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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 books from 56 – 60!

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56. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

My second Anna-Marie McLemore book but certainly not my last, because it was just as gorgeous as the first one I read. Each chapter alternates between French and Spanish proverbs, which I ADORED, and it’s because there are two different families in the book. There are feathers. Tight-rope walking. Professional mermaids. Warring families. The magical realism that Anna-Marie McLemore weaves into her stories is so beautiful and I can’t wait to read everything she ever writes.

  1. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

This book is very dry and historical compared to the movie, but it tells the much-needed tale of the black women who launched the USA into space. I’d recommend watching the movie first and reading it after (I know, the horror).

  1. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Norah is a character who rarely leaves her house because of her agoraphobia and anxiety. But I felt like not a lot actually… happened. Still, if you’re looking for fantastic mental illness representation, this one’s perfect.

  1. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

This book has REKINDLED MY LOVE OF SCI-FI. Denise is a fantastic protagonist. She’s bi-racial (her dad is Surinamese), she’s autistic (and the autism rep is #ownvoices), and she really loves her family. She struggles a lot with the decisions she’s faced with, and she’s so REAL. This book is not set in space – the ship does not board during the book. It’s about survival and food shortages and getting aboard a generation ship. Plus, it’s set in Amsterdam. Which is cool.

60.  Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology edited by Danielle Binks

I already want a second #LoveOzYA anthology, because this was incredible. There’s lots of diversity, lots of different genres, and I loved it all. Maybe if I buy thirty more copies they’ll have to print a second anthology.

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