The 50 Bookish Questions Tag

I’m just doing tags that I’m not tagged in anymore, lol. 

First seen by Sarah @thelittlecontemporarycorner, I’m just gonna usesteal, borrow the questions she answered. Cool? I hope so. 

Imma gon head and get into it.

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Most Anticipated MG/YA Releases of September and October (Reblog)

Originally posted on READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA:
So September and October are a gift because there are so many great kidlit titles coming out from authors of color. Here’s a [far from exhaustive] list of ones I’ve had on my radar! I’ve had the privilege of reading many of these already (16 out…

Basically my anticipated reads list 🙂

READING (AS)(I)AN (AM)ERICA

So September and October are a gift because there are so many great kidlit titles coming out from authors of color. Here’s a [far from exhaustive] list of ones I’ve had on my radar! I’ve had the privilege of reading many of these already (16 out of 24, which is 2/3), and I can tell you that they are amazing. 🙂

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (Sep. 5th) – Young Adult, SFF, Gay Puerto Rican (#ownvoices) and Bisexual Cuban American MCs, M/M romance

  • 2 boys who are going to die meet and bond over the course of about 24 hours

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (Sep. 12th) – Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Indian/Bengali American MCs (#ownvoices), Biracial Black/Bengali MC

  • 5 women spanning 3 generations of a Bengali family in the U.S. negotiate their multicultural identities

Shadowhouse Fall (Shadowshaper #2) by Daniel Jose Older…

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Why You Should Read God is a Women by Michael Tavon

Another story I can relate to. The question below says it all.

Is God a woman or are women God?

God is a Women by Michael TavonAuthor: Michael Tavon 

Genre: Contemporary

Page Length: 156 pages

Format: Ebook

Publish Date: December 25, 2016

Rating: Well Damn (See Rating System/Scale)

From growing up in an abusive household to becoming a dejected adult, Price Jones found himself drowning in a sea of alcohol and one night stands, to fill the void of loneliness. The suicidal novelist is yearning for love more than ever before. His spiraling love life comes to a halt when an old flame saves his life.

This is a story about how the support of a strong woman can help a man restore confidence, improve his lifestyle, and mental well being. God is a Woman.

Review

Story

A man, Price, is pretty down in life *understatement* and the only person that picks him up is a strong woman. Simplified synopsis pretty much, but it’s deeper than that, especially for me.

A tale of someone going through so much at one time only to continuously fall until one person comes along, that’s actual life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that scenario. Matter of fact, I damn near fell off the deep end a few years ago *another story for another time*

Continuation

At first, there seemed to be no end goal. Price was just going about life in the most depressive states I’ve read thus far. I’m thinking, “Is this the only thing that’ll keep happening or what?”. There was no need for the question because I didn’t get it from the beginning.

It hit me when *not a spoiler* he saw his dad, whom left a long time ago and never saw again, on the bus. Now, if I didn’t grow up in the hood where this is prevalent to a lot of households including mine, I wouldn’t have understood the premise of the book that quickly. 

This is a man, not only living a nightmare that’s not ending, who is going from down to up, weak to strong, sad to happy. Don’t forget he’s a failed author, too. That can be heavy to deal with.

Character – Price

Price is a hopeless lover. He loves hard and it hurts him in the end every time – another reason for his lack of happiness.

A raw take on someone that has this happen to them very often, Michael Tavon developed Price into what I would call an addict: sex and cigarettes, they are the things that keep him sane *not really*. No matter what though, you can tell how highly he values and appreciates women. The people that hurt him most are the people that he loves the most. 

Think about that.

On top of that, his writing career is in the dumps. It just keeps going….

My Bias Opinion

Not only is my dad not in my life *bastard…..or well I guess I’m the bastard*, I was raised by all women. You see where this is going?

I had two male younger cousins, but they weren’t immediate family so I  was deemed “the only and first boy since 1979”. They raised me to be strong, which I am, and I’ve seen all that women go through on a daily basis, day in day out. It’s hard. That’s why I’ve always respected women way more than men. My girlfriend plays around and calls me sexist, but that’s pretty much true in a way due to how I don’t view men as good of a light as women *even though I’m a boy*

This is basically Price, but more. That’s why it clicked so fast for me; I can relate in a lot of ways. From what’s going on in the neighborhood to how he feels *not all his feels*, I can completely relate. 

That didn’t tip the rating or anything though. Gotta keep it honest and unbiased.

Main Takeaway

Don’t let the title mislead you. This is not about actual God as a woman.

Instead, it’s about women as God. I’ll let that sit.

Recommendation

Another realistic story I’ve read down in the books, that’s three in a row now that didn’t happen on purpose. 

This book can help those who are down to read someone who is falling, maybe more than you, maybe not, and that person got back up. It can definitely be used as inspiration and motivation to continue on with what you want to do.

I recommend to those that want to read a good story and those who want to gain knowledge or help from the story. 

Black Goddess

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review…..but I added some bias in there :-)*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wk #3 Volume 2: Chainsaw Ridge- A Short story (Blood, Sex, Gore + More) #kdsuspsense #amwriting #horror

Just wow. 

Another story done well by Kim Knight and Didi Oviatt!

Author, Kim Knight

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18+ Reading! Adult Content Alert.

Chainsaw Ridge

Author One Scene One

“Alice!”

