Blog Hiatus

I have problems with leaving things half done. It feels like failure and nobody likes to fail. But there comes a time when one has to leave certain things and I’m leaving blogging for a bit. Just until things settle down in my head and I can feel like my old self again.

There was an incident that occurred a few weeks ago that’s led me to this moment. It led me to a dark place. A place I hadn’t been in for a while. I’ve been going to counselling and will probably be going back on antidepressants again. I’ve decided to take some stressful things out of my life and in my current state creating content is becoming stressful.

Hopefully, I’ll be back soon but in the meantime, you can find me on Twitter and read the occasional review on Goodreads.

 

Breathe,

Sakhile

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30 Books I’d Keep If I Were Marie Kondo

30 Books I'k Keep If I Were Marie Kondo

Welcome to my first post of Bookending Spring/Autumn. Today’s prompt is hosted by Sam from Fictionally Sam. I have too many books that I have no intention of reading or rereading. If I went into this giving reasons for each book, this post would be too long. For the most part, I’m keeping books that I love, books I received as gifts, books I’ll never get tired of reading.

  1. Questions For Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
  2. A Short History of Tractors In Ukranian by Marina Lewycka
  3. The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  4. Shakespeare Complete Works
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Fashion Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones
  7. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  8. Spud by John van de Ruit (4 books)
  9. Sushi For Beginners by Marian Keyes
  10. The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
  11. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  12. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  13. The Stand-In by Deborah Moggach
  14. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding
  15. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
  16. The Blue Jar by Sylvia Plath
  17. Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  18. He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo
  19. Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro
  20. Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman
  21. Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde
  22. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
  23. White Oleander by Janet Fitch
  24. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  25. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
  26. On The Road by Jack Keroauc
  27. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  28. The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
  29. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
  30. It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

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What books would be in your 30 Books list? Do you see any on my list that you’ll love to keep? Let me know in the comments.

March Wrap Up | Books, Endless Readathons & Revelations

March has dragged for too long in my opinion. It was a very weird month filled with some unsavoury revelations that needed to happen. Mental health wise I can feel my old self coming back again (I’ll write about this separately). I’ve been reading more lately and enjoying my blogging. For a while it felt like an unwanted chore but I’ve figured out the perfect balance.

Let’s get into the books I read last month:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Someone will tell you that I spent 90% of this book crying over Sirius Black’s imminent death and sad life, that person is life.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

I enjoyed this book because sometimes it feels like there’s no space for mistakes and growth when it comes to being a feminist. But Roxane Gay touches on how no one person can be perfect, we’re learning every day and unlearning every day. I’m a bad feminist.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

An example of why I shouldn’t trust anyone’s book opinions because people stay lying through their teeth about their faves. This book basically called me toxic, blocked me on twitter and continued posting screenshots subtweeted me. I wrote about it here.

Running With Lions by Julian Winters

I’ve been following Julian Winters on twitter before his book came out and I’ve finally got the chance to read it and review it. It’s soccer camp but make it queer and liberally sprinkled with the word “bro”. Check out my bullet-point review here.

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

I’m so glad I randomly picked up this book about female serial killers. You don’t hear much about women killers. I blame my recent obsession with Buzzfeed Unsolved. This book reads so well and clear. I like how sexism is addressed through out and although she doesn’t have the range, she does try to bring in cultural nuances when it comes to nonwhite women. Definitely worth the read.

ARCS I’ve Been Reading Lately

What Happens When by Samantha Boyle

A quick read about a f/f relationship with a few problems regarding their bisexual rep and outing but otherwise very nice with some instances of homophobia. Review here

Ruse by Cindy Pon

The final book following Want – it wasn’t what I expected but it had a very neat and satisfying ending. Review here

The Gamer’s Guide To Getting The Girl by Kristine Scarrow

I was interested in this book because I loved the idea of a novel told in survival gam mode. It’s set in a Canadian town where mall stragglers are locked in the mall during a tornado and have to figure out how to survive possible flooding, plumbing issues and rogue victims. Zach, the male mc, immediately falls in love (and by immediately I mean IMMEDIATELY) with a girl he sees at a video game store simply because she’s a girl in a video game store.

Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

I read this as part of a blog tour and it started off amazing. It’s about a forced marriage involving an independent princess who’s not having it and a quiet prince who just wants to do his duty. I fell in love with the female mc, Charlotte, and the story on the first chapter but as I read on the book fell flat and didn’t meet the expectations that the first chapters gave me.

