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Exciting December Releases! (TBR)

The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill) - Julie Klassen Bad Behavior - Kiki Swinson, Noire Ziegfeld Girls - Sarah Barthel His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) - Brenda Jackson

Very excited for these December releases. Almost all of these books are by authors I have read and enjoyed their work. Considering it is December, I think I will be able to get all six books read. The Girl in the Tower is book two in The Winternight Trilogy so, I will need to read The Bear and the Nightingale first.

 

 

 

December 5

 

 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill #2) by Julie Klassen

 

The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

 

His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) by Brenda Jackson

 

House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

 

 

December 26

 

 

Bad Behavior by Kiki Swinson and Noire

 

Ziegfeld Girls by Sarah Barthel

 

 

 

If at all possible I will try to read books in my personal library that are 150 pages or less. Have an awesome reading month friends and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa.

 

 

 

Books I Read In October and November

The Diamond Empire (A Diamonds Novel) - K'wan Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward Brazen - Katherine Longshore The Longest Memory - Fred D'Aguiar The Tragedy of Brady Sims (Vintage Contemporaries) - Ernest J. Gaines The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole A Hope Divided (The Loyal League) - Alyssa Cole Perennials - Julie Cantrell Driver's Seat (Penguin Modern Classics) - Muriel Spark

I read six books in October and five books in November. I'm pretty pleased about my progress. There were a few books that I thought I'd love and a few that I was unsure of that after reading became favorites. Here are the reading results:

 

 

5 Star Reads

 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

*I listened to most of it on audio and then switched to the ebook. This book is worth all the hype. It is an unforgettable read. I will definitely re-read this book and I highly recommend if you enjoy WWII books and stories about family.

 

 

The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar

 

*This was definitely a hard read. There's family betrayal, heartbreak and the harsh realities of plantation life. The characters in this book will stay with me for some time.

 

 

4 Star Reads

 

The Diamond Empire by K'wan

 

*Crazy characters, violence and deception all play into great entertainment. I love this series and can't wait for the next book. K'wan knows how to keep you captivated, on edge and panting for that next read.

 

An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League) by Alyssa Cole

 

*Absolutely more than I anticipated. I loved the premise, characters and the writing. This book has interracial love, familial love and characters that stand for what they believe in. Another that I highly recommend to lovers of romance and historical fiction. Alyssa Cole is an author I will continue to pick up.

 

A Hope Divided (The Loyal League #2) by Alyssa Cole

 

*Loved it! Just as great as the first, but I fell in love with Socrates (Ewan). Marlie and Ewan had their own personal struggle, but manage to fight for what's most important, love.

 

Perennials by Julie Cantrell

 

*I listened to the entire book by read-to-me function on my Kindle Fire during the seven hour ride to Las Vegas. Perennials is what I call a slow burn. There's much going on throughout the book, but it all comes together like an intricately weaved  fabric at the end. I love family books. This book was heartbreaking and sweet.

 

Brazen by Katherine Longshore

 

*I'm trying to clear out the last of my YA books. I read the first two books in The Royal Circle trilogy and enjoyed them so, I decided to read Brazen before I donated it. I'm finding that the YA books I purchased are truly written for a very young audience and I can't read them. The writing is too juvenile in language and tone. However, I was able to read this and enjoyed it. It was a fun engaging read.

 

 

3 Star Reads

 

The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark

 

*Okay, but completely forgettable read. I would've preferred someone to have just told me the story and saved my money and time.

 

Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

 

*Another okay read that I had too high expectations. I get the parts about the importance of traditions with the tea ceremony, but even that wasn't enough of a grab to save this little book. Someone could've just told me the plot and I could've skipped it.

 

 

None Rated Books

 

The Tragedy of Brady Sims by Ernest J. Gaines

 

*This definitely didn't turn out the way I thought it would. It's strange it's a book in my opinion. I don't read short stories, but I would call this one. I'm baffled and don't have much to say. Another book I could've skipped.

