Hey Y’all! So when I was trying to figure out what to write about this week, I kept coming up blank until the moment I started to rest my eyes (that’s code for take a nap, lol) and all I could think about is the book I’m currently reading (if you are wondering, its the E-ARC of Highly Suspicious And Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert and the answer is yes, you need to get it when it comes out next year). Then it hit me that my brain doesn’t shut up when it comes to books, lol.

Me, when the inspiration hit

I don’t know about you all but sometimes my brain just decides that it wants to think about a book when I’ve had to pause reading or have just finished it. I really wish it wouldn’t do that, especially when I’m getting ready to go to sleep! And then sometimes when I get to sleep, I end up dreaming about the book as if to continue the story because my brain is mad that we had to stop reading (which, yes, why do we have to sleep when we could be reading?!)! Why is my brain like this? I have no idea and I’m not sure I feel like studying it to try to understand.

no, seriously, why am I & my brain like this?!

Anyways, I figured that I would share a few books where my brain pulled these shenanigans on my body when it was trying to find rest.

Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn: I both dreamt and thought about this whooper of a sequel when I wasn’t reading it and finished it. However, I don’t think anyone who has read Legendborn (the first book, see blog post linked to understand my obsession) and this book would feel like that’s weird because Tracy loves to leave us hanging with our fingers on the edge of the cliff and her foot is on it. The 500+ pages of this sequel will have you in a literal chokehold and the only thing you can be mad about that with is the fact that you have to get sleep and do adult things like work, study or parent. Shoutout to my girl Alice getting more page time in this book, btw!

This could be Tracy & her publisher…looking at all of us

Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan *adult*: I listened to the audiobook and as I listened, I UNDERSTOOD why this book was all up and down my social media TLs… All I could think about was this book when I wasn’t listening to it and it didn’t help that 2 of my favorite narrators were reading, Jakobi Diem & Wesleigh Siobhan, and when either or both of them is on a book, they are going to read the HECK out of that book. This book me through such a range of emotions and there was an added bonus of spice…whewwww Chile! I promptly went looking into her other audiobooks and listened to 2 others (some of the others had narrators I wasn’t wild about). For my adult folx, this was a worthwhile read and maybe have tissues near by too!

For so many reasons!

Strike The Zither by Joan He: So, I’m a fan of Joan and I talked about this book in my owing netgalley post but this book also had me in a dream chokehold as well. If this book doesn’t get a series or movie, that is a seriously missed opportunity (It gives Chinese Historical Drama vibes and those never disappoint)! Also, Joan recently announced sequel’s title, which is Sound The Gong, and I’m super excited about it!

Accurate portrayal of the MC

The Weight Of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson: To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Tiffany that didn’t have me thinking about it days and months after I finish. This book really gave the YA Passing X Carrie vibes that I never knew that I needed. TWOB definitely deserves a TV series (we did a 2 part discussion on this book on clubhouse because so many of us felt so strongly).

Especially when it gets to the pivotal moment in the book when they learned who was REALLY mad

Rust In The Root by Justina Ireland: This is one I dreamt about while I was reading and even when I finished it for several nights…I really hope this book gets a sequel because it was SO GOOD. It gave me everything I could’ve asked for from the Magical Black Girl, historical references (it takes place in the 1930’s) and comedic moments with a dash of darkness. If this book doesn’t get a movie in the near future, we should ALL riot!

From start to finish my friends!

I’m going to list a few others cause I believe I talked about them in past posts:

Get into allllll of these books!

Does anyone else find their brain does this? Or is this just me? If you go through this, what books have had your brain on overdrive? Let me know here in the comments or on the socials-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 just finished a book that has me obsessing about it in my sleep! As usual, I’m sending you tons of bookish love & wish you happy reading!


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I’m reader who has a fierce love for books written by authors of color & belief in the importance of supporting them! My mission is to amplify their voices and work so this generation and all the others after them will have literature that will reflect them.

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