We May Need To Talk About Something

Otherwise known as my first monthly wrap up May edition

I didn’t think I was going to do a May wrap-up because I didn’t think I had much to say but then I looked at my read pile and realized I had done a lot.
So without further ado here they are.

Death Is A Cabaret (An Antique Lovers Mystery #1)  By Deborah Morgan

I listened to this in audiobook format and it was just OK. I probably wont be picking up anymore in this series.

Molokai   By Alan Brennert

This was a really good book and I am glad I read it. However, the further out from it I am the more conflicted I am about it. On the surface it was a good book and I am glad I read it. Underneath all of that it brought up some feelings and questions about historical fiction and just other stuff I am still sorting through. I may do a post about it. For now click here if you want to read my review.

A Secret Life (Alias Prequel #2) By Laura Peyton

This book was a bit of a disappointment. It just didn’t feel like the author really got Sydney Bristow. Click here for my full review.

Beauty Queens By Libba Bray

I avoided this book for a long time, mostly because I don’t read a lot of YA and, I just assumed it would be standard fare. I was so wrong! I listened to this in  audio format and loved it so much I went out and bought a physical copy. Click here for my review and links to another review that’s way better than mine.

Night Swimming By Robin Schwarz

This book is the definition of mediocre. Not terrible by any means but not good either. It’s the kind of book you will quickly forget you read. I can imagine myself in a used bookstore years from now finding this book and thinking hey that sounds interesting and kind of familiar, and not remembering that I read it before. Click here for full review

The Color Purple By Alice Walker

I have avoided this book for years because I knew it would change the way I viewed the movie. Well I read it I loved it and it changed the way I feel about the movie. So I am still formulating my feelings and thoughts and will be writing a post about it this month.

A Deep Dark Secret By Kimberla Lawson Roby

This was my first Roby and it was really good. This was a novella so it was a quick read. Roby is I believe best known for her Rev. Curtis Black series which i may pick up.

A Spark Of Death: The First Professor Bradshaw Mystery By Bernadette Pajer

This was an audiobook and well it was OK. I didn’t much care for the narrator but independent of that I didn’t really care for the book. It was slow and plodding for me. Needles to say I won’t be reading the rest in the series.

The Word: Black Writers Talk About The Transformative Power Of Reading And Writing By Marita Golden

This was an excellent book in every way. It’s non-fiction and the title tells you exactly what it is just talking about what reading and writing means to them.I found so many authors that I have added to my must read pile. The major takeaway is that I must read Native Son By Richard Wright NOW!  Almost every author said it was a must read.

How To Be Black By Baratunde  R. Thurston

Hilarious! I loved this book I laughed out loud numerous times while reading it. I bought the e-book but I think listening to the audio version would be great. Don’t be fooled by the title it’s not what you think!!

Inferno By Dan Brown

Yeah um this will be my last Dan Brown book. I listened to the audio book and I usually have no problem following along with a book I don’t drift or zone out, but I totally did with this. I love the guy who narrates but that’s about it. I know there are Dan Brown die-hards and so I am sure he will always have an audience, he just isn’t for me anymore.

Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy By Dorothy Dandridge and Earl Conrad

So now I want to read everything about Dorothy Dandridge ever!. I also want to watch the movie with Halle Berry again. I loved this book it gave so much insight into Dorothy as a person since it was straight from her mouth.  Here is my full review

Of all the books I read Beauty Queens and The Word win for favorites of the month.

This month I also saw 3 new movies which is kind of unusual for me.

First up Iron Man 3 which I loved so much. I love Iron Man and I love Marvel comic book/superhero movies so much. It’s my favorite Iron Man by far can’t wait for 4 and Avengers 2

Second I saw The Fast and The Furious 6 it was freaking amazing!! I can’t say enough how much I love the Fast franchise it just keeps getting better. I also wrote a post about this movie and guilty pleasures in entertainment click here if you want to check it out

Third was The Great Gatsby. This movie was everything I wanted it to be and a little more. I love Baz Luhrman so I knew I would like it. I went in thinking I was going to dislike Toby Maguire since I dislike him in general but, I was surprised that I didn’t hate him.

So I loved all these movies but one raced ahead of the pack. Ha Ha get it raced ahead?!  Fast 6 wins hands down as my favorite movie this month.

All right ladies and gents that’s what I read and watched in May. What did you do in the month of May.Have you read or watched any of these. Do you disagree with me about some of these? Let me know in comments.

