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Kammbia1

Joined May 2016

Reading should always be a pleasure
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The Wood Wife | Terri Windling
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I‘m halfway through my 1st read of the year. This novel has been on my main bookshelf for over a year & I have known about the book since it was published in 1996. The story of a writer who inherits the Tucson AZ estate of a famous poet. The writer arrives at the estate & begins to learn the nature of the poet‘s death & the people that were connected to him. This is the kind of fantasy novel that needs to get more recognition. Full review to come!

Kammbia1 And it‘s a standalone novel! Hallelujah…..😂 2w
SRWCF Sounds interesting! 🤔🤔🤔 2w
Kammbia1 @SRWCF It is quite interesting so far. And if you know about the city of Tucson…then that will add to your reading experience. 2w
Kammbia1 @SolaRaynor. This novel is a companion to Charles de Lint‘s Memory & Dream. There are similarities in both novels that work well for each story. 2w
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I have seen several reading challenges for 2022 throughout social media in the past few days. Here is my reading challenge for the new year. I will read what's on my shelf both physical and digital. I'm not buying any new books for the entire year. Many readers have more than enough books to read in their own collection instead going after the latest or newest book. I'm looking forward to this challenge!

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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I have finally read this one & Jemisin's imaginative storytelling skills are on full display. The world building is outstanding & representation comes through clearly in the story. There is a difference between reading a work of fiction that becomes a favorite than one which becomes one of importance. The Fifth Season is the latter part of the prior sentence and I can appreciate the work on that level.

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Wild Women and the Blues | Denny S. Bryce
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Christmas has passed and 2021 is coming to an end. Here are my favorite reads of the year.

https://marion-hill.com/marions-favorite-reads-of-2021/

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My 12 year old daughter asked me an interesting question last week.

Daddy from all the books you have read what one book surprised you the most? I‘ve been thinking about it for the past few days.

I answered her question by writing that Elantris by Brandon Sanderson is the book that surprised me the most. Fantasy is my favorite genre to read but I have always mixed feelings about epic fantasy. Too many long series and dragons are not for me.

Kammbia1 Sanderson is considered the king of commercial epic fantasy currently & I did not have high expectations for Elantris. I was delightfully wrong after reading this character driven story with excellent & imaginative world building. And it is a standalone novel. Hallelujah!

I read Elantris a few years ago & it‘s a story I still remember to this day. I know diehard Sanderson fans have mixed opinions about Elantris. I just enjoyed it.
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Kammbia1 I would like to ask my daughter‘s question to rest of the Litsy folks here. What is the one novel in your reading life that has surprised you the most? 1mo
ozma.of.oz The Left Hand of Darkness. No question. I had refused to read science fiction for years, and then someone told me the author of the Earthsea series had written more books. I started reading and almost immediately had to take a step back in awe. I hold almost every sci fi book since then to the standard of the sheer wonder I felt with that book. 1mo
Kammbia1 Hello @ozma.of.oz I have read a few of Ursula Le Guin books and I can see how Left Hand of Darkness would be the book that surprised you. The Dispossessed is my favorite Le Guin novel and she really told an interesting story. Thanks for sharing. 1mo
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“Tate opened the door for those who grew up on hip-hop, jazz, and soul, but also had an affinity for rock, folk, and pop. He wrote for those who walked to the bus stop with a Public Enemy cassette in the Walkman, but could appreciate Elton John too. Tate did for Black music writers what groups like Jungle Brothers and De La Soul did for aspiring alternative rappers in the ‘80s and ‘90s: He made it OK to be different.”

Kammbia1 I just found out about the passing of Greg Tate, writer and cultural critic at the age of 64. I‘ve only read a few of his written pieces in Village Voice but the above words from an article I read today hit home.

Bingo. Art is meant to be explored across the entire range of humanity & not just what are you comfortable with. Tate understood that instinctively and from a black man‘s perspective that‘s truly liberating.