April Fool by Jess Lourey

I didn’t realise that this was the last book in a twelve part series…my bad. This is a lighthearted mystery that follows a librarian in a small town after she discovers a curious note linked to her deceased father. It felt a little predictable and unrealistic as cozy mysteries are.

Music I’ve Been Listening To Lately

Into the Spiderverse Soundtrack: It’s lit except for that one song with that one person. I listen to it every Saturday on my way to class.

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack: you’ll find me screaming along to The Greatest Show on my way to work.

Thank U, Next: I actually didn’t like this album when it first came out or any of the singles but I’m loving bad idea, makeup, needy and NASA.

When I Get Home: Solange’s album is…weird but I like it, Stay Flo is my favourite song on this album.

April TBR

Everything on my Unsolvedathon TBR. I’ve somehow managed to intergrate my YARC book and Potterhead Readalong 19 into Unsolvedathon and I’m pleased.

Readathon Updates

Blackathon: I read Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Running With Lions by Julian Winters

Year of the Asian: Ruse by Cindy Pon

Potterhead Reread Along 19: Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Bookending Spring

I’m doing Bookending Spring this year or rather Bookending Autumn considering my side of the world. Stay tuned.

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What did you get up to in March? Any books or movies that you would recommend to me? Let me know in the comments.

 

Spotlight: Kingdom Cold Tour| Characters as Star Signs + Cherry Blossom Lockscreens

Title: Kingdom Cold
Author: Brittni ChenelleKingdom Cold
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: 14 February 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.

Amazon | Goodreads 

CHARACTERS AS STAR SIGNS

Charlotte|Aquarius:  Charlotte is progressive and independent throughout the book especially considering her reaction to an arranged marriage. She’s aloof which leads her to decisions that are not normal.

Young | Virgo: Young is loyal to a fault, kind and hardworking but he’s self-critical. He worries a lot which is both a good thing and a bad thing.

Minseo | Aries: Minseo is courageous, impulsive and passionate (perhaps a little TOO passionate). He is a slave to his emotions which  leads to some rash decisions that are not well-thought out and hurt others.

Emmett | Scorpio: Emmett is stubborn, jealous and violent; all the characteristics to make an unlikable villain. He’s tactful and persistent and this is what leads to his character’s success.

Milly | Pisces: Milly is incredibly compassionate, gentle and overly-trusting. Unfortunately other characters will take advantage of her gentle nature which will be her downfall.

 

EXCERPT

My desire to live a different life from the one I was born into remained strong. Marriage seemed like the fatal blow to my freedom. All I wanted was to see the walls of the castle fall and to walk out with no title and no crown. Now that my engagement was official, I was certain my dream would never come to be. At the same time, I never considered what I’d lose, if it did. Still, would it be so bad if Drethen won?

AUTHOR BIO

Brittni Chenelle currently lives in Seoul, Korea which inspires her multicultural fantasy books. Her favourite genres to read and write are young adult fantasy, young adult romance, fairytale retellings, and young adult dystopian novels. She’s very passionate about equal representation and makes a point to include characters from different backgrounds and cultures in her fantasy stories. Here are five fun facts about Brittni:

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  1. She lives in South Korea. It’s true. She does most of her updates in the morning or at night to account for the time difference. She also infuses most of her novels with her observations about Korean culture.
  2. She’s a Type 1 Diabetic. She uses an insulin pump for survival and refers to her diabetes as “Beetie” which is what inspired her children’s book “Life with Beetie”. When she wants something from her parents she tells them, “My Beetie hurts.” It’s a trick that has never failed her.
  3. She doesn’t really BELIEVE in fiction. Despite all the; Dragons, Elves, and Magic present in her novel “Involuted the Tale of the Red Ribbon Tree”, Brittni INSISTS that it’s a true story.
  4. She’s OBSESSED with dark chocolate. She made me put that in and would also like me to inform you (on an unrelated note) that her birthday is in May.
  5. Sorry guys, she’s married. If you ask her, she’ll tell you her husband saved her life but every time someone asks “how?” she gives a different reason. I’ve overheard her give about 4 different reasons, but I bet she has more. He must be an amazing guy.

Find Brittni Chenelle

Author website (and newsletter)  | BlogGoodreads  | Instagram FacebookTwitter 

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This blog tour is hosted by Shealea’s Caffeine Book Tours. Check out the tour schedule that is updated daily here.

