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My Favorite…Black Non-Fiction Book

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s “My Favorite” prompt, I wanted to focus on some Black non-fiction books. I know that a lot of people are using this time to educate themselves by reading Black non-fiction books. While it’s a good idea, I don’t think this should be the only time you do it. With that out of the way, let’s get into the book I picked.

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

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My favorite Black non-fiction book is easily Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett. This was my favorite book of 2018 and I wish more people were reading it. This book is basically Michael Bennett’s memoir but it also talks about his activism especially kneeling during the National Anthem. He also touches on politics, family and life as a Black man in American. Honestly, I absolutely love this book and I hope more people decide to give it a chance. Even if you’re not an NFL fan, I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

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The Golden Girls Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! With Top 5 Tuesday still on hiatus, I wanted to mix things up a little bit. For this week, I decided to do a tag and found the Golden Girls Book Tag. If you didn’t know, Golden Girls is one of my favorite shows of all time and I’m so excited that there’s a book tag for my favorite ladies.

Before getting started, I wanted to thank Josh for creating this tag. I was looking for a similar tag before he posted his video and thankfully, he made one. Anyways, I just wanted to make sure I gave him a shout-out so without further ado, let’s get into the tag.

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Blanche: A book exploring sexuality and relationships

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If you read my June wrap-up, then you won’t be surprised to see this book. It’s a “debut” by Brandy Bush who is Katrina Jackson. This book follows a girl who has some sexual adventures with her roommate’s parents. It’s basically just erotica but it also explores relationships as well.

Rose: A book that reminds you of where you grew up

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The book I chose for this one is A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert. The main reason I picked this one was that Ravenswood is set in a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. I grew up in a small town where everyone is in everyone else’s business. However, I absolutely love this book while my town isn’t as lovable in my mind.

Dorothy: A book that made you feel smarter

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As weird as it might sound, I Wish You All The Best made me feel smarter. This is the first book I’ve ever read that featured a non-binary main character. I’ve never met anyone who was non-binary so it was nice to see an #ownvoices account of it and learn more about what being non-binary truly means. While I’m not an “expert” on it, I do think I felt smarter after reading this book.

Sophia: Picture it! A book featuring a character giving their life story

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Is anyone surprised by this pick? The book I chose was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo which basically features Evelyn Hugo’s entire life story. While we find out things aren’t what they seem, this book is absolutely delightful. It’s also a hugely popular adult romance book so I don’t want to give too much away. Either way, I enjoyed hearing about Evelyn Hugo’s life.

Stanley: A book you love to hate

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This is one of those books where I was absolutely supposed to love it. It was supposed to be a new favorite and then it fell apart. I know that some people adore this book but I absolutely hated the ending and everything that happened from 75% on. I might read the second book but I will never attempt to read this book again.

Cheesecake: A book that you love to read over and over

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I think I’ve reread this book twice now. It’s basically a yearly tradition for me to reread this book. Foolish Hearts is just my favorite thing and I can’t get enough of it.

Golden: A book exploring aging and the golden years

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Of course, I had to feature Betty White’s book on here. I actually read two of her books this year and really enjoyed them both. She does talk a lot about her life when she was younger and now as an old woman. It’s truly incredible to listen to Betty narrate her own stories and see how she feels about aging especially in Hollywood.

Thank you for being a friend: A book featuring a strong friend group

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If you’ve read anything by Rebekah Weatherspoon, you’ll realize that almost all of her books are set in the same “universe.” All of the main female characters in her books are connected to each other via a group chat because of their mutual friends. It’s such a unique way to intertwine all of her books and I wish more authors would take cues from her. Either way, I knew I needed to give this friendship a shout-out.

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The last thing is to tag someone but I don’t know many Golden Girls fans. If you like that show or this tag, then consider yourself tagged. Either way, I really enjoyed this tag and I hope you guys did too. 🙂

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My Life

Quarterly Non-Bookish Faves (April, May and June 2020)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I quit doing my Non-Bookish favorites monthly and instead moved them to a quarterly thing. It’s mostly because I didn’t have enough content to talk about from month-to-month. By doing them every three months, I have a lot of stuff built up to talk about. Anyways, I have a lot of stuff I’d like to talk about so let’s get into them.

Movies

Onward

I actually watched this movie pretty directly after I wrote my last post. Onward was one I watched due to my ~interest~ and I really liked it. It was unlike any of the other Pixar films but it was great. I feel like this movie is super underrated and it’s such a lovely story about brothers. Easily one of my new favorite Pixar movies!

Happiness Continues

Once again, I’m sure no one is surprised by this. The Jonas Brothers released their tour documentary and I was hyped about it. It truly felt like being at their concert again and it made me happy. It also made me super emotional which isn’t surprising. I loved this and I think about it constantly. Plus the vocals in this were out-of-this-world which is just normal Jonas Brothers.

TV

What We Do In The Shadows

One show I kept up with amidst quarantine was What We Do in The Shadows. I feel like this is such a unique show. It’s a comedy about vampires and it’s basically the shenanigans they get into. As much as I enjoyed Season 1, I thought that Season 2 was even better. I’m excited to see what happens in Season 3 of this series.

