The Late Late Last Friday Updates

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I will bypass the usual platitudes. A girl was not feeling like blogging the past month but today here I am with an incredibly late new blog post. In my defense I did have it drafted that Friday but I got carried away with other things.

October was such a great reading month. I read a total of 24 books. It was A SHOCK, A SUPRISE, A DELIGHT to me too!! We can thank the lovely Novella gods for getting me much closer to my reading goal. I am now at 96 books for the year. I honestly didn’t think I would be meeting my reading goal this year but this month has propelled me much closer to my goal which is 100 books for 2020.

October was also a month of new reading discoveries. I am now an expert Audiobook listener, and as of yesterday a big fan of this app Hoopla that allows me to get even more books for FREE. Y’all know I am a sucker for books that cost free dollars. Hoopla is an app that you can connect your library card too and read books on for free. Its a different data base than your libraries. The only “down side” is that if your libraries checkout limit is 5 books than so is your hoopla limit.

I am upset at who ever thought they could keep this app from me.

But forward and onward lets get to this update because its gonna be a long one.

WRAP UP:

(I am not entirely sure which books are missing from this list)

I track my reading through an app called the “Reading List” the pictures I screenshotted came from that app. I didn’t want to find the individual pictures because that would take to much time and space on my computer. I have found that it is the best app for simple tracking. Its user friendly and you can create different reading lists. It could use an update when it comes to the way its formatted but my favorite thing about it is how easy it is to add books and move them around.

Onto the books:

BOOKSAMOUNT
Ebooks10
Audiobooks12
Physical Books2

Favorite books of the Month:

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots- I don’t think you all know how much I love an anti hero. This book was so fun to read and listen too. The entire time I was like this would be a perfect movie or even tv show.

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (Read the first four in the series)- I listened to the first four novellas on Scribd and enjoyed every minute of it. Its really funny and filled with of fighting and space travel.

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore- I read this for a panel that I was apart of and when I tell you I was blown away I am not lying. Miss Meteor was one of my favorite YA’s of the year point period blank.

The Haunting of Tram Car by P.Djeli Clark- I will read anything P.Djeli Clark writes. This book is set in the same world as a Dead Djinn in Cairo and all know is I could read about this world a million times over. He writes such amazing characters.

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland- I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Its a genre bending book that tackles immigration and racism. There was not one moment that I knew where this book was going.

CURRENT READS:

As always I have multiple books lined up, no matter how many times I say I am going to tone it down, I never do. The e-book selection grows and grows sale after sale. Even though I am sure my impulse e-book purchase control wont lower itself. I have decided that I wont consider it a current read unless I have actively read more than 5 chapters. So as of right now I am only currently reading 4 books.

  1. [ ] That Kind Of Guy by Talia Hibbert
  2. [ ] Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson
  3. [ ] everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too by jenny sun
  4. [ ] Queen of Swords and Silence by Carrow Brown

MUSIC:

Its astounding that I do not have that many songs or playlists on this list. I think I traded out music for Audiobooks this month. All I have been really listening to are my favorite playlists and oldies. I haven’t been in the mood for new music which is weird. Listened to some Salsa, some Funk Brasileiro.

TEA:

I have been drinking my usual tea but I did do a refill and buy from a new to me brand brand Ivy’s Tea Co. it is a Black Women owned tea company. Unfortunately they don’t have many caffeinated teas but their herbals are on point.

Blow by Ivy Tea Co (picture taken from their site) This a really fun and light flavored tea. It turns blue because of the Butterfly Pea Flower and turns a purplish color when you add a lemon.

Breathe (picture from the site) is a spicy tea with ginger, marshmallow, stinging nettle, and elder flower. Its the perfect tea for early mornings and fall nights. Will put some hair on your chest for sure.

FOOD:

October was a month of first. I got a temporary subscription box to Hello Fresh that was actually pretty good. I was able to cook recipes that I had never tried before.

I made Korean Bulgogi, Spinach and Ricotta Chicken Ravioli, and a couple dishes I cant remember the name of. I would recommend this subscriptions to people who live a lone or couples it was definitely not made with families in mind.

Read all about it!

A special shout out to Lair Of Books for inspiring this new segment on the Colorfully Bookish Blog. Go over and check out her Friday Reads and Thangs post.