Rest in Love, Greg Tate.
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Children of Earth and Sky | Guy Gavriel Kay
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Another cover version for one of my favorite novels by the excellent Guy Gavriel Kay. I would like to do a buddy read with some Litsy folks next year for this one. Let me know if anyone is interested.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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I'm finally reading this novel. I will admit I have not been able to get my reading comfortability with Jemisin's books until I read her short story collection, How Long Til Black Future Month earlier in the year. That reading experience has lead me to her award winning Broken Earth Trilogy. After 50 pages....the world building is outstanding & her use of second person narration is an intriguing choice to tell a story. Full review to come.

bnp Glad you're enjoying this. It is complex world building. I'm reading this with a group on Goodreads this month, and am hoping this will set me up for the next two in the series. 1mo
Nutmegnc It is certainly not an easy read, but it is so good. And imo the second and third just get better and better. Worth every bit of those consecutive Hugos. (edited) 1mo
Kammbia1 @bnp I am enjoying it so far. The world building is just excellent and I'm starting to get my arms around the story. 1mo
Kammbia1 Good to know @nutmegnc 1mo
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Soldier of the Mist | Gene Wolfe
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I'm a Gene Wolfe fan and truly believe he was one of the very best writers America has produced who happened to write science-fiction and fantasy. I'm slowly reading through his works outside of The Book of New Sun Series. Solider of the Mist is an interesting look at a 5th Century Greek soldier that has lost his memory and can talk to gods and goddess with regularity. Not my favorite Wolfe book but intriguing.

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Ciscoe's Dance | Marion Hill
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Happy Pub Day to Ciscoe's Dance!

Glad to get my fourth novel out into the world. I want to thank the reviewers and advance readers that took a chance on this unique fantasy story centered around music and dance. Also that cultural appropriation is not as black & white than we think and how a son keeps a promise to his late father to keep a traditional music alive. Ultimately, my hope is that readers find another story to escape too.

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The Stand | Stephen King
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I got a notification today from Bookbub the eBook version of The Stand is $1.99. Well, I bought the Kindle version a few minutes ago. I'm not a big Stephen King reader even though Bag of Bones was a very good novel & Misery (the book) was a solid read. The Stand is considered his magnum opus. My reading is booked for the rest of the year. But, I going to read The Stand & see why it's so polarizing for readers. Has anyone else read it?

ItsAnotherJen Loved this one! 2mo
Texreader I loved it and it was my favorite novel for at least a decade after I read it 2mo
Kammbia1 @TexReader I would have never thought The Stand would be your favorite novel from your posts. What has made it your favorite? (edited) 2mo
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There are very few books I have read in my reading life that give you “holy sh...“ moments. Blacktop Wasteland is one of those rare novels. Cosby's “southern noir“ crime novel made me care about street racing, jewelry heists, and a protagonist who is trying to do the right thing. Excellent but ultraviolent thriller.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-92-blacktop-wasteland-by...

ChaoticMissAdventures I read his other and was also blown away, I have this one on my list. 2mo
Kammbia1 Good deal @ChaoticMissAdventures! I'm going to check out Razorblade Tears: A Novel soon. 2mo
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All the Seas of the World | Guy Gavriel Kay
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One of my favorite novelists, Guy Gavriel Kay had a cover release today for his upcoming novel, All The Seas Of The World, due in May.

Kay‘s brand of historical fantasy is thoughtful, intelligent, & unique to fantasy literature on the whole.

This novel is set in the same near Italian Renaissance world as my favorite Kay novel, Children Of Earth & Sky. I‘m looking forward to reading this one. A nice cover and Kay is an author worth reading.

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Can you one of your all-time favorite books be read more than once and is still an all-time favorite?

I just reread Parable of the Sower for the third time and answer the above question on my latest blog post.

https://marion-hill.com/can-an-all-time-favorite-book-be-reread/

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Sabrina & Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Sabrina & Corina is my 2nd favorite book of 2021. The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton is my favorite book of the year but Sabrina & Corina is alongside it. I love reading these powerful and thought-provoking stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. She gets a Bravo and standing ovation!

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-91-sabrina-and-corina-by...

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Furia | Yamile Saied Mndez
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I totally enjoyed reading this YA novel about an Argentinian girl trying to fulfill her dreams of becoming a futbol player. Furia will be one of my favorites of 2021!

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-90-furia-by-yamile-saied...

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I'm 100 pages into this solid novel. I've been wanting to read Moreno-Garcia's work for awhile. This one has a chance to be a favorite read of 2021! Review to come.

