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review 2017-08-24 04:25
Black Panther: World of Wakanda
Black Panther: World of Wakanda Vol. 1: Dawn of the Midnight Angels - Ta-Nehisi Coates,Roxane Gay,Yona Harvey,Alitha Martinez,Afua Richardson

When I first started the Black Panther run by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ayo and Aneka, two members of the Dora Milaje quickly became the best part of the series for me. So to get a book with a large focus on the two of them was a great surprise. The fact that Roxane Gay wrote this made it even better.

 

World of Wakanda put the focus on several members of the Dora Milaje from new recruits to veterans as they trained, warded off attacks on Wakanda, and slowly began to question Black Panther and whether he truly was putting Wakanda's interests first. There was a lot of inner conflict for the characters to deal with, and I loved seeing each of them struggle to figure out how to honor their oaths while still doing what they thought was right.

 

And I just really love Ayo and Aneka. It was nice seeing the start of their relationship and its progression. This book gave me better context for what they're doing and why in the Black Panther series. I now want another book or two (or more) of their adventures.

 

The only part I didn't like of this book was the very last issue which switched to a story about White Tiger. While I'm sure I've read stuff with White Tiger in it, I didn't remember much about him beyond that he existed, so it didn't help that his story kept referencing things in his past that I wasn't familiar with. This issue read more like a generic superhero story that was completely different from the previous issues. It just felt out of place with the rest of the book.

 

Despite the last issue, World of Wakanda was excellent. It gave a closer look at some of the most fascinating characters from the Black Panther series and made me want more of them.

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text 2017-08-01 14:32
July 2017 Books Read
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

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I honestly did not get a chance to read that many books. I had a lot of work commitments and not too many things spoke to me. 

 

I read 27 books for the month of July. One of those was a DNF though. I have to start setting aside books I don't enjoy. It's kind of a pain to force read something that you are feeling meh about. 

 

 

5 stars

 

The I-5 Killer by Ann RuleThe Changeling by Victor LaValleHunger by Roxane GayThe Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

City of Bones by Michael ConnellyWatership Down by Richard AdamsBad Feminist by Roxane Gay

 

4 stars

 

Rivers of London by Ben AaronovitchHungry Heart by Jennifer WeinerThe Kill Room by Jeffery DeaverAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggThe Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy TanWTF by Cathy YardleyThe Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

 

3 stars

 

Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. BoyerThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison AllenMaeve's Times by Maeve BinchyThe Dark Tower by Robin Furth

 

2 stars

 

Buns by Alice ClaytonThe Skin Collector by Jeffery DeaverDescent by Tim JohnstonThe Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

Sons by Pearl S. Buck

 

1 star

 

Once and for All by Sarah DessenFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

 

DNF

 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

 

I have to say my favorite book was by far Roxane Gay's "Hunger". My least favorite had to be E.L. James, "Fifty Shades of Grey." 

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review 2017-07-28 21:18
The Bigger You Are The Smaller You Become
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay

4.5 stars for brutally honesty, heart wrenching moments, ugly truths, awareness, self confrontations and one brave soul.
Wow, Sh*t and WOW. That was really all I could mutter out while reading this. This girl was changed, scared for life. She held this secret, found a way to deal with it and while saving herself she was also destroying herself. To me it was a heartbreaking story, I wanted healing, like a magical wand waving to make it go away. Magic isn't real, this real life horror happened to a young girl and festered inside her.
What an eye opening tale. I thought I understand the plight of being fat in our society, but I really didn't. She says that, the bigger you are the more invisible you become. Wow, I wanted that not to be true, I wanted us/me to be more as humans but I've thought some of these thoughts, I've made judgmental comments and thought I was being nice. I felt shame. I think I will always remember her pain. I hope her story makes me be a better person in the future.
I wish she would name him, he does not deserve to walk without this weight on his shoulders.

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text 2017-07-25 19:02
Reading progress update: I've read 107 out of 320 pages.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay

Words can not cover this. The pain that a girl felt, feels, lives with is felt with a deaf scream

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review 2017-07-20 21:21
Overwhelmed in a Good Way
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay

I don't know what else to say about Roxane Gay besides run and find all of her books and sit down and enjoy. I loved her collection of essays. Some of them were humorous, some sad, and some just made me want to sit in a room by myself all day and not talk to a person. She has a way of drilling down on an issue and just making you realize that someone out there has the same thoughts as you and you don't feel wholly alone.

 

I will say one thing though, the flow of these essays does not go from point A, to point B, etc. seamlessly. Instead it feels like we get dropped in at various times when Gay could be just talking to a friend about a subject she wants to discuss.

 

The book goes from broad topics such as Gender & Sexuality, Race & Entertainment, Politics, Gender, & Race, and then goes back to Gay speaking about herself and what makes her a "bad" feminist. Within these topics she has some essays speaking on things. I will say that if you haven't read some of the books she is discussing (she dislikes Fifty Shades of Grey as much as I do) or watched some of the movies, you may not get what she is talking about. Since I have read the books in question, or at least heard of them, and watched all of the movies, and television shows I was better off than most of the other readers who I saw had comments about that. 

 

I also think that according to the modern day rules I am probably a bad feminist. I don't think my being a woman equals I cannot criticize another woman. If anything, I hope, that most women's comments are more constructive than what most men say about us to our faces and behind our backs. 

 

I also know that even though I am black, I too do not care for Tyler Perry's movies and just like Gay think his messaging needs to be fixed. 


Things I highly encourage potential readers to review:

 

"The Careless Language of Sexual Violence", "Dear Young Ladies Who Love Chris Brown So Much They Would Let Him Beat Them", "The Trouble With Prince Charming, or He Who Trespassed Against Us", and "1960s Mississippi: Thoughts on The Help".  

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