Apparently, this site is becoming exclusively a book blog! It seems the only types of posts I have been completing are ones that are sharing titles we are eating up at home. Don’t worry. We are still having lots of fun playing with toys, playing games, doing crafts, and going places. All of those will be coming back in full force but it doesn’t change the fact that a lot of our time is spent reading and there are a gazillion places where you can find out about the hottest toy but many of the titles I choose to highlight aren’t getting the spotlight they deserve other places. Here are five books that I was excited to get my hands on this month. Four I was able to add to our home library and one I spent weeks on the NYPL waitlist to borrow and devour.
When Broadway Was Black – I had never heard of Shuffle Along before picking up this book. Now, I’m obsessed. Imagine it, 1921, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and the first all-Black musical is on Broadway. You gotta know more, right? Pick up the book. You will not be disappointed. In fact, you will feel transported! when you return to 2023, you will be filled with pride and inspiration.
100 African Americans Who Shaped American History – If you have been around here a while, you know I love adding books to our home library that teach us about Inspirational people in history. I often worry when adding a new book that we won’t learn about new people but am always hopeful that we will learn something new about someone familiar. This book offered both. It taught me new facts about people I was already familiar with and introduced me to new people.
Black Boy, Black Boy – This is going to be on my baby shower gift list. It is a beautiful story to remind our sons that they should be celebrated. It reminds them that while their journey is their own they can be inspired by those that have walked before them. It also includes modern examples like Colin Kaepernick and Barack Obama.
Black Hollywood Reimagining Iconic Movie Moments – This book is beautiful. I’m about to buy a coffee table so I can have a place for everyone to see it! Seriously, it is magic. It truly is iconic. Knowing some of the original inspiration behind the shots you would think there is no way that a re-imagining could top the original. Let me tell you something, I love me some Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s but I am now ready for this remake. And can we talk about how Blair Underwood would body The Shining! You gotta look through the images included because you will be blown away.
Bloodmarked – This book might even be better than the first in the series. I loved reading about Bree learning more about her power. Bree grows stronger and smarter as the book goes on. You can see her mature through the pages. If you’ve read Legendborn then I know I don’t have to say anything to sell you on picking this book up. If you haven’t read Legendborn yet, then what are you waiting for? And can we get the third book like yesterday?