Current Reads #32

It’s time to get into my Current Reads! 2018 is such a dope reading year so far! I’ve had some duds, but most of the books I’ve read have been pretty amazing. I hope this trend continues.

heroHero by Lauren Rowe- Hero is a contemporary romance about a firefighter who is badly injured, and the physical therapist who brings him back from the brink. This is my first time reading a romance novel that features a first responder. So far I’m digging it!

the skin The Skin Above My Knee by Marcia Butler- Memoirs are everything! I really enjoy learning about how others create, or overcome their issues. I read about this memoir on Buzzfeed Books, and it sounded like my kind of read. “The unflinching story of a professional oboist who finds order and beauty in music as her personal life threatens to destroy her.”

one hundredOne Hundred Breaths Later by Haley Stumbo- Amazon suggested this poetry collection to me. “Taken straight from the journals these poetic memoirs came from, One Hundred Breaths Later is a collection of love, loss, guilt, strength, and what it feels like to be vulnerable in a world that is resilient.”

nejmaNejma by Nayyirah Waheed- I’ve heard amazing things about this poet. I bought this collection with a quickness! I can’t wait to really dig in.

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Current Reads #31

Hi, homies! It’s Sunday March, 11, and I’m listening to a little Sade as I write this Current Reads post. I hope everyone is having a blessed weekend filled with great books. I’m reading four books at the moment, but two of them are poetry collections. Usually, I’m always reading a physical book, and an e-book simultaneously. This week I guess I’m a tad bit greedy. Does anyone else ever read more than one book at the same time? Let me know in the comments. Let’s get into these new books of mine.

auditionAudition by Ryu Murakami- Audition is a Japanese thriller with a reputation for not afraid to go there. I’ve been wanting to read this novel for the longest! The story is about a widower who holds a fake audition to find a new wife. The woman he “casts” is seemingly perfect, but homegurl has some issues. I just started the book last night. So far I’m digging it.

storiesSecrets We Told The City by J.R. Rogue and Kat Savage- I just finished a poetry collection by Ms. Rogue, and loved the hell out of it! Amazon suggested this collection by Ms. Rogue, and another new to me poet, Kat Savage. The theme for this collection is love in the big city.

hopeI Hope This Reaches Her in Time by R.H. Sin- Amazon is always making me spend money! This was another suggestion from them. I’m always down to discover new poets. I have a feeling that I will really love this new find.

thenThen There Was You by Claire Contreras- I loves me a second chance romance! Lately I’ve been really into them. As soon as I read the synopsis for this one, I knew I had to buy it.

“Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in. Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together. Timing was never on our side. My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend. My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her. My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction. Love and timing. I didn’t believe in either. Then there was you . . .”

Yass! I’m so here for all of this goodness!

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Finished Reads: February 2018 Wrap-Up

poem book February was a pretty solid reading month for me. I seriously have no complaints really. Let’s get into these Finished Reads, where I’ll give a mini review, and a star rating- 5 being a masterpiece, and 1 being craptastic.

Born This Way by Tammy Ferebee- Born This Way is a LGBTQ novella about Joseph, a young man trying to navigate through life as a gay individual in a small town. Let me first say that Ms. Ferebee is out of this world talented. This story left me shook! All of my emotions were stirred up. The ending made me shed tears, and it’s difficult to bring out that kind of response from me. I’ll never forget Joseph. He’s a character that will stay with me. 5 Stars.

The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey- I was so impressed with the gorgeous prose of this novel. I took my time reading and just soaking everything up. EJD can write his ass off. He’s one of my writing heroes for damn sure. The Blackbirds was about four best friends, and their internal- and external drama. I loved the friendship between the characters. There was a deep bond between the ladies, and it was really beautiful to see. Also the book was infused with these erotic tones that fascinated me. 5 Stars.

Keeping Her Wet by M. Robinson- This was a blazing collection of sex scenes from Ms. Robinson’s novels. I’d never read her work and thought this would be a great introduction. Sex scenes aren’t easy to write, but Ms. Robinson did her thing! I enjoyed this book. The stories were colorful, erotic, and dripped with passion. I just bought two more of her books and I’m hyped to read them. 3.5 Stars.

