The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
When I was working on my B.A. in English, I learned to differentiate books not by good and bad but by enjoy and appreciate the talent of the writer – which is another way of saying it’s well-written, but it’s not my cup of tea. There are lots of writers out there whose talents I appreciate, especially those you find in any college English curriculum.
One of the first things I enjoyed, after I earned my B.A., was the ability to choose books purely because it was the type of story I enjoy – ones that make me happy or feel the hope that comes with the good guys winning. And to not choose books that did the opposite. I respect readers who enjoy books that illuminate a subject and make them think, but that’s just not me. I’ve gotten a lot of flack over that in more recent years, but I am unapologetic in my choices.
So what books will I be leaping over? Ones like this one
It’s too real and, for me, just too much of what I read books to escape.
A most anticipated book by The New York Times • USA Today • Entertainment Weekly • Marie Claire • Elle • Harper’s Bazaar • Bustle • Newsweek • New York Post • Esquire • Real Simple • The Sunday Times • The Guardian
2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.
2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?
Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girlsand the creeping intensity of Room, My Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.
What book would you like to skip in 2020?
Hopping Around the Blogosphere
Hop on over to these book blogs to see excellent reviews on books (other than mystery or fantasy) from a few of the amazing bloggers I follow:
A cyber punk novel review from the wonderful author, Mae Clair @From the Pen of Mae Clair: https://maeclair.net/2020/02/24/13289/
A classic lit novel review from the Kathy @Katie’s Cottage Books: https://katiescottagebooks.wordpress.com/2020/02/25/the-classics-club-persuasion-by-jane-austin/
A romance story review from Shanah @Bionic Bookworm: https://bionicbookwormblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/26/well-met/
A contemporary novel review from Claudia @ The Love of Books: http://www.theloveofbooks.co.uk/review-weather-by-jenny-offill/
A dystopian novel review by Witty and Sarcastic Book Club: https://wittyandsarcasticbookclub.home.blog/2020/02/25/a-girl-called-ari-by-p-j-sky-arc-review/
A LGBTQ+ novel review by JTH @JTH Books: https://jthbookreviews.home.blog/2020/02/24/arc-book-review-swimming-in-the-dark-by-tomasz-jedrowski/
A memoir review by What Rebecca Reads on one man’s life in and escape from North Korea: https://whatrebeccasread.wordpress.com/2020/02/25/a-river-in-darkness/
And one from the lovely Shalini @Book Reviews by Shalini on Ilana Estelle’s journey with Cerebral Palsy: https://bookreviewsbyshalini.com/2020/02/27/book-review-cerebral-palsy-a-story-by-ilana-estelle-thecpdiary-reddoorbooks-bookreview-bookblogger-memoir/
Many thanks to Flora @ Flora’s Musings for this idea.