We're celebrating the little guys (well, gals, tbh) this episode as we discuss your favorite indie authors.
Before that, we talk some book news. People keep coming for libraries, and this time it was in the dumbest way possible. Rare Bird is being sued by Natasha Tynes for $13 MILLION and their lawyer found time in his day to send this response. And finally, The Atlantic came for the Goodreads Challenge. Thanks to everyone who replied to our #BCLChat. Check out the authors and books we discussed below:
Hey, readers! We embrace our inner conspiracy theorists with our latest read, American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson. It's got everything you'd expect from a spy novel: Cold War politics, assassination attempts, missing sisters and a white dude named Ross. Listen in as we discuss this unexpected piece of African history fanfic.
We also talk about Family Matters, Jaleel White's supposedly shady past and that scene from In the Heat of the Night where Sidney Poitier slapped a racist white dude. (It's Mollie's mom's favorite scene for good reason.)
As always, join us for our next BCL Chat and let us know who your favorite indie author is. Take part in the discussion by tweeting us at @blackchicklit.
We've got another chat for you. This time, we wanted to know if y'all reread books and why. Before we get to that, however, we chat about that messy author who got in trouble for snitching, BookRiot's unusually bad romance take and whether or not it's a good idea to tag authors in negative reviews. (Tbh, I feel like that first story should answer that question. Don't be rude to people on social media, 'cause that shit can come back to bite you bad.)
We also unload all our Avengers: Endgame feelings. If you want to avoid that and all the spoilers therein, skip 43:07 to 1:11:12.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this month's chat! A majority of you said you did reread books, but a good number of you said you felt no need revisit stories you've already experienced. Check out your answers beginning at the 1:16:40 mark.
Be sure to join us for our next read. We're going to discuss American Spy, by Laura Wilkinson.
We get back to our literary fiction roots and read Oyinkan Braithwaite's debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer. This book has it all: love triangles, jealousy and, cake. Surprisingly, not a whole lot of murder. Listen in as we try to figure out just how crazy this family is. (Spoiler: We do kind of love the titular sister; she truly doesn't give a fuck.)
Also in this episode, Dani shares her adventures from KissCon in Chicago, Mollie confirms that A Goofy Movie is still the best Disney movie and we express our mutual hatred for Cousin Skeeter.
Don't forget to join us for our next BCL Chat: How often to you reread books? Does your opinion about books change after a repeat read? Take part in the discussion by tweeting us at @blackchicklit on Twitter.
This is our most scandalous episode yet. We discuss the month's biggest controversies and OMG! moments, including #RITAsSoWhite, #BagelGate and Shangela. Who exactly is RITA and what's her problem? Why aren't authors of color getting the shine they deserve? Why can't the RWA just set fire to the whole award season? We try our best to answer these questions, but tbh, we don't come away satisfied. Here are some of the resources we mentioned during the episode:
Also, earlier this month, we asked y'all to share your unpopular book opinions. And, boy, did you deliver, bringing shade for a whole bunch of tropes, books and authors. Thanks to all who answered this month's chat! Be sure to read up for our next episode, My Sister, The Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite.
Bring the lemon and sugar, 'cause we got the tea.
This month, we read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and we couldn't help but notice how similar this book is to Avatar: The Last Airbender. A pair of plucky but poor siblings — one magic and one not? Check. A handsome young prince who's tormented by his father and who just wants to do right? Check. An evil regime? A magical summer solstice? A giant fluffy flying thing? Check. Check. Check.
Needless to say, we didn't love it. (But, again, at least we didn't build a website.) If you want an even more in-depth look at the book's plot, you can check out Dani's rage-y notes online via Google Drive. And if you want to learn more about writing fantasy, check out the YouTube videos by Brian Sanderson that Mollie mentioned.
We shared our shade and now it's your turn. And in celebration of our birthday month, we're trying something new! Call and leave us a voicemail at 213-259-3739 with your unpopular book opinions. Whatever book, genre, author you want! They don't have to be about books we've discussed or books by black women. You can also tweet them at us or DM us at @blackchicklit. (You can stay anonymous. Just let us know!) Get your thoughts by Friday, March 29!
It's finally here! We got to speak with the Queen of Black Historicals herself, Beverly Jenkins, and it was a blast. It's easy to see where Loreli's feistiness comes from.
We ask her about her place in the romance genre, her writing process and her personal opinions of men with mustaches. (Spoiler alert: She's #TeamStache.) We also learn what she's currently working on and what she hopes to achieve in the future.
(We had a slight technical glitch at 44:10. We apologize for the loss of Ms. Jenkins response! 😭)
Next month, we're jumping back into the world of YA, so don't be surprised if we get shady. We're reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
Happy Valentine’s Day, listeners!
Love is in the air! It’s our annual romance episode, and this year, we’re reading the Slayer of Words herself: Ms. Beverly Jenkins. We read Dani’s favorite Jenkins’ novel, A Chance at Love. (Or as Mollie titled it, The Education of Jake Reed.) There are precocious children, farm animal hijinks and a marriage of convenience that ends up causing more problems than it solves. It’s basically a black historical rom-com, and we loved it.
We dig into it all, as well as sketchy Missouri hospitals, Kansas’ poor taste in mascots and our romance philosophies.
Listen in and get ready for our next episode when we speak to the Slayer herself! We get to chat with Ms. Jenkins about romance, writing and her impressive career. Any questions you want us to ask? Be sure to tweet them to us at @blackchicklit by Feb. 16.
Happy New Year! Our first episode of 2019 is a chatty one as we share our 2019 reading and writing resolutions, as well as our goals for the podcast.
We also get into the increasing bougieness of the Oscars, our love-hate relationship with the Goodreads Challenge and a number of Instascams (including Fyre Festival). Listen in and share your reading resolutions with us at @blackchicklit.
February is Romance month, and this year, we’re finally reading Beverly Jenkins, a.k.a. the Slayer of Words herself. Listen in next month when we discuss her 2002 book A Chance at Love. (While Indigo is the title mentioned in the episode, we had to do a last-minute switcheroo after the recording. You should still definitely read Indigo. And then tweet Dani about it. She’s up for any and all romance novel talk.)
Shout out to everyone who took part in our poll or responded to our resolution tweets. Do you have a suggestion for a future #BCLChat? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe to Black Chick Lit on iTunes.
We're back for round two of Zane's Addicted, and the second half is as incomprehensible as the first.
We wrap up Urban Fic January with the second half of our discussion of this "erotic" book, and things are problematic, to say the least. The storyline touches on rape, molestation and murder, and none of those topics are handled well. Want a fun drinking game? Count how many times we say the words "gross" and "unsexy." Your liver will hate us.
If you're interested in seeing the rest of Dani's notes, you can find them on Goodreads.
Missed the first half of our conversation? Listen in to last week's episode.
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