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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[Book Review] Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore // a magic that reaches across five hundred years

I first read an Anna-Marie McLemore book last year, when I finally finished Wild Beauty. I found myself utterly enchanted, and determined to read more of their books.

Read on to find out what I loved so much about this incredibly moving and lyrically-written book!

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[Book Review] Spellhacker by M.K. England // science, fantasy, and anti-capitalism

It’s pretty common knowledge that I positively adored The Disasters, M.K. England’s debut novel. (Read my review here, or watch my Best of 2019: Backlist Edition video here.) So when M.K. approached me wondering if I’d do a small book tour to promote the international pre-order campaign, I jumped at the chance!

I already found myself into the idea of Spellhacker – mixing fantasy elements like magic with sci-fi technology is a thing that will never, ever get old – but then I found out that this book also had elements of anti-capitalism? Sign me up.

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[Book Review] Fireborne by Rosaria Munda // Plato’s Republic as a fantasy book

Hey everyone! Can we all get a big hell yeah for my first book review of 2020?

This book was actually a leftover from 2019. I’d started reading it – like a massive idiot – the last week of December, when I knew I’d be busy with New Year’s Eve preparations. As a result, I entered 2020 with an unfinished book. 😅

Still, I’m thankful I did, because it ended up also being my first five-star of the year! Now read on to find out what I enjoyed so much about this book.

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Most Anticipated Releases: January, February, and March 2020

Hello friends! It’s that time of the year again when people’s most anticipated releases come up. I love writing these posts (mostly because I can’t wait to buy these books like the trash bookish gremlin I am, lol) but often have difficulty because there’s just too many books in one year that I want to read and would need an intensely long-ass post. But at the same time, I felt like writing a most anticipated release post every month was just too much effort.

I solved that problem last year by deciding to write a most anticipated post every quarter. I fell by the wayside last year (what else is new?) but I’m reviving my quarterly most anticipated series once more, and I’m so excited to get to read these books this year!

Read on to find out what I’m eager to check out for January, February, and March 2020!

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2020 Blogging Goals + Looking Back at 2019’s Goals

Happy New Year, friends! I’m so happy to welcome not just another year, but an entire ass decade! I hope everyone’s year is off to a kind and gentle start, and may the rest of everyone’s 2020 bring them peace or joy.

One of my absolute favourite things to do when a new year rolls around is come up with my blogging goals, as well as looking back on the goals I set the previous year. I really enjoy looking at how far I’ve made it and where I still need to do some growing!

Read on to find out how I did in 2019 and what I want to achieve in 2020!

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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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[Movie Review] Dead Kids // a heist movie and social commentary rolled into one – NOT SPOILER-FREE!!

Howdy-do, guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Welcome to the first ever movie review on my blog!

Unlike books, I’ve never really taken the time to dissect a film before. Either I like a movie, or I don’t. I’ve never been into debating the finer points of this scene or that, or delving into the deeper meaning of significant dialogue. (Just ask my boyfriend, who had to painstakingly break down all the Akira Kurosawa references in Star Wars for me because I just didn’t get it.) The most I do is call out movies that have harmful representation. Literally, that’s it.

But I just knew I had to make an exception for Dead Kids. It’s honestly my new fave, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly suggest you do so!

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[Book Review] The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso // a portrait of the Filipino woman

Listen. If you don’t know by now how hard I ball for Filipino authors – well then, allow me to take the time to welcome you to my blog, because you’re definitely new around these parts if you don’t know that about me!

I’ve been a long-time fan and supporter of Kay’s, and when I heard that her novel The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was going to be published, I was ecstatic. Not only because it’s a magnificent, unapologetically Filipino-coded high fantasy, but also because my dream publisher and favourite industry bookish people of all time, Orbit, was the pioneer that decided to take a chance on this novel. Naturally, when Shealea (whose blog is temporarily down while she makes some improvements!) announced the #HailTheBitchQueen tour, I knew I had to sign up.

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Despite my hellish work schedule (which you already know all about if you follow me and my rantings on Twitter, lol) and the intimidating page count (496, y’all!), I just knew I had to sign up. And I absolutely didn’t regret it one bit.

Read on to find out why!

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