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I love to acquire, hoard, stack, shelve, smell, read and share books. I review books. I stare at books. You get it, right?


Currently reading

The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
Anders Rydell, Henning Koch
Progress: 2 %
Min Jin Lee
Progress: 50 %
The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles)
Mary E. Pearson
Progress: 30 %
Challenge Participant Professional Reader 100 Book Reviews2016 NetGalley Challenge

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

I'm halfway and am really enjoying the journey. I'm so pleased to be reading Pachinko. I love family sagas and learning a bit of history too.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

I will be reading Pachinko over the weekend. It is definitely a page turner, but dense and will require my full attention. This will be a slow read and I welcome it. Japan occupies Korea. Koreans are treated horribly; no work, high food prices, poor housing conditions (those that own land are being taxed to death).

— feeling amazing
Reblogged from Bookish Quotes:

Green with ENVY

— feeling big smile
Copycat - Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Roby never disappoints. She is one of my favorite authors and her novels are auto-buys for me. I always get excited when I receive notification that she has a new book release. I know I'm in for a good read. Why do I love her writing? Mrs. Roby knows how to engage the reader. She knows her way around developing a good plot and characters you either love deep or hate immensely. However, let me stop gushing and explain a bit about Copycat.


First I'll just start by saying Simone is a scary character, but very relevant. With social media and all the show and without tell we've become a society of envy and resentment. It's not ideal to just see the good in people and dismiss their bad/strange behavior. I wanted more character development. That would've entailed a longer book. However, Copycat was an entertaining page-turner. I read it in one sitting. This book will elicit lots of discussion. At what point does too much admiration and idolization become unhealthy?


I'd like to thank Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Copycat.

I loved it

— feeling amazing
Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

Always love learning about the history of the period. Suffragette movement, Geronimo escape and the black experience.



Beverly Jenkins is one of my favorite Black historical romance writers. She not only shares black history, but familial relations and love. I've read more than seven of her large catalogue of books, mainly her historical romance.


In Breathless we revisit characters that I'd fallen in love with. Rhine and Eddy's love in Forbidden was enduring. I'm waiting for my Rhine. After learning about Eddie's sister's neglect of her nieces I was concerned and couldn't wait to revisit them. Breathless is Portia's story.


Portia is determined, strong, smart and a bit afraid of men (due to her past with her mother). From the very beginning of Kent's arrival I knew He'd have his work cut out for him. In Breathless Ms. Beverly shows that people can mature and grow and I appreciated that. I Just can't get enough about the town, people and the conflicts they encounter.


All in all Breathless was a 4 star read for me. A book I will revisit and share with other historical romance lovers and even with the romance naysayers.


Thank you to Edelweiss and Avon for the opportunity to read and review Breathless.

January Reads

Man on the Run - Carl Weber The Score - Kiki Swinson The Mark (The Score Series) - Kiki Swinson Copycat - Kimberla Lawson Roby A Note Yet Unsung (A Belmont Mansion Novel) - Tamera Alexander Luxury and Larceny: Part 1 - Ty Marshall Breathless - Beverly Jenkins

I read 7 books in January. I'm so proud of myself that I stayed focused and tried to read everyday. There were a couple books that I did have to put down, but I'm happy I did. Leaving books that aren't working for me is something I promised to do in 2017 and obviously with 7 books read it's working. 


I read;


Breathless by Beverly Jenkins                    4 stars


Man on the Run by Carl Weber                   4 stars


The Score by Kiki Swanson                         3 stars


The Mark by Kiki Swanson                          3 stars


Copycat by Kimberly Lawson Roby             3 stars


A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander   3 stars


Luxury & Larceny by Ty Marshall                2 stars



It was a good month and in February I'm expecting to read more and hopefully read more 5 and 4 star reads.



February TBR

Forged in Desire (The Protectors) - Brenda Jackson The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance - Anders Rydell, Henning Koch Pachinko - Min Jin Lee The Refugees - Viet Thanh Nguyen Gilded Cage - Vic James The Good at Heart: A Novel - Ursula Werner Everything Belongs to Us - Yoojin Grace Wuertz The Inheritance - Rochelle Alers Heels, Heartache & Headlines (Hollywood High) - Ni-Ni Simone, Amir Abrams Cheaper to Keep Her 5 - Kiki Swinson

Hello friends it's been awhile since I've been on Booklikes. Every time I would try to make an update or post the website would run soooooo slow. I couldn't take waiting and waiting. However, those who are on Goodreads as well as BL I didn't feel out of touch. I missed you all who I've come to appreciate and value on BL. I want to be an active participant again and hope this site stays user friendly for those like me who are clueless when it pertains to websites and computers.


I set my reading goal this year at 50 books. I would like to get back up to the 100 books I used to read in 2011-2013. Last year I barely squeaked by at 30 books, I think. I'm going for it all in 2017 and am discontinuing activities that were time wasters. I'm also going to stop reading books that are not of my favorite genres, doing so slows me down.


My to be read books for February are very exciting. There are new releases by a few of my favorite authors, new books in series I've read and others that are about some of my favorite topics. Let's hope I stay focused next month. So far in January I've finished 5 books. 


Happy reading everyone!




October TBR

Diamonds and Pearl - K'wan The Rancher Returns - Brenda Jackson The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Colson Whitehead The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies The Orphan Mother: A Novel - Robert Hicks Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation - Anne Sebba Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood

I finished one book in September and that was The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel. That book didn't live up to my expectations at all. After about 30% I lost interest in the plot and characters and forced myself to finish. I made some progress in Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters, but quickly put it down after I just didn't care what was to come. It was taking way too long to get there. I may pick this book up this month or next, but I'm unsure at this time. I also attempted to read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This book captured me from the very beginning, but due to it's visually detailed content I couldn't and can't read it all the way through without breaks. I'm really hoping to plow through it this month without being so emotional.


