Ode to Summer 2017

Woke up this morning, and after two days of staying indoors, I had to get out today. (Well I have to be at work, so that will require my  “staycation” to be over). The snow was depressing and as I waited for my ride, I started dreaming of what summer would feel like right now.

Here is my impromptu ode to summer 🌞🌻🌴

Ode to Summer 2017

I’m absolutely imagining what the summer sun will feel like on my skin,

How my feet will be happy to step into some open toe sandals,

How I’d wear a romper and grab a light jacket for that full blast NYC bus AC,

How I’d quickly wipe down the sweat running along my laid baby hair as I wait for the S52 bus,

How the salty cool ocean breeze will blow around me as I frolic in my bathing suit,

How the mango flavored Popsicle will taste as I kick up my leg and read as the sun goes down,

How the girls and I will gather after a full meal of BBQ & Jerk chicken and play cards,

How much I’m missing you, summer. I’m anxiously awaiting your return

🌞

Happy Reading,

Fears and Self-Promo

Rationally, I know as a small start up-ex: blogs, freelance mua, designer, photographer-self promo is vital but it also takes a lot of guts to do. I would consider myself outgoing and real. I’ll tell it like I see it because life is too short to beat around the bushes. But as bold as I’m, one would assume that I mimic that attitude when promoting my blog.

Nope, I don’t.

Often times, I’m just telling my very small cirlce of close friends about my blog and my future plans for it. I get excited to announce the new camera I bought, the new books I want to buy, the YouTube channel I’m starting soon, and so on. You get the idea that I don’t let any details slip away. I’ll let them know everything about a book and the blog even though they don’t read for leisure as much as I do. But I still do not let others know.

I have asked myself why do I hold back on self promotion? Why don’t I shout to all my 300+ “friends” on Facebook that I have a book blog and want their ‘follow-ship’ (totally just made that up) ? Why don’t I post more often on my personal Instagram and give myself a shout out? And why don’t I tell some of the new people I’ve met since the blog opened up in June 2016 about my lovely blog??

I dont know.

I don’t have one particular earth shattering, philosophical answer that will make me sound deep. But I know that I’m shy about my work. In nervous about what others think of my type of art. I’m shy about the blog because it won’t be my first blog. It is my first blog with full on focus about books and my longest running blog (I believe). I think maybe I’m afraid of failing. I didn’t keep up with my previous blog because I lost interest in posting and made excuses. So my subconscious mind believes that if many people who knows me doesn’t know about the blog, then I won’t have to explain when I stop blogging. With that mindset, I’ve already started thinking this blog will fail. I’m creating a fluffly cushion to fall into if this blog doesn’t succeed and that’s the worst mindset I can have for something I want so bad.

I’m taking a step to stop myself from standing in my own way. I recently posted a picture of my blog on my a Snapchat story. I am going to revive my Facebook and reach out to my audience there and see if they want to support the blog. I’m going to open up to outsiders about the blog and how they can find a book for themselves or others on it. No more hiding from the crowd and limiting my chances.

I’m also writing this post because now I must do what I say. Its on the internet and it stays forever! 

Seriously, I’m happy that I can question myself and make plans. So here is a shout out:

Please FOLLOW the blog here On WordPress, on IG (@booksblog) and Twitter (@bookysblogtwitt).

Happy Reading,

❤❤

 

November TBR

I read three books in total for October so I thought why not aim for three books this month? I know I can atleast finish them **fingers crossed**

The three books with that honor are:

The Statistical Possibility of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith. “Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves” -Google Books

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo “We Need New Names tells of the life of a young girl named Darling, first as a 10-year-old in Zimbabwe navigating a world of chaos and degradation with her friends, and later as a teenager in the Midwest United States, where a better future seems about to unfold when she goes to join an aunt working there”- Wikipedia

Let The  Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger “Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.
Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life. When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them” – Google Books

What books are you currently reading?

Leave your comments below 👇

Book Review: Through To You

Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt

Rated: ❤❤❤❤
This is the first review I’m writing in over a few weeks and its way after the time I finished the book. Its shorter than my usual but I think gets the point across. **Minor Spoiler Below**

It all started with Penn noticing Harper’s sparkle in her hair and writing her a note: a braided tinsel to show her school spirit. Two unlikely teens, getting to know each other and falling fast with different mindset on what they’re doing. Harper wants to know everything and be everything for Penn but Penn is used to keeping it all close and shutting people out. He has not had the easiest and pain free life that most people lived through. With Harper pushing and Penn pulling, it’s only a matter of time before they realize, can they actually make it work or are they prolonging the inevitable split waiting to happen?

