July 28, 2021

Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be


"We both let that sentence sit on the table between the salt and pepper shakers." ~ 17%

Nichole Perkins has an essay for everything relevant. Being a Southern black woman, online dating, physical health and shape, pop culture, friendships, depression, feminism and more. There is an essay for everyone to relate to. I see why Buzzfeed includes it in "Most Anticipated Books of 2021."

Journalist Nichole Perkins goes through twenty years of pop culture's impact on her life: music, media and the internet. She is unapologetic in her true storytelling. By the end of this memoir, readers will be left with self-awareness and confidence. I certainly am!

"Hear the dark liquor of her laughter rippling behind her sentences." ~ Saeed Jones

I live for this book title! It is one of my favorite lyrics of all time. So I chose to read this memoir based on the title alone. The came the cover art: brown glowing skin and long coffin-shaped nails with an outline design. Add the necklace with a heart-shaped charm and it was like looking in the mirror. What is in between of the front and back cover is nothing short of a good read.

Happy Early Pub Day, Nichole Perkins! Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be will be available Tuesday, August 17.

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.

Title: Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be
Author: Nichole Perkins
Published: August 2021
Pages: 272
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

July 27, 2021

Unthinkable


"Killing one person to save a billion isn't a very difficult decision."  ~ 8%

The whole concept of killing one destructive person to save the future of the world is bogus. Same as free will—an accident of human senses. Which makes the institution of the Praesidium very suspect. Their goal is to save humanity from catastrophes by pinpointing the one person that will cause the domino effect. Then order the person to be killed.

In this novel, that one person is Nate's wife, Jenny. He is approached by a mysterious man with an unthinkable command: kill your wife because she is the most destructive person on the earth. Why Nate? He is a stay-at-home dad, a self-proclaimed nobody. The day is like every other until he is kidnapped by a secret society led by a man who claims to know the future. He foresees a billion people will die unless Nate stops Jenny—thus killing his own wife.

Whew, this is deep! It is a matter of morals, manipulation, beliefs and loyalty. It truly makes you think WWID? Would I kill the person I love to save strangers? Would I believe a man who claims to know what the future brings? Hmmm...

The beginning of Unthinkable was a bit iffy. But I quickly thought, why did I ever question a novel written by Brad Parks? He hasn't failed me yet. While I am not a fan of science fiction/paranormal genre, Parks tends to teeter the line. This new release was no different. It pushed the limit of realism in a very unpredictable way. A thriller at its best! Bookhearts, trust me on this: READ IT!

Happy Pub Day, Brad Parks! Unthinkable 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.

Title: Unthinkable
Author: Brad Parks
Published: July 2021
Pages: 352
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

 

July 25, 2021

Series Sunday: 21st Birthday

(Women's Murder Club #21) 


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. 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 pick is 21st Birthday, obviously the 21st book in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Never make a promise you can't keep! Sergeant Lindsay Boxer vows to protect a 20-year-old victim long enough to see her 21st birthday. 

"We have heard it too many times. It's referred to as TODDI. That's an acronym for the words, 'the other dude did it.'" ~ 82%

A distraught mother is convinced her daughter and granddaughter are missing and possibly dead, the husband being responsible. She pleads with Chronicle News reporter Cindy Thomas to investigate. When the bodies are found, Medical Examiner Claire Washburn has different theories. ADA Yuki Castellano paints the husband as a textbook domestic offender. But why are there copycat killings?

Great mystery when there is means, motive and opportunity. 21st Birthday reminds me of the earlier WMC novels. Unlike recent books, it gives every woman a perspective and "story time." Back to the good old basics! Bookhearts keeping up with this series, do not miss this one!

Author: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Published: March 2021 
Pages: 351
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Keeping Up with Patterson
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

July 23, 2021

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.

"I often think about my sister and my best friend. Not every minute. Not even every day. I mostly think of them when I am experiencing something I would have wanted to share."

~ Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood by Dawn Turner

   

July 21, 2021

Razorblade Tears


"I ain't ashamed of who I am. I'd like to think my boy picked that up from me." ~ 84%

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for 15 years now. He swore to live a model citizen life with not even a speeding ticket since being free. But it's never a good thing when police show up at a Black man's door unexpected. They deliver the news that Ike's son, Isiah, has been murdered alongside his white husband, Derek. Derek's father is suffering and angry. Buddy Lee is a whiskey-drinking redneck with ties to the underworld just itching to get revenge. 

