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review 2017-10-12 00:18
Miami Century Fox - Legna Rodriguez Igle... Miami Century Fox - Legna Rodriguez Iglesias,Eduardo Aparicio

I received this book for free through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers.

 

To be honest, I didn’t “get” a lot of these poems. Maybe if I knew both Spanish and English (this is a bilingual book that has the same poems in both languages) I would understand them better. However, I still did like some of them and it was interesting to read a book of sonnets only. But ultimately, I liked the epigraphs more than the poems themselves.

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review 2017-06-24 13:51
Boring!
The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Child... The Prince of los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood - Richard Blanco

Had this book for a few years now and finally got around to reading it. It seemed timely plus it has been popping up on a couple of LGBT reading lists recently. I don't know much about him (other than he's an inaugural poet and is the first Latino and openly gay one) but it seemed like reading about the childhood of a boy whose family left Cuba to move to Florida sounded like an intriguing story.

 

Basically it's a bunch of stories of his childhood. His family, what it's like in school, navigating things like Thanksgiving, wanting to participate in "American" culture, etc. Some of it is really funny (he drops the Thanksgiving turkey as he's trying to bring it home from the store and the family later suffers from food poisoning after the dinner) but most of it is...not really compelling. 

 

It just seems like a retelling of doing X, Y, Z. I wasn't necessarily looking for a compelling, moving saga about what it's like growing up in a place where you don't look like a lot of the other people or necessarily speak the language, etc. And while I don't have much in common with him I just didn't feel his story was really interesting in any way. I haven't read any of his other work so I don't know if that has anything to do with it but it just felt very blah.

 

Maybe it just wasn't for me. Other people seemed to think it got better in the latter parts of the book but it felt the same overall. I regret buying it (as I can see it's available at my library) but maybe it would work if you're a fan or have a similar background to his.

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text 2017-05-18 06:55
"Spicier" public library ebook finds
Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods - Aimee Zaring
New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories - Susan Tucker,S. Frederick Starr
Authentic Recipes from Jamaica (NONE) - John DeMers,Eduardo Fuss
The Cuban Kitchen - Raquel Rabade Roque
Miami Spice: The New Florida Cuisine - Steven Raichlen

More I plan on checking out at my library (uses overdrive for ebooks)

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text 2017-05-15 22:21
Bout of Books Cycle 19 Wrap Up
Shimmy for Me: A California Belly Dance novella - DeAnna Cameron
HEART OF THE SELKIE - Sam Asher
Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings, Book 1) - Aimee Duffy
Misbehaving in Miami (Summer Flings, Book 2) - Aimee Duffy
Forbidden - Beverly Jenkins

Declaration Post

Mid-week Update Post

 

Bout of Books

 

My Bout of Books cycle 19 started at the RT convention and involved traveling back home, so there wasn't a focus on doing the daily challenges this time around. The Friday before I left for Atlanta I did a massive download binge from the NOOK Store's free romance section (I do this when I am stressed for some strange reason). I hoped to get to some of these relatively short books to help pump up my stats for this cycle.

 

Thursday:

Finished first chapter of London: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

Got to 36% of Forbidden (Old West #1) by Beverly Jenkins

 

Friday:

Finished Shimmy for Me: A California Belly Dance Novella by DeAnna Cameron

Got to 49% of Forbidden (Old West #1) by Beverly Jenkins

 

Saturday:

Read Selkie Heart by Sam Asher

Read Trouble in Tinseltown (Summer Flings #1) and Misbehaving in Miami (Summer Flings #2) by Aimee Duffy

 

Sunday:

Finished Forbidden (Old West #1) by Beverly Jenkins

 

Stats:

# of full length books read: 2

# of novellas/short stories: 4

# of plays: 1

# of pages read: 809

 

Save the Date! Bout of Books Cycle 20 is August 20th-27th

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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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