Friday, August 11, 2017

BOOK → TV NEWS

     Two of my favorite Sci-Fi writers are finally getting some TV love. And I am here for both of them and I have high hopes yes, but at the same time I don't want to get myself too pumped and be let down but I'm going to live in this great news and spread the joy that it is with you, dear reader.
FULL TOR.COM ARTICLE HERE
     Ava DuVernay, as you can see from the screen shot of the article here, is set to bring Dawn book one in the Xenogenesis Trilogy by Octavia E. Butler to a television screen near you very soon. I had read the Xenogenesis Trilogy earlier this year and at first I wasn't sure if I had enjoyed the series but after finishing all three and sitting back and reflecting on it. I can honestly say that it was one of the most interesting and thought out brilliant concepts in a science fiction and I loved it. I highly recommend it by the way.  And now to see it come to life on my TV screen. Ahhhh!

FULL EW.COM ARTICLE HERE
    Earlier last week/late last month we also received news that Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death series is also getting turned into a television show on HBO and George RR Martin is going to be an executive producer. The Book of Phoenix (book #0.1) and Who Fears Death are some of the last books by Dr. Okorafor that I have yet to read, but if it is anything like I think it is and with the assistance of Mr. Martin, I have no doubt that THIS SERIES IS GOING TO BE FANTASTIC.

     No lie I'm having a serious blerd moment here #blackgirlmagic #afrofuturistic.


     Side note: Two other series have just made the jump from book to screen and I plan on watching are:

1. Mr. Mercedes based off the Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King is said to air on Audience, an AT&T channel. You can check out my review for the first book here. Great series, I would recommend it, especially the second book Finders Keepers.

2. Also, The Cuckoo's Calling, by the lovely J.K. Rowling is soon to premiere on BBC One August 27th at 9 pm. The show is called Strike after the main character Cormoran Strike. 

What a time to be alive.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

AUGUST TBR



   WTF am I thinking? I said to take it slow and now I've got more than 10 books that I "think" I'm going to read during the month of August. I must be crazy. Most of these are library books which is why I think they are on my list for this month, because I didn't get around to them last month or they just recently became available to me. Either way I'll definitely have my hands full. So lets get to it, shall we?

     I was so excited when I was in HPB and found a copy of Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (book 1 in the Earthseed series) that there was NO WAY in all of God's green that I was going to leave without that in my hands. And funny enough it was going to be my next series of her's that I was going to read anyway. I thought it was a win/win for me.

     Pleasantville by Attica Locke is the second book in the Jay Porter series. After reading this one, I will have read all of Ms. Locke's published books until her new book, Bluebird, Bluebird is released later this year.

     Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor has been sitting on my shelves for a while now and after hearing the news that this, with the help of George R.R. Martin as executive producer, is turning this book into an HBO series.

     Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill is the second to last book of Joe's that I have on my shelves unread. Once again I'm trying to get through his books before his newest book Strange Weather. 

     City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book in the Mortal Instrument series. I don't know what has come upon me lately but I have binge watched the television show and I just need to get myself in gear and just go and read the series. I know that it is pretty loved, I can think of one book tuber in particular who has a very extensive collection of shadowhunter/mortal instruments memorabilia. I'm a fan of the series and I hope I like the series as much as I like the show and movie.

     My Soul to Take by Tananarive Due, I've spoken about this one before. I will finish this one this month and be done another series. <--clearly stating this as a pledge to myself than to you dear reader lol but I am excited to see how this series ends. Sooooo much has gone on since the start of this series, so much growth and death I love it.

     Orange by Ichigo Takano is a manga series that I have been meaning to get to for a while now and it wasn't till I watched a youtube video by SkinnyGirlFatHair about the series and how much she loved it so I've added it to my stack.

     The next set of book are those that are strictly on my kindle to read and three of them are those library books that I was talking about.


     Dying for Revenge by Eric Jerome Dickey is the third book in the Gideon series and the first two were crazy good, I figured it was time to pick this series back up again.

     New Boy by Tracy Chevalier is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which consist of about 7 books by varies authors taking on and giving new life to Shakespeare plays. New Boy is a spin on the play Othello. I love watching and listening to Shakespearean plays and one of my favorite books by Tracy Chevalier is the Girl with a Pearl Earring. I have high hopes for this one.


     Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz is a book that I had heard on the Bookriot Podcast, Read or Dead where Rincey, who I love to watch her youtube videos, had recommended this book and I have finally come up in the queue.  I haven't had the best of luck with Agatha Christie herself, I find her writing to be a little slow, so a book that is told to be is a similar formula, while I am apprehensive I'm still pumped.

     City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series. I have not a clue as to what happens in this next installment cause I have just started the first one.


     YES, so let me know what you'll be reading in the month of August, let me know if you have read any of these books or listen to this podcast or another ones that you listen to I'm always looking for something new to add to my stack. Till next time.

PEACE✌✌


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

JULY BOOK HAUL📚

     Thanks to BOTM, The Goodwill and Half-Price Books I got a pretty decent haul for this month. Lets start with my books from Book of the Month Club. For July I picked two that I saw that really caught my eye. Final Girls by Riley Sager and Hunger by Roxane GayFinal Girls sounds like something that would be a Scream "like" book and I'm here for it. Now when will I really be picking up said book? I don't know, but I have it, I'm excited to read it.

     Since my husband has come back from a long deployment we had some clothes to give away, some summer cleaning, more so of his old clothes we packed up and dropped off at the Goodwill and I found some books that I had been trying to keep an eye out for but haven't been put in a position to pick them up: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and Blockade Billy by Stephen King.  All these books costs me no more than 10 bucks. I have already read A Monster Calls last year right before the movie came out, still haven't seen it, but I really enjoyed the book. It was pretty sad, but I can see the importance of reading it.

     On our two week vacation to Cleveland I stopped by the closest HPB and found some gems that once again I had been on the look out for but not really making any strides in picking them up. Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Fiction edited by Terry McMillan, Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, and The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox all by Roald Dahl. My main objective was to find some Roald Dahl books (mainly The Witches) so when I found these three I was still happy. Having been currently reading JATGP at the time, it just seemed right to pick it up knowing that I was really loving what I was reading.

      Okay that's all for me folks. If you have read any of these books let me know down below!

Laters!

 
   

  PEACE ✌
     

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

JULY WRAP UP!

    So first off shoutouts to me for finishing not one, not two not three not four but FIVE and a half series, count em' five 1/2 series! Don't worry, I didn't break my arm patting myself on the back. lol But no, I'm hyped. Sad to see these series go, but I love seeing them move from my TBR shelf to my Read shelf. Lets get to it. Lets look at these awesome books that I have read and that I would recommend these books to people who love speculative fiction, crime fiction, portal stories, giant robots and more.
     Imago- ⭐⭐⭐⭐  Book 3 in the Xenogenesis Trilogy really did it for me. While I was weary about finishing this series I am very glad that I did. This was a great ending to the trilogy and after having finished it about a 1/2 hour ago (July 4th) I'm still in awe of the whole series. This still isn't the best thing I have read of Ms. Butler's works as a whole but Imago is the best of the three, hands and sensory tentacles down lol. This story followed another child of Liliths' called Jodahs who is born an Oankali construct (humans and Oankali breed with the help of an Oankali called ooloi). He is the first of his kind and unlike Akin from the previous book, he goes out on his own to find a place where he belongs. What I liked about this story was the fact that we got another POV in this new world. But it's from the position of an Ooloi. Who I thought were fascinating creatures in the first book. 

     Rose Gold-⭐⭐⭐ I have finally made it to book 13 in the Easy Rawlins Series. And while I am happy that I made it, this one was just okay to me. A young girl who is known for getting into trouble couples up with a boxer to try and scam some money out her rich old man.

     Every Heart A Doorway-⭐⭐⭐⭐ This is a re-read for me. I had already read this book in March of this year during #MarchMysteryMadness. It's a small novella, 176 page book and I think it was because the new book, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, was recently released that it made me want to really read this book again to see why it was lingering in my mind so damn much. And as I was re-reading it, I fell for it more so I raised its star rating from 3 to 4 stars. I just liked the depth of each child and I really liked how each door that they went into was made for them, how they really were deep inside even if their parents and friends didn't know and understand them, the world that they traveled to was a perfect match for them where they could thrive. 

