May With K: Books and Films You Don’t Want To Miss!


Is it just me or does it seem like when the weather gets nice alllllllll the long-awaited books start to release?

Personally, I’ve been snatching up so many new books, that I have enough material to read through the rest of the year. But do you think that’s going to stop me from buying more when they drop? N-o-p-e!

One book in particular that I’m waiting on is Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. This book is due out 5/22/18 and I’m literally waiting on it at the door!

Tiffany D. Jackson is a relatively new author of color, but it’s safe to say she’s already become one of my automatic one-click authors. Her debut novel Allegedly, which I read in one sitting, was so well-written!


In addition to the cover being gorgeous, the blurb pulls you in from the jump. Check it out below:

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.

When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?


If, like me, you’re intrigued, you can pre-order your copy of Monday’s Not Coming here! And stay tuned for my review of this book sometime this summer!

Movies & Film

On Friday, 4/27/18 the next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for short) dropped: Avengers: Infinity War. But this isn’t just any regular old Marvel film. No, this is the Beyoncé of Marvel films! This was a mash up of EPIC proportions with appearances by just about anybody who’s anybody in the MCU, including:

Captain America, dude is called the first Avenger for a reason. Iron Man, because where would the personality come from in a MCU film without Robert Downey Jr? Thor, because who said you can’t be a 6’3 man and still be prettier than most women? Spider-Man, because Marvel knows a large portion of their fan base is comprised of teens, so they need to keep something on deck for them. King T’Challa & Co., because, of course, they’re Marvel’s newest moneymaker! And, then there were the staple heroes: Loki, Hulk, the entire cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Widow, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier, Vision and last, but not least, the new big-bad, Thanos.


Now, I’m not going to spoil the movie for you. This isn’t that kind of review. In fact, this isn’t a review at all. I’d say it’s actually a little bit of a rant and here’s why…

Black Panther (see my review on the film here), JUST released a mere 10 weeks ago. So, it’s still pretty new, to the world and to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Avengers: Infinity War is supposed to take place quite some time after Black Panther. Okay, that’s cool, that’s how they write the movies. But public perception with them releasing so close together doesn’t really translate that way.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is we JUST got this damn Black Panther movie. Wakanda is still fresh and near and dear to our hearts. So, why, oh, why would they go to Wakanda in Infinity War and TEAR. THAT. MF. UPPPPP!?


I’m telling you, they trashed our country. Tore that MF down with no remorse.

As I watched the movie, I felt like that one bourgeoisie (boujee) aunty, who graciously offers to host the family cook out at her nicer-than-everybody-else’s house, then instantly regrets it when everybody and their bad @$$ kids come through and tears the place up! Now, don’t get me wrong, the fight scene at Wakanda was EPIC, but dang.

All that super advanced technology, Shuri’s lab, the protective shield that covered the entire country, the livestock, y’all, GONE. DONE. TORE UP!

Anyway, the movie stirred mixed emotions in most, including me. So, all I’ll say is you have to see it to believe it! Check it out, folks. It’s one for the books.

I’d close out with “Wakanda forever!” but there’s hardly anything left of the country to rep after this movie. * rolls eyes and sucks teeth *

Review outcome: 5/5 buckets of popcorn!

That’s all for Books, Movies & Film this month! Until next time, y’all stay well-versed in everything artistic and creative. Trust me, it’s great for the soul.



Contributor Bio

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Kiarra M. Taylor is a proud Pittsburgher who currently resides in San Jose, California. She is a mother to a handsome son, as well as a beautiful daughter. A lifelong bookworm, Kiarra began writing in the fifth grade and hasn’t stopped since. Her published works include: A Series of Agains and The Quarter Change. When she isn’t transferring fictional worlds from the dredges of her mind onto her laptop, you can find her nose-deep in a book, or spending time with her children.

Ever the social butterfly, Kiarra is very active on social media, so please feel free to catch up with her on FacebookTwitter, Instagramand Goodreads!



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