Until Next Time

Everything and Nothing The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy

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Everything And Nothing The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy

Written by Dorothy Dandridge and Earl Conrad

Published 1970 By Abelard-Schuman Limited

Dorothy Dandridge’s life story is the stuff Hollywood dreams–and nightmares. Completed shortly before her tragic death in 1965, Everything and Nothing recounts her rags-to-riches-to-rags story from her personal point of view. Dandridge recalls her humble beginnings in Depression-era Cleveland, Ohio, her rise to fame and success as the first African-American to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination (for her role in Carmen Jones), the disappointments and pain of her childhood and family life, and her downward spiral into alcoholism and financial troubles, Everything and Nothing is a mesmerizing and harrowing journey through the life and times of one of Hollywood’s most unforgettable stars. Synopsis from Goodreads

  Ever since I saw the movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge starring Halle Berry I have been interested in the life of Dorothy. She is basically left out of the conversation about Hollywood starlets. We all know the usual ones so I don’t have to mention them but, I would wager that the average person doesn’t know Dorothy. Dorothy was born in Ohio the youngest of two girls to Ruby Dandridge a singer and performer. When Dorothy was three she began to sing and entertain with her sister. Eventually the girls would travel to churches and events all around and perform songs and skits that their mother wrote for them. Dorothy’s father was not in the picture when she was a little girl and, she only had a few encounters with her father as an adult.  While she was a young girl a woman who in the book is described as first a stranger to and, then a friend of her mothers entered their lives. This woman they called Auntie-Ma-ma would shape Dorothy’s life even after she left it. Dorothy married twice and had one child a daughter who was mentally handicapped. Dorothy was incredibly beautiful and incredibly talented and despite that she as never really happy. She spent the first part of her career singing in night clubs, saloons, and on television shows, later doing small roles in movies. Eventually she would land the movie Carmen Jones in 1954 for which she would receive an Oscar nomination for best actress. She was the first black woman to be nominated, but it would be 47 years before a Black woman would actually win that award.  After Carmen Jones Dorothy’s career would flounder largely due to a man she was involved with, and poor decisions. It would be only 11 years later when she would die of a prescription pill overdose. It is still in dispute whether it was accidental or suicide. At the very end of the book Dorothy says the theme of her life was “the man who wasn’t there” and that really sums it up. Despite her looks and her talent she was never happy.  She was pursued by numerous men usually white, but they never gave her what she really wanted which was marriage and respectability. She made terrible financial decisions and trusted the wrong people with her money. She would die broke  and nearly alone. At times I just wanted to shake her and say stop being so self-destructive but I realize she was a product of her circumstances. I imagine it was incredibly hard to be an actress in the 40’s and 50’s, but how much more so for a black woman?  This was a sad book and made even sadder by the fact that Dorothy doesn’t know the role she played in the history of black women actors. Overall it was fascinating and made me want to know even more about her.

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Top Ten Tuesday Freebie!!

Top Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by non-other than The Broke and The Bookish head over and check them out

I took my sweet time trying to figure out what to post about and I think I finally decided.

Top Ten Books/Authors/Genres/Topics I am just not interested in or don’t want to read

These are things I just don’t want to read or see myself reading for one reason or another I can’t take credit for this I totally stole it from Grace over on YouTube. Click here to see her video and visit her channel

1. The Harry Potter Series By J.K Rowling

I know it’s almost sacrilegious in the book community to have not read this. Everyone talks and talks about this series and it ends up on almost everyone’s favorites lists but for me it holds no interest. I get why people are into it I’m just not one of those people

2.  Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

I know it’s a literary classic, it’s got mad symbolism and there’s Ishmael,but man it sounds boring!  I don’t actually know anyone IRL that has read this book, I just know it’s on the list of books you are supposed to read.

3. The Help By Kathryn Stockett

I watched this movie but only because my mom and nana wanted too and I love Octavia Spencer but I had mixed feelings about it. I really liked the actors in the movie and it held my interest but I am really over this theme in movies, books and TV. The theme I am talking about is the one where the poor downtrodden black person won’t do anything to help themselves, either because they aren’t very smart or, they aren’t very brave. Enter the benevolent courageous white person who shows them the way. That may not be what the author was going for but after the movie and reading the description that’s the feeling I get.Also in the book synopsis they describe Minny as “perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi” .Anytime a black woman is described as sassy I feel icky and it makes me want to run in the opposite direction.

4. Eat, Pray Love By Elizabeth Gilbert

I just think it sounds whiny. I really like Julia Robert but even she couldn’t save the movie for me. I just don’t think I want to invest the time.

