A Celebration Of Black Female Authors

Last month was a celebration of Black history. And this month, we recognize the contributions of women in the fight for equality.  In a continuation of that spirit, this post is dedicated to 3 works of fiction written by Black female authors, which were previously reviewed on booksandbevs7. Whatever Happened To Interracial Love? by KathleenContinue reading “A Celebration Of Black Female Authors”

Book Review Time: Seven Days in June

Looking for a heavy dose of romantic tension to heat up the winter season? Then might I suggest Seven Days In June, by Tia Williams… Let me set the scene for you. Eva Mercy is sitting on stage. Lights are blaring. She is fighting through the physical pain that is her constant companion. Eva isContinue reading “Book Review Time: Seven Days in June”

Book Review Time: Never Meant To Meet You

Here’s an excerpt from “What’s Ginny Reading Next?” What’s Ginny Reading Next? Never Meant To Meet You is co-authored by Alli Frank and Asha Youmans. It tells the story of next-door neighbors whose geographic proximity has not translated itself into close personal ties. Apart from the tiniest of civilities, any true connection is non-existent.  MarjetteContinue reading “Book Review Time: Never Meant To Meet You”

Book Review Time: Black Girls Must Die Exhausted

You might remember this title from one of my recent post in the “What’s Ginny Reading Next?” series. (https://booksandbevs7.org/2022/12/10/whats-ginny-reading-next-2/) If you missed it here’s a quick synopsis from that post: Black Girls Must Die Exhausted (A Novel For Grown Ups) by Jayne Allen (audiobook.)  This book has been on my TBR list for a while,Continue reading “Book Review Time: Black Girls Must Die Exhausted”

microfiction: episode 6-excerpts/Book Review Time: Sisters

Ky sat at the end of the bar. Book in hand. She ordered a French 75 and settled in. The bartender, assuming a woman on her own in a near-empty bar must be in want of conversation, swooped in. She didn’t really want to talk. She had her book. But here they were.  Surprisingly, theirContinue reading “microfiction: episode 6-excerpts/Book Review Time: Sisters”

Book Review Time: Memphis

(Warning: This novel contains subject matter that may be triggering for certain audiences.) Memphis, by Tara M. Stringfellow resonated with me on many levels. As an African-American woman with strong southern roots, the sights, sounds, and smells rendered by this debut novel prompted memories of my own childhood. Early mornings on summer vacations, sitting inContinue reading “Book Review Time: Memphis”

Book Review Time: Red Island House

I debated with myself on whether or not I should write a review for this novel so soon after reading it. Not to say, I didn’t like Red Island House. Quite the contrary. I loved it. The story is captivating and lush not unlike the tropical environment it is primarily set in. But the novelContinue reading “Book Review Time: Red Island House”

Book Review Time: Friday Black

Hello, my fellow bibliophiles. You may have noticed I took a brief hiatus. No need for concern. Reading is ingrained in me. I read every day. Yet for whatever reason, the writing wasn’t coming along as easily. I’m still trying to uncover the “why” behind that. Maybe the exhaustion and frustration of 2020 finally caughtContinue reading “Book Review Time: Friday Black”

Book Review Time: Transcendent Kingdom

I posted a review of Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing earlier this year. I tried my best to express how deeply I was impacted by the novel. Homegoing is grand in scope-a multi-generational, trans-continental, saga. It explores the African and diasporic experience, examining the atrocities of tribal strife, colonialism, slavery, and institutionalized racism. It’s painful in itsContinue reading “Book Review Time: Transcendent Kingdom”

Book Review Time: Song For Anninho

Almeyda rests, recovering. The wounds she sustained to her chest are severe. Almeyda was discovered by a medicine woman, unconscious and disfigured. Now, the medicine woman carefully tends to her injuries. With trust well earned, Almeyda confides to this woman, Zibrata. She reveals to her the story of her life; how she came to beContinue reading “Book Review Time: Song For Anninho”