Never Have I Ever

Another show I watched during quarantine was Never Have I Ever. This is a show produced by Mindy Kaling and it’s about a girl who is dealing with the grief of losing her father while trying to do teenage things. I really loved this show and I especially loved the addition of John McEnroe as the narrator.

Solar Opposites

The next show I binged was Solar Opposites on Hulu. This was created by Justin Roiland who created Rick and Morty. It reminds me a lot of Rick and Morty but I thought it was a lot of fun. It was a super quick watch and had a stellar voice cast. I’m excited to see what Season 2 of the show tackles.

The Last Dance

I feel like I’m a broken record since a lot of people I know were watching this show and talking about it. I finally decided to buckle down and watch it. I absolutely loved it as it gave me an inside look into Michael Jordan’s life while he was a part of the Chicago Bulls. It was also interesting to learn more about the others on the team especially Steve Kerr. Even if you’re not a sports fan, I highly recommend this if you like documentaries.

Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23

The show I most recently finished binging was Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23. This show aired in 2012 and was cancelled after the second season wrapped. While some of the jokes wouldn’t air now, I absolutely loved this show. The main character Chloe gave absolutely no fucks and she was pretty unlikable. However, I loved watching her growth and the addition of James Van Der Beek as himself was great. This show is such a delight and I wish it wouldn’t have ended so soon.

Music

Morgan Wallen

One of my newest favorite musicians is Morgan Wallen. I’ve heard about Morgan Wallen but haven’t listened to him until recently. After hearing a few of his songs, I’m absolutely obsessed. There’s just something about this voice that I love and I cannot stop listening to him. My favorite song of his has to be his cover of Cover Me Up if you’re looking for a place to start.

Big Time Rush

My next musical fave has to be Big Time Rush. Since people have been talking about them reuniting, I’ve been listening to them non-stop. I used to absolutely love them back in the college and I still really love their music. Every time their music comes on, it makes me so happy.

Jonas Brothers

No list of my musical faves would ever be complete with the Jonas Brothers. They actually released two songs during quarantine. Between the two, I enjoyed Five More Minutes more than X. I feel like that’s an unpopular opinion, but I really love both of those songs. No surprise here, though 😛

Let’s get into some songs I enjoyed during these past few months. 😀

  • “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
  • “Stuck With U” by Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
  • “I’m Ready” by Sam Smith & Demi Lovato
  • “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles
  • “Wildflower” by 5SOS

Misc Faves

But Better

One of my recent favorite quarantine watches has been “But Better” which is a series hosted by Joshua Weissman. He basically takes a beloved fast-food item and recreates it, making his own “better” version. I really enjoy these videos and how much times he puts into creating a better version. Even though I haven’t tried to make any of them, I really do love these videos.

Home Workouts

The guy I’m talking to suggested us going on a diet together and I immediately shut that idea down. Instead, I told him that I’d get into a workout routine and so far, it’s been really great.While I’m not sure if I’ve lost any weight or gained any muscle, I really do enjoy having a routine. I usually work out 6 times a week and the video above is the one I’ve been doing for the past few days. I really need to a video that works for me and will end up showing some results. Either way, it’s been a lot of fun getting into a workout routine.

Chloe Ting Results Videos

If you watch any kind of fitness Youtube, then you’ll know who Chloe Ting is. She does a lot of fitness videos and her workouts are incredibly popular. I did try her workouts but they’re pretty intense. However, I like watching others try it out and see their results at the end of the two weeks. Susie J Todd has easily become my new favorite when it comes to these fitness result videos, too. They usually make me laugh but also make me feel motivated lol.

I’m an aunt!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before on my blog. Either way, I’m an aunt now as my brother and his gf had a baby boy. When I’m typing this up, it’s actually the day he was born so I have yet to meet him. All I know is that the baby has red hair which is exactly what my brother had as a baby. It’s just so weird to think that I’m someone’s aunt but I am. Lol

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Those are all my non-bookish faves for the past three months. I’m sure I probably forgot some things but I’ll catch them next time. Hopefully you guys enjoy this post as I’ve really been enjoying writing this up. Anyways, that’s all I really have to say. 🙂

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My Favorite….Black Author

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Last week, I talked about my favorite Black romance books and honestly, that was so much fun. Keeping with the same theme, I wanted to give a shout-out to some of my favorite Black authors too. I feel like this is going to be a slightly long list so I won’t talk much more in this intro. 😛

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

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IT’S RELEASE DAY! #TakeAHintDaniBrown is out now and I couldn’t be more excited!!! GAH. You guys. You GUYS. I’m kinda giggling. I just… can’t wait for you to read Dani & Zaf’s chaotic, trope-tastic adventure. The ‘adventure’ bit is the part where they stumble haphazardly into everlasting love. But I’m rambling when I should be trying to convince you I can tell a coherent story. So!!! You may enjoy this book if you’re a fan of… ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🌟 bossy, sarcastic, capable heroines. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🌟 plus-size characters who know they're hot as hell. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🌟 grumpy, protective, thicccc heroes. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🌟 characters managing their anxiety and being supported. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🌟 work friends flirting every morning over coffee. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🌟 fake relationships with their own viral video and hashtag. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🌟 "oh no, people are watching, now we have to kiss." ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🌟 "maybe sleeping with her will cure me of these soft and mushy feelings… oops, no, that didn't work." ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Tap the link in my bio to get your copy!