I like the quick pace and banter between both protagonists. It also helps that the story is told from both Harper’s and Penn’s perspective because you will to see how they’re affected by the events surrounding them. The reader gets to see why it’s difficult for Penn to open up about himself, his family and dreams.

As someone who have been through some tough life, I can relate to his struggle. Some people are readily open to discuss what’s going on in their life, which was the case with Harper but people like Penn have to understand that it’s okay to let the ones who love and care for you know the bad things in your life.

I love Harper’s character. She was very compassionate, young and goal oriented. Even through her woes with Penn, she never forgot her end goal and what she wanted next in life. Penn was a easy character to fall in love with. He mostly masked his turmoil in humor or act in a jerk-y way but at then end of the day, he realizes that he can’t always go on like that.

One issue I had with this book was that…

**MINOR-SPOILERspoilerSPOILER ALERT**

After Penn got what he always wanted, a chance of his dream coming true, then he was absolutely ready to do right by Harper. It sends the message that if that didn’t happen, he was only going to go to Harper but not be ready to let her in. Once he has the chance, he was so ready to let her know everything she has wanted.

Great book that I think many will enjoy and a very fast read.

Grab a copy if you haven’t read it yet!

Happy Reading

New Book Alert: Hers to Tell

Emem Uko sent this beauty to me!  Hers to Tell and I can’t wait to read it. Suspense overload🔪.

Synopsis : “Born with OCA1b, Cara Ella Smith couldn’t be more different from her sisters. The need to move far away from family lands her in Miami, where she becomes a writer. Her first novel indirectly aids Detective Abram Jonah in the arrest of a vile human being, and she becomes a target as a result. On the day of her 8th book signing event, she is almost run down by a vehicle, which she narrowly avoids because she is pulled away from the road by a dashing hunk, Jet Meyer. There is a nagging fear that tugs at her. Jet is hiding something. He skillfully evades personal questions that Cara asks him. Cara is plagued with anxiety and nightmares from her near-death experience, but deep down, she knows that her distress has more to do with Jet than the incident.”

I’ll be posting up a review at a later date.

Happy Reading,

 

October TBR List

Its Officially October! One of my favorite month as it is also my Birthday month! Can you guess the date? 😂 Drop your guesses in the comments below!

I’ve my October TBR list for you guys and I have to say, its quite ambitious. Lots of YA reads.

I didn’t get to half of my list last month and I included some of the ones I didn’t read to this month’s own. I have also placed myself of a book but ban🙈 I hope I can do it for 30days!

Here’s the List:

1. Since You’ve Been Gone

2. Let The Sky Fall

3. Every day Is For The Thief

4. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

5. Through To You

6. Saving Maddie

**wish me lots of luck** I don’t for see October to be as busy as September was for me .**crossing my fingers**

I don’t have any scary reads since its Halloween at the end of the month but do you guys celebrate it? What are planning to dress up as?

And sending lots of love to you all as we welcome in this month!

Happy Reading

Book Review: When

When by Laurie

Rated: ❤❤❤❤
One Word: Intrigued

Maddie can see the death date of anyone she comes across; as long as she can see their forehead clearly. With her gift, she and her mother charges customers to have their death date read to earn extra income for their household. Maddie can only relay the date, she cannot tell how the person will die, why they are dying or where they are going to die.

When one customer disagrees with Maddie’s revelation, and her prediction comes true, Maddie falls under an intense FBI investigation for committing murder. The same thing happens again and the targets are teenagers around their community that Maddie have had interactions with indirectly. Her whole life is affected, including those around her when the investigation gets longer and harder. Maddie knows she must try to clear her name as well as those that are getting implicated to ensure that she doesn’t spend the rest of her life behind bars. Who is commiting the murder? Why are they implicating Maddie? Will she be successful in her pursuit to clear her name?

I was surprised with how fast I was hooked and affected by this book. I went into the book with reservations because I shy away from suspense novels, especially YA suspense but I was not disappointed. Maddie was a character you get to like alot because her struggles will affect you as well as those around her.  She was vulnerable and strong in making sure she could prove her innocence.

This book lay on the suspense side more than romance with how very subtle the author placed Maddie’s crush on the back burner of the story and just popped up when absolutely necessary. Friendship is promoted as well and it  was mainly a platonic male and female friendship that didn’t build into a romantic one. This type of messages are important for our teens who read because it shows that friendship can occur among boys and girls without it always leading to a relationship. Enjoyed the book and glad I didn’t judge it too early.

Check out When by V. Laurie if you haven’t!

Happy Reading,

CR: Things Fall Apart

School is back in session guys and I’m reading Things Fall Apart for my World Lit class. I came across this book many years ago (either 9th or 10th grade) and was amazed by it.

I will tell you the truth, there was many lessons I did not grasp at the time but its different now. I’m reading it as an adult, with a broader vision and looking for key information that the author places throughout this work of art.

I’m looking forward to discussion in class and maybe create one here later.

What do you think? Have you read?

 

Book Review: Before We Were Strangers

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Rated: ❤❤❤❤❤ 
One Word: Lovely

Matt and Grace met during their senior year at NYU while Matt was moving into the senior dorms. They became “fast friends”. They played music, scored the scenes where food will be cheap or basically free, studied together and made plans for the future. But as Graduation came and left, Matt must leave for a Photography summer internship in South America with a promise to return to Grace in NY at the end of summer.With time, distance and events occurring, Matt and Grace missed their connection that summer. Fifteen years later, Matt see’s Grace on the subway and finds a way to meet up and catch up on the last fifteen years of their lives.

Matt is the ideal very thoughtful and strong character we all want in our life with flaws that we can definitely tolerate. Grace is beautifully caring as we see with her family and the sacrifices she made in her life. Both protagonists were very humanly and I believe thats why I love this story so much. We’ve seen a million missed connection books but this is not quite like the rest of them.

I loved Tati, Grace bestfriend, because she reminds me of a friend who will always be there for you and tell it like it is. Those are the only ones we should keep around anyway!

I loved everything about this book. I was emotionally invested in the characters, the scenes they were in and was happy with how it all came together at the end.

I really called alot of things out in the book like a coupling of some characters, secrets and how its never good to make swift decisions based on emotions but I’m glad with where and the journey they took to get to where they ended up

Before we were strangers reminds you of the bliss and content that is love along with the challenges but also gently tugging on your heart that it can all be worth it with the right person.

Renee Carlino, amazing work and looking forward to checking out Swear On this Life.

Happy Reading,

Book Review: Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton

Rated: ❤❤❤❤❤

One Word: Shattered

I was seriously shattered when I was done with this book. Why didn’t I pick this up before now? Where have I been?

Gigi, June and Bette are prima ballerina at the ABC school looking to get the lead soloist in the school show. Gigi is a new student that earned the role but June and Bette will do anything to ensure they take it from her. The girls embark on a wild school year and with secrets getting out, scare tactics and budding romance growing, we, the audience are in for a wild and awesome show.

Gigi has a heart condition that she is keeping as a secret, June is battling an eating disorder and Bette pops pills to handle all the stress from her psychological abusive mother. All three girls must not let their guard down as their future hinges on how the role they’re playing. Who’s going to rise to the top?

I love this book! It is culturally diverse with witty characters, crazy scenes and expected teenage drama. Gigi is the only black girl at the school and the authors touch on the lack of diversity in the ballet works, the pressure to be perfect  and how certain ethnicities are only casted in stereotypical roles. This book is a way to break barriers and show the ugly and beauty of the dance world.

As an outsider, I am given the rigorous life of what it means to be a ballerina and striving to be the best. Each character does what they have to do to be at the top, some take more drastic measures than others but as a reader, we’re left to see and understand why they make certain decisions. The story is expressed through all three girls perspective and we get each girls story first hand.

My favorite character is Gigi. I liked her optimistic outlook and how she didn’t give up. I think that her character played victim sometimes and hopefully she changes that in the sequel. The boys in the book are minor characters but important.

We’re left off with a cliffhanger and the sequel was released earlier this summer. I have ordered my copy and I’m waiting impatiently for it to come. (Updated… Received it and can’t wait.)

Interested in a diverse, ambitious group, mystery, drama and romance? Tiny Pretty Things is for you.

Happy Reading,