     Down Among the Sticks and Bones- ⭐⭐⭐.5 YES LIBRARY (#supportyourlocallibraries) with the download of this gem! I was so pumped when I saw the email that it was my turn. This prequel, book 2 of the Wayward Children series focuses on Jack and Jill, twin girls who were only conceived to make their parents look good in their social circles, not because they loved and wanted children. What a crazy idea right? lol
      But yeah, their parents the husband wanting nothing more than a son he can bring and brag around the office, had to "settle" with Jillian who seemed to be the more wilder of the two, while the mother doted on Jacqueline as the princess that she always wanted. They weren't really brought up as natural best friends, but more like rivals. Until one day they sneak into their grandmas old room to a chest that held all the keys to make-believe (costumes and swords and such) but instead found what looked like, and felt like a never-ending staircase that ended with a door that only held two words itched in its wood, BE SURE. But what two 12 year old girls you know are really sure of anything? They go through and land in The Moors. And that is where this tale starts. Now being this is a short novella, of less than 200 pages I can't really go into more than that. But I will say that, yes you can read this one as a stand alone, but I think that if you read Every Heart a Doorway then read this one, it will make a better picture for the reader.
     Waking Gods-⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Book 2 in the Themis Files. My library came through in the clutch with this one. I had just read the first book in the series last month and was completely taken back at how awesome it was and I didn't want for a million years to go by before I finished this one up. This one takes place about 10 years after the first one ends. I can't really give you too much, spoilers and all, but I can say that I liked it, just as much as I did the first one. Even though some people won't make it to the third one, which is why I think I took it down a star, I know it's petty but I liked them.*shrug* That ending though?!?! The next book, is going to be EPIC. At least I hope it is. Who knows when it will be published, but wow. That ending. It made so much sense. I HIGHLY SUGGEST you listen to the audiobooks when reading these books. It adds a layer to the story like no other. It's a perfect combination. Read this book, get the audio. You won't be disappointed. 
The Witches- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was FANTASTIC! I mean really. I liked this one way more than I did Matilda. It was fast paced and I just love the little boy and his Grandmama. Now reading this book, I can see why it could give kids some nightmares. There are moments when it can get very dark and even a bit nasty (the cooks at the hotel man, gross). It was everything that I wanted in a book, this has become one of my new favorite books. In all honesty I haven't seen the movie in years so reading the book, I was reminded about all the things that happened. I loved the writing in the book and I love Quentin Blake's illustrations in all of Dahl's books. I was lucky enough to get also get the audiobook from the library and Miranda Richardson did a fabulous job. Sound effects and all. 
     It's about a young boy who is left in the care of his grandma after the death of his parents. They take a holiday and his grandma tells him how to spot a witch and how dangerous they are. While on holiday he meets the Grand High Witch who has a plan on getting rid of all the children in England. It's up to this young boy and his grandmama to save the hotel and all the children of England. It was action packed and touching and even funny. I loved it. 


     The Name of the Wind- My buddy read for the month didn't go very well, for me that is. While I did enjoy what I read. I am sad to say that I had to DNF this book. It just didn't keep my interest as well as I had hoped. It didn't help that I went out of town for two weeks visiting family in Ohio. So yeah I didn't get to love this book as much as I wanted to. (I hate when I don't like a book that was really hyped up on booktube and goodreads.)
     Charcoal Joe- ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 I loved this one, I'm sad to say that this is the last book in the Easy Rawlins series, but it was great. Being on vacation I was happy to finish this series on a happy note. Easy has been once again asked to help find someone and use all his know how to get them out of it. The growth of not just Easy, but Feather, Jesus, Bonnie and all the rest of the gang since the start of this series is what I love to see the most in the characters that I love. This one takes place in the last 1960's and we find Easy, pretty much where we left him at the end of Rose Gold starting a new detective agency with his pals Saul Lynx and Tinsford "Whisper" Natly calling themselves WRENS-L Detective Agency. Easy is asked by his friend Mouse to help a friend of his called Charcoal Joe, a man who in some circles is more feared than Mouse. Joe needs Easy's help getting a personal friend of his out of a jam before he is convicted of murder. While there isn't a clear cut ending to this book, as in to say that this is the final one, but as of right now, this series is finished.
     Blood Colony- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I was very surprised on the growth of characters in this book. This book (book 3 in the African Immortals Series) takes place 14 years after the second book The Living Blood where a drug called Glow is hitting the streets and heals most illnesses but those who are selling and giving it to those in need are being hunted and killed. Fana and her family are trying to figure out who is doing all these killings and stop them. All the while dealing with their own personal issues within the family. What I loved about this book was the growth we get to see in Fana. Last we see her as a three year old child, now was see her as a budding young adult coming into her own not only as an immortal but in her own skin dealing with those new emotions and feelings that a young woman feels. It was great. And little scary. 

