January 7, 2017

I'mma Just Put My Life in Rice: A Memoir

♠♥ Oh, 2017. Only a few days in and already a doozy. I'mma just put my life in rice. Book blogging and blogmoir posts will resume on or around January 22.

  

January 6, 2017

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Revision. 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.

"Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life."

~ The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

 

January 3, 2017

Difficult Women


"There are things you do not know about me. These things are not inconsequential." ~ 89%

Women are beautiful strong humans. In Roxane Gay's new release, Difficult Women, there are stories that focus on women from all walks of life and circumstance. Some are privileged; some are of poverty. Some are leaders; some are better as followers. Some are smarter than they let on while others conform easily. Some are sad and others just ignore the pain. Some live in glass houses while others live in shadows. But one common fact is apparent: women are molded by their experiences.
If you are familiar with Roxane Gay's writing from her previous book An Untamed State and essay collection Bad Feminist, then you know the good quality you'll get from reading her work. You'll also understand how challenging it is to describe her books without completely giving away the story. So trust me; Difficult Women is no exception.

A title means everything. It is my very first impression of a book. Sometimes it catches my attention and sometimes I skim over it on a bookshelf because of the title. For authors that I trust and will read whatever new work published, titles give me a hint of the book's content. Difficult Women is a title that is straight-forward. I assume it is about women that are difficult to get along with or full of drama. But as I read the stories, I never came across any difficult women. It was more women in difficult situations or women with difficulties. But the women themselves were not difficult, if that makes sense. Nonetheless, I am here to tell bookhearts do not get discouraged or bypass this book just because of its title. There is a story—or two or three or five—that you are sure to relate to. But there are also a couple stories that threw me way off and didn't seem to belong. They didn't quite carry the same voice of the author.

Roxane Gay is and remains one of the realest writers out here. Her tweets are entertaining and thought-provoking. Her books always leave a lasting impression. Roxane Gay has a way with words! This new collection of stories show her talent and vision of modern women.

So Happy Pub Day! Difficult Women is available as of today. Oh, and take a moment to admire the book cover!

Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: Difficult Women
Author: Roxane Gay
Published: January 2016
Pages: 272
Edition: Galley
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book About an Interesting Woman
Rating: ♥♥♥♡

 

2017 Memes & Reading Challenges

2017 Goodreads Challenge: Read 107 books in 2017. 

https://www.goodreads.com/review/stats/2924016-literarymarie#pages
2017 Page Count Challenge: Read 27,000+ pages.

Keeping Up with Patterson Challenge: Read books in the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, and Michael Bennett series by James Patterson. BOOKSHOTS are a bonus!

Perpetual Kinsey Millhone Challenge: Continue to read books in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton.

Perpetual Jack Reacher Challenge: Continue to read books in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.

2017 Bookish Kill Your TBR: 12 reading challenges designed to help knock out titles on To Be Read shelves.
  1. January - Read a Book That Supports My New Year's Resolution
  2. February - Read a Love Story
  3. March - Read a Book Published The Decade I Was Born
  4. April - Read a National Book Award Winner
  5. May - Read a Book About Mental Health
  6. June - Read a Book Set Outside of My Home Country
  7. July - Read a Book About an Overlooked Figure in History
  8. August - Read a Collection of Essays or Short Stories
  9. September - Read an Entire Series
  10. October - Read a Book That Scares Me
  11. November - Read a Graphic Novel or Comic Book
  12. December - Read a Book About Belief

2017 PopSugar Reading Challenge: Read a wide range of 52 books spanning topics.

First Lines Friday: Share the first line(s) from current read(s).


Series Sunday: Share a review/recommendation of a book in a series.

Lit Tidbits: Share current literary news.

US vs. UK: Compare covers of books released in US/UK.

Life of a Migraineur: Share moments of my life with migraines.


View all of Literary Marie's Memes and Reading Challenges here.

 

December 31, 2016

2016 Reading Challenges

2016 Goodreads Challenge: Read 116 books in 2016. 
Challenge Met: 135 books read this year. (116% of goal)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/stats/2924016-literarymarie#pages
2016 Page Count Challenge: Read 35,000+ pages in 2016.
Challenge Met: 38,806 pages read this year. (111% of goal)

Perpetual Kinsey Millhone Challenge: Continue to read books in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton.
Challenge Missed: Read 0 Kinsey Millhone books this year. Oopsie!

