Black History Month! AKA the month with the most beautiful covers.
I can’t believe I read as many books as I did because I’ve hit that point of lockdown where I’ve turned back to fanfiction…
Total Number of Books: 18
Total Number of Pages: 6,230
Favorite (New) Reads of the Month: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas AND Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Queenie by Candice Party-Williams – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles – ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
SO MANY GREAT READS! I don’t even know where to start. I’m finally all caught up on The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory and ready for the newest edition later this year. I love a series where you don’t necessarily have to read all the books, but when you do, you get all the interconnected details throughout. I’ve been waiting for Concrete Rose by Angie Rose—the prequel to The Hate U Give—ever since it was announced and it totally lived up to its hype. Getting to read from Maverick’s point-of-view about his time growing up. Queenie was pretty disappointing. I was expecting it to be much better. Honey Girl was hands down my favorite read of the month. The summary was kind of misleading, making it seem more like a quintessential romance novel when it was so much more. Tackling familial expectations, identity, depression and anxiety, this book was so beautifully written with incredible characters. I can’t wait to read more from Morgan Rogers.
Like Home by Louisa Onome´ – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
When You Look Like Us was a really tough, but important read. It was a thrilling, stereotype shattering, and heartbreaking book that was really well-written. Who doesn’t love a bookstore book! There was so much I loved about The Summer of Everything: trying to save a bookstore, inclusivity, incredible friend group, takes place in LA. I wish more people talked about this when it came out last year.
Chlorine Sky by Mahogany Browne – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis – ⭐️⭐️.5
Muted by Tami Charles – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Chlorine Sky was pretty surface level for me. I love listening to novels-in-verse on audio, but this was kind of vapid and pointless. I think everyone should read One of the Good Ones—it was a wild story that has an incredible twist that I did NOT see coming. If you can stomach it, Muted is a darker novel-in-verse version of Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson. They share a lot of the same themes and general plot (kinda), but then Muted goes way deeper.
So far, March is filled with me catching up on A LOT of ARCs, so I’ve been reading exclusively on my Kindle.