ChaoticMissAdventures I follow her on Twitter and like her so much! I have only read a couple of her books but they were good! 4mo
Kammbia1 @ChaoticMissAdventures Which other books have you read of her work? 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Kammbia1 I have read Certain Dark Things and my favorite is Mexican Gothic. I got this on for Book of the month last month but have not gotten to it yet 4mo
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Kammbia1 @ChaoticMissAdventures Gotcha. Her first novel, Signal to Noise is on my list to read down the road. Mexican Gothic has been quite popular throughout social media as a book to read. 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Kammbia1 I know some don't enjoy her magical realism in Mexican Gothic, it isn't "believable" but I thought it was creative, creepy and we'll written. I hope you enjoy her! 4mo
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I don't read a lot of anthologies in my reading life. However, I would like to read more of them & I had this New Suns anthology on my Kobo eReader app for quite some time.

As with most anthologies, not all the stories will blow you away as a reader.
New Suns covers a broad range of stories from various genres that opened me to new writers I had not heard before. If you looking for something different to read, then New Suns is worth a try.

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Crossing to Safety | Wallace Stegner
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One of my favorite reads of 2021. Crossing to Safety is a quiet novel. There are no affairs or betrayals of friendships to create the story's conflict. Stegner shows how stable friendships and marriages can actually make interesting fiction.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-88-crossing-to-safety-by...

Amiable Oh, I so loved this book. A favorite. 🥰 4mo
Bklover I have this one but haven‘t read it yet. Heard it was very good. 4mo
Tamra I loved this too and it‘s long overdue for a reread! 4mo
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Kammbia1 @Bklover It was very good. Stegner writes excellent characters and scenery. Very readable and thought-provoking. 4mo
Kammbia1 @Amiable @Tamra I can see why it‘s a beloved book. I really enjoyed reading it. 4mo
Suet624 I haven't read this one for some reason, but I love his other books. 4mo
Kammbia1 @Suet624 I have only read The Spectator Bird last year. An excellent novel. Crossing to Safety was next on my list to read and so glad I did. I‘m going to read Angle of Repose next. 4mo
SamAnne One of my favorites, although I love Angle of Repose most of all. I‘m a huge Stegner fan. In my 20s he helped me understand what it meant to grow up in the West U.S. and how it differs from growing up in the East. Esp. His essays At the Lemonade Springs, which I read after moving to Washington DC from Oregon in my 20s. 4mo
Kammbia1 @SamAnne I‘m looking forward to reading Angle of Repose & Big Rock Candy Mountain soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 4mo
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Since the TV Show is coming out soon....I have finally decided to read the first book in this beloved series. I'm not sure if I'm going to read the entire 14 book series. But, I will give this first book a shot. Has anyone read this book and the entire series?

BookDadGirlDad I've read the first one. I plan on eventually reading the entire series. It's a commitment. They are not small books!!! I know @megzlynn has read it, too.
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Kammbia1 @BookDadGirlDad They are not small books and it is definitely a commitment. 4mo
TNbookworm I started out reading the series but gave up after book seven or eight. I enjoyed the books but it's so hard to keep up with everything! I am looking forward to the TV show! 4mo
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Kammbia1 @TNbookworm Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You made through 7 or 8 books in the series...good for you! I hope they do a good job with the TV Show. 4mo
The_Penniless_Author I just started the series this summer, and I'm currently about 120 pages into book 6. So far the good far outweighs the bad. The story drags in places (though not nearly as much as I'd expect from books this size), and the writing can be repetitive, but those are minor quibbles when you're talking about a universe and a narrative this expansive. The characters are fully fleshed out and the plot is interesting. 4.5 stars so far 4mo
wildwoodreads @BookDadGirlDad Thanks for tagging me! I love WOT discussions! @Kammbia1 I‘ve read the first one and I think the most important thing going in is to know that Robert Jordan loves details. He describes literally everything at great lengths. That‘s a turn off to a lot of people and I get it. I personally loved it because it helped me get involved in the world. I‘ve not read anymore in the series but I can say I loved the first one. 4mo
Kammbia1 @megzlynn Thank you for your comments. Good to know going in this series.

@The_Penniless_Author Thanks for your comments too. These books are beloved and are being discussed throughout social media. Looking forward to read this first one to get a taste of it.
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Books are still the best bday gifts to receive. Thanks to @texreader for the birthday gift card and I got the 2nd book of Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy today. My daughter got me the 1st book of the trilogy for my birthday. Thank you Texreader so much! You have made my day.

Texreader Yay!!!! You‘re welcome! 5mo
Kammbia1 @texreader We will definitely have to do a meet up. Hopefully, things will get back to some kind of normal soon. 5mo
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Day 4 of my TX Hill Country Trip to celebrate another year. I made it to town of Lockhart, TX. Known for its great BBQ, but it might become more known for this sign to women around the world.