The voice is a blend of husky and shrill, like nails on a chalkboard. Alice cringes at the sound of it.

“Alice.” It repeats. “You better answer me, dammit!”

“Yes, daddy.”

The rickety steel framed bed creaks as Alice rolls onto her side. She’s cradled by the dip in the overly used and extremely stained mattress, that she’s been sleeping on for nearly twenty years. The same bed she slept in as a toddler. A waft of her uncleansed flesh floats into the air with her movements. The sour pinch of the smell wins its competition with the week old garbage pile to her side. Alice mozies to the window of her bedroom to let some breeze in, as she listens to her crippled father’s voice. She knows full well what’s coming.

“My babies are starvin’, get yer…

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The Lauras by Sara Taylor is a Definite Buy!

First time I’m having difficulty trying to rate a book.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s an automatic 5 star read, but it’s hard to grasp why.

The Lauras by Sara Taylor.jpgAuthor: Sara Taylor

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Page Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Hogarth Press

Publish Date: August 1, 2017

Rating: Bruh (See Rating System/Scale)

I didn t realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be. I was wrong.As we made our way from Virginia to California, returning to the places where she d lived as a child in foster care and as a teenager on the run, repaying debts and keeping promises, I learned who she was in her life-before-me and the secrets she had kept even from herself. But when life on the road began to feel normal I couldn t forget the home we d left behind, couldn t deny that, just like my mother, I too had unfinished business. 

This enigmatic pilgrimage takes them back to various stages of Alex s mother s life, each new state prompting stories and secrets. Together they trace back through a life of struggle and adventure to put to rest unfinished business, to heal old wounds and to search out lost friends. This is an extraordinary story of a life; a stunning exploration of identity and an authentic study of the relationship between a mother and her child.

The Lauras is the new novel from the exceptionally gifted author of The Shore, which was long listed for the Baileys Women s Fiction Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.

– Goodreads Synopsis

Review

*Thanks to Blogging for Books for giving me this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review*

This novel is so realistic, that I didn’t realize how real it was. 

Story

The story is told from a third person’s perspective of a future Alex (30 years in the future) on a country stretched 3 year roadtrip geared towards finding out Alex’s mother’s past/secrets.

Simple enough, right? That’s the entire structure of the story. It’s simple, straight-forward, and not too stimulating. Great for readers that like to take it slow and not have a lot of things jumping at them all the time.

Characters

Alex, the main character, refuses to be identified by gender. Hence why I haven’t said girl or boy yet. With that, Alex goes through a lot of turmoil. People want to know the identity, they look at Alex with confused and concerned faces for the 3 years we know, but Alex went through this way before. Of course, the school bullies come along too, and y’all know how that goes.

Mom is a free spirit, the type of parent that lets their kid run wild with freedom, which ins’t a bad thing unless it’s a bad thing. Meaning, the kid abuses the privilege of trust. Alex did not. That shows us how much respect showed towards Mom who is on this roadtrip to piece together her own life for Alex’s sake.

Where’s the dad, he’s there, just not with them *Mom left, taking Alex*.

What You Might Not Like

Sara Taylor’s novel, The Lauras will leave you with unanswered questions.

If you plan on reading this, prepare for that. You may get frustrated. Just saying.

I have to point out what I would have to deem a trigger warning: sexual premise, bullying, pedophillia, death – a lot of things are covered and it’s mostly the Mom’s past, which sad would be an understatement. From my understanding, once it gets you into your feels, it helps you bounce back as quickly as it made you sad. To some, that could be good or bad.

Labels that you don’t know will surely frustrate you. It’ll keep you wondering what gender is Alex the entire time. If it doesn’t get in your way of reading, I guarantee you’ll fly through this book.

Another question left unanswered, which you can figure out yourself if you paid that much attention, is who Mom was referring to in all her stories. We know it’s Laura……..Which Laura? Or, is all the Lauras one Laura? Just have to pay attention.

What You May Like

Sara Taylor took a step into the topics a lot of authors don’t write about. 

Labeling, identity, sexual preferences – things that are sometimes difficult to explain or get people to wrap their minds around. I for one enjoyed it. The struggle, coming into one’s individuality, relationships – this is all realistic to life. 

Not saying I don’t like anything unrealistic, fantasy is my favorite genre. What’s shown in The Lauras is a literal journey. A journey that many of us want to take at least once in our life. For me, it’s driving through every state in the U.S. and I want to live in Japan for a bit, but I digress. 

A touch on difficult subjects is like a portal to a part of the world that is ignored in many ways. Along with the maturity Alex shows throughout the book, what’s ignored is spoken with passion.

Main Takeaway

In my opinion, what is stressed by Sara Taylor and her characters is what drives the story and what will keep you reading. All that I mentioned above, if it doesn’t sound like something you would read, I’d assume you wouldn’t finish.

There were a few other reviews I read that stated just that, so prepare if you still read it.

Recommendation

This is one of those books that can change someone’s perspective on certain topics, especially kids. With that being said, I think this is perfect to be read in school. 

Recently, I read Yecheilyah Ysrayl’s Renaissance: A Nora White Story that went into Black history, accurate Black history. Coupled with this, The Lauras would make for a great addition to a cirriculum.

How’s this review format? Have you read The Lauras? Do you think this would be great for school?

Answer all one, maybe two if you want to be on my good side and obtain everything you want in the world! *evil laugh*