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My Favorite…Summer Read of 2020 + September Prompts

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week’s prompt is my favorite summer read of 2020 and I’ve honestly enjoyed a lot of books I’ve read this summer. For me personally, I don’t have many that I’d call new favorites. While some were enjoyable, I’ve only purchased one of them but either way, let’s get into it and the prompts I have picked out for September.

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.”

September 2020 Topics

  • September 2nd: My Favorite…Debut Author
  • September 9th: My Favorite…Graphic Novel Series
  • September 16th: My Favorite…Long Book (500+ pages)
  • September 23rd: My Favorite…Fall Tradition
  • September 30th: My Favorite…October Release (Book, Movie, TV Show…etc)
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For me, my favorite summer read of 2020 is Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. I’m normally not a big YA reader but this one was so cute. It’s a hate-to-love romance between two classmates who have a feud on social media but are also chatting anonymously on an app. I think this book was perfect for summer as it had a cute romance, lots of fun moments and it was just adorable. I listened to it on audio and the narrators had such great chemistry which was a delight. Easily my favorite summer read and one I’d highly recommend.

I’d also be remiss to not mention Take A Hint, Dani Brown, Beach Read, and Other Words For Home as I really enjoyed them. Overall though, I feel like Tweet Cute was an incredible read for summer and I’m happy I read it in June. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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My Favorite…Book Cover

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s “My Favorite” post, we’re talking about book covers. For me, some of my favorite book covers are illustrated covers which I know aren’t everyone’s favorite. Personally, I really love them and think they’re such a fun trend for covers. Either way, let’s get into the my favorite book cover. For me personally, I’m going to be focusing on a cover from the latter half of 2020. 🙂

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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Personally, my favorite book cover for the latter half of 2020 has to be Make a Scene by Mimi Grace. This is Mimi Grace’s second book and ever since she posted about it on her Instagram, I’ve been interested. Then the cover was released and I got major heart-eyes for it. I mean look at how beautiful it is and I rarely see a cover with a character who wears glasses. I’m living and breathing for that. Plus the colors are so bright and I just adore it.

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I did want to talk about two honorable mentions I have which are Crazy Stupid Bromance and Tools of Engagement. Both are illustrated covers and are the next installments in series I love. These are so cute and I can’t wait to see if they live up to the hype. Before you finish reading my post, please take time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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My Favorite…Non-Fiction Book

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! As mentioned previously, I’m doing prompts Maureen had used when she hosted “My Favorite.” One of the prompts talked about our favorite non-fiction books. Personally, I haven’t read much non-fiction this year and I’m mad at myself as I really do love non-fiction. However, I’ve been more invested in fiction but anyways, let’s talk about some non-fiction books.

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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Thus far in 2020, my favorite non-fiction book has to be Open Book by Jessica Simpson as it’s just wonderful. She doesn’t shy away from the harder parts of her life and makes sure the truth is at the forefront. It’s easily one of my favorite non-fiction reads of this year albeit not exactly what everyone has been picking up.

I obviously have to mention Things That Make White People Uncomfortable as it already got its own post and I still highly recommend. I also want to mention Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe Robinson as it’s one of my favorite non-fiction audiobooks since she narrates it herself. Rounding out this list is Betty White’s two books: If You Ask Me and Here We Go Again: My Life in Television. I listened to them both this year and really enjoyed them plus Betty White narrates them.

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My Favorite…Music

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s “My Favorite,” I wanted to shift the focus from books to music. I haven’t really talked about music much during “My Favorite” but I wanted to give anyone a chance to talk about their favorite music. As much as I enjoy reading, I also enjoy listening to music so I’m excited to talk about my favorite music. 🙂

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 music has to be pop music. I know that pop music can get a bad rep sometimes, but it’s obviously popular. Of course, I’d be remiss to not mention the Jonas Brothers as they’re my favorite band. They’re not the only pop music I listen to, though as I also love Niall Horan, Ariana Grande, Julia Michaels, 5sos and Taylor Swift.

I also really enjoy country music. It’s a genre I’ve loved since I was younger and I still enjoy country music. Right now, my current fave has to be Morgan Wallen. However, I also enjoy Ashley Mcbryde, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi and Kacey Musgraves. Personally, I love talking about music so I do plan on doing a playlist book tag so we’ll see what happens 😛

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My Favorite…Black Creator & August Prompts

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, we’re talking about our favorite black creators. For this one, I left it purposely open-ended as there’s a lot of different types of creators you can shout out. With that being said, I wanted to talk about a few creators so let’s get into them and also into the prompts I have picked out for August. 🙂

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 this month, I’m going to go with some prompts Maureen did. I’m getting a little burnt out and don’t want to run out of ideas so I’m recycling some of hers. 🙂

August Prompts

  • August 5th: My Favorite…Music
  • August 12th: My Favorite…Non-Fiction Book
  • August 19th: My Favorite…Book Cover
  • August 26th: My Favorite…Summer Read of 2020
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Going into this week, I knew I had a few people I wanted to talk about. With the recent book blogger/booktuber drama, I was a bit hesitant. However, I knew I wanted to make sure I included a booktuber as I have lot of Black booktubers I love. I’m just settling on one for now, though.

My favorite Black booktuber has to be Mina from Mina Reads. She always has the best book recommendations especially when it comes to romance. Personally, I really enjoy her content and she’s one of those booktubers who I always watch. If you’re looking for quality book recommendations and funny content, then Mina’s it.

The other Black creators I have to shout out are both bloggers. The first is Rebekah Weatherspoon who complies lists of romances by women of color. She has an entire website dedicated to all those books and even posts them on Twitter. If you haven’t checked out WOCinRomance, you are seriously missing out.

The second blogger I have to mention is Girl, Have You Read. This is a blog dedicated to amplifying Black romance books. I’m not actually sure how runs this blog as I haven’t been able to find anyone on their “about” page. However, I go to them when I’m looking for Black romance books. Beware as you’ll end up adding tons of books to your TBR after checking them out!

Anyways, those are all of the creators I wanted to mention. Hopefully you were able to find someone new to check out and hopefully, you decide to join me in August. I hope you’re all having a great day ❤

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My Favorite…Black Books on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another “My Favorite” post and this week, we’re looking forward a little bit. No doubt all of us have pretty HUGE TBR piles to conquer. In particular though, the focus is going to be on our favorite Black books on our TBRs. Personally, I have TONS of Black books on my TBR I want to get to so let’s get into this as I have a lot of books I want to talk about. 😛

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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One of my favorite Black books on my TBR is easily Go Deep by Rilzy Adams. I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Rilzy Adams but have yet to read any of her books. I do plan on checking her out next month hopefully as I have tons of books planned out for my birthday month of reading. This one is easily at the very top of my TBR as I just really need to read something by her finally.

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Another favorite is You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. I feel like I don’t have to explain this one much. It’s been getting a lot of hype and is one that’s been constantly talked about. While I’m not as big of a YA fan as I was in the past, this book sounds like it’s going to be cute while still packing a punch. I also absolutely adore this cover so it was an easy addition to my TBR.

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Last but not least is a book I really need to read. I’ve been thinking about this book forever and just need to pick it up. I absolutely adore the cover and I know the second book in the series is coming out soon or is already out. Either way, this is a romance between a writer and rapper so it sounds like it could be super cute yet super angsty as well.

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Those are just 3 Black books I currently have on my TBR. If you guys saw my Amazon list, your jaws would drop. I probably have at least over 100 on there I still want to read lol. Either way, I just wanted to give a small sampling of the Black books I want to get read. 🙂

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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.

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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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