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In talking about my favorite Black author, there is no way I couldn’t include Talia Hibbert. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve truly fallen in love with Talia Hibbert’s writing, her characters and almost all of her books. I honestly don’t know what I did before I read her books. She’s my romance queen and if you haven’t read anything by her before, then you need to.

Obviously, she’s not my only favorite Black author so I wanted to give a shout-out to a few others. I obviously have my main-stays which are Alexa Martin, Kennedy Ryan, Katrina Jackson and Christina C. Jones. I also wanted to feature some others such as J. Nichole, Jack Harbon, Ava Freeman, Alyssa Cole and Rebekah Weatherspoon. Tbh I still have a ton of Black authors I have yet to read from so maybe I’ll do an updated list in the future. Either way if you’re looking for more Black romance authors, I’d give these authors a go.

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The Anticipated Releases Book Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been thinking of doing more tags on my blog and looking back, I remembered that Ellyn made this tag last year. This is basically a way to talk about the books coming out in the second half of the year. I did the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag last month and this is the perfect companion.

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers to do this tag
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1. Your Most Anticipated Release of the Year

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Oddly enough when I wrote this tag last year, Blitzed was my most anticipated release so it’s no surprise that Snapped is this year’s. Alexa Martin is easily my favorite romance author and her books always make me so happy. This book seems especially timely as it focuses on an NFL player who protests and the HR woman they pair with him to “deal” with it.

2. A book you’re not anticipating

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The book I chose for this one is Mistletoe and Mr. Right. While this book seems like it would be perfect for me, I didn’t love the first book in the series. I really do enjoy holiday romances but I know I won’t be reading this one. As good as this series sounds, I don’t think Sarah Morgenthaler is the author for me. I can understand why people are excited about it, though.

3. Most underhyped anticipated release

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The book I chose for this one was Sea Witch by Katee Robert. Even though I’ve only read the first book in the series, this one sounds interesting. I’ve always enjoyed The Little Mermaid so I’m curious to see how Ursula fits into this world. Tbh the series is so fun and sexy but I don’t hear much hype about it. Either way, this book seems like it’s going to be unlike anything else I’ve read this year.

4. A book you’ve been waiting on forever!

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Last year, I read Well Met by Jen DeLuca and absolutely loved it. As soon as I heard there was going to be a companion book, I was hyped. However, it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been waiting for this. This book follows two characters from the first book and it seems like it’s going to be incredible. Tbh I’ve been waiting for over a year for this and I just want it in my hands already.

5. A book you’re anticipating that’s out of your comfort zone

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I struggled in coming up with a book for this one. However, I do plan on continuing the Baby-Sitters Club Coven series. The second book is set to release in September and I am so excited about it. I really hope that Kate Williams tweaked a few things and this book will end up being better than the last one. Either way, I’m excited to see what happens next with the characters.

6. Your Top 3 “Can’t-Wait” Books Of The Year

  • Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey. This is the 3rd book in the Hot & Hammered series and she’s basically been teasing it since book 1. I’m really excited to finally read Bethany’s story and see how she and Wes’ relationship goes from complete hatred to lust/love.
  • Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. I don’t feel like I have to explain myself here as this is easily at the VERY top of my “can’t-wait” reads. Lol
  • The Nanny by Brandy Bush. I absolutely loved reading her book last month and I’m excited to dive into the next one. I already have it preordered and I hope it ends up being another favorite of mine.

7. Top 5 Most Anticipated Backlist Books On Your TBR

  • Basking In Bloom by Wynta Tyme. This book is one I saw forever ago on Amazon but have yet to read. I absolutely adore the cover and I cannot wait to finally pick it up. Maybe this tag will hold me accountable for once.
  • The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata. Good lord, I just need to read this book already. I really need someone to hold me accountable for this because it’s basically 700 pages and I’ll try to give up so easily.
  • Marriage for One by Ella Maise. These two books are the last ones on my “20 Books To Read in 2020” list. I truly need to figure out when I want to read these and just buckle down and do it already.
  • The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan. I need to get caught up on this series so I can finally read Queen Move. Lmao why am I like this???
  • Learn My Lesson by Katee Robert. I adore the Wicked Villians series and it’s finally time I get caught up. Hopefully we’ll have another smutathon round so I can do just that. 😛
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July 2020 TBR (Pop Culture Readathon)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Originally, I was stumped on what to read this month and then the Pop Culture Readathon showed up on my Twitter feed. If you didn’t know, it’s a month-long readathon with different sections featuring book prompts for classic 90’s movies. The graphics are amazing and they immediately made me want to join. Thankfully, I have a lot of books on my Kindle to read and some library reads I still want to get to.

This readathon is being hosted by Whitney and Lorryn. They have more info on the official Twitter if you’re looking for particular rules. Basically, you pick which team you want to be on and try to fill in the bingo board. I don’t normally do a full blackout with bingo so I’m going to try to get two bingo with my reads. 🙂

The board I chose to go with is “The Adult Table” which features adult 90’s movies. I’ve watched most of them so this was perfect for me. I also might try to get a bingo on the “Teen Dream” one but I’m not sure yet so here’s the bingo board and the books I plan on reading for it.

