www wednesday // 9-16-20

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

what are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading one of my BOTM add ons, ONE TO WATCH. This book is about Bea, a plus size fashion blogger, who goes viral in a vitriolic take down of beauty standards on a popular dating show, Main Squeeze. She is then invited to be the titular Main Squeeze of the latest season, after dealing with her own heartbreak.

what are you reading next?

BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE was my Book of the Month pick for September since I opted to go with one of the selected member favorites. I’m really interested in reading this one because I’ve never given historical romance a try, and this one, which is about a woman in 1879 who is accepted to Oxford on the condition that she attract men to the suffragist cause. This is also a series, so I am happy to know if I like it there will be more books by this author.

what did you just finish reading?

I won’t lie: I pretty much ended up skimming this book. I liked it at first and was drawn in by Jamal’s friendship with Q and Autumn’s character, but I ended up not being hugely invested in it. I felt like the story read more like a movie, which for me meant that it felt a bit too overdramatic without a lot of development of each issue. I thought Jamal’s relationship with Autumn was tied up too easily, and didn’t believe that she’d stick around after some of the things he did and how much he lied to her. The friendship especially felt too easily resolved which was likely a result of the short timeline in which the story took place, but that aspect of the book had me feeling a bit let down by the execution of the concept.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading?

a list of book blogs compiled for your reading pleasure

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my tweet asking for links to new WordPress book blogs started in 2019 or later. I was not expecting to get a lot of responses, but I was pleasantly surprised to end up with a long list of new blogs to peruse. Today, I want to share some of the book blogs I discovered because of that tweet and list those and a few others I’ve discovered lately here for your personal reading pleasure.

If you are reading this and responded to that tweet but don’t see your blog listed, fear not! I’m planning to make a new feature highlighting new blogs and blog posts that I like to help others find new blogs and give back to a community that has given me so much.

Without further ado, here are some of the blogs I’ve discovered recently:

A Little Shelf Righteous

I was so happy to discover Meg’s blog because her recommendation posts are especially killer. She has written recommendation lists on a variety of topics, including books for Folklore fans (ft. one of my childhood faves, THE LUXE), books by Black authors, reads featuring the rich & famous trope, and more. I even managed to discover some new titles I hadn’t heard of through her blog that I quickly added to my TBR list, and I’m sure you will, too!

Rae’s Reads and Reviews

What immediately stuck out to me about Rae’s blog was the uniqueness of her content. Her posts are extremely creative, from book tags (including this one based on the new Chloe X Halle album) to book recs based on Gospel songs.

Eleanor Sophie

Eleanor Sophie is a literary/lifestyle blog that I enjoy for the variety of topics she posts about! I especially enjoyed her post about her first impressions of Folklore (#sorrynotsorry for all the Folklore post hyping). I’ve also gotten a lot out of reading a bunch of her smart, detailed reviews, which are often of books that weren’t on my radar before.

Rin’s Reads

Erin migrated over to WordPress and started a new blog last month! If her early content is any indication of what’s to come, I’m definitely going to be a long-time follower! I’ve especially enjoyed her review of BOYFRIEND MATERIAL and her wrap up post for Reading Rush, in which she also discusses the hosts’ problematic actions.

The Diverse Clan

The Diverse Clan just came to be this month, and I am so pumped for it! They were founded with the goal of boosting content by marginalized bookish creators. They already have some great features on their blog, including a diverse bookish creators masterlist, information on important issues happening globally, and a place you can apply to be a contributor! I am excited to see content from a variety of creators about diverse books and can’t wait to see what they come up with!