May 10, 2018

May Wrap- Up Part 1!

     I am so proud of myself, hello and welcome back to my first wrap-up of the month. I'm happy to say that I have ticked off one of my goals for the year and probably even more amazing is that I have read not one but two 1000 plus page books in one year. That is a feat all to itself. I would have never imagined myself doing something like that. I have before you, three of the first books that I have read for this month, two being on my list and one graphic novel that I was able to get from #NetGalley as a review copy of. So let's get to it, shall we?

The Stand- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     More like 3.75-star book, but I'll let it be. This was a big book. And I'm happy to say that I have finally read another SK classic, this baby has been loved by many and while I thought the plot was good, it was really the characters that I really liked best. It was them that really kept me going. The Stand is a post-apocalyptic story of a virus, affectionally known as Captain Trips that was unknowingly spread across the globe and what we follow is at first the spread of the virus, the coming of the Dark Man, the survival of the ones left behind and the glimmer of hope in an old woman named Mother Abigail.
      I really liked this book. It was said, by King himself that his version of the story has an additional 400 pages of writing added to it and while I enjoyed it, I did think there were moments where it could have been shorted and would still have been able to get his point across. Nevertheless, I really think that King is a master at his character development, even the people that you hate in his books have such depth to them and you find yourself maybe not rooting for them, but wanting to know more about them than some of the "good guys" in his tales. One character, for example, is Larry Underwood. His entire story arc/character development is amazing. I read this book in accompany with the audiobook read by Grover Gardner and he did a great job. I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of King's if you like character driven stories or tales of a world gone wrong. 
Bad Girls-⭐⭐⭐⭐
     Comes out July 17th, 2018 by Gallery 13 Comics look for my review here.
Bloodchild- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     This is the last book of Octavia E. Butlers books that I own that I hadn't read yet and I'm sad to say that I have now read all of her printed works (except for Survivor that's hard to find). I LOVED this short story collection, I love her writing. This short story collection contains 5 stories, 2 essays, and 2 new short stories never before published. All the stories were different, imaginative, and engaging. Her two essays were both supportive of the arts and encouraging to those of her readers that aspire to be a writer one day and don't write what would be considered "normal". She was told that her stories weren't good, she was told that they wouldn't sell, but she never gave up on herself or her writing. She wrote what she wanted to write, popularity be damned. My favorite works in this collection would have to be: The Evening and the Morning and the Night, Speech Sounds, Positive Obsession and The Book of Martha. What I liked most about this collection is that after each story and essay we got a little paragraph or two from Ms. Butler about how each story and essay came about and what she was thinking or what gave her the motivation to write such tales. If you love science fiction, short stories or any of Butlers works, I would encourage you to pick this collection up.
     Next week is the #BoutofBooks 22 Readathon. You can still sign up for the readathon as of May 9th. But it's a readathon that takes place over the course of a week, starting on Monday the 14th and ends on Sunday the 20th there are challenges for each day. I already have my TBR set up for the readathon and look out for my next monthly wrap up seeing how much I read. Til then.

PEACE✌



May 4, 2018

MAY TBR!! 👩🏿‍💻

     Hello May and may the 4th be with you! 2018 is almost 1/2 way over and that is just mindblowing. I know you really only came here to check out what books I'll be reading for the month and I must say they are looking very promising. So let us get to it I'm actually pretty excited to share these with people and may help to add some books to someones ever-growing TBR.

     Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler is the last book that I have of hers on my bookshelves that I have not read. And I'm slightly saddened by this. And at the same time, I am already thinking about which books of her I want to reread first! Bloodchild is a collection of short stories and two essays by Ms. Butler and was later republished with two extra short stories. One of her short stories Bloodchild won a Hugo and a Nebula Award.
     Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor. I have had the complete set since January of this year and I have only read Binti twice, yes I know shame on me. Seeing these on my shelves I just felt the inclination to read them. The want was so strong in me, you probably know what I'm talking about. I love her works and I'm very excited to see where Binti will lead me, especially after seeing her transformation at the end of book 1.
     Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a classic science fiction story written by a classic science fiction writer. I read Fahrenheit 451 back in either eight grade or ninth, I can't really remember, but I do remember loving it. HBO is also showing a new movie adaptation of the books later this month, check it out here. Written in 1953, this dystopian novel shows us a society where the written word is outlawed and there are firemen, where instead of putting out fires, they are tasked to start them. Buring all forms of written world and imprisoning those who have such contraband. I remember being very taken with the very idea of this and I just loved it. Now I'm going to read it, many, many moons later and see if it still holds up.
     What IMeans When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah is a new-to-me collection of short stories about parenthood, friendships, and love with touches of fantasy and magical realism all within less than 250 pages. I believe there are 12 stories set in West Africa and I'm just ready to be wowed by the whole thing to be honest. I have heard nothing but good things about this collection.
     Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, this one was picked up mainly because of three people on the gram and youtube (you know who you are if you're reading this) who have LOVED this book and have talked nonstop about it, and then I saw this BEAUTIFUL hardback version of the book (thank you Book Depository) and I just had to have it on my shelves. Now that I have it, I want to read it sooner than later *shrug*. I really don't want to read too much into what is going to happen in this book, because I really like to go into my books as blind as I can, but I believe there is a curse on a family and we get to see multi-generations of this one family deal with the curse and maybe even see it broken? I'm not sure, but if the story is as beautiful as the book itself, I don't think I can go wrong.
     Lion's Blood by Steven Barnes is the first in an alternate history book series (Zulu Heart being book 2) where instead of a European/Caucasian-ruled South it is an African-ruled South taking place in 1863. That's all I needed to know to get me to pick this one up. If you didn't know, Steven Barnes is the husband of one of my favorite writers, Tananarive Due. Mr. Barnes has written many books and has also written for some very popular sci-fi shows, such as Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, and The Outer Limits. This will be my first book by him that I have read, but I'm so pumped to read such a different book and I'm sure it won't disappoint.
     Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel is the third and final book in the Themis Files. I love this series and I am so sad that this is over. I have the audiobook to listen along with me. The audiobooks are soooo good. I don't think these would be as good, to me, if I didn't have the audio. I have the first two book already reviewed and you can check them out here (I read them last month, just click the tag on the bottom or head on over to my Goodreads page and check them out there)
     The Stand (currently reading) by Stephen King is my big book of the month. I have been meaning to read this book for a long time and this was actually supposed to be my only big SK book of the year, but I read Under the Dome in January and ABSOLUTELY loved it and I wanted to go ahead and tackle The Stand before his new book comes out later this month. I am currently reading The Stand and it's full of characters which I think is what SK excels at the most. The Stand is about this flu-like virus that escapes this military/CDC like facility and then it reeks havoc on the world and the ones that are left behind are the ones we get to follow on this momentous journey.
     Here are all the books I plan on reading for the month of May, I also have some ARCs and my luck, I'll have some library holds that come in too. Also, tomorrow, on the 5th of May is the #GettingGraphic Readathon where for a whole 24 hours you get to read nothing but comics. I'm not sure if I'm going to participate in it officially or not, but it's not far from my mind. What are you plan on reading in May, let me know down below! Till next time!

PEACE✌


May 2, 2018

BAD GIRLS BOOK REVIEW

 by Alex DeCampi and Victor Santos
Hardcover, 224 pages by Galley 13
Publication Date: July 17th, 2018

May 1, 2018

🌺 APRIL Wrap Up Part 4, Book haul and More! 🌺


      Hello again!! We have finally made it to the end of April and while I have already read 8 books these are the last three books that I read in April. Two of them were rereads and one was new to me and the last book in a series (as of right now). I also want to go over my list from the beginning of the month and see how many books from that list I completed as well as sneak in a book haul. I have procured some books from my libraries book sale, NetGalley arcs, as well as some of the books that I have checked out.  Let's get it.