Poetic Justice: Read a book written in verse

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The book I chose for this prompt is Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga. I’ve read one of Jasmine Warga’s other books and didn’t really enjoy it. However, I want to give her work another try. This fits perfectly with the prompt and is a relatively short audiobook to boot. Hopefully, it ends up being the book to make me a Warga fan.

The First Wives Club: Read a book from your fave genre

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I feel as though I’ve been waiting my entire life for this book. I preordered it from Barnes & Noble and have yet to receive yet. It’s basically been in the mail for over a week and still has yet to get to my door. There is no way I couldn’t include it on this TBR and tbh I’m just ready to read it. I have a HUGE post coming out this month focused on this book and it’s just annoying that I don’t have it yet. Either way, this was the first book that came to mind when seeing this prompt.

Pretty Woman: Read a book with a gorgeous cover

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This originally wasn’t the book I chose but I read my pick at the end of June. Either way, I decided to use Professional Pleasure by Tia Love. I’ve never read anything by Tia Love before and I absolutely adore this cover. This sounds like it’s going to be fun and smutty with a gorgeous love interest as pictured on the cover lmao.

Black American Princess: Read a book with royalty

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I’m not sure if this book actually counts, but it follows a lord and a lady so I’m pretty sure that means royalty or close to it. Either way, I bought this book for 99 cents on Kindle and I’ve been eager to pick it up. It’s a historical romance and I’m pretty sure it’s set in a sex club. Nevertheless, I’m excited to finally pick it up and see if it’s a series I’d like to give a chance.

As for my next bingo, I’m just going to try for the line right under my first bingo as I really enjoy those prompts so let’s get into the other 4 books I plan on reading. 🙂

It’s Friday, Craig: Read a book with 150 pages or less

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Next up is another freebie from Kindle. I’m pretty sure this book is told through emails between an employee and her boss. It’s another short novella length read but I want to try to get most of the books on there read. I’ve never read anything from Whitney G before but I know she’s a Black author. Not sure about the race of any of the characters, though. Either way, it should be a quick and fun read.

Death Becomes Her: Read a backlist book

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I’m pretty sure I read the first book in this series either last month or the month before but I knew I wanted to continue it. This book was published in 2014 so it’s definitely a backlist title. This book follows the same characters from the first book but I think it’s a time jump and we see their relationship now versus then. Either way, I’m excited to see what happens with these two.

Titanic: Read a historical fiction novel

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Ever since I read Lara Kinsey’s other books last month, I’ve been itching to pick up more and this book seems perfect. I’m pretty sure it’s a historical romance set in the 1920’s and it features bisexual characters. Honestly, I’ve liked everything I’ve read from Lara Kinsey so I’m excited to pick this up. I only hope that she decides to publish more in the future.

Sister Act: Read the first book in a series

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The next book is one I bought on Kindle and haven’t read yet. I’m pretty sure this book follows two people who meet when they’re seatmates on an airplane and they have a romance. All I know is that it was free and I absolutely loved the cover. This was an easy pick for this one and hopefully, I’ll want to continue the series after I read this.

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Alright, those are my picks for the Pop Culture Readathon. I might try to squeeze in some other books and try to get bingo on other boards. For now though, I want to try to clear out my Kindle and read some library books. My Kindle is seriously getting full and I have to stop lmao. Hopefully I have another solid reading month and considering I’m excited for all these books, I should 😛

Before I wrap things up, I’m also planning to do the “PSU” readalong which is hosted by Jess, Mina and Melissa. I’ve never read the Palm South University series by Kandi Steiner but it sounds like it’s going to be the perfect summer binge read. If you want to know more, be sure to check out Jess’ Instagram post about it.

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Books · My Favorite

My Favorite…Black Romance Book

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month, I wanted to feature some Black bookish topics. I know I don’t have a huge platform or have anyone participating with me but I want to use my voice for good. Hopefully you’ll either decide to pick up the book I talk about or find a new author to check out. Either way, let’s get into my post for this week. 🙂

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

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Before I get into it, this is going to be a Black romance so it will follow two Black characters who fall in love and are in a relationship. I know I didn’t do that in my last post as there were some interracial couples in there. This time, I’m going to be featuring a true Black romance book or books I should say as I couldn’t decide between a few as they’re all pretty great.

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However, my favorite of the bunch is Hook Shot which is the third book in the Hoops series by Kennedy Ryan. This book follows Kenan and the romance he has with Iris’ cousin, Lotus. It’s an incredibly emotional book especially if you’re a parent but I really loved the relationship between Kenan and Lotus. They had preconceived notions about each other but they were able to eventually work together and figure things out. Easily my favorite Black romance book I’ve ever read.

As for my honorable mentions, I’d be remiss to not include Getting Schooled and Bending the Rules by Christina C. Jones. She’s the queen of Black romance and if you’re new to Black romance, her books are the best place to start. I also wanted to mention Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole. It’s a novella in her Reluctant Royals series and it’s an f/f romance if you’re looking for some queer Black books.

