Real Life #FridayReads

Around the World in 80 Books

By Tqwana B.

I don’t read enough non-fiction. Maybe it has something to do with just wanting to escape reality when I pick up a book. Maybe it’s the trauma from teaching non-fiction for standardized tests for nearly 10 years. But this year, I’m adding more non-fiction to my reading goals.

Notice I didn’t say TBR pile. I rebuke TBR piles.

Here are the top 3 non-fic books I plan to read this year. Or at some point in the future. I promise…

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay: I love Bad Feminist, and I love that Roxane Gay is so upfront about everything really. So, I’m looking forward to an unapologetic take on food and body image.

coatesBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: This one I’ve actually started, but haven’t been in the right mindset to finish it. And already I can…

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Hot Air: Will Meg Rosoff Please Shut Up!

I was not going for eloquence…

Around the World in 80 Books

By Tqwana B.

This will be quick and dirty. Many others have already taken to social media to give this woman the business. I’m only going to focus on one aspect of her tone-deaf comments here.

Please do read Debbie Reese’s post here – Not recommended: A FINE DESSERT by Emily Jenkins and Sophie Blackall

Another weekend has passed and another privileged white author is butt hurt over being called out on their shit. Not another. The same one as before. Will someone please tell Meg Rosoff to have several damn seats?!

Anyway, if you haven’t seen her latest post, here’s the part I want to address:

Actually, it sounds like their just pulling back on publishing your book... Actually, it sounds like their just pulling back on publishing your book…

So, publishers are pulling back from publishing diverse books?

Good! Great!

Not that I actually believe this to be true. But, we don’t need or want ignorant people like that publishing books about…

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Hot Air: Bad Boys or Just Bad People?

ICYMI: I’m at odds with myself over this issue. On one hand, we have freedom of expression. On the other, books like those mentioned set dangerous trends and unhealthy fetishes, IMO.

What do you think?

Around the World in 80 Books

By Tqwana B.

Source Modern Portrait of Sarah “Sally” Hemings. Source

Remember that time two romance authors joked about writing a BDSM novel starring Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings? LOLing at the idea of him giving her shackles? Yeah, I didn’t think it was funny either. That book didn’t happen, though they did write one with Jefferson’s daughter — legitimate, obviously, making reference to her father’s “liaisons” with Hemings.

Liaisons. Really?

They also seem to have forgotten the fact that said daughter also owned slaves.


If you thought it couldn’t get worse, along comes a book about a “blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jewess” held hostage in a WWII concentration camp, embarking on a romance with a Nazi SS commander. Did I mention it was nominated for two, yes two, RWAs? Fyi, Jewess is/was considered by many to be a racial slur…

This week, I came across this diamond in the rough on Twitter:

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