This unlikely pair joins forces to hunt and avenge the people who murdered their gay sons. With nothing in common besides being ex-cons and a fierce love of their dead sons, they band together for bloody revenge and confront their prejudices. This novel takes off with a gunshot bang and doesn't stop with the action suspense until the very end. Damn, it's good!

"Each drop felt like it was slicing his face open like a razorblade." ~ 7%

S.A. Cosby created a scenario that could unfortunately happen to two fathers in real life. The plot was not a stretch, making it quite an emotional read. Can you imagine hurting so deep that tears feel like razors? My heart went out to Ike and Buddy Lee in their quest to avenge their sons' senseless murders and bring justice by any means necessary.

Razorblade Tears would make an awesomesauce movie! I need to see the dangerous dads in action on the big screen. With characters names like Uncle Remus, Mini-Fro, Mr. Get Down, Tangerine, Light-skinned, Buddy Lee Jenkins and Ike Randolph, you can expect a colorful cast. TV/Movie Directors, contact me for suggestions—I know just the perfect actors for these roles and willing to offer my MasterClass screenwriting skills!  

"Yeah, she's a defenseless damsel in goddamn distress." ~ 66%

Never a dull chapter in this new novel either. S.A. Cosby expertly weaved a tale of redemption with memorable scenes. Sometimes a forced alliance doesn't work in fiction. However, it adds an unpredictable element here. This is no good-cop-bad-cop duet. Buddy Lee and Ike are on a mission; may angels help whomever is in their way. Razorblade Tears is fast-paced so clear your plans for a weekend to get lost in its gritty pages. So worth it!

Happy Belated Pub Day, S.A. Cosby! Razorblade Tears 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.

Title: Razorblade Tears
Author: S.A. Cosby
Published: July 2021
Pages: 336
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

July 20, 2021

Survive the Night


"Never go out alone at night. Always walk in pairs. Always tell someone where you're going. Never trust a stranger." ~ 7%

When I think Riley Sager, I think thriller! Twists, suspense, realistic characters, all of the above. But somehow new release, Survive the Night, missed the mark for me. It is a classic cat-and-mouse game with sketchy characters. Let me back up...

Charlie and Josh met through a campus ride board, looking to share a drive home to Ohio. Charlie wants to leave campus and go home to grieve her best friend, the third victim murdered by the Campus Killer. Josh needs to go take care of his sick father. But immediately, Charlie is skeptical of Josh. His stories don't add up and he's not letting Charlie see whatever is in the car's trunk. Oh, did I mention the year is 1991? There's no help or pay phone for miles on the dark road.

"She's the girl who sees movies in her mind, and Josh is the guy who fills his trunk in a weird way. End of story." ~ 7%

The main female character was dumber than dumb. If your best friend was recently murdered and there is a serial killer on the loose, why in heaven's name would you accept a 6-hour car ride from a stranger?! She was the perfect example of an unreliable narrator; I questioned her point of view and actions from the very beginning. Had her parents never taught her the basic rules of safety above? The only cool part of Charlie was her ability to replace reality with cinema in her mind.

I should have went into reading Survive the Night with low expectations but I usually love Riley Sager's novels. About halfway through, I checked Goodreads to see if I was the only one disappointed. At quick glance, I was indeed not. Many readers (especially fans of the author) share my opinion. So it's not just me. Bookhearts, pass on this one. 

Happy Belated Pub Day, Riley Sager! Survive the Night 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.

Title: Survive the Night
Author: Riley Sager
Published: June 2021
Pages: 384
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€

   

July 18, 2021

Series Sunday: Rule the Music Scene Like Queen BeyoncΓ©

(Work It, Girl #6) 


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. 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 pick is Rule the Music Scene Like Queen BeyoncΓ© Knowles, the sixth book in the Work It, Girl series by Caroline Moss and illustrated by Sinem Erkas. The series is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women. This new installment is told in 10 chapters highlighting important moments in BeyoncΓ©'s life, her work ethic, activism and road to success. There are 10 key lessons at the end to self-reflect and help apply to a reader's own life.

"If her album "4" was about love and her surprise album was about feminism and self-love...then her 2016 release, "Lemonade," was about absolute empowerment." ~ pg. 52

Unlike Bey's many projects, it is no secret that I am a proud card-carrying-tour-savings-account-listen-on-demand member of the BeyHive. So I jumped at the opportunity to read and review this advance copy of the newest Work It, Girl book. Did I care that it was children's? Not one bit. In fact, I was more likely to read it as a potential summer bookclub choice for my niece. (Because like any Rich Auntie, we have dance parties to Queen Bey's music and know the choreography to a tee!)

