Well, it’s a few days past the mid-year point by about 10 days and I thought I should probably get this up. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of the books mention, what you thought of them, if they were on your radar.
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2021
I read All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson for Pride Month. I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh. It brought tears to my eyes. It made me angry. I have heard nothing but good things about All Boys Aren’t Blue and am so glad that I decided to finally read it. As a Cishet individual it helped me to see and understand a little more the experiences that Black LGBTQIA+ males, in particular go through. And the struggle they have with identity in general, but their struggle with fender identity as well.
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2021
I haven’t read any sequels so far this year. But I fully anticipate that The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin and The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang will be on the list.
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
I 100% can not wait to read Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon this month as I’m focusing on horror reads. Fae* is an auto-buy author for me. Sorrowland is a genre-bending novel of Fantasy, Horror, Gothic, and Speculative Fiction.
Vern—seven months pregnant and desperate to escape the strict religious compound where she was raised—flees for the shelter of the woods. Forced to fight back against the community that refuses to let her go, she unleashes incredible brutality far beyond what a person should be capable of, her body wracked by inexplicable and uncanny changes.
*Rivers Solomon uses “fae/faer/faer/faers/faerself” and “they, them, their, theirs, themself” pronouns.
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor #1) July 20th 2021
Let’s just take a moment to admire the covers. I really wish they sold book cover art.
I’ve had Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee on my TBR since it came out in 2018 and when I was gifted my copy this year and AAPI month came around, I said no more excuses. I read it and enjoyed it, but not as much as I had expected. There were portions that were painfully slow and sadly I didn’t really connect with any of the characters. I could empathize with a few of them, but that’s as far as it went.
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin is a novella of only 183 pages, but what Schweblin says in such a short book is mighty powerful and masterfully done. As to not give anything away the only thing I will say is that it is an indictment of wealthy landowners and the effects of agricultural pollution.
FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)
I’m going to hypothesize here and say that Nalo Hopkinson is going to be a new favorite author. I mean she better be because I have all but one of her books. Her books are sometimes hard to find, which I think is unfortunate. She won the 2021 SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America)
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
If I’m thinking about this in the way most people view a crush, I would have to say I don’t have one. But if I go according the definition
a brief but intense infatuation for someone, especially someone unattainable or inappropriate.
I would say Molly from Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown.
NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER
Molly from Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown. Oh. My. Gosh. I loved Molly’s sass, how she stood up for herself and fought for what she believed in.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
I don’t read poetry very often, but when I do I’d like to read poems like those in the Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans collection. This is a collection that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. If you are a Black girl or know a Black girl intimately you’ll shake your head in anger and nod in agreement. It will make you think and put things in perspective. I definitely recommend this to all my Black girls but also to non Black girls.
A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL YOU’VE BOUGHT (OR RECEIVED) THIS YEAR
Island Queen by Vanessa Riley
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
I don’t really like this question either because (1) I don’t often do TBRs. And, having said that if I planned what I read out to the end of the year it would stress me out to no end and (2) I simply just don’t need to read anything.
FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR
This is something I’m not able to answer because I don’t watch much TV and don’t have cable and the last movie I went to see was Black Panther.