Thursday, June 22, 2017

JUNE BOOK HAUL


     This month I have received/brought 15 physical books and a couple of ebooks for 1.99 or so. But today I want to show you all the beautiful books that I brought over the course of the month. None of them at full price. One book is from my BOTM subscription. And the other two stacks can be divided between Thriftbooks and Book Outlet. It should be painfully obvious that I am really excited about each and every book that I have purchased.


     An Extraordinary Union is a book that I won on Twitter from the lovely ladies over at MochaGirlsRead. It is the first book in The Loyal League series. It's a historical romance book set during the Civil War era.

     And as you can see there are four books by Ken Liu. Which I am dying to read, The Dandelion Dynasty books sounds like some awesome fantasy books that I would like to get into, at least one this year. They are very massive though. I also go two short story collections one translated by him, Invisible Planets (Chinese SF) and The Paper Menagerie, which is a collection of his story stories fantasy again.

   I try not to buy books mainly one their covers, but The Trees by Ali Shaw has to be one of the most gorgeous books I have ever seen, so yes, that's why it is in the stack. I mean really, look at it. This picture does it no real justice.

     The Ancestors, Dark Dreams and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones are three short story collections that I have been looking for (reasonably priced and in good condition) a very long time. African American short stories featuring horror, thriller, paranormal and speculative fiction. I'm all ears.

     How to Be Black has been added to my Nonfiction November TBR, after hearing so many good things about it from Booktube.

     My Soul to Take is book four in the African Immortals series by Tananarive Due which is another series that I am finishing up this year.

     I also picked up another Nnedi Okorafor book, The Shadow Speaker is another one of her YA books about a young girl in West Africa in the year 2070, who is searching for fathers killer and also dealing with the fact that she has mystical powers.

    Cinnamon and Gunpowder has been on my radar for a long time, female pirate takes male chef as her prisoner, historical fiction, I can dig it.

     And last but not least, is The Striver's Row Spy. Been creeping on this one for months! But due to it's not so good reviews I have been hesitant about it, but I found an exlibrary edition, in great condition that I couldn't pass up.


     Let me know if you have read any of these books I have shown above or if you have purchased any good books you want to share. Hit me up.

PEACE ✌

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mid Year Review and Goals Update

     I realize after looking at some Youtube videos these past couple of mornings that 1/2 the year is already gone, or close to it, and I should probably go back and check over my goals for 2017 and see what I have read and what I might need to work on more for the next 1/2 of the year. So first lets see what goals I had set for myself, reading wise and where I stand with them:
  • Read 5 nonfiction books (not my go to genre, but I have a few in mind)
I have not started one NonFiction book BUT, I'm really just waiting for #NonfictionNovember to get the done.
  • Read one Bernice McFadden book a month (last year I read four of her books and she quickly became of of my of favorite new authors.)
Yeaaaaa, haven't read one of her books yet this year. Need to work on this one.
  • Read 5 big books (and I mean books over 400 pages)✔ 
Yes, I have completed this one I have read 6 books over 400 pages.
  • I want to finish a series or two (or as many as I can)
I am completing this one right now. Since I've started some series last year, I'm trying to get through all of those before picking up anymore.
  • Read more Science Fiction (by POC)✔ -->Yes and growing.
  • Read more Fantasy (by POC)✔ -->Yes and growing 
  • Keep up with my Comics and Manga
I will be doing this for my comics, got to find a month of my manga.
  • Read at least two English Classics
Nope, but I have the one that I want to read.
Yes, I'm on the last book published, A Dance with Dragons right now. Then I'm all caught up.
On book 9 of 14, so I'm pretty sure this one will be done before summer ends.
  • Take part in some read-a-thons (#ReadSoulLit ✔, #MarchMysteryMadness ✔, etc.)
Yes, I have done three so far and I know of some more that will take place later this year.  
success! 
     Overall, I know where I'm lacking, but YAY for my success. So far I have read about 58 books and according to Goodreads I'm about 14 books ahead of schedule. So far so good on my book goals. I think my main goal, which I didn't even list was to enjoy what I'm reading and I can say that I am definitely doing that. I'm also happy to be getting to books that have been on my shelves for a while too.

     How are you doing on the reading goals that you have set for the year? Did you see that new Black Panther teaser trailer? #blackpanthersolit 



PEACE ✌

Sunday, June 11, 2017

#GettingGraphic Readalong 📚

     @GetGraphicReads is run by @kittygbooks + @robertson_elena to share their love of all things graphic, comic + artsy. On the 17th of June they are hosting a read along on twitter and I believe this is the second go around for this readalong.