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June 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! As weird as it might sound, June has probably been my worst reading month yet. I mean I still read a decent amount of books but I wasn’t really in the reading mood this month. I also made some key changes to how I’ve been spending my free time so that might be why. Either way, I didn’t end up reading as much as the previous months. However, I’m still happy with the books I did read and how I did on the Olympic Games Read-a-thon. 🙂

If you don’t know what the Olympic Games read-a-thon is, then you can check out my TBR post. I’ll be talking about all of those reads first including all of the challenges and then the advanced challenges I read for. Anyways, let’s get into those reads first and then the others will be books I read because I wanted to!

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Olympic Games Read-A-Thon Reads

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1. Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey

The first book I read for the Olympic Games Read-a-thon was Check Please! Book 1 and honestly, what a delight. This book follows Bitty who is a former figure skater turned college hockey player and it was so just pure. Bitty is the world’s sweetest little cinnamon roll and I absolutely love him. He’s also gay hence why it was part of my queer reads for the read-a-thon.

I also really loved the friendships between the hockey guys and their different relationships. There was also a Jonas Brothers reference in here which I obviously loved. If you’re looking for a cute and soft graphic novel series, I highly recommend this one. This one fulfilled the challenge to Read a book while the moon is up” or read a book at night. 5/5 stars

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2. Anyone But Her

The next book I read was Anyone But Her by Erica Lee. This is an f/f romance between a girl who is posing as her friend’s fake girlfriend and his sister. As much as I wanted to love this one, I just thought it was okay. I think a lot of the events in the book were overly-dramatic and it just felt completely unrealistic to me. I do plan on checking out more of this author’s backlist, though. 3/5 stars

I read this one for the prompt of “Read a book that starts with the letter “A.”

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3. I Wish You All The Best

The next book I read was I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. I’m pretty sure this is one of the first, if not the first I’ve read that features a non-binary character. This book is basically a coming-of-age story for our MC Ben as they grapple with getting kicked out of their house, a possible romance and living with a sister they just recently reconnected with. It’s more character-driven than anything so if you like that ascept, then you’ll enjoy this.

While I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t anything new or ground-breaking. I feel like I’ve read a lot of YA coming-of-age stories so this was good but not great. 4/5 stars I read this one for the prompt of “Listen to an audiobook.”

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4. Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1)

Next up is Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This book follows Jordan who starts a romance book club called the “Meet Cute Club” and the romance he has with Rex who works at the bookstore where he buy the books for the club. This is an adorable m/m romance with a few smutty scenes and lots of sweet moments. I especially loved how Jack Harbon talked about being a romance reader, the stigma that comes with it and why it’s great to be a romance reader.

I read this for the prompt: “Read a book you predict will be a five-star read.” I’m sad to say that this one was 4/5 stars. While it didn’t end up being a five-star read, I still really enjoyed it.

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5. Stage Dreams

The next book I read was Stage Dreams by Melanie Gillman. This book is a romance between Flor who is Latinx and Grace, a trans woman as they get stuck together. It’s relatively short and didn’t have much of a plot. I honestly wish this one would have been older because the story could have been much more developed. Either way, it was still a solid read.

I read this for the prompt of “Read a book you know will make you happy.” I was definitely smiling while I was reading so it was a success. 4/5 stars.

As for the advanced challenges, there were four of those so let’s get into the books I read for those. 🙂

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6. The Babysitter (Encounters #1)

The next book I read was The Babysitter which is another book by Jack Harbon. This follows a guy who writes erotic fiction and accidentally leaves it at the guy he babysits for’s house. He writes it and then things ensue from there. This is basically just m/m erotica so it was short but overall good. If anything, it made me want to read more of Jack Harbon’s backlist. 3/5 stars.

This fufilled the “Archery” prompt which is to “Read a book shorter than 200 pages.”

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7. Bewilder (The Kaleidoscope Album #2)

The next book I read is Bewilder which is the second book in the Kaleidoscope Album series and I really liked it. This book follows Domino who is the sister of the MC from book 1 and the relationship she has with her home organizer, Sabrina. This book is an f/f romance and it’s incredibly cute.

I do think it was a little bit on the short side but it was so cute and soft and gah! I really enjoyed it. It also had some cute holiday moments if you’re looking for an f/f holiday romance. I read this one for the Climbing Wall prompt which is “Read the next book in a series.” 4/5 stars

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8. Tweet Cute

I think this is the only non-queer book I read for this read-a-thon. Tweet Cute is a YA romance between Pepper and Jack who are frenemies at school but are actually running rival Twitter accounts for their families’ restaurants. Eventually, they find out and shenanigans ensue from there. This book was such a delight and honestly, has one of my favorite romances I’ve read in YA in forever. The banter between Pepper and Jack was just everything.

If you haven’t read this book, then you seriously need to. I listened to it on audio and the narrators were excellent. This book had a cute romance, lots of discussions about family especially sibling relationships and lots of character development for our two MCs. I honestly can’t think of much I disliked about this aside from Pepper’s mom and the thread that connected to one of the plotlines. I read this for the Pegasus Riding prompt which is “Read a book published within the last five years.” 5/5 stars

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9. Behind You

The last book I read for the Olympic Games readathon was Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson. I read If You Come Softly two years ago and really loved it. This book follows the events almost immediately after the previous book. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but this book was as phenomenal as the previous one. It explored grief, love and moving on so beautifully. This book also had a gay side character so technically it had some queer rep and I’m pretty sure Jacqueline Woodson is a lesbian. 5/5 stars.