 

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

 

*This is the third book that I've tried to love by Ms. Ward. I just don't think we get along. The first book I read of hers was Salvage the Bones. After I tried The Men We Reap. I found it to be slow and melancholy to the point of distraction. My mind would wonder while reading the words. I get the point of the books or what's trying to be conveyed. I just don't enjoy the process of getting there. I find her books have the same formula. Therefore not agreeing with my tastes. Many readers love Ms. Ward and she's won numerous awards. I'm sure she'll continue with much success and I do wish her well.

Updates to Posts Complete!

I've updated the post that I started some days ago. If you care to go back and read what I've written, please do.

 

 

HAPPY NOVEMBER EVERYONE!!

Unforgettable

— feeling beat brick
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

This isn't a review. These are my quick early morning thoughts. The Nightingale is an unforgettable story written so well your able to completely immerse yourself in it. I never read the author notes or book club questions, but I read it all. This book took me some time to finish. I started listening to the audiobook last summer 2016. I think the size of the book put me off. I'm so happy I hunkered down and finished it. This is definitely a re-read and a book I will undoubtedly shove down everyones throat. However, it's as graphic as a slave narrative. Thank goodness I am a huge fan of both.

 

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At 70% I started on my Kindle.

Catching Up

Hi everyone, I'm trying desperately to catch up on my postings. My brain has allowed me to read more, but writing is still difficult. So, I thought if I did everything in the posts tonight except the writing/details, I wouldn't feel so overwhelmed. I think this will work. I know I won't be able to write each post back to back. That will be too much, but will get them done by Tuesday at the latest. You all always welcome me back and I'm so grateful for this community.

Exciting November New Releases TBR

Mustard Seed - Laila Ibrahim The Austen Escape - Katherine Reay Out of the Ordinary (Apart From the Crowd) - Jen Turano Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race - Reni Eddo-Lodge Perennials - Julie Cantrell Secrets of Cavendon: A Novel (Cavendon Hall) - Barbara Taylor Bradford Moonlight Over Manhattan - Sarah Morgan A Hope Divided (The Loyal League) - Alyssa Cole Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto - Bryan W. Van Norden, Jay L. Garfield The Diamond Empire (A Diamonds Novel) - K'wan

I'm super excited for these reads. It's a good variety. I have very high expectations for A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole. I will need to read the first book (I do have it) An Extraordinary Union. I read The Diamond Empire last month and loved it! I gave it 4 stars. K'wan knows how to draw you in and keep you there. Moonlight Over Manhattan will be my first read by Sarah Morgan. So many readers love her books. Since I'm familiar with the works of authors Jen Turano and Katherine Reay I know these will be awesome. Over the years I've seen the works of Barbara Taylor Bradford in bookstores and have been curious about her writing. Finally, I can see why she's so beloved. The big book of the month is Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race. This book has been read widely and is being promoted everywhere. Overly hyped books scare me and I usually try to keep them for some time to not be influenced by frenzy.

 

 

November 1

 

Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation by David W. Blight

 

A Tangled Web: Mata Hari: Dancer, Courtesan, Spy by Mary W. Craig

 

 

November 7

 

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

 

Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim

 

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

 

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

 

Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto by Bryan W. Van Norden

 

 

November14

 

Perrinials by Julie Cantrell

 

 

November 21

 

Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford

 

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

 

 

November 28

 

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sara Morgan

 

A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole

Books I Read in October 2017

The Diamond Empire (A Diamonds Novel) - K'wan Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward Brazen - Katherine Longshore The Longest Memory - Fred D'Aguiar The Tragedy of Brady Sims (Vintage Contemporaries) - Ernest J. Gaines The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

I read 6 books in October and am pleasantly surprised. I thought I'd only read 2 or 3. Has that ever happened to you? My highly anticipated read was The Tragedy of Brady Sims by Earnest J. Gaines. It was also my biggest disappointment. I was not wowed by it and the interest I had for the build up in this short novellla wasn't and was what I thought it would be. The other shocker was Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. I connected with only one of the characters (the son Jojo) and the story was a bit of multiple stories I'd read before. I didn't enjoy Salvage the Bones by her either. I think I stopped 75% through. I don't think her style of writing is for me. However, she is well regarded, loved and accoladed. 

