February 19, 2019

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls


"You girls, us women, we're water. Strong stuff. A force of nature. A source of life." ~ 69%

What a title. What a cover. What a debut, I think.

Sisters Althea, Viola and Lillian are not prepared for the trial that will usurp their lives. Althea is the eldest sister. She is now the matriarch of the family, holding everyone together. So it comes as a shock when she and her husband are arrested for a sham charity. Once the most respected in the small community, now the disgrace of the town.

Not even her sisters are sure what really happened, making it hard for them to defend the accusations. With Althea in jail, sisters Viola and Lillian step up. They move into the house to care for their two teenage nieces. What follows is a well-paced novel that is impressive for a debut.

"Ain't no such thing as 'depressed'." ~ 36%

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is the type of novel that consumes your thoughts while reading it. I wondered how I would react in a similar situation. I evaluated my role as an Auntie. I related to the mother-daughter relationship in some way. And I certainly agree that daughters carry the hopes of their mothers.

But let a couple weeks pass after finishing the book and I tend to forget the details. I remembered the central themes only as the characters were forgettable. And that is okay. The message stayed with me. The author did her job: write a book that readers can relate to and will recommend to others.

Happy Pub Day, Anissa Gray. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is available today.

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 my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
Author: Anissa Gray
Published: February 2019
Pages: 304
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

 

February 17, 2019

Sistah Speak Sunday: Ask the Sistahs

(Sistah Speak: Ask the Sistahs) 



Are you looking for a podcast hosted by diverse women? Are you already in the Sistah Speak Nation? Listen to the new episode of Sistah Speak: Ask the Sistahs where we answer your burning questions from a Sistah's point of view.

Listen Now 🎧 Ep 13 Time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Podcast: Sistah Speak Productions
Co-Hosts: Sistah A, Sistah J, Sistah K and Sistah LM



February 15, 2019

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.

"Before she became The Girl from Nowhere—The One Who Walked In, The First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years—she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy. Amy Harper Bellafonte."

~ The Passage (TV Tie-in Edition) by Justin Cronin

 

February 13, 2019

My Love Story ~ Tina Turner


"What's in a name? Everything." ~ pg. 37

Tina Turner. Queen of Rock & Roll. Living legend. Survivor. My Love Story is about her complicated life from early years in the backwoods of Nutbush, Tennessee to her public abusive marriage to Ike Turner to her happy fairytale wedding and life as a Switzerland citizen. She shares her successes and darkest moments in this new memoir. Anna Mae Bullock holds no punches!

If you think you already know about Tina Turner just from watching What's Love Got to Do With It movie, then you are so mistaken. There is so much more detail and depth to her life. My jaw dropped in surprise during some parts. Others, I nodded my head in remembrance. But many chapters revealed things I did not know about this remarkably strong woman. Love literally saved her life.

"I'd been working for almost forty years, and I'd earned every dollar the hard way." ~ pg. 131

What better month to celebrate this black celebrity by reading her love story? She is recognizable all over the world. Her voice is unmatched. C'mon...she's simply The Best 🎵

Title: My Love Story
Author: Tina Turner
Published: October 2018
Pages: 208
Edition: eBook
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

 

February 12, 2019

The Untelling


"Memories are best when they're fresh." ~ pg. 294

Aria lived through a car crash that killed half of her family. She was only nine years old. Fast forward to 25-year-old Aria and she begins a journey to unearth the past. It leads to forgiveness, self-discovery and an altered reality.

Why, oh why, has it taken me damn near 13 years to read The Untelling? I knew it would be an excellent book because...hello...it is written by Tayari Jones. And tons of bookhearts gave it high ratings. My only excuse for keeping this book on my TBR for more than a decade is I needed time to slowly digest the story. Consume the characters. Get lost in its pages. Go on a journey of fictional forgiveness.

The Untelling is perfect for reading this Black History Month. If you are like me, letting this book collect dust while sitting on a bookshelf, I encourage you to blow the dust off its pages (or un-archive the eBook) and begin reading now. Go ahead, I'll wait. Thank me later.

Title: The Untelling
Author: Tayari Jones
Published: April 2006
Pages: 294
Edition: Paperback
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

 

February 10, 2019

Sistah Speak Sunday: Celebrity Big Brother 2

(Sistah Speak: Celebrity Big Brother) 


Are you looking for a podcast hosted by diverse women? Are you a Big Brother fan? Listen to Sistah Speak: Big Brother where we discuss Celebrity Big Brother season 2 from a Sistah's point of view.

We are back to talk season disappointments, the celebrity houseguests line-up, twists, evictions and drama in the house.

Listen Now 🎧 Ep 94 Time: 1 Hour, 36 Minutes

Listen Now 🎧 Ep 95 Time: 1 Hour, 14 Minutes

Listen Now 🎧 Ep 96 Time: 2 Hours, 4 Minutes

Podcast: Sistah Speak Productions
Co-Hosts: Sistah A, Sistah K and Sistah LM

February 8, 2019

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.

"Hard, ugly, summer-vacation-spoiling rain fell for three straight months in 1979. Atlanta downpours destroyed hopscotch markers carefully chalked onto asphalt and stole the bounce from yellow tennis balls forgotten in backyards."

~ Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones