2018 in Review | The Best Books of 2018

2018 in Review | The Best Books of 2018

2018 has been an absolutely incredible year here at Red Rocket Panda. Although I technically set up my blog in April 2017, I didn’t start properly blogging until January 2018 and I cannot believe how much this blog has grown – I’ve made some fantastic friends, read a tonne of brilliant books, and enjoyed bringing you all content throughout the year.

One of the things that surprised me the most is that I managed to not only smash my original reading goal of reading 50 books this year, but I also smashed my second goal of 75. As of today, I have read 81 books which is 55 books more than last year. I wanted to share with you all some of my favourite books as well as new-to-me authors that I’ve read and discovered this year!

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THUG Event & SIGNED giveaway

THUG Event & SIGNED giveaway

For anyone who’s even heard about THUG, you’ll know that it’s a phenomenal book and one that has been dubbed a 21st-century classic, for good reason.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Book Review: The Hate U Give | An outstanding modern day classic

Book Review: The Hate U Give | An outstanding modern day classic

TITLE: The Hate U Give
AUTHOR: Angie Thomas
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: February 2017; Balzer + Bray
GENRE: YA Contemporary
FORMAT: Physical

KEY INFO: YA leadership, black lives matter, activism, finding your voice and speaking out
REPRESENTATION:
woman of colour MC, people of colour
CONTENT WARNINGS:
police violence, on-page murder of an unarmed young black man, racism, microaggressions

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