2020 YA Book Releases Written by Black Authors to Add to Your TBR

Black History Month may be over, but there’s never a bad time to add black-authored books to your reading list! There are some amazing new releases coming out this year written by and featuring black voices. And I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but wow, these books have some gorgeous cover-art!

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I had a long, trying week last week, which unfortunately translated to a lot of time not writing or blogging. But I’m ready to get back into the groove this week!

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‘The School for Good and Evil’ Book Tag

Thanks Sabrina @ Notes from a Paper Plane for creating this tag and tagging me! It’s actually the first time I’ve been tagged on here, so I’m really excited! Be sure to check out Sabrina’s post!

*Header art by Iocopo Bruno*.

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Book Reviews: Elatsoe

I received this e-book free from Edelweiss and Levine Querido in exchange for an honest review! All opinions expressed herein are my own unbiased impressions.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

Happy Monday once again! My birthday was this Saturday and I had a really nice birthday weekend. At work Saturday morning, I had cake and a round of Happy Birthdays. My mom and I had lobster for dinner. Sunday, I had a handful of friends over for a backyard barebecue – social distancing edition! It was really nice to see some friends I haven’t seen in months (other than on Zoom/Facetime). There was a little miscommunication though because we ended up with FOUR cakes! I guess there’s no such thing as too much cake.

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Black Lives Matter.

*Gorgeous header by the talented Shirien Damra.*

I’m heartbroken over the current state of my country (the US). I’m heartbroken that black lives continue to be stolen and that authorities continue to not hold their murderers accountable. I hate that black and brown bodies, dead or dying, continue to be shown over and over on news coverage and that they are not even granted dignity in death. I hate that young black children will grow up in fear. I hate that white nationalist groups and racists have such deep roots in this country and that they are emboldened by the current administration.

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Book Review: Lobizona

I received this e-book free from NetGalley and St. Martins Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review! All opinions expressed herein are my own impartial impressions.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Opening Lines

Top Ten Tuesday is a book tag hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader. This week’s prompt is “Opening Lines” (submitted by Claire @ Book Lovers Pizza). I love when a book hooks you from the first moment, so I knew I had to do this one!

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

Happy Monday and Happy Memorial Day if you live in the United States! Hope everyone had a good week. I’ve been trucking along on my Goodreads 2020 challenge – I’m at 35 books of 75. Doing Monday updates has been a good way to keep me accountable to my reading goals. Until I started posting on my blog with weekly reading updates, I never gave much thought to planning my reading. Though I always have an insurmountable TBR, I always end up reading what appeals to me in the moment. I still struggle with that and sometimes books take precedent if they are an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) for review or a library book with a return date, but it’s kind of cool to dedicate time to a book in advance. Do you plan your reads?

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