January 2021 TBR

Here’s what I plan on reading in January. Of course this list could be changed at any time!

This is the final installment in The Poppy War series, which is a must read fantasy series that is inspired by historical events.
This is a graphic novel memoir about the author’s experience being a first-generation American. I’ve been told to listen to the audiobook while I read this, which I am definitely planning on doing!
This is a beloved YA fantasy about a dude on trying to find a lost city. I think. Honestly, I have no idea what this is about but I am reading it as part of this month’s readalong for Buzzwordathon.
January’s word for Buzzwordathon is “dream”, so this a book I own that I am reading for the prompt. I grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder so I am interested in reading this biography.
This is another I don’t know a lot about but I am reading it for a book group. I do know it’s the first in a fantasy series!

So that’s what I currently plan on reading for this month! I may pick up a couple other books depending on how my reading goes. I’ve heard pretty good things about all of these so I’m excited to start my reading year strong!

How about you? What do you plan on reading in January? Let me know!

Until next time,

Readathon, TBR

My Nonfiction November TBR, part 2!

In my last post I mentioned I had a long list of books I want to read for Nonfiction November, and I’m here with the rest of that list! As mentioned previously, the prompts for Nonfiction November this year are: time, movement, buzz and discovery, so in this post I’ll be talking about the books I have picked out for buzz and discovery!


For this prompt I interpreted it as either the content is buzzy or these books created a lot of buzz when they came out.

Women doing it for themselves seems to cause a lot of buzz but we love to see it.
Both the content and the book have a lot of buzz around them.
This one was super hyped when it came out. Therapists need to talk too!
I enjoyed the documentary on Elizabeth Holmes (called The Inventor) so I wanted to check out the buzzy book it was based on.


This one was harder to find books for but here are a couple!

Interesting subject? Check. Has the word discovery in the title? Check. Fulfills my “Read A-Z” challenge? Check.
Searching tends to lead to discovery so we’re going with it. But also warrior women!

So those are the books that I want to read for Nonfiction November! I do have other nonfiction titles on hold at the library, mostly nonfiction graphic novels that I’ve been meaning to get to. Will I read all of the books I mentioned in part 1 or 2? Probably not. But it will be fun to try!

Are you participating in Nonfiction November? What do you plan on reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Readathon, TBR

My Nonfiction November 2020 TBR, pt. 1

Ok friends, one of my FAVORITE reading months throughout the year, if not my ABSOLUTE favorite, is Nonfiction November. Now, do I read nonfiction throughout the year? Of course. The magic about Nonfiction November is that 1) I devote the whole month to nonfiction and 2) the prompts that Olive from A Book Olive devises.

Now the prompts are just to help guide your nonfiction selections, should you so choose. But you definitely can choose not to follow the prompts and just read whatever nonfiction you want. You can read a minimum of one nonfiction book, because the goal is just to read more nonfiction than you normally would! Hence my devoting a whole month to the genre because I don’t do that otherwise throughout the year.

So, the prompts fo this year’s Nonfiction November are: time, movement, buzz, and discovery. You can interpret these prompts however you want. I like to try to find books with the words in the title that are already on my radar. Most of the books I’ve chosen have followed that, but some of them are just loose interpretations of the prompts.

Because I don’t want this post to be obnoxiously long, I will talk about 2 of the prompts in this post and then the other 2 prompts in a follow up post. I definitely do not think I will get to all of the books I’ve picked out (and have put on hold at the library), but I wanted to have a variety! So here we go.


For this prompt I tried to find titles with the word “time” in them. Here’s what I found!

Goodreads describes this as a collection of essays about a Cuban refugee growing up in Miami. I want to raise my awareness of immigrant stories and this one has a pretty high rating.
Stacey Abrams spoke at the Public Library Association conference I attended before the world stopped so this one is definitely imprinted on my mind. But also it’s Stacey Abrams so of course I should read it.
I have not read nearly enough graphic novels this year so trying to rectify that with this nonfiction graphic novel about the historic Apollo Theater.


For this one I again tried to find titles that had the word “movement” in them. Subtitles count!

I don’t know anything about art but it’s about women and it had “movement” in the title so I’m here for it.
It’s about the #MeToo movement so enough said.
Gun violence is still very much relevant, although I probably should have read this when it initially came out.
This one is very much priority because 1) it’s a *spoiler* carry over from my October TBR (my hold hasn’t come in yet but I’m next in line!) and 2) Black feminism.

So those are the titles I’ve got on hold from the library for time and movement. I’ve also got some nonfiction on my physical TBR shelf that I may use. Like I said, I know I definitely won’t get to all of them but it’s nice to have options!

Are you participating in Nonfiction November? Are you a big nonfiction reader? Let me know any nonfiction you would recommend in the comments. And stay tuned for my buzz and discovery potential reads!

Until next time!

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My 2020 Black-Oween-Athon TBR

It’s almost October! We’re going to ignore the fact that I haven’t updated this blog in more than 6 months, right? Thank you.

So…it’s almost October! Time to get spooky and read spooky. Now, I’m not really a fan of spooky/horror reads, so I had no plans to read spooky. But I still wanted to participate in a readathon this month, and lucky for me there are tons to choose from! The one I am going to participate in for October is Black-Oween-Athon, which was created by Bre, aka Loc’D Booktician (check out her announcement video here).

The purpose of this readathon is to shine the light on Black authors who write speculative fiction as well as other genres, which is definitely something that I can get behind! Reading diversely has been a consistent goal of mine but I will never say no to adding a fun twist to that goal. Below is my currently planned TBR for this readathon. These may change depending on whether I can get ahold of a copy, but for now this is what I’m going with.

A fantasy novel by a Black author

I’m almost finished with the second book in this trilogy, so I might as well finish it out! Ps. This series is REALLY good.
A book by a Black trans, queer, or non-binary author
I have heard nothing but good things about this one.

A book that features Black mermaids/sirens

Again, I’ve heard nothing but good things. Also, it’s apparently inspired by a song? So that’s cool.

A mystery book by a Black author

Ok, so mystery/thrillers aren’t normally my jam, but this discusses race and justice & all of my Goodreads friends who have read it said it was good, so I’m feeling like I will like it too.

A historical fiction novel by a Black author

I read Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys earlier this year (which I definitely recommend) so I knew I had to add this to the list.

A thriller by a Black author

Again, this is one I’ve heard good things about. And what’s more thrilling than a serial killer?

A book that discusses intersectionality by a Black author

It’s a book that discusses feminism, so duh.

A book that includes a Black witch

I mean, that cover.

Read a book by an underrated Black author

I got an ARC of this at the Public Library Association conference back in February which is how this is on my radar but have not really heard anyone else talking about it.

Read Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

A classic.

So this is my current reading list for Black-Oween-Athon! Most of these books have been on my radar so I’m excited to finally get to them. Let’s hope they’re as good as I think they’re going to be!

Are you participating in any readathons in October? What are your reading plans? Let me know!

Happy reading!