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12 Days of Christmas Books and Desserts

Twelve days ago, I started pairing books and desserts on my Instagram account. Each day was dedicated to a book, with a dessert paired with each novel. So, on this 12th day, the final day of this 12 days of Christmas series, I'm bringing you a blog post with all books and desserts in the same place. I definitely would recommend all of these books and have given at least 4/5 stars. I hope you all enjoy!

  • Day 1:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo. This book is a fantastic romance novel with themes of family and culture and what all of that means to the individual. I give this book 5/5 stars.

Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: This book is paired with the classic chocolate chip cookie.

  • Day 2:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: Blackout by a talented group of black women authors is a phenomenal young adult fiction novel. This is a novel that I wish I had as a teenager. It fostered so many positive feelings as I was reading. I commend these women for bringing this literature to today's youth. If you have teens, I recommend they read this book. Actually, I recommend everyone read this book.

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: Brownie batter dip; if you want brownies but don't want to bake, this dip is perfect for you. And great for dipping with fruit, graham crackers, and whatever else you can find.

  • Day 3:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is a great light and easy read. It's also a fantastic book. It's a collection of 9 stories that are all equally amazing. Deesha Philyaw did an excellent job of getting readers the feel of what the characters were going through. This book was so good; I read it in a day and a half. 100% would recommend.

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: Chocolate chip cannoli from Luca Pastry

  • Day 4:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones had me at the very first line, "my father is a bigamist." A tale of two families and one man. I would recommend this book. 5/5 stars. If you're on holiday break and have some free time, I would recommend you pick up this book

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: A lemon tart from Luca's Pastry. Indeed the perfect pairing.

  • Day 5:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: Luster by Raven Leilani is chaos in a book. It's chaos in the best possible way, though. It's wittily dark. The main character Edie is just trying to figure life out in her twenties, and so much happens. I definitely would recommend it. 4.5/5 stars

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: German chocolate cupcake. It's the perfect pairing.

  • Day 6:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon is a great young adult fiction book I truly adored. It's an incredible romantic journey that I suggest you or your teenager read. 5/5 stars

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: Chocolate kisses gifted to me in this beautiful jar inscribed with my name. Thank you, Laura, for a gorgeous gift that pairs perfectly with this book.

  • Day 7:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. was probably one of my favorite books this year. This historical fiction novel takes you on a journey with two enslaved lovers and their trials not only with slavery but with each other. We see how slavery can affect a culture of people and their love for one another. This beautiful complex novel gives me the same feeling when I'm reading the phenomenal James Baldwin. Bravo Robert Jones, Jr. on this piece

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: Classic French vanilla ice cream, with whipped cream, in a waffle bowl. A perfect pairing.

  • Day 8:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall is a great non-fiction book that talks about the blind spot of today's feminist movement. "How can we stand in solidarity as a movement when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?" With essays spanning across topics such as hunger, education, patriarchy, beauty, fetishization, race, poverty, and many more, this book does a great job of explaining how today's feminist movement has failed to address the needs. Kendall does a great job of calling the feminist movement to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and deed. If you're looking for a non-fiction read to get a different perspective, this book is for you. 5/5 would recommend

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: Pecan turtle delight cookie. The pecans, caramel, and chocolate melt in your mouth. The perfect dessert while diving into this novel.

  • Day 9:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo was a phenomenal tale of choosing oneself and love over family. Jane Igharo makes her second appearance in this series. I read this book back in February, and I still think about it. As a debut novel, Igharo did her thing with this book. This novel takes you through a journey from a one-night "mistake" to a lifetime of love with a few family bumps along the way. I've read both of Igharo's novels this year, and I'm a forever fan.

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: Homemade strawberry shortcake. The perfect amount of sweetness to match this excellent book.

  • Day 10:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi was a beautiful novel. This novel takes you on the journey of Gifty, a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience at Stanford University, while she takes care of her suicidal mother. After her brother's untimely death from an OxyContin overdose, Gifty seeks to understand the scientific reasons behind depression and addiction. This book takes you on a beautiful journey while broaching the topic of mental illness. This novel is written beautifully, almost poetry-like. I give this book 5/5 stars.

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: Lemon pound cake with a lemon glaze. This dessert is sweet with just the right amount of tartness.

  • Day 11:

    • Book ๐Ÿ“–: Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson is a powerful story of family, love, and legacy. This journey takes you on a familial journey that discusses themes of sexual desire, identity, mother-daughter relationships, loss and grief, prejudice, class, education, ambition, and gentrification. This story is told from different points of view from various family members and takes you on a journey through the past and present. It's a wonderfully written, light, and breezy novel. I give this book 5/5 stars. I recommend you read this book.

    • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: This dessert is sweet, gooey, and comfort in each biteโ€”a perfect pair.

  • Day 12:

  • Book ๐Ÿ“–: I had all days picked out except the final day today when starting this series. When I heard of her passing last Wednesday, I knew it was meant for this day to be dedicated to the phenomenon known as bell hooks. The final day in the series is dedicated to the late bell hooks. All about love by bell hooks offers a proactive and new view of love. She challenges that instead of defining love as a noun, we would all love better if we used it as a verb. In thirteen chapters, she challenges societal ideas of love while explaining how we could all love better. This non-fiction wonderment of a novel is a yearly read for me, and I cherish bell hook's wisdom and insight. I think this should be a mandatory read for everyone out there. If you haven't, I suggest you pick up a copy and read this thought-provoking book.

  • Dessert ๐Ÿฐ: Mom's lemon meringue pie. This dessert is sweet but balanced with the right amount of tartness. It is a holiday favorite in my family's household, and I can't wait to dive into this dessert.

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