Midnight Riot- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     I think after reading A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson a few weeks ago, I just needed something lighter to read to get my spirits up, because of that book, while a great book with a great message can have a tug on the spirit so I wanted to read something fun. Rivers of London (the US title) is the first book in the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch. I have read this book three times now and I always find something new and funny about it with every read and Peter finding out that there are more than just ghost out there and that yes, in fact, wizards are real too is just the start of it all.
     It all starts with a man getting his head knocked off and one night while on duty Peter runs into a ghost who saw the whole thing. And while trying to establish himself as a proper coper, Peter joins with Inspector Nightingale as his new apprentice in solving Londons crimes that have the slightest case of magical involvement.
     This is just a fun series and you get so swept up in it.
Moon Over Soho-⭐⭐⭐⭐
     Is the second book in the PC Peter Grant series, and again, it was just as fun and fast pace as it was the first time I read it, even though I did bring it down one star.
     In this story we find Peter investigating the mysterious deaths of Jazz musicians all around old London town. And I feel like if I go into any more detail I will then spoil the book for you, being that this is the second book in the series. What I will say that a reason why I took it back down a star is because there are moments in the story where Peter goes completely off track and gets so distracted by other things (girls in this case) that causes Peter to lose track of what is going on and I felt that there were moments when Mr. Aaronovitch was just having Peter ramble and not get to the point of some of the things Peter was telling us, or maybe I just didn't understand the connection. But either way, I found myself being bored and wanting to skim past those moments. I still stand by this series and I can't wait till the new one Lies Sleeping is released later this year.
City Of Saviors - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     Is the fourth book in the Detective Elouise Norton series and I just had to pick this one up, I didn't want to so soon but it just had to know what happened after that crazy ending in Trail of Echoes. We are back with Lou, newly promoted Det. Sgt. Norton, as she has just come back from being on convalescent leave after taking down one of LA's creepiest serial killers. And while she might not be at 100% Lou just can't stay at home anymore while work is passing her by, as well as she just can't let her male colleagues think that she's taking extra time because she's soft. Being the only female in her work circle she takes great pride in her work, and I don't blame her she's good.
     This gruesome tale starts off with a man, found dead in his house of what looks like anaphylactic shock. Surrounded by hundreds of cats, both dead and alive, newspapers, food containers, you name it. Mr. Washington (the victim) is a hoarder and while everyone on Lou's team wants to just label this as is there's something that Lou sees at Mr. Washington's house that makes Lou use her gut instinct and calls this a homicide. The rabbit hole that this mystery goes down was not what I was expecting at all. Reading the parts about his house and the smells and the amount of decay was the worst part of reading this book, it made me itch.
     Those are the last couple books that I read in April and looking back at my original TBR I'm happy to say that I read 8 books that were on there while others I wasn't feeling when I picked them up. I think participating in the readathon helped me get in one more off my list. Did you participate in the readathon? Did it help you get to those last books on your TBR that you were holding on to the end for? Let me know.
     Down below are pictures of the books that I got from my libraries' April book sale, all of the books were just a dollar per book! 

Apr 30, 2018

🌻APRIL Part 3 Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon Wrap up!🌺

     This past weekend #Deweys24HourReadathon was being held again and I was able to join in on the fun, here are the books that I was able to read during #Deweys24HourReadathon, I had a great time participating and I was able to finish two whole books and the last 50 pages of another. I wanted to get in one more small novella in but the sleep was taking hold over me and I wasn't able to. None the less, I got to read and have fun, so here they are:


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A Dash Of Trouble (Love, Sugar, Magic book 1) - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
     This was a very cute book. A young girl of 11 finds out that her mother and sisters can do magic and that she too holds the power to do magic through cooking (think Like Water for Chocolate) but she is told that she must wait till she is 15 years old. But after her best friend has a very awkward encounter with a boy she likes, Leo, takes it upon herself to try and flex her newly acquired magical skills and tries to help her friend out but of course, hijinks happen. I thought this was very cute, I loved the fact that there were recipes in the book and all the talk of food definitely made me very hungry reading it, I loved the parts that dealt with her sisters (being the oldest of three I love the closeness that happens between sisters). But with all its cuteness, I wished it focused more on Leo and her family and their family history with magic other than her misuse of magic, not that it was funny.  I'm really happy that I got to read this book even though I don't think I will continue with the series. It gave me very much CoCo vibes, it's a great movie by the way. 
All Systems Red-⭐⭐
 meh. 
     I honestly didn't care for this one, so I'll just let you see the Goodreads synopsis of the book, cause yea... I don't really care for this space book, but I was willing to give this one a chance. And it is less than 150 pages I was open to it, but it didn't impress me and it kind of bored me:

     In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.
     But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.
     On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
     But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

     Yeah, I didn't like this one. It was boring, to be honest. It reminded me of what I would think the AI in Alien movie franchise (Dir. Ridley Scott) would write in its diary if it had one, the movie was better.
     That is all that I got to read from my #deweys24hourreadthon plus the last 50 pages of City of Saviors by Rachel Howzell Hall (look out for that review coming out soon). Altogether over a 24 hour period, I read 402 pages. I am very proud of myself and I do think that having three books that cover very different topics and three different genres is what really helped. The next readathon is going to be in October so I hope to see more posts and tweets when it's time again.

Laters✌