The Slump 2018

books 1Hey, homies! Hope everyone is having a blessed July. Y’all, I’m having one of the worst reading slumps in history! This slump is even worse than the one from 2016- which really fucking sucked, trust me. Lol. So for the month of July there won’t be any Current Reads, (or a Finished Reads) posts. I don’t even have the enthusiasm to put those together… and if I’m not feeling it, you guys will be able to tell. But, don’t worry because all my book related posts will start back up in August. 🙂

 

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Current Reads #40

Hey, homies! Once again it’s Current Reads time! I’m not even going to lie… June hasn’t been the best reading month for a sista. I had to DNF a book yesterday, and there have been a few just okay reads to deal with. I’ll share more about these books in my Finished Reads: June Wrap-Up. For now though, let’s get into these new reads.

forever Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid- I started this book a few days ago. Ms. Jenkins Reid is the author of one of my fav novels, and it was my best read of 2018 (The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo), so I decided to get into more of her work. Forever Interrupted is interesting in the fact that a bomb was dropped in the very beginning of the book. I mean this event was even mentioned in the synopsis. Elise Porter meets- and eventually marries, the love of her life only to lose him nine days later (again, not a spoiler because this tidbit was in the synopsis). The novel is about Elise and how she copes with loss, but we also get to see her love story with Ben unfold through flashback chapters.

i almostI Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan- Ms. McMillan is an iconic author, and I worship at her altar! Seriously though, she is who I look to for help when it comes to my writing. I also adore the hell out of her work. She’s everything!

“In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career–aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving house, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile.”

I hope that this novel really inspires me, as well as keeping me entertained. 🙂

That’s it! Thanks so much for checking out my post! Feel free to share what you guys are reading in the comments below. Happy Reading, homies!

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Current Reads #39

Hi, homies! Hope everyone is having a blessed and lovely day, or evening. I have three books to share with you that I’m currently reading. So, let’s get this bookish party started, y’all!

laLa Douleur Exquise by J.R. Rogue- I’ve lost count on my inventory of Ms. Rogue’s work. Here’s the description for La Douleur Exquise. “What happens when you meet your soul mate at the wrong time? What happens when you meet your soul mate but you aren’t theirs?”

I already know that this collection will straight up slay me!

elEl Pecador (Saint-Sinner #2) by M. Robinson- This is the second of the Saint-Sinner duet. The first book- El Santo, ended on a cliffhanger that left me swearing like a sailor. I. Was. Shook. I’m hoping that all my questions will be answered in El Pecador.

boneBone Music (Burning Girl #1) by Christopher Rice- I watched a review of this book on BookTube. And of course I was forced to buy Bone Music based on the awesome review. The novel is about a woman who spent the first seven years of her life raised by serial killers- a twisted couple from hell I’m guessing.

Thanks for checking out my post. What are you currently reading? I would love to know!

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Finished Reads: May 2018 Wrap-Up

stars Hey, homies! In this wrap-up style post, I’ll be talking about all the books I read in May. Each book gets a star rating between 1 star (the books sucked), and 5 stars (masterpiece status). May was one of my better reading months, and I’m especially thankful. There will possibly be a spoiler or two, so be prepared. Let’s get started.

Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward- A novella set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, this was an incredibly beautiful read. My world was hardcore rocked! I greedily consumed each word. Ivie and Silas’ love was everything. I adored the way Ivie fought for her man- spoiler alert, even after she learned of his illness. My only complaint was that the novella wasn’t like a thousand pages long. 🙂 5 Stars

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur- There’s a reason why this poetry collection is so celebrated. I didn’t just read Milk and Honey, I allowed the words to be absorbed by my soul. The collection featured themes of love, loss, and healing. There wasn’t a weak line in the bunch. 5 Stars

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter- A proper introduction to the fictional world of Ms. SlaughterPretty Girls was the kind of novel that leaves readers exhausted- in the most amazing way. Bombs were dropped from the start, and I was here for all the carnage they left behind. 5 Stars

Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes- Human Remains is a psychological thriller that deals with the question “How well do you know your neighbors?” The antagonist was a sociopath with charm, and wit oozing out of his pores and onto the pages. The best part of the story were the point of view chapters of the victims. I thought that was an original concept that added a lot of depth. Some parts of the novel were slow, but I still enjoyed it. 3.5 Stars

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover- This book had me bound, and I didn’t want to do anything else but continue reading. Domestic violence isn’t the easiest subject to write about, but Ms. Hoover did a stellar job. 4.5 Stars

D-City Underworld: Zontae’s Reign by Annitia L. Jackson- Ms. Jackson wrote the hell out of this book! I loved the world building and the characters who inhabited it. I was really into this from the first page. Who knew that Urban and Paranormal fiction went so well together?! 4 Stars

Love, In English by Karina Halle- This book was hotter than an average Summer day in Texas. Angst and desire colored the narrative gorgeously, and I was totally here for it! The love and connection between Vera, and Mateo was magnetic. 5 Stars

Anchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage- Once again I was blown away by another dope collection of poetry. I devoured and loved each and every line. 5 Stars

El Santo by M. Robinson- This romance was unconventional and totally inappropriate, but honey I still managed to love it! I have to admit that I was a bit bored in the beginning, but the story turned around, becoming really enjoyable. Damien is my new book boo! 4 Stars 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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Current Reads #38

Hey, homies! So thankful to be able to share with you my Current Reads. May has been a boss reading month so far. Hopefully the trend will continue. I have one novel, and one poetry collection to share with you. Let’s get started.

love Love, in English by Karina Halle- I haven’t ready anything by Ms. Halle in awhile, so I had right that wrong. Lol. I love her work. She’s a bossome writer. I’ve never been disappointed by any of her novels. Here’s the synopsis for Love, in English.

