The Friday 56 – The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted over at Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple and go something like this.

Friday 561.  Grab a book, any book.
2.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
3.  Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Spooky Books That Aren’t Stephen King

Happy Tuesday Thursday! So, yeah I forgot to post this. I hope you had a great week and hope you have an even better weekend..  

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a Halloween Freebie, so I’ve landed on 10 Spooky Books that are not by Stephen King. It seems that whenever there is a list of horror or anything remotely spooky he appears on some lists multiple times. And, not to throw shade at him, but there are other authors that do a good job at writing horror. And some of them do it better than he. I’ve read 5 of the books on this list and the other 5, I’m actually afraid to read. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these.

10 Spooky Books That Aren’t Stephen King

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BlackSFF-Athon & Black-Oween-Athon Announcements & a Potential TBR

Hello Hello Hello!

It is spooky season time and I’m here with a couple of readathon announcements. Woot! Woot! Both readathons were created by friends a fellow Bootubers, so please make sure you check out their announcement videos which will be linked at the end of this post.

Let’s start off with the BlackSFF-Athon. This readathon was created by Thistle & Verse

“to promote science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and supernatural horror by Black authors”.

You might remember her from my post, Discussion: Overlooked & Underhyped Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Black Authors where she recommended 5 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books. BlackSFF-Athon is a two-week readathon that starts on October 3. Thistle & Verse has created reading prompts, Instagram challenges, reading sprints, and live shows.

The next readathon is Black-Oween. This year, I am not only participating in it, but am also one of several co-hosts. Black-Oween-Athon was created by Bre over at the Loc’D Booktician. It takes place during the entire month of October and it’s to celebrate Black authors who write Horror, Mystery, Thriller. The readathon has 6 prompts, a Bingo Board, author interviews, reading sprints, live shows, and more.

I’m not going to get into the prompts and all the activities that these readathons have going on because we’d be here all day. So, again I encourage you to check out both of their announcement videos for all the deets. I am really excited about these readathons and this year’s iterations of them. And, I hope you join in.

My TBR

So, yeah, I kinda sort of created a TBR. I say “kinda sort of” because at the moment there are 15 books on my TBR between the Black SFF and Black-Oween-Athon readathons. And, if I’m being honest there is no way I’m going to read all of them. But it pays to have options. Right?

Black-Oween BlackSFF Format
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston X X HB
Black Noir ed. By Otto Penzler X HB
The Black Stars Collection X eBook
Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins X eBook
The Conjure-Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher X PB
Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia X eARC
The Good House by Tananarive Due X X PB
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead X eARC
Lakewood by Megan Giddings X X eBook
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson X HB
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko X HB
Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson X? X PB
Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa X eARC
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora X eBook
Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson X X HB

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Recent Reads

Happy Tuesday! I hope your week started off with bang (in a good way). 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is one I almost didn’t do because I haven’t read a whole lot this year. I mean the reality is it’s not even this weeks prompt. So there’s that. Anyway, I decided to do it because in spite of my reading being a little on the light side, I have read some relatively good books.

My Ten Most Recent Reads 

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Discussion: Overlooked & Underhyped Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Black Authors

Whenever I do a discussion post, I aim for Monday and this one is piggy-backing off my TBR  from Wednesday (9/1): Sci-Fi September & Buddy Reads. For this post, I asked a couple of my favorite Booktubers to lend a hand. As far as I’m concerned they are by far the most knowledgable when it comes to Black Science Fiction and Fantasy.

In case you’re unaware, I’m participating in the Sci-Fi September readathon and I made a conscious decision to focus on Black authors with Black protagonists. I feel, in general, literature by BIPOC authors gets overlooked, is underrated, and under-hyped in the book community. We often read, review, and put greater emphasis and value on the same books Continue reading