Book Review: Running With Lions by Julian Winters | Soccer Camp…but Make it Queer

It’s the beginning of summer for Sebastian and he’s going to soccer camp with his friends and some of the most accepting coaches in the world. When Sebastian’s ex-friend Emir Shah shows up, he doesn’t know how to feel about it and is worried it will mess with the psyche of the team.

Running With Lions

 

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Duet Books
| Goodreads |

 

 

 

This is an enemies-to-running-buddies-to-friends-to-lovers soccer story and it was a really fun and easy read. I try to stay away from sport fiction unless it comes highly recommended because I know I can get deterred by all the sports-centric jargon.

  • I found it a bit weird how Sebastian referred to his mother by her first name and it took me a while to realise that Lily was his mother not an older sister.
  • They have such a cute and supportive relationship with his mother, although we didn’t see much of it because the book is set in a soccer camp.
  • At first it was difficult to keep track of all the characters as everyone was introduced fairly early in the book (this is more of a me problem though) but Sebastian is obviously our central character and we see things from his third person.
  • He’s the mum friend in his group of misfits who clearly need someone to take care of them and watch over them.
  • Mason is your typical jock who’s a bit of a jerk
  • Willie is the soft, sensitive friend who should be protected at all costs.
  • Emir is a shy kid and I get how difficult it was for him to fit in with a loud group of guys that have already formed friendships and alliances.
  • A character that made an impression on me for all the wrong reasons is Grey Patrick, one of the coaches’ daughter who spends her summers at soccer camp too.
  • She’s your typical not like other girls female character, your call-me-Grey-because-Grace-is-for-princesses-and-I’m-a-soccer-brat character, your my-dad-bought-me-this-sleek-black-car-and-I-didn’t-want-it-because-it’s-too-girly type of girl, your I’m-love-with-the-popular-blonde-jock-who-treats-me-like-shit character. In a nutshell, she was exhausting.
  • There was this constant hatred over Emir for a seemingly accepting group of people that seemed to be because he was quiet???
  • I mean just because he’s quiet doesn’t mean yall can hate him for it.
  • There was a liberal use of similes and metaphors that grated me a little. It was too much.
  • The soccer seems a bit dodgy but okay.
  • 41 uses of the word “bro” which is obviously criminal and 50 instances of the word “dude” and honestly I wish I hadn’t counted because yikes!
  • Idk maybe that’s how American teenagers speak but God it was too much.

A book with a similar premise that I would recommend is This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender.

UnsolvedAThon TBR

Although I have never watched Buzzfeed Unsolved (which I’m currently rectifying) I was interested in this readathon because of how well put together it is.  This is a readathon by Laura from The Book Corps, To sign up and find out more about the readathon go hereFor a MASSIVE list of book recommendations for each prompt ranging from YA to Adult fiction go here.

My avatar is Ryan because he is literally me and I am him. Ryan is me. Believes in the supernatural? Check. Constantly scared? Uh yes. Looks like he’ll cry? I’m probably crying rn.

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Character card designed by @scathiee on IG

 

The  Search For The Mysterious Mothman

Read a book about a mythical creature or a monster: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

The Chilling Mystery of the Black Dahlia

Read a very well-known/famous book: Since April is Goblet of Fire month and Harry Potter is a very well known series. I’m going to kill two birds with one stone and choose Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling.

The Murders That Haunt The Lizzie Borden House

Read a book with an anti-hero/villain as the main character: The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

The Grisly Murders of Jack The Ripper

Read a book about a serial killer or a murderer: My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite I might be getting a copy of this soon.

Roswell’s Bizarre UFO Crush

  Read a book involving aliens or outer space: Strange the Dreamer by Liani Taylor or Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner depending on which one I get access to first.

The Enigmatic Death of The Isdal Woman

 Read a book involving spies or espionage: Luck In The Shadows by Lynn Flewelling – somebody recommended this book to me some time ago, this is as good a time as any to get into it.

The Haunting of Hannah Wiliams

Read a book involving ghosts/spirits: I’m the slowest reader I know so I’m just trying not to overwhelm myself sooo I’m going to add Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for this prompt because ghosts exist in that world.

The Historic Disappearance of Louis Le Prince

Read a book that has less than 500 ratings on Goodreads: Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson.

 The Haunted Town of Town Tombstone

Read a book about an outlaw/groups of friends:  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

The Odd Vanishing of Amelia Earhart

Read a book with a female main character: The Storyteller by Traci Chee, it’s time for me to finish this series.

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Will you be taking part? Are there any books on my list that you’ve read? What did you think of them?

