Hello, hello and welcome back to another episode of WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, which means I’ll be answering these questions:
- What did you read last?
- What are you currently reading?
- What will you read next?
I managed to finish four books this past week and they were all vastly different books. Best of all though, one of them was my first 5-star read of 2023—let’s go, we love to see it! 😍
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert ★★★★★
It’s official, Talia Hibbert must write more YA contemporary romance because this was ridiculously cute, wonderfully hilarious and entirely relatable (even for 30+ me)! I loved it! [CHECK OUT MY REVIEW]
Convenience Store Woman by Saya Murata ★★★☆☆
This is a well-loved quirky novella and I really enjoyed the social commentary but I had a hard time emotionally connecting to the story, so I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I hoped to. [CHECK OUT MY REVIEW]
A Long Time Coming (Cane Brothers #3) by Meghan Quinn ★★★½
This was a cute friends-to-lovers romance with a dash of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” to it that was lots of fun! Also, did I mention how swoony Breaker is? Cos this man was SWOONTASTIC! 😉 [CHECK OUT MY REVIEW]
Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao ★★★☆☆
My first buddy-read with Leslie and sadly, we both didn’t enjoy it as much as we hoped to! There was so much potential but IMHO, it failed to deliver. I think I’d still like to see what happens in the second book that’s releasing this year—hopefully, all my questions will be answered!
Moonrise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks
ARC → 3% → I literally just picked this up but I’m fully captivated by the writing. It’s absolutely gorgeous and it’s making this feel like such a smooth read so far because of how well it flows. I’m very eager to dive back in and keep reading! 😍
Winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, a thought-provoking and enchanting debut about a Black woman doing whatever it takes to protect all she loves at the beginning of the civil rights movement in Alabama.
It’s 1957, and after leaving the only home she has ever known, Alice Young steps off the bus into the all-Black town of New Jessup, Alabama, where residents have largely rejected integration as the means for Black social advancement. Instead, they seek to maintain, and fortify, the community they cherish on their “side of the woods.” In this place, Alice falls in love with Raymond Campbell, whose clandestine organizing activities challenge New Jessup’s longstanding status quo and could lead to the young couple’s expulsion—or worse—from the home they both hold dear. But as Raymond continues to push alternatives for enhancing New Jessup’s political power, Alice must find a way to balance her undying support for his underground work with her desire to protect New Jessup from the rising pressure of upheaval from inside, and outside, their side of town.
Jamila Minnicks’s debut novel is both a celebration of Black joy and a timely examination of the opposing viewpoints that attended desegregation in America. Readers of Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half and Robert Jones, Jr.’s The Prophets will love Moonrise Over New Jessup.
The magic of ✨mood reading✨ means it could be any of these. But I’m also buddy-reading a few!
What’re you currently reading? Have you read any of these books or are they also on your TBR? Happy reading, friends! 😍