Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MARCH MYSTERY MADNESS WRAP-UP ๐Ÿ”Ž

     I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mysteries ๐Ÿ”Ž. And I did pretty good with my reading for this month, coming in with 8 1/2 (9) books. Were they all on my TBR? NOPE, but that doesn't matter. I read them and enjoyed them some of these even hit some of the challenges that were set out for us this month and I wasn't even trying. I even had some great convos with the ladies over on twitter (doing reading sprints and meet ups) So yeah, lets get to it. This is what I read during the month of March:

     I think the book that took me for the greatest surprise was definitely Dark Matter by Blake Crouch which I gave ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars! It was such ass crazy book. And I think if you're a fan of the shows like Sliders (a 1995 tv show), Quantium Leap (a 1989 tv show), or even Multiplicity (a 1996 film) you will enjoy this book. Did I just show my age? But anyhow, this one is a keeper and I'm glad I picked it up with my Book of the Month Box ๐Ÿ“š (check out my link below). 
     The rest of the books that I read where really good too, and I'm always happy to participate in this readathon. But I'm not gone lie, I kinda burned myself out a wee bit in the end. SO I'm happy that next month is all about the comics. Gives me a chance to catch up on all my favorites, and start some new ones. 

     Let me know what you read in the month of March, did you take part in #MarchMysteryMadness๐Ÿ”Ž?  What were some of your favorite reads of the month? Hit me up, ๐Ÿ‘‡down below ๐Ÿ‘‡. 

PEACE 








Here's my BOTM referral link.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

MARCH BOOK HAUL ! ๐Ÿ“š

     These are all the books that I have required during the month of March. I'm all for getting thrifted books so most of the books you see here are from Thriftbooks. It my favorite place to buy books online. Three are from my BOTM club subscription. And the rest are from Amazon.

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     This month I got a lot of YA books with women of color leads. I had expressed this before on twitter, but the reason why I pick up some of these books, not just for the fascinating storyline, but for the fact that I'm a mom and an aunt with nieces. I want for them to come and ask me for a book recommendation and I can give them a book with someone who looks like them reflected in the pages that they read. Representation matters. 

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     Terry McMillan has been speaking to my life lately, so I kinda decided to splurge and get her books to satisfy my need. Disappearing Acts is already on my shelves. And so I don't have to wear out my Waiting to Exhale DVD. My mom always said that the book was better, now it is time I take her word for it.
     The comics and one small poetry book you see in the middle are:
     I'm really excited to read Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham. I read her first book, Scarlet Undercover last year and I was really impressed by it. I wished that she would write more of that world. But it is what it is. Same goes for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Her debut novel has been getting A TON of buzz lately. And FYI Finding Amos was such a hard find, but I'm happy to have it in my collection. Truth be told I'm hyped about reading all these books.

Let me know if you have required some new books in March, or if you have read or plan to read any of these books ๐Ÿ‘‡down below๐Ÿ‘‡. And I'll see ya'll next time.

PEACE✌


Here's my BOTM referral link:
This is not a sponsored post, I'd just thought I'd share. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Currently Reading ๐Ÿ“š

     Thanks to my library being pretty awesome, they had the audios of these two books ready and waiting for me to start. One of these is for #MarchMysteryMadness (I've switched out the Blanche White book for it.) and the other is just a book that I hardly heard anything about, but in February during #ReadSoulLit I had seen it photographed a couple of times and it just caught my eye.

Grace by Natasha Deรณn:
    I'm about 30% into this one and it is really good. Very gut wrenching right from the beginning. I think it has a very unique way of telling a story, a ghost of a woman who was killed right after she gave birth to her daughter and it's flashes back between watching over her daughter Josey now in the present and back to her life from before she was a mother. Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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For a runaway slave in the 1840s south, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic Massa. That’s what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she must leave behind her beloved Momma and sister Hazel and take refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. There, amidst a revolving door of gamblers, prostitutes, and drunks, Naomi falls into a star-crossed love affair with a smooth-talking white man named Jeremy who frequents the brothel’s dice tables all too often.

The product of Naomi and Jeremy’s union is Josey, whose white skin and blonde hair mark her as different from the other slave children on the plantation. Having been taken in as an infant by a free slave named Charles, Josey has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth. Josey soon becomes caught in the tide of history when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaches the declining estate and a day of supposed freedom quickly turns into a day of unfathomable violence that will define Josey—and her lost mother—for years to come.
Deftly weaving together the stories of Josey and Naomi—who narrates the entire novel unable to leave her daughter alone in the land of the living—Grace is a sweeping, intergenerational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. It is a universal story of freedom, love, and motherhood, told in a dazzling and original voice set against a rich and transporting historical backdrop.




The 6th Target by James Patterson and Marine Paetro:
I have always been a fan of James Patterson's Alex Cross Series, but sorry to say, something about  The Women's Murder Club hasn't always hit the mark with me, but slowly and surely I'm making my way through this 16 book series. I started this one a while back and what I can say is that even though I might have started this book many a moon ago, I can still remember the beginning very vividly and the short chapters are always a plus. 

Heres the synopsis from Goodreads, but I suggest you start from book 1 if you feel inclined to pick this series up. 

When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies--but the kidnappers aren't demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death.

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she'd face--with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.


Let me know what you're reading this week. If you have read any of these books, what else do you suggest? Let me know ๐Ÿ‘‡down below๐Ÿ‘‡. 

PEACE✌


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

City of Saints and Thieves Book Review

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City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
Click here for my Goodreads Review!

Shorten synopsis:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya.

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. But then her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who's behind it. With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City's local gang. It's a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she's been waiting for....

Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐

Monday, March 6, 2017

Book Mail- BOTM March Selection

     So I've been a member of the Book Of the Month Club for about of months now (since November of 2016) and I must say, I am happy with the books that I have gotten. Today I got my March box and I'd thought I'd share. This my first book subscription box and I'm very pleased.
my pic, my books :-)
You get a hardback book of your choice from the five that they pick for the month for free with subscription. They have 3, 6 or 12 month plans and what I like most is that if you aren't feeling the choices that they have for the month, you can just skip the month with no charge to you, it will just extend your membership another month. What I also like is that they give you the option to pick up other books from that month or other months (2 max) for just $9.99 a piece. In the picture here you can see my March pick Dead Letters by Cat Dolan-Leach and previous BOTM books Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. This month my box was bigger and I was shocked to see that they gave me a tote bag too. It's of good quality, I'm impressed.

Dead Letters by Cat Dolan-Leach from Goodreads:
A missing woman leads her twin sister on a twisted scavenger hunt in this clever debut novel of suspense for readers of Luckiest Girl Alive and Reconstructing Amelia.

Featuring a colorful, raucous cast of characters, Caite Dolan-Leach's debut thriller takes readers on a literary scavenger hunt for clues concealed throughout the seemingly idyllic wine country, hidden in plain sight on social media, and buried at the heart of one tremendously dysfunctional, utterly unforgettable family.


Here's my referral link:
https://www.mybotm.com/1f6tkyzrw8yc766r
This is not a sponsored post, I'd just thought I'd share. 

Other pics from this month below:






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday - Fictional Jobs

  Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group ran by Lainey at GingerReadsLaniey and Samantha at ThoughtsonTomes and every Wednesday they give us a topic to blog/chat about. This week it is:

Fictional Jobs You'd Want to Have
-- Any fictional career you'd want to have? Remember, T5W is always open to movies, tv, and video games as well.

     I figure for this one I'd go for TV/Movie jobs. I'm a huge fan of Sci-Fi/Fantasy stuff and that is where all these jobs stem from. I also highly recommend you check out these movies and shows if you have not. I think they each hold something that anyone could get into if they are open enough. So lets get to it...

1. Time Cop - In this 1994 classic (I'm using that term loosely) Jean-Claude Van Damme stars a Timecop. In this movie, time travel is perfected and I believe some even use it as a way to go on vacation. But there is this new branch of the police that monitor time travel to make sure that when people go back they don't disturb the past. I just want to be able to go back in time, but seriously, doesn't that sound like a cool job? ๐Ÿšจ๐Ÿš“
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2. Wizard Teacher at Hogwarts (not Defense Against the Dark Arts though) Who wouldn't want to be a teacher at Hogwarts? I would love to see a Quidditch game. Go down Diagon Alley, get myself a proper wand. I'm in there like swim wear. ๐Ÿ“š







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3. Magical Pub Owner - Trick off of Lost Girl  Being the Blood King, his has THOUSANDS of years of knowledge and books hidden under his bar. His the go-to guy when the local police or the Dark or Light Fae are out of their "normal" realm of things and knows so much about the traditions of their people and their favorite drinks. ๐Ÿน







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4. A Hunter- Supertnaural Baby! I mean really. I think that they have one of the coolest jobs ever. Now yes it a dangerous one and yes every hunter they meet doesn't have the BEST of endings. But they do such a world of good. And I would so LOVE to be a Man (Woman) Of Letters. Such history. I have two sisters, so a trio of hunters is always a good idea?



 
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5. Doctor Who Companion! I mean, come on. I know it's not a real "job" and you can't really get paid for doing it. The experience alone is worth so much. Not only do you get to travel in/out and in between time you get to see, and forgive the Disney reference, a whole new world! I would sign up for that in a heartbeat! ๐Ÿ™‹ FYI My favorite was Martha and 10 . She's the bees knees.




   



   That's it for me folks, let me know ๐Ÿ‘‡down below๐Ÿ‘‡ if you have seen these awesome shows and want to chat it up. Let me what fictional jobs you would want that maybe I didn't think of. And if you're a Whovian, let me know who you thought was the best companion.


                                PEACE ✌

Saturday, February 25, 2017

February Wrap Up

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     So we have finally reached the end of this years BLACK HISTORY MONTH, but I'm black all year round, but that's another story. I am very proud of the books that I've read this month, and I'm happy to see more people participating in #READSOULLIT on Instagram. I love seeing all the pictures. And commenting on all the photos, it's been a great month.

  This month, I actually read what was on my TBR! I know I can hardly believe it myself. But I read some really great books this month and I also read some just okay, so-so books, which typically happens.  Looking back at the picture that I posted in my February TBR post, I read 6 of the books in the photo, two of the books on my if these aren't hitting it list (Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins and Lawful Deception by Pamela Samuels Young) and another Beverly Jenkins book, Destiny's Embrace.
    I forgot how much I actually love reading her Historical Romance novels. On Valentine's Day +Audible hosted a #AuthorizedChat on Sex and Romance with Beverly Jenkins (@authorMsBev) and two other authors on twitter where she discussed her writing methods and why she considered herself a "kitchen table historian." I'm not sure if it was all the love in the air, but I definitely plan on reading more of her romance novels this year. Two down, many more to go.
     Sad to see this month go, but it just gives me a year to read more books to be able to share next year when this time comes around. I can't even tell you how many books have been added to my ever growing TBR since the start of this month. Down below I put some of the pictures from my Instagram that I've posted. I tried to do most of the challenges, but life got in the way. To all those who happen upon this page and see this and wish to add some diversity to their shelves, I highly suggest that you take a look at this hashtag, and do some research on the books you see. You can find black authors in EVERY GENER of writing, and I have no doubts that you will find something that you will love, if not enjoy.


More pictures from this months #READSOULLIT photo challenge from my Instagram page: