Summer Bookish Bingo Wrap Up/Sign up for Holiday Bingo!

This summer I took part in Summer Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I’m thrilled that I completed the card! It really gave me chance to knock off some books from my TBR list, so I’ll definitely be joining in again!

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
  2. The Girl Who Walked On Air– Emma Carroll
  3. Two Boys Kissing– David Levithan
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty– Jenny Han
  5. Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins
  6. More Than This– Patrick Ness
  7. Don”t You Forget About Me– Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo
  9. Kira-Kira– Cynthia Kadohata
  10. Rooftoppers- Katherine Rundell
  11. Ruin and Rising– Leigh Bardugo
  12. Rump– Liesel Shurtliff
  13. Fire and Rain– Diane Chamberlain
  14. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August– Claire North
  15. Salvage- Keren David
  16. On The Fence– Kasie West
  17. She Is Not Invisible– Marcus Sedgwick
  18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making– Catherynne M. Valente
  19. Ten– Gretchen McNeil
  20. The Snow Queen– Alana Albertson
  21. Open Road Summer– Emery Lord
  22. Unhooking The Moon– Gregory Hughes
  23. Belle Epoque– Elizabeth Ross
  24. Wake– Amanda Hocking

Here is the card for the Holiday bingo! Will you play along?

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

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Kira-Kira

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

kira-kira (kee ra kee ra): glittering; shining Glittering. That’s how Katie Takeshima’s sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea iskira-kira for the same reason. And so are people’s eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it’s Lynn who explains to her why people stop on the street to stare. And it’s Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering –kira-kira — in the future.

Thoughts:

I’m taking part in the Summer Bookish Bingo game and Kira-Kira was one of the suggestions for a book with an Asian character. I have to admit that this book isn’t something that I’d necessarily pick up but I’m really glad I read it. It’s nice to read outside of your usual picks at times!

Kira-Kira follows a Japanese-American family. It is narrated from the point of view of Katie who we find out is the youngest daughter. Lynn, her elder sister teaches Katie the word Kira-Kira. It means glittering in Japanese, but unfortunately Katie’s life becomes less glittery than ever. Katie and her family have to move to Georgia when the family shop goes out of business. Katie finds herself being shunned by her local community. Her only real friend is her sister. Katie and Lynn look after their baby brother Sammy, which is a struggle but life is about to become even harder for the family.

I didn’t expect this story to be so sad. Yet, it will still easy enough and quick to read. I really believed in Katie as a narrator. She’s young, but has to adapt to some incredibly adult situations. She managed the situations as well as she could given her age. I felt my heart-breaking for Katie as she experienced the things she did.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I’m not so sure that this book would appeal to every young adult fan. It can be slow at points and the story is quite simple, but its simplicity is really what made the story for me. 

WWW Wednesday #87

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m currently just over a quarter of the way through Diane Chamberlain’s Fire and Rain. I’m enjoying it, but it’s not as good as her other books!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making. It took me a while to get into it as I didn’t feel attached to the characters. It was good though. Lovely writing! My review can be found HERE.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m reading Kira-Kira as part of a reading challenge. It sounds good and it’s something I don’t think I would have necessarily picked up on my own.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave your answers or links below! Happy Reading! 🙂