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Airport reading! This is for my #bookbingo "a book written by a journalist." Ta-Nehisi Coates We Were Eight Years In Power is such a smart read so far. #halfbloodbingo #amreadingnonfiction #pocauthors #amreading

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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I dread the day that we have this conversation with our boys but we must equip them with any and every tool available to them.

#raisingblackboys #boystomen #blacklitsy #blitsy #readdiversebooks #ownvoices #pocauthors #blacklit #ya #boysreadtoo #blacklivesmatter

Nebklvr 😞 8mo
Eggbeater 😢❤ My heart goes out to you, my vote is always with better district attourneys. #blacklivesmatter 8mo
Mdargusch Heartbreaking in this day and age. 8mo
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cobwebmoth 💔 8mo
Reggie I listen to This American Life the podcast and one of their episodes is called The Birds and the Bees. It was about the important conversations you got when you were a kid. Kamau Bell is on there talking about how he was 8 and his mother asked him what he wanted for breakfast. He thought someone was dying because it wasn‘t his birthday. But that was the day she had the conversation of what it meant for his life, having the color of skin he had. 8mo
Reggie That was a couple of years ago. The fact those conversations even have to happen suck. But now it‘s important to have them. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz This is so heartbreaking💔 8mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I had time between meetings today so I stopped by the campus bookstore and snagged these two titles. #bookhaul #pocauthors #readdiversebooks #ownvoices #weneeddiversebooks #yalit #blitsy #blacklitsy

HOTPock3tt On the come up was AMAZING!! My fave read of 2019! ♥️😃 8mo
Chelleo @HOTPock3tt yasssss! I‘m looking forward to it. Will likely bump up to the top of my TBR list. 8mo
Lovesbooks87 Both were so good. Powerful reads! 8mo
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TheWordJar I have On the Come Up waiting for me on my bookshelves, and I‘m on the hold list for Dear Martin. I‘ve heard such good things about them! 8mo
Karkar I just finished Dear Martin....so good!!! 8mo
tjwill Both great choices! 8mo
rachelm Awesome choices! Loooved On the Come Up. Can‘t wait for the movie! 8mo
Chelleo @Karkar Sadly, I‘ve owned the ebook for months and still haven‘t read it but I couldn‘t pass up the print deal. 8mo
MidnightBookGirl Loved On the Come Up! 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Dear Martin is really good! 8mo
RebL I just finished OTCU maybe 5 minutes ago. I like it even better than THUG. 8mo
Chelleo @RebL Really?! Ok, I can‘t read both books at the same time, how am I going to choose?!?!? 😭 8mo
RebL @Chelleo Yes. I liked both, but Bri is so much more herself (for a fictional character). She‘s not a navel gazer, though her tendency to act first and think later gets her in trouble. I like her arc. Plus the wordplay is fun. 8mo
Chelleo @RebL It‘s a great review! You should post it. Thanks! 8mo
RaimeyGallant On the Come Up is so good! 8mo
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Stars Beneath Our Feet | David Barclay Moore
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Haven‘t been able to find anything that really pulls me in so I‘m checking this one out. #currentlylistening #audiocommute #audiodriving #readdiversebooks #weneeddiversebooks #ownvoice #pocauthors #blacklitsy #blitsy

MaureenMc I recently listened to this audio, too. Great story, and I really liked the narrator. 8mo
Louise How was it? 8mo
Chelleo @Louise I put it down. It was slow moving and I just couldn‘t get into it. I‘ll revisit it soon. 8mo
Louise Thanks. 👍 8mo
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Listening to this #audiobook and I‘m loving it! The stories are varied and so confirming for me, a biracial daughter of a Filipina immigrant and Black father. The stories of language (I speak English but my mother speaks a Filipino dialect), hair, food (they mention lumpia and pancit...my favorites) and music (NWA and gangsta rap we‘re part of my teenage soundtrack. I‘m only a 1/4 in and can‘t wait to hear the rest! #ownvoices #diversebooks

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great, I‘m still on the library‘s hold list for this one and I can‘t wait. 11mo
dalma_st_paul On my TBR this year. Thanks for reminding me😊 I'm really excited for this one. 11mo
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The Crossover | Kwame Alexander
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Although I believe this would make a great read for younger teens, especially black boys, this was not for me. Laced with poetry throughout it was a bit jumpy to follow in audiobook format. I‘m sure print is the ideal medium for this. Nice for reluctant readers and filled with discussion worthy topics: sports, health, family/sibling relationships and more.