     I have a whole stack of comic that I want to read, and here is a short video of all the books that I have to read. Don't mind my daughters voice in the background, she was being funny, making up name, things kids do. Like I said I have a WHOLE stack to read. Since the readalong is only one day long I'll see how much I can get through. 



     I'm pretty excited about this one. I have been meaning to get to these books for over a year or so. Let me know if you have ever read any of these or if you are participating in the readalong. 

PEACE ✌

Sunday, June 4, 2017

BAD BOY BRAWLY BROWN BOOK REVIEW 📚

from my Insta
    Easy, going about his normal life, still trying to get over the death of his best friend Mouse when a friend of his calls and asks for a favor. This is the moment when Easy should have taken a hard pass on the favor, but being who he is, doing something for someone else perked him up a bit. Now still grieving the loss of his friend, Easy is asked to find Brawly Brown. His mama is looking for him, but he doesn't seem to want to be found. Easy has heard that he has started running with this local group called the First Men or the Urban Revolutionary Party.
"Their voices might have seemed angry to someone who didn't know the gruff bark of the American Negro's soul. Those men and woman were far beyond anger, though. They were expressing a desire for love and revenge and for something that didn't exist - had never existed. That's why they were there. They were going to create freedom to of the sow's ear called America. The believed in the spirit of the Constitution and not the direction of the cash register." (p. 44, Mosley)
     Sounds like something familiar huh? That is what really drew me into this story. Being as this is an Easy Rawlins story, you know it's never just as simple as it starts out being. Cop raids, dead bodies, a stash of weapons, 3am phone calls, the works. All while Easy is trying to keep his home life safe and on normal progression. I'm loving it.

     Edit/In addition: Of course this book is dripping with race relations and what would be deemed as a "terrorist" group outlook/activities from police eyes, and what it means to be a black man in 1964, rising a family, owning your own home and car. Its crazy the correlation from the police/government activities in a book of fiction have to the daily lives of black folks in 2017 . I think that's what I really love about Mosley's work. It stands the test of time and it can really hit home.
What cha reading? Let me know.

PEACE ✌

Thursday, June 1, 2017

JUNE TBR

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Goodbye May, Hello June! 

     So this month, I don't know. I have two books that I want to finish this month and the rest is really just up in the air. I have five books, maybe seven that I have some pull to read this month. The first five I have physical books and the last two will be read on my kindle.


Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
Sleeping with Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey, is the 1st book in his Gideon series
Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
Bad Boy Brawly Brown by Walter Mosley, is the 7th book in his Easy Rawlins Series
A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin, the 5th book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (need to read)

Vengeance in Death by JD Robb, is the 6th book in the In Death series
Imago by Octavia E. Butler, is the 3rd and final book in the Xenogenesis trilogy (need to read)

fail like shit though
     Most of these books are just continuations of series that I have already started and just wish to continue. Last year I had made a goal, in which I completely failed in, to read all the Easy Rawlins books. I made to book 7 as you can see.  SO I will take up that challenge again and continue with this series. Also, I will finally be tackling another one of my goals which was to read at least one Gloria Naylor book. But if all goes well, which I have a feeling it will, this won't be the last one of this year that I will tackle.

     I hope to get through these books, most of them have been on my shelves for YEARS. I am also not trying to dilute myself into thinking that ADWD is something that might not spill over into next month. I mean, really. Its over 1000 pages long.

Reading goals for this year click #GOALS

Note to self: You have a whole stack of comics to read, you really need to get on that.


PEACE ✌
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MAY WRAP-UP

     Here's what I read in the month of May. I am proud of myself that I read what was on my TBR and that I had enough time to actually read more. So yea...Let's get to it.

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     Dead Ever After- Such a great ending to a great series, I have loved this series since it first came out and I'm happy to say that I have for filled my goal of reading and finishing the last three books of this series. I prolly plan on re-reading this whole series again some years down the line, once I've given myself time to forget some of the details. I'm still #TEAMBILLCOMPTON no matter what the outcome is.

     The Real Cool Killers- This gritty mystery had me all the way till the last page. I love how gritty and raw Mr. Himes writes his books. Grave Digger and Coffin Ed are two of the most law bending cops and since this story is taking place in the 60's-70's the racism is pretty blunt throughout the entire book. But I liked this book, and I want to continue reading this series. It is a tale of a white man who gets gunned down on the street and Grave Digger and Coffin Ed are on the hunt for his killer. But who actually does the deed is someone I never suspected.