Perpetual Jack Reacher Challenge: Continue to read books in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
Challenge Met: Read 2 Jack Reacher books this year.


Keeping Up with Patterson Challenge: Continue to read books in the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series by James Patterson.
Challenge Met: Read 6 KUWP books this year.


2016 Bookish Kill Your TBR Challenge: 12 themes to help knock out titles on To Be Read shelves.
Challenge Met: Read 33 (12 themes) Bookish KYT books this year.


2016 PopSugar Reading Challenge: Read a wide range of 40 books spanning genres.
Challenge Almost Met: Read 34 Popsugar books this year. Click the title/author for my previously published review of the books featured in this reading challenge.
  1. A National Book Award Winner: Getting Mother's Body by Suzan-Lori Parks
  2. A YA Bestseller: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  3. A Book I Haven't Read Since High School: What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
  4. A Book Set In My Home State: Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor
  5. A Book Translated to English: Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
  6. A Romance Set in the Future: F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
  7. A Book Set in Europe: The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
  8. A Book That's Under 150 Pages: Ms. Marvel No Normal Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson
  9. A NYT Bestseller: Home by Harlan Coben
  10. A Book That's Becoming a Movie This Year: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  11. A Book Recommended by Someone I Just Met: The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  12. A Self-Improvement Book: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  13. A Book I Can Finish in a Day: Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  14. A Book Written by a Celebrity: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  15. A Book From Oprah's Book Club: Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
  16. A Science Fiction Novel: Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  17. A Book Recommended by a Family Member: The Mother by Yvvette Edwards
  18. A Graphic Novel: Archie Married Life 2 by Paul Kupperberg
  19. A Book That is Published in 2016: I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
  20. A Book With a Protagonist Who Has My Occupation: Falling by Jane Green
  21. A Book That Takes Place During Summer: Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  22. A Book and Its Prequel: Killing Floor & Night School by Lee Child
  23. A Murder Mystery: A Murder Among Friends by Jennifer Lewis Williams
  24. A Book Written by a Comedian: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  25. A Book With a Blue Cover: Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
  26. A Book of Poetry: milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
  27. The First Book I See in a Bookstore: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
  28. A Classic From the 20th Century: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  29. A Book From the Library: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  30. A Book About a Road Trip: Getting Mother's Body by Suzan-Lori Parks
  31. A Book About a Culture I'm Unfamiliar With: The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
  32. A Satirical Book: The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  33. A Book That Takes Place on an Island: Just Like Me by Nancy Cavanaugh
  34. A Book That's Guaranteed to Bring Me Joy: A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi


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December 22, 2016

Top 10 Books of 2016

It is my literary duty to bring the top books I've read this year to the forefront and highlight my favorites. Please note that my list is purely my opinion. It is not influenced by authors, other readers, other bloggers, fellow reviewers or publishers that may have provided free or advance copies in exchange for my honest review.

Click the title/author for my previously published review of the books featured in my Top 10 Books of 2016.



10. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

9. One by Sarah Crossan

8. The True Story of Atticus and Hazel by Fisher Amelie

7. Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

6. The Mother by Yvvette Edwards

5. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer



4. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

3. I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

2. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

1. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


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December 20, 2016

Top 10 Book Covers of 2016

A book cover is the most important feature of a novel. I always wonder why the author or publisher chose a particular image to represent the story within the book. Does it grab my attention from a bookshelf? Does it represent the author or characters, especially those of color? Does it really portray the plot? Is it appealing and public-friendly? These are the factors I considered when choosing the top 10 covers of books I've read this year.

Click the title/author for my previously published review of the books featured in my Top 10 Book Covers of 2016.



10. Never by Joy Avery

9. The Mother by Yvvette Edwards

8. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters



7. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

6. One by Sarah Crossan

5. A Murder Among Friends by Jennifer Lewis Williams



4. Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

3. The True Story of Atticus and Hazel by Fisher Amelie

2. F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

1. The Blackbirds by Eric Jerome Dickey



















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