What I Read This Week… August 24-29 2015

What I Read This Week… August 24-29 2015

Hey guys!

Yes I know it’s not Wednesday, but honestly I didn’t have much to write about this week in regards to reading  ( lol) shocker! I actually read quite a bit, but I didn’t  complete one book, I was kinda of jumping around between 3 different books: Judah Smith’s  Life Is : God’s illogical love will change your existence“,  Harper Lee’s ” Go Set a Watchman”  and book called “Sacred Ground” by Adrienne Ellis Reeves, The synopsis of this book is as follows: 

Makima Gray has prayed for guidance in building her town’s new medical clinic, and she’s sure that Gabriel Bell’s property is the perfect location. Gabe insists he’s not at liberty to sell, but Makima won’t give up…nor can she deny that she’s flattered by Gabe’s attentions. But past hurts and present complications lead to an error in judgment that may drive Gabe away forever.

Gabriel Bell was astonished to inherit his great-grandfather’s land, along with clues to a mysterious treasure. But every second he spends with beautiful, determined Makima convinces him that winning her trust—and her heart—is the most important quest of all.

This book was another random pick off of my shelf. Its been sitting there since about 2007 ( no I’m not kidding lol) and I’m really trying to cut down my unread books on my shelf before buying any more books 🙂  So far so good.

I’m really enjoying Judah Smiths book. Such deep content but such an entertaining read. I can’t say the same about ” Go Set A Watchman” . It’s a really slow read but I’m really trying to finish it.

So that’s it guys! I really will be back on my game this Wednesday! 🙂

xoxo

Wednesday Weekly Reads: Back on The Reading Train…

Wednesday Weekly Reads: Back on The Reading Train…

Hey guys!

I skipped a week of Wednesday Weekly Reads because frankly, I read nothing (lol), As summer is winding down, I’m slowly getting back into the reading groove. I was able to read 2 books in their entirety and about 100 pages of another.

So lets begin. I know I have been choosing books with heavy content so I wanted to read something light and fun, So I chose a book called ” A Lova Like No Otha”  by Stephanie Perry Moore ( I know, I know cheesy title 😛 ) This is a book that has been sitting on my bookshelf for years. I’m slowly trying to read all the unread books on my shelf ( there are far too many) So i picked this one up. I would describe this book as an urban romance novel. The synopsis of this book is as follows:

Surviving life’s setbacks through her relationship with a man who helps restore her faith in God, Zoe Clark discovers A LOVA’ LIKE NO OTHA’. When thunder and lightning strike on the morning of Zoe Clark’s wedding, her seemingly perfect world is turned upside-down as she loses her fiance to a pregnant girlfriend she never knew he had. With her engagement shattered, all her life’s plans seem over. Unemployed, sinking deeply into depression, and wrongly blaming God for her troubles, Zoe seriously contemplates ending her life. But God sends Chase Farr to reintroduce Zoe to the importance of having God in her life. Yet when Zoe’s friendship with Chase turns romantic, he suddenly backs away–further confusing Zoe with his decision to remain a virgin. Through life’s twists and turns of celebration and sorrow, Zoe ultimately learns what it means to truly trust in God–but in the end, does this revelation come too late to fix things with Chase? ( goodreads.com)

This book was gifted to me, so I had no idea what the synopsis was. I was pleasantly surprised that it had a strong spiritual connotation, I really enjoyed this book. I mean some parts were really predictable.  but It was really well written! I wouldn’t be opposed to reading more items from this author. If you are looking for a quick, light read this is the book for you! I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

4./5 stars..

Next, I grabbed another book from my unread book shelf.  It was entitled ” That Girl is Poison” by Tia Hines. This book is a book I picked up in Fordham Square in the Bronx for 5 dollars! ( shout out to my bestie for putting me on!) It sounded interesting. Here is the synopsis:

Desire Jones is a young, hot-to-trot teen who lives life on the edge. Abandoned by her mother, she yearns for love and attention. Her uncle shelters her, but life is impossible to bear with his abusive wife. To make things worse, she gets involved with Malik, who shatters her hope and trust by leaving her pregnant and infected with HIV. So hardened, she decides to do the unspeakable, purposely infecting people with her disease. Of course, no one knows of her intent, not even her best friend, Jennifer, who unwittingly helps Desire find her victims. Will Desire realize the error of her ways before it’s too late?

