Looking Forward to December!

I know I’m a little late on this but I really wanted to take yesterday to highlight Ijeoma Oluo’s newest book. November was an extremely busy month for me in terms of ARCs but I made it through and even got a head start in December. In contrast, this month will be super light. In fact, I’m already almost done with it. I have one more children’s book and one more adult book to read for December and then I’ll be done. January and February though will again be very busy so this gives me a chance to read ahead. So without further ado, here are my ARCs that are being published in December.

Children’s Books

Ritu Weds Chandni // written and illustrated by Ameya Narvankar

Pub Day: December 01, 2020

Publisher: Yali Books


Ayesha is excited to attend her cousin Ritu’s wedding. She can’t wait to dance at the baraat ceremony! But not everyone is happy that Ritu is marrying her girlfriend Chandni. Some have even vowed to stop the celebrations. Will Ayesha be able to save her cousin’s big day?

Centering Ayesha’s love for her cousin as much as it showcases Ritu and Chandni’s love for each other, this warmhearted debut from Ameya Narvankar celebrates the power of young voices standing up against prejudice and bigotry.

Affiliate Link: Buy here.

Sit With Me // by Carolyn Kanjuro // illustrated by Nan Lawson

Pub Day: December 01, 2020

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.


You can squat like a frog or lounge like a cat–but if you want to sit like a buddha, there are seven key steps for taking your seat.

Sit with Me invites kids of all ages to learn meditation through playful rhymes and adorable illustrations. Justa Bug describes the seven-point meditation posture–from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet–in an easy and accessible way. With a spine straight like coins stacked on a plate and shoulders back like a vulture in flight, kids will learn the basics of sitting through encouraging verse. With a little practice, Sit with Me will help everyone in the family learn how to meditate easy and free.

Affiliate Link: Buy here.

The ABCs of Black History // by Rio Cortez // illustrated by Lauren Semmer

Pub Day: December 08, 2020

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company


B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright! And for a Book that takes a Bold journey through the alphabet of Black history and culture.

Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy.

It’s a story of big ideas––P is for Power, S is for Science and Soul. Of significant moments––G is for Great Migration. Of iconic figures––H is for Zora Neale Hurston, X is for Malcom X. It’s an ABC book like no other, and a story of hope and love.

In addition to rhyming text, the book includes back matter with information on the events, places, and people mentioned in the poem, from Mae Jemison to W. E. B. Du Bois, Fannie Lou Hamer to Sam Cooke, and the Little Rock Nine to DJ Kool Herc.

Affiliate Link: Buy here.

Fiction Books

The Butterfly Effect // by Rachel Mans McKenny

Pub Day: December 08, 2020

Publisher: Alcove Press


Is there such a thing as an anti-social butterfly? If there were, Greta Oto would know about it–and totally relate. An entomologist, Greta far prefers the company of bugs to humans, and that’s okay, because people don’t seem to like her all that much anyway, with the exception of her twin brother, Danny, though they’ve recently had a falling out. So when she lands a research gig in the rainforest, she leaves it all behind.

But when Greta learns that Danny has suffered an aneurysm and is now hospitalized, she abandons her research and hurries home to the middle of nowhere America to be there for her brother. But there’s only so much she can do, and unfortunately just like insects, humans don’t stay cooped up in their hives either–they buzz about and… socialize. Coming home means confronting all that she left behind, including her lousy soon-to-be sister-in-law, her estranged mother, and her ex-boyfriend Brandon who has conveniently found a new non-lab-exclusive partner with shiny hair, perfect teeth, and can actually remember the names of the people she meets right away. Being that Brandon runs the only butterfly conservatory in town, and her dissertation is now in jeopardy, taking that job, being back home, it’s all creating chaos of Greta’s perfectly catalogued and compartmentalized world. But real life is messy, and Greta will have to ask herself if she has the courage to open up for the people she loves, and for those who want to love her.

The Butterfly Effect is an unconventional tale of self-discovery, navigating relationships, and how sometimes it takes stepping outside of our comfort zone to find what we need the most.

Affiliate Link: Buy here.

Non-Fiction Books

Mediocre // by Ijeoma Oluo

See my review here.

Pub Day: December 01, 2020

Publisher: Seal Press


From the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race, a subversive history of white male American identity.

What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? What happens when success is defined by status over women and people of color, instead of by actual accomplishments?

Through the last 150 years of American history — from the post-reconstruction South and the mythic stories of cowboys in the West, to the present-day controversy over NFL protests and the backlash against the rise of women in politics — Ijeoma Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. Mediocre investigates the real costs of this phenomenon in order to imagine a new white male identity, one free from racism and sexism.

As provocative as it is essential, this book will upend everything you thought you knew about American identity and offers a bold new vision of American greatness.

Affiliate Link: Buy here.

And that’s it! The only books I still need to read are The ABCs of Black History and The Butterfly Effect. They will both be out next Tuesday so I will try to squeeze them in this weekend whenever I finish my current reads.

I finally finished reorganizing the shelves in our dining room so I now get to share my own pictures sometimes and give you a glance into my book collection. This one shows several of my favorite books of this year as well as some all-time favorites. Do you see anything here that you’ve read or want to read? What books are you planning on reading during the month of December? Let me know in the comments!

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