Majority of the world is doing everything they can to stay busy during this time. There hasn’t been one thing that I haven’t tried, well I haven’t tried everything, but you know what I’m trying to say. One of the things that I have written on my June quarantine vision board is to read ten books. One thing I have loved during this time, is the amount of great content I have found from independent artist. A variety of black love to non-binary. I hope you pick them all, but either way, stay safe, and happy reading.
IF YOU WANT TO SOME BLACK LOVE
ONCE GHOSTED, TWICE SHY: A RELUCTANT ROYALS NOVELLA, ALYSSA COLE
While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.
When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.
LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE, CLAIRE KANN
Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.
A RETURN TO PLEASURE, RASHIDA KHANBEY MILLER
5 Steps To Create A Luscious Self-Reverence + Self-Care Practice You’ll Want To Come Home To Again and Again…
A Return To Pleasure was created to help women and femme spectrum people who are struggling with getting into the idea of “slowing down” and making space for themselves in their day to day lives.
You want to have a self-care practice, you intellectually understand that it’s something you should do or have but when it’s time to get into it, you stop yourself from really having the experience.
You’ve probably said to yourself at some point, after you finally get a chance to sit down from a long day, the last thing you want to do is … one more thing on the to do list. Self-care starts to feel like an obligation vs. an integral part of the function of total well being and ability to experience joy.
IF YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH A READ IN A DAY
I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST, MASON DEAVER
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.
But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.
At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.
THE GRAVITY OF US, PHIL STAMPER
As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.
Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.
Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch