Hey y’all!! What’s up! I wanted to come today to do a Friday Reads for y’all! I have been a reading machine this week and I wanted to do my usual Friday post. I finished 4 books this week so far and will probably be finishing a fifth today. I’m really trying to finish my current reads before the Pop Culture Readathon starts on July 1st. TBR coming for that soooooonnnn! Anyway, here is my Friday reads.
Books I finished:
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson – This is a memoir/essay collection written by a Black queer author. They go over the black experience and the intersectionality of being black and queer. I laughed in some parts and a cried in others. Some parts even broke my heart. This is directed at young adult readers and this book is an absolute must read. I read this for the Queer Blackathon.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – I listened to this one on audio. This book is about Liz Lighty who is trying to get into her dream college for music but she doesn’t get the scholarship she desperately needs. So in an attempt to get the money, Liz decides to go out for prom queen which comes with a scholarship. This was such a good contemporary story. Liz has to navigate her family, her friends and falling in love. This book has so much representation. Liz is queer and falls in love with a girl, also Liz’s brother has a chronic illness. I really enjoyed this and the audiobook was phenomenal.
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Marrow – This is essentially an allegory for the Black experience in America focused in Portland, OR. Tavia and Effie are sisters who are both dealing with different past traumas and growing up. Tavia is a siren but she must keep it a secret because sirens are considered dangerous and are often oppressed in this society. Effie is also trying to figure out exactly what she is and discovers it over the course of the book. I have so many thoughts about this one but just know that this book includes so many myths/mythos and the world is so interesting. I definitely recommend this book and will have a full review up soon…ish.
(Im)perfectly Happy by Sharina Harris – This is a women’s fiction novel about 4 girl friends who have put their dreams on hold after college for various reasons. Through a series of events they decide to revive their Mastermind’s Club from college and motivate each other to reach their dreams that were on hold. The 4 woman must navigate life, love, and their dreams which don’t always line up. This was fine. Not exactly memorable but I did enjoy the friend group and look at female friendships.
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi – I am loving this anthology. There are so many Black YA authors in here that I’ve read before and want to read. This short fiction is hitting the spot. I didn’t expect all the other types of diversity in the book and the stories of Black joy. I’ll probably finish this tonight, I’m listening to the audio, but I know that I recommend this anthology if you really wanna see the many facets of the black experience.
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (releases on July 7) – This is a Cinderella remix where it’s been about 300 years since Cinderella’s story happened and in the patriarchal society when girls come of age they must attend a ball where they will be chosen by a man. This is in honor of Cinderella’s story. Sophia is not interested in the antiquated ball and would much rather run off with her best friend Erin. Since it’s the law that all women must attend the ball this can’t happen. This story is engaging, I’m loving the world and the commentary. I hope to finish this and review it before July starts.
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy – This is a young adult fantasy set in an African-esq world where the daughters of the queen must fight to the death in order to become the True Heir. Eva is the younger sister to Isadora and it’s coming up on her nameday of which the competition between the two sisters must take place. This book has so much worldbuilding and magical creatures and the writing is so good. I’m only about 3 chapters in but I’m ready to devour this book over the weekend.
What I want to read next:
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert (releases July 7) – I am soooo excited to read Brandy Colbert’s newest book. She never disappoints and I don’t even know the synopsis but I fully expect to love the characters and the representation.
July TBR/Pop Culture Readathon TBR – I want to finish everything I have on the go before July 1 so I can start fresh with the readathon. I have no idea what I will pick up first, but I fully expect to be opening a fresh book that day. My TBR video will be up next week so you will see what I am planning to read and maybe tell me where to start next.
Blog post that went up this week:
Book Review: Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Middle Grade Book Series I Want to Continue
Videos that went up this week:
Ok y’all! That’s everything I read, plan to read, and posted this past week. It looks like I was busy but I really wasn’t, LOL. I just planned really well. I’m trying to keep up this momentum for as long as possible, because I know how I am.
What are you planning on picking up this weekend? Let’s chat in the comments.
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