May 1, 2016

Series Sunday: The Five


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Revision. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read/Watch an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is The Five, a new 10-part thriller TV series written by one of my fave authors, Harlan Coben. The mystery show is about a terrible childhood incident for a group of five friends; one gone missing. Twenty years later, the missing friend's DNA turns up at a murder scene. So the four friends wonder, is he still alive?

The Five is Harlan Coben's first original series for television. The Five is available to watch on Sky 1 for the UK only. Fingers crossed it will be made available in the US soon.

 

April 27, 2016

The Sellout


"This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I've never stolen anything. Never cheated on my taxes or at cards. Never snuck into the movies or failed to give back the extra change to a drugstore cashier indifferent to the ways of mercantilism and minimum-wage expectations. But here I am..." ~ pg. 5

Paul Beatty, dubbed a comic genius, tells the story of a young man raised by a single father. His father's pioneering work was assumed to have resulted in a memoir that would solve financial woes. At least that was the main character's impression until his father was shot and killed by police. Then he realizes there never was a memoir and his hometown of Dickens, California has literally been removed from the map. Unlike Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth, or a small sub-Saharan African nation like Detroit. It becomes the young man's mission to use unorthodox ways to put Dickens back on the map through the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

"And by race we mean 'niggers,' because no one of any persuasion seems to have any difficulty talking out-of-pocket shit about Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, and America's newest race, the Celebrity." ~ pg. 245

At times a biting satire, Paul Beatty did not hold back thoughts or mince words. To read his insight on race in America, the treatment of black men, civil rights and challenging the United States Constitution in a comical way was a different reading experience for me. And I liked it except there were more than enough needless rants that was a distraction to the outrageous idea of reinstating slavery and segregation of schools. Yes, you read that right. So I struggled to hold my interest long enough to finish the satirical novel. Curious enough to go read The Sellout now?

Title: The Sellout
Author: Paul Beatty
Published: March 2015
Pages: 266
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Bookish Kill Your TBR—Read Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Rating: ♥♥♡

 

Kindred Spirits


If you broke Elena's heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she camps outside of the local cinema to see the new movie, she expects a long line wrapped around the corner, fans in costumes and celebrating. Instead she is the third, and last, person in line. How disappointing. Where are all the Star Wars fans?

Kindred Spirits is a cute eShort story that Star Wars/Rainbow Rowell fans will like. It is perfect for readathons!

Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 2016
Pages: 37
Edition: eBook
Rating: ♥♥♥

 

April 26, 2016

Food: A Love Story


"Bacon!" ~ pg. 113

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan writes Food: A Love Story with his thoughts of all things culinary.

Food: A Love Story has over 12,000+ positive ratings. I had high expectations when I first added this book to my TBR over a year ago. April was the perfect month to read this book outside of my comfort zone. As sarcastic as I am, there are not many satirical novels in my library.

Was it worth the read? Sure. As the title states, it really is a love story about food. What's not to like about that? But toward the end, I started to lose interest. Enough already about bacon, Cinnabons, Hot Pockets, coconut water and kale. I am sure Gaffigan's love story about food translates better in a stand-up comedy routine.

Title: Food: A Love Story
Author: Jim Gaffigan
Published: October 2014
Pages: 268
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Bookish Kill Your TBR—Read Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Rating: ♥♥

 

April 24, 2016

Series Sunday: Readathon & Lemonade Hangover Edition


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Revision. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.


My Series Sunday is spent recovering from the Readathon and Lemonade.

 

April 22, 2016

First Lines Friday: Readathon Edition


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 selections for tomorrow's readathon.
  • Share a picture of your readathon line-up.
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the titles and authors.

"There were already two people sitting outside the theatre when Elena got there, so she wouldn't be first in line. But that was OK. She was still here—she was still doing this."

~ Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

"I knew I was in love with Verona Cove on the first day, but I waited until the seventh day to commit."

~ When We Collided by Emery Lord


"How is it so easy for you to be kind to people he asked"


~ milk and honey by Rupi Kaur


 

April 21, 2016

And You're The Reason Why 'Cause You...



A three-year-old brown girl is over-the-moon excited to enter a movie theatre. It is her first time ever seeing a movie on the big screen. The smell of popcorn overwhelms the air. Her parents hold her hands, one on each side, as they walk to their seats. Strangers compliment the parents on how well-behaved the little girl is and how pretty she looks. The little girl smiles and settles into her seat. She smooths the lace on her custom-made Gabby's Originals purple dress and matching hair bow sewn by her mom. The theatre goes dark as the opening scene of Purple Rain begins. The little girl is introduced to "The Kid."

For months afterward, this little girl will sing songs from Purple Rain to anyone who will listen. She will re-enact scenes and the hand movements to I Would Die 4 U in the mirror repeatedly. It doesn't matter where she is or who is around. She just wants to share the feeling of good music.

That little girl was me. I have been jamming to Prince for over 30 years. My all-time-favorite song to infinity is by Prince. Purple Rain is still one of my favorite movies. I am blessed to have seen him in concert, back when he still performed the more racy songs in his catalog and gyrated on stage with his signature purple guitar, mic and piano. To hear and see The Great Purple One live was an experience. He was skilled in songwriting and played all 27 instruments on his first few albums. He created the pop-funk genre. He was an advocate for artists' rights. Musical and style innovation to the nth degree. He was a prime example of individuality. He could give a mean side-eye and a genuine smile the next minute. Listen...Prodigy Prince had ALL the talents.

To call Prince a music icon is an understatement. His music leaves quite the impression. If I am feeling a strong emotion—be it ecstatic, erotic, in mourning, upset, triumphant, relaxed, melancholy, in bliss, nonchalant or indifferent—there is always a Prince song to match my mood. Make me happy when I'm sad; make me good when I am bad. That is the art of a musical genius.

Some say laughter is the best medicine. I say music heals. So thank you, Prince Rogers Nelson, for being the soundtrack to so many days of my life.


Dearly beloved 
We are gathered here today 
To get through this thing called 'life'
Electric word, life 
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here to tell you 
There's something else
The afterworld
A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night