June Reads…

June Reads…

Hey folks!

I have a very ambitious June reading list… here’s what I have on the agenda ! Wish me luck! (By the time you read this I have already finished one book and am halfway through my 2nd and 3rd!)

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions :  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today

Great book! I read this in one sitting as it is a very short book! I don’t agree with everything the author says, but there are quite a few good points that she taps into.  If you are interested in feminism as it pertains to African culture , pick this book up!

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Tyler Johnson Was Here: Jay Coles

When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

I’m currently reading this one. A little more profanity than I tend to prefer  and its laced with some tough content. However, so far so good! If you enjoyed “The Hate U Give” this book is right up your alley.
Tyler Johnson Was Here

Leaving Atlanta: Tayari Jones 

An award-winning author makes her fiction debut with this coming-of-age story of three young black children set against the backdrop of the Atlanta child murders of 1979

I just read “An American Marriage”  by this author and really loved it. I’m looking forward to diving into this one.

Leaving Atlanta


The Pressure Trap: Heather Lindsey 

Do you feel stressed out and pressured about life? In this book, The Pressure Trap – Heather Lindsey exposes how to be free from the pressures of society so that you can fully do what God has called you to do. Don’t get caught in the trap of being pressured by this world. Instead, break free to do what God has called you to do! In this book, Heather tackles being pressured in the following areas: · Singlehood · Marriage · With your Children · Ministry · Your Job · Your career/purpose · Family
And so much more! It is time to walk in freedom and it starts now!

I’ve read several books by Heather Lindsey and I just love all that she stands for and represents! I can’t wait to see how Heather brings God’s word to life through these pages. I just admire how down to earth and real she is through her writing. It’s cathartic to read!
The Pressure Trap: Breaking Free from the Pressures of Society to Become Who God Called You to be

Overlooked : Does Anyone See Me and What I’m Going Through?: Cornelius Lindsey

Overlooked: Does Anyone See Me and What I'm Going Through?Have you ever felt overlooked by God? Have you felt like you’re always the bridesmaid or the groomsman but never the bride or groom? Have you felt like you’re always the last to be considered—like you’re forgotten by your friends and family? Are you searching for answers to these questions and so many more? If so, this book is for you. Cornelius takes you on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment. He challenges you to think differently about what it means to be overlooked. Writing about his own experiences and sharing stories from people he’s encountered while traveling the world, he explores the feelings everyday people have about significance, self-worth and finding their place in the world. Take this journey of self-discovery and answer the question: Does anyone see me and  what I’m going through?

I’m also currently reading this book and already I’m captivated! This is the first book I’m reading by Cornelius Lindsey ( husband to Heather Lindsey)  and I’m already looking into picking up a few more.:)

Wednesday Weekly Reads: Success!

Wednesday Weekly Reads: Success!

Hey guys!

So this week I am proud to say, was a successful reading week! I managed to finish ALL the books on my reading list! Yay me! 🙂

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Amazing Read! 5/5 stars!

So let’s go through them! I finally finished ” Jesus Is” by Judah Smith. What a fantastic read, not only for a seasoned Christian, but for a new believer or anyone just curious about who Jesus is! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and am going to recommend this book to everyone i know. He just released a new book that I  have already picked up ( ” Life Is” ) and I am looking forward to reading this in the very near future.

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4/5 stars.

Next, i picked up “Finding Me” By Michelle Knight. This is a memoir written by Michelle Knight who is one of Ariel Castro’s  Cleveland kidnapping victims. She was held captive ( alongside Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus) in this monsters house for 11 years.

This book details all the gruesome and painful life Michelle had to endure. My heart broke as I turned each page of this book. But it still brought out so many questions; “Why on earth would she get into a vehicle with this man?” (she was offered a ride to an appointment at the family court regarding her son) and ” Why on earth would she enter his house???” ( He said he had puppies and that she could take one home for her son)

Now, Michelle recounts in her memoir that she did not have a happy or peaceful life up before her abduction. She was continuously raped by a family member, her parents were unstable  and abusive and even had a bout of homelessness  before she was captured. She even had her child ( a son named Joey” taken away from her because of the unstable home she was forced to raise him in.) So it becomes clear that Michelle never had a chance to grow up or mature, hence why she was naive and gullible enough to not notice the red flags. Very sad situation. Sadly her life in captivity was no better. She recalls memories of rapes, pregnancies and miscarriages. But one fateful day in May 2013, Michelle and her two other victims very rescued!

Michelle recounts how her and her other victim Gina DeJesus became very close during captivity. Yet Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are writing memoir together recounting their experiences in captivity… Hmm…. If Michelle and Gina were so close.. how come Gina wrote a book with Amanda and not her? Or why haven’t the three of them done anything together?  All questions I hope are answered when I read their book, ” Hope: A memoir of survival in Cleveland”.  I give Michelle’s book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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Releasing April 28, 2015

Finally, I finished “The Fix” by K’wan. I love Kwan’s books, but this one was just okay. Nothing to write home about. No pressing desire to read the sequel. It was just a book I started a year ago and wanted to finish. I’m trying ( unsuccessfully lol 🙂 ) to finish books I already own before I purchase more. I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars and that’s being generous because I love K’wan.

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Not my favorite K’wan book.. 3/5 stars.

This week I think I’m going to keep it super light with it being Easter weekend! For me that means a 4 day weekend ( woohoo) but it also means church, church and more church and of course  spending time with friends and family. So I’m only going put one book on this to read list this week. This was a book I was suggested to read by a few people. It is “Copper Sun” by Sharon M. Draper. Now this is a young adult book but the content is very mature. I remember in high school I read a number of books by this author such as ” Tears of a Tiger “ ( which i loved and would like to re-read at some point) “Forged by Fire” and “Romiette and Julio”. So I was interested to see what all the hype over this book was about. Goodreads gives this descriptive plot summary:

Amari’s life was once perfect. Engaged to the handsomest man in her tribe, adored by her family, and living in a beautiful village, she could not have imagined everything could be taken away from her in an instant. But when slave traders invade her village and brutally murder her entire family, Amari finds herself dragged away to a slave ship headed to the Carolinas, where she is bought by a plantation owner and given to his son as a birthday present. 

Survival seems all that Amari can hope for. But then an act of unimaginable cruelty provides her with an opportunity to escape, and with an indentured servant named Polly she flees to Fort Mose, Florida, in search of sanctuary at the Spanish colony. Can the elusive dream of freedom sustain Amari and Polly on their arduous journey, fraught with hardship and danger? (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/90420.Copper_Sun)

I must admit, I started this book briefly this morning and I already have fallen in love with Sharon’s writing all over again. Looking forward to getting some time to finish this:)  This book was a Coretta Scott King award winner. coppersun

I also picked up an old devotional I used years ago called ” Women of the Bible” . This devotional divides each women’s story into a week-long bible study. My two girlfriends and I ( Hey becca Hey Rach!) are going to use this devotional together! Excited! This week we are starting right at the beginning with Eve. ( These devotionals go from Monday to Monday) 

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So those are my goals! Happy Reading y’all and if I don’t get on here again, Happy Easter season! May the love of God be ever-present in your life and homes!

xoxo