OK So I Have No Idea What I Am Doing!

So sometime last year I decided I wanted to blog. I was/am in a funk in my professional life and I just wanted to try something new. I was big time into watching YouTube videos and reading blogs and I saw how much fun it seemed to be for people. Plus as much as I loved what I was watching and reading I didn’t see a lot of the things I was reading represented and I thought I could maybe add a little something. Anyway I started a blog over on blogger but I really didn’t like the format. Then I moved over to WordPress and love everything about it.  Now I still love WordPress but I changed my mind about my blog name. At the time it sounded right but now it’s just not a fit. BooksandBackstreetBoys ended up being mostly books not so much Backstreet Boys. I also realized I want to blog about other things like music that isn’t by the Backstreet Boys and movies and TV and even sometimes fashion and makeup stuff. So I decided to change again. This may end up being a mistake but right now it just feels right. So I don’t exactly know how this works but I imported all my stuff over to my new blog  It’s On Page 47 click the title to check it out if you want. I am not sure exactly how this works. I know all my posts and comments go with me but I don’t know if my subscribers do. So if they don’t and you want to follow me come on over. If not thanks for being with me thus far.

 

Thanks and Hope to see you over on my new site.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish

They create a topic and we create a top ten list to accompany it.

This weeks top ten is

Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR

So the thing is I don’t do well with TBR lists. I almost never know what I want to read next I just go with the flow. But these are books I have been wanting to read for so long. Well all of them except the 1st one on the list, it’s brand new.

10. Me and Mr. Darcy By Alexandra Potter

This one is on the list for Austen in August. Fingers crossed it will be good.

9. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln By Stephen L. Carter

This was also on my spring TBR list and it hasn’t happened yet. This book re-imagines Lincolns story if he survived the assassination attempt.  President Lincoln faces an impeachment trial and, is being defended by a young black woman. Yeah I know sounds amazing. The thing about Carter is he packs a ton on information into his books and you really have to pay attention or, you get lost.

8. Jubilee By Margaret Walker

This isn’t exactly light summer reading, it’s actually kind of heavy. This is the story of Margaret Walkers great-grandmother Vyry the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. It’s nearly 500 pages long so it’s quite an undertaking. I hope to get to it soon.

7. Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

This is a definite read this summer. I am scared of this book because it s so hyped in my mind. If I love it then great but, I am so scared it wont live up to the hype and then I will be sad.

6.  A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

I’ve seen the movie but never read the book. I missed out on a lot of these books that came out in the 70’s and 80’s because I was too young to really know about them. Then I ended up seeing all the movies and just forgetting about the books. I am trying to make up for lost book time now.

5. To Be Young, Gifted, And Black By Lorraine Hansberry

There is a movie about Lorraine in the works and I need to read this before that comes out.

4. Emma By Jane Austen

I started reading this about 2 years ago then I moved and lost the book in the process. I will probably read this for Austen in August.

3. 32 Candles By Ernessa T. Carter

On the surface it looks like chick-lit but I have heard it’s got more depth. I can’t find this in any book store near me so I am going to have to order it soon.

2. Half Of A Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is another one about to be made into a movie with Thandie Newton and, Chiwetel Ejiofor so of course I will be watching it. Even if it wasn’t going to be a movie I would want to read it. I have heard so many wonderful things about Adichie that I want to read all of her books.

1. Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According To Questlove By Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

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OK I had to put the cover cuz it’s so awesome! I am beyond excited about this book. It comes out Tuesday 6/18  and it will literally be the first book I have ever purchased the day it came out.  I love Questlove, I love The Roots . This is Questlove talking about his life, celebrity’s he’s encountered, and general amazingness! I mean it’s Questlove what else would you expect?

It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

This is a little something new I discovered while checking out some blogs.

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

It’s a meme created to give an update about what you’ve  done during the previous week and, what you are planning to read in the up coming week. This is my first one so it’s kind of a rough draft.