 

Book Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera + Brief Discussion on Pop Culture References in Fiction

I’m not sure how they managed to write some of these scenes without cringing so hard that their faces hurt.

Ben and Arthur meet outside a post office and they lose each other immediately after. Ben is attempting to ship a box to his ex-boyfriend and Arthur follows him in because he thinks Ben is pretty and that the universe planned for them to meet.

Ben is Jewish teen in New York for the holidays and interning at a law firm. Arthur is a Puerto-Rican teen going to summer school because his ex-boyfriend convinced him to skip a few classes and now they’re both stuck in summer school. Although the two main characters are different it was a little difficult to differentiate between their voices as they sounded so similar.

What If It's Us

 

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
| Goodreads |
HarperTeen

 

 

The book is divided into three parts and the part that I enjoyed the most was the first part. Their meeting wasn’t so much of a meet-cute but the things they did to find each other were worthy of applause. I was cheering them on from the minute they decided to find each other.

They eventually reunite and it’s awkward and doesn’t seem meant to be as much as Authur wants it to be. Ben doesn’t seem very invested and there’s that whole unnecessary mess with his and ex and I just cringed so hard at most of their interactions. It doesn’t help that they are both awful to their friends.

The ending was unexpected but expected if that makes any sense. Adam Silvera is not known for happy endings but Becky Albertalli is definitely known for them so I guess they mixed their two endings in a way that reflected both their writing styles. I wouldn’t call What If It’s Us a romance novel but it does qualify for a love story. A badly executed love story.

Things that prevented me from enjoying this story were the numerous pop culture references, difficulty in differentiating from the two main characters, the miscommunication which has made its way into my list of hated tropes.butterfly_outline

Pop Culture References in Fiction

I don’t mind pop culture references in fiction, actually I enjoy them. I love reading about people who listen to music that I know, watch movies that I’ve seen, read books that I’ve read. It’s refreshing and makes everything all the more relatable and interesting. What If It’s Us has no shortage of pop culture references but there were some instances that gave me a pause. The entire book is one giant pop culture reference.

Pop culture references are often hated for “dating a book” and I was vehemently against this stance until now. What If It’s Us has an abundant use of memes and internet tropes which is great and not so great. As a result it reads like a book written for a specific audience and that audience only.

It reads like a book written exclusively for YA twitter. Albertalli and Silvera are aware of who their audience is and they use that to their advantage, dropping in all your usual internet things that are found in the corners of YA twitter; your “on brand” memes, your perfomative wokeness, your diversity arguments and it sells but it’s also alienating for people who have set their eyes on YA twitter. If I were to give my younger sister this book, she would be so confused because she doesn’t have a twitter account and would have no idea what’s going on.

Hamilton is a thing that I’ve seen people on social media rave about a lot but I don’t know what it is and I have no interest in it.

I honestly felt like skipping over most of the material because okay whatever. Yes, characters are allowed to have things they love, fandoms they belong to I mean don’t we all? But in fiction it can be too much. There should be a perfect balance that doesn’t overwhelm the reader or alienate other readers.

What If It’s Us is the wet dream YA twitter in book format so of course it sold like crazy and made the NYT bestseller list. Not sure how but I guess pandering sells.

ARC Review:Ruse by Cindy Pon | Endgame

The second instalment of Cindy Pon’s two part series takes us 6 months after Want. Jin Corp was successfully bombed but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to take down Jin but it took Victor’s life. The first part is told in Lingyi’s voice. The group that was once so close in Want is now torn apart by Victor’s loss and their failure to ruin Jin completely.

Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu’s father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn’t expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.

Zhou doesn’t hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he’s been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can’t tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.

When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it’s to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first “vertical city.” And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?

…summary from goodreads

Ruse

 

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Pub. Date: 26 March 2019
| Goodreads |
Simon Pulse

 

 

Cindy Pon’s writing is exquisite and so very descriptive. She really takes you into the world she’s creating.  The streets of dystopian Taiwan come alive, the sights, the hotel receptions, the scaffolding Zhou scales, the apartment Girl lived in, the food, the smells.

There’s so many things that I loved about this duology as a whole. Great characters and character development, amazing writing. I loved how Ruse dealt with the death of a close friend in the story. So many fantasy and sci-fi books just sort of skim over deaths and they hardly seem to affect the characters left behind but Cindy Pon’s characters deal with their grief on page and it’s not brushed off. You see it in Lingyi suffering from PTSD and grieving over Victor, you see it in Zhou’s survivor’s guilt.