#blitsy #blacklitsy #blackhistorymonth #readdiverseauthors

Butterfinger I adore Kwame Alexander. I follow him on Facebook and he just seems so friendly and relatable. I want to meet him so badly. I agree. I think the text would be more easy to get. 12mo
Addison_Reads My nephew loves this book, so yes, if you have a reluctant reader try this one. He tried the audio, but he said he liked reading it better. 12mo
Tamra The printed format is good! 12mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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What‘s not to love? I want to be her when I grow up and she‘s my best friend (in my head). Love hearing her inner thoughts behind some of the more well known events during her time in the White House. 12/1/18. #blitsy #blacklitsy #readdiversebooks #pocauthors #blackauthors #readblackwomen #readblackauthors

Sweettartlaura I can‘t wait to get to this. She is such an inspiration ❤️ 14mo
riversong153 This memoir was so awesome! 14mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m still on such a high after seeing her on Thursday. Absolutely loved this book and love her. (And Phoebe Robinson called her “my new best friend” when she was introducing her. ☺️) 14mo
RebL I‘m dying! I decided to wait until Christmas (it‘s advent after all) to read this book even though I bought it upon publication. I would probably fall over dead if I saw Michelle Obama, @MicheleinPhilly. 14mo
Blaire I‘m 90th on the library waitlist for this one...will prob end up buying it. Can‘t wait 6 months! 14mo
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#BlitsyHistoryMonth Swap!

This swap celebrates Black History Month (U.S.) with books by African American authors and bookish and/or Black cultural gift items. All U.S. Littens are welcome to participate regardless of race!

Sign-ups end: Dec 29
Open Date: Feb 28
Region: U.S.
Sign-up link: http://bitly.com/bhm-swap

#LitsyHappenings #LitsySwaps #blitsy #blacklitsy #readdiversebooks #pocauthors #blackauthors #readblackwomen #readblackauthors