September was a difficult month. I had a death in my family and plenty of not-so-good health news. I was knocked off my feet a bit to say the least. But as we adults know that is life.... Expect the unexpected and know tomorrow can be a better day!

Exciting October Releases

The Rancher Returns - Brenda Jackson A Terrible Beauty - Tasha Alexander Hag-Seed - Margaret Atwood Diamonds and Pearl - K'wan Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation - Anne Sebba The Other Einstein: A Novel - Marie-Solange Benedict

This month I'm excited about black romance, historical romance, urban fiction and always anything to do with Paris. However, Les Parisiennes is the story of the women who lived during the Nazi occupation. Not a light read, but one I'm sure to find informative. Hag-Seed is the retelling of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. I don't believe I've read that play so, this will be intriguing. The Other Einstein tells the story of Einstein's wife Mitza who was a physicist.




October 4


The Rancher Returns by Brenda Jackson


October 11


A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander


Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood 


Diamonds and Pearl by K'wan


October 18


Les Parisiennes by Anne Seba


The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict




Have you heard, read or are excited for any of these October Releases?

Exciting September Releases

Luxe Two: A LaLa Land Addiction: A Novel - Ashley Antoinette Snell A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery) - Cuyler Overholt The Tea Planter's Wife - Dinah Jefferies Darktown: A Novel - Thomas Mullen Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth - Jennifer Chiaverini The Orphan Mother: A Novel - Robert Hicks The Girl Who Fought Napoleon: A Novel of the Russian Empire - Linda Lafferty If I Had You (The Grand Russe Hotel) - Heather Hiestand The Girl in the Castle: A Novel (Deverill Chronicles) - Santa Montefiore Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (New Black Studies Series) - Sowande M Mustakeem

There's a little bit of everything I love in this line up; historical fiction and romance, slavery, mystery, suspense, war and tea. The early reviews on all of these books have been stellar. I am excited. 


September 6


Luxe 2: A La La Land Addiction by Ashley Antoinette


A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt


September 13


A Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies


Darktown by Thomas Mullen


Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini


The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks


September 20


The Girl Who Fought Napoleon by Linda Lafferty


September 27


If I Had You by Heather Hiestand


The Girl In The Castle by Santa Montefiore


September 30


Slavery At Sea: Terror, Sex and Sickness in the Middle Passage by Sowande Mustakeem




Have you heard, read or are excited for any of these September Releases?



September TBR

The Summer That Melted Everything - Tiffany McDaniel Just Can't Let Go (The Crystal Series) - Mary B. Morrison The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel - Colson Whitehead Luxe Two: A LaLa Land Addiction: A Novel - Ashley Antoinette Snell Diamonds and Pearl - K'wan

These are the books I plan to read in September. I've been averaging 3-4 books a month, but I think I will be able to read these five. I'm hoping for seven by months end as these should be fast reads. 


My next post will be anticipated September releases. I'm hoping to choose two from that list.


Happy September everyone!

Exciting June Releases

Don't You Cry - Mary Kubica The Gilded Years: A Novel - Karin Tanabe I Almost Forgot About You - Terry McMillan The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel - Hazel Gaynor The Edge of the Fall: A Novel (Storms of War Trilogy) - Kate Williams The Girls in the Garden: A Novel - Lisa Jewell The Girls: A Novel - Emma Cline Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray: A Novel - Dorothy Love Love in Exile - Ayşe Kulin, Kenneth Dakan The Girl and the Sunbird: A beautiful, epic story of love, loss and hope - Rebecca Stonehill

These are the June releases that I'm most excited to read. I'm hoping I can get to all of them or most of them.  There are thrillers, historical and romance to chose from, my favorites. Are you excited for any of these reads?

April Wrap-up

Jane Steele  - Lyndsay Faye The Book of Harlan - Bernice L. McFadden Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House - Kathleen Grissom The Liszts - Kyo Maclear, Julia Sarda A Will and A Way - Claudia Harbaugh Narrative of My Escape from Slavery - Thomas Price, Moses Roper

I had a solid reading month. I had one 5 star read, three 4 star reads and one 3 star read. My favorite book of the month should come as no surprise with it being The Book of Harlan. I highly recommend and wish I could supply everyone with a copy. There's just so much in this one book. It doesn't disappoint. 


I thoroughly enjoyed Jane Steele and Glory Over EverythingThese two were highly anticipated and were entertaining reads. I thought about Jane (from Jane Steele) and Jamie ( from GOE) long after I was done with their stories. 


In the 12th hour I decided to throw in some quick reads. All three were good. The Liszts pictures are so lovely and detailed. Even on my kindle I could tell they would be absolutely gorgeous in print. A Will and A Way was a quick and entertaining historical romance. And last I read the gut wrenching, hard hitting, detailed to a fault, Narrative of My Escape from Slavery. This book is in your face without pause or kindness. The bandaid is ripped of without the wound ever being healed.

Reading progress update: I've read 6%.

Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery - Martha Conway

I started The Girl From The Savoy last night, but received an email reminding me that Sugarland release date Is May 12. I said that I'd start it and if it captured me quickly I'd give it a go. Well, I will continue on with it and go back to TGFTS. So much has happened already!

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

— feeling angry
Narrative of My Escape from Slavery - Thomas Price, Moses Roper

Such a quick and concise account of the wretchedness and wickedness of slavery.

Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

Narrative of My Escape from Slavery - Thomas Price, Moses Roper

"When he came back, the first thing he did was to pour some tar upon my head, then rubbed it all over my face, took a torch with pitch on, and set it on fire; he put it out before it did me very great injury, but the pain which I endured was most excruciating, nearly all my hair having been burnt off."


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