Nov 1, 2017

🍂 NOVEMBER TBR 🍂

     It's that time again folks. Non Fiction November is upon us. Last year I didn't participate in this because I'm not really into that genre but I think this month I will give it a try. Now, due to last months major miss, I will not be holding my breath on these books but I will gives these a shot, mixed into whatever books I pick up for the month. Let's get to it.
     Now I have heard nothing, and I mean nothing but good things about each and every one of these books, two of them have been turned into movies and one I heard is AMAZING on audio. I kind have high hopes with this selection and If these books blow my mind like I think they will I would be more than happy to add them to my shelves and pass them on to people who are in need of a good nonfiction book. Most of these books I will be getting from my library since I don't own them but that's okay, thats what LIBRARIES ARE FOR! #Supportyourlocallibrary
Hidden Figures:
     My mama has been getting on me about reading this book since it was a SMASH hit in the box office and to be honest, it is something right up my alley. I have always be interested in the space program and to find out that these three BLACK women played an important role in the whole thing just give me all the life. And it makes me wonder why we haven't be taught these things in school or even in the MANY space movies that Hollywood has given us over the years. But it's whatever. I shall learn today. I also have the movie on hold for me at the library so I can watch that too finally. I'll be sure to have my tissues handy. I'm sure to cry out of sure #blackgirlmagic.
Born A Crime: 
     Trevor Noah is this South African comedy phenomena that has for a while now graced the small screen with his comedy specials and with his show, The Daily Show. And now we can get a glimpse of his life in this autobiography. Audible has the deal a while back where you can download this book for free, and I just jumped on it. I find Trevor very funny, from the clips that I have seen on his show, so when I saw that this was available I knew that I was going to go ahead and read it during #nonfictionnovember.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:
     I have only the slightest idea about what this book is about, obviously it's about the life and times of Henrietta Lacks, but the only other part of her story that I know about is the fact that they used her cells or genes to work out or make things to help humanity and they had stolen these from her and have been doing it FOR YEARS without her knowledge or consent. The movie starring Oprah Winfrey just came out this past year and once again, my tissues will be handy.

Bad Feminist: 
     This was the first book by Roxane Gay that I had brought, and It was only because I saw Nnenna over on SCSreads on Youtube talk about much she really enjoyed this book. And I guess it was how she worded it or gave her thoughts on the book that it has always peaked my interests and been on my shelves unread, but NO LONGER. I believe this books talks about Roxane's own personal position on being a feminist and I'm guessing how she is seen sometimes as a bad feminist. Now I consider myself a feminist, and sometimes I also consider myself a bad feminist, so I'm interested in what she has to say on the topic.
The Warmth of Other Suns: 
     I have had this book on my shelves for a very long time. Didi from BrowngirlReading had talked about this book years ago and it has always been on my mind. Seeing how blacks migrated once, I believe, slavery was over and how they traveled and set up new lives for themselves. I have read plenty of literary fiction, family, generational book about folks moving from the South to New York of California to search for a better life and why not get a nonfiction look at the same journey.
How To Be Black: 
     Another nonfiction book that I got from one of my favorite Youtube stars, Allyn on YupIReadIt talked about this book last year and I had found very reasonably priced on Thriftbooks and I was keeping it for just this occasion. It's supposed to be a satire/nonfiction book on blackness? *shrug* I'm not completely sure, but I remember her loving it and I've hear nothing but good things about the author, so yeah.  

     What are you planning on reading this month? Any nonfiction? Any Recommendations that you can give, that will be very helpful. And quick shout out to you for coming and reading my rants about books and shit, I appreciate that. Thank you. Hit me up down below and let me know what's up. 

PEACE🍂

Oct 29, 2017

👻 OCTOBER WRAP UP 👻

     Welcome back! Did you enjoy this month? The weather here in Kentucky has definitely taken a hard right turn in the fall/winter direction and I'm here for it. One more month of nothing by 40-50 degree weather and I might have to just go ahead and turn on the heat. I really read some good books this month. I'm proud to say that I actually read 6 of the books that were on my TBR and I only had to DNF one book, you'll see that one later on. But I can say right now that my favorite books were definitely: Career of Evil, Akata Witch, Akata Warrior and Dolores Claiborne and Darktown. Everything else was a slight let down, but before I get ahead of myself, lets take a look at what I read this month.
The Silkworm-
   The second book in the Cormoran Strike series was waaaaaaay better than thought it was going to be and to be honest, I thought it was better than the first book. Being that I have finally caught up the series I will say that these books get better and better as they go on. This novel consists of Cormoran taking the case of the missing author. His wife suspects him to be off writing/finishing his new book, but once Cormoran gets really looking into the missing author (Owen Quine) and his new work, The Bombyx Mori, which seems to ruffle a lot of feathers so many things come to light that clearly the people depicted in Quine's new work will LOVE not to come to light. So its up to Comoran and Robin (I love their relationship) to get to the bottom of this before someone else is charged.
Jughead Vol. 1- 
     It was okay, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but yeah. It was just okay. I liked the artwork and the color schemes but the storyline/plot was kind of all over the place. But the main plot line, evil principal taking over Riverdale High and Jughead is the only one who can stop him. I was reading this for my first book in the #GetGraphic read-a-thon.
Career of Evil- 
     This one was definitely the best of the three. A severed leg has been delivered to Strike's office addressed to Robin and the hits just keep on coming. Compared to The Silkworm this novel was just as suspenseful and page turning, I can see now why people love this series so much. I also learned something else about myself while reading these books, that I have to read these books at a slower pace than I would normally read, only because I felt that if I read it any faster, I would miss out on the more slightest of clues to help with the case. This book also dealt something I haven't seen or heard of in a very long time called Body Integrity Identity Disorder or BIID. Which I think is something very fascinating, and I did some personal research on the matter. But back to the matter at hand, I really loved this book and now I just can't wait till the fourth book, Lethal White, comes out. Definitely will be pre-ordering it.
     And here is where I went off my own beaten path and picked up a book that I've had on my kindle for a couple of months now. See what had happen was the fact the Career of Evil fucked me. I love when I read a great 5 star book, but when it does happen the next book or books that I try and read after it quickly get the chop because they aren't the book I was perviously reading. It took me two days and starting and stopping three books on my prescribed TBR to come to this book and knock it out of the park. 
IQ-
     It was a good mystery though. A rapper hires out to a local private detective who goes by the name IQ, but his real name is Isaiah Quintabe, his got a troubled pass but with the death of a close family member IQ has decided to use his gifts of patients and observation for good and help those who need it. The rapper has a hit out on him and it's up to IQ to figure out who's behind it and stop it. I liked this book, it was pretty fast paced, but the only thing that kind of got on my nerves was the flashing back and fourth from the pass to the present. I understand why Mr. Ide put those flashbacks in the book, they definitely gave the reader background on IQ and Dodson's relationship and how they came to be what they are. The second book, Righteous came out on the 17th of October and I hope the back and fourth time jumping is something that was just in the first book to establish background. 
Akata Witch- 
     FIVE FREAKING STARS, as usual. This book is so good. I love it. I know when the third books comes out, I will probably be reading this first book again for the third time because it's just that good. You can check out my review of the first book here.
Akata Warrior-
     Okay, real quick I don't know if anyone else picked up on this, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fact that Sunny's spirit face is called Anyanwu which is a play off of Octavia E. Butlers' character of the same name in Seed to Harvest. Like I get so much life from that wee fact. So anyways, this book was great. It sucks that can't really go into much detail, this being the second book and all, but I must say, it was SSSOOOOO GGOOODDD! Like for real. Just read them already. The growth in the characters, not just with themselves but within their powers is just great and the personal struggles that Sunny, herself had to go through throughout this book, I think I'm most impressed with her growth and I feel that within these pages, you can see that Dr. Okorafor had gotten more comfortable writing about them. I can't wait till the next installment.
