Happy New Month Lovelies! Welcome to August. This month I pray that all your dreams come true and that you never stop getting the help you deserve.
So this last month, as much as i tried I wasn’t able to read enough books as I would love too, work has been crazy and the amount of series I’m following won’t let me be committed. Anyway, I was only able to read 3 books.
American Spy – Lauren Wilkinson
Queenie – Candice Carty – Williams
The Bride Test – Helen Hoang
Here’s what I will be reading this month.
How to Make Love to a Negro – Dany Laferriere
Racial and sexual politics collide in this cult classic that launched Laferrière as one of North America’s finest literary provocateurs.
Brilliant and tense, Dany Laferrière’s first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired, is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in 1985. With raunchy humor and a working-class intellectualism, Laferrière’s narrator wanders the slums of Montreal, has sex with white women, and writes a book to save his life.
With this novel, Laferrière began a series of internationally acclaimed social and political novels about the love of the world, and the world of sex, including Heading South and I Am a Japanese Writer.
I remember a friend asking me if I had this book sometime last year so I went in search of it because the title seems catchy and now I cant wait to dive in.
On the Come up – Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.
On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.
This will be the second time I will be reading one of Angie’s Thomas books, the first one I read which was later adapted into a movie is called The Hate U Give. I found the book thought-provoking and I couldn’t drop it till I finished it, so my excitement level for this book on a scale of 1 – 10 is 10.
The Heavens – Sandra Newman
The Heavens is a mesmerizing novel of love and time, of dreams and politics, that asks how we come to inhabit our world
New York, late summer, 2000. A party in a spacious Manhattan apartment, hosted by a wealthy young activist. Dozens of idealistic twenty-somethings have impassioned conversations over takeout dumplings and champagne. The evening shines with the heady optimism of a progressive new millennium. A young man, Ben, meets a young woman, Kate—and they begin to fall in love.
From their first meeting, Ben knows Kate is unworldly and fanciful, so at first he isn’t that concerned when she tells him about the recurring dream she’s had since childhood. In the dream, she’s transported to the past, where she lives a second life as Emilia, the mistress of a nobleman in Elizabethan England.
But for Kate, the dream becomes increasingly real and compelling until it threatens to overwhelm her life. And soon she’s waking from it to find the world changed—pictures on her wall she doesn’t recognize, new buildings in the neighborhood that have sprung up overnight. As she tries to make sense of what’s happening, Ben worries the woman he’s fallen in love with is losing her grip on reality.
Transporting the reader between a richly detailed past and a frighteningly possible future, The Heavens is a powerful reminder of the consequences of our actions, a poignant testament to how the people we love are destined to change, and a masterful exploration of the power of dreams.
I think I should add one more book but I don’t want to jinx it so I will leave it at 3 books for this month, If I happen to read more than 3 books, I would give an account for it in my September Reads.
I think I am off to a good start this month! What are you reading?