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1.13.2019

What I'm Reading in 2019: Full List and Favorites

Last year, I was a reading machine. 100 books in 365 days. This year, I'm taking it down a notch. My goal is one new book per week. I figure some weeks I'll read more, some less.

I'll keep a running list of all of my 2019 reads here, but make sure I tell you a bit more about my favorites. So, let's get started:

Favorite Books of 2019:
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I read this book in less than 24 hours. If anyone had told me the whole book is a novel told in poems, I probably would have passed. But, the main character, Xiomara sucks you in fast. I was invested. She's coming of age as a first generation American student. Grappling with family problems, religion, falling in love for the first time, and finding her passions. I got choked up. And inspired. [NOTE: This is a great read for the young adults/teens in your life also.]
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Intercepted is the kind of sweet, fun romance that you want to curl up in bed and finish in one day. Or pack in your beach reads bag. It's the story of a love triangle playing out behind the scenes on an NFL team. Alexa Martin was recommended to me by Jasmine Guillory when I was looking for other modern romances written by women of color. Stoked to say, I'm a fan and anxiously awaiting Martin's next book also.
Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Full List of Books I've Read in 2019

  1. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - Amazing, courageous story about women spies in the French resistance in WW1
  2. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller - Frances has been sent to report on a dilapidated mansions gardens and landscapes, but her most interesting find is a peephole into the bedroom below
  3. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo - Xiomara is a 15-year old first generation American living in Harlem and navigating family, religion and first loves.
  4. The Truths We Hold: An American Story by Kamala Harris - Loved getting to know this smart, charismatic presidential candidate... and learn how to properly pronounce her name. 
  5. The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir - Creepy, interesting, dark story about what happens behind the scenes of a religious reality show when the youngest daughter turns up pregnant.
  6. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward - Difficult, heartbreaking read about a family in rural Mississippi. 
  7. Tailspin by Sandra Brown - Sexy mystery about the chase for a lifesaving drug
  8. Intercepted by Alexa Martin - Such a cute, romantic story about a love triangle on an NFL franchise team (recommended by Jasmine Guillory, author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal)
  9. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle - What would happen if you invited six people, dead or alive, to dinner... and they actually came?
  10. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Short, smart read about why it's important for both men and women to care about equality for women and girls
  11. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae - a memoir by one of my favorite actresses 
  12. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - a dystopian futuristic story about a quest to win a video game (that's based in 80's culture)
  13. G'morning, G'night. Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin Manuel Miranda - just adorable and sunshine filled "tweets" that give you a little love to start and close your day
  14. Roomies by Christina Lauren - Sexy, fun and kinda feminist romance about a subway musician and a wannabe writer colliding in New York City's Theater District
  15. Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman - near future dystopia, set in a Midwest zoo. The second half of the book moves at a breakneck pace. 
  16. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite - fun, fast read about a nurse covering up for her gorgeous, but deadly sister
So far, so good on my goal of 52 books in 52 weeks and a ratio of 50% authors of color. Leave me your recommendations in the comments or tweet me @tammy. 

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