Hey there!

Was it just me or was June ROUGH? I’m glad we’re finally in July and I can get some time off tutoring and just enjoy being on my own schedule for a while. I’m also very excited about this convention that I’ll be attending later in July. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk about what I loved in June!

What I read

If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that in June, I read a whopping THIRTY ONE books! Twelve of them were picture books, nine middle grade and five Young Adult novels. In addition, I read three adult fiction picks and two adult non fiction. My favorite reads in June were:

Far From The Tree by Robin Benway

Heartwarming, arresting and full of hope, FAR FROM THE TREE explores what real family means and shows that there’s a seat at the family table for everyone ❤️ Full review here.

A  Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirzaa

A powerful, often uncomfortable look at the mistakes parents can make, the ways family can make or break us and how our insecurities can change our lives. Full review here.

Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

High on my list of fave MG books read this year! I loved this story about a family dealing with a cancer-fighting child and finding the balance to be good parents to all three of their kids.

Now by Antoinette Portis

An important (and just gorgeous) reminder to stay in the now. ❤️

The Read Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

This book has opened my eyes to sooo many facets of the work that is raising a reader. I’m not a parent and I think while this book is geared toward parents, aunties, friends and really anyone who knows and loves a little one should read this. Full review here.

Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

With a major focus on bullying, culture, food and respecting differences, SAVE ME A SEAT is delightful, funny and inspiring. A fantastic middle grade pick for teaching young boys and girls -everyone, really – empathy. Full review here.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

This book is CHILLING, authentic and heartbreaking — a real punch in the gut. 100% recommend. Full review here.

On the Web

After reading Fatima Farheen Mirza’s debut novel, A Place For Us (which honestly shifted so many things inside me and still gives me goosebumps when I remember), I was hungry for more. This interview she did with The Guardian is a great place to begin if you’d like to know more about this young author and the inception of this moving story.

I’d seen Porochista Khakpour’s novel, Sick, everywhere when it was first released but reading this piece on LitHub finally made me want to read it.

The premise of Eugenia Kim’s Kinship Of Secrets is so fascinating.

Roxane Gay has had a sleeve gastrectomy and is changing her lifestyle to lose weight and strengthen her body. In this article, she writes about how her changing body is changing her.

Parents, after reading with/to your kids, do you discuss the books with them? What do you say? This article gives 15 ways to have better conversations about books with kids besides asking “Did you like it?”

This story about a 94 year old who put a pool in his backyard for the kids in his neighborhood made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Ha! A little history lesson about how Donald Trump’s Grandparents became reluctant Americans.

If you’re looking to build a home library on a budget, here’s what you can do.

The Career Advice No One Will Give You — tough love, but oh so necessary. A favorite read.

What I Listened to…

Nneka was on hey, girl and her interview about finding photography, her parents’ love story and the power of possibility is one I enjoyed.

This episode of The Reading Women podcast is all about Books About Food. You know I loved it and got all of those book recs. Speaking of Reading Women, hosts, Kendra and Autumn were on BOOK’D this week. Read their interview here.

LOVED this episode of The Read Aloud Revival (which I’ve been bingeing on) featuring Anne Bogel. She talks about finding time to read as a mother of four and helping her children become readers.

Since I’ve been reading more YA, I found the YA Cafe Podcast. Their episode discussing Tiffany Jackson’s Monday’s Not Coming is perfect for all the post reading feels that book brings.

What I watched…

I LOVED watching Mandy Moore and Darren Criss interview each other on Variety’s Actors on Actors.

This movie trailer is so heartbreaking, I know I won’t be watching the movie, but, still, you should see this.

I watched this movie over the weekend and it is SO CUTE and funny! There’s an unnecessary about of bad language in the first ten percent of the movie but besides that, I really enjoyed it.

New on (book blog) block

BookofCinz aka Cindy Allman was featured on BOOK’D a while back. She’s a Jamaican living in Trinidad and Tobago and she just launched her new book blog! Go have a look and tell her I say hey!

In other news, I was featured on a list of bookstagrammers in the Caribbean. I smiled real big. Go have a look at the other featured book lovers here!

There you have it, my faves from June! You may have noticed, I’ve stopped sharing life updates. That’s because I’m sharing them on my newsletter now. If you fancy more intimate, monthly updates, you can sign up to receive those here.

How did June for you? What are you loving to read, listen to or watch right now? I’d love to know.

Have a great week!

Afoma x