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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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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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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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“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.

Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter. Whether it be signing a petition, donating or simply re-sharing this same link, USE YOUR VOICE. If you’re a white person reading this, you have privilege and it is your duty as an ally to educate yourself, amplify Black voices and show that Black Lives Matter. 

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My Favorite…LGBTQIA Book On my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For the last June prompt for “My Favorite,” I knew I wanted to give others a chance to talk about some LGBTQIA books they still have on their TBR. June has felt like an awesome month for queer releases and of course, it’s going to continue into the rest of the year. With that being said, I knew that I wanted to have a chance to shout out a few releases. 🙂

I usually do the prompts during this post but I’m feeling a little lazy. I’ll have them up on Monday so it’ll give others time to get their posts together. Anyways, let’s get into what “My Favorite” is and my picks 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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I actually want to break this into two different categories. For me, it’s going to be Queer YA books I still need to read and Queer romance books I still need to read. I’m going to try to limit it to three for each with a clear top priority one. With that being said, let’s get into my picks.

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Since I’m going with books already released, my biggest priority has to be You Should See Me in A Crown by Leah Johnson. This book has been hyped for the past few months and I’m super excited to read it. I’m pretty sure that the audiobook is available on Hoopla so I’ll be able to read it basically whenever the mood strikes me. As for the other two YA books, I have to go with Date Me, Bryson Keller which is available through my local library and the audiobook sounds awesome. Last but not least is a 2019 release and that’s Wilder Girls which is another one I’m going to get on audio.

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As for queer romance releases, I mostly have a ton on my backlist. Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention the rest of the Kaleidoscope series by Bryce Oakley. Those books are so much fun and I’m excited to continue on. I actually have a lot saved on my Amazon wishlist so the other two were easy to pick out. First is Graham’s Delicacies which I’m pretty sure is a short-story collection focusing on queer relationships. Then there’s Learn My Lesson by Katee Robert which is an m/f/m romance between Hades, Meg and Hercules.

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My Favorite…F/F Pairing

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another “My Favorite” post and since last week, we did an m/m pairing. I knew I wanted to include an f/f pairing as that’s mostly what I read. If you couldn’t tell from last week, I had a bit of rough time coming with an m/m pairing. However, I knew that for this week, I had a lot of different options so let’s get into them. 🙂

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.”

Last week, I talked about She-Ra so I decided to talk about an f/f pairing from a book and I feel like this one is obvious. I’ve been hyping up this book since I read it and I want more people to read it. The book I’m talking about is of course, Undone by Bryce Oakley which is a romance between a pop-star and her songwriter who is part of an alternative band.

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Honestly, this book is super short but features a lot of good development for the characters, their relationship and even, some sexy scenes. I loved Billie and Vero as characters individually but I loved seeing how they interacted together. They had such misconceptions about each other but quickly learned the other people wasn’t who they thought they were. The only complaint I have is that this book is just entirely too short and I wish it would have been longer.

Other than that, if you’re looking for a good f/f romance, you need to make sure you read Undone this month. If you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free on there. Even if you don’t know, you can find it on Amazon for 99 cents. It’s also available on Hoopla as an audiobook. Honestly if you can, please read this book because I’ll scream about it forever.

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My Favorite…M/M Pairing

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For these next two weeks, I wanted to focus on couples for Pride month. This one is focusing on m/m romances and it’s one I know a lot of people will enjoy. As far as the pairings go, I didn’t just feature books as there are a lot of different m/m relationships in the media. Either way, let’s get into my pick 🙂

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.”

For me, this one was tough. When looking back at my Goodreads shelf and the shows/movies I’ve read, there was way more f/f. Either way, I knew as soon as I started looking who I was going to pick. My favorite m/m pairing is easily Bow’s dads from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. While they don’t appear as much as the other characters, they’re such a delight when they do show up.

However, I do plan on reading some more m/m romances during this month. Hopefully by the next time I do this, I’ll have more books to choose from. Either way, I’m excited to see what others pick if they decide to do this prompt. 🙂

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My Favorite…LGBTQIA+ Author

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you couldn’t tell by my prompts, I decided to do a Pride theme this month. I decided to go with an author prompt for the first week as I’m sure we all have authors we love who are the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. With that being said, let’s get into my favorite LGBTQIA author. 🙂

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…Bookish Friendship & June Prompts

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to the last May “My Favorite” post and what a month it’s been. I’ve had a lot of fun with these prompts and moving ahead to June, I have some fun ones. I don’t want to talk too much so let’s get into what “My Favorite” is and the prompts for June.

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.”

June Prompts

  • June 3rd: My Favorite…LGBTIA+ Author
  • June 10th: My Favorite…M/M Pairing
  • June 17th: My Favorite…F/F Pairing
  • June 24th: My Favorite…LGBTIA Book On my TBR


While I’m going to be talking about a fictional friendship, I did want to give a shout-out to two of my favorite people I’ve met via blogging. First is Ally who is one of the strongest people I know along with being super smart and just a positive ray of sunshine. I always look forward to her posts and seeing on my Twitter/Wordpress.

Second is Ellyn who is my favorite person to buddy-read with, who has such unique content and is just all-around a great person. If you’re not following either of these ladies, you need to be. They’re just wonderful. ❤

As for my favorite bookish friendship, I have to go with the girls from Rebekah Weatherspoon’s books. All of her books are connected so almost all of the heroines are friends. I think it’s such a fun way to connect her books and it’s nice seeing them pop up in other series. I especially liked seeing it in the Fit trilogy which connects a lot of the characters together. Overall, I just think she does a great job of connecting the threads and showing how far friendship can go.

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My Favorite…Thing about Spring

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another “My Favorite” but this time, we’re moving away from the quarantine topics. As much as I enjoy them, I think they’re a little bit too fresh for most of us. Instead, I wanted to focus on the season we’re currently in and when I’m typing this, there have been a few nice days so I have a few ideas. 🙂

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.”


When thinking of this prompt, two things immediately pop into mind. For me, my favorite thing about spring is the season as it’s my favorite season. It’s not blazing hot but it’s not freezing cold either. It’s perfectly mild weather so you can still be outside without having to be bundled up or sweating like crazy.

As for my other favorite thing about spring, I have to say that I love just being able to sit outside. Of course, I usually have a book or my Kindle in my hands. Sometimes, I like to bring out my laptop and write some blog posts. Spring’s all about things starting anew and being able to do that feels like an awakening for my writing/reading life. I also enjoy going for walks, too. Overall, I just really like spring and hopefully, this prompt helps others enjoy it as well.

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My Favorite…Quarantine Read

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s prompt, I wanted to do something else related to quarantine. After this though, I wanted to take a little break since I know it can be draining to think about. However, I figured I’d try to do something a little bit different and talk about our favorite quarantine reads. Personally, I’ve been using this quarantine to my full advantage to read as much as possible.

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.”


As I said above, I’ve been doing a lot of reading during the quarantine. With that being said, I’m going to try to narrow it down to only one book..well actually two. For a book that’s new-to-me, my favorite quarantine book is Open Book by Jessica Simpson which was so delightful. Even if you’re not a fan of Jessica Simpson, I really think you should give this one a try. It’s such an insightful and in-depth look into her life.

As for my quarantine re-read, it has to be Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Ellyn and I are still buddy-reading this series together and what a delight it’s been. If you’re thinking about re-reading this series, please do. It’s holding up so well and I’m excited to finally dive into the next book. 🙂

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