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text 2017-11-12 22:44
Book of the Month Winter Catch-up
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
All at Sea: A Memoir - Decca Aitkenhead
Swing Time - Zadie Smith
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: A Novel - Lindsey Lee Johnson
Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
American War - Omar El Akkad
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

Usually, in November I do Nonfiction November. But since It ran long and I have been neglecting my Book of the Month selections, I'm skipping the November reads and going right into my December pile. December is dedicated to catching up on what selections I didn't get around to reading through the year. Well, I still have some from 2016, let alone 2017. Yeah.... I need to get that stack down. Let's see how many of these I can knock out. I can' even remember what some of these are about.

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text 2017-10-30 00:31
Books I Read in August and September 2017
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation - Damian Duffy,John Jennings,Octavia E. Butler
Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers) - Rochelle Alers
Surrender to Me (The Lawsons of Louisiana) - Donna Hill
Seeking Sarah: A Novel - ReShonda Tate Billingsley
To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Pretty, Nasty, Lovely - Rosalind Noonan
Stay with Me: A novel - Adebayo Ayobami
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
Gravel Heart - Abdulrazak Gurnah
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

I will list the rating and to the side add commentary. 

 

 

5 Stars

 

 None

 

 

4 Stars

 

Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers (solid read)

 

Seeking Sarah by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (solid read)

 

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander (fantastic story, pleasantly surprised)

 

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebeyo (unforgettable stand out read)

 

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy (Liked this, LOVE book) 

 

 

3 Stars

 

Surrender to Me by Donna Hill (solid read)

 

Pretty, Nast, Lovely by Rosalind Noonin (interesting story)

 

Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah (good story)

 

 

2.5 Stars

 

The Mothers by Brit Bennett 

 

I've been thinking what to say about my displeasure with this book. It was an okay read for me. Such a hyped book that I did everything possible to get my hands on it for months; giveaways, egalleys and such. To only be disappointed. There's nothing new here for me. It definitely wasn't what I expected in terms of the storyline. Maybe it's my age. I've read a lot of books and many heavy hitters at a young age. It takes a lot to impress me in story and writing. However, both don't have to be great. I'll take a good story with subpar writing or a well written book with just okay plot. Many love this one. It just wasn't for me. Beautiful cover and great publicity with a new up and coming author, I do believe Ms. Bennett is definitely one to watch!

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-22 20:47
Mildly amusing book.
Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival Guide - Jane Walmsley

Picked this book up on a whim since it was a bargain book. I've seen this book around and thought it would be a "cute" and different read but it's probably only for a very niche group of people. Supposedly author Walmsley wrote a whimsical, irreverent guide to the differences between how people in the US think and how British people think.

 

Everything from language to customs to pop culture are all covered. There are moments that are quite amusing and worth a giggle but it's mostly not incredibly funny or interesting. As other reviews note the book is out of date (or at least my version is) but I'd imagine that if you or someone you know has spent a good deal of time in either country you might recognize some of the bits here.

 

Might be a good book for a couple who is in a trans-Atlantic relationship or someone who is studying abroad, staying long term in one of the countries, etc. But it's not compelling and it wouldn't be on the top of my list as a good pick for a gift. Library if you're interested but I wouldn't make a huge effort to read it either.

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review 2017-05-14 19:08
Review: Selkie Heart by Sam Asher, Trouble in Tinseltown and Misbehaving in Miami by Aimee Duffy
HEART OF THE SELKIE - Sam Asher
Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings, Book 1) - Aimee Duffy
Misbehaving in Miami (Summer Flings, Book 2) - Aimee Duffy

These three books are available in the NOOK store in the freebie section.

 

Selkie Heart by Sam Asher

First book in a trilogy about a selkie and a human. This 30 page story is how they met and fell in love, with an epilogue that was as long as the story and dropped all kinds of plot lines for future books. The random pictures of oceans at night did not add to the story at all. Will not continue with the series. The title is different here on BL from GR and the NOOK store.

 

Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings #1) by Aimee Duffy

Three university friends decide to take the summer after their graduation to go globe trotting. Two of the friends are from very wealthy families, so it works; the third, the narrator named Ciara, is not from wealth nor does she even have a job or source of income. So she goes traveling, shopping, bar hopping with her friends and uses up her savings. This is some shallow Brit chick lit, with an added romance between Ciara and her friend's cousin Zack.

 

Misbehaving in Miami (Summer Flings #2) by Aimee Duffy

More sex scenes with Ciara and Zack. Elle (Zack's cousin) tries to have a fling with some guy she met on the beach, fling boy wants more. I can't do anymore from this series.

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review 2017-04-12 01:43
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett

I received this book for free through a complimentary Quarterly Literary Box.

I really liked this book. First off, it is incredibly well written. It was such an easy read. Some books I find myself slogging through but I didn't with this book. Everything just flowed nicely and it was effortless to read if that makes any sense.

The characters felt very real and dynamic. The author did a good job giving everyone's perspective.

I loved the setting of San Diego and how it was incorporated.

As for the abortion element, I thought it was handled well. I didn't take any issue with it.

A little random but one of my favorite quotes was, "A girl's first time was supposed to hurt. Suffering pain is what made you a woman. Most of the milestones in a woman's life were accompanied by pain, like her first time having sex or birthing a child. For men, it was all orgasms and champagne" (210). As soon as I read that I was like, Ain't that the truth!

Overall, I was really impressed by this. It was an amazing debut novel.

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