Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: Why I'm No Longer... by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

When I saw the title of Reni Eddo-Lodge's latest work, I couldn't pass it by. Seriously! How much more poignant, jarring, could a title be without using any profanity? The title Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Racecouldn't be more intriguing for someone like me who no longer comments on threads with any hint of racial bias. I made the mistake of commenting on one of my Goodreads friends review of a book about the war on police, and next thing I know some white dude insinuated that I was ignorant or in a position to ignore all the government has done for low-income neighborhoods. 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Review: Trump's America by Newt Gingrich

Trump's America: The Truth about Our Nation's Great Comeback

It was ok. That's what my two-star rating is.

I began Newt Gingrich's Trump's America in an effort to understand what President Trumps appeal is. A little more than 50% in I had to give up. It is true that Gingrich writes this in an approachable, precise, and captivating manner but I couldn't help but feel like this America that in some aspects, this "Make America Great Again" never existed. Or at least it never existed for people like me... or my parents... or grandparents.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

The Other Woman

Sandie Jones The Other Woman is quite an interesting psychological thriller debut. Actually, I started The Other Woman as a soft start. You know? A soft start is when you read a chapter or two before committing the time and effort. I knew I wanted to read something uncomplicated, fast paced, and fun due to my last read being a little heavy, but I wasn't prepared to get sucked in as I did.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review: Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

I took my time reading Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen. I wanted to make sure I didn't miss this harrowing tale of a former slave woman posing as male in the army. It's women like Cathay Williams that have paved the way without recognition (or even belief), but more on that later.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: The Last Mile by David Baldacci

The Last Mile by David Baldacci

What a great followup to David Baldacci's Memory Man the first in his Amos Decker series. The Last Mile pretty much follows where the last left off with Decker on assignment with the FBI. While traveling to his new digs he gets word of a stayed execution of Melvin Mars, a man he remembers from his early football years.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Review:Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Bring Me Back
I'm somewhere between a 3 and a 4 star rating with B.A. Paris' Bring Me BackBring Me Back is the story of a man who's seeming to rapidly descend into madness after discovering that his girlfriend, who he thinks may have died 12 years earlier, is back. The idea that she might be back is what clinches on to readers, but the fast moving pace of this read keeps the attention of readers, even when things start to go a little quirky.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: What Truth Sounds Like by Michael Eric Dyson

What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

What the truth sounds like, and is for me as I sit here and write this review is that I don't know how to review books such as this. Part of me wants to offer a review that strictly focuses on the writing. That (cowardly) part wants to remain neutral in all works that are social hot topics such as politics and race. I don't want to take a side. As reviewer, I feel it's a duty of sorts not to take a side. But another part, a bigger part of me knows I can't be honest and not share my opinions on the subject matter. The issues Michael Eric Dyson addresses in What Truth Sounds Like are happening all around whether or not I pick a side or engage in the conversation.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Review:All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

The first Goodreads giveaway I ever won was Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin and since, she's firmly cemented on my "must-read" list whenever she has a new book out. Upon hearing from Netgalley I'd been approved for her latest All We Ever Wanted, I did the requisite hooray dance I usually do, and moved her to the top of the to-read list. Emily Giffin doesn't disappoint, once again.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Review: Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust

I'm not sure where to start with this review. Those of you familiar with the story of Sally Horner aren't should be in familiar territory with her story. Others who have mentioned Lolita written by Vladimir Nabokov, are aware that that story was loosely based on this young girl.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Review: The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer

The Escape Artist

Brad Meltzer's The Escape Artist has been on my to-read list for quite some time. I've enjoyed reading his Culper Ring series and expected this title to be a thrilling, high energy read with a nugget of American history that makes the reader wonder what other conspiracies our government could be hiding. The Escape Artist did not disappoint.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Review: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Wow! What an incredibly moving and touching story. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras delivers a vivid, profoundly engrossing coming of age story that is told through two young girls who couldn't be more different, yet, they share a connection that is unheard of given the circumstances

Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin

The Third Victim

Before diving into my review of Phillip Margolin's The Third Victim, I'd like to talk about my "process" (as if you care-insert eye roll here). How presumptuous to assume you give a crap about my "process". But... since you're here I might as well let you know. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Review: After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

After Anna

Before, and even more so after, After Anna I am always blown away and thrilled to read a Lisa Scottoline novel. Yes her work tends to have a Lifetime feel to them, they still manage to be enticing. I'm usually hooked after reading a few pages in a way most novels in the women's lit' category are unable to do for me. The only time I watch the Lifetime or Hallmarkchannel, it's purely by accident or my favorite TV show ever, Monk is on.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Review:The Flight Attendant by Chris

The Flight Attendant

It's been a little over 24-hours since I finished The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian and I'm still not sure where to start. I thought if I gave myself some time to wrap my head around what I'd just read. Obviously from the 4-star rating I enjoyed this read, yet, for the life of me I can't see why. Here's why...