5. Magic/Supernatural

I don’t know what it is I just don’t find it interesting. I have read books where there is a touch of something magical or it’s alluded to.If magic is the theme or plays a major part I am probably gonna skip it. If it’s about supernatural creatures vampires. werewolves, fairies, witches, wizards etc. I am out as well.

6.  New Adult

Yeah I feel a bit weird reading about people in their late teens and very early twenties having sexy times.  I actually think these books are marketed to 18-30 year olds so I am right on the cusp but still, awkward for me. I know they are about more than just sex but I am just not in the new adult phase of my life right now.

7. Gillian Flynn books

I jumped on the Gone Girl bandwagon and I really didn’t enjoy it. I had never heard of Flynn until this book and it sounded so suspenseful. What I got instead was a miserable book full of miserable people having you guessed it a miserable time! By the end of the book I hated everyone in the book,and myself for reading it. I have looked at her other books and they also seem miserable so I’ll skip it.

8.  David Levithan

I know that he is a major author and people talk about him all the time. Every time I hear about one of his books it’s a rave but the books just don’t appeal to me.

9. UnWholly By Neal Shusterman

This is strange because I read UnWind and thought it was pretty good and intriguing. I immediately put UnWholly on my goodreads TBR and then a few days later I knew I would never pick it up. I don’t have an explanation but I just don’t want to read the series anymore.

10. Anna and the French Kiss/Lola and the Boy Next Door By Stephanie Perkins

All I hear are raves about these books. Sometimes people love one a but more than the other but either way, it’s all love all the time. I just feel eh when I think about them. I think I might have wanted to read them about 15 years ago but alas that time has passed

Alright so that’s my list. If you love a book or author or genre on this list don’t be offended that I am not interested in it. This is just my little old opinion and well who knows I could be dead wrong.

Until Next Time

OH So That’s Your Guilty Pleasure?

So the other night I went to see Fast and Furious 6 starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and other people but let’s be honest those are the names you go for.  Well at least that’s why I go. I have watched every fast movie  in the movie theater because they beg to be seen on a huge screen with surround sound. I already loved this franchise and then they added The Rock  to Fast 5 and it got even better. I will watch pretty much anything if it’s got The Rock in it no joke, I watched the Tooth Fairy people, yes I did. OK so what’s the point of this? First that I loved this movie, it was  the best one so far and, that I have no shame in telling people that I loved it. Second that some people call this kind of entertainment a guilty pleasure and dismiss it as valueless.. Sometimes people mock these things and ridicule people for liking them. I call these people pretentious. As someone who has loved the Backstreet Boys for about 17 years I am very use to people giving me crap for it. And well I think that’s why I just don’t care any more  what people think about the things that I like.

I went to see the movie with a friend from work and she couldn’t seem to just enjoy it for what it was, FUN! At the end of the movie I turned to her and said the baby at the beginning looked nothing like the baby at the end, and she rolled her eyes and said “oh that’s the only inaccuracy you’ve picked up on in this movie”.  I realized that not only had I picked the wrong person to watch Fast 6 with but, that I should have known that based on my knowledge of her. I actually felt kind of sorry for her. She never seems to just enjoy things without caring if they are the right thing to like. I wonder why she even went to see the movie with me?  Look I don’t go to the Fast movies to learn anything, I go because fast cars, hot guys, loud music, crazy stunts and did I mention hot guys? Sometimes I don’t want to learn anything from a movie I just want to spend 2 hours watching Vin Diesel drive a car really fast, fight a bunch guys at once and then walk away with only a scratch under his eye into the arms of his lady love. Yes sometimes I really just want that!! If that’s not your bag it’s cool but why you gotta rain on my parade? So the point of this little rant is to say I love a ton of  things that are considered guilty pleasures and, that I think they have their place. Maybe for you it’s Iron Man or The Hangover movies. Maybe it’s Sandra Bullock RomComs which I also happen to love.Maybe you love the Spice Girls or One Direction or romance novels or YA books about sparkly vampires. Whatever it is if you love it and it brings you joy, laughter, fun than it has value. So in the spirit of this post here are a few more of my not so guilty, guilty pleasures.

