August Reading Wrap-Up

When August began, I had a huge goal. I was going to read FOUR books for the month! Sure, I needed to plan for a major life event, but I didn’t care! I WOULD get to those books!

Well…it’s the end of August…and I didn’t get to my goal. I only read half of the books I wanted this month. They’re as follows:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 4/5 Stars

I adore Historical Fiction novels, and I heard rave reviews about the Outlander series from many of my friends. It’s a huge read (over 800 pages), but I wanted to take it on.

Outlander is set in Scotland, between the 1940s and 18th century. It follows the story of Claire Randall, a woman who finds herself trapped between two different time periods, and swept away by two starkly different men!

There’s so many steamy moments in this story, combined with the rich historical content between the Scottish clans and British ‘lobsterbacks’ as they entwine themselves in war. I may read the next installment in this series in the near future, but I thoroughly enjoyed this first installment in the series!

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

I read ‘Color Me In‘ as part of a partnership with Random House, Netgalley, and Sazon Book Tours. That’s right, I took part part in my very first Blog Tour! I will always be grateful for this opportunity, and to review such a wonderful book.

Color Me In‘ by Natasha Diaz tells the story of Neveah Levitz, a teenager from an interracial family going through divorce. She and her mother move to Harlem, her mother’s childhood home, and Neveah is struggles with her identity as she navigates the issues of race and class through her community.

I enjoyed ‘Color Me In‘ since this is spoken in a voice that all readers need to absorb. There are many in Neveah’s position who struggle to find her sense of self, after living a seemingly flawless life. She learns to seek outward in order to find herself within.

So that’s it!

I hope to read more books next month, especially with the arrivals of two stories that I’m eagerly anticipating!

Professional Reader

Sazon Book Tours Aug 21st: ‘Color Me In’ by Natasha Diaz/ a Review

I’m glad to partner up with Sazon Book Tours in the next stop on the ‘Color Me In’ Blog Tour! I found ‘Color Me In’ as a thought-provoking story about Neveah Levitz, a 16 year old girl having to live through the trauma of divorce and leaving her childhood home in White Plains. Neveah moves to Harlem with her mother. Harlem was her mother’s childhood home, yet Neveah struggles to identify with her close-yet-distant extended family and cousins in this new environment. Being a bi-racial young woman, Neveah struggles to re-discover her own identity through a close-knit community, and finding her own voice through the written word.

‘Color Me In’ is a very intense story, as it handles the issues of race and culture through the eyes of someone struggling to understand her own place in society. The story itself is written in lovely prose as well. If you haven’t picked up your copy of ‘Color Me In’ yet, you definitely should. You won’t be disappointed!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Synopsis:

Who is Nevaeh Levitz?

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom’s family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.

Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can’t stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh’s dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she’s always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent.

It’s only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom’s past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?

Professional Reader