First and foremost, let me say…HAPPY NEW YEAR *cues airhorns*! Wow, we have made it to another year and it still feels very unreal to say “last year” in reference to 2022! It truly feels like 2022 was both the shortest and longest year (for me, at least)! And to my fellow Haitians: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! *cues Konpa music*

This is the energy I’m rolling into this new year with!

Welp, its a brand new year, a brand new month so that means brand new books! This month (the entire year, really) has books that I’ve been highly anticipating so I can’t wait to share this list with you all! Just a reminder, Please be sure to check the dates because you all know that publishers and supply chains like to play in our faces sometimes. Anyway, let’s get to this list!

  • Highly Suspicious And Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert 1/3
  • Song Of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao 1/3
  • NeverWraith by Shakir Rashaan 1/3
  • The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim 1/3
  • 16 & Pregnant A Novel By LaLa Thomas 1/3
  • Sincerely Sicily by Tamika Burgess *MG* 1/3
  • The Wrong Kind Of Weird by James Ramos 1/3
  • A Boy And His Mirror by Marchánt Davis *PB* 1/3
  • My Selma by Willie Mae Brown 1/3
  • Breakup From Hell by Ann Davila Cardinal 1/3
  • Dark Testament: Blackout Poems by Crystal Simone Smith 1/3
  • All That It Ever Meant by Blessing Musariri 1/3
  • Chloe’s Lunar New Year By Lily LaMotte *PB* 1/3
  • What Does Brown Mean To You? By Ron Grady *PB* 1/3
  • I Am Born To Be Awesome by Renee Mechal Roe *ER* 1/3
  • Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin Civil Rights Heroes by Tracey Baptiste & Shauna J. Grant *MG* 1/3
  • Welcome To Chinatown by William Low *PB* 1/3
  • Now Let Me Fly by Ronald Wimberly & Brahm Revel 1/3
  • TinkerActive Workbook English Language Arts by Kate Avino & Gustavo Almelda *EL* 1/3
  • The Survivalists by Kashana Cauley *adult* 1/10
  • The Dream Builders by Oindrila Mukherjee *adult* 1/10
  • Justice Rising by Katheryn Russell-Brown *PB* 1/10
  • For Lamb by Lesa Cline-Ransome 1/10
  • Mr. Right Next Door by Naima Simone *adult* 1/10
  • We Are All So Good At Smiling by Amber McBride 1/10
  • Friday I’m in Love By Camryn Garrett 1/10
  • Always Unique by Nikki Turner *adult* 1/10
  • Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen *adult* 1/10
  • Moonrise Over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks *adult* 1/10
  • Cool. Awkward. Black Edited by Karen Strong 1/10                        
  • The Girl I Am, Was, And Never Will Be by Shannon Gibney 1/10
  • Ghost Season by Fatin Abbas *adult* 1/10
  • The Green Piano by Roberta Flack & Tonya Bolden *PB* 1/10
  • Get Your Shoes On & Get Ready! By Raphael Warnock *PB* 1/10
  • Basketball Dreams by Chris Paul & Courtner Lovett *PB* 1/10
  • The Year Of Cecily by Lisa Lin 1/17
  • As You Walk By Julian Winters 1/17
  • The Fraud Squad By Kyla Zhao *adult* 1/17
  • This Is Not A Personal Statement by Tracy Badua 1/17
  • Figure It Out, Henri Weldon by Tanita S. Davis *MG* 1/17
  • Decent People by De’Shawn Charles Winslow *adult* 1/17
  • We Are Allies by Taimani Emerald *PB* 1/17
  • My Red, White And Blue by Alana Tyson *PB* 1/17
  • The Ice Cream Man by Glenda Armand & Kim Freeman *PB* 1/17
  • Dragons In A Bag: The Enchanted Bridge by Zetta Elliot *MG Series* 1/17
  • A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier w/ Lisa Frazier *YA Adaptation* 1/17
  • Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim 1/24
  • Sun Keep Rising by Kristen R. Lee *NA* 1/24
  • Against The Currant by Olivia Matthews *adult* 1/24
  • The Many Fortunes Of Maya by Nicole D. Collier *MG* 1/24
  • Hands by Torrey Maldonado *MG* 1/24
  • The Minus-One Club by Kekla Magoon 1/24
  • This Other Eden by Paul Harding *adult* 1/24
  • A Cowboy Kind Of Thing by Reese Ryan *adult* 1/24
  • Just Like Grandma By Kim Rogers *PB* 1/24
  • A Is For Aretha by Leslie Kwan *PB* 1/24
  • Heroes Of Havensong: Dragonboy by Megan Reyes 1/24
  • Retro by Sofia LaPuente & Jarrod Shusterman 1/24
  • The Buried & The Bound by Rochelle Hassan 1/24
  • The Chinese Groove by Kathryn Ma *adult* 1/24
  • Click To Subscribe by G.L Tomas *adult* 1/28
  • The Davenports by Krystal Marquis 1/31
  • The Cartographers by Amy Zhang 1/31
  • The Second You’re Single by Cara Tanamachi *adult* 1/31
  • Cameron Battle And The Escape Trials by Jamar J. Perry *MG series* 1/31
  • Reggie And Delilah’s Year Of Falling by Elise Bryant 1/31
  • Where The Black Flowers Bloom by Ronald L. Smith *MG* 1/31
  • How To Be A (Young) AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi & Nic Stone *MG* 1/31
  • The (Young) AntiRacist’s Workbook: Questions For Changemakers by Ibram X. Kendi & Nic Stone *MG* 1/31
  • Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni *adult* 1/31
  • Platanos Go With Everything by Lissette Norman *PB* 1/31
  • One Girl In All The World by Kendare Blake 1/31
  • Promise Boys by Nick Brooks 1/31
  • River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer *adult* 1/31
  • Maame A Novel by Jessica George *adult* 1/31
  • I Did It Myself by Saniyyah Khalilallah *PB* 1/31
  • I Help At Home! By Saniyyah Khalilallah *PB* 1/31
  • The Black Queen by Jumata Emill 1/31
  • How to Win A Break Up by Farah Heron *adult* 1/31
  • Nell Plants a Tree By Anne Wynter *PB* 1/31
  • That Flag By Tameka Fryer Brown *PB* 1/31
  • You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce by Chiquita Mullins Lee & Carmella Van Vleet *PB* 1/31
  • Then Everything Happens at Once By M-E Girard 1/31
  • Play the Game By Charlene Allen 1/31
This is really me!

