Friday, October 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✌

Wednesday, October 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✌

Saturday, September 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✌

Friday, September 8, 2017

📚WEEKEND READS 📚

     This weekend I'm keeping it really simple and just finishing up on the two reads that I have started earlier this week and depending on whatever I finish first I have just one other book and two short novella that would be a reread for me in preparation for two of my preorders that are coming in next week!! *internal scream* Let tell what I've been reading the week.
     Buying Time by Pamela Samuels Young is the first book in her Dre Thomas series and is really starting to kick up, and in pure Pamela Samuels Young fashion it's too juicy and I love how none of her characters are morally just. Insurance agents buying out life insurance from terminally ill patients and making a killing (pun not intended lol) on their deaths. We have a man who is in the running for a very high profile job in Washington but has a very nasty secret and wife who is dying is threatening to out him. Our heroine is on the verge of making a very big mistake in her personal life and her love interest is no angel himself. There is also a recently disbarred lawyer who has just gotten into bed with a very pushy Mexican cartel member. His life, his brothers life and the life of his clueless wife are on the line.  I hope that wasn't too confusing but believe me there is so much going on that I can't wait for all these of theses storylines to converge and just make a huge mess!
     The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard is not what I thought it was going to be but I still have a 100 and some odd pages left and who knows where it can go but I'm still very open about it. Johnny Ribkins is a 78 year old man who has a special "talent" of being able to make maps of places,  and owes a big debt to a local mobster who he was working for. To pay on his debt Johnny has gone on a road trip to dig up and collect money he had hidden over the years all over the many places he has visited and have meant something to him throughout his life. And all the while he has a newly found niece in tow who also shows signs of having inherited a special "talent". Johnny and his niece Eloise are getting to know each other and he is letting he in on what being a Ribkins is all about. The self realization and personal growth that I see Johnny has he goes down memory lane with is niece is what is keeping the pages turning and as I said who know what the next 100 and some odd pages have in store.
     After I have finished one or both of the books that I have started this week, I want to reread the first book in the Shadowshaper series by Daniel Jose Older, as well as the two novellas that come afterwards, Ghost Girl in the Corner and Dead Light March before the second installment Shadowhouse Fall comes out next Tuesday! 

     I hope everyone out there is being safe and is getting themselves and their family members or at least checking on those who might be effected by Irma this weekend and this coming week up. 
  
PEACE ✌

Friday, September 1, 2017

SEPTEMBER TBR

     Since last month wasn't a total bust, lets get into these books that I have set up for September, the start of my favorite two seasons fall and winter. I believe I have a good mix of books here and I'm happy to share here what I'm hoping to read. There's a ton of books that I have picked out just so I can give myself some flex, but there are four books that some recent releases that I really want to get to this month. I even passed on my BOTM club subscription just so I can make sure to get to most if not all of these wonderful books read. Lets get it. I'll start with the books that I actually have in my possession.    
    The first book on my TBR (using that phrase loosely) is Orange🔸the complete collection vol. 2 is the second and final Orange manga by Ichigo Takano. I love reading a manga or a comic in between reads it helps give my mind a break while still giving me the feels for these characters and the story itself.
     I'm kind of tossing up two books my Ms. Octavia E. Butler to read this month, I have Wild Seed and Parable of the Sower  to choose from. I have started them both but not sure which to continue first. It's kinda hard but I think I just need to sit my ass down somewhere and see, but the way I'm feeling now, Wild Seed  is winning out.
     When I was innocently in the library, just trying to turn in some my daughters books I happened to stroll pass the audiobook section (which is on the other side of the library, I'm not sure how I managed to get there lol) and I found two audiobooks of books that I already had and wanted to get to. Finding Amos by J.D. Mason, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, and Bernice McFadden, I believe this is short story collections about a man named Amos and the lives he has touched. Honestly I'm not sure. I also got Dark Dreams which is a collection of horror and suspense stories told by black writers, some of which include Zane, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes and more. This one I'm really excited to get to, secretly I want it to be just as good as Creepin', which is another a short story collection of horror and suspense.
  Two other library books that I have picked up (on a totally different trip) to the library were The Changeling by Victor LaValle and The Prey of Gods and Nicky Drayden. I have heard nothing but good things about Victor LaValle's books since it has come out but I'm slightly hesitant only because I didn't care for his short story The Ballad of Black Tom but I like how this book sounds. Nicky Draydens newest book The Prey of Gods  has one of the most visually haunting covers that I have seen and once again, I've heard nothing but good things from my Goodreads friends.
   Last but certainly not least is Who Fears Death book 1 by Nnedi Okorafor. I had read and loved Book of the Phoenix last month so I just have to go ahead and finish this one out strong. I want to get this book off my TBR shelf before her new book Akata Warrior comes out in October.
    Listed below are my pre-ordered books that I have on the way and I'm PUMPED to read!!! *internal scream*
     The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard isn't a pre-order but it should be in my hands tomorrow and it sounds like something right up my alley. A black family with odd super powers And the main character Johnny owes money to his Mob boss? I'm interested.
     Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke comes out the 12th of September as does Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older, which is the second book in the Shadowshaper series. Might have to reread the 1st book and the two novellas that go before this book just because. *Kanye shrug*
     The last book that I have coming in on the 26th of September and it's Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and his son Owen King. I've never read an Owen King book but the premise behind this book sounds different and I'm all ears. 
    Let me know what books you are interested in that are coming out in September or books that you plan on reading in the month of September. And if you want to do a buddy read of sorts hit me up. Let me know down below and I'll hit you up. Also if I didn't thank you for visiting before, thanks for visiting.

PEACE ✌


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