Last Friday Updates will consist of: current reads, a reading wrap up, music I have fallen in love with, tea’s that I have purchased, and food that I tried that had me LIVING MY BEST LIFE.

If you are still wondering about the concept of Last Friday Updates. I will explain again on the last Friday of every month you will get the juicy details of my very standard life.

Lets Begin!

Wrap up:

In the month of August, I read 11 books. If I had to rate my reading month I would give it 6/10. While the books that I read where good nothing was show stopping, heart-in-hand spell inducing. I was also avoiding some of more intimidating reads so it is definitely my fault. I still have three more books I want to get to but I will just update this post when I finish them.

I wrote a review for the Black God’s Drums if you want a more in depth review on it go over to my book reviews.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo is a short story about an attractive detective that is trying to solve a murder and as the night continues more dead bodies start to appear. The case leads her to a disturbing plot to end the world. I listened to the audio book version and I loved it. It was only 3 hours long so I imagine that reading the physical copy or ebook would not take more than that. I am finding that P. Djeli Clark is my kind of Sci-Fi author.

The Gold Sky series is a lovely romance series that I enjoyed but found very predictable. I didn’t read the second book in the series or the newest but I think I will be getting to those soon. Out of the ones I did read I enjoyed Three To love the best. I think that we need more characters like our fashionista Florence in romance. I would definitely recommend this series as a palette cleanser

Sweet Mercy was a short romance about getting your life back after losing it in a marriage that you thought was perfect. I enjoyed this read especially because it was set in Ghana and gave us a little bit of political intrigue. I wish I got a more background on the political system but if I wanted a history lesson I could just Google it. I feel like this book could have given us more romance but I understand that it is a companion story to “Imperfect Arrangements”and romance wasn’t the sole focus of this short book. I do believe I will be reading more from Francis Mensah Williams for sure.

The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea was an exciting read but there are still somethings that I have to process and think more critically about. I will be writing a review for this book soon so expect a book review within the next couple of weeks.

Current Reads:

I created that pretty tbr post to only read one book off that list. Hopefully before September comes I can knock off a two more because I worked so hard putting that together to not read more off that list.

Music:

This Month has been a god send for music. I am a fan of listening to genres of all kinds. Music in all languages.

While I do listen to Brazilian music often this month I was able to expand my horizons even more due to the lively Lou over at Lou Reading Things . Her playlist added some more flavor to my month.

Geola Abaixo

Got to make sure that Liniker specifically is shown on this list because her soulful voice, her unique sound, her vibes are everything.

Brechoque, Boca, and Intimidade are my favorites.

Ho, why is you here?

All you got to know is I am apart of the Flo Militia. I use this album when I need to feel like a baddie.

Weak, May I, and Like that Bitch are my favorites.

Ungodly Hour

I still haven’t been able to stop playing this album since it came out so I can’t create this list without adding it

Forgive Me, Tipsy, Busy Boy, Catch up and Wonder What She Thinks of Me are my favorites from the album.

Enclave de Bolero

I am big fan of Bolero and Musica Romantica so it was a pleasant surprise when I stumbled upon this ep. It had me wanting to dance in someones arms, dreaming about long walks on the beach, and being wined and dined.

Sabiduria and Por la Carretera are my favorites.

Be Somebody

Sevana has now infiltrated my heart. Listen to this ep immediately. While I love all of it, Mango has me wishing I was on a beach so badly.

Mango, Be somebody, Set Me On Fire are my favorite songs on this ep.

Black is King

A moment. A life altering, soul harvesting, transfixing, hypnotizing moment. I am so sorry for not listening to this album when it came out.

My Power, Don’t Jealous Me, Water, Ja Ara E are my favorites.

Tea:

I like to consider myself a bit of tea snob a connoisseur if you will. The tea that I found myself surprisingly obsessed with was Lady Blue by Zest Tea a deliciously fruity black tea. I usually like my teas sans the fruit but this one I will be purchasing again.

Food:

Next Month I will do a better job of documenting what I cooked because right now I am blanking really badly. This month for my best friends birthday we went to a restaurant in D.C. at The Wharf called La Vie. I had the most spectacular lamb chops I have ever tasted.

10/10 would eat there again.

And that is it for Last Friday Updates. If you read all of this I thank you for your patience and dedication. Going over everything that happens in a month is a lot harder than it seems.

What are somethings you enjoyed this month?

Thanks again and stay colorful my bookish friends!