Reading from Lingyi’s point of view was refreshing. I honestly wouldn’t have minded reading the entire book from her point of view. She’s dealing with the PTSD and grief over Victor. Her relationship with Iris got me like and every time she called Iris my heart 😍

I didn’t particularly like Daiyu’s character in the first book and I didn’t like her in this one either. I liked Zhou’s character in the first book but I wasn’t so keen on him this time around. The relationship between the two of them is a little weird considering he kidnapped her and everything.

Overall I enjoyed this book  and the series albeit not as much as I expected to. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves diverse fantasy/sci-fi set in the future.

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This has been an amazing duology. It’s sad to see the story end but I’m glad we got to experience it

Books I Want To Read But Don’t Want To Read

So this is basically books that I want to read simply so I can stop suffering from FOMO but I also don’t really want to read them.

I saw this tag on Ngọc from ReadWithNgọc and I thought it would be a fun tag to do. It was created by Jamieson at Jamishelves so check their posts out.

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A book that you feel you need to read because everyone talks about it

The Raven Boys

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I feel like every single person I’ve ever talked to on the internet about books has read this book.

A book that’s really long

The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Everyone’s hype about this book right now but honestly seeing the size of it makes me apprehensive. This book is 800+ pages!

A book you’ve owned/had on your TBR for too long

Eternal Dawn

Eternal Dawn by Rebecca Maizel

The last book in the Vampire Queen series.  I read the first two books a hundred years ago and I was so taken with them. I became full-blown obsessed and now I’m worried that if 25 year old me reads it, she’ll hate it and wonder what was wrong with high school Sakhile.

A book that is ‘required’ reading
(eg, school text, really popular classic – something you feel obligated to read!)

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Not a classic but a very popular book. Like The Raven Boys I feel like everyone else but me has read this and there are too many books in it for me to start it now and I’m kinda over my fantasy era.

A book that intimidates you

Red Rising

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This has been on my shelf forever but –

A book that you think might be slow

The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Every time I clear out my TBR on goodreads I always leave this book in but I think it’s time for it to go. It sounds interesting but why are there so many books in the series unless it’s slow af.

A book you need to be in the right mood for

A List of Cages

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

It’s the kind of book that you need to have a backup for, like when you watch a scary movie at night and then watch cartoons immediately after.

A book you’re unsure if you will like

Red Queen

The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve become picky with my fantasy novels. I don’t enjoy the same things that I used to and I honestly can’t stand series that are more than 3 books. I usually give up on no.2. Not sure how I managed to read Harry Potter.

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I tag:

Laura @ the book corps

Silvia @ silvia reads books

Steffy @ little booky nook

Sam @ sleepy sam reads

and anyone else who’s interested in doing this tag.

9 Books With Black People on the Cover That I’m Looking Forward To

I suck at writing summaries especially of books that I haven’t read yet so some of these might not make sense but click on the links and they’ll take you to a professionally written summary about what’s going to happen in the book. This is a cover appreciation post for books with black people on the cover.

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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi’s YA debut features a black transgirl Jam, with a best friend named Redemption set in a world where monsters no longer exist but a creature named Pet comes to hunt a monster in a world that doesn’t believe in monsters anymore.

I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest

Road trip? Sign me up immediately. Also a little birdie told me this features the dreaded (read: loved!) one-bed-left-in-the-hotel-room trope.

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

Can’t be the only one that sings the title right?? This is a rom-com with a queer fat black girl what more can you ask for?

Let Me Hear A Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

The cover, the plot summary, Tiffany D. Jackson

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo 

I recently read The Poet X for Blackathon and my life was changed. What made it even better was that I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author herself which was so good. The best audiobook I’ve ever listened to.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 

This sounds like the NA novel we all deserve. It’s described as Bridget Jones meets Americanah. That cover is wonderful.

The Weight Of The Stars by K. Ancrum

The description of this book nearly made me weep. It’s a slow-burn romance between a loner waiting for signals from space and a girl who dreams  of travelling across the stars.

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

This book was on my list on 19 books I’m looking forward to in 2019. Twitter refreshed after I glimpsed the author so I spent the entire day looking for it amongst everybody’s likes and retweets: worth it.

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Simone Garcia-Hampton was born HIV-positive, now as a teenager she has to navigate self-acceptance, fear and disclosure when she falls in love and lust for the first time. This book’s story is too close to my heart.

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What’s your favourite book featuring a black person on the cover?