Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2020:
 
The books pictured are my top 5 of the year so far.  I have really read some great books this year so far and definitely could not narrow it down to one, lol.
 
2. Best Sequel You Read So Far in 2020
 
Down Among the Sticks and Bones ( Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
 
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
 
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
 
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
 
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
 
There’s Always Hope by Johnni Sherri
 
A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir
 
5. Biggest disappointment
 
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
 
6. Biggest surprise
 
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
 
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
 
New to Me-Alexandra Warren
Debut- Holly Jackson
 
8. Newest fictional crush
 
Jah from Jah by Alexandria House
 
9. Newest favorite character
 
 Paris from the Heartbreak U duology by Johnni Sherri
 
10. Book that made you cry
 
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
 
11. Book that made you happy
 
I Think I Love You by Christina C. Jones
 
12.  Most beautiful book you’ve acquired this year
 
Although the release date was pushed back until 2021, it would definitely have to be The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. Stunning cover and the book is amazing! 
 
13. Favorite Review You’ve Written this Year
 
“The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett
 
14.  Six books you need to read by the end of the year?
Carter Girls by Desiree
Haunted by CCJ
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
Happiness in Jersey by Jacinta Howard
Storm and Fury by Jennifer Armentrout.

July TBR

Banner (1)   As some of you may already know…. I’m going on a book buying ban for the month of July *yikes* . It just has to be done lol. I have about a hundred physical books and literally thousands of ebooks that I need to read. So for the month of July, I’m going to concentrate on those as well as some ARCs that I need to catch up on. Hopefully, I can make a little dent and feel better about all these books I own that have yet to be read, lol.

I’ve found that I don’t really like making TBR lists for the month because I’m such a mood reader and very rarely stick to it unless it is an ARC or book club read. I don’t know which books I will get to personally for July but here are some that I know I will be reading for sure. 🙂

  1. 8 Seconds to Love by Monica Walters- Book Club Discussion
  2. Bless Your Heart by AshleyNicole- Book Club Discussion
  3. You Should See Me in A Crown by Leah Johnson -Book Club Discussion
  4. A Special ARC that I can’t wait to tell you guys about. -Book Tour
  5. She. in the color blu by Milo Khoeli- Read/Review

*Disclaimer* There are certain stipulations to my book buying  ban LOL! Fingers crossed!

   What books are you planning on reading in July?

Can’t Wait Wednesday (#4)

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Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The purpose of Can’t Wait Wednesday is to put the spotlight on unreleased books that I can’t wait to read. For this week’s Can’t Wait Wednesday, I’ve chosen “ When No One is Watching” by Alyssa Cole.

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Here’s the synopsis:

“Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…

Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up overnight, and the neighbors she’s known all her life are disappearing. To hold onto her community’s past and present, Sydney channels her frustration into a walking tour and finds an unlikely and unwanted assistant in one of the new arrivals to the block—her neighbor Theo.

But Sydney and Theo’s deep dive into history quickly becomes a dizzying descent into paranoia and fear. Their neighbors may not have moved to the suburbs after all, and the push to revitalize the community may be more deadly than advertised.

When does coincidence become conspiracy? Where do people go when gentrification pushes them out? Can Sydney and Theo trust each other—or themselves—long enough to find out before they too disappear?”

  Why I Can’t Wait

Getout meets Rear Window? Thriller?! Count me all the way in!

Goodreads Monday (#7)

It’s Monday so you know what that means! Time for another Goodreads Monday! This segment is brought to us by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do is pick a random book off  of  your Goodreads to-read list and highlight it! For this Goodreads Monday, I chose ” Dear Martin” by Nic Stone.

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Synopsis

“Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.”

I ordered two copies in hopes of buddy reading it with my son who is 13.

Weekly Check-In (#9)

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Hey everyone! We are approaching the last full week of June. Not much has been going on my way. My son started his summer football training and I have been struggling to get back on a semi-normal schedule lol. I did get a little reading done this week. I read:

This is My America by Kim Johnson

Money Devils by Ashley & JaQuavis

The Passport by Nako

#birthdaygoals by AshleyNicole

The Delay by Danielle Allen

Unfinished by Daynice Cochran-Rives

Looking ahead, I am participating in a group read of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. This starts tomorrow, June 22nd. I have heard nothing but great things about this book and can’t wait to start! I also hope to read “ A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” for an upcoming book discussion but that depends on how long it takes me to read ‘The Vanishing Half”.  I am so far behind on reviews, so I plan to catch up at some point this week.

On June 26th and 27th, I’ll be virtually attending the Indie Love 2020 Author Takeover & Virtual party. I’m super excited about it. I plan on buying some books by the authors that will be in attendance soon before my no spend July begins. : ( lol.

So, how was your week? 

Goodreads Monday (#6)

It’s Monday so you know what that means! Time for another Goodreads Monday! This segment is brought to us by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do is pick a random book off  of  your Goodreads to-read list and highlight it! For this Goodreads Monday, I chose “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor.

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Synopsis

“Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?”

That cover is so stunning! Has anybody read this one yet? Is it on your TBR? 

Can’t Wait Wednesday (#3)

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The purpose of Can’t Wait Wednesday is to put the spotlight on unreleased books that I can’t wait to read. This week’s Can’t Wait Wednesday is: “Cemetery Boys” by Aiden Thomas.

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Synopsis

“Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.”

Why I Can’t Wait

First of all, look at that cover! Stunning.  Besides an amazing blurb that pulled me in right away, this book has some amazing representation (Trans/ LGBTQ + lantinx) and is written by Ownvoice author, Aiden Thomas. Ownvoice is defined online as “books about diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group.”.  It is so important for these voices to continue to be heard, supported, and normalized within our communities. I can’t wait to read this.

Cemetery Boys releases September 1,2020.

June TBR

June is here and that means it is time for a new TBR list. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that I am a complete mood reader so this list may change at the drop of a hat.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what good reads June has in store. ❤

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What’s on your June TBR?

Can’t Wait Wednesday (#2)

 

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. The purpose of Can’t Wait Wednesday is to put the spotlight on unreleased books that I can’t wait to read. This week’s Can’t Wait Wednesday is: ” Finna: Poems” by Nate Marshall.

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Synopsis

“Dynamic poems that celebrate the Black vernacular and engage with the world through the lens of Hip Hop as well as America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets–from an award-winning author and poet.

fin-na /ˈfinə/ contraction: (1) going to; intending to. rooted in African American Vernacular English. (2) eye dialect spelling of “fixing to.” (3) Black possibility; Black futurity; Blackness as tomorrow.

A lyrical and sharp celebration, these poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy. In three key parts, Finna explores the mythos and erasure of names in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, through the celebration and examination of the Black vernacular, expands the notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope.”

Why I Can’t Wait: 

  Language is what brings us together.Vernacular African-American English is often times frowned upon. Those who speak it are often stigmatized or looked at as not being educated.  In this book, the author aims to celebrate it versus tearing it down. This, to me, is super important. Vernacular African-American English is a language. It is part of a culture. I’m super excited to check this one out. I have the ARC and plan on reading it in either June or July.

 

Finna” by Nate Marshall releases on August 11, 2020.