Dolores Claiborne-⭐.5
     This was such a haunting book. Doloris Claiborne was NOT  one of the Stephen King books that I wanted to read this month, but while sitting here doing my daughters hair I needed something to listen to that wasn't a cartoon and I just pressed play on my Overdrive and I DIDN'T TURN IT OFF TILL IT WAS OVER!! It was that good. It was haunting, I cried, I felt justice was done and at the same time. I loved Dolores' character, she was so strong and determined and reminded me VERY MUCH like my own mother. I called her the next day and I wanted to cry all over again thinking about the book. This has to be one of my favorites of Kings books that I've read. And again I'm not sure where to go from here with his books, but I digress. Dolores Claiborne is the story of a women who is accused of killing off her LONGTIME employer and we begin the book with Dolores coming into the police station to give her statement. What I liked the most about this book is that it was told in what I can only think of is just one LONG monologue. And it's Dolores telling her whole story how she became employed with her recently deceased boss/friend and she even talks about the rumors of her killing her husband in this small New England costal island town. You can tell in the movie where the elaborated on certain parts of the story that did happen, but not to the movies extent, but both are still very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this book.  
Midnight Crossroad- (Midnight Texas book 1)(Book 1 in the Dewey's 24-hour readathon)
     So I decided to go and try my hand at the Dewey's 24-hour readathon, and the first book that I picked up and finished during the readathon was Midnight Crossroad, and while I might like characters that inhabit the town, the book are kinda slow and it was almost was like nothing was happening in this book. Manifred is the newest person to move to Midnight, and he is a psychic. He moves to this town and he realizes that his neighbors aren't just regular people. But even with their differences, they stick together like family. Bobo, Fiji, Joe, Chuy, Oliva, Lemuel... all of them, they are interesting characters, but reading this installment was like a slice of life manga. But there was a murder and racist biker gangs, so it had it's moments but eh. It's not the Sookie Stackhouse series, I can tell you that.
Day Shift-⭐ (Midnight, Texas book 2 DNF @52%)
     This was supposed to be my second book in the readathon, but I passed out at midnight and didn't get to take a bigger chunk out of this one like I wanted. While, I wasn't sure I was going to pick up the next book in the Midnight, Texas series I needed to see if this one was going to kick it up a notch. It did not, but It was still enjoyable just the same. I read this one in one day. The Midnight Hotel has been renovated after many, many, many, many, many moons of abandonment and that of course is turning the heads of the residents of this small town as well as Manifred is in a heap of trouble after something has happened to one of his long time customers, and of course again, the town has come together to get him out of this mess. What I did like was the quick shout of a well known were-tiger (wink, wink). Again I'm sad to say that this one, was not as good as I had hoped it to be. Since I only have one more book to read in this series I'm just going to hold off on it. I just don't want to put myself through anymore blah books in this series. Had to DNF it. 
Darktown- (Darktown book 1)⭐.5
    I don't know what brought this on for me, but something about this one drew me in and I couldn't wait to read it. I saw it on the humble and I thought this might be something. It takes place in 1948 Atlanta, Georgia. It's a fictionalized account of the first 8 black officers on the Atlanta PD. In this story we follow two of the first black cops, Smith and Boggs and two white cops Rackstraw and Dunlow. Having taken place pre-cilvi rights era you can pretty much imagine what few black officers are going though on a daily bases, not being considered "real" to their white companions and even to their fellow black citizens. What brings the four together is the death of a pretty black girl and a retired white cop and Boggs and Smith are on the hunt for her killer, even if they aren't supposed to be. What I really enjoyed about this book is the characters and the mystery. I enjoyed this one so much, I'll definitely be reading the second one. Highly recommend. 
     This month was not the best. It was like I started pretty strong, but then everything just fell flat. I had, well at least I thought I had some really good books picked out,  but once I started reading the ones I had picked out, I couldn't get into them. This month, I just refused to read, just "okay" or "alright" books. If I couldn't get to the 100 page mark, I just gave up the ghost on it. Then I started to realize that I have started many books and hadn't gotten to the 100 page mark because they weren't giving me what I wanted. I wanted to read some seriously scary books, but the things I picked up weren't cutting the mustard for me. Now I'm not sure if for next month, which I wanted to get into #NonfictionNovember, but hey it's not like these books are going anywhere right? 
     So what did or didn't you read this month? Did you read any good scary books? Let me know down below. And I'll see ya'll laters! 
PEACE

