I love to acquire, hoard, stack, shelve, smell, read and share books. I review books. I stare at books. You get it, right?
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HAPPY NOVEMBER EVERYONE!!
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.
At 70% I started on my Kindle.
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.
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.
Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation by David W. Blight
A Tangled Web: Mata Hari: Dancer, Courtesan, Spy by Mary W. Craig
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
Perrinials by Julie Cantrell
Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sara Morgan
A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole
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.
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.
I will list the rating and to the side add commentary.
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)
Surrender to Me by Donna Hill (solid read)
Pretty, Nast, Lovely by Rosalind Noonin (interesting story)
Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah (good story)
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!
Lots of really good books on Amazon today. Take a look!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sin of a Woman
A Name Unknown
The Cartel 7
Where The Light Falls
Kiss The Ring
Seducing Abby Rhodes
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?
There are many more August releases than the ones I've chosen to read. In choosing books that interest me, I'm trying to discern if the writing and plot are enough. I've listened to about 2-5% in each of these books and know, thus far, we will do well.
I realize that it's best for me to get in with more than one book so, that I'm already interested to move on to the next. Reading one book at a time and then picking up another that doesn't hold my attention leaves me blank for days. I lose steam and dawdle. Already I have finished 6 books in July, with this method, and am so pleased. I could've read more if I would've adopted this way much sooner.
Here's the release dates for these books and others that aren't shown that I may read;
Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah
The Address by Fiona Davis
Locked in Temptation by Brenda Jackson
Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
Surrender to Me by Donna Hill
The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
All is Beauty Now by Sarah Faber
To Wager Her Heart Tamera Alexander
A Promise of Ruin by Cuyler Overholt
Seeking Sarah by Roshanda Tate Billingsley
The Party by Elizabeth Day
The Wardrobe Mistress by Meghan Masterson
The Other Girl by Erica Spindler
Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan
Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers
This book is telling all kinds of truths. I think I started this series at book 5. I didn't feel lost because my cousin had read the first 3 ( I think) and told me about them. I want to go back and read 1-4 to familiarize myself with the characters and how The Cartel and its members got started. I want to and will own the entire series for my home library. The books are definitely re-readable.