Hey there! I can’t believe it but this is my 100th post! I never gave thought to getting to this point (outside of just staying on top of posting) or what I would do once I do but I’m so glad to have made it here and you are have joined me! I set the intent for this year that I would post every week and I have actually been sticking to that (even when I post later than my usual day like this week), so I shouldn’t be surprised we are here now!
So in order to garner some inspiration for this post, I asked some of my bookish clubhouse peeps what they think I should do and my very wise & amazing soror @chptrshakedown made the recommendation to do a post revisiting old posts and saying if they still apply. Knowing me, they all still would because I only write about what I’m passionate about buttttttttt she was very much so on to something with this idea and I trust Black Women to lead me in the right direction!
When I write my posts, sometimes it’s almost like I’m in a fever dream once I crank my iTunes so I know I’ve said some outrageous or at least a bit funny things while writing in order to express my love for a book or get a point across. So keeping my soror Nelly’s idea in mind, I’m revisiting past posts that I remember having the best time writing but I’m going to share quotes that made me go “I really said that?”, lol! I’ll link those posts, of course! So let’s get into it!
“Arrah’s mother & eventual sister are the antithesis of her…they are both hoes and a halves for their shenanigans!”-From the OG Post Kingdom Of Souls Snatched My Edges. Reading back this post, there is so much more I wish I could add to it…being that I was new to wordpress and it didn’t have some of the capabilities it does now, it doesn’t have gifs and I hadn’t even thought of using memes…mmm, now I’m thinking this post may get an update, regardless of it’s original state, I loved writing that post! Anyways, I still love KOS as much as I did then (the 3rd book, Masters Of Souls, comes out this summer) and I still believe that Arrah’s mom and sister are hoes & a half…*Ye shrug*.
“You know I’m not about taking lives (I’m vegan for fucks sake)…though I will snatch a scalp or two when fucked with and thus was happy when Eva dug deep within her ovaries and started to fight back. Thinking about it, this book was like an episode of Snapped: Literary Sibling Edition because shit was BANANAS…*cues Gwen Stefani* B-A-N-A-N-A-S!”–A River Of Royal Blood Gave Me Life. I remember having such a good fucking time writing this post and I stand TEN FUCKING TOES on how I felt then (and if you haven’t read that book, what are you even DOING?!)! This post was written when I still hadn’t discovered the magic of having gifs BUT I believe anyone who read that post got the gist, lol!
“The Lady is one of those characters that you just want to fight…like put vaseline on your face & take off your earrings then invite her outside when she’s mentioned or pops up.”–Behold, Raybearer Is Fire, AF. I just had an epiphany that I may have some anger issues because in the posts I’ve quoted so far, I’ve wanted to fight at least one character and they’ve been the moms, lol! This post was also written at the beginning of the pandemic, so you know the caginess I was feeling! If you’ve read Raybearer, then I think you would understand this sentiment though (I still feel the same).
“Just look at the cover and tell me that it’s not worth staring at for prolonged periods of time…Go on and take a moment to look at it and then come back… *waits* Thank you for joining me in my obsession!”–Aye Yo #LegendbornKeptMeUp Is A Real Thing. I am still very much so obsessed with Legendborn’s cover (& overall story, I’m so ready for Bloodmarked to drop) and stare at the framed poster of it on my Magical Black Kids Wall several times a week…No one told the cover illustrator to go off the way they did but they sure did the world a service in doing so!
“Since I finished this book in February, I have not been able to stop talking about it…like, it stays in my mouth (I’m not ashamed to say that either)!”–I’m Completely Obsessed With FireKeeper’s Daughter. I wrote this blog post back in March 2021 and this book is still in my mouth…I literally talk about it ALL THE TIME and I react to it the same each time I see it in a bookstore…I’m not embarrassed AT ALL about my physical and verbal response to this book! *shrug*
“With a premise like having your personal property filled with your deepest thoughts in it stolen then being blackmailed with it (that’s not a spoiler, btw), how could you not go from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other with characters?! ER-BODY getting the side-eye and 3rd degree the moment the opportunity presents itself in my opinion!”–So Many Reasons Why I Love Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. I said so much in this post and it was hard to pick something…but yea, I was legit side-eyeing the book like it was being shady… Trust was something I did NOT have in some of these characters but I absolutely did have in Joya (there is a post about her second book, Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl, which recently came out and you need to read it if you haven’t yet)!
“*Cracks knuckles and cues up BlackPink* Sooooooo, I’m not a violent person (okay, yes, I can be despite being a Hufflepuff) but OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH *Fist to mouth*, I wanted to take my earrings off so bad, grab some vaseline and lace up my timbs (if I still had a pair, I’m failing as a New Yorker right now) while reading this book!”–Ace Of Spades Made Me Want To Take Off My Earrings And Lace Up My Timbs. Man…I really went off in this post and it was hard to pick a quote here too so I went with the very beginning of the post…I still feel the same way that I did when I wrote this post. I still wanna fight bitches and light that school on fire then walk away like Angela Bassett in Waiting To Exhale (that’s still one of my all time favorite movie moments). Yes, I know it wasn’t a real place but it felt too real and thus, my mind and body responded accordingly.
I know there are so many other moments in my other blog posts but there is but so much time in the day and I rather you read those posts to really get the energy of them…but know that I loved writing each of these posts above and have loved writing this blog for the better part of the last 3 years! I’m so grateful for this space and for you taking the time to read these posts!
Are there any posts you’ve loved of the last 99 I’ve written? Has there been a quote from them that stuck with you, outlandish or profound? Have you read any books that I wrote about because of the post(s)? Let me know in the comments or on social media on Instagram @bookishgirlmagic, Twitter @bookishgrlmagic and Clubhouse @bookishgrlmagic where you can find me mostly in book centered clubs/rooms (primarily on Tuesdays and Fridays). Also please subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already because it makes me feel like I’ve written 100 more posts! Yet again, thank you so much for being here and hope you continue to be! As usual, I’m sending you tons of bookish love and wish you happy reading!