“To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.”

Yass for that unexpected kind of love! 🙂

anchorsAnchors & Vacancies by Kat Savage- I enjoyed the poetry collection by Ms. Savage that I read awhile back, and decided to pick this one up. My goal is to own all of her collections because she’s fucking dope. Seriously.

Thanks for checking out my post! See ya next time!

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Current Reads #37

Hi, homies! I’m here to share the books that I’m currently reading. Let’s get started!

it endsIt Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover- According to some of the BookTubers I watch, this novel is best experienced without knowing too much. This is a romance with something extra I’m assuming. We’ll see how it goes.

letters Letters To The Moon: Poems by J.R. Rogue- Ms. Rogue’s poetry has the power to set souls on fire. The woman is deep as hell, y’all. I’ve loved every poetry collection of hers that I’ve read. This collection includes custom poems that she created for others. How cool is that? 🙂

d-cityD-City Underworld: Zontae’s Revenge by Annitia L. Jackson- When I heard there was an author writing cleverly-written urban/paranormal fiction, well, let’s just say I lost it! I love seeing women of color write outside the box that others put them-us (proud writer over here), in. This novel features a family running the underworld. Sounds hella good!

Please share with a sista what you guys are reading. I would love to know!

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Current Reads #36

Hi! Welcome to another edition of Current Reads! Last month was a pretty mediocre reading month, so I’m hoping that May will deliver me from the land of the reading slump. Lol. Let’s get started!

PrettyPretty Girls by Karin Slaughter- Usually a sista doesn’t like to read two books of the same genre, at the same time- I’m still reading Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes. However, I had to make an exception because the synopsis of this novel had me pulling out my debit card with a quickness!

“In this electrifying new stand-alone thriller, New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter—’one of the best crime novelists in America’ (The Washington Post)—delivers a chilling jolt of suspense. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared twenty years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.”

I’m so shook over this! Lol.

milk Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur- I won a copy of this poetry collection, and was so excited to receive it in the mail. I found several quotes from this poet on Pinterest and fell in love with her words. So far I’m digging Milk and Honey.

That’s it! I would love to know what my homies are currently reading. Let me know down in the comments.

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #35

Here’s the first Current Reads post for the new month, and I’m hyped! Yeah, April sucked, but I have a feeling that May will be a bossome reading month. Let’s get started!

IvieDearest Ivie by J.R. Ward- The Black Dagger Brotherhood series used to rule my universe. I couldn’t get enough of these books. Sadly, things have definitely change. I started feeling a disconnect from the series awhile back, which has completely shattered my heart. Dearest Ivie is a novella set in the world of the BDB, which I’m here for. Here’s the synopsis.

“The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing. Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost. . . .”

I’m hoping this is a winner.

human Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes- Ms. Haynes writes incredible psychological thrillers. I bought this book awhile back, and can’t wait to dive in. Here’s the synopsis.

“Annabel, a police analyst, is shocked when she discovers her neighbor’s decomposing body in the house next door. And she’s appalled to think that no one noticed her absence. Back at work, she sets out on her own to investigate, and finds that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.”

Thanks so much for checking out my post. Until next time…

Cheers, homies! Happy Reading!

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Finished Reads: April 2018 Wrap-Up

books 2 Ooh, y’all… April was a pretty uneventful reading month for your gurl. I was disappointed by some reads. Others I didn’t even finish because they were covered in mediocre sauce. Sigh. I didn’t even put out hardly any Current Reads posts this month. I think I just did one. There are three or four books that I didn’t include in the CR posts, but only because I was feeling blah. Hopefully, May will be a much better month in all areas. 🙂

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi- I found it difficult to get into this one. I thought the book was good, but wasn’t blown away by it. The latter half of the novel was so dope though. 3 Stars

Soft In the Middle by Shelby Eileen- Poetry collections can be hit or miss. I loved this collection and can’t wait to read more from this author. 5 Stars

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones- In life not every situation fits inside of a perfect little box. With this novel the gray areas were abundant, for realz. There was so many powerful scenes and emotions within the pages. You could feel everything that the characters felt. Loved this. 4.5 Stars

The Real by Kate Stewart- I liked the story. Enjoyed the angle of domestic violence from an unlikely source. 3 Stars

That’s it! Yeah, told you April wasn’t the best reading month.

Cheers, homies!

 

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Current Reads #34

Can you believe it’s April?! This year is flying by! It’s Current Reads time and I’m excited to share these books with you.

CrimsonCrimson Bird by L.B. Keen- This book combines Interracial and Paranormal romance, which I’m all about. Here’s a little sumthin’ sumthin’ from the synopsis.

“Bird, a Damphir bought once she completed training, lives her life with the Wellings Noble family never completely accepted, and never fully rejected. Living a half existence, thinking that every Damphir is living the same existence as she. She endures, and takes each day one by one. Finding herself the prize at a card game, Bird is dragged into a world far more decadent world then she ever thought possible. Desired for her looks, she will be offered a chance of freedom, for a small price…she must seduce the First Prince and dash his heart against the cold stones of the palace.”

Doesn’t this sound bossome?!

childrenChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi- Lawd!!!!! This novel has been heavily hyped, and I heard that it lives up to it.

“Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.  But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.”

I’m hardcore excited for this!!!!

That’s it! Thanks for checking out my post. Let me know what you’re currently reading.

Cheers, homies!

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