March 1, 2024

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"In the winter of 2009, my husband found me crying over my secondhand IBM ThinkPad. "

~ If Only I Had Told Her Author's Note by Laura Nowlin 

February 23, 2024

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"Some days, you wake up, and you're supposed to feel different, but you don't. Take, for example, your birthday, your anniversary, the first day of the year. You want to be excited, but it's just another day, like all the days before it."

~ Sisters with a Side of Greens by Michelle Stimpson 

February 13, 2024

The First Lady of Dirt


"I didn't know I couldn't. Therefore, I could." ~ 45%

It's hard to rate someone's real life story. How can I put stars to a life? Especially a life that made history and defied the odds. So instead, this review will focus on the little-known story of Cheryl Glass and the author's writing style. 

Cheryl Glass was one of the most promising race car drivers in the United States. Her dream was to become the first Black woman to race in the Indy 500. But after repeated concussions and major injuries, her auto racing career ended abruptly and her life crashed with it. Overwhelmed with depression, she committed suicide at the young age of 35.

Author Bill Poehler takes us through Cheryl's childhood and journey to the world of auto racing. He does not mince words when it comes to the obstacles she faced far as racism, sexism, mental illness, law enforcement and enablers. The First Lady of Dirt can be an inspiring story and an example of the pressure placed on Black women to succeed and be pushed to the limit, sometimes at our own expense or from those surrounding us. 

Due to the author's factual emotionless writing style and the PDF format with smaller than small font, I found The First Lady of Dirt difficult to read through. It isn't that Cheryl's life was not interesting but it read like a newspaper article or journalist assignment with no connection to the author, main subject or audience. I spent most of my time zooming in and out of the page. Nevertheless, I finished The First Lady of Dirt and picked up little-known Black History facts. 

Don't let this deter you. I am sure the published edition (hardcover or eBook format) is more reader-friendly and legible. Also, it is great to learn about a Black woman that made history in the male-dominated sport of auto racing.

Happy Pub Day, Bill Poehler! The First Lady of Dirt: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Racing Pioneer Cheryl Glass is now available.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins. ~LiteraryMarie

Title: The First Lady of Dirt
Author: Bill Poehler
Published: February 2024
Pages: 240
Edition: Galley
Genre: Nonfiction
Rating: 🖤 🖤

February 6, 2024

A Love Song for Ricki Wilde


"He was music I could listen to forever." ~ 8%

You know a book is good when the characters live rent-free in your head months after you've finished reading. Such is the case for Tia Williams' new release titled A Love Song for Ricki Wilde.

The nontraditional love story—set in both modern Harlem and the Renaissance era of the 1920s—held my attention from the synopsis to the last word. Ricki Wilde is the artistic impulsive daughter of the Wilde family. Her two sisters are well established socialites whereas Ricki beats to her own drum. 

When 90-something-year-old Ms. Della invites her to rent the bottom level of her Harlem brownstone, Ricki jumps at the chance to leave Atlanta for a fresh beginning. It is there she realizes her dream of opening a flower shop. One evening, Ricki crosses paths with a handsome, mysterious musician that makes her swoon in the most unexpected way.

"Sexy sepia shenanigans." ~ 24%

Bookhearts, I dare not say more because this is a well written story that you have to read to experience. Just know that it takes hold of your imagination and doesn't let go until you're tenderly holding the book in your arms with a satisfied smile on your face.

Tia Williams takes you on a magical journey with her engaging writing, heartfelt dialogue and deep characters. Need I say more? Add to your TBR now! Put on a pot of collard greens, play some Louis Armstrong or classic jazz and get ready for a wild ride. This new historical fiction romance has already claimed a spot as one of my top reads for 2024!

Happy Pub Day, Tia Williams! A Love Song for Ricki Wilde is now available.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins. ~LiteraryMarie

Title: A Love Song for Ricki Wilde
Author: Tia Williams
Published: February 2024
Pages: 347
Edition: Galley
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

February 1, 2024

New Year Hold 'Em

  • Be intentional.
  • Match energy.
  • Genuinely smile.
  • Improve quality of life.
  • Dedicate time to self-care.
  • Allow rest and rejuvenation. 
  • Attract love, health and happiness.

December 28, 2023

My Year in Blogmoir & Books


Blogmoir

2023 Goodreads Challenge: Read 101 of 84 books (120% to goal)

2023 Page Count Challenge: Read 30,467 of 29,000 pages (105% to goal)

2023 Average Book Length301 pages (shortest 37 pages ~ largest 597 pages)

2023 Average Book Rating3.5 out of 5 

2023 Amount Saved Using Public #Lieberry$486.03

Perpetual Jack Reacher Challenge: Read new release in series ~ #28

Keeping Up with Patterson Challenge: Read new releases in each series ~ Alex Cross #31 & #32Women's Murder Club #23 & #23 1/2 and Michael Bennett #15



Lit Tidbits: Click here for all Pithy Pick reviews in 2023.

First Lines Friday: Click here for all FLF posts in 2023.

Series Sunday: Click here for all SS posts in 2023.

Many Merry Blessings in the New Year❣️