Oct 6, 2017

WEEKEND READS/ GET-GRAPHIC READ-A-THON

     For this  long weekend I'm really just reading one book, Career of Evil  by Robert Galbraith which I am LOVING so far and this one has to be my favorite of the three books. I swear these books get better and better with each installment. I'm so happy that I picked these up again. In this
installment Robin is sent a severed leg in the mail (not a spoiler it's in the first 10 pages) and this book, well the first 200 pages, has been Robin and Strike trying to narrow down who would send them a leg in the mail and trying to keep their business a float. I don't want to get too much into it being as this is the third book in the series, but if are on the fence about this series I would highly suggest that you pick these up. The mysteries very unique and will have you turning the pages faster than you can think, you won't be able to stop yourselves from falling for the characters.

     Also this weekend the ladies over at #GetGraphic on twitter are hosting another read-a-thon that starts today at 5p.m. your time and ends at midnight on the 8th of October. They have some challenges, they are:
  1. Read a new to you series.
  2. Read two installments of the same series.
  3. Read a graphic novel over 300 pages.
  4. Read a graphic novel that has black and white art.
  5. Read a graphic novel pick out by a friend.
  6. Read at least five works. 
     These are my five works that I would love to get to over the weekend Volumes 1 &2 of  Jughead and Ms.Marvel volumes 1, 2 & 3. I have always loved Archie when I was a kid and always read the comics, but these are new takes on one my beloved characters. With Ms. Marvel, I have previously read vol. 1 and 2 but vol. 3 was just recently released back in June, I have to catch up. These beautiful hardback editions are so lovely on my shelves. 

     Let me know if you're partaking in this #GetGraphic read-a-thon and if you have read any of these let me know down below.

PEACE✌

Oct 4, 2017

👻 OCTOBER TBR 👻

     Hello, hello, hello October! Is it just me or has this year gone by really, really fast? So you know what that means? It's time to dip into my more scarier reads on my shelves. Its time for horror, thriller, supernatural reads and I'm kinda pumped. I think I have picked out some good ones and one re-read for the month, but I'm getting a little a head of myself. I have 13(oooooo 👻 spooky) books that I would like to get to this month and without anymore talking, lets get to it. These are in no particular order they are just what I would love to read this month and maybe even spill over into November.
     Mind of My Mind by Octavia E. Butler is the second book in the Seeds to Harvest series which I started last month and let me tell you, I was happily shocked on how much I enjoyed that first book. A shapeshifting woman, a bodiless man and the pull back and forth relationship between the two of them is so crazy so I'm just taking this four part series one month at a time.  
     The Moon Tells Secrets by Savanna Welles, a pen name for Valerie Wilson Wesley, I have read her other paranormal/romance book When the Night Whispers and this is her other standalone book. It is a story about a young mother and her son who happens to be a shapeshifter and they are on the run from someone who is trying to kill them. I'm pretty excited about this one knowing very little about it and I'm okay with that, I love her writing anyway. Mrs. Welles can write very full characters and I have a thing for shapeshifters/werewolves, so it's a win/win for me. 
      Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older and two of his novellas in the Shadowshaper Cipher are GOING TO BE READ this month! I'm personally tired of seeing them on my TBR list I just need to go ahead and finish this off. I'll be sad when it's done, but I'm sure it for the better lol.
     Akata Witch and Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor, this is where my re-read for the month comes in, I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I read the first book last year. In fact it was one of my favorite reads of 2016. Waiting for this book to come in the mail has seriously been a test of my patients. In the first book we meet Sunny and we follow her on her adventures I have a posted a review of this fantastic book on my Goodreads and you can read it here. So now that the second book has come out, it is taking all of me not to just jump straight into this 500 page book. And the cherry on top of my fucking Sunday is that word on the streets is that there is going to be a third book in the series! 
      Midnight Crossroads and Day Shift by Charlaine Harris are the first and second books in her Midnight, Texas series, about a psychic name Manfred is on the run is told to go to Midnight where the people there will treat him like family. But this town is not what you think it is. I have seen the first couple of episodes of the television show on Hulu, but I told myself that I wouldn't get too into it until I have read more than half of this trilogy. Being a huge fan of the True Blood franchise and the Sookie Stackhouse books (which are my favorites so far by her) It was a no brainer for me to go ahead and pick this series up next.
     The Silkworm and Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith are books two and three in the Cormoran Strike series. I'm about 75% done with The Silkworm already and I'm very happy that I continued on with the series after having a major issue with the cover of the first book and it's relation to the character Lula Landry. Nevertheless, I love the dynamic between Robin and Strike and I love the slow burn this mystery takes. Now, I'm not going to lie, sometimes slow burners don't make the cut with me, but I think because I enjoy the characters so much it just works so well!! Also the next two or three episodes of Strike have aired and I just need to catch up, if you haven't watched the show I would highly suggest that you do especially if you really enjoyed the books. Another cherry on this ever growing Sunday is that the fourth book in this series is on the way and I don't want to be left behind.
     Sleeping Beauties by both Stephen King and Owen King is the biggest book I have on my list this month and this one wasn't on my radar until I really went and look what it was about and my goodness. Women falling asleep and something is happening to them and I can't wait to dig into this one. I can't say much because I like to go into his books as blind as possible to experience the whole idea as fresh as possible.
     The Dark Half another Stephan King book that I want to read this month, reading the synopsis of this book, it reminds me of something in the  Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde realm which is great for this season. And the movie is also available on Hulu so this will be another great book/movie comparison. And I love the whole Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde plot idea. I think the short story by Robert Louie Stevenson is a classic for a reason.
     Geralds's Game yet another King book is now a Netflix original movie. And of course, being who I am I can't just watch the movie without reading the book first. But I hope it is just as thrilling and flipping wild as I think it will be. A woman is handcuffed to her bed and her husband lies dead on the floor and she is trapped out in the wilderness somewhere. That's all I need to know and want to know about this book.

