Feminist Lit Feb 2019: 10 books by Black authors on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Last year, Jane from ItsJaneLindsey posted prompts to go with Feminist Lit Feb and I talked about feminist characters who inspired me as a child. This year, I’m going a different route with it and using one of the prompts from last year.

In her video, Jane talked about the #blackhistorymonth prompt which was pretty open-ended. For me, I’m going to be talking about books I have on my TBR that are written by black authors. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot so I’m going to try and narrow it down but we’ll see and oh! I’ll just be focusing on the ladies since this is a feminist list. 🙂

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10. Pride by Ibi Zoboi

I’ve already talked about this book before I’m so excited about it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Pride and Prejudice retelling especially not one with POC characters. I’m not sure about the representation exactly but I know Ibi Zoboi is Black and I think this is her second book. I haven’t read American Street but I’ve heard good things about it. However, I’m a little bit more excited to read Pride.

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9. Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Switching gears, this is an author I’ve read from before. I read Tiffany D. Jackson’s novel, Allegedly and really enjoyed it besides the ending. There’s just something about the way she writes that captivates me. I can never guess what’s going to happen or what’s going on sometimes in a good way. Lol

For months, Monday’s Not Coming has been on my TBR. If I remember right, this book follows a girl whose best friend goes missing and no seems to notice. It’s almost as if she never existed and the girl’s search for her friend. I’m not sure but the premise has me interested.

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8. Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson

The next two books on my list are both middle-grade. The first is Betty Before X which is following the childhood of activist Malcolm X’s wife, Betty. I don’t know much about this book besides what I mentioned above. I’ve always wanted to learn more about Malcolm X, his legacy and his family so this is perfect for me.

What intrigues me most is that it’s written by Betty and Malcolm’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz. If there was one person who could tell this story, it’s her. Coupled with RenĂ©e Watson, this book has the potential to be a 5-star read.

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7. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

The second middle-grade book making my list is One Crazy Summer. This book was recommended to me by my mom. She’s a 5th-grade teacher and she read it to her class and they really enjoyed it. I know a basic overview of the plot and that’s all I want to know for now. Lol

This is a short book that I can probably read in a sitting or two. Considering how much the kids like it and how much my mom does, I hope I do, too.

 

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6. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I don’t know why but this book has always intrigued me. I think it might be the cover, but I heard a booktuber talk about it once and I’ve been thinking about it since. I almost checked it out from the library but I didn’t. (Stupid me!) Either way, I’m excited to pick this book up.

I’m pretty sure hoopla has both the ebook and the audiobook. I’m basically set for whichever route I go with. It seems like it has the potential to be a new favorite.

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5. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Even though I didn’t enjoy The Wedding Date, I want to give Jasmine Guillory another chance. It’s rare to see a romance featuring a black woman and I don’t want to write off her because of her first book. Unlike the first book, this plot sounds like it’s a lot more suited to me.

If I remember right, it’s about a girl who gets proposed to on the jumbotron and the guy who saves her. The guy who saves her is Carlos from The Wedding Date and I’m excited for him to have his own book. I’m also excited to see how Guillory grew as a writer and to see if I like this book more than The Wedding Date.

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4. Becoming by Michelle Obama

To finish off my list, I’m talking about non-fiction books by Black women I want to read and the first is easily the most popular. The memoir of former first-lady Michelle Obama, this book has been talked about since its release. I feel like I don’t even really need to talk more about this but all I know is that I want to read it. Lol

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3. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele

Once again, this is another book I had at the library but returned. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood to read it but I returned it. I’m kicking myself because I’ve heard lots of people raving about it. Either way, I’m excited to read it as I’m sure it’s going to be emotional, eye-opening and educational.

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2. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

I am so embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read anything by Roxane Gay. People are always talking about great her writing is and I haven’t picked anything up yet. I know she has a few books out but I’ve heard the most buzz about Hunger. Similar to the previous two, I don’t know much about this and I want to keep it that way.

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1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

This is another book that I know basically nothing about. I’m honestly not sure how I found out about this book but I’ve been thinking about it since then. It’s been sitting in my favorites on hoopla for months now. After learning more about the school-to-prison pipeline, this book jumped up on my TBR.

However, it’s just been sitting there. I think this book would be a good one for my boyfriend and me to buddy read if I can get him to. Regardless, The New Jim Crow sounds like it’s going to be another favorite non-fiction read.

Those are some of the books by black authors on my TBR. There’s a ton more but those are just a few I wanted to highlight. On a side-note: When is Beyonce finally going to write a book? 

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 badass females

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This topic is a little bit tricky for me because it seems like it’s geared more towards fantasy/sci-fi readers. Either way, I’m going to give it my best and see what badass females I can come up with 😛

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.

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5. Daphne in Scooby Apocalypse

I’ve only read the first 2 volumes of Scooby Apocalypse and I know it’s not for everyone but I really enjoy it. One of the favorite things is how much they’ve updated the Scooby gang. Personally, my favorite update has been to Daphne who isn’t the damsel in distress but instead is super badass.

