Concrete Rose – review

Author: Angie Thomas
Publication date: January 12, 2021
Genre: YA contemporary/recent historical
My rating: 5/5 stars

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Going into this book, I knew I would love it. Angie Thomas is a phenomenal writer and both of her first two books blew me away. But y’all, I did not expect it to be this phenomenal. Writing a prequel can be a risky move, so I was a little skeptical about how this one would work out–but this one was flawlessly executed, fusing both pain and joy in the experiences of a Black teenage boy who finds himself unexpectedly a father. I know it’s only February, but I think it’s safe to say this book will wind up in my top ten reads of this year. Just…wow.

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WWW Wednesday – 2/3

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! But in the name of getting back into blogging, dangit, I’m going to do my best to get back in on these weekly memes and other fun stuff. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words. Every Wednesday, bloggers present our answers to the 3 W’s:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

As usual, I’m reading entirely too many books at once, but here’s a rough outline:

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I’ll Fly Away – review + quotes

Author: Rudy Francisco
Publication date: December 8, 2020
Genre: poetry
My rating: 5/5 stars

Are you a fan of Amanda Garmon, looking for a poetry collection to fill that lyrical hole in your heart that you didn’t know was there before? Look no further; Rudy Francisco is your guy.

Let’s be real: spoken word is having a MOMENT right now thanks to Garmon’s wonderful performance at the inauguration ceremony last month. I think, therefore, that this is a great time to promote other spoken word poets as well, especially when they’re so stylistically similar. Plus, it’s the start of Black History Month, so it seems only fitting to start off with a review of a book by a phenomenal Black author.

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