     Strange Weather by Joe Hill (one of my favorite writers) is probably the last book that I plan on reading this month, but since it comes out at the end of this month this is that book that might spill over into November, but that's okay. This newest book contains four short books all in one, and I'm not sure if they all have a connecting theme, but it hardly matters. I'm reading it anyway lol. I have it pre-ordered and since I have a lot to get to before it comes to me I guess I should hurry and wrap this up so I can go read.
     That's all for me folks, I hope you have some good reads lined up for this month. I'm thinking of doing the Spookathon hosted by BooksandLala and two other booktubers. It's from the 16th to the 22nd, but I'm not sure. I think due to the length of some of the books I've chosen It might be hard to do, but I might try. It's seven full days with 5 challenges. And they are:

1. Read a thriller (doable)
2. Read a book with a spooky word in the title (doable)
3. Read a book with a childhood fear
4. Read a book with orange on the cover (doable)
5. Read a book set somewhere spooky (doable)
     Looking at the list of challenges and my books most are doable, might have to push a bit to read a book in a day. Let me know if you are participating in this readathon or another readathon this month.  If you see any books you want to buddy read with me, hit me up. 
PEACE✌

Sep 30, 2017

SEPTEMBER WRAP UP!

     Have you ever been in a situation where, you have your books set out for the month, but don't have any idea where to start? That's pretty much how I started out this month. But once I got going, I got in some really great books and some meh books and I'm happy to share with you all the things that I had the pleasure to read. And thank God for my library, because I'll tell you what, going there has saved my pockets some serious change. I am proud to say that I sticked to my TBR (slightly) and yes, lets get to it.
Finding Amos- ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
     For a book to be written by three different woman, I was very impressed with how seamless it was read. There wasn't a moment when I felt that there was a shift in the writing, but only the difference in characters, which I'm sure is what I was supposed to receive. Finding Amos was the story of three women, stepsisters, who all hail from different lives have this "coming home" kind of moment when the man that has be named their father is hospitalized after crashing his car and finding out that he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The three sisters Cassandra, Toya, and Tomiko each have their own hate/love relationship with Amos and each has to come to terms with their past relationship/connection with him and reflect on their own relationships with the men in their lives. And that can be proven to be really hard to do. All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I was happy to find the audio at my library. 
Orange Vol.2-  ⭐⭐⭐
     This is the conclusion to the Orange series and to be honest, I wishing for a little more. The first one was full of emotions and this one did't just end, it just didn't end the way I was hoping for. I still enjoyed the characters and the message of hope and understanding that this series promotes (sidetone: if suicide or the lost of a parent is hard for you, I would be cautious) 
The Changeling- ⭐⭐⭐.5
     After having read The Ballad of Black Tom I wasn't too sure if I would like The Changeling but after hearing so many good things about this book I just had to give it a try. And I must say, I was happy that I did. Victor LaValle sets up such a beautifully written story about a man who's in the business of find used rare books and turning them for a profit. The main character, Apollo and his wife go through this amazingly creepy adventure and it all seemed to come out of nowhere. Like really, one minute you're reading a story about a man and his beautiful wife and their newborn son and the next it takes a turn on WTF street and you're reading the pages so fast so you can figure out what is going on and what could possibly happen next. This book saved his writing for me and I'm sure I'll pick up his next book.

