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: I Didn’t Read Much…

Wednesday Weekly Reads: I Didn’t Read Much…

Hey y’all

Summer calls and reading has taken an extreme back burner… and you know what? I’m okay with that! I’m currently working on getting through ” To Set a Watchmen” by Harper Lee. It’s just alright. I hope it will pick up soon. I want to pick up a light summer read. All the previous books I have started are just not sparking my interest right now… sigh… lol. Hopefully I find one!

That’s all for this edition folks!

Happy Summer!

xoxo

Wednesday Weekly Reads: This Week I Was Distracted…

Wednesday Weekly Reads: This Week I Was Distracted…

Hey guys!

I hope your week is going well! This is going to be a quick post today. I have to admit… this week I got so distracted and busy with other projects, that I didn’t have a chance to read much. 😦

**Spoiler Alert**

               2.5 out 5 stars

I did manage to finish up “When the Moon is Low” by Nadia Hashimi. I must say, that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. The first  100 pages or so, were really interesting, but I really couldn’t draw a connection to the characters. I still soldiered on with this book hoping it would get better… but it didn’t . I really was not impressed with the way the story ended. It left so many unanswered questions? Did Saleem ever find his family in England? Did Feriba and her other two children successfully make a home for themselves in England? Did Feriba ever confess to her sister about her past “relationship” with her husband? What ever happened to Feriba’s family left behind in Afghanistan?….. so many questions and zero answers. It would seem that this book warrants a sequel, but I don’t see how the author could make that story interesting enough to fill the pages of an entire novel. I sadly give this book a 2.5 stars out of 5. It hurts me to do so because I loved this authors previous work ( The Pearl Who Broke It’s Shell) so much. Oh well! You win some you lose some .

Other than that, I didn’t read much else. I managed to read one magazine I think ( lol) and a couple of pages each of  ‘The Crying Tree and “Red Queen” . I’m not sold on either yet..  I’m not sure I’m going to continue them. Oh boy! I think I may be in a bit of a reading slump 😦  Hopefully I can get my butt back into reading gear this week! I’m still continuing with my Proverb a day Challenge.

Best of luck to you!

xoxo

Wednesday Weekly Reads: I Love The Book I’m Reading…. and I Have Tons Of Magazines To Read!

Wednesday Weekly Reads: I Love The Book I’m Reading…. and I Have Tons Of Magazines To Read!

Hey y’all,

Quick edition of Wednesday Weekly Reads this week. I am currently tandem reading two books. The first one being, “When The Moon Is Low” by Nadia Hashimi. She is the same author who wrote the book, “The Pearl Who Book It’s Shell” which I absolutely loved.  ( I read it earlier this year.) Here is its quick synopsis:

In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive? (amazon.com)

I encourage everyone to read this book if they get a chance. It really delves into the plight that many Afghani women have to face. 

Her next book also depicts the plight of life in a war torn country.  Except this time, the story deals with the hardships that fall on a family, who has lost the patriarch and are trying to escape and make a life for themselves elsewhere. The synopsis of ” When The Moon is Low” is as follows:

Mahmoud’s passion for his wife Fereiba, a schoolteacher, is greater than any love she’s ever known. But their happy, middle-class world—a life of education, work, and comfort—implodes when their country is engulfed in war, and the Taliban rises to power.

Mahmoud, a civil engineer, becomes a target of the new fundamentalist regime and is murdered. Forced to flee Kabul with her three children, Fereiba has one hope to survive: she must find a way to cross Europe and reach her sister’s family in England. With forged papers and help from kind strangers they meet along the way, Fereiba make a dangerous crossing into Iran under cover of darkness. Exhausted and brokenhearted but undefeated, Fereiba manages to smuggle them as far as Greece. But in a busy market square, their fate takes a frightening turn when her teenage son, Saleem, becomes separated from the rest of the family.

Faced with an impossible choice, Fereiba pushes on with her daughter and baby, while Saleem falls into the shadowy underground network of undocumented Afghans who haunt the streets of Europe’s capitals. Across the continent Fereiba and Saleem struggle to reunite, and ultimately find a place where they can begin to reconstruct their lives.( harpercollins.com)

I’m just about finished with this book as its story is so captivating, I can’t put it down. I hope to finish this up by Friday.

Next, I started reading a book entitled, “The Crying Tree” by Naseem Rakha, It is also really good. I picked this book on a whim while perusing the shelves of my local library. The synopsis of this book is as follows:

Irene and Nate Stanley are living a quiet and contented life with their two children, Bliss and Shep, on their family farm in southern Illinois when Nate suddenly announces he’s been offered a job as a deputy sheriff in Oregon. Irene fights her husband. She doesn’t want to uproot her family and has deep misgivings about the move. Nevertheless, the family leaves, and they’re just settling into their life in Oregon’s high desert when the unthinkable happens. Fifteen-year-old Shep is shot and killed during an apparent robbery in their home. The murderer, a young mechanic with a history of assault, robbery, and drug-related offenses, is caught and sentenced to death.

Shep’s murder sends the Stanley family into a tailspin, with each member attempting to cope with the tragedy in his or her own way. Irene’s approach is to live, week after week, waiting for Daniel Robbin’s execution and the justice she feels she and her family deserve. Those weeks turn into months and then years. Ultimately, faced with a growing sense that Robbin’s death won’t stop her pain, Irene takes the extraordinary and clandestine step of reaching out to her son’s killer. The two forge an unlikely connection that remains a secret from her family and friends.

Then Irene receives the notice that she had craved for so long – Daniel Robbin has stopped his appeals and will be executed within a month. This announcement shakes the very core of the Stanley family. Irene, it turns out, isn’t the only one with a shocking secret. As the execution date nears, the Stanleys must face difficult truths and find a way to come to terms with the past.

I’m only about 50 pages into this book. It has the possibility to be a really good book, I hope it doesn’t disappoint me (lol). Hopefully I will finish this up this week.

Other than that, I have a TON of magazines to catch up on and i picked up the book “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard from the library. Everybody in the YouTube book world has been raving about it and I want to see what all the hype is about. I’m on day 15 of the Proverbs challenge! I hope this is a successful reading week for you!

xoxo

Wednesday Weekly Reads: I Didn’t Read Much…

Wednesday Weekly Reads: I Didn’t Read Much…

Hey guys!

Quick post today because I visited the eye doctor for an annual check up and she put drops in my eyes to dilate them and my vision is kinda wonky right now! So typing this is a challenge!

Anyway, to make a long story short, i barely did any reading this week and I probably wont do much for the rest of July (lol) Its vacation season and im jetting off on a plane in 2 days. I have yet to pack….. sigh.

I did manage to finish, “All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven. What a great book! I really think that the author was able to capture the face of depression and the mask that so many people  wear when trying to convince everyone that they are okay.You can never truly know what someone is going through, but this books serves as a reminder to us all to pay attention.To treat everyone with love and compassion and to cherish those you love each and everyday. One kind word could save a life…I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

                     4 out of 5 stars….

As for next week/travel, I have no set goals! I really wanted to re-read ” To Kill a Mockingbird” in anticipation of is sequels ( “Go Set a Watchman) release on July 14th. But the way things are going…who knows?

I am also doing the Proverbs challenge! I chapter of Proverbs a day for the month of July. As of right now its day 8! So far so good. I am also continuing with Ezekiel 🙂

Have a successful reading week!

What are you guys reading this summer?

xoxo