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Guest Post: 5 mini reviews

Guest Post : Emily Meade

Last year I wrote a mini-review of every book I read. To give you plenty of books to add to your TBR, here is a mini-review of every book I’ve read so far. Here is number 36 – 40!

Cover of Freedom Swimmer

36.Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim

Funnily enough, this book reminded me a lot of Mao’s Last Dancer – it’s set during the era Chairman Mao was in power, it’s about two boys (in this case) with a dream, and doing anything to make that dream a reality. It’s a really eye-opening story, and I loved the stories of Li and Ming. The book itself was inspired by Wai Chim’s father (who was a freedom swimmer), so it’s an #ownvoices story that’s really powerful and a fantastic read.

Cover of 10 things I can see from here

  1. 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

This is an f/f romance where the MC (Maeve) has really severe anxiety. I love how Salix was able to talk Maeve down from the ledge countless times, but never ‘cured’ her. Their relationship was so cute and adorable and cute and also adorable.  The threads of the storyline were a bit disconnected but I still really enjoyed it.

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I mean, if you haven’t heard of this book you’ve probably been living under a sizeable rock. It’s a book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and as well as dealing with heavy issues of racism and police brutality, there’s a lot of family love here that I adored. And a lot of it is actually really funny. Definitely one I recommend to absolutely anyone.

Cover of Night Swimming

  1. Night Swimming by Steph Bowe

A goat called Stanley! Crop circles! F/f romance! Diversity! Samosas! Aussie humour! Honestly, what more could you want? This is contemporary and set in a small-town, but I still related so much, and Kirby is a fantastic protagonist.

Cover of City of Saints and Thieves

  1. City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

This one’s a thriller set in Kenya (I’m always looking for books set outside the Western world!). Tina’s trying to find her mother’s killer, and it’s very gritty; lots of gangs and danger.

I’m Emily Mead.a 21-year-old Aussie YA writer, PR student and amateur French learner. Bookstagram: @emilyjmead i