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EchoLogical Yessssssssss! 14mo
sweetpealsd Oh yeah! 14mo
Between_The_Covers Yesssssss 14mo
Leslie2 Thanks for tagging me!💖 Signing up now! 14mo
Chelleo @Leslie2 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🤗 14mo
riversong153 I‘m doing this, thanks for the tag! 14mo
MoniqueReads305 Thanks for tagging me 14mo
Yeah_I_Read Yes! 14mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love this idea!! But alas I'm not a US Litten. Maybe next time around. 💕 14mo
Chelleo @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I know 🥺 Im hoping I can get through this first one in order to figure out all the logistics so I can open it up internationally next year. 14mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Chelleo That's totally fair. I hope it's a success, I really do love the concept. 14mo
Mitch @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego me too...I‘ll be with you next year when you cross borders. It sound an amazing swap..have fun, can‘t wait to see the choices and add to my TBR! 14mo
cocomass You did it!!!! Signing up now! 14mo
Chelleo @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @mitch Thanks for the support! I‘ll make a note of your interest for next year! If there‘s enough interest I may cave and open up this year‘s swap #suchasofty 14mo
Chelleo @cocomass I did! 😬😳Glad you‘re on board! 14mo
Liatrek Just signed up 😊 This is awesome Thank you! 14mo
Shvonne Signed up. 💜 14mo
silentrequiem Yes! Will sign up later. 14mo
Mitch @Chelleo don‘t cave! Do what you feel comfortable with ! ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
KathyWheeler I don‘t do swaps because I know myself — I‘ve gone into them with good intentions and then don‘t follow through. However, I will be looking at the choices with real interest in order to add to my TBR. Have fun! 14mo
Jess7 Thanks for tagging me. I‘m out this time, but I think it is a great idea and I‘m happy to share! I have read several books that I think would be great for this though! this one is excellent and it hasn‘t gotten as much attention lately because it was published at the beginning of 2018: 14mo
AmyG This is a wonderful idea. Gives ne an opportunity to send a Litten one of my most favorte books. Thanks @Chello for doing this swap. 14mo
RaimeyGallant I'm in. 14mo
RaimeyGallant Oh darn it. I'm in Canada. 14mo
Mimi28 I‘m in!! And the open date is on my birthday!! 14mo
Chrissyreadit Signing up now! 14mo
LapReader This Australian wishes she could participate. 14mo
BeaG Signed up 14mo
Chelleo @LapReader @RaimeyGallant Noted! Thanks for your interest...hope to offer internationally for next year. (edited) 14mo
Sweettartlaura Can I ask... why is the Open Date at the end of Black History Month instead of the beginning? Also, what is the swap exactly? 2/3 books? More, less? Please & thank you 🙏🏻 14mo
Chelleo @Sweettartlaura It‘s a way of extending Black History Month beyond February. It should also be a bit easier to ID books and cultural items as they‘ll be highlighted throughout the month. The swap package details are on the form page. 14mo
Sweettartlaura @Chelleo Oh, nice! Thanks - I‘ll check it out 🙂. It‘s been a while since I did a swap - this sounds interesting. 14mo
4thhouseontheleft I had decided not to do any swaps next year, but I‘m really tempted to participate in this one! 14mo
Chelleo @4thhouseontheleft you have some time to decide, no pressure 😜 14mo
Dana1084 Oh sweet! This sounds like a fabulous swap!! 14mo
Chelleo @Dana1084 Glad you like it. Hope you can join us! 14mo
Bookladylinda @Chelleo thank you for the tag, I appreciate it and it looks like fun but I may have to sit this one out. 14mo
Nute Thanks for the tag. I want to participate, but feeling leary due to a failed pen pal connection. My match turned out to be non-responsive after the first exchange of information. That has left a bitter taste for this type of connection. It's hurtful when anticipating a good thing that is never going to happen. This is a wonderful idea and I am hoping for a great success! 13mo
Chelleo @Nute I totally understand. I hate to hear that you‘ve had bad experiences with Pen Pals. 🥺 So rude and disrespectful. Hope that when the time comes for you to jump in again it‘s all you hope it to be. 🤗 13mo
Gaylagal2 I'm in and looking forward to this so much! 🤙 13mo
Chelleo @Gaylagal2 yeaaaah! Can‘t wait! 13mo
Kammbia1 Thanks for the tag! I was off Litsy for awhile. 13mo
Mimi28 Hey, I need to remove myself from this swap. I‘m sorry. I spent too much this Christmas and all my minimum payments are going to go up. I‘ll barely have enough for laundry. I‘m sorry. I hope you understand!! ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Chelleo @Mimi28 thanks for letting me know 🤗 13mo
Mimi28 Sorry, thanks for understanding ❤️❤️ I hope it is a great success!! ❤️❤️ 13mo
Avanders Hey — I‘m probably way late here, but if you need someone to send a package (reasons such as 👆🏽), let me know! 12mo
Chelleo @Avanders Thanks! I‘ll keep that in mind. There were a few early hiccups that were quickly sorted out. So far, so good. 🤞🏾 12mo
Avanders Glad to hear it 😊🤞🏽🤞🏽 Hope everyone follows through! ♥️ 12mo
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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics | Veronica Chambers, Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore
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Starting this #audiobook today. Found a few online videos of the authors talking about the book: https://youtu.be/KFTaYc-ZSHU

#blitsy #blacklitsy #readdiversebooks #pocauthors #blackauthors #readblackwomen #readblackauthors

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics | Veronica Chambers, Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, Yolanda Caraway, Minyon Moore
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This hold came through today and I‘m still 6 hours away from finishing my current read 😫😭 Can‘t wait!

#blitsy #blacklitsy #readdiversebooks #pocauthors #blackauthors #readblackwomen #readblackauthors

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