Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sometimes You Just Have to Buy a New Book!

So far this month I've only purchased three books. Of course I'll most likely end up with a few more. Here are the synopsis for each one:

1) What is the Bible? By Rob Bell

Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined—and offers a cogent argument for why we need to look at it in a fresh, new way.
In Love Wins, Rob Bell confronted the troubling questions that many people of faith were afraid to ask about heaven, hell, fate, and faith. Using the same inspired, inquisitive approach, he now turns to our most sacred book, the Bible. What Is the Bible? provides insights and answers that make clear why the Bible is so revered and what makes it truly inspiring and essential to our lives.
Rob takes us deep into actual passages to reveal the humanity behind the Scriptures. You cannot get to the holy without going through the human, Rob tells us. When considering a passage, we shouldn’t ask "Why did God say . . .?" To get to the heart of the Bible’s meaning, we should be asking: "What’s the story that’s unfolding here and why did people find it important to tell it? What was it that moved them to record these words? What was happening in the world at that time? What does this passage/story/poem/verse/book tell us about how people understood who they were and who God was at that time?" In asking these questions, Rob goes beyond the one-dimensional question of "is it true?" to reveal the Bible’s authentic transformative power.
Rob addresses the concerns of all those who see the Bible as God’s Word but are troubled by the ethical dilemmas, errors, and inconsistencies in Scripture. With What Is the Bible?, he recaptures the Good Book’s magic and reaffirms its power and inspiration to shape and inspire our lives today. (Via Harper Collins website).

2) Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Riordan takes the classic guide to Greek myths and makes it his own, with an introduction and narration by beloved character Percy Jackson. With 19 chapters, this oversize hardcover includes a variety of stories, from the early tales of Gaea and the Titans to individual tales of gods readers encounter in the "Percy Jackson" series (Hyperion), such as Ares, Apollo, and Dionysus. Percy's irreverent voice is evident from titles such as "Hera Gets a Little Cuckoo," "Zeus Kills Everyone," and "Artemis Unleashes the Death Pig," and the stories are told in his voice with his distinctive perspective ("Another guy who got a special punishment was Sisyphus. With a name like Sissy-Fuss you have to figure the guy had issues…"). The format and illustrations are fairly traditional, considering the tone, featuring painterly depictions of the gods and their world. While these are actual tales of Greek mythology, Percy's take adds more color than would be helpful for those working on research projects or reports. The stories do make for fun reading, however, and might work as starting points for schoolwork. This original and wildly entertaining spin on Greek mythology is bound to be popular among fans of the series (from Amazon).


3) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel.
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late (from Amazon).

Monday, July 10, 2017

Did I Really Need Those Books?

HELP.....I NEED STORAGE SPACE!

I am a proud book lover and collector. It wasn't until a few years ago that I began paying close attention to the books I was purchasing. In 2013, I noticed how unruly my book collection was getting. I purchased another three tier book case and a small three tier storage shelf. My books where nice and neat and put away. At that point I was around 400 or so books. We fast forward to 2017, and I am at 624 books. And running out of space.
Some of my friends ask me why I keep buying and why I don't donate. And the answer is a selfish one: I JUST DON'T WANNA. I enjoy my crazy, eclectic collection. My reading tastes run the gambit but seriously I need a better storage system. Does anyone have any cheap, DIY ideas to help with storing books?
We all know I won't be giving up any books anytime soon! If you have any suggestions let me know in the comments.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Happy Harry Potter Day!

20 years ago today the magic begin; children and adults in the U.K. were introduced to Harry Potter and in the work of wizarding. A whole generation of children discovered the magic of reading. We all learned that Hogwarts will always be home!

👇🏾 Here is the gear that I wore to work today 🐍💚💛💚💛💚🐍! You know I had to rep my house!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Birthdays....

There's is amazing thing about birthdays they either make you sad or they make you really happy. Until I was about 23 birthdays were always hard for me – I never like them, and I usually cried when I had a birthday and I always associated them with something bad. Each year my birthday was a reminder that I was a year older and a year lonelier. I don't say this for pity. I don't want people to feel sorry for me in anyway – but for several years of my life I was sad. It's a hard thing to admit that I suffered from depression and anxiety and loneliness; and sometimes I think a lot of it was my own fault. I wasn't strong enough to see my own beauty, to see my own intelligence, to see how beautiful my life really was. And then I discovered a book – it wasn't that I wasn't a reader before because I was. In fact I was a self-taught reader, and I read alot. It didn't matter the topic, it didn't matter what was going on I always had a book to read. But it wasn't until I was 23 when I discovered Max Lucado's He Choose the Nails that I felt a real shift in my life.
I was raised a Christian. I always believed in the tenants of the Christian faith. But still I felt like Jesus was abstract. His sacrifice wasn't for me. I never felt that I completely belong to him but all that changed with one par his sacrifice wasn't for me. I never felt that I completely belong to him but all that changed with one book.
That one book shifted the way I thought about myself; