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Upcoming Book Review Series: Winners of Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

What can I say, I’ve been a bad writer. It’s been several months since I have posted anything to my blog and I’ve barely read any books this year. I can’t change the past, only learn from it. What I have learnt this past year (and maybe a little longer) is that I am not the woman I could be when I am not pursuing my passion. I love to read and to write, but I let life get in the way of my writing and it wasn’t fun. Nevertheless, it’s only so long that I can allow myself to cry about my shortcomings, so I’m back at my computer, and I have a book in my hand every chance I get. Oh! and I’m also pursuing my MFA Creative Writing :-).

Caribbean Books Foundation has gifted me with several young adult novels from past winners of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. This contest is sponsored by CODE and is one of the major attractions at the NGC Bocas Lit Fes (Trinidad). Over the next few weeks, I will post one review every Wednesday. I must warn you, my reviews can be considered vague. Being a lover of novels, I know how infuriating it can be when someone spoils a plot or an ending for you. Seriously, it’s just as irksome as if someone ate a slice of cake that you strategically hid in the back of the refrigerator. Behind EVERYTHING! My reviews will be just enough to entice you.

A review has no particular format or rules, however, there is one rule that I have imposed on myself; I will only post reviews about books that I have enjoyed and therefore want to recommend. This rule also translates to – if I don’t have a positive review about someone’s book I will not post anything at all.  Of course I am entitled to my opinion, but it is no help or respect to a Writer to post something negative about their work. So, I’ll be adhering to a rule my father’s gave me as a child – In my father’s thunderous voice ‘If you have nothing good to say shut your mouth’. It should be noted that my father was flagrantly outspoken.

To be clear about this particular series, I have already read all the books that were gifted to me and they all kept me up at night. They were a great way to jump back into reading.

NB: I read and reviewed Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse in 2015 and loved it! I mean five stars. It is a must-read.

CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is now open for submissions

 

Book Review: All Over Again by A-Dziko Simba Gegele

alloverThis book features the life of a 12 year old boy as he goes about his days, doing regular things. The catch is that so much of what adults may deem simple is totally disruptive to this poor child’s life. It reminds me of the movie American Psycho without the killing.

At first I could not connect with the rhythm the book was written in until I recognized that it was adding to the way the main character’s thoughts were playing out. The style was also age appropriate.

Nothing is insignificant to the boy. He breaks down everything that happens to him throughout the book.  I felt enlightened as to how complicated a child’s presumably simple life can be.

The story is well written and edit, one of the best Caribbean books I’ve read in a while. All Over Again is a good read and deserving winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature in 2014.

Book Review: Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse

musical_youthMusical Youth is beautifully written. It is a pride to Caribbean young adult fiction. Though it addresses a current and very real social issue, the writer skillfully educates you while she takes you back to the innocence of school days in the Caribbean. You can’t help but remember your first crush, how every little thing they did is permanently etched in your memory.

There is a good blend of characters throughout the book, and they complement each other well. It was also refreshing to read a story about children doing positive things.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to fellow readers.

DAIRY POST 19: UNEXPECTED INVITATION

Writers Workshop

Late last year I entered the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature competition, for Young Adult novels. They are associated with Bocas Lit Fest, which is the biggest literature festival in Trinidad.

Two weeks ago I received an invitation from Bocas, to attend a free workshop in April. They are offering one-on-one mentoring. This is a great opportunity, regardless of how the competition works out.

I am looking forward to this workshop more than the Easter long weekend. Even better, my friend Melissa was also chosen. This is her blog http://theywalkthenight.wordpress.com

Wish us luck.

http://www.bocaslitfest.com/burt-award-for-caribbean-literature/