     James and the Giant Peach-⭐⭐⭐⭐ I have loved the 1996 film adaptation of this book since FOREVER so when the opportunity to read the actual book came about I had to do it. Once again, shoutout to my library for holding me down. It's a story about a boy named James who lives with his two horrible aunts Spike and Sponge and pretty much treat him like the Dursley's treat Harry Potter. And one day James is visited by an old man who gives James a bag full of theses green little wormy things and he tells James to take care of them, because if they fall into the wrong hands some marvelous things can happen. I don't want to give to much away even though the movie and book aren't new, but still spoilers and such. But I loved it. It wasn't like the movie in some ways, but it was great to me. Not as good as The Witches, which I found shocking to me honestly, due to my own personal preferences I wasn't too upset.

     My Soul to Take-  SO this is the 1/2 I was talking about. This is the fourth book in the African Immortals series and I'm about 25% into it. I wasn't able to finish reading this one before the 1st of August, so this will be one of my main priorities for the following month. It takes up right where Blood Colony left off at what seems like the end of the ten year engagement. 

     All in all I'm happy with what I read. It sucks that my Buddy read didn't go over well for me, but the two other ladies (Frankie and Monica) seemed to be loving it and maybe I'll be picking this up again. And looking back at my TBR I only didn't get to pick up two of my books, that's not bad at all. I didn't fall too much off script. I've also got some personal things that are kind of taking president so I feel like my reading is going to be slowing down some fingers crossed it won't take too much of a hit. That's it for me folks, let me know down below what you have read this month.

PEACE✌

Saturday, July 1, 2017

JULY TBR

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     This month I have one main goal and that is to finish the Easy Rawlins Mysteries by Walter Mosley. I have only two books left, and they are Rose Gold (#currentlyreading) and the newly released 2016 book, Charcoal Joe.  I'm sad to be finishing this series, but I'm happy to say it's still one of my favorite series by Walter Mosley. And I already have plans on reading his Leonid McGill Series, which consists of only 5 books after this one is done. 

     Blood Colony by Tananarive Due is the third book in her African Immortals series that I had started last year. And I need to finish up this series, so I have also placed My Soul to Take, which is the fourth and final book in the series on my TBR for the month.

Sidenote: I am going to have to see how many series I have finished vs. those started this year, because I feel like I'm on a roll with this.


     I will also be reading (#currentlyreading) Imago, the third and final book in the Xenogenesis series by Octavia E. Butler. The only reason why I hadn't finished this series last month was because I was waiting on my next audible credit to come through. I love listening to these on audio, and they also help with the pronouncing of the names, cause without it, I'd be lost. 
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     Since I had read Matilda by Roald Dahl last month, I thought about reading another one of his children classics. Since my library had this one available on Overdrive I'm excited to say that I'll be reading The Witches. I remember watching the movie as a kid and being lightweight scared of it. So this one I plan to read at night to get the full effect.

     The Name of the Wind has been in the back of my mind for a while now and I think I am ready to read it. I know people have been gushing about this book what feels like forever. So yeah. I'm really hyped because now I'll be reading this book with Frankie at FrankieReads and Monica at ReadsMonica. This will be my first buddy-read and it's making reading this book all the more enjoyable.

     I first saw Waiting to Exhale right when it came out on VHS back in 1996! And since I came of age, my Mom has always sung it praise. She had read the book before the movie and has always been a big fan of it. Always telling me about how Gloria's part is bigger in the books. I love the movie, always will be a go to empowering movie. I brought the book back in April I have been meaning to one, tackle a Terry McMillan book and two maybe do a book to movie comparison. *shrug* #shegetsitfromhermama.


     My last book, which I want to read, but not really sure if I'll be able to get to it or not is The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
In West Africa in 2070, after fifteen-year-old "shadow speaker" Ejii witnesses her father's beheading, she embarks on a dangerous journey across the Sahara to find Jaa, her father's killer, and upon finding her, she also discovers a greater purpose to her life and to the mystical powers she possesses.
This sounds like something right up my alley. If I get to it, I get to it. If not maybe it'll get pushed to next month.  

     What are you getting into this month, anything good? If you have read any of these book I'd like to hear about them, also tell me what books you are looking forward to reading this month. That's it for me.


PEACE ✌

     



JUNE WRAP UP

     This month I might have read what look like a lot of books, but I only read four of the books that were originally on my TBR for the month, not even half of what I set off to read. So yeah... about that. 