  • All the Die Hard movies
  • Bruce Willis in all his movies
  • The first 3 Madea movies
  • Tyler Perry movies that don’t have Madea
  • Nora Roberts books
  • Mary Higgins Clark books
  • Most of the Real Housewives incarnations on Bravo TV
  • Anything I watch on Bravo TV
  • Sex and The City the TV show
  • Sex and The City the movie
  • Every single Marvel superhero/comic book movie I mean all of them even Daredevil and Elektra yes I am serious I even loved Elektra. It wasn’t that bad just go back and watch it again, no really watch it I promise it’s better than you remember.
  • The movie Snakes on a Plane
  • The movie The Wiz OMG I love this movie so much
  • Movies with Common in them yes Common the rapper I know!

That list could have gone on for EVER people but I controlled myself. Your Welcome!

What are your thoughts on things that are guilty pleasures? Do you love them/hate them have no opinion of them? Are you embarrassed to talk about your guilty pleasure for fear of what other people will say? Are you someone who looks down on or judges others for liking “guilty pleasures”?  What’s your definition of a guilty pleasure?

Until Next Time

Enjoy those guilty pleasure I know I will!!

WWW Wednesday I’m Baaack

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So what is WWW Wednesday?

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?

Or you can simply click the photo above and go directly to the source!!

Click book titles to be directed to goodreads.

1.What are you currently reading?

I am in the middle of  4 books right now. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, The Word by Marita Golden, How to be Black by Baratunde R. Thurston which is hilarious and Everything and Nothing: The Dorothy Dandridge Tragedy by Dorothy Dandridge and Earl Conrad. I am almost done with 2 and about 1/4 of the way through the others.

2.What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished  A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby and The Color Purple by Alice Walker

3.What do you think you’ll read next?  Well I think the next thing on my list is some more Austen. It will be Jane in June so I will pick up something else from Austen I don’t know what yet. I also want to read some of the Austen spin offs that I have. Other than that whatever strikes my fancy of course!

Thanks Miz B for hosting this fun meme

Until Next Time

Top Ten Tuesday

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This Weeks Top Ten Top is

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read

This one was kind of difficult for me because the cover isn’t usually something I pay much attention to. I have looked at books just because of the cover but it’s never the deciding factor for me. If I love a cover but the story sounds lame I will put it down. I am also not one of those people who will only buy pretty editions of books. So I really had to think about this one.

As usual these are in no particular order

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Obviously I love this one because it’s just so darn beautiful.

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I love Camryn and this cover pretty much sums her up.

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I really disliked this book but, I thought the art work was really cool.

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I love everything about this book and the cover was just perfection!

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I thought this was simple and elegant

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I really loved this book and the cover is so on point. HAHA!

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Ok I know these are really weird but I think that’s why I like them. They have nothing to do with the story line except that there is a cat in the books but, he isn’t exactly central to the plot. I might have passed them by if not for the cover and they ended up being really fun reads.

Bout Of Books Wrap-Up

So I participated in the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon this last week and boy did I stink.

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I am definitely not someone who takes myself very seriously and I don’t put pressure on myself when it comes to reading goals. However I did really want to get some reading done during this read-a-thon and well I did OK but I didn’t reach my goal.

Why didn’t I reach my goal? The short answer is The Backstreet Boys! It just so happened that a ton of stuff was going on with them during this read-a-thon. They released tour dates and the tickets went on sale, they debuted their new single on GMA which is awesome. Listen to it here. And well I just got caught up in all the BSB excitement and I didn’t do as much reading early in the week because of it. Okay,okay I fangirled. I fangirled HARDCORE people. It wasn’t pretty but it happened and my reading suffered because of it

I also realized some things about how I read.

1. If I write it down or say I’m going to read it I wont want to read it.

I did read 2 of the 5 books I said I would but the other 3 I kind of lost interest in.  I decided instead to pick a random book I had just purchased and read it in one day.

2.I’m not so social

Well to be fair I already knew that but it really came through. I was going to try to push myself to interact but I didn’t. Again I can blame the Backstreet Boys but you know that’s probably not fair.

So here is what I did.

I finished Night Swimming and I even reviewed it here. It was just ok but enjoyable enough.

I started and finished The Color Purple which I haven’t reviewed but I loved/hated I can’t explain it right now. It’s complicated

I started and finished A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby which was under 200 pages.  It was really fast paced and kept me engaged. It was the first book I’ve picked up of hers but it won’t be the last. Review coming soon.

I guess 3 out of 5 isn’t bad.

Over all I think it was a good experience because it let me know what I need to do in the future if I participate in Bout of Books 8.0 wich is being held August 19th to 25th.

If you are interested in participating next time click the picture at the top of the page to check out the blog. They will be giving some more info in the coming months about 8.0. Follow the blog so you can stay up to date.

 

Until Next Time

KTBSPA!!