October 3, 2018

TITLE: Girls & Boys

AUTHOR: Dennis Kelly

PUBLISHER: Oberon Books

PUBLISHED DATE: February 8, 2018

ISBN: 978-1786823144


I just want to say....


I have been an audible subscriber for at least 10 years strong now. September Audible launched Audible Originals, and Girls & Boys was on their list as a free download for subscribers. 

First of all...I downloaded this book by accident. But it was one of the happiest accidents I've ever had. This audiobook was fantastic and Carey Mulligan truly outdid herself. She really performed this book as to merely reading it...makin...

October 3, 2018

TITLE: Fruit of the Drunken Tree

AUTHOR: Ingrid Rojas Contreras

PUBLISHER: Doubleday

PUBLISHED DATE: July 31, 2018

ISBN: 978-0385542722

PAGES: 320

*Hype Lit Book Club Selection

My thoughts on this book are bittersweet. While I appreciate that this story is a semi-autobiographical account of Contrera's life growing up in Colombia at the height of the drug trade this book had subtle racism/colorist.

Chula is an 8-year-old girl barely starting to grasp the world around her when her mother hires Petrona, a 15-year-old girl from an impoverished family, to work as a maid/nanny in her home. Chula and her sis...

October 3, 2018

TITLE: Nappily Ever After

AUTHOR: Trisha R. Thomas


PUBLISHED DATE: December 5, 2000

ISBN: 978-0609605837

PAGES: 288

I read this book years ago...but I sure found time to hurry up and read it before the movie comes out on Netflix on September 21. I remembered vaguely that the protagonist had done a big chop when her boyfriend didn't marry her. A fresh re-read was unnecessary as so many of the details were omitted from the movie.

Years ago, I'd rated this book a 3 on Goodreads, and after a fresh reading, it's still a 3. For as much as this book gets right, it gets so wrong, and even th...

September 19, 2018

TITLE: The Circle

AUTHOR: Dave Eggers

PUBLISHER: Thorndike Press

PUBLISHED DATE: March 4, 2014

ISBN: 978-1410466822

PAGES: 634

This book was published in 2014 and remains just as relevant today as when it first hit shelves. I wanted to like this...I really dd. Maybe this review will help me to dissect it. If there's anything I can say that surely didn't help is the length. So many parts of this book are redundant and should have been shortened considerably.

Mae is the typical small town girl. She comes home from college, gets a job in her town, and longs for a significant opportunity to come her way....

September 13, 2018

TITLE: Crazy Rich Asians: A Novel

AUTHOR: Kevin Kwan

PUBLISHER: Doubleday

PUBLISHED DATE: June 11, 2013

ISBN: 978-0385536974

PAGES: 416

I am so glad I gave this book a fresh read in anticipation of the dazzling new movie out in theaters now. I read this book when it came out for Uptown Girls Harlem Book Club. I remembered the book for its over-the-top materialism and obsession with European pomp and circumstance.  A fresh read...and a read that goes all the way to the last page, reveals that this book challenges the Asian elite's preoccupation with wealth and status, albeit it subtle, in a Cinderell...

August 31, 2018

TITLE: The Perfect Nanny

AUTHOR: Leila Slimani

PUBLISHER: Penguin Books

PUBLISHED DATE: January  9, 2018

ISBN: 978-0143132172

PAGES: 240

*Hype Lit Book Club Selection

This book had me shook!  

I'm in my feelings, so there'll probably be spoilers....

A yuppie french Moroccan mom decides to return to work and hires a nanny to care for her daughter and son. After nearly a year of excellent care, the nanny kills the children. This book exemplifies character development, suspense building, and will take you all the way to the climax of the story and then pull a  final-shot-of-the-Sopranos moment and le...

June 14, 2018

TITLE: Speak No Evil

AUTHOR: Uzodinma Iweala

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins Publishers

PUBLISHED DATE: 03/16/2018

ISBN: 9780061284922

PAGES: 224

*Hype Lit Book Club Selection June 2018

This was my first time reading Iweala's work, and it certainly won't be my last. His character development, writing style and pacing really worked for me, even if I found a majority of the plot to be predictable and the validated self hatred of the main character to be disappointing.

Niru is a Harvard bound Nigerian-American senior at a prestigious D.C. prep school where he runs track and finds solace in his best friend Mered...

May 1, 2018

TITLE: Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt & Receiving Rest

AUTHOR: Leeana Tankersley


PUBLISHED DATE: April 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-0800727147

PAGES: 192

This Christian self-help book was an alchemy of Joyce Meyers and and Brené Brown.

Leeana Tankersley, a mother, artist, and writer uses her own life experiences and Christian faith to achieve balance, seek authenticity, and practice self love and care. Tankersley's struggle to resist the oppression of perfection could be relatable to many women, particularly moms. Tankersley is a mother of twins, and uses her personal experi...

April 12, 2018

TITLE: Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story

AUTHOR: Ray Charles and David Ritz

PUBLISHER: Doubleday

PUBLISHED DATE: October 1, 1978

ISBN: 978-0385270236


Ray Charles is a trip.

He's  a country boy at heart, strongly independent, creative, flirtatious, and larger than life. This book truly captures the essence of Mr. Charles. I laughed, cried, and marveled at so many incredible events in his life. 

Born in Georgia in 1930, raised in Florida, Mr. Charles  didn't see his blindness as a hindrance, and lived an exceptional life creating timeless music, entertaining people all over the world, and...