February/March Reads…

February/March Reads…

Hey loves!

The month of February has been kind of a bust when it cones to reading for me. Too much going on for me to actually spend some leisurely time reading this month, so im going to combine the books I had wanted to read this month and roll them right into my March reads! Hope you find something interesting on this list and let me know what you’re reading for next few months 🙂

(Disclaimer: All book synopsis’ are courtesy of Goodreads.com)

  1. Where The Line Bleeds: Jesmyn Ward. 

Image result for where the line bleeds by jesmyn wardSet in a rural town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Where the Line Bleeds tells the story of fraternal twins Joshua and Christophe, who are graduating high school as the novel begins. The two boys both anticipate and dread their lives as adults. Joshua finds a job working as a dock laborer on the Gulf of Mexico, but Christophe has less luck: Unable to find a job, and desperate to alleviate his family’s poverty, he starts to sell drugs. Joshua does not approve, but his clumsy concern fractures the twins’ relationship. When their long-missing addict father reappears, he provokes a shocking confrontation between himself and the brothers—one that will ultimately damn or save them.

Where the Line Bleeds is unforgettable for the intense clarity of how the main relationships are rendered: the love but growing tension between the twins; their devotion to the slowly failing grandmother to raised them, and the sense of obligation they feel toward her; and most of all, the alternating pain, bewilderment, anger, and yearning they feel for the parents who abandoned them—their mother for a new life in the big city of Atlanta, and their father for drugs, prison, and even harsher debasements. (Goodreads.com)

2.  The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love : Devon Fanklin and Meagan Good The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love

Hollywood power couple DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good candidly share about their courtship and marriage, and the key to their success—waiting.

President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment and former Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin and award-winning actress Meagan Good have learned sometimes all we can do is wait for “the one” to come into our lives. They spent years crossing paths but it wasn’t until they were thrown together while working on the film Jumping the Broom that their storybook romance began.

Faced with starting a new relationship and wanting to avoid potentially devastating relationship pitfalls, DeVon and Meagan chose to do something almost unheard of in today’s society—abstain from sex until they were married.

In The Wait, DeVon and Meagan share the life-changing message that waiting—rather than rushing a relationship—can help you find the person you’re meant to be with. Filled with candid his-and-hers accounts of the most important moments of their relationship, and practical advice on how waiting for everything—from dating to sex—can transform relationships, allowing you to find a deep connection based on patience, trust, and faith (Goodreads.com) 

3. The Mothers: Britt Bennett ( Shout out to my girl Chelsey Bogle for the suggestion<3) 

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Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever. (Goodreads.com)

4. This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in.  (White) America: Morgan Jerkins  This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today—perfect for fans of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists.

Morgan Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer who isn’t afraid of tackling tough, controversial subjects. In This Will Be My Undoing, she takes on perhaps one of the most provocative contemporary topics: What does it mean to “be”—to live as, to exist as—a black woman today? This is a book about black women, but it’s necessary reading for all Americans.

Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country’s larger discussion about inequality. In This Will Be My Undoing, Jerkins becomes both narrator and subject to expose the social, cultural, and historical story of black female oppression that influences the black community as well as the white, male-dominated world at large ( Goodreads.com)

I think this is a pretty manageable list! Wish me luck and happy reading!
xoxo
©justlovethemanyway

 

My Winter Reads 2017…

My Winter Reads 2017…

Hey guys,

Yesterday I was walking outside with my jacket open enjoying my 9 degree celsius weather ( where I live in the middle of February thats unusually warm!) and today I woke up to a winter wonderland blizzard / freezing rain mess!!! It was at that moment that I decided that it was finally time to enter my Canadian winter hibernation mode! Insert long lazy evenings indoors with Netflix and some good reads! These are some of the books that I hope to delve into this season!

Every Little Step, My Story by Bobby Brown: 

This is a book I have wanted to read for a while, but had been put on the back burner and then eventually forgotten. But with the New Edition biopic that just aired, I ran to my bookshelf and dug it out. There’s always 3 sides to every story; what he said, what she said and the truth and I am interested in hearing Bobby’s side of the stories we’ve all watched and heard about. Im already 100 pages in and I’m glad I picked this up again!

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How’s Your Soul by Judah Smith:  

Judah Smith is a Christian author of many books, two of which I have previously read and loved! When I saw that he was releasing a new book, I had to get my hands on it . This one focuses on the inner you – your soul and keeping it in check! Can’t wait to pick this one up.

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Colliding with Destiny by Sarah Jakes :

This book is written by the daughter of acclaimed pastor T.D. Jakes. Sarah has notably been through lots of ups and downs and has turned her situations into inspirations for many. This book  simultaneously walks us through the story of Ruth and Naomi as it parallels to our own lives . I’m currently reading this one already and I am really enjoying it!

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A Moment of Silence( Midnight III) by Sister Souljah:  

This is a continuation of a story I have been following for a long time. Are there any “Coldest Winter Ever” fans out there? If there are , you’d know that is where we first met Midnight. This series really focuses on his life from its rough beginnings in Africa to his migration to the United States of America and his subsequent rises and falls.

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Neecey’s Lullaby by Cris Burks:  

This book was passed on to me by a friend . This book deals with the plight of the main character Neecey,  who is living in 1950’s America with an absent father and an absentee mother. Neecey has to grow up real quick and this is her story. This is a real quick read so I hope to get to this one really soon!

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley :

This is a re-read  for me. I read this as a young girl about 12 0r 13. I wanted to read it as an adult because I think there is so much more I can gain from it now.

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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie :

I have been trying to read this book for about 2 years and it always get shifted to the back burner! Well I am determined to get this read this winter!!  I love this author! Ive read some of her other books like “Americanah” and “Purple Hibiscus” which I loved so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one too.  This one has more of a African political twist to it  which is a subject I am interested in becoming more knowledgeable about.

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So that’s it folks? What are you reading this winter? Any other suggestions for me?  Let me know!

xoxo

 

Wednesday Weekly Reads: Continuing Roots…. and adding a new read

Wednesday Weekly Reads: Continuing Roots…. and adding a new read

Hey ya’ll!

So continued on with my reading of the classic novel “Roots”. Sadly, being the busy week that it was, I didn’t make much headway. I did manage to read 50 pages or so, bringing me to page 553 of 888.  I have reached the point where Kizzy, ( Kunta Kinte’s daughter ) has grown up and fallen in love with Noah ( another slave boy) Kizzy being able to read and write, helps Noah run away by forging a travelling pass for him. He in turn is caught and rats on Kizzy. Her master, despite the pleas of her parents Bell and Kunta, sells her, inevitably splitting up the only family Kunta has had since coming to America. That’s the part of the story I am at right now. It was pretty hard to read this section and I know the rest of the book will be equally as challenging on my heart.

I deviated from my plan to read only Roots until I finished it because I saw a BookTube vlog on a book that sounded so compelling, that I just had to get my hands on it! The book is called, “Tease” by Amanda Maciel.

The synopsis of this book is as follows:( as found on goodreads.com)

From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault. At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

This is a story that is very relatable. As an educator, I see the effects of bullying almost on a daily basis. I do believe this will be an interesting read based on the fact that it shows the criminal aspect and also from the perspective of the bully. does she feel remorse? Is she even the main bully? I’ll have to read and find out. I’m already 40 pages in ( i started today) and I can already see that this bully might not be the only factor in this shocking story.

That’s it for this week! Hopefully I can finish up tease and at least 100 more pages of Roots! Wish me luck!

xoxo