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

#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

 

April and May Book Haul

So as I have said before I am a bit on the cheap side so I will rarely have book hauls. I have however started to loosen the purse strings recently in some areas namely books and Backstreet Boys HA!. Here is a teeny tiny little book haul from April and May.

Last month I went to Barnes and Noble to look for Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie but they didn’t have it so instead I picked up Kindred by Octavia Butler. I am most excited about this book. It is unlike anything I have ever read and I may read it this month.

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I have no idea why this photo came out blue.

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin. synopsis from Goodreads

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The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

I bought this at a thrift store it is in excellent condition. I have wanted to read this for about a year and I look for it every time I go to a used book or thrift store. I have read two other Kinsella’s and they were both really funny. I expect this to be funny as well and really a light read that I can finish up in just a couple of days.

A Deep Dark Secret by Kimberla Lawson Roby

This will be my first Lawson. I have seen a lot about her books especially her Rev Curtis Black series but I have never run across one. I actually picked this up at Big Lot’s for $3.00. I really love deep dark secrets so the title got me.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

To be honest I never thought about reading this book until I started reading book blogs and watching book vlogs. I keep hearing how great the book is so I picked it up. I don’t know that I will be reading it anytime soon but I will shoot for this year.

Pigs Have Wings by P.G. Wodehouse

I had never heard of Wodehouse until I watched Lesley at Words Of A Reader on YouTube she is st the top of my favorite booketube list.. She often talks about his Jeeves series and how amazing it is. So I saw this and picked it up solely based on Lesley. I didn’t even read the back of the book so I have no idea what it’s about. I know two things it’s not a Jeeves book but, it is a part of another series.

Allrighty that is all for now.

Until Next Time