Best Books of May and June 2020

Like I said in my July 2020 TBR video, I took a hiatus during the month of June to focus on sharing information about the Junk Terror Bill efforts, Black Lives Matter, Free Palestine, and other movements that needed to be boosted, donated to, and talked about. This month, I have a bit more energy to focus on doing that as well as continue with content creation, so I’m back!

I wanted to talk about the books I read in May and June, but also was too lazy (but what else is new?) to film a wrap-up video that encompassed every book that I read in those two months.

So, I decided to split my May and June wrap-up into two sections. I’d talk about the books that I really, really enjoyed in this blog post, and on my booktube I’ll talk about the worst books I read during those months. (Are we ready for tea to be spilled? 👀)

Read on to find out what were my faves in May and June!

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Book Characters That Would Get Along

Hello guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! Welcome back to my blog. Today, I’m bringing to you a post that I’ve been thinking about for sometime, ever since lockdown began. Obviously, social distancing and staying home means that I can’t exactly see my friends, and as an admittedly extroverted person (a rarity in the book community, I know!) quarantining has been a little hard on me.

So it got me wondering, which of the characters of my favorite books would get along and eventually become friends? Which leads me to this post!

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Top Ten Favorite Romance Books – By Black Authors!

Hey there friends and comrades! This post is coming a bit late, but I had a super busy weekend. I hope everyone was able to have a great Valentine’s Day celebration with their friends, loved ones, significant others, or even by themselves. ❤️

And to help everyone maintain the romantic mood even after February 14 has come and gone – as well as celebrate Black History Month! – I’d like to talk about my top ten favourite romance books by Black authors! This post is a good mix of other genres as well as age ranges so I think there’s something for every reader on here.

Keep reading to find out what’s on my list!

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The Best Books of 2019!

Howdy-do guys, gals, and enby pals! Today I’ll be talking about the best books I read this 2019. On my booktube, I did a post about the worst books I’d read this year, and there were thankfully only four. (Click the link to check it out, and maybe subscribe to my booktube?) I’m very happy to report that my best of 2019 post is much longer, which means I had a pretty good reading year!

The books in my list meet the following criteria:

  1. They were published in 2019.
  2. I read them in 2019.
  3. I rated them 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads.

Let’s get started!

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The Books That Defined My Decade

In my opinion, the end of 2019 is a special moment. Not only are we closing out a year and ushering in a new one, we’re straight-up closing out a decade. That is some significant shit. No matter how you feel about the past ten years, fact of the matter is, 10 years is a huge chunk of one’s lifetime. That’s not a small thing, and neither are the things that happened during this past decade that influenced who you are today.

In particular, for millennials like me, the 2010s were an era in and of itself. A lot of us did our growing up during this decade, transitioning from preteens to high school students to functioning adult members of society. The 2010s defined us. It was during these ten years that we learned what we liked and didn’t like, what we enjoyed, what we believed in, what we would fight for. It was these ten years that we sowed the seeds of the adults we are today. 

At the start of the decade, I was 16 years old. I had just started college, moved out of my mom’s house, and was on my own for the first time in my entire life. I barely knew what I was doing, let alone what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I majored in political science, joined a bunch of campus orgs that would look good on my resume, but otherwise mostly kept to myself in my dorm room with a massive pile of books.

Now, I’m 26. I’ve been out of college for longer than I’ve been in it. I’ve moved in with my boyfriend, and have a job that – while it periodically kicks my ass – I enjoy and am passionate about. I consider myself a fairly well-rounded and intelligent person, with varied interests and hobbies, a small group of close friends that I can rely on for anything, and the capacity to both comprehend my privilege and what I can do to level the playing field for others. I like to think the past decade turned me out pretty okay!

Consistently, big part of who I am throughout the decade came from the books I read. I credit being a wide and voracious reader with the personality and disposition that I have now, so I thought, what better way to celebrate the end of the 2010s than with a post dedicated to the books that defined my decade?

For each year from 2010 to 2019, I name the books published in that year that I most enjoyed and related to. Read on, and let me know if you enjoyed any of these books too!

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Most Anticipated Releases: July, August, and September 2019

Hallelu, guys, gals, and enby pals! Today I’m bringing to you my most anticipated releases for the third quarter of the year, a.k.a. July, August, and September! Used to be I hosted this particular section of my blog on Top Ten Tuesday, but I realized I didn’t like trying to squeeze out just ten most anticipated books, especially when there are usually so many upcoming releases that I’m excited about! So this little part of my blog is now going to be it’s very own section! Yay! 🎉

Do note though that these releases are arranged only by month, not by genre or age range. I read a wide variety of genres and age ranges, so I honestly just gave up on trying to categorize it that way.

By the way, my birthday is on August 27th so if you’d like to send me any of these books as a present, I’d much appreciate it! 😉

On with the show!

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Most Anticipated Releases for April, May, and June 2019

THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR IS OVER, Y’ALL. CAN YOU BELIEVE? I don’t know about y’all but I personally feel like the first three months of the year just flew by so fast.

With a new quarter, inevitably, comes a new wave of releases. And with a new wave of releases comes a brand new pile of books to add to my never-ending TBR! Ah, the life of a bookworm.

As I did with my Most Anticipated Releases for January, February, and March post, I decided to make this post part of my Top Ten Tuesday series. As you all probably know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books on your spring TBR, so my list fits in perfectly!

Check it out below!

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Classics I *Actually* Enjoyed

One of my IRL friends is an English teacher, and came over to my apartment yesterday so we could work together (and also so she could mooch off of my wi-fi). She was putting together a syllabus for her high school students, which got me to thinking about the classic books that are assigned to students every year, and their actual worth to us as readers.

The subject of classics is a Pandora’s box within the bookish community – and with good reason. There are school classics that serve no further purpose on the curriculum, and which the modern day reader no longer finds relevant or – even worse – which actively hurts the modern reader with its outdated sensibilities.

However, there are a handful of classics from my own high school and elementary school days that I enjoyed back then as a kid or teenager, and that I still enjoy now as a twenty-plus-year-old. Check them out below!

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Your Tita’s Fave Romances

Belated happy Valentine’s Day guys, gals, and enby pals! I was busy last night (ya tita had a date!) and so I didn’t get to post this, but I did want to celebrate Valentine’s Day on my blog as well by sharing this list of romance recommendations!

I decided to divide this post into two parts. The first, Your Tita’s Fave Romances, talks about the romance novels I’ve read in the past year that I’ve absolutely enjoyed. The second, Your Tita’s Romance Wishlist, talks about the romance novels I have on my TBR that I desperately need to read! (Some of them came from Vicky’s list, which I’m plugging because she died writing that post y’all.)

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Most Anticipated Releases for January, February, and March 2019

Evening, my good comrades! As part of my 2019 goals to be more organized with my posting schedule, I’ve decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday! As you all probably know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

For today, the topic was Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019. But because there’s just way too many books I’m looking forward to coming out this year, I’ve decided to divide this post into quarters. So today, I’ll be talking about my Most Anticipated Releases for January, February, and March.

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