Duma Key by Stephen King- Readers either love or detest lengthy novels. I’ve always loved them. As long as I’m invested in the story, and characters then I’ll stick around. Unfortunately, Duma Key wasn’t a passionate affair, but a one night stand. That means that the story was good, but I won’t be making a follow phone call the next day. I connected with the characters who were memorable, and entertaining. However, the book dragged and I wasn’t able to stay focused. Uncle Stevie is STILL one of the most prolific authors of all time though. 3 Stars.

Bite Me by C.C. Wood- I’m a Paranormal Romance addict, and Bite Me didn’t disappoint. All the elements were there; sassy heroine, enigmatic non-human hero, undeniable chemistry, and a story that wasn’t overly complicated. This is the first book in a series. Of course I’m going to get the other ones. 4 Stars.

Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia- This book blew me away! Signal To Noise was about Meche, a Mexican-American woman- she lived abroad, who returned to her hometown for her father’s funeral(not a spoiler). The story also alternated between the present day, and Meche’s teen years. If you’re a music lover then this is the story for you. All the musical references added such a richness to the book. Meche’s father was an unexpected surprise. In the flashback chapters we learned about his dreams, and the torment of not having them come to fruition. There was such a sadness to his scenes. 5 Stars.

Love Poems I Found In My Closet by Evette Blue- After hearing the title of this poetry collection, I knew it was for me. The poems were unapologetic as fuck. 5 Stars.

Jem and the Holograms Vol. 1: Showtime by Kelly Thompson, and Sophie Campbell (artist)- Ooh, the feels! The FEELS!! Although this comic is a modern day retelling, it still gave me all types of nostalgic tease. 4 Stars.

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Current Reads #30

Here’s what I’m currently reading!

life drawing Life Drawing by Robin Black- Lately, I’ve really been intrigued by books about marriage. Not that I’m worshiping the concept (not anymore, lol), but I love stories dealing with the intimacy, and companionship that this kind of union provides. I’m also interested in reading about what goes wrong in marriages. When I saw Life Drawing I just had to have it… plus it was only a buck so. 🙂

Synopsis- “Augusta and Owen have taken the leap. Leaving the city and its troubling memories behind, they have moved to the country for a solitary life where they can devote their days to each other and their art, where Augusta can paint and Owen can write.But the facts of a past betrayal prove harder to escape than urban life. Ancient jealousies and resentments haunt their marriage and their rural paradise.”

Sounds dope to me!

music shopThe Music Shop by Rachel Joyce- Audiobooks aren’t usually my thing, but I signed up for a thirty day free trial with Audible. I’ve been wanting to get The Music Shop after checking out a post on Buzzfeed. The novel’s setting is a record store on a street that has seen better days. It takes place in the eighties, which I’m totally here for. The owner of the store has a knack for knowing what albums would move his customers, but when it comes to matters of the heart, Frank is a bit clueless. A mysterious woman walks in and everything changes for Frank.

I have high hopes for this one!

rougeRouge by J.R. Rogue- This is a collection of poetry that I heard was fucking incredible! I had to have this in my life. Can’t wait to get started reading this. I LOVE poetry.

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Current Reads #29

     I have quite a few books that I’m currently reading, so let’s just get into the goods. 🙂
     liseyLisey’s Story by Stephen King- As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, 2018 is the year of the King! I’m reading all the books by Uncle Stevie, that I hadn’t had a chance to check out. Lisey’s Story is Uncle Stevie’s version of a love story. It’s about a widow who has to deal with the demons that her late husband battled. #Intrigued
     evetteLove Poems I Found In My Closet by Evette Blue- Poetry is my jam! And poems dealing with the complexities of love… those are the best kind!! This collection came highly recommended. And I’m LOVING Ms. Blue’s work so far.
    Traveling Traveling Light by Vickie Johnstone- Another poetry collection because I’m just in that mood. This deals with the subject of searching; something we all can relate to.
    jemJem and the Holograms Vol. 1: Showtime by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell- I was feeling nostalgic, and was in the mood to read a comic. I adored Jem when I was little! I had all the dolls, and you better believe I was obsessed with the show. I’m really hyped for this. Yass!
     Thanks for checking out this post. And please let me know what you’re reading.
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Current Reads #28

Happy Valentine’s Day, homies! Hope everyone is having a great day. No matter what, always celebrate the love that you have in your life. I’m spending Valentine’s Day with some great reads, and a nice hunk of chocolate cake for later. Anyhoo, let’s get into these Current Reads.

bite Bite Me: Bitten #1 by C.C. Wood- I haven’t read a steamy paranormal romance in awhile, and I was thankful that someone suggested this book.