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     Dawn-  is the first alien invasion book that I have ever read. I had no idea what this trilogy was about when I picked it up. It is a pretty short book and the first of three in the Xenogenesis Trilogy (or Lilith's Brood). It is about a woman named Lilith who is awaken after the Earth is destroyed (by nuclear apocalypse) and these aliens, called the Oankali, come and take who is left on the Earth and they cure them (of any genetic disorders like cancers), and they want to help save humanity by studying humans and trading with them. But by trading with them, crossbreeding happens and humans are resistant to this, anger ensues, it's crazy. But Lilith is supposed to be that bridge that binds the newly awaken and saved humans to these Onakali, but in doing so she has made herself a pariah with the other humans. 

     Rapture in Death-Is the book 4 in the In Death Series. I figured out who the killer was pretty early in the book, but it I still loved it. Officer Peabody is probably my favorite character in the books. And I really, really need someone to pick this up, hopefully SyFy, and turn these books into a great futuristic/cop television show. I don't think I can stand another hospital show. In this book multiple suicides have taken place, and while no one is calling foul play, Eve is suspicious about every death and starts to put the pieces together almost too late, but it ended in her favor (of course it did lol)

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 A Feast of Crows-
The fourth installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series was not as good as the pervious book, but it was still good none-the-less. There were moments when I was in my car listening to this audiobook (which I highly recommend) yelling because I thought a character that I love had died. This one pretty much dealt with all the happenings in the south, which encompasses the Iron Islands, Highgarden and Dorne. For me, all the chapters of Brienne made it worth the while  and I grew to love her character more and more. #BRIENNETHEMADIENOFTARTH

     The Fireman-This is the third book by Joe Hill that I have read and it was great. But to me, the only downside is that the last like 50 to 70 pages dragged for me. I say that because I just couldn't see what else could really happen with this story. If you want, you can see my review here. (<-- Click) It's not crazy long, but never-the-less, this was still a great book. The audio version was done by the awesome Kate Mulgrew. 
     Cross the Line-The 24th book in the Alex Cross Series was sooo disappointing. It didn't have the flare that I was hoping for. And I'm hoping that the next book, coming out this year, is better, cause man look, it was just not hitting it for me. It read very mediocre and it was just meh. What I did find crazy was the fact that you see Alex's son Damon go to college. I remember when he was accepted to that private school up north and his youngest son Ali was just born. The growth in the characters was nice to see.  
   
my "wait, what?" face
      Adulthood Rites-
After giving my mind a bit of a break, I went and decided to go ahead and read the second book in the Xenogenesis Trilogy. For a hot second the amount of time that jumped from the ending of the first book to the beginning of this one kinda shook me but it was an easy recovery lol. In this second installment it is mainly told from the POV of Lilith's son Akin. Akin was taken from the Lo (his village on the newly populated Earth) and is sold by raiders to another village for supplies, food and whatever else they can get for him. It's a story about his journey of survival, and a bit of an education for him. Getting to see how humans who resist the Oankali live and survive and how they really do fear what they do not understand. It really deals with his connection to those resisters and how the Oankali don't like it. Which is crazy because the resisters don't really think he belongs with them either, yeah girl.

     Ceremony in Death-I wasn't planning on reading this one, but during those moments when I wanted to give my mind a break from Ms. Butler, I couldn't help but pick up the next book in this series. I am just in love with it. This one starts off with a death of a retired cop, Feeney's mentor and Eve is put on the case, because she's the best. But as she starts to dwell into his death another body is found outside her house and witches both light and dark are also thrown into the mix. Now look, I like witches, but sometimes their addition to storylines can altar a great story and make it turn to crap. Eve of course doesn't believe in this witches and spell casting that is, Peabody is on the fence and Roarke, well he's on the side of better to be safe than sorry. What I like about this one is that in the end, people are just people and no amount of smoke and mirrors can cover up murder.

     Nine books aren't bad for the month, and that brings me up to 51 books on my Goodreads challenge. But since i'm reading a bind up of Xenogenesis, Dawn and Adulthood Rites won't count until I have read the third book in the trilogy. I'm very happy with what I read this month. The Fireman was probably the best thing I read, while the Alex Cross book was probably the worst. I also have a feeling that maybe alien invasion books aren't my cup of tea.

Until next time, let me know what you read this month. If you have read any of the books I've talked about chit chat with me down below about em'.

PEACE ✌

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