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A new blog post time?! You’re damn right and now I got to catch up for lost time! So many blog posts planned for you dear reader, you’ll be spoiled with my silly little musings.
You guys, May was the hardest month to narrow down. There were so many good books getting published that month, how was I going to pick just three?
Let’s find out:
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 7th 2019)
Elizabeth Acevedo is on my automatic buy list. I don’t need to read any synopsis. Whatever work she produces, I’ll be pre-ordering. Her first book, The Poet X, was phenomenal. As a person who doesn’t connect with poetry, this book moved me so much. I loved how an entire narrative was told through the poems. It read like a novel but with the added lyrical aspect of poetry. I already have read this book twice and listened to the audio because Elizabeth Acevedo has one of the best voice. I would love her to narrate all the books. The moment I heard about her 2nd novel, With the Fire on High, I was jazzed. Dancing around the room jazzed. This story is about Emoni (side bar, how gorgeous is that name?!) who got pregnant her Freshman year of high school and she dreams of becoming a chef. Food writing is one of my favorite, especially when well done. I love when the author describes a dish so vividly you can practically taste it. I can already tell I’m going to need snacks while reading this one.
Malibu Bluff by Janna King (May 7th 2019)
This one. The SECOND it was announced, I knew I needed to read this. I previously read Janna King’s first book, The Seasonaires, through NetGalley, and then it was chosen as a pick for my Book Club when it was released. So I’ve also read this author’s first book twice, within the year it was released (if you hear a faint yelling noise, it’s only my TBR bookcase screaming at me to be read and scolding me for re-reading books instead of picking them up, it’s fine, just ignore them). The Seasonaires was that book that has a bit of everything. It’s that book you want to read on the beach and just enjoy the ambiance. But the book isn’t just light and fluffy, there is intrigue and suspense, and criticism and commentary. It’s the whole package folks. I particularly enjoyed how the use of social media in the book was actually a driving point and integral part to the story and was not just added as an afterthought to make the story feel current. This book was fantastic and then… we learn that a second book will be released! Hot damn! Firstly, the cover is gorgeous. It feels like by just touching it you’ll be transported into summer. I just know the magic of Janna King will mean that this book will have everything you want in a book.
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling (May 28th 2019)
There is the word witch in the title. That’s it.
Alright, alright. I’ll elaborate a bit more. It’s no secret, I love witches and everything related. Books, movies, TV series. I’m sensing a rise in witch-y novels and I am ready for it. This book deals with witches, real witches, Elementals they are called living in Salem, Massachusetts. It also LGBTQIA+ representation so I honestly didn’t read more of the synopsis cause I don’t need to! I know I will devour this beautiful story completely.
Honorable Mention: Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson (May 21st 2019)
Surprise! That’s right, I had to add a forth book this month, cause I couldn’t bear passing up talking about this one. This book is the story about three friends getting together to turn their murdered friend into a major rap star. It’s set in the 90s which I kind of wish more books were set in this decade cause I think there is a lot of interesting elements about that time period that make for a great setting (yes, before you ask, I was born in the 90s so I’m biased) I’m really excited to explore this story and see the world of 90s rap and this tale of friendship.
Here you go Bookworms, my extended list for May. Honestly, huge shoutout to the covers this month, these are all incredibly well designed and stunning. Hopefully, I can get my shit together from now on to post more regularly. I have a few things planned, recommendation lists etc, my sum up of my Instagram challenge (which I’ve only read one book from so far). Anything you want to see, please let me know!
Now go curl up with a book and relax.