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.

Thanks so much for checking out my post!

Cheers, homies!

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Album Spotlight: Jodeci Forever My Lady

JodeciMy pre-teen, and teen years were flooded with some pretty infectious grooves. R&B music was my first love. The R&B of the nineties was extra special. It was an era where male groups not only dominated the charts, but also pop culture as a whole. No group ruled my world more than Jodeci.

I loved me some Devante Swing, K-Ci, Jojo, and Mr. Dalvin.

My bedroom walls were slathered in Jodeci posters. I would record (remember VCR’s) all their appearances on Arsenio Hall, Soul Train, Showtime At The Apollo, and various award shows. I played their music endlessly.

Jodeci’s debut album, Forever My Lady was released on May, 28 1991. The album was loaded with soul-stirring harmonies, undeniably catchy hooks, and hypnotic beats.

Here are my top 5 jams from the album.

5. I’m Still Waiting- This track has silky smooth vocals that covers my soul like a comfy blanket.

4. Gotta Love- An up-tempo jam that made me dance in 1991, and still does it for me in 2018.

3. U And I- This is the most underrated song in the group’s catalog. It’s the perfect love jam.

2. Stay- Lush. Lyrical. Transporting. And dem vocals though! Millions of babies were created to this!

1. Forever My Lady- Ooh yeah(in my K-Ci voice)! This title track is what started my love affair with Jodeci. It’s cleverly-written with a soulful vibe.

Of course this is a 5 star album.

So what are your fav songs by the bad boys of R&B? Let me know!

Cheers, homies!


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Writing Playlist #19

muzack This week I’m trying out a new writing schedule. I hoping for a positive domino effect of change, and I hope to be more productive. I’m working on the tenth chapter of my novel. I’ll do an update about my novel, and other ish in a few weeks. If you’re working on a project and a lot of time has passed since you started… just don’t give up. Keep writing always! No matter what!

I’m also editing a short story that I wrote two years ago. I’ve decided to go back and edit all the short stories I’ve written over the last four years. I also plan to work on some new poetry. I’m trying to keep myself busy with writing stuff, because to be honest I’m not wanting to deal with any real life bullshit.

Anyhoo, this playlist is Nu-Metal themed. Nu-Metal was/is a bossome music subgenre that rulled the late 90’s and early 00’s. I loved the music then and I love it now!

1. Tear Away- Drowning Pool

2. Got The Life- Korn

3. I Hate Everything About You- Three Days Grace

4. Chop Suey!- System Of A Down

5. Boiler- Limp Bizkit

6. Stupify- Disturbed

7. Loco- Coal Chamber

8. 7 Words- Deftones

9. Duality- Slipknot

10. Last Resort- Papa Roach

11. Points Of Authority- Linkin Park

12. How Can I Live- Ill Nino

13. The Way You Like It- Adema

14. Vitamin R- Chevelle

15. So Cold- Breaking Benjamin

16. Butterfly- Crazy Town

17. Fine Again- Seether

18. Youth Of The Nation- P.O.D.

19. Pardon Me- Incubus

20. Breakdown- Tantric

21. Black- Sevendust

22. Sun Doesn’t Rise- Mushroomhead 

Cheers, homies! Write on!


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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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Album Spotlight: Queensryche Operation:Mindcrime

Mindcrime  “Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook?”

A question first asked back in 1988… one that we’re still pondering thirty years later.

On May 3, 1988, Queensryche released a compelling, ambitious, and emotionally charged concept album that changed the damn game, Operation: Mindcrime. Over the last three decades this album has been celebrated and praised for its excellence, and complexity. I wanted to shine a light on this fascinating work of art. They don’t make albums like this anymore, homies. Operation: Mindcrime tells the story of a man- frustrated with the current state of the world, who joins an underground organization, and eventually is turned into an assassin.

The storyline is thought-provoking, and multilayered, and so is the music.

Here are my top 5 songs. Afterwards, I’ll give a rating of this album.

5. Revolution Calling- An explosive jam where the protagonist- Nikki, airs out his frustrations, and is seduced into joining the cause. So much truth is dropped in this song.