Whew, the book world is trying to break our bank accounts, library holds and most importantly, our TBR piles! But, I wouldn’t have it any other way! Needless to say, the ARC Gods have been kind to me so here are the ones I have for this month:

  • Highly Suspicious And Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
  • Song Of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao
  • The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim
  • 16 & Pregnant A Novel By LaLa Thomas
  • Sincerely Sicily by Tamika Burgess *MG*
  • Breakup From Hell by Ann Davila Cardinal
  • We Are All So Good At Smiling by Amber McBride
  • Friday I’m in Love By Camryn Garrett
  • Cool. Awkward. Black Edited by Karen Strong
  • As You Walk By Julian Winters
  • The Fraud Squad By Kyla Zhao *adult*
  • Figure It Out, Henri Weldon by Tanita S. Davis *MG*
  • Spice Road by Maiya Ibrahim
  • Against The Currant by Olivia Matthews *adult
  • The Many Fortunes Of Maya by Nicole D. Collier *MG*
  • The Minus-One Club by Kekla Magoon
  • The Davenports by Krystal Marquis
  • Reggie And Delilah’s Year Of Falling by Elise Bryant
  • Where The Black Flowers Bloom by Ronald L. Smith *MG*
  • Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni *adult*
  • Promise Boys by Nick Brooks
  • The Black Queen by Jumata Emill
  • Play the Game By Charlene Allen
I got so much reading to do, lol

Of these, I have read:

  • Highly Suspicious And Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert
  • Song Of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao
  • The Love Match by Priyanka Taslim
  • Sincerely Sicily by Tamika Burgess *MG*
  • Breakup From Hell by Ann Davila Cardinal
  • Currently Reading: 16 & Pregnant A Novel By LaLa Thomas
I’m proud of me for being a little ahead, lol

Alright y’all! That’s a long list and as you can see, I’ve got some reading to do! Are there any books that you are excited about? Any books by Authors Of Color that I missed? Let me know in the comments or on social media Instagram @bookishgirlmagic, Twitter @bookishgrlmagic (I’m STILL not sure WHAT is going on that bird app these days) 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 it’s a new year filled with promising new books! Anyways… I’m sending you tons of bookish love & wish you happy reading and a very happy, healthy & bookish new year!

Published by bookishgirlmagic

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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