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?

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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

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND!

So you know what this is by now right? No? OK well this is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They present a topic and we list our top ten choices within that topic. This week we get to go back and pick any of the past topics we liked and use it. I picked 2 different topics and split my 10 in to 2 groups of 5.  First Up…

Top Ten Books I can’t believe I’ve never read

Here they are in no particular order

5. Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

I feel like I talk about this book so often you would think I would have read it 10 times over. I keep picking it up and getting 40 or so pages in and then putting it down. I don’t really know why or if I will ever actually read it but it’s so on the short list.

4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I can’t say why I haven’t read it since my mom keeps going on and on and on about how much she loves it. I think I may be scared of the Brontes.

3. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

This movie has some serious childhood memories attached to it. I love the movie and I watch it whenever it comes on. I also find myself quoting lines in my everyday life. So why haven’t I read it you ask? Because I’m scared. What if I hate the book or it’s so good I start disliking parts of the movie! AHHH!  As God is my witness I will read this book.

2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I feel pretty much the same about this book as I do Gone with the Wind. I love this movie it holds a special place in my movie heart and I might feel differently after I read the book but, I will read it this year.

1. North and South by John Jakes

When I tell you that this is yet another movie that sort of defined my adolescence you are going to think that my parents only exposed me to things with serious race issues attached and, well you would kind of be right! But  that’s a topic for another time. This miniseries was MAJOR in my life and yet I haven’t read the books.

Second Choice is…

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations

5. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

I know a lot of people thought Kate Hudson was the wrong choice for Darcy but, I love Hudson so it worked for me. I read the book first and really liked it and the movie was jut as enjoyable. I don’t think they are going to do the sequel but I would love to see it if they do.

4. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I liked the book better than the  movie mostly because of the ending. But the movie had all the fashion! I would just die if I got to walk around in the Vogue accessories closet.

3. The Body In The Library By Agatha Christie

I really love Miss Marple books and I have read quit a few but this was my first and favorite. I read the book years ago and then recently stumbled upon the movies on Netflix. I think my favorite part is Geraldine McEwan who plays Marple, she is exactly as I imagined her,

2.  Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I watched the movie first and so went into the book thinking I knew what I was going to get. Boy was I wrong. They are so different. The have the same basic premise and the names are the same but that’s about it. They were both really funny and I can’t decide which one I love more.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I love this book, I love the 1995 film version and, I love the 2005 film version . Colin Firth will always be my favorite Darcy but Matthew Macfadyen is like really sexy so. Yeah I love everything that has to do with Pride and Prejudice end of discussion.

WWW Wednesday

This is a meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading visit and see what other awesome things are going on!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?  The Warmth Of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and man is it deep. It’s definitely an emotional read but I do really like it so far. I am  still trying to get through Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte and it’s just not drawing me in.

2. What did you recently finish reading?  I just finished No One You Know by Michelle Richmond and it was just OK. I can’t really review because I don’t have enough to say about it.  A few days ago I finished To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee and to be honest I am still processing it.

3.  What do you think you’ll read next? I think it will probably be  Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, assuming I can find it at the book store. I am really looking forward to this one so I hope I can find it.  I have a list of others I want to read but I can’t decide which one so I am going to just close my eyes and pick.

 

That’s all I have today.

Until Next Time

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish where we are given a topic and then we have to come up with a Top Ten list to go with it. Go over and see what everyone has to say this week.

So this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is

 Top Ten Books I Recommend The Most

I broke this one up into categories because what I recommend has to do with what a person is looking for, as much as it has to do with me and my likes.

Series 

If you want  murder mysteries without all the violence,blood and gore

The Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny

This is not quite a cozy but you don’t have to worry about yucky stuff. This is definitely more cerebral I guess is the word than your average book like this. There is a lot going on beyond just the old someone dies and the police come in investigate and brilliantly figure it all out. Gamache is one of my favorite male characters ever, he is just so well written you can’t help but love him.

The Agatha Raisin Series by MC Beaton

This is  a cozy series. It’s fun, funny, sarcastic, and smart. Agatha is not the kind of person anyone would want as a friend in real life but somehow, Beaton makes her so darn likable.  The surrounding characters are also so well written that even though none of them would be particularly likable in real life you find yourself liking them as the series progresses.

Stand Alone books

If you want a creepy, crazy psychological book that messes with your mind

The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell

Well really any of Rendell’s stand alone books will really do it but, this one stands out for some reason. I got so creeped out by this one I thought about it for days afterward.

You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson

I have read a bunch of Patterson but, he got really repetitive, overly violent, and sexually graphic so I stopped. I haven’t read anything by him in about 2 or 3 years. However, this was a bit different from his others and really messed with my mind. I think I screamed out loud at the end.

If you want to uncover deep dark secrets 

The Killers Cousin by Nancy Werlin

Oh man I liked this book. It was so dark and twisted. When I read it I thought I figured out what the secret was but it was so much bigger than I imagined.

To The Power Of Three by Laura Lippman

This is about a group of friends who are all involved in this twisted tragedy. It takes most of the book to unravel it all. Just when I thought I had it figured out they would change the game on me.

If you want historical fiction

Palace Council by Stephen L. Carter

This was the first Carter book I read and it’s not for the faint of heart.  Carter packs a ton of information into this book and you really need to pay attention to understand what’s going on. It is set during the Harlem Renaissance and that just made the book come alive for me.

If you want to read about issues surrounding race  (non-fiction)

Skin Deep: Black Women & White Women Write About Race by Marita Golden

This is a book I read years ago when I was taking some sociology classes in college. It really held a lot of meaning for me at the time and I think it still does. The book tackles some serious issues but that’s the point I guess.

Don’t Play In The Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through The Color Complex by Marita Golden

Seriously go read something anything by Marita Golden she is amazing.

Alright that’s all I’ve got this week.

Until Next Time

WWW Wednesday My First One Ever!

I found this meme thanks to the book blogger directory here on wordpress.

This is a meme hosted by MizB at  Should Be Reading visit and see what other awesome things are going on!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?
Jane Eyre By Charlott Bronte’, To Kill A MockingBird By Harper Lee, and A Vintage Affair By Isabel Wolff
I started To Kill A Mockingbird and misplaced it, so, I picked up Jane Eyre but I am struggling with it. Enter A Vintage Affair. I am not far in but I think I like it.

2.What did you recently finish reading? I just finished Long Distance life by Marita Golden it was excellent and, I have a review right here if you want to check it out

3. What do you think you’ll read next? Assuming I finish Jane Eyre this month I pan on reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and whatever book is chosen for the April read in the Clutch Magazine goodreads group I belong to. And, anything else that catches my eye.