I saw a video on YouTube or a beauty guru, Jackie Aina, doing an anti-haul. Essentially, this was a video of all the products that she wasn’t going to buy. I’m going to do the same thing with books. There are only 3 books on this list because these are the 3 that I feel strongly about. I’ll probably do another anti-haul later.
1. Always and Forever, Laura Jean By Jenny Han
I tried to read the first book when it came out, but I could only get through a few pages. Laura Jean’s voice sounds like a 10-year-old girl instead of a teenager. I really tried to push through it because I’ve never read a book wth an Asian female main character before, but I couldn’t get past the character’s voice.
2. Zenith By Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings
I already knew that I wasn’t going to read this book and then I saw Lindsey’s blurb on the back of The Black Witch raving about it. I read the sample of this when it came out and then immediately returned it. It was a copy of Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas. I’m not going to lie, I feel like I’ll change my mind and read the book just to see if it’s any good and then return it. I honestly don’t think that Sasha had a big part in writing this book.
3. The Black Witch By Laurie Forest
This book is problematic with a Goodreads rating of 2.17. Not even worth considering. This is the second book Harlequin has published that is problematic. I’m getting really sick of authors portraying people of color as savages. There’s a line from the book “The Kelts are not a pure race like us. They’re more accepting of intermarriage, and because of this, they’re hopelessly mixed”. What the fuck? If you want I highly recommend this review of The Black Witch. Shauna discusses all of the problems that come up in this book. The perk of working in a bookstore is that we’re able to check out books. I might do that while I still work there so that I won’t have to spend money on it, but I doubt it. I’ve got other books to read that aren’t racist.