I read this for the “Capture the Flag” prompt which is to read one of your most anticipated books. Considering the first book was my favorite of 2018, I knew I had to use it for this prompt.

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Non Read-A-Thon Reads

These are going to be all the books I read for fun this month. I tried to stay with the queer theme but I did veer off in some places. Either way, I’m excited to talk about these books so let’s get into them. 🙂

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10. Soft On Soft

The first book I read for fun was Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed. I actually saw this book on WocInRomance‘s site a long time ago and wanted to read it. For some reason, it wasn’t avaiable on Amazon but it is now so I picked it up. The title of this book could not be more appropriate to what the book actually contains.

This is an f/f romance between a plus-sized model and her makeup artist. They’re both so soft and queer. Things do move pretty slowly plot-wise and I wish the book would have had more built up tension. If you want a soft and sweet f/f romance though, I’d recommend this one. 3/5 stars

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11. Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O!, Vol. 2

The next book I read was a graphic novel and it’s volume 2 of Heavy Vinyl. This book is about a group of girls who all work in a record store but are also in a band who is trying to take down this toxic record exec. It’s super cute while also being super kick-ass. I really love the art style and this series just makes me happy. This book has queer relationships too if you’re looking for some queer graphic novels. 4/5 stars

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12. Mooncakes

The next book I read was another graphic novel and that’s Mooncakes. This follows a witch and the second-chance romance she has with her non-binary childhood friend who is also a werewolf. This book was incredibly cute while still being action-packed and having a lovely art style. I think it would be a great Halloween read and it was just so soft and fluffy. 4/5 stars

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13. Pet

The next book was one I listened to on audio and that was Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. This book is truly unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It follows a trans girl named Jam who lives in a world without monster until a hunter comes out from her mother’s painting, looking for a monster. I don’t want to give much else away, but this book is really intense. I will give a trigger warning for child abuse so if you’re sensitive to that, be cautious.

This book features a lot of different identities, too. I’m pretty sure all the characters in the book are Black while the mc Jam is trans. Her best friend Redemption’s parents are in a poly relationship but none of that is a huge part of the story. Rather, the story focuses on monsters and it’s so unique. Like I said, I don’t even really have words to describe this book. Go read it and you’ll see what I mean. 4/5 stars

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14. A Taste of Remy

If you couldn’t tell, I much prefer f/f romances to anything else. I’m not sure why but I always enjoy them. When looking on Amazon, I saw this one was only 40 pages so basically an f/f erotic novella. This is a second-chance romance between two women who knew each other in high school and then reconnected. Tbh it was mostly them having sex with a few “relationship” moments. Either way, it was still good and featured two Black women as the leads which was nice. 3/5 stars

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15. Budding Romance

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of f/f short stories via Kindle Unlimited. Since I’m buying for it, I want to start using it. This is a historical f/f romance between a gardener and the headmistress of a school. These two were just so cute and I absolutely loved watching their relationship development. This is another one like Soft on Soft that features two soft women who are queer. The main issue I had was the ending was incredibly abrupt and I wish we would have gotten more of their relationship development. 3/5 stars

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16. Vanilla Clouds

Next up is one of the few m/m romances I read this month and that’s Vanilla Clouds. If you couldn’t tell, I’ve really been getting my moneys worth with my Kindle Unlimited and I found this one browsing. This is a romance between two guys who meet online and things basically progress from there with a trope I don’t enjoy. Personally, I thought this was such a cute and soft romance especially since one of the MC’s is a chocolatier but ultimately, it was pretty predictable. If you’re looking for a new m/m romance though, then you might enjoy. 3/5 stars

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17. The Falling In Love Montage

The next book I read was one of my library holds and it was The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth. This is an f/f romance set in Ireland in which two girls embark on a “Falling In Love Montage” inspired by famous rom-coms. The book also focuses on the main character, Saoirse dealing with her mother having early on-set dementia, her dad moving on and everything changing after high school.

This book was incredibly cute and focused on a lot but didn’t feel disjointed. The main issue I had was that the book felt way too long. At almost 400 pages, I think this book could have been at least 50 or 100 pages shorter but still made an impact. Either way, it was a good YA f/f romance so I’d recommend. 4/5 stars

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18. The A.I. Who Loved Me

The next book is another non-queer read but I saw my local library had it on ebook and decided to pick it up. This was originally an Audible original and then Alyssa Cole decided to release it on ebook. It’s basically a romance between a Black woman and a “biosynthetic humanoid” who are both featured on the cover. While I enjoyed their romance and the little “human things” Trinity taught him, the plot twist at the end took me out of the story. It was pretty cute but honestly, not my favorite of Alyssa Cole’s works. 3/5 stars

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19. Worth The Wait

Earlier this month, I read another book by Lara Kinsey and enjoyed it so I figured I’d read another one since this was an incredibly short story. This is another historical f/f romance between a woman who is a daughter of a baron that runs away and the seamstress who hires her as a living mannequin. This is incredibly short but it has an adorable romance along with the two sharing a bed and ultimately things get a little bit steamy. Personally, I enjoyed this one more than Budding Romance so if I had to recommend one between the two, it would be Worth the Wait. 4/5 stars