“I had the perfect life; an awesome job in advertising, a gorgeous high rise apartment, and a flirtation with the guy down the hall. Then it all came crashing down. Two months later I was a cocktail waitress living in a tiny one bedroom apartment. I had also developed a serious ‘men suck’ attitude. That all changed the night I met the beautiful and enigmatic Conner Savage. But there was just one little problem…he said he was a vampire. Figures a man that hot would be batshit crazy. Or so I thought. It didn’t take me long to realize that Conner wasn’t a nut job and that I was addicted to him. With every moment we spent together he drew me deeper into his world and the supernatural culture in which he lived. Now I had a choice: the vampire I craved or a normal life. Couldn’t be easier, right?”

I’m hoping this read blows me away!

signalSignal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia- I was watching a BookTuber talk about Ms. Moreno-Garcia’s work, and I wanted to check it out. As I’ve said before, 2018 is the year for me to read more diversely. I believe that Signal To Noise will be an awesome read.

Synopsis: “Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends – Sebastian and Daniela – and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. The three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love…

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, reviving memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? Is there any magic left?”

Sounds dope, right?!

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Current Reads #27

Time for my Current Reads! I pray that 2018 continues to be a bossome reading year for me. Reading is a MAJOR part of my self-care routine, so I hope I discover more gems and less duds. Let’s get started.

bornBorn This Way by Tammy Ferebee- “Joseph is the son anyone would wish to have—anyone except his pastor father, that is. Joseph is gay, and where he comes from, his sexual orientation makes him a pariah. Tormented by the incorrigible denizens of his unprogressive Southern town, Joseph finds himself desperate for support from other members of the LGBT community. He turns to the internet with the hope of finding it, and, unexpectedly, Joseph finds more. Bruce. An unlikely virtual friendship between Joseph and Bruce grows into something more, leading to a seemingly fated meeting. Joseph’s future suddenly looks brighter than ever, but no one could’ve ever predicted what would transpire after the two finally meet.”

Doesn’t this sound fucking amazing?!?!?!

I received an ARC of this novella, and started reading it last night. I’m really digging it. y’all. I’m a fan of Ms. Ferebee’s work. She’s an incredible indie author who can write her ass off. No disrespect, but it’s the truth!

blackbirdsThe Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey- Because I’m still reading Duma Key by Stephen King, I’ll be starting this novel as soon as I’m done with Born This Way.

Before I say anything else, check out the cover of this novel!! It’s everything! The Blackbirds is the tale of four best friends, with a deep bond. “As the women try to overcome— or give into— their impulses, they find not only themselves tested, but the one thing they always considered unbreakable: their friendship.”

EJD can do no wrong, so I know this novel is straight fireworks!

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Finished Reads: January 2018 Wrap-Up

books2 I’ve done Finished Reads posts in the past, but decided to have a fresh start. My new Finished Reads posts will be a wrap-up of everything I’ve read the previous month. Here I’ll rate the book on a scale of 1-5 stars. 1 being the worst, and 5 being dope as hell! I’ll try not to have too many spoilers, so each post will be considered spoiler lite.

Here are my Finished Reads (January 2018 wrap-up). I read eight books- a first for me, in the month of January. Let’s get started.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples- Ahh, Saga. My introduction to the glorious world of graphic novels. A couple in love- who also happen to be soldiers in a galactic war, are being hunted down. They’re seeking refuge in order to protect their newborn daughter, who is also the narrator of the story. Cool, right? The first volume of the story is intriguing and imaginative. The artwork is so hardcore beautiful that I seriously lost myself in the stunning color palette. I’m ordering the second volume of Saga as soon as I’m done typing this out. 4 out of this world Stars!

Intensity by Dean Koontz- Intensity was freaking great! A novel full of thrills, chills, and unforgettable characters. Chyna Sheppard expected to have a relaxing weekend at the home of her best friend’s parents. They lived in the Napa Valley, so she had dreams of superb vino, and stimulating conversation. Instead terror rained down on the inhabitants of the estate. Hot ass mess! Chyna was a kick-ass protagonist with a compelling backstory. The antagonist was a charismatic, egotistical, sociopath. I loved his scenes because he was so damn fascinating, and creepy. I felt that it took some time for the story to really catch fire, but once it did… ooh damn. 4.5 Stars.

Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke- Great writing, but I wasn’t totally blown away by this novella. I’ve learned that it’s possible to enjoy the writing style, while not digging the story. I know this sounds hella strange. Lol. I did purchase two other novels by this author, and will be reading them soon. 3 Stars.

Sleeping With Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey- Everyone should know by now that I have a deep love for stories featuring hired killers. Hitmen/Hitwomen tales are everything! Gideon- the lead protagonist of the novel, was charming, and enigmatic. I would gladly allow him in my bed… just saying. I lost myself in Gideon’s world and enjoyed what I was exposed to. SWS was perfectly written. I don’t have anything negative to say about this novel. 5 Fucking Stars.

A Love Letter To Whiskey by Kandi Steiner- This one of those all-consuming contemporary romance novels… that had me reaching for my high blood pressure medication. One minute I was pissed off at the female protagonist, minutes later I was fucking swooning. This wasn’t your typical romance, but that’s why I enjoyed the story so much. 4 Stars.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson- A collection of essays, Furiously Happy has set the bar pretty high for all nonfiction reads of the year. The essays revolved around the author’s journey through life while dealing with Mental Illness. I loved this! I laughed so hard because the author is funny as hell. 5 Stars.

Twisted Minds by Keta Kendric- This was an Interracial Romance with a focus on the world of Motorcycle Clubs- or MC. I dug the story. However, there was a slight disconnect with the lead female protagonist. She really felt like a stranger or something. I really liked the male protagonist, and definitely wanted to get to know him better. The sex scenes between the protagonists were straight fire! Twisted Minds entertained me enough though to read the next book in the series. 3.5 Stars.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez- I wasn’t expecting this YA novel to be filled with such depth, and complexity. The novel was about Julia, a teen dealing with the death of her sister, and the burden of being a unique individual that no one understands. Add Mental Illness to the pot and you have an engaging, page-turner. I didn’t get to post about this in my last Current Reads5 Stars.

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Current Reads #26

It’s time for another edition of Current Reads! I have two books that I’ve been wanting to check out for awhile.

twistedTwisted Minds by Keta Kendric- Most people know that MC romances totally rule my world! A friend of mine recommended this book, and said that I would love it. Here’s a little bit of the synopsis. “How in the hell did I end up here; on a heavily-wooded road in the middle of a racist county, all alone with nothing but my twisted mind for protection? After convincing the August Knights Motorcycle Club to allow me to work off a debt my sister owed them, I found myself in the middle of madness and mayhem. I should’ve known that this was what life inside this dangerous club would be like, right?” Sounds good!!!

dumaDuma Key by Stephen King- Uncle Stevie is one of my fav authors, but there are several of his books that I hadn’t gotten to yet. My goal is to read one of his books each month throughout 2018. Duma Key is about a man who survives a horrific accident, and eventually moves to Florida at the insistence of his therapist. I’m very interested to see where the story goes.

So what are you guys reading? Let a sista know!

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #25

Hey, homies! I hope that 2018 is treating you well. I’m hardcore excited to share the books that I started this week. Both books are by authors who are pretty new to me. I have a feeling that these will be some dope ass reads. 🙂

whisky A Love Letter to Whisky by Kandi Steiner- I was told that I should go in blind with this one. I’ve avoided all posts related to it, but trust me it has been difficult. So, I guess I’ll just say that this is a Contemporary/New Adult romance, and a lot of readers are digging this. Lol. I’ll give more info during my first Finished Reads (wrap-up) post of the year.

FurFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson- Reading more nonfiction is one of my main 2018 reading goals. I wanted to start with something that revolved around mental illness. As someone who lives with depression and anxiety, I like learning how others deal with the drama in their heads. I stumbled upon this book during a late night search. Furiously Happy is the story of one woman’s lifelong battle with mental illness, but it’s supposed to be a tale filled with humor. Okay! I’m totally down!

Well, that’s it for this edition of Current Reads. Thanks for checking out the post! Let me know what books currently have your attention.

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