So last week I only finished one book Kindred By Octavia E. Butler click here for the review. I loved this book so much and can’t wait to read more from Butler.

I am currently reading Sister Citizen By Melissa V. Harris-Perry I am loving this book. I simultaneously want to finish it and take my time with it. I will probably finish it in the next day or so.

Over on Youtube there is a 30 day reading challenge going over on started by Ricquetta on NerdInTranslation. She is going to read a book a day for the next 30 days (June 17th-July16th )to check out her video click here. I have decided to participate but I changed it up a bit for myself. I am going to read 15 books in 30 days so we will see how that goes. To check out my original post click here

I am not going to plan out what I will be reading with the exception of two books

A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry and

To Be Young, Gifted, and Black By Lorraine Hansberry

Other than that I will be picking up whatever feels right.

Thanks for checking out my first It’s Monday What Are You Reading

Until Next Time

Kindred By Octavia Butler

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Kindred

Written By Octavia Butler

Published by Doubleday 1979 (hardcover)

Published by Beacon Press 1988 (paperback)

264 pages

Kindred is the story of Dana a writer living in California in the 1970’s with her husband Kevin. One day out of nowhere Dana is taken back in time to antebellum south where she encounters a young boy named Rufus who is drowning. Dana saves Rufus and we quickly find out that the two have a connection.  Dana is transported several times never knowing exactly how long she will stay but, it’s always when Rufus is in trouble. Time moves slower in the present than in the past, at one point Dana is stuck in the past for 8 months but, when she returns home it’s only been a few hours.  Rufus lives with his father and mother on their plantation where of course they own slaves. Through the course of time Dana meets and interacts with these slaves, comes to know some of them and, learns the connection some of them have to her life.

Kindred is billed as a science fiction book , Octavia Butler a science fiction writer. I have only read a handful of sci-fi in my life so I am no expert in how it’s “supposed” to be done.  All I know is, if this is how it’s done then I am all in. The time travel aspect of this book is never explained,we never find out the “science” part  of the science fiction but it doesn’t matter. Time travel is obviously important to the story but Dana, is the story. There are quite a few characters in the book but Dana and Rufus are what the story revolves around. Rufus is exactly what you would expect. The slave-owning son of a slave owner in antebellum south.  He is cruel, mean,and unreasonable but at times I found myself sympathizing with him. Then I hated myself a little of course. Dana is on my list of favorite characters ever. She is smart and strong yet vulnerable. Her reactions weren’t always what I wanted them to be but, given the circumstances they are the right ones. Dana learns quickly to curb her modern-day tendencies in order to survive even though it doesn’t always keep her out of trouble.

Butler doesn’t spare anyone’s feelings in this book she is raw and graphic. At time it’s difficult to read but also very necessary to the story. Nothing is all black or all white (pun intended). Everyone one is flawed and that’s what makes this book so good.  I found myself feeling bad for people I hated and getting angry with people I should feel bad for. This book was a roller-coaster of emotions and I loved it. I can’t wait to get my hands on more Octavia Butler.

Until Next Time

Have Anything Planned For The Next 30 Days?

There’s a reading challenge going around over in the booktube community on Youtube. It was started by Riquetta (NerdInTranslation) check her out she is one of my favorite youtubers.  Riquetta is challenging herself to read a book a day for 30 days and, she will probably accomplish it knowing her. Several other booktubers are joining in on this challenge and I decided to give it a go too. So there is no way I can read a book a day but, I think I can do half of that. So I am shooting for 15 books in 30 days. About a month ago I participated in the Bout of Books read-a-thon and didn’t reach my goal. What I learned about myself was that I won’t stick to a set reading list, so, I’m not going to set one. I have 2 exceptions to the no set book list.  They are both fairly small one is a play and the other is the autobiography of the person who wrote the play. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorrain Hansberry and  To be Young,Gifted, and Black by Lorraine Hansberry her autobiography. A movie about Lorraine is currently in the works so yeah I need to read these before that comes out. I also need to finish a couple of books I am currently reading Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

So the challenge begins Monday June 17th and goes for 30 days. I will probably do a post at the end of each week to see how I am progressing. If you are interested in the challenge go check out Riquetta  she has a link to the others who have decided to join her.