I'm a man that has 4 sisters, mother, and a daughter. Also, I've been a husband (now ex-husband) and had (and still do)great women friends in my life...I'm still not sure if I can agree with this sign. But (it's a big one), is funny. 🤦🏿‍♂️😂😂😂😂😂

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I turned 50 today. I‘m on vacation in the Texas Hill Country to celebrate. I want to share my ten favorite books I have read in my reading life:

1)Invisible Man by Ellison
2) Home is the Sailor by Amado
3) Parable of the Sower by Butler
4) Winter‘s Tale by Helprin
5) Book of Strange New Things by Faber
6) The Little Country by De Lint
7) Book of Ecclesiastes
8) The Long Way Home by Penny
9) Albuquerque by Anaya
10) The Wooden Sea by Carroll

Texreader Happy birthday my friend!!! May I treat you to a book for Nowhere Books? 5mo
TheKidUpstairs Happy Birthday! 5mo
Lesliereads Happy Happy Birthday!! 🎉🎁🎈 Keep celebrating! And thank you for your list! 5mo
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megnews Enjoy your day! 5mo
Kammbia1 @texreader Thank you so much! Yes you can on your offer. 5mo
Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 5mo
Hollie Happy birthday! 5mo
Tamra Happy BirthYay! 😄 (My kids love to say that.) (edited) 5mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 5mo
Traci1 Happy Birthday!! 5mo
Texreader @Kammbia1 Whoohoo! A Litsy meetup or would you prefer I email a gift card? 5mo
BarbaraBB Happy birthday 🎈! Great list of books! 5mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎈🎂 5mo
Kammbia1 Thanks to everyone for your bday wishes! Very much appreciated. 5mo
Kammbia1 @texreader You can email me a gift card. marion@marion-hill.com is the address 5mo
Texreader @Kammbia1 Sending it shortly. You should receive an email with it. Would you let me know when you get it? 5mo
Kammbia1 @texreader I received the code. Thank you so much! I just got the 2nd book in N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy. Made my day. :) 5mo
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N.K. Jemisin has been one of those authors I have not been able to finish a novel. However, I can be a stubborn reader and not give up so easily on an author. Well, I have read her short story collection and gotten some insight into her work. I did not love all the stories in this collection but she is worth reading.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-87-how-long-til-black-fu...

Kammbia1 I love the title and cover though!!! 5mo
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The Moon Lady | Amy Tan, Gretchen Shields
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I needed a palate cleanser read after books like the Autobiography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King's Where Do Go From Here. The Moon Lady by Amy Tan fit the bill and I watched her Netflix documentary over the weekend. A nice story about a grandmother telling her granddaughters about the legend of the moon lady.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-86-the-moon-lady-by-amy-...

Nute I‘m gonna look for that documentary right now. The timing couldn‘t be more perfect since Amy Tan is the selected author for August in the Author-a-Month Book Group here on Litsy. I‘m reading The Kitchen God‘s Wife. #AuthorAMonth 5mo
Kammbia1 @Nute Good deal! The Kitchen God‘s Wife intrigues the most of her fiction and I just bought a copy yesterday. I‘m looking forward to reading it. The documentary was excellent. 5mo
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I have never read one of MLK's books and I spent the last few days reading his last book. It is considered King's most radical book and speaks to our current political climate and affirms what is new is actually old.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-85-where-do-we-go-from-h...

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I spent the last few days reading Malcolm X‘s autobiography. Grace is the best word I can come up as you are reading about a human being‘s transformation. This one of the few books I will declare as a must for all readers.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-84-the-autobiography-of-...

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Wild Women and the Blues | Denny S. Bryce
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A solid, debut novel about a dancer making her way in 1920's Chicago during the jazz age. Family secrets, woman's ambition, gambling, hustling, and the gangster culture was brought to light by the author. Well done.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-83-wild-women-and-the-bl...

megnews I‘m glad you liked it. I‘m looking forward to more from the author. 6mo
Kammbia1 I sure did. 6mo
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Re-reading can give you a new perspective and appreciation of a book that you had a strong, emotional connection upon the initial reading. Excellent books hold up after the first read and Emotional Intelligence falls into that category. One of my favorite reads of this year.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-82-emotional-intelligenc...

