19 Aug 2016

The Happies!

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Happy Friday! I had an idea to do occasional weekly rounds-up of things I’ve done this week and things I’ve seen on the internet that made me smile. Just something that you can look at on the internet that’s guaranteed to be 100% positive. Until I can think of a better name, I want to call this little post The Happies!

Even though I’m an avid reader, I’ve never read a book that made me cry. Nope, not even The Fault in Our Stars, until I read THIS. The Sun is Also A Star. Omg. It’s a love story about a Jamaican-American girl and a Korean-American boy, and the day they spend together before she’s in danger of being deported. Could easily read in one sitting. Loved it.

On my book channel, I did ANOTHER book haul (insert DJ Khalid soundbite), of books I’ve collected this summer. I already buy too many books as it is, and I really need to go on a book buying break really soon.

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This Marvel author made female athletes into superheroes, and I’m seriously trying to figure out where I can buy the ones of Simone Biles, Simone Manuel, Misty Copeland and Serena Williams!


Speaking of Simone Biles, I definitely ship her and Zac Efron, if for nothing else but the cute factor. The blush after he kissed her cheek? So cute!!

Have you seen this trailer for Hidden Figures, the movie about the four Black ladies who helped launch astronaut John Glenn into space? I can’t wait to see this!

What was your first AOL Screename? Read the comments under this tweet and see if it was any more embarrassing than these.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Next weekend is my mom’s birthday, Rob and my anniversary, and another exciting thing that I’ll try to fill y’all in on next week. What do y’all have planned and what nice things did y’all see on the internet? Let me know in the comments down below!

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  • I read this amazing anthology back in February — @wellreadblackgirl: a collection of essays edited by @guidetoglo, written by Black women, on the first time they saw themselves in the pages of a book they’ve loved. I’ve read and loved so many books as a child and have related to many characters, but I don’t think I really saw myself reflected racially in a book until my teenage years (except maybe Jesse from the Babysitters Club books?) For me, I always wanted to feel happy when reading, and the books presented to me about Black girls where always sad and/or dealing with slavery. I knew we were worth having more stories with happy endings too, and that thought fuels my writing to this day. ✨ Do you remember the first time you saw yourself in a book?
  • Thank you so much to @disney for gifting me this cute package to celebrate #marypoppinsreturns! It’s out now on digital, 4K Ultra HD and Blu-Ray. These books are so adorable! Have you read them or watched the movie yet? ☂️
  • I’ve partnered up with @letstalkYA and @freeform books to share a REALLY BIG book haul on my channel that includes this beauty, #TheEverlastingRose. 🌹 The link is in my bio! I can't wait to curl up with this book! Y'all know I am a huge fan of The Belles. Have you started this series yet?
  • These are the books I read in January (I’ll be sharing the books I read in February on my channel soon!) I didn’t plan on only reading books with blue covers. 💙 I really enjoyed all three of these books and two of them became 5 star reads for me. Have you read any of them?
  • This week was such an exciting one for THE FORGOTTEN GIRL! R.L. STINE, the author of the GOOSEBUMPS books, blurbed my novel!! He says "This ghost story gave me chill after chill. It will haunt you." 😱👻 WHAT! I received more exciting news that I can’t share yet, but can’t wait to. ✨ I’m just so thankful. 🙌🏽🙏🏽
  • “One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?” 💗 I finished Anne of Green Gables in January and it became an instant favorite. It put me in a reading slump bc I wanted to read something exactly like it when I was done! Anne is such a lovable character and I feel like we have the same view on life. This is a classic, character driven story with beautiful descriptions that makes you feel like you’re going through Anne’s life with her. Have you read it? What other books give you the same feelings as this one? #AnneOfGreenGables
  • I turned in second pass pages for #TheForgottenGirl this week, so here’s a tiny sneak peek. 😍 Look at the chapter headings! ✨
  • Very cheesy selfie to tell you that I have a new video on my channel featuring the books I read in January and what I’m reading this month! Also this @olay sweatshirt is one of my favorite work-from-home shirts, ever. 📚