Friday Reads (Happy New Year)

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New Desk, New Books 

New Desk, New Books 

Friday Reads is a social media hashtag that connects people by talking about the books they're reading as we head into the weekend. I like to use it as a roundup of the books we spent the week with. 

There is nothing to make you like other human beings so much as doing things for them.
— Zora Neale Hurston

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Welcome back from all the holiday craziness. We've had some fun celebrations, including our final move into our own LA apartment (we had been sharing space since relocating back from Central Florida). We're building a new home routine and getting to know our new neighborhood. Wednesdays are our library days becasue we visit our favorite local branch in Pacoima for story time. It's mostly for Amelie but Astrid gets a kick out of it too. 

In new book news, if you follow me on social media, you know that Binti: The Night Masquerade was released on Tuesday! I heard about it a year ago and it is the final installment of my favorite book series. Binti and Binti: Home are some of my favorite books, and the author, Nnedi Okorafor is my favorite writer. Even if you don't think you like science fiction, you should read her work. Her writing is so much more than science fiction.  

As for more reviews, I'm going to be trying something different. Thank you to everyone who answered my polls about book review lengths and most people agreed that they liked shorter reviews. This gives me a chance to do more of them! I also like longer, more researched pieces, so occasionally I'll go back and take a second look at a book and give a more in depth review. I think this adjustment will help spread more awareness and keep me from burning out. 

Currently reading

Binti: The Night Masquerade
By Nnedi Okorafor
American Street
By Ibi Zoboi
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
By Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele
  • Binti: The Night Masquerade: I haven't actually started reading this because I am waiting for it to arrive today. But I'm confidant that I will have finished it by tomorrow. 
  • American Street: A young adult novel about a Hatian girl who must navigate Detroit after her mother has been deported. 
  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir: Very personal accounts that lead to the creation of the activist group. 

Recently FInished

  • Sail Away: A beautiful collection of poems by Langston Hughes and artwork by Ashley Bryan.
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry: I listened to Tyson narrate the audio book and really enjoyed it. 
  • Too Much Talk: A West African Folktale: This short children's book was funny and had me laughing with each page. 


Leave a comment below and tell me what books are on your must read list this week. 



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Black & Bookish is the brainchild of Antoinette Scully, educator and lover of all things bookish. She is on a quest to fill your bookshelves with beloved authors of the African Diaspora. When she's not hanging out on line, she's living it up as the mother of two rambunctious girls and wife of a local filmmaker.