   I think what I can contribute to the success was the fact that these books are rather small books, nothing really over 300 pages. Gotta love short books! 

     Let's get to it, shall we. All books are listed in the order that I read them, and if I did a review, it is linked. 



Sleeping With Strangers-  My Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
     After having this book on my shelves FOR YEARS, I had finally plunged into picking this series up and so far (after reading the 1st and 2nd installment) I am pleased and VERY entertained! This book was so good. I loved the characters, I love the flow of the story I even liked the side characters that Gideon came in contact with, Lola Mack was probably my favorite, besides Gideon that is. 

Vengeance in Death- ⭐⭐⭐
     This is the 6th book in the In Death series. This one had a lot of focus on Roarke and Summerset back when they were in Ireland and the death of Summersets daughter and the men that were involved in her death. I liked this one more so because of the fact that we got to see from the killers POV, which is something that I love to read in my thrillers/mysteries/suspense books. I thrive on the creepy vibes that they put out. But still this one didn't give me everything that I wanted. 
     
Bad Boy Brawly Brown- My Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐
   In this, the 7th book in the Easy Rawlins series we find Easy still not over the death of his best friend Raymond  'Mouse' Alexander so to try and get himself out of the grief and funk of it all, he jumps at the chance to help a friend of his. He gets a call and is asked to met his old friend and his wife to try and help find his step son who they believe is mixed up, not with a gang, but with a revolutionary party and they want him to come home. Easy has always been in the business of helping friends and this is no different. But what I really liked was the minor connections that you can make with the world in 2017. Outraged youth angry with "the man" killing black folks and getting away with it and wanted to stand up not just for themselves but for their communities. I have a review that you can check out. #BlackLivesMatter


The Cutting Season- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     This was a slow burner of a mystery but I couldn't keep myself from needing to know what was going to happen next. It starts with a dead body found on the grounds of a plantation turned tourist trap and it just goes waay deeper than I was expecting. Something that goes back all the way til 1871 between two families and the land that they have both lived, died, and worked on.
    As a whole, these cast of characters were something else, you hear me. Caren, the main protagonist, had some personal demons that she had to work out throughout the book first with her mother, her daughter, the father of her child, the plantation itself, and the people who hired her to manage it, and at times you wanna say, "dammit Caren!" All the characters felt very real, very believable. I liked this story very much. This is the second book by Ms. Locke that I have read and I was not disappointed.

Six Easy Pieces- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
     Instead of having 6 more books between Bad Boy Brawly Brown and Little Scarlet Mr. Mosley gave us six quick intertwining stories that answer Easy's most important question: Is Mouse dead? But you also start to see Easy's family growing Jesus and Feather growing into more stronger and more healthier children than when they first became Easy's children and the relationship between Easy and Bonnie come under some strain as well. 

The Man in my Basement- ⭐⭐⭐
     I think I'm being nice when I say this was a three star book. What I thought was going to be a thriller, with a title like that, was not a thriller so much as a self discovery book. Charles, the man who owns the basement is on his last dime after being fired from his bank job and is almost on pariah status in the community due to the circumstances of his lack of employment. He barely has enough money to put food on his table when a man comes and asks that he rent his basement out for a very hefty sum for the remainder of the summer. Now while this man is in Charles' basement the relationship between the two men take a stance turn that I'm sure Charles was not expecting. While it was not the thriller that I hoped it to be, it definitely gives the reader a whole hell of a lot to think about. In terms of right and wrong. 


Little Scarlet- My Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
       A serial killer is on the loose and only Easy and one Det. is aware of this, no one else really believes it. All they see is a dead black woman and because it took place during/after the L.A riots in 1965 the police are afraid that it was a white man who is the killer and since the mood of community is something that the local cops are afraid to deal with they hire Easy to go where they can't to find out what really happened to the girl who was found dead and mutilated. Check out my review on this book for a more close looking at this race fueled murder mystery. 

Cinnamon Kiss- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     After the shit went down in Little Scarlet, Easy was officially granted his PI license and carrying permit from the city of Los Angeles. No longer just a man, with an office, who just did favors for his friends, his now a PI. We find Easy looking to score some more, real money, real quickly.  Feather, his adopted daughter, is sick with some kind of blood disease and no amount of juju from Mama Jo can help and neither can the doctors. Bonnie, Easy's long time love in gf knows of a hospital in Europe that can help but it very costly. With the influence of a man she has met at work (she's a flight attendant) Feather is able to get treated, but to pay for this treatment, Easy has to think of getting the money in maybe not the most legal ways. Saul, another PI and friend of Easy's, puts him on a case where he might not have to thinking about robbing a payroll truck finding a lawyer that has gone missing. 