I am so sharing this new children's book with my niece and recommending for all young Bookhearts. I plan to read a couple of the other books in the Work It, Girl series (featuring Mae Jemison, Michelle Obama, J.K. Rowling, Oprah and Ellen). I'm also adding the published print version to my personal library since it has bright illustrations of 3D cut paper artwork of inspiring quotes. So well done!

Happy Early Pub Day, Caroline Moss! Rule the Music Scene Like Queen BeyoncΓ© will be available Tuesday, August 3.

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.

Author: Caroline Moss
Illustrator: Sinem Erkas
Published: August 2021
Pages: 64
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

July 16, 2021

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.

"When I came to, breaching that little-understood divide between the murky depths of insentience and the bright conscious world, the first thing I became aware of was my tongue."

~ Unthinkable by Brad Parks 

July 15, 2021

Lit to Movie Review: Monster


"Think about all the tomorrows of your life." ~ pg. 205

The prosecutor calls him "Monster." His name is Steve Harmon, a 16-year-old on trial for murder. A Harlem store owner was shot and killed in a robbery-gone-armed. Steve served as the lookout allegedly. 

The young amateur filmmaker transcribes his trial into a script. Wonderful way to tell this story; hence why Walter Dean Myers is one of the greatest writers of our lifetime. The story is told in scenes complete with movements, cuts, entrances and fade-ins.

If left unsure of Steve's innocence at the end, you are not alone. It is such a short read that I browsed through again looking for clues, a confession, a show of guilty, something. Then realized Walter Dean Myers included a prequel in the 20th Anniversary edition titled The Get Over. It gives more insight into events leading up to the robbery and Steve's moral mindset. 

Also included in the special anniversary edition is a Reader's Guide, Author Questions, Walter's Own Story, his passion for writing and why he writes for young adults and an excerpt of the graphic novel. Well worth the couple extra bucks.

Monster is a black lit classic written by James Baldwin in 1974. Here we are 40+ odd years later and the American justice system is still flawed with an overflow of wrong convictions. The movie really drives this point home. Highly recommend!


Title: Monster
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Director: Anthony Mandler
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Steve); ASAP Rocky (King); John David Washington (Bobo); Dorian Missick (Asa Briggs); Jennifer Hudson (Mrs. Harmon); Jeffrey Wright (Mr. Harmon); Jennifer Ehle (O'Brien); Paul Ben-Victor (Petrocelli)
Book Published: April 1999
Movie Released: May 2021
Pages: 281
Movie Time: 1 Hour,  Min
Edition: Paperback
Book Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€
Movie Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ 

July 13, 2021

Falling


"A flight is just a random sample of the general population, a classic bell curve. A few assholes and a few exemplars, but primarily, a whole bunch of sheep." ~ 32%

Falling held my attention from the first line: "When the shoe dropped into her lap the foot was still in it." to the beginning chapters with: "Crash your plane, or I kill your family." to the very last line: "We already are." But let me back up. Pilots are taught to aviate, navigate and communicate. But what happens when a threat puts an entire flight of 140+ passengers, crew and family at risk?

On his scheduled day off, Captain Bill is called in to fly Flight 416 from LAX to JFK. What begins as a normal day ends in a worst case scenario of "would you rather?" His family is kidnapped thirty minutes before the flight. For his wife and two children to live, he must crash the plane. 

"Compartmentalization was the only way to remain in control during a crisis." ~ 78%

I love a book that is written with facts. It is clear the author did her research when writing a novel about planes, flights and protocol because the details are on point. It turns out the author is a flight attendant. Yes, you better use personal knowledge of your profession to write a bestselling debut novel, T.J. Newman!

When I say intense AF...Bookhearts, this is no exaggeration! Falling had me unable to fall asleep. I stayed up late into the night reading and not wanting to miss a single clue into what was unfolding. It is nonstop suspense at its finest. I really cannot say more without ruining the story. Take my word for it and read this thriller, Bookhearts. Now excuse me while I book a flight and pray this doesn't happen.

Happy Belated Pub Day, T.J. Newman! Falling 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.

Title: Falling
Author: T.J. Newman
Published: July 2021
Pages: 304
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night


"Words make their way up my thigh." ~ pg. 22

Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night is a collection that launched the career of young poet Morgan Parker. Is it hilarious? At times. Hard-hitting? It can be. Personal and political? Yes. And it is a definitely a collection of poems with truths that deliver. Morgan Parker got in the zone with this debut collection. Well done!