Y’all…. don;t read this book for the following reasons.:
– The story was all over the place
–  So many bad things happened in what seemed to be such a short period of time
– Couldn’t connect with the characters
– Extremely explicit content ( not suitable for anybody under 17 in my opinion and a mature 17 at that…)

Guys, this was probably the worst book I’ve read all year. Story was so unbelievable. Jumped all over the place… I read it quickly just to get it over with. Ending sucked . Leaves the possibility for a sequel that I will not be reading … Not that I’m discrediting the situation that the author was portraying. I’m not naive to the fact that young women experience hardships like this everyday, however I feel like she was doing too much to one character. If she had maybe chose one or two situations to focus on, I think the book would have been more effective, Sadly, I must give this book 1 star out of 5.

I don’t recommend this book… 1 star out 5

Lastly, I continued reading ” Go Set a Watchman”  ( To Kill a Mockingbird sequel). I’m just over a 100 pages in. It’s…… meh…. I’m going to finish this book before I give any opinions on it.

So this week, I want to finish that book and maybe try to finally tackle the bookLife Is _____.: God’s Illogical Love Will Change Your Existence” by Judah Smith. It’s a book I purchased months ago that I really want to tackle.  I spoke about it in previous blogs. The synopsis once again is as follows:

Life is ___. How would you finish that sentence? In this follow-up to his New York Times and USA Today bestseller Jesus Is _____., Judah completes the new sentence again and again, revealing how life is to be loved and to love, to enjoy God to the fullest, to trust God in every moment, and to be at peace with God, others, and ourselves. Judah writes as a friend, welcoming new believers, lifelong followers of Jesus, and even the merely curious.

Judah shows us the irrational love of God and the life that he intends for us to have in the here and now. With excitement and humor, he looks at the stories in the Bible from a different angle and shows how life is all about loving God and loving others.

I absolutely loved Jesus Is and look forward to tackling this one. I’m going on a mini road trip today, So I’ll have about 2 hours to take this on! Excited! I also want to continue this trend of picking something off my bookshelf and tackling that as well!

Hope you all have a successful reading week!

xoxo

Wednesday Weekly Reads: March 11, 2015

Wednesday Weekly Reads: March 11, 2015

Hey everyone!

Welcome to this edition of Wednesday Weekly Reads. This week was a mediocre reading week. I managed to finish ,” The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. I have to say it was a good read, but it in no way holds a candle to the cult classic ” Gone Girl” that everyone has been comparing it to. At most, I’d give it a 3.5 stars out of 5. It was good but it was not by any means amazing! (Sorry if I’m stepping on any literary toes :P)

3.5 stars out of 5- certainly no "Gone Girl"
3.5 stars out of 5- certainly no “Gone Girl”

I also managed to get 90% through the e- book “The Playboy’s Fugitive Bride” by Ana E. Ross. I must admit, this book started out real slow, yet picked up quickly and became quite a quick and steamy read( think 50 shades of Grey minus the chains and whips lol)So far, I’d give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. This book however is not my favorite installment in “The Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls”series though. It took a long time to get to the point, and it was pretty predictable! However, I do hope to finish the rest of this on my lunch hour at work tomorrow!

4 out of 5 stars! Not my favorite in the series though...
4 out of 5 stars! Not my favorite in the series though…

I did have the opportunity to begin, “The Pearl Who Broke It’s Shell” by Nadia Hashimi. This book is quite long and because I finished the other items on my list, I only managed to get 40 pages into this book. But what I’ve read, I’m absolutely loving it. (see the plot line in my 2015 TBR). This is book is pretty long ( 452 pages) so I’m putting this book back on my list for this week to hopefully complete. Also because this book is so long and its content is pretty heavy, I am only adding one other book to reading goal this week. I am adding the novel, “Jesus Is” by Judah Smith. Goodreads describes this book as follows:

In these pages, Judah Smith fills out that sentence again and again, each time further revealing the character of Jesus. He writes as if to a friend, illustrating the importance of Christ’s message to modern men and women. This is a book for new believers, for lifelong followers, and for the merely curious. Judah Smith shows us the Jesus that somber paintings and hymns fail to capture. With passion, humor, and conviction, he shows that Jesus is life. Jesus is grace. Jesus is your friend. Jesus is a new and better way to be human (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15869598-jesus-is)

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Justin Bieber, Russell Wilson, Pastor Judah Smith and his 3 children.

This is a book I started over a year ago and got distracted and put down (shame shame I know..) But I am ever so excited to pick it up again and dive right in. ( p.s Judah Smith alongside is wife are the lead pastors for the City Church in Seattle, Washington. He has mentored people like NFL star Russell Wilson and Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

Judah Smith also has new book ( released on March 3, 2015) entitled “Life Is…” I’m excited to pick that up and hopefully put that on my TBR for the upcoming weeks.I’m also going to catch up on a few magazines I have lying around this house and continuing with my Lent devotional 🙂 IMG_5695 (1)

Well those are my reading goals for this week! Happy reading!!

xoxo