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My Top Four Favorite Reads of Summer 2017

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I did DNF a few books this Summer 2017, but I also read some new favorites. If you aren’t subscribed to book Youtubers, you do not know what you are missing. Many of my summer favorite reads are suggestions from my favorite Booktubers, from whom I continue to add more.

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Favorite Reads of Summer 2017

  1. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

This is my fourth time reading this classic work by Baldwin, and it still hits hard. Though Baldwin published this work in 1963, he could very well have written these short essays in 2017. The letters talk about the political and climate that birthed the Civil Rights movement, which may mean that we are in the midst of another movement today. As well as an examination of racism and what is necessary for change. I picked this up at the beginning of the summer because I had a moment in which I was just too annoyed with the world around me – with microagression, police brutality, and the reality that is a US ruled by 45. Instead of wallowing in despair, I pulled out The Fire Next Time to hear Baldwin give voice to the struggle and give me hope once more. If you haven’t read the Fire Next Time, pick it up now.

2. Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May

I picked up Bedrock Faith in February to participate in the #ReadSoulLit live discussion hosted by Booktuber BrownGirlReading. The premise wasn’t especially interesting for me, but I trust the reviews from BrownGirlReading, so I took the plunge. What a pleasant surprise! This is one of the few books I have read with main characters who are of retirement age. The controversy in this book surrounds the homecoming of a man from jail, and his newfound christianity. His militant form of Christianity mixes with the impression neighbors have of the man before his 10 year prison stay. I found the plot to be hilarious, and although there are a lot character, the story is told in such a way that you do not get lost.

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3. Confused Spice by Mathis Bailey

This is another group read influenced by BrownGirlReading. I just love the interaction between the characters in this book. The cooking and recipes come to life and add just the right amount of spice to the plot. This is the first novel in the series, so I truly look forward to the next two books. If you are looking for a quick, fun, and well told read, then this book will not disappoint.

4. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

I heard about this book from listening to Read or Dead, a mystery and thriller podcast. Magpie Murders is marketed as an Agatha Christie type of who done it murder mystery. Do I agree? Well, its in the style of Christie, but Agatha is still the master of who done it. The pacing is very british, so do not expect things to move very fast. I read this in one sitting, but I should have spaced it out.. don’t be like me. Though, I cannot say too much without giving away too much, but the story within a story concept added great interest to the plot.  I truly enjoyed the story and found myself wanting to skip and read the ending because I was not sure who done it. If you are into the murder mystery genre, then Magpie Murders is a must buy.

What are your favorite reads of Summer 2017?

Speaking of Magpie Murders, who else is looking forward to the new Murder On The Orient Expres Movie? Check out my Instagram for what I am currently reading, and In the comments box below please share with me your current favorite reads.

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