It’s been THREE WHOLE MONTHS since my last post. Crazy, right?? But, I’m glad to be back. I thought I’d share a quick wrap-up of the books I’ve read during my absence. Honestly, it hasn’t been much because I’m in a season of major change, so transitioning has taken a lot of my time and energy. Over this time, I’ve been forced to re-prioritize what’s important and what’s necessary – hence my brief hiatus.
So here goes:
Slay by Brittney Morris ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I will definitely be writing a full review of Slay. For now, I will say this:
Slay is the book I needed to read as a young black girl who was deep into gaming, anime, comic books and all the nerdy things.
Brittney Morris wrote this book and I swear it spoke to so many parts of my past and my present. It will definitely be a book I’ll reread and share with my nieces.
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Beside from being absolutely hilarious, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows was such a refreshing read. What isn’t there to love about a group of widows in a conservative culture secretly writing erotic stories?
More than Enough by Elaine Welteroth ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I cannot say enough good things about More than Enough. Although there are many parts of Elaine’s personal story of being biracial that I do not identify with, there are many parts that I do.
When she took was at the helm at Teen Vogue, I remember picking up a magazine and thinking – When the hell did Teen Vogue get woke? They must have some black folks on staff! It was so encouraging to see a Conde Nast label diving into issues of diversity and inclusion – And we have Elaine to thank for that.
Beyond her tenure at Teen Vogue, I enjoyed reading her biracial point of view. Being that I will one day be the mother of biracial kids, I’m grateful to have books like this to see some insight as to how I can better prepare myself and my husband for things our kids may ask or feel that we didn’t personally have to go through.
Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1) by Kat Cho ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Wicked Fox was really enjoyable and I look forward to the remainder of the series! I loved getting to know more about the legend of the gumiho – this book led me to do some light research on the history of the myth and I learned a lot! I firmly believe that the best part of reading is that we are opened to more than just our frame of reference and we learn more about other cultures and customs. This book embodies just that for me.
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine was such a fun read! I enjoyed the historical aspects of learning more about Haiti’s past.
I thought that the main character (and most of her family, for that matter) was too impulsive and blamed their “family curse” and their own bad decisions.
There were a few things, like the curse and side characters’ stories, that could have been fleshed out more, but since this was in the perspective of Alaine and told through various medium, I see why that wouldn’t be accessible information.
Alaine was really funny and sarcastic, which I enjoyed. There were a few moments where I felt the book pushed lightheartedness too far in serious moments, but that could be a reflection of Alaine’s character and her not being emotionally mature enough to adequately deal with her emotions
Color Me In by Natasha Diaz ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
“People are always going to want to split you into pieces so they can feel more comfortable with who you are, and I am sorry no one ever sat you down to prepare you for that.”
Not only does Color Me In give the point of view of a child of divorce, but also a biracial child dealing with issues of identity.
This is yet another books that gave me insight into a perspective that I’ve never had to live through and that I am grateful to have read about.
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I really enjoyed Things You Save in a Fire (not to be confused with Things We Lost in the Fire). Cassie tore down so many idiotic ideas of what it means to be a woman. Her story of both healing and fighting the patriarchy showed a glimpse at what it means to be a woman in a male dominated career field.
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
If You Come Softly is even more heartbreaking reading it now than it was when I was a teen. But so so so so good.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I enjoyed this book, but I expected a little more based on the hype surrounding it. It was really funny at times, but it felt strange to hear the story of Black American culture through the lens of an African immigrant. Which, incidentally, is talked about in the book itself.
The Wedding Date Series by Jasmine Guillory ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Jasmine continually gave me Black joy in this series and I really needed that! A trend lately seems to be the publishing of Black stories of pain, but I think there need to be more stories about us thriving. Yes, pain is a huge part of the Black experience in America, but we are so much more than our pain and our stories of happiness need to equally be told.
Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
The entire time I was reading Spin the Dawn, I was just hoping it would be adapted into a movie. The costuming would be outrageously dope! This is a great first book and I’m ready for more.
I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
I was looking forward to reading this book this year and it did not let me down. Black representation in ballet is so necessary and I am here for this book!
Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
This was a cute fake romance read! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a light romance to read.
Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
I want my hours back. This book was NOT good. When the twist hit, I almost threw my tablet across the room. It was childish, inconsequential, and a monumental waste of my time.
The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Phew! The Marriage Clock was hard for me to finish [but I did!] It was rife with patriarchal BS and never got better. I expected this to be a story about a woman breaking from tradition and living her best life despite not being married by 25, but it was definitely not that. I think I only finished it because I wouldn’t have been able to sleep without knowing how it ended.
Have you read any of these titles? Let me know in the comments!