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Book Review: Half Bad

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Half Bad by Sally Green is set in a modern day world in which witches live secretly alongside human beings (known as fains). In this world you are born either a White witch (who are perceived as good) or a Black witch (who are bad, of course), or in the main character’s case, you are both. Black witches are hunted down and killed by law, so you can imagine that Nathan’s life is heavily regulated. He’s beaten, kept in a cage, and mistreated all around. For me this book showcased the heavy prejudices that society can develop across any spectrum. Being a white or black witch shouldn’t mean you’re automatically good or bad, it should be about your innate character. In fact, many of the White witches showcased were anything but good. The lengths they went to to abuse Nathan were appalling. But they were backed by their excuse that what they did was for the greater good. But I wonder how the Black witches would behave if they were treated with human decency and allowed to live and thrive. I don’t blame them for all they have to do to just survive. I’d always be on the defensive too if I were them. Ms. Green’s book read like an allegory for real life prejudice in our world today and in the past. Speaking specificaly about racism, it’s always something: The mass murdering of Native American people, the Holocaust, and the treatment of Muslim people today are just a few things that ring a bell.

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Native American Authors: A list

Since joining the bookstagram community, I’ve been asked many times for recommendations of indigenous authors to check out. I’m always happy to, because I absolutely love sharing my favorites and what’s on my shelf waiting to be read. So after much stage fright, I finally did a live video where I discussed authors. I think it went pretty well… even though I was shaking in my boots. I want to thank all my viewers for tuning in and having fun with me. You made it all worth it. Anyways! This is a compilation of all the authors and books that were discussed in the livestream. At the end of the list, you will find a list of memoirs (per the request of Martina, AKA @mamalovestoread on instagram!) If you have any questions about them, definitely shoot me a message on here or at my instagram (@Erins_library). Without further ado… here we go!

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Book Review: Coraline

Coraline by Neil Gaiman was a really fun and quick read. It is a horror story for kids, told through the mind of a child. Coraline and her parents have recently moved into an apartment inside a house that’s been broken up into four dwellings. Inside their apartment is a door to the apartment next door, but it’s been bricked over. However, Coraline opens the door one night and finds stairs leading down into the depths. When she comes out the other side, she finds she’s back in her family’s apartment and her parents are there, but they have black buttons for eyes. It turns out that they are the other parents and they give her everything she’s ever wanted. Eventually, she realizes that all is not as it seems and she must rescue her parents and escape before it’s too late.

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Book Review: Psycho

In honor of Halloween, I present to you Psycho by Robert Bloch; the book that inspired the movie of the same name. I have to admit that I was a complete newbie going into this book. I hadn’t seen the film, nor had I read the book. I did not know what was going to happen, and I was honestly surprised by the unexpected twist at the end.

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