This is a weekly installment of bookish happenings across the collective book community.
What I’m reading:
This week I read Piecing me Together by Renée Watson. I’ll have a full review out this month. I found this book through a goodreads review from a booktuber (the collective book community overlaps!) This is a coming of age story that is softer than The Hate U Give but equally relevant. This book also looks at themes of friendship, perseverance, and community. I don’t know how this book slid under my radar, but it was so good. Four solid shining stars.
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Literary News and Happenings:
Since February is Black History Month there is a hashtag you might be seeing a bit more of this month. #readingblackout and #readsoullit. The focus is to read books by and about black authors.
Emily Polson at BookRiot has a good list of books if you wanted to try to incorporate this into your reading life for this month, or throughout the rest of this year.
Justin is fairly new to booktube but he has a thoughtful and varied collection of what he plans to read for Black History Month. Justin has a mellow and quiet authority when he is discussing his impressions of books. (While you are on his channel check out his video review of Dune)
Denise Cooper’s Video about #soullit #readingblackout project.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
This title was released this week. It’s a romance novel that takes the faux romance turning to real romance trope to a new level.
Book blurb: From the author’s website:
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…
After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about each other…
They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century—or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…
“What a charming, warm, sexy gem of a novel….One of the best books I’ve read in a while.”–Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger
In other blog pages: Girl, Have You Read?
Girl, have you read? Is a website that features new releases, book reviews, podcasts and more specializing in finding and recommending African American Romance novels. If you are looking to diversify your reading spectrum and love romances, this would be a good place to start. This week the share 11 new titles that were released this week.
The mission of Girl, Have You Read? Is to bring black authors to the forefront – with a focus on romance – to show that we’re out here, and we’re writing, and reading, and our minds are open and ready! Recommending books, blogging, informing about new releases, participating in blog tours, podcasting, and much, much more!