It's new release day, so get out your TBR - What? You guys don't keep physical books lists? - and add these babies to the bottom. Or top. Or disregard your list altogether. It's fine.
First things first, the only book I really care about today is On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, so let's start there, shall we? Thomas's first book, The Hate U Give, was one of the best books I read in 2017. It's an important read that, even though I don't believe in requiring folks to read certain books, should be required reading. Seriously. It touches on a lot of issues that are VERY relevant and could may be offer up some perspective. So, when I heard she had a new book coming out, I made a weird squealing noise and, more than likely, did this weird kick thing I do when I'm excited. Then I found out it was an ode to hip hop, I switched legs and kicked again. As I approach forty, it occurs to me that I should stop doing this. I'm going to pull a hammie.
On the Come Up is about sixteen-year-old Bri who wants to be a rapper. But she's the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who passed away before making it big; she has a lot to live up to. So, she makes a video and it goes viral, but for all the wrong reasons. Before she knows it, she's defending herself against the media, trying to get by at school and earn enough money to keep a roof over her family's head. It's a lot for a teenager. If this book is anything like her first one, it's going to be difficult, but told in a brilliant and engaging way.
Researching for this blog requires me to go through pages and pages of books every week, looking for something that isn't political, diet-related, or written by James Patterson. Y'all, it's hard. Sometimes I miss something interesting. The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud just might be one of those somethings. It's been out for a few weeks and it's getting rave reviews. It's a book all about the importance of reading aloud to children, mostly, but I don't have children and I enjoy reading aloud to my dog. He seems to enjoy it. Butter Battle Book is a favorite. Apparently, reading aloud, whether you're the reader or the listener, whether you're a child or an adult, has neurological benefits. Because science. I love science; I oftentimes don't understand, but I love it. Kinda like Twin Peaks. I haven't looked in to this research and, let's face it, I'm not going to, but I am a huge fan of the idea of reading to kids from actual books with pages in them. It certainly can't hurt. I mean, my mom read to me on a daily basis until I was old enough to read to her and look how I turned out!
Look, I rambled too much up there^ to have room to talk trash about Jimmy Pat. Luckily, he has a book coming out in two weeks that's already a best seller and a Women's Murder Club book later this month. I have a lot of questions about the WMC. We need a legit JP fan to volunteer as tribute and answer a few of my questions on our soonish to be released podcast. I'm not even joking. I know it's sometimes difficult to tell.
So, readers, grab a book. A new one, an old one, whatever, and read it! Preferably aloud!