"Having the right to show up and speak are basic to survival, to dignity, and to liberty."
Let that be a lesson to you: If you are too good and too quiet for too long, it will cost you. It will always cost you, in the end.
Are you kidding me?!
I totally didn't see that coming. Apparently, a lot of readers thought it was extremely predictable but psychological thrillers aren't my regular reads so spare me the theatrics. Lol. I'm kidding. Back to the book now. I enjoyed the audio. Great narration only improved the story.
"Later that day, Grimaldi had to stand in a ditch full of what he assumed was water to reach a row of plants with the sprayer. That night, when he went to wash his feet, his toenails fell off, just like flakes of soap."
Guys, I don't know if I can finish this one ??
This book just came out yesterday! FFS! 😣 I'm never gonna read it at this rate 😭😭😭
@HOTPock3tt How you doin?!
I absolutely must read this!
Has anyone else heard of the case of Anna Delvey, the fake German heiress/socialite. I heard about her on NPR awhile ago and prayed that someone would write a book about her story and they did! Please don't judge me, I'm obsessed with con artists and swindlers of all kind. 🤷🏾♀️😅
So I'm cleaning up on my saved posts on Facebook and I stumbled across an old article from Bookbub:
12 Books to Read if You're Obsessed with Anastasia
📷: Google images
This was such a weird, disjointed book to me. I‘m giving it a so-so because I liked all the pieces, I just don‘t think they fit together the best way. Hopefully, that makes sense because I don‘t know how else to explain it.
The collage includes the rest of the books I read this month for my June book tic tac toe. My favorite reads were Truly Devious and With the FIre on High.
So I'm an reading group on Facebook called The Book Democracy and they create Bingo and Tic Tac Toe cards each month for members who want them. Last month, I had a great card that pulled me out a reading slump. This month, I'm stuck with this. The yellow indicates completed and the red is what I'm currently looking for. Any suggestions?
I'm like 2s away from scrapping this thing!
The last paragraph really stuck with me because my husband argues this point when we talk about parenting. His favorite example is Lauryn Hill. I argue that it's her choice to make because despite what people like to say, I don't think you can have it all, all the time as a mother. Sorry, not sorry 🤷🏽♀️
Again, I‘ve been slacking on my Litsy posts so I‘ll just take a minute to share what I‘ve been reading this year. Everything above the green line was read this month. The tagged book is a small read filled with quotes that make the case for not keeping calm. Good stuff.
Finally boarded the bandwagon and read this. Such a compelling story with such a complex MC. Evelyn wasn't very "likable" but her drive and self awareness were admirable. I predicted the connection between Monique and Evelyn pretty early on and I'm not sure if it was due to foreshadowing or plain old predictability.
Guys, I just started reading this which is a big deal because it's one of the first books I stacked here on Litsy. With that being said, what the heck do y'all have me reading?! I'm so confused by the storytelling. First, she's been interrogated at the airport, then she's at work avoiding Skype calls, then she's walking through the woods. How much time has passed? Why do we need to know this stuff. Please tell me it gets better!
L slept like a log from about 6 weeks to 4 months old and has been alternating between good nights and bad ones ever since. So I started this one. It describes the sleep cycles of babies and how to find the most realistic and suitable arrangements for you and your little ones. So far so good...
I thought it was just okay. As the third book in the quartet, I expected things to really come to a head in this one but it really didn't live up to my expectations. There wasn't much action and following Jules and Emilia took away from the queens. Still, the ending kept me hooked. I'll definitely be reading Five Dark Fates as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.
And now for the goodies! Everything is perfect @riversong153! Thank you so much! I don't know which one I want to crack open first. I screamed at Black Card Revoked because I can't wait to play this with my husband knowing that if anyone's card is revoked, it'll be mine. 🤣🤣🤣
#BlitsyHistoryMonth #Blitsy #BHM #BHMSwap
Any other podcast listeners here? What are you guys listening to these days (both bookish and not)? I just discovered The Argument from NYT and Therapy For Black Girls. Therapy For Black Girls is pretty self-explanatory but The Argument is basically a podcast in which a couple of Times‘ columnists debate opposite sides of hot topic political debates, very civilly, so good to hear these days.
@Yeah_I_Read I seriously dropped the ball on your package but it should arrive today via UPS so please don't open it until Thursday. The dern UPS store wouldn't give me the box to pack my own stuff and then had the nerve to charge me a service fee for the employee packing. 😂 Needless to say that I will never use them again.
When your kid asks you to play Barbies but you'd rather be reading. 😅
Thanks to Litsy‘s new and improved algorithm for suggested accounts to follow, I‘ve got a ton of new friends on here. New friends, this one‘s for you! Tell us a little about yourselves. I‘ll start: I‘m in Florida, my fave genre is fantasy (hands down), my fave author is Octavia Butler, and my favorite book recs are Kindred and Radium Girls.
Loved this enchanting tale of a small river town and how it's turned upside when an injured man washes ashore the Thames River with the body of a small girl in his grasp.
Initially, the story was hard to follow with so many characters but as it progressed, their connections were made clear and it became easier to keep track.
Not really book related at all but does anyone play Words With Friends? I use it (and reading, of course) to battle mom brain. 😆 Not sure if it's helping. Either way, feel free to send me a game request.
Slowly checking off items from my #blackandbookedchallenge. This one was difficult to read because I'm not a fan of contemporary urban fiction at all but I'll attempt to separate the book from the genre...
An unlikable MC and generally little action did nothing to win me over BUT I couldn't stop reading, if only to see Winter get what was coming to her. Make of that what you will.
While I'm over here lollygagging, someone is clearly on top of their game because I just got this yesterday! Thanks friend, whoever you are. I can't wait to open it.
#blitsyhistorymonth #blitsyhistory #bhmswap #bookmail
As usual, I‘m freaking out and over thinking things...This time it‘s gifts for the #blitsyhistorymonth swap. I‘m posting this (with permission from @Chelleo ) in hopes that my match will see this and basically tell me what to buy for her. 😆 Feel free to signal boost and share!
1. Dr. Mae Jemison, Michelle Obama, and Malcolm X
2. Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, Maya Angelou, and Jason Reynolds
3. 🤔 Current events
4. YA, sci-fi and fantasy, memoirs
5. Politics, social science, and clean eating
#blitsyhistorymonth #blitsyswap #bhmswap
This actually wasn‘t that hard... Chocolate and books were picked with no hesitation but the third pick came down to Netflix and jeans. I picked jeans because they keep my postpartum pooch in check. Netflix can‘t do that yet. 😂
An account I follow on IG posted this and I've adapted it as a reading challenge for this year because clearly I'm slacking on important black reads. 😔 The items crossed out are things I have read. Everything else, I haven't. So if my #blitsyhistorymonth match is reading this... Hint hint!
The tagged book is my last of the year so I figured I'd post a final shot of my 2018 goal. This book was a great way to end the year: lots of love with some fantastic action in the mix. Good conclusion to a great duology.