She’s always ready to kick ass, kill someone and most importantly, protect Fred. It’s such a nice change of pace for her character. I personally really enjoy the change and I can’t wait to see what happens next with her.

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4. Vivian Apple in Vivian Apple At the End of the World

This is easily one of the most underrated ladies on my list. For some reason, not a lot of people have read Vivian Apple at the End of the World. I don’t understand because Vivian Apple is a truly badass heroine. Her entire mission is to take down this church that’s taken over the world but especially her parents.

Throughout the novel, we watch her go from a bratty teenager into a capable and badass woman. Everything she deals with would be enough to break a person but it doesn’t break her spirits. If anything, it motivates her even more.

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3. Korede in My Sister, the Serial Killer

This is a book that wasn’t on my radar at all until I saw it on Scribd. I listened to it in one day and I really enjoyed it. I especially loved the character of Korede as she’s somewhat of a bit player in her own life. This book isn’t even really focused on her but rather on her sister Ayoola.

However, she’ll do anything to protect her sister. She’s such a fierce person but is also still sensible. She can hide a body and then go to work the next day?? I don’t think I can even describe how much I loved her character and her role in this story.

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2. Audrey Rose in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series

For some reason, I didn’t think about Audrey Rose until now. However, there’s no way I couldn’t include her in a list of badass ladies. I’ll try not to feature any spoilers from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series because I want everyone to read it. Either way, there’s just something about the way Kerri Maniscalco writes her.

Audrey Rose seemingly has no fears as she’ll go after killers, dissect dead bodies and solve mysteries. She’s such a compelling protagonist and she’s grown so much in the first 3 books. She’s intelligent, clever and doesn’t care if she ends up in danger for the sake of solving a case. I just hope book 4 keeps that same magic and doesn’t make the mistakes of book 3.

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1. Evelyn Hugo in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The last badass lady on my list is no surprise. I’m sure a lot of people will have Evelyn Hugo on their list and I don’t blame them. This book dominated 2018 and it’s all because of Evelyn Hugo. She’s badass because she lived with a secret for years and only told the world about it after she was gone.

It was so incredible to watch her go from an insecure young lady to a confident and secure woman. Watching how her marriages dissolved and seeing her fall in love was thrilling. I read this book in an entire day and it packed such an emotional punch. Even if you don’t like contemporaries, Evelyn Hugo is a badass lady you don’t want to miss out on.


Maybe I read more badass ladies than I thought! This list wasn’t too hard to come up with so maybe I just needed some time to think. 😛 

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The Mystery Versatile Blogger Award

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since I’m skipping the 1st week of January for “My Favorite…,” I decided to write up a tag post. Actually, I’m combining two tags that I was recently tagged in and I’m so excited to feature them both. This will probably be a long post so let’s get into it.

First, I was tagged by Raya for the Versatile Blogger Award. Raya is honestly the queen of tagging me in things and she always writes such in-depth reviews. Be sure to check her out if you haven’t! ❀

Second, I was tagged by Ellyn for the Mystery Blogger Award. No intro here as Ellyn is one of my best blogging friends and she’s just great. I’m sure you probably already know her but if you don’t, check her out! ❀


Versatile Blogger Award

Rules

  • If you are nominated, you have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

7 Facts About Me

  1. I love the new trend of 90’s fashion coming back. I was born in 1993 so I didn’t really end up wearing any of it but some of the stuff looks so cool and I want to give it a try.
  2. I used to collect Funko Pops but I’ve kind of gotten out of it. I have a few that I really love but I feel like they’re just taking up space. I’m not sure if I’m going to get rid of them, though.
  3. I plan on going to see Ariana Grande this summer in concert. I haven’t been to a concert in years and I know it’ll be pricey but I hope it’s worth it.
  4. I don’t think I could ever choose between reading and writing. I love them both so much and they make me equally happy. It would be tough to pick one over the other.
  5. For Christmas, I got a new dresser and I’m so happy about it. Before that, I had a lot of those plastic drawers and they took up so much space. The dresser might take up some room but I ended up getting rid of 3 plastic drawers.
  6. I’ve always had trouble making decisions. It’s either that I have too many options or not even options. Either way, it takes me forever to make up my mind.
  7. I don’t really like the trend “bro country” that’s become popular in the country music genre. I can only handle so much before it feels like my ears are bleeding lol.

Mystery Blogger Award

It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. –Okoto Enigma

Rules

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Me

  • I rarely eat breakfast before work. I like to sleep and I hate to wake up early for any reason other than work. Most of the time, I grab something and go.
  • For Christmas, one of the girls who I play fantasy football with got me a signed jersey for one of my favorite players. It was such a huge surprise and I still can’t believe she did that.
  • Going with Ellyn’s fact, I like to wrap gifts but I’m not good at it. They can’t guess what’s in it if it’s wrapped bad. Lol

Ellyn’s Questions

1.  Who was your favorite author you found in 2018?

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I’m sure no one is shocked by this but Emma Mills! I still can’t believe I just found out about her in 2018. It feels like I’ve been loving her books forever. I’m just glad that I decided to give her a chance because she’s my favorite author. 🙂

2. What did you discover about your reading tastes in 2018?

I shouldn’t have written off romance so easily. When I was younger, I loved to read it and then I got away from it.  Following the people, I do on here and Booktube, I decided to give it another chance and I’m so happy. Some of my favorite books this year were romances and I can’t wait to get caught up on more in 2019.

3. What was the last movie you watched? What did you like/dislike about it?

The last movie I watched was Creed 2. I went to see it with my dad and I loved it. On the whole, I thought it was an incredible movie. It picked up where the last movie left off while still being original and keeping its own story. It also had a few nods to the Rocky franchise, too.

I thought everything about it was great including the acting, the character development, and the outcome. Right now, I can’t think of anything I disliked about it. It was just such a good movie considering it was a sequel.

4. What’s your go-to snack?

5. What’s your favorite green book?

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For my best post, I’m going with my fan cast of Intercepted by Alexa Martin. I loved working on that post and I’m even happier that Alexa liked it. I like being able to combine my love for sports and books. 🙂

Since I included two posts, I’m not going to tag anyone. If you want to do either of these tags, consider yourself tagged. Thank you again to Raya and Ellyn for tagging me! ❀

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The Nowhere Girls spoiler-free review

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s Friday, meaning it’s time for another book review or at least for this month. I’m trying to find a concrete schedule for my posts so feel free to what you think in the comments.

Anyways, let’s get into what you’re here for. The Nowhere Girls is a book I received for Christmas and easily one of my most anticipated. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint as I couldn’t put it down. I read it in two sittings even though I only read 30 pages in one.

Before I get started, my review will be spoiler-free. No worries you haven’t read because hopefully, my review persuades you to pick it up! Here are my thoughts on The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed.

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Like my last review, I’m going to start with the writing style. At first, I couldn’t get into Amy Reed’s writing style. She wrote it in a lot of different POVs including some from main characters, others from side characters and ones entitled “Us.”

It was a little hard to adjust to at first, but I got used to it after a few hundred pages. I did enjoy her writing style after I got into it. Sometimes, I think she made a short point long and gave a little too much description. However, it didn’t bother me enough to hinder my enjoyment.

What really sold me was the plot. The story follows 3 friends: Grace, Erin, and Rosina as they form a feminist club to get justice for a girl who was gang-raped by a group of football players. It was an edgier version of Moxie and felt a lot more intense and realistic in that way.

I won’t give away any plot details, but at its heart, the story is all about fighting for equality, feminism, friendship and dismantling sexist ideas in a small town. While I loved all the feminist talk, I thoroughly enjoyed the friendships in the story.

Now onto the characters: Grace, Erin, and Rosina. Originally from a religious family, Grace is struggling with her faith, doing what’s right and figuring out her place. In addition, Grace is fat, something the author made sure other character noticed about her. It never became a defining characteristic for her and instead, focused on her drive and determination.

Next is Erin. Erin has Asperger’s syndrome and is on the autism spectrum. I can’t speak on the representation so feel free to look for #ownvoices reviewers. Erin was an incredibly complex character who dealt with a lot and wasn’t defined by having Asperger’s.

Last but not least is Rosina. Rosina was my favorite character because she was fearless and had no issues standing up to the patriarchy, for herself or other girls. She brings more diversity to the group as a queer Latina and had me cheering her on the entire way through.

Overall, The Nowhere Girls blew me away. It was a wonderful feminist read while also making great points about sexism, racism, rape culture, friendship and how exhausting it can be when you’re a woman in a man’s world. It was truly a more grown-up version of Moxie and makes me want to start my own feminist club!

Are you planning on reading The Nowhere Girls? If you have, what did you think? I know it’s only January, but it’s in the running for my favorite read of the year. ❀

WWW Wednesday #9

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s Wednesday so it’s time for me to switch off memes. I forgot to last week, but oh well. Time for another WWW post and this is such a quick and easy post. Probably one of the reasons why I don’t mind doing it on short notice.

Here’s a look at what WWW is and how you can join in on the fun.

Here’s the deal with WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words! To participate, all you do is answer the three questions she provides and pingback to her. It’s a piece of cake!

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

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I’m going full-steam ahead with my Harry Potter goal and also knocking out a lot of my Popsugar Reading challenge, too. I’m only a few chapters into this book so I’m not sure what I think yet!

2. What did you recently finish reading?

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On Sunday, I finished The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. This was such a wonderful book and I’m so glad I received it for Christmas. It was an incredibly powerful feminist read and just made me so happy and sad and angry and feel so many things!

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

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This is the only book I have yet to read that’s on my TBR, still. I don’t know anything about this book besides that it follows the characters from the first book and it’s a direct sequel to that one. At least from what I’ve heard other people say, but I’m just excited to read this. Hopefully, it lives up to the hype of the other two.

What book are you currently reading?