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

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 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

My Reading List, The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lisabeth Salamander and Michael Blomkvist are back, though with new actors playing them and a new director to guide them.  Director Fede Alvarez ("Don't Breathe") has taken over the helm of the Millennium series, which is based on the Swedish crime novel trilogy written by the late Stieg Larsson.  It is believed… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – The Girl in the Spider’s Web

The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – ‘Widows’

I must confess, this week's #BookToMovieTrailer is actually not a book to movie. But, it stands out because author Gillian Flynn (most noted for Gone Girl) co-wrote the screenplay with director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave).   Variety describes the film as "a labyrinthine heist story about a group of Chicago women who have to complete a robbery put in motion… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘Widows’

My Reading List, The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – ‘The Hate U Give’

So, here's the thing -- this book has been on my radar since not long after Angie Thomas made her phenomenal literary debut in Black History Month 2017.  But I did not read it.  I thought I wasn't interested. Until I saw this trailer. It is because of this trailer that I made The Hate… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘The Hate U Give’