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I spent last night reading The Alchemist. It is probably one of the most popular books published in the last 30 years. I will admit that I did not love it but I think Santiago's story provides some nuggets of wisdom about pursuing one's dreams.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-81-the-alchemist-by-paul...

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Speech Sounds | Octavia E. Butler
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What if you lived in a society where speaking is a threat to the social order?

Octavia Butler speculated on the aforementioned question in her Hugo Award-winning short story, Speech Sounds. I came across this story when it was discussed on the Novel Pairing Podcast. The discussion was interesting and the story is in her Bloodchild story collection.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-story-review-3-speech-sounds-by-octa...

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I read this one with my daughter Norah last week. Pura Belpre was the first librarian of Puerto Rican descent in the NYC public library system. Her story needs to be known to reading public at large. This children's book provides a basic intro to who she is.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-80-planting-stories-the-...

Bookwormjillk That‘s a beautiful cover 8mo
Kammbia1 @bookwormjillk It is a beautiful cover. And the illustrations inside are just as beautiful. I told my daughter I'm going to buy a copy of this book for my own library. LOL 8mo
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After reading The Final Revival of Opal & Nev, I had to read a book about a real-life diva. I came across Respect by David Ritz about the life of Aretha Franklin. Aretha was a musical genius and a label we don't give women often. Her complex life is covered in great detail in the book. But I wanted to learn more about her genius. I did.
https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-79-respect-the-life-of-a...

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I don't usually read new releases. I usually wait until a book has aged somewhat. However, I came across this novel a couple of months ago before it was published and knew I had to read it. Wow...my reading instincts were correct! This is my favorite read of 2021 so far. Highly recommended!
https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-78-the-final-revival-of-...

Bookwormjillk Great review! Stacked! 9mo
Kammbia1 @Bookwormjillk Thank you! 9mo
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Joplin's Ghost: A Novel | Tananarive Due
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I just finished reading Joplin's Ghost by Tananarive Due. It is part historical fiction, part urban drama, & part ghost story that creates an interesting mix unlike anything I‘ve read in quite some time. While I may not liked the entire novel, there‘s plenty I liked & will recommend the novel for readers who are looking for something different to read.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-77-joplins-ghost-by-tana...

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Mama Day | Gloria Naylor
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Gloria Naylor does not mentioned as one of the great contemporary black women writers for some reason in the literary world. I guess some writers get overlooked. However, I have finally read one of her novels, Mama Day. It is considered her best book and there are a lot of elements in it to back up that claim. Glad I read it.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-76-mama-day-by-gloria-na...

Texreader I trust your recommendations. Stacked. 10mo
Liatrek Adding to my TBR🙂 10mo
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Black History Month is in full swing & I have always tried to find out historical facts off the beaten path. Invisible Men by Ken Quattro is one of those things. Invisible Men profiled eighteen black comic artists and the path of their careers from the early 1940s-late 1950s pre-Marvel & DC Comics dominance. This slice of history was fascinating to read.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-75-invisible-men-by-ken-...

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Playing in the Dark | Toni Morrison
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I just learned about Toni Morrison‘s work of literary criticism from a Goodreads friend recommendation. Even though this book was published in 1992, I had not heard of this well-received work. Morrison presents an argument on how black characters have been imagined through stories from Willa Cather, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, & Ernest Hemingway.
https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-74-playing-in-the-dark-b...

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I'm one who prefers imaginative fiction over realistic fiction for numerous reasons. Finally, there is a book that examines the role of race & the imagination. Thomas views it through 4 black female characters from Merlin, The Hunger Games, The Vampire Diaries, & Harry Potter. Racism cuts deep & Thomas examines in great detail. Great cover!

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-73-the-dark-fantastic-by...

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I finally read this well-received and popular novel. I have seen many posts on social media in the past couple of years and I decided to read it. I will admit that I found Roy the most interesting character in the novel. Also, this is a story about fathers & sons as much as it is about marriage.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-72-an-american-marriage-...

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Song of Solomon | Toni Morrison
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I have a reading confession. Toni Morrison and I have never connected on a writer-reader level. For some reason, her books in the past have always left me lukewarm. But....I can be a stubborn reader and it has finally paid off with Song of Solomon. Sometimes you have to be patient with an author and appreciate their artistry.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-71-song-of-solomon-by-to...

