Adulting, The Life

So I Did A Thing….

I pre-ordered a Freewrite Traveler. In the spirit of transparency, I must admit: I am ashamed that I spent this much on what may essentially turn out to be a wireless keyboard (although I was excited to catch it on discounted pre-sale and to also find an additonal savings coupon code on Reddit that worked,… Continue reading So I Did A Thing….

The Books, The Life

Those Women We Almost Seem To Know

One time, in my graduate Creative Writing program, a classmate referenced Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club so casually that I immediately sensed he or she hadn't read it.  I hadn't either.  Do not be alarmed - this was not a reading assignment.  The person speaking hoped to draw a comparison between the actual assigned work… Continue reading Those Women We Almost Seem To Know

The Life

#TopTenTuesday – What Are You Listening To?

This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is about all things audio. Although I am fairly new to the podcast scene (just became an avid listener about a year ago), I thought it only fitting to share with you eight of my favorite episodes from some of my favorite podcasts. For… Continue reading #TopTenTuesday – What Are You Listening To?

Reviews, The Books

Book Review – How Scary is Pet Sematary?

Title: Pet Sematary Author: Stephen King Pages: 395 Rating: 3.7/5   I've mentioned this before: my grandma says Pet Sematary, published in 1983, was so scary that she put it down halfway through and didn't pick up another book by Stephen King until Mr. Mercedes, which debuted in 2014.  A fan of King myself, I can't… Continue reading Book Review – How Scary is Pet Sematary?

Reviews, The Books

Book Review – Five-Carat Soul

Title: Five Carat Soul Author: James McBride Pages: 308 Rating - 5/5     'See, God favors the righteous.  He favors us with words!.... Words, boy!  Not a pistol or knife or cannon lingering in the whole bunch!  Just words, passed from one ear to the next! Oh, yes, I wish I was lettered.  Them..… Continue reading Book Review – Five-Carat Soul

The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – Pet Sematary

For my grandma, Pet Sematary was the book.  The last straw.  She read it in the 80s but couldn't finish it.  Too scary.  She did not finish the book -- couldn't -- and did not read another Stephen King novel until the mid-2000s. In case you don't believe my grandma's thoughts of the book, consider King's.  Rumor… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – Pet Sematary

My Reading List, The Books

#TopTenTuesday – New To Me

Another #TopTenTuesday post, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is a discussion on new authors read last year.  Thank goodness for Goodreads because I had forgotten some of the books read earlier in the year.  Of the 20 read, only 4.5 were people I'd read before (J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Kiese Laymon,… Continue reading #TopTenTuesday – New To Me

My Reading List, Reviews, The Books

Book Review – Children of Blood and Bone

Title: Children of Blood and Bone Author: Tomi Adeyemi Pages: 525 Rating: 4.0/5 *mild spoilers below* When Children of Blood and Bone first debuted, literary friends gushed that here was a new series to fill the void left by the Harry Potter series conclusion.  I scoffed, certain that nothing could fill that soft ache -- the magic of Harry… Continue reading Book Review – Children of Blood and Bone

The Life, The News

for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange

This past Saturday, Ntozake Shange, author of for colored girls...., died at the age of 70.  In tribute to her legacy, I wanted to share this piece as tribute to her, written in March 2015.   I was 24 at the time the piece was written.     I fell in love with the title.    I was… Continue reading for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange

The Books

#TopTenTuesday – My Dream Bookstores & Libraries

Another #TopTenTuesday post, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. And this prompt is easy.  I have only one dream library that I would love to visit -- the Beast's study from Beauty and the Beast.  Belle was by far my favorite Disney princess.  As I child (and even still as an adult today) I pictured myself on… Continue reading #TopTenTuesday – My Dream Bookstores & Libraries