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20. Fly With Me

The next book I read was Fly With Me by Hudson Lin. This book follows two Asian flight attendants who get off on the wrong foot and then keep bumping into each other while they’re traveling so feelings ensue. This also counts as a queer read since the love interest, Marco is bisexual. Although it was short, I thought their relationship was cute and this is a clean romance if I recall correctly. There was a conflict about 75% of the way in which I wasn’t a fan of so I docked a star. Other than this, this was an excellent read. 4/5 stars

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21. The Roommate

The last book I read in June was The Roommate by Brandy Bush. If you didn’t know, this is Katrina Jackson’s pen name and it’s basically just erotic short stories. This one follows a girl who meets her roommate’s parents and the sexual things that happen between the three of them. This was incredibly hot and sexy like probably my favorite smut I’ve ever read. It’s also an f/m/f read so I’d say it’s queer in some capacity. Either way, I absolutely loved it and would recommend if you’re looking for some quality smut. 5/5 stars

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22. I’ll Be The One

The last book I read was I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee which was audio listen from the library. This book follows Skye who joins a competition to become a K-Pop Star and prove to her mother that her being fat isn’t an “obstacle” she had to overcome. I will say before I get into anything else. If you’re sensitive to talks about weight or parents encouraging weight loss, then this book could be triggering for you. Skye’s mom is incredibly harsh on her due to her weight.

However, this book features a lot of great representation. Skye is plus-sized, Korean, and bisexual. Her love interest, Henry is also Korean and bisexual. There are two side characters who are in an f/f relationship while one of the finalists is Black. This book has a cute romance, excellent friendships, and isn’t afraid to tackle such a large industry like K-Pop. I absolutely adored this and the only reason I didn’t rate it 5 stars was that I didn’t love the ending. It was kind of meh when I wanted something more. 4.5/5 stars

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I’m not gonna lie, I ended up really enjoying almost all of the books I read this month especially the last one. In all, I ended up reading 22 books and I’m happy with that. I probably could’ve read more but I didn’t want to push myself. Either way, I’m happy with how June turned out. I’m also happy that I utilized Kindle Unlimited a lot as I’m really getting my money’s worth. 🙂

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“My Favorite” July Prompts

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I know I’m a little bit late with this month’s “My Favorite” prompts but I wasn’t thinking about them when I did my last post. Because of that, I knew I wanted to feature them on Monday rather than Tuesday. I know that no one really partcipates but I really like to do them. Anyways, let’s get into “My Favorite” is and the prompts I picked out for July.

BookishlyRebecca is now the host of the “My Favorite” meme, a weekly meme posted on Wednesday. Originally started by Maureen’s Books, she agreed to let me take over.

As Maureen described it, “In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it. The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive. Each week I will post a new My Favorite.. post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on my weekly post, link back to this post, and visit others.”

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July 2020 “My Favorite” Prompts

  • July 1st: My Favorite…Black Romance Book
  • July 8th: My Favorite….Black Author
  • July 15th: My Favorite…Black Non-Fiction Book
  • July 22nd: My Favorite…Black Books on my TBR
  • July 29th: My Favorite…Black Creator (Youtuber, Blogger…etc)

With everything going on the past two months, I knew I wanted to make sure that I used my platform to uplift Black creators, authors and books. I know it’s not much but hopefully, you’re able to either share some of your favorites or find out some new favorites from me. Even if I’m the only one who does this, I want to use my voice for good and to amplify Black bookish things.

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5 Romances by Black Authors Recs + 6 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my Friday post this week, I knew I wanted to do something with Black authors. While I’m sure others have done something similar, I wanted to put a twist on it. The first half of this post is going to be romances by Black authors I’ve read and would recommend. The second half is going to be romances by Black authors I have on my TBR.

I’m going to try to focus on books featuring either a romance between two Black characters or at least, one half of the pairing is Black. I’m also going to try to stay away from the romances I’ve recommended before. However, I might end up having some repeats for those who might not have heard of those authors so let’s get into it.

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1. Get A Life, Chloe Brown

No surprise my list is starting off with Get A Life, Chloe Brown. I have an entire post coming out about this book soon so be on the lookout. As for the book, it follows our MC Chloe who has a near-death experience and uses it to help her “get a life.” Along the way, she meets her handsome superenteindent and sparks fly but this story is mostly about Chloe and how she learns to get out of her comfort zone and “get a life.”

It’s no secret that I love Talia Hibbert so I knew I had to put this book on here. I’d also recommend all of her other series, but this one was the book that made me fall in love with her and her writing. I just think she’s an incredible romance writer plus she writes such incredible character. Talia is also Black and British so if you’re looking for something set in a different country than your own, this could be that. Either way, I love her books and if you haven’t read them before, what are you doing???

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2. Fumbled

The next book making my list is Fumbled by Alexa Martin. This is another book I talk about constantly but I absolutely adore it. It’s a second-chance romance between a single mom and the football player she fell in love with in high school. It’s so cute and so swoony plus it has such a topical twist. What I mean by that is the book focuses on the rise in concussions in the NFL and how the league basically leaves them out to dry.