CuriousG Song of Solomon is my favourite Morrison by far! 12mo
Kammbia1 @CuriousG Good deal! It is definitely worth reading. 12mo
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I found out earlier today that author Eric Jerome Dickey passed at 59. Sadly, I had not read any of his books. This comment from Roxane Gay hits home for me:
“I am truly saddened to hear about the passing of Eric Jerome Dickey,” Gay wrote. “His were some of the first novels I ever read about Black people that weren‘t about slavery or civil rights. He was a great storyteller.”

https://marion-hill.com/rest-in-love-eric-jerome-dickey-1961-2021/

LatrelWhite I‘m just heart broken💔Meet him at a book event at our Public Library years ago with my book club! He will truly be missed.😞 13mo
Chelleo I was saddened to hear this news as well. 13mo
Kammbia1 @LatrelWhite Oh wow..... 13mo
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Kammbia1 @Chelleo I'm sad that I have not read his books before passed. Sometimes you just miss a writer's work when they are here. 13mo
Chelleo @Kammbia1 I get that. I read his early works but wasn‘t a big fan although I appreciate his work and his role in bring black lit into the mainstream. 13mo
cozypunk oh no! how heartbreaking.
isn't strange how grief can sneak up on you out of nowhere?
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Kammbia1 @dandy.punk True and a sobering reminder that we need to celebrate people when they amongst us. 12mo
cozypunk @Kammbia1 that's fact! Thank you cuz I'm gonna go call my mom. 🥰 12mo
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Written in Starlight | Isabel Ibaez
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I have started to plan my 2021 reading year. I realize that I have read a lot of first books in a trilogy or a series and have not read the second book. Here are the second books I'm going to read in 2021. Also, I believe the second book of series tend to get overlooked for various reasons. Why is that? What are some of your favorite 2nd books of a series? https://marion-hill.com/second-books-in-a-trilogy-or-series-i-plan-to-read-in-20...

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Snow Country | Yasunari Kawabata
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Sade is one of my favorite singers and one of her songs is titled, “Never As Good As The First Time.“ That is right on for my re-read of Kawabata's masterpiece, Snow Country. Doomed love affair stories don't have the same appeal for me as a reader. However, Snow Country is beautifully written and Kawabata is one of Japan's greatest writers.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-70-snow-country-by-yasun...

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Untitled | Unknown
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I watched the animated movie Soul on Disney Plus today. Instead of a typical Christmas film, this was a welcome change and a much needed life affirming movie for 2020. Also, I appreciated that jazz music and African American culture was presented in a positive light without resorting to stereotypes.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-movie-review-soul/

Texreader So glad it‘s a good one! Too bad we don‘t get Disney... 13mo
AkashaVampie I've been wanting to see it. Maybe sometime this weekend. 13mo
Kammbia1 @texreader It was quite good and gives you a lot to think about afterwards. Disney Plus has been worth it. The Mandalorian is one of my favorite shows and the National Geographic Channel is always worth watching. Don‘t mind spending the money for Disney Plus. 13mo
Kammbia1 @AkashaVampie Hopefully you will get a chance to watch it. 13mo
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When your daughter knows you are a reader and gets you early Haruki Murakami novels as Christmas gifts! For the win!!!!

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John Le Carre passed away earlier this month. I decided to re-read the only novel I had read of his body of work. The second reading of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold augmented my belief that it was the best spy story I have ever read and a work of literature. Rest In Love, John Le Carre.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-68-the-spy-who-came-in-f...

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Untitled | Unknown
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Favorite reads for 2020:
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya
Face of an Angel by Denise Chavez
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez
The Ancient Child by N. Scott Momaday
The Housekeeper & the Professor by Yoki Ogawa
Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner
White Pages by Ran Walker
My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire by Maurice White
Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills

https://marion-hill.com/marions-favorites-marions-favorite-reads-of-2020/

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Crystal Singer | Anne McCaffrey
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A couple of weeks ago, I went down an internet rabbit's hole search about Anne McCaffrey. I have never been interested in her books. Nothing personal....but I don't read fantasy for dragons. However, I came across a few articles that said the Crystal Singer Trilogy is her best non-Pern novels. I took a chance and read this one. Interesting book.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-67-crystal-singer-by-ann...

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Brown Girl in the Ring | Nalo Hopkinson
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An interesting novel set in a Post Apocalyptic Toronto and a family drama that has Afro-Caribbean magic and folklore at the heart of the story.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-66-brown-girl-in-the-rin...