Buying Time- ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
    The first book in the Dre Thomas series was definitely something that I had never heard of. On one had you have people dying of cancer selling their life insurance policies for cash to pay for other things in their life that need money now, like maybe an experimental surgery, paying off some bills things like that. But when people who are dying of cancer unexpectedly start dying off sooner than expected, questions are raised by surviving family matters and when the Assistant U.S. Attorney Angela Evans is assigned to the case more things come to light. I love Pamela Samuels Young characters they always read so realistic and fast paced I'm very happy with this book. And definitely plan on reading the next book in the series. 
The Talented Ribkins- ⭐⭐⭐.5 
     Wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but at the same time I couldn't put it down. Seventy-two year old Johnny Ribkins is in a pickle. He stole some money from a really bad man and now has a week to get it all back or he is killed. So to get this money Johnny has taken a drive to all his old haunts to dig up money that he has had stashed away for over 30 years and on his travels he has picked up a niece that he didn't know existed and has taken her along so that they can get to know each other and so that Johnny can teach her what it means to be a Ribkins and trying to find out what the purpose of her gift is. Oh did I forget to mention that the Ribkins are a family that possess a strong range of "superhero" talents. Johnny for example for create maps of places whether he has been to the place or not. Eloise, his niece, is able to catch anything that is thrown at her. If you think you are going to get a book full of action and suspense this is more of a book about self reflection. I enjoyed it. I'm glad to have it in my library.
Shadowshaper- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     This was a reread before the second book in the Shadowshaper Cipher came out and I have to say I just love the way this man writes a scene. I love the way Brooklyn comes through these pages and I just love the magic system presented here in this book and the historical/cultural connections.  
Paper Girls Vol. 1- (reread)⭐⭐⭐⭐
     I reread this volume just as fast as I read it the first time, and I still enjoyed it. Four girls waking up at the crack of dawn to deliver papers and it all gets way out of hand when a flash of light and flying dinosaurs like creature appear out of nowhere. Taking place in 1988 Ohio, these four girls are literally thrown into this crazy adventure with flying dragon like creatures, aliens, life saving bugs, time traveling and future selves. 
Paper Girls Vol. 2- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     Having had this book on my shelf for a long time I freed since I had book three it was time to go ahead and catch up with the series. And this one was just as good as the first. 
Paper Girls Vol. 3- ⭐⭐⭐
     This one seemed like a random time travel episode of Sliders, trying to find a way to of getting the girls back home. The art style is still beautiful and I love the color palette they use. I can't wait for the next installment to come out I'm sure sometime next year. 
Bluebird, Bluebird- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     My 100th book of the year was one of my most anticipated releases for this year and Mrs. Locke didn't disappoint. I loved the setting for this story. Bluebird, Bluebird takes Darren Matthews a Texas Ranger, who is on probation a waiting word from a grand jury, is on the road to Lark, Texas where a black man was murdered and a local white woman was killed closely afterwards. Darren Matthew is in this small town with all it's secrets on this crazy ride where race, love, land and murder are all the elements you need. Reading this book, you almost get the sense that the mystery is the backdrop of this whole cast of characters and where it can sometimes be confusing as to the connections within this town it was wasn't hard to keep yourself on track. Black Chit Lit, a podcast that I really love to listen to did a great review of the book and some of the things that they spoke of mirror my exact thoughts. I heard that this was going to be turned into a series and by the way this book ended you can see that it has to be true. 
Wild Seed- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This is my 6th Octavia E. Butler book of the year and this one blew me away from jump. This has to be probably one of my favorite reads from her so far. We start off inn Africa in 1690, where Doro is strangely drawn to a woman named Anyanwu, a shapeshifter who is over 300 years old. The dynamics's between Anyanwu and Doro is what keep me glued to this book. This was very character driven story. Doro is a collector of special people, he is also an immortal who has the ability to transfer his being into another living body. And while he his being drawn to these special people he collects them and proceeds to breed them in multiple communities to create people with powers such as being able to hear others thoughts, being super strong, being able to control peoples thoughts, all kinds of people. The tug of war that begins between Doro and Anyanwu is great. This story took place over 140 years and in finishing this read, I can only image what will happen next.
Esio Trot-  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     This was such a cute read. And while I can admit that there might be some "problematic" elements, I thought it was just delightful. Mr. Hoppy and Mrs. Silver live in the same apartment building, and Mr. Hoppy has a huge crush on the Mrs. Silver who lives downstairs from him, but no real way of really being in her life besides the normal, casual "hello neighbor". So to give himself a way to talk to his neighbor Mr. Hoppy tells her that he knows a way to make her tortoise grow twice as large. And so the story goes on from there. It's a pretty short story, being no more than 65 pages so I can't give you anymore than that, but I really liked it. And I love turtles. 

