Knot Again is the sequel to Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. This time around, we follow FDNY firefighter Lucas of the Strong brothers. It’s a year later and the brothers are still reeling from the death of their adopted mother Mama Joy. Lucas is battling other demons in the form of also still grappling with the death of his biological mother, who died in a fire when he and his younger brother were kids.
Allie’s childhood bully and adult nemesis Cole is also her brother Adam’s best friend and radio co-host. The two are always instantly at each others’ throats hurling insults on sight. It’s hard for Allie to avoid seeing Cole after traveling home to Tennessee from NYC for the first time in 4 years. She’s there not only to celebrate Christmas, but to lick her wounds from a recent break-up. Fun fact: we first met Allie in Gleason’s Falling.
Falling by G.G. Gleason is a cute, yet spicy friends-to-lovers read. I loved the sexual tension and comfort level between Connie and Josh. The whole time I was reading it, I kept wondering: why couldn’t I have a lifelong best friend to fall in love with? Life would’ve been much easier. It would’ve saved me from the agony and defeat of hopping on and off these damn dating apps.
Confession: I added Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson to my TBR because of the cover. Timbs & that title? C’mon! How could I not be intrigued? I also added it because my niece likes to knit. I was sure she either read it or would want to read it, and we’d be able to chat and bond over it. Sure enough, when I forwarded it to her, she had already read it. #ProudAuntie
On Twitter and Instagram, @melanatedreader challenged people to read 20 books by Black women in 2022. She collaborated with @danzibooks to create a cute little template to keep track. I readily and easily accepted. I kinda cheated. Memoirs and books written by Black women have a gravitational pull on me. Of the 47 books I completed in 2022, 32 were by Black women.
Kindred is a gripping novel. There isn’t a single character for whom you don’t develop feelings for, whether it’s sympathy, empathy, disgust or hatred—as strong as that word is. Even though we learn of Dana’s family’s past, we can’t help but to worry about her future.
Despite being a delinquent book club member, I support all things WRBG whenever I can. Glory holds author conversations on Instagram Live and launched a podcast of the same name. I own copies of both her books. Even if I didn’t know her, I would stan. I love this community.
I attended the festival by the skin of my teeth. Ever the procrastinator, by the time I booked hotel and travel, prices had jumped from when originally checked. I contemplated skipping. The pricetag for the quick local weekend getaway was almost on par with an extended vacation to a beautiful island bought with a special e-newsletter deal.
But you know what? Books and author events are my happy place, my comfort zone. Life is to be lived and enjoyed.
Where is that damn high-interest Capital One card?
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During a trip to Vegas, Grace Porter aka Porter wakes up with fuzzy memories of getting married to a mystery woman the night before. There’s a note written on the back of a business card placed on a pillow. This impulsive act is a far cry from the reserved and disciplined person that she has always been. The trip itself is a gift from her close friends in celebration of completing her PhD. She’s only in her late 20s.