On the Come Up

On the Come UpSixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighbourhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas was published by Walker on February 7th 2019.

Trigger warnings; racism, drug dealing, gun violence, police violence.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award Part Three

Another day and another round of answers to the Sunshine Blogger Award questions set for me by the wonderful bloggers who nominated me. The last round of questions I answered in my Sunshine Blogger Award Part Two post delved into my opinions on books, but in this post and with this round of questions I get to talk more about my blog and myself.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was tagged by Emily at The Little Book Affair and Eliza at Invokedreverie. Thank you both so much for your nominations, I had a lot of fun answering the questions you set and I hope you enjoy reading my answers.

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Women’s History Month Reading Challenge Recap

Last month I took part in the Women’s History Month Reading Challenge hosted by Margaret at Weird Zeal. I’d never attempted a reading challenge before, despite wanting to, so when I was tagged in this one I figured “why not?”. It was like the universe’s way of telling me it was time to take part in a Readathon, and who am I to argue with the universe.

I didn’t manage to cross off all the squares on the board but I managed more of them than I thought I would.

Women's History Month Reading Challenge

I think I knew going into this challenge that I was never going to get a blackout, Classic books are not my thing at all and I rarely read Middle Grade books either, but considering I only read six books in March the fact that I crossed off thirteen squares is pretty impressive.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019.

One of the best things about the start of a new year is all the amazing books that are due to be released, and there are plenty in 2019. Already a couple of my most anticipated reads have come out, The Wicked King and In an Absent Dream, but there are still so many still to be released in the first half of the year. It made coming up with just ten for this list impossible, so I included some honourable mentions too.


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Types of Memes Book Tag

I will admit I’m not a massive fan of memes. I rarely use them but I did have a lot of fun searching through all the different memes on Pinterest to pick which ones I was going to use in this tag, so maybe I should use them more. I was tagged by Sophie at Blame Chocolate and Azia at The Uncharted Word. Thank you both so much for the tag, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

Types of Memes Book Tag

Rules:

  • Pingback to creator, Icebreaker694, always!
  • Link back to the person who tagged you and thank them.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Provide a meme for each question.
  • Tag 7+ people, don’t kill the tag.

All meme images are courtesy of Pinterest.

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The Greek Gods Book Tag

It’s no secret that I love Greek mythology, ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by the stories, so I feel like this tag could have literally been written for me. I was tagged by Meghan at Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews. Thanks so much for the tag Meghan, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers.

The Greek Gods Book Tag

Rules:

  • Pingback to Zuky here so she can read all your posts!
  • You can use her graphics if you like, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
  • Tag as many people as you want, but please share the love.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Learnt Something From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a back to school/learning freebie, so I picked Top Ten Books I Learnt Something From.

It took me a while to come up with this back to school/learning freebie topic mostly because when it comes to the books I read most of them are fantasy stories; stories which keep me on the edge of my seat but which offer an escape from the real world. When they’re over that’s it, but every so often there’s a book I pick up which stays with me long after I’ve closed the last page and makes me want to learn more about the topics it’s discussed, and those are the books I’ve featured on this list.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype.

There are so many hyped up books out there, and sometimes when it comes to hype I can be my own worst enemy. I build up certain releases in my head so much and while, nine times out of ten, they’re even more amazing than I think they will be, there are some books which unfortunately end up disappointing me. But this week’s theme isn’t about those disappointing books, it’s about the amazing ones.


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The #NotAll Book Tag

When I talk about books I tend to talk in absolutes; we love all the books in our favourite genre and prefer the book to the adaptation, but there’s an exception to every rule and in this tag I get to talk about those exceptions. I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian. Thanks for the tag, I had a lot of fun answering the questions for this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The #NotAll Book Tag

No rules, just link back to the creator; The Orangutan Librarian.

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Liebster Award

This award is supposed to be for bloggers with under 200 followers, and yes I have a fair few more than that by now but I was nominated so I’m going to answer the questions I was set. I was tagged by May at Forever and Everly, and Lost in Words. Thanks both so much for the tag, I had a lot of fun with this one so I hope you enjoy reading my answers just as much.

The Liebster Award

Rules:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
  • Nominate 11 blogs and let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

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