I am combining two great blog hops: Stacking The Shelves (a Saturday feature by Team Tynga's Reviews), and Sunday Post (a Sunday feature by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer). Both of these features give people a chance to post about what books they received and also an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what others are excited about. I really enjoy see everyone's version of these features! If you enjoy my blog, please consider following me via Bloglovin, Networked Blogs, GFC, or by email subscription. If you leave a comment and tell me you are a new follower, I will follow you back! As always, all book cover images are linked to GoodReads so if you see a book you want to learn more about, just click away...
Last Week Happenings:For the benefit of my international friends, I need to take a moment to talk about the U.S. Presidential election. I'm sure you have seen the headlines of the outcome of that contest, and much has been said about the protests that came afterwards. Living in California, most people were shocked and dismayed by Donald Trump winning. It made me realize how much I live in a bubble of progressive/liberal thinking compared with the rest of the country east of the Rockies.
But here's why there are protests: people in blue states (those that voted Democratic) are scared for their futures. If we are to take the man at his word, he will try to deport people of color, dismantle environmental laws, take away the rights of LGBTQ people, and prevent women from having control of their own bodies. Plus Trump is an all-around unpleasant person.
Many Trump supporters are trying to explain that their vote was not of vote for racism, but for change. The problem is that his "change" is racist. These same people, many of whom will not be affected by these policy changes, are also telling us we need to "give him a chance". Sorry, but we will not stand by and watch a bully take control. As much as people are stumbling to say, "I'm not a racist", standing by as a racist tries to implement hatred is being a racist.
I ask of my "I'm not a racist" friends: will you defend people in public who are being harassed because they are brown? Will you protest when I need to carry papers to "prove" I am a citizen so I won't be deported (this is a direct violation of the 4th Amendment, BTW)? Will you push back when Muslim people are made to take a "loyalty" test? These are just a few of the items on Donald Trump's To Do list.
People are not protesting that Donald Trump won the election. He did it. No one thinks there was election fraud (there were a lot of dirty tricks, though). People are trying to let other know they are scared, and will not quietly stand by and watch Trump do whatever he wants.
NaNoWriMo:Yes, I am writing a YA novel!!! I am participating in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and it has mostly gone well. I was so sad about the election last week that I couldn't bring myself to write for a few days. So I am behind on my word count. I should be up to around 18,000 words, by I started today with just under 13,000 words. I will keep trying!!!
The only new book I received was an audio book from the Library. I waited a few months for this one, but I think it is just what I need right now.
On The Blog:Monday: Bay Area Book Events
Tuesday: ARC Review: Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Friday: ARC Review: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
I'm enjoying Haven, but it gets pretty gruesome! Amy Schumer's book has been so honest and delightful.
What's happening in your life? Are you doing NaNoWriMo, too? What is exciting you this week? Let me know in the comments.