Waking with Enemies-  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
https://tenor.com/view/kevin-hart-comedian-she-wasnt-ready-sad-gif-3540683     This book took off right where the last one ended, and I must say there was a TON of sex in this book. I was not ready for that. Like the first 100 pages had to be nothing but sex. SEX SEX SEX!  But after that and between all the sex when it came down to the actual plot of assassin vs. assassin this was really good. The ending was what won it over for me. I liked how in this one we have another assassin who's goal in life, besides getting divorced from his wife in TX is killing Gideon. He happened to be in London on business and picks up another job and you see his story and how his and Gideons timelines line up. Once again, the characters were great they storyline was great, besides the long sex scenes it was a very good book. 



Blonde Faith- ⭐⭐⭐
    From Goodreads: Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend Chrismas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that the ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems. The love of his life is marrying another man and his friend Mouse is wanted for the murder of a father of 12. As he's searching for a clue to Christmas Black's whereabouts, two suspicious MPs hire him to find his friend Black on behalf of the U.S. Army. Easy's investigation brings him to Faith Laneer, a blonde woman with a dark past. As Easy begins to put the pieces together, he realizes that Black's dissappearance has its roots in Vietnam, and that Faith might be in a world of danger.
The Ballad of Black Tom- ⭐⭐
 A novella by Victor Lavalle, its a take on a H.P. Lovecraft short story. Now while I have never read anything by H.P. Lovecraft (due to the fact that he was a known racist) I thought I would like this take on something he wrote. While I did enjoy some aspects of the tale, it somehow didn't go all the way over for me. I guess I missed the whole thing that people love about this novella. I gave it two stars. 

Go the F**k to Sleep- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
     I was recommended this by a friend on Goodreads and it was HILARIOUS, it's not a children's book, but it's written like one and the audio version is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. My library had it available via my Overdrive app and I read it faster than I downloaded it. It pretty much is an ode to those moments when you just want your child to go to sleep but they won't for some reason or another. And you are pretty much begging them to go the fuck to sleep. 

     So after I had read Black Tom novella, I knew I didn't want to just jump right into the next Easy book, and I tried my hand at something that has been on kindle was a while that I just hadn't tried out yet and that was Sleeping Giants. 


Sleeping Giants- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book. All I knew was that a little girl found a giant hand and that it was a scifi book. What I didn't know was that it was going to be as good as it was. It gave that Iron Giant feeling but more adult. This was told in interview format and journal format which I thought that somehow the story wasn't going to be told well enough but I was wrong. The interviewer is a no named man who has put together this team of Army helicopter pilots, physicists, linguist and others to figure out what this giant metal woman can do. Why it is here, what is her function, who made her. It was a great read and I will definitely be reading the second book Waking Gods.

Little Green- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     At the end of Blond Faith we leave Easy drifting off into darkness in his not to be clearly identified suicide attempt. Waking up after being in a coma for two months Easy is asked for help one again. Fueled by Gator Blood, a special concoction by Mama Jo to keep him going, Easy is in search a young man that Mouse has always called Little Green. His mama is looking for him and is afraid for his safety. Bad LSD trips, bloody sacks filled with money, unknown parental connections, hippies, and free love. 

Matilda- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
    I must admit that I have never read a Roald Dahl book, ever. I have seen most of his book to movie adaptations, not really knowing they were books first. James and the Giant Peach is one of my favorite movies, but I have never read the book. Anyways... my library had Matilda the book and the audio (read by Katie Winslet, who does a great job by the way) available and I decided to end off my month with a children's classic. 
     It was so stinking cute. I can definitely see why people love it so much. This surely won't be the last Dahl book I read, next is going to JATGP. What I don't like to see is people being mad at Mr. Dahl about how he portrays these FICTIONAL characters. Sometimes that irks my nerves, but whatever. That's their opinion, I just think they are fantastic I thought the story so magical and even at some places tough to read. I mean that in terms of how the children at the school were treated at the school. Her (Matilda) parents were awful, Miss Honey was true to her name and she herself (Matilda) was such a delight. Very good Mr. Dahl, very good. 


     So that's it for me, let me know what you read for the month of June. Or if you have read any of the books that I have listed above hit me up down below.

PEACE ✌