Fantastic Mr. Fox-⭐⭐⭐
     Another short book by Mr. Dahl that I picked up this month and it was just okay. I still love his writing and I really enjoy the illustrations but sometimes this story can be what I think could be a little harsh for young readers. A fox family living near three farmers is being hunted by the three farmers after food from each farm has gone missing. Once again, it's a very short book, not even 100 pages and I think that is enough of a synopsis without giving it all way. I liked this one, but it was just okay. 
A Silent Voice Vol.1-⭐⭐⭐
     I have been having my eye on this series for so long, I finally was able to pick up the whole series (7 books) from the library. The main reason as to why I really wanted to pick up this book is because one of the characters is deaf and communicates in sign language and I always find that interesting to see depicted in manga form. This first book tells of a young boy meeting the newly transferred deaf girl and then proceeds to make her life at school a living hell. The  whole first book I was disgusted at him being such a bully/asshole to the girl and then later on it backfires on him and then contemplates suicide and tries to find the girl he once tormented to make some kind of amends with her before he does the deed and it all goes sideways from there. This would have been a two star book if it didn't start to redeem itself near the end. 
A Silent Voice Vol.2-⭐⭐⭐⭐
     This installment was much better. The young man realizes the error in his ways and starts to see what it is like to be a true friend to someone and have someone be a true friend to him. There are moments when I feel the transition from one place to another or even sometimes the conversation is somehow disjointed and choppy but it still gives off this light humor under it all which I like. But I'm not entirely sure if I want to continue with this series as of this moment. 

Anybody's Daughter-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
     WOW, wow, wow! I don't know what it is but sex-trafficking/human-trafficking has been the recurring buzz words that I have been hearing lately. Even in the town that I live in, I just recently saw in the papers about a sex-trafficking ring that has been recently exposed and even some soldiers were involved. And this book I felt really talks about something that isn't really talked about. Normally when you hear about a ring you think of immigrants getting caught up in scams to get to America, when you don't even think of the girls who are taking right off our city streets and sold into this world. And Pamala Samuels Young has done it again with this one. Bringing light to a world we might never really see, or for some, don't choose to see at all. Black and brown girls being taken right from us and no media or police coverage or assistance. Angela and Dre and trying to get what they once had six months ago in the first book back again when Dre gets a call from his sister, saying that his niece Brianna didn't get to school and no one has seen her. Dre, loving that girl like a daughter he never had, refuses to give up until he gets his niece back. Fast pace, edge of your seat writing always has me flying through these pages. The third installment in the Dre Thomas series came out on the 25th of September and I might have to pick that one up during the month of October. 
The Talon of God- ⭐⭐⭐
     When I had first heard that Wesley Snipes was writing a book, I was a bit skeptical at first, being that he is a great actor and now a book, but I knew that I was going to read the book no matter what. And my library came all the way through and I got both the book and the audio, read by Malik Yoba, and I couldn't put it down. Talon, a sword wielding scripture speaking man of God is "called" to the mean city streets of Chicago where a new drug is be pushed upon the "unwanted" individuals that walk the streets at night (meaning the homeless and drug users) and turning them into something unlike Dr. Lauryn Jeffersons has ever seen and with her help Talon goes on the attack. What I liked about this book, but I'm sure it's not what was originally a thought was to put Blade in book format, but honestly that's what I thought it was, just without the vamps and the one thing that I personally I didn't care for was the many, many, many bible references and quoting I just wasn't here for, I say again that is my personal opinion. Other than that it was fast paced I liked the dialogues I really enjoyed the action, and if he makes this into a series, I will continue to read it. 

     Okay, whew, that was a lot. To be honest I'm simply amazed on how much I can get through. I think adding comics and manga help break up all the "heaviness" that some of the subject matters my books sometimes can bring and help recharge my reading batteries. October is soon upon is SOOO that means scary reads! I have some new books that i received at the end of the month that I can't WAIT to get to! Let me know what you read this month and if you have read any of the books I've read this month that you want to chit chat about, it me up, down below. Until next time, laters!

PEACE✌