that "the transformation of Zimbabwe was fascinating. . . Reading through the book gave me a real sense of the change that was happening and the frustration that the people of Zimbabwe felt".

For February's Fiction 'n Faith round table discussion Wounded by Claudia Mair Burney was read and discussed.

Eva at A Striped Armchair reviewed the short story collection Tropical Fish: Tales from the Entebbe by Doreen Baingana. Eva wrote that even if you're a short story fan, you should still give this collection a try and that the collection "exceeded every one of my expectations".

Events around the Blogisphere

Nominations for Nerds Heart YA are now open. If you don't already know, Nerds Heart YA is a tournament of books. This year's rules are different. The judges want more diversity this year so want more books by and about people of color, with mental illness, GLBT, or disabled. Only nominate books that were published in 2009 and have been reviewed less than 15 times in the blogisphere. Hurry and nominate the YA books you love because nominations will close on March 15th.

Tanabata at In Spring it is the Dawn is the host of the Japanese Literature Book Group. This month's reads feature three books by Haruki Murakami. Tanabata wants more people to experience Murakami's work and has included a list of suggested reads.

Over at Regular Rumination, Lu is doing a new feature entitled Exploring American Authors. She's focusing on authors who " either speak Spanish or are of Mexican, Central, or South American descent". This month's author is Octavio Paz.

Remember to add your reviews throughout the month to the POC Reading Challenge's links. Last month 93 reviews were linked. Let's beat that this month.

Other Interesting Links

I recently started following the blog of Justine Larbalestie, the author of Liar. Last week the fabulous Malinda Lo guest-blogged and wrote a great post about her experiences growing up Asian in America and why it's important that there's diversity in YA.


wdjenkins1 said...

"Wild Seed" is my favorite Octavia Butler book, probably because it was the first book of hers I read, and to say that, back in the early '80s, I had read nothing even remotely like it is an understatement. I miss Octavia Butler; she was a real original and absolutely brilliant.

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

Thanks so much for the link!!! :D

Color Online said...

It's been a hectic week, but please spend some time reading and commenting this weekend.

I'm a little miffed that I've been off-line, but that's life.

Happy reading,

readingandrooibos said...

Thanks for linking to my Wild Seed review! :) I apologize for my delayed response; life has been hectic for me as well. wdjenkins1's comment about reading the book shortly after its publication has caught my eye -- I always wonder about the differences in how books are received when they are new vs. how the reception of them changes over time. Despite having been published thirty years ago, Wild Seed felt so fresh to me!