Even if you’re not an NFL fan, I still think this book/series would still be something worth checking out. The books do feature some football scenes but the characters and their relationships take center stage. While I recommend her entire Playbook series, this one is easily my favorite. As for the rep, I know the MC Poppy is Black and I think TK is as well but I could be wrong plus Alexa Martin is Black.

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3. Along For The Ride

I’m pretty sure the last time I talked about this book was when I read it. In coming up with this list, I knew I had to feature it. This book is a hate-to-love road-trip romance between a girl and her brother-in-law’s friend. While it could be a little bit dramatic at times, I really grew to love Jolene and Jason’s relationship. It might not be one of my new absolute favorite but it’s worth checking out.

I think I docked a star since we didn’t get as many road-trip scenes as I wanted. Either way, this book is SUPER underrated and only has 151 ratings on Goodreads. I also think that it’s Mimi Grace’s debut as well. Overall, it was cute and fun so I’d give it a shot if you enjoy hate-to-love romances. As for the rep, I think both Jolene and Jason are Black plus Mimi Grace is also a Black author.

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4. From Scratch

The next book is actually the first queer romance on my list. This is an m/f/m romance between a baker, the police chief and the fire chief. The story all starts with Mary who is Black and Plus-Sized moving to Sea Port to open up a bakery. It follows a polyamory relationship between her, Miguel and Billy. While it’s super short, it’s incredibly sexy and features an incredibly healthy relationship. Even though I only rated it a 3, I do plan on continuing the series.

I also have a lot more Katrina Jackson books on my TBR so if you’re looking for sexy Black romances, then you need to check out Katrina Jackson. I know that Mary is Black and I’m pretty both men are POCs but I can’t remember. I’m pretty sure there also might be some gay or bi rep as well. Either way, this book is a fun smutty time so check it out.

5. Meet Cute Club

The last book I’m recommending is another queer release and that’s Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This book follows a guy who started a romance bookclub and the romance he has with the new guy working at his favorite bookstore. I can’t remember how either of them identify in terms of sexuality but I know that Rex is Black but I’m not sure if Jordan is a POC or not.

If you’re a big romance reader, I think you’ll love this book. It talks a lot about what it means to love romance, the shame romance readers sometimes deal with but at its core, it’s an adorable romance. I guess I’d call this one soft enemies-to-lovers as they do have a bit of spat at the beginning of the book but don’t ever really “hate” each other. This is another short but sweet and smutty read. I’m also pretty sure Jack Harbon is Black and has a pretty solid back list full of sexy queer romances if you’re looking for more.

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6. Training My Heart To Love You

The first book on my TBR is actually one I put on my Amazon Wishlist so I wouldn’t forget about it. I know it’s on Kindle Unlimited and I think it follows a plus-sized Black woman who has a romance with a country boy. From reading the synopsis, that’s what I’m picking up. Either way, this book sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I absolutely adore the cover.

7. The Changeup

The next book on my TBR is The Changeup by Nicole Falls. As soon as I saw this cover, I knew I had to read it. I’m pretty sure this book follows a romance between a female MLB player and a male sports journalist. Either way, this book sounds like it’s right up my alley. It also gives me major Pitch vibes so if you enjoyed that show, then this could be a suitable replacement. I think I might read this one during my birthday month as it sounds like it’s going to be good.

8. Blind Date with a Book Boyfriend

This next book is another way I added to my Amazon wishlist for later. I actually don’t know much about this book but the cover pulled me in. Thankfully some of Lucy Eden’s books are on Kindle Unlimited so I can check more of her back list out. I’m assuming from the cover that this book features an interracial romance between a Black woman and white man. Either way, the title makes it so enticing plus the cover along with Lucy Eden being Black. This one just sounds like a win.

9. Coffee In The Noon

I actually stumbled upon this book randomly and decided to add it to my Amazon Wishlist for later. Until now, I’d never even heard of this author or her books so I’m excited to give this one a read. I’m not actually sure about the rep of the characters but I’m assume they’re both Black. I could be wrong but this book doesn’t even have a synopsis. It just has a couple sentences on Goodreads plus it’s less than 50 pages so no doubt it’ll be quick and hopefully fun. I know that Harleigh Rae is Black and this book only has like 10 or so ratings on Goodreads so it needs more love.

10. Destiny’s Embrace

I’d be remiss to not include Beverly Jenkins on this list. I’ve never read anything by Beverly Jenkins and that really needs to change. I’ve read a decent amount of historical romances but have yet to pick up her stuff. I’ve heard a lot of good things from Booktubers so I’m curious to see which ones my library has available. I know that Beverly Jenkins is Black and that I’m pretty sure all of her books features Black heroines so I’m excited to finally read this one especially.

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11. The Air He Breathes

The last book is The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this author but have yet to read her books. I’m pretty sure all of her books are pretty hard-hitting and emotional so they’ll likely be tough reads. Then again, that’s probably why they’re so beloved. Nevertheless, I’m excited to finally say I’ve read a Brittainy C. Cherry book. I’m not sure about the rep of this one but it sounds like it’s going to be an intense read.

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Anyways, those are my 5 romances recs by Black authors along with 6 I currently have on my TBR. Hopefully you were able to find some new books to add to your TBR or found your next read. I know this post isn’t exactly what I normally do but I want to get more into doing recommendation posts so let me know if you guys like this or you prefer tags or something else 🙂

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