4. Operation: Mindcrime- A thunderous track with a riff that’s nasty as fuck!

3. I Don’t Believe In Love- Rhythmic. Operatic. Raw.

2. The Mission- The vocals kick so much ass on this track! And the music is dark and unapologetic.

1. Eyes Of A Stranger- This is a song that grabs you and refuses to let go. It’s a heartbreaking masterpiece.

Operation: Mindcrime– one of the most epic albums of all time, gets 5 (out of 5) stars. It’s timeless.

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.

Cheers, homies!


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Writing Playlist #18

sade I came up with this playlist a few weeks back. I was just trying to come up with something dope. Sade and Depeche Mode go so well together!

1. No Ordinary Love- Sade

2. Stripped- Depeche Mode

3. Your Love Is King- Sade

4. I Am You- Depeche Mode

5. Smooth Operator- Sade

6. I Want It All- Depeche Mode

7. The Sweetest Taboo- Sade

8. Dream On- Depeche Mode

9. Cherish The Day- Sade

10. Rush- Depeche Mode

11. Like A Tattoo- Sade

12. Cover Me- Depeche Mode

13. Kiss Of Life- Sade

14. Home- Depeche Mode

15. Babyfather- Sade

16. In Your Room- Depeche Mode

17. Hang On To Your Love- Sade

18. Sweetest Perfection- Depeche Mode

19. Is It A Crime- Sade

20. To Have And To Hold- Depeche Mode

21. Never As Good As The First Time- Sade

22. Sister Of Night- Depeche Mode 

modeCheers, homies!


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Listening Party: The Doors

doorsThe Doors was one of the first classic rock bands that I was turned on to. I remember being a teen in the nineties rocking out in my room to their hypnotic grooves. I had my lava lamp going, and ooh I was seriously jammin’ back in the day. Here’s my Listening Party for this legendary, iconic, and hugely influential band.

1. Strange Days

2. Five To One

3. Waiting For The Sun

4. Love Her Madly

5. Love Me Two Times

6. People Are Strange

7. When The Music’s Over

8. L.A. Woman

9. Not To Touch The Earth

10. The Spy

11. Light My Fire

12. Hello, I Love You

13. Riders On The Storm

14. Back Door Man

15. Love Street

16. Break On Through (To The Other Side)

17. The Unknown Soldier

18. We Could Be So Good Together

19. Moonlight Drive

20. The End

21. Touch Me

22. Been Down So Long

23. You Make Me Real

24. The Soft Parade

25. You’re Lost Little Girl

26. Soul Kitchen

27. My Wild Love

28. Roadhouse Blues

29. End Of The Night

30. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #24

Happy New Year! It is my hope that 2018 is a bossome year for the followers- aka “homies” of my blog. I’m totally ready for what will be an amazing year. I’m claiming that shit right now! 🙂 Anyhoo, I’m also predicting that 2018 will be an incredible reading year. I’m thrilled beyond fucking reason for all the books that will rock my world in 2018. Reading is my escapism and I tend to overdose on it.

I will be giving mini reviews of my Current Reads in my Finished Reads posts, which will be shared at the end of every month. Basically, those are my book wrap-up posts.

Enough of me running my mouth. Let’s get into these Current Reads!

Saga Saga: Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughn- Goodreads synopsis: “Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the world. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.”

I’ve been wanting to get into graphic novels, and apparently this is the best place to start.

SleepingSleeping With Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey- This New York Times Bestseller is about a hitman, named Gideon who is on his way to London for a job. I’m a huge fan of EJD’s work, and one of my reading goals is to read the Gideon Series, finally.

IntensityIntensity by Dean Koontz- I’ve been told that this is one of the best suspenseful novels that I’ll ever read. We shall see! A woman visiting the home of her best friend’s family, is introduced to evil personified. So far Intensity is definitely giving me everything I need in a novel.

Thanks for checking out my post! Please share in the comments what you’re reading.

Cheers, homies!

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New Posts In 2018

2018 Hi, homies! I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m on a small break from blogging. However, starting in the new year I’ll be bringing more bossome content to you. Of course there’s going to be book and music themed posts as usual. I also plan to do more posts about mental health, self-care, films, TV shows, and all kinds of other ish. 😀 Thanks so much for loving and supporting Divinely Bossome! Wishing my homies a bossome holiday season!

Peace and love,



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