 

The Nightingale and The Longest Memory were the "show stoppers" this month. These stories gutted me. Oh, the pain I felt. These two books I would highly recommend to anyone. It doesn't matter if you pick them up today, next month or years from now. Put them on your tbr or wishlist and read them! You won't regret it, I promise. I'm clearing out my YA shelves and have donated hundreds to date. This last purge I decided to keep some series that I started and loved, but didn't finish. Brazen (Royal Circle) is one of those I decided to keep. I had already read Guilt and Tarnish and enjoyed them. Brazen didn't disappoint. I do love historical fiction. Longshore wrote these in a style I could enjoy as well as her intended audience. 

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 71%.

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

I've been listening on and off since 2016. I'm currently reading the ebook and hoping to finish by Monday. Definitely will miss this book when its over.  The Nightingale is a slow read and is reminiscent of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. They both give me the same cold, dark and ominous effect.

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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Reading progress update: I've read 56%.

To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Tamera Alexander

Loving it! There are multiple storylines with each character that keeps it interesting. There's the town itself and its people, the railroad, a horrible accident and freed blacks trying to educate at Fisk University. 

Reading progress update: I've read 67%.

Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers) - Rochelle Alers

I want Gage! Can I find a human with his character traits? Tonya and Gage's relationship is realistic, mature and slow (for romance novel). So nice to revisit the ladies friendship and to read about all the yummy Louisiana Cuisine. I'm a foodie and need to visit The Big Easy in the near future.

Not To Be Missed on 03/06/2018

Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi
Let's just start with this strikingly beautiful cover. It is art! I must have it on my shelves and perhaps on my wall. I received a preview excerpt of the book from Netgalley and the publisher.

I've finished. Of course the sampler left on a hanger. This will be a best seller for sure. There's so much here and it's a page turner. I don't read many books like this anymore so, my opinion is of a novice. However, I know good writing and plot. Based upon what I've read thus far, I'd recommend and will definitely buy a copy for myself.
 
 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 42%.

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation - Damian Duffy, John Jennings, Octavia E. Butler

I love Kindred by Octavia Butler. I chose it for World Book Day, when the U. S.  was participating, and everyone that I followed up with enjoyed it. So, when I heard that there was going to be a graphic novel of the book I was very hesitant to give it a try. I saw pics of the drawing on Instagram and wasn't impressed. Just like movie adaptations, I didn't want the graphic novel to taint my love and disappoint.

 

To my surprise, I'm really enjoying it! I have a few issues, but so far so good. I thought reading it would be a nuisance on a Kindle, but it working out great on my Fire 8.

Books I Read in July 2017

Sin of a Woman (A Curtis Black Novel) - Kimberla Lawson Roby A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England) - Roseanna M. White Kiss the Ring: An Urban Tale - Meesha Mink Boss - Tracy Brown The Cartel 7: Illuminati: Roundtable of Bosses - Ashley and JaQuavis, JaQuavis Coleman Seducing Abby Rhodes - J.D. Mason Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution - Owen Pataki, Allison Pataki

I'm super excited that I was able to read 7 books this month. I've been struggling for a long while. My health and not having a good system in place has affected me greatly, but now I think I have a good one. I talked about it in a previous post. I will listen up to 5% of each book for the month and those that immediately grab my attention will go to the top of the list. And since I will already be interested, I will be able to move to the next book without hesitation.

 

 

 

4 Stars

 

 

Sin of a Woman

 

A Name Unknown

 

Boss

 

The Cartel 7

 

Where The Light Falls

 

 

 

3 Stars

 

 

Kiss The Ring

 

Seducing Abby Rhodes

Friday Reads

The Diplomat's Daughter: A Novel - Karin Tanabe The Address: A Novel - Fiona Davis

About an hour ago I finished Where The Light Falls by Allison and Owen Pataki. It was an emotional 4 star read. Not what I'm accustomed to, but well with it! I will start The Diplomat's Daughter by Karin Tanabe tonight. I absolutely loved The Gilded Years. I'm excited to get to The Address by Fiona Davis and hope it lives up to all the hype. A weekend filled with historical fiction is a great one indeed.

 

 

What are you reading this weekend?