Happy Re-Pub Day, Morgan Parker! Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night 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.

Title: Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night
Author: Morgan Parker
Published: July 2021
Pages: 120
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

July 11, 2021

Series Sunday: We Are the Baby-Sitters Club

(Baby-Sitters Club Series) 


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. 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.

"Where else could you possibly want to be on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday at 5:30?" ~ 29%

My Series Sunday pick is We Are the Baby-Sitters Club, essays and artwork from grown-up readers of the series edited by Marisa Crawford and Megan Milks. Author Ann M. Martin created a legacy series that lasted thirteen years with five core characters and 352 titles. Let's take it back to the 80s with landlines, giggling girls and hair scrunchies.

"Handwriting is socially learned and culturally transmitted." ~ 32%

What I remember most about the BSC, is the handwriting and penmanship. I was very particular—and still am—about unique yet legible penmanship. I remember in some of the books there were examples and I would compare the girls' handwriting. It was nice to see it mentioned in one of the essays. 

By the time I reached around 80% through, I realized maybe I wasn't as big of a BSC reader as I thought. A lot of emphasis was made on storylines I simply did not remember. Perhaps I should revisit the series like some of the contributors did. I'm sure plots that I didn't pay much attention to as a middle schooler will hit different as an adult. 

"The BSC earned this lasting legacy, in part, by making inclusive values and progressive beliefs part of the series' core—values like honoring diverse voices and experiences, promoting empathy, and suggesting that girls make great leaders." ~ 82%

I appreciate the homage paid to author Ann M. Martin and her addressing such heavy issues back in the day: divorce, adoption, illness, friendship, fashion, loyalty, racism, culture, social class and entrepreneurship. It helped shape our ideas today and motivates girl bosses.

Is it worth reading? Yes, if you are a BSC superfan. If you are craving a touch of nostalgia, it may be worth picking up too. If you are familiar with Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne, Dawn, Jessi and Mallory, then you will like the trip down memory lane. However, it left me with a "that was okay" final feeling. I suggest borrowing from the library instead of paying $10 - $20 depending on the edition.

Happy Belated Pub Day! We Are the Baby-Sitters Club 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.

Authors: Marisa Crawford and Megan Milks 
Published: July 2021
Pages: 240
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€

July 9, 2021

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.

"To Black kids everywhere: your stories, your joy, your love, and your lives matter. You are a light in the dark."

~ Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk & Nicola Yoon

   

July 8, 2021

Changes


"He had a kind of vulnerability that, with a little encouragement, he would drop some of that armor." ~ 9%

Changes is an oral history of Tupac Shakur's life and legacy, perfectly timed for release of the 25th anniversary of his death and 50th anniversary of his birth. The title references a song of Tupac's that became an anthem in worldwide protests last year. It became so popular (again) that it charted on iTunes. More than 20 years later and Tupac's music of systemic racism, policy brutality and mass incarceration still applies.

Sheldon Pearce delivered one of thee best accounts of Tupac's life. Instead of a traditional biography, he interviewed dozens of people to offer an oral history. He didn't include tons of well-known celebrities either. Readers are gifted with rare insight and fresh stories from lesser-known people close to the rapper/actor/activist. We hear from a high school teacher, music executive, childhood friend, fashion designer, a juror and a pen pal.

With music-related books, I like to play the songs mentioned. This practice made Changes even more enjoyable to read. He was a legend before his time and the lyrics remain relevant today. What a genius and true talent Tupac was. Well done, Sheldon Pearce, in telling his story in an unconventional way!

Happy Belated Pub Day, Sheldon Pearce! Changes 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.

Title: Changes
Author: Sheldon Pearce
Published: June 2021
Pages: 288
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

July 7, 2021

The Personal Librarian


"Is there a script one follows when engaging in peccadilloes?" ~ 48%

Almost every Bookheart is familiar with Belle de Costa Greene, personal librarian to J.P. Morgan. I have been intrigued with her story as a Black woman passing for white while tasked with curating the famous Pierpont Morgan Library. Oh, the secrets we keep to become powerful women!

Born Belle Marion Greener, daughter of the first Black graduate of Harvard and advocate for equality. Her light complexion from alleged Portuguese heritage allows her to keep a dangerous secret. She passes as white to protect her family in a racist world and gain employment as a personal librarian. Her wit, charm and negotiation skills are soon well-respected in New York as she builds a collection of rare manuscripts, books and artwork for the Pierpont Morgan Library. 

"You don't have the luxury of making mistakes, Miss Greene." ~ 61%

'Tis is America. It did not matter that Belle's father was a successful intelligent Black man. She still had limited resources along with her siblings. It was Belle's mother's idea for a couple of her children to pass as white in order to get ahead in life.

To be so long (347 pages), it did not hold my attention during the second half. It seemed like less fiction, more biographical. And the rumored romantic entanglement was nipped in the bud quickly. Bookhearts, do you know the feeling of when you're reading a new story that is loosely based on truth then it becomes too historical-like? I don't know how else to describe but it somehow lost its appeal through the careful pacing. 

"With my fortune and your gifted eye and hard work, we are rescuing and protecting the most beautiful and important treasures that history has to offer—those artifacts and manuscripts that memorialize the physical history of the book." ~ 22%

Also Belle's career was portrayed as more of an art dealer/book negotiator than a librarian building an unparalleled collection simply for the sake of loving rare books. It started to become more of a competition than an appreciation of literature and art. Although, I understand the authors' intent and appreciate their collaboration even though it fell flat.

Happy Belated Pub Day, Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray! The Personal Librarian 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.

Title: The Personal Librarian
Authors: Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray 
Published: June 2021
Pages: 347
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€

July 6, 2021

Give My Love to the Savages


"Before this trip, I did my usual googling, being the fact-whore that I am." ~ 69%

The title...timely. The cover art...perfect. The stories within...just okay. Give My Love to the Savages is a collection of fiction stories centered around a Black man's life. Not just any Black man though. It is told in scenes of every time he's been called the N-word. Some are odd and absurd; others are very realistic. Yet each captured the Black experience in different phases and classes of life.

Happy Belated Pub Day, Chris Stuck! Give My Love to the Savages 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.

Title: Give My Love to the Savages
Author: Chris Stuck
Published: June 2021
Pages: 251
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€

Long Division


"I thought you said we were never supposed to say 'just a book' about a book." ~ 6%

Long Division is Kiese Laymon's debut novel first published in 2013. It has been on my TBR list forever and a day, so I jumped on the opportunity to read and review the re-release of this classic satire novel. It features two interwoven stories in post-Katrina Mississippi.

It's 2013 and 14-year-old City Coldson becomes an overnight YouTube celebrity after a meltdown on national television. He is sent to live with his grandmother in a small community where a young girl named Baize Shephard has recently disappeared. 

Before City leaves, he is gifted an author-less book titled...drumroll please...Long Division. The main character is also named City Coldson! In the book, he travels to the future and steals a laptop and cell phone from an orphaned teen girl named...yup, you guessed it...Baize Shephard. He takes the items all the way back to 1964 to help another time-traveler protect family from the Ku Klux Klan.

Are you still with me, bookhearts? It is a lot to follow. Reading this book-inside-of-a-book had me all the way confused. I found myself reading the chapters a couple times before finally just pushing through and glad I stuck with it. I was ---><--- this close to DNF'ing but on the strength of many bookhearts' high ratings and praise reviews, I kept reading and eventually finished this well-written coming-of-age novel featuring a smart black boy. The hilarious narration was a bonus.

My recommendation is to read Long Division at the right time. Be focused because it needs your attention to follow the time-travel dual storyline. Avoid spoilers and appreciate good writing!

Happy Belated Pub Day, Kiese Laymon! Long Division 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.

Title: Long Division
Author: Kiese Laymon
Published: June 2021
Pages: 304
Edition: Galley
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

April 18, 2021

Series Sunday: 5 Amazon Original Stories

(Amazon Original Stories) 


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. 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 picks are eShorts from Amazon Original Stories. Quick stories that can be read—or listened to—in one sitting with a central theme. Speed Grieving by Allison Ellis is a true love story of a 33-year-old sudden widow. An unexpected heart attack takes her husband's life. Allison devises an impractical plan to find a new husband within twelve months. Simplexity by Kiley Reid is about a 28-year-old entry level worker who implements a change after one microaggression too many. The Prince and the Troll by Rainbow Rowell is a short fairy tale. A man accidentally drops his phone off the bridge. It's retrieved by a friendly creature. From that day forward, they share a coffee and a friendship blooms. Rachel Rosenthal's Identity Thief is part of the This Can't Be Happening collection. Someone steals the identity of a minimum-wage employee at a children's museum. I Would Be Doing This Anyway by Jia Tolentino is living out the pandemic while maintaining the upper hand.

Don't sleep on these Amazon Original Stories. Free for Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited members or just $1.99 per eBook. They are a great way to boost your reading goals.