December 28, 2019

Best You Ever Had

Friendly Reminders from the Best You Ever Had


01.25.2020 marks the 10th anniversary of www.LiteraryMarie.com ~ Blessings to many years more.

Readers are the best writers. Behind every good author is a good copyeditor. Email copyediting inquiries and requests to Editor@LiteraryMarie.com

Email book review requests, literary news to be shared and guest blogger inquiries to LiteraryMarie@gmail.com  Please provide an accurate summary of your book(s), include an excerpt, personalize and proofread the e-mail. Provide your preference of where the book review is to be shared (Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, etc.) Your request is usually the first impression. Make it a good one!

Want to know what I am reading next? Follow my TBR (to be read).

Who doesn't love a good bookish meme and reading challenges? Well I host and participate in a few. Check them out here and join me!

There is no guesswork if I like/dislike a book. All reviews include the title, author, publish date, number of pages, edition read, whether it is applicable to a challenge and my honest-to-heart rating.

Do you follow my live tweeting of television shows and music? I do the same for books! Experience my real-time reactions while reading. Visit my Live Read and Goodreads pages for updates.

Speaking of other forms of entertainment, I am a co-host of Sistah Speak Podcasts where we discuss various television shows and give advice from a Sistah's point of view. Listen to us on your commute, at home or at work when you need a good laugh and hours of commentary.

According to The Migraine Research Foundation, 12% of the population suffers from migraine. I am included in this statistic. Invisible illnesses suck! Follow my journey through Life of a Migraineur blogmoir that I publish periodically. I share candid information, attempt to translate the pain into words, discuss causes and effects, give status of my treatment and raise awareness.

Do you have time for a final friendly reminder? Because I don't know who needs to read this but...🗣 Be grateful for the good and hard times of 2019. Take heed to the lessons. Learn from the mistakes. Repeat the success. Create opportunities. Hustle. Get uncomfortable. Realize your purpose. Let me be among the first to say that 2020 will be a year of vision. It won't be perfect but look forward anyway. Stay Productive and Dominate Everything in Sight Until Prosperous❣️

Thank You, Smooches and Spades Up ♠️🖤

December 27, 2019

My Year in Blogmoir


Blogmoir: A memoir in blog format of events and people in this fuckery called life.
03.06.2019 Fake Smile
04.10.2019 Nonstop
06.05.2019 Have for Half

Life of a Migraineur: Share moments of my life with migraines.
10.15.2019 Coconut Oil
11.19.2019 Rules

  

My Year in Books



   

December 26, 2019

Top 10 Books of 2019

'Twas the night before Christmas when I chose the best books I've read this year. It is my most diverse selection yet including mystery, romance, suspense, lust/erotica, young-adult, family drama and science fiction genres by authors both white and of color, male and female, seasoned and debut. No matter your preference, there's a novel for every bookheart. Find your next favorite!

Please note this list is purely my opinion. It is not influenced by social media, authors, other readers, my mama or yours, fellow reviewers or publishers that may have provided advance copies in exchange for my honest review. I would spend my hard-earned coin on all ten (10) of the books listed below. (*including a classic re-read)


10. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry* by Mildred D. Taylor

9. The Winner by David Baldacci

8. Before We Were Wicked by Eric Jerome Dickey

7. Seeds of Deception by Arlene L. Walker

6. The Edge of Midnight by Beverly Jenkins

5. Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

4. 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

3. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

2. Recursion by Blake Crouch

1. A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

 

December 25, 2019

Memes & Reading Challenges of 2019


2019 Goodreads Challenge: Read 69 books in 2019. 
Challenge Met: Read 86 books this year. (125% of goal)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/stats/2924016-literarymarie#pages
2019 Page Count Challenge: Read 19,000+ pages in 2019.
Challenge Met: Read 26,193 pages this year. (138% of goal)

Keeping Up with Patterson Challenge: Read books in the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, and Michael Bennett series by James Patterson.
Challenge Met: Read 3 KUWP books this year.
04.07.2019 18th Abduction (Women's Murder Club)
11.13.2019 19th Christmas (Women's Murder Club)
12.08.2019 Criss Cross (Alex Cross)


Perpetual Kinsey Millhone Challenge: Continue to read books in the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton.
Challenge Met: Read one Kinsey Millhone book this year.
06.23.2019 T is for Trespass

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.
03.09.2019 The Fourth Man
11.24.2019 Cleaning the Gold

Live Read: Post comments/reactions in real time as I am reading a book.
08.08.2019 The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee

Lit Tidbits: Share current literary news.

 

December 24, 2019

Top 10 Covers of 2019

Book Covers Matter! It is the most important feature of a novel and is usually the reader's first visual impression. If I am not familiar with the author and the cover looks like shit, I am not choosing the book. I will overlook it or pass on to the next. But if it grabs my attention from a shelf and stands out, then I am most definitely choosing it. 
While reading the book, I still take the cover under consideration. Does it accurately represent the story or the characters, especially those of color? Is it reading-in-public-friendly? Will it spark a conversation? Is it recognizable? Is it a play on words or images? Does the cover make you stare? And most importantly, is it true to the title? 

These are the factors I considered when choosing the best book covers of 2019.