Until Next Time

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s that time of the week Top Ten Tuesday brought to you by the Broke and The Bookish click here to check out what their Top Ten  Beach  Reads are

Top Ten Beach Reads

I don’t often go to the beach seeing as how I live in the desert but, we did have this water park called  The Beach that went out of business about 6 years ago. The owners mismanaged funds so yeah. But I digress..

Here are my top Ten Beach Reads click on the each book  title  to find out more

As usual in no particular order

10. Confessions of  a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

So cute an fun and laugh out loud funny

9.Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

Not as funny as Shopaholic but just as sweet and fun

8. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I love this book it’s so wrong because I root for the cheaters but yeah I love it.

7. Anything by Mary-Higgins Clark

I know these are murder mystery’s but they are really light. I just feel like I should read these on vacation.

6. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This is going down as one of my favorite books EVER! Could there be a better way to enjoy this book about teen beauty pageant contestants that crash on a desert island than by reading it on a beach?  Umm no the answer is no.

5. Bubbles Unbound (Bubbles Yablonsky Series book #1) By Sarah Strohmeyer

 Very light reading with no message or serious events. It’s all fun, outrageous, silly hijinks and just enough of a mystery to keep you engaged.

4. Social Crimes and One Dangerous Lady (Jo Slater series) by Jane Stanton Hitchcock)

I actually listened to both of these in audio format and the narrator just made them even better.  These books are about Jo Slater who is the definition of a socialite until her husband dies and leaves all the money to  a younger woman. Jo falls far and,wants revenge so, she goes after the woman who destroyed her perfect life.  These books are snarky, witty, and funny also nothing gets too serious so they remain fun.

3. The Agatha Raisin books by M.C Beaton

I love everything about these books. They are set in the English Cotswolds and revolve around a sleepy little English village. They all contain a murder that needs solving and Agatha always wants to solve it but they are more than that. The people who live in the village are recurring characters and add so much color to the stories. I don’t think I will ever get tired of this series.

2.  The Goldy Bear series By Diane Davidson-Mott

I feel the same about these books as I do  the Agatha Raisin books. There isn’t anything deep or profound here but they are very funny and entertaining. Plus these contain recipes for all the food mentioned in the book (Goldy is a caterer)

1. Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

I feel like I should read this book either during Christmas or in the middle of summer. I think that’s because of the movie but either way it’s an excellent light summer read.

Yes I know I cheated by using a couple of series but I cheat it’s a thing I do so get used to it.

Until Next Time

#Friday Reads

What is #Friday Reads you say? Well it’s  something that started on twitter where people would tweet what they were reading for the weekend with the hash-tag fridayreads. Then BunnyCates brought it to YouTube (check her out here) and now I am going to bring here to this little blog.

So this is what I am reading this weekend

Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.

I am about 1/3 of the way through this book.I have only been following Melissa for a few months. I don’t know what I was doing with my life either!! The group I am in on Goodreads (Clutch Reading Challenge) read this the first month but I didn’t get the book in time. So far it’s been a fascinating and fast paced read. Some of what she is saying isn’t new to me but the context she puts the information in is. This is an exciting read and I simultaneously want to finish it right away and take my time.

Kindred By Ocatavia E. Butler

This is another off the Clutch Reading Challenge list. I am not one to gravitate to Sci-Fi but the synopsis is so interesting and unique that I couldn’t resist.  I can’t say much as I am only a couple chapters in except that it’s intriguing.

I am still working my through Jane Eyre and Northanger Abbey. While I am not disliking them I am just not feeling motivated to read them for some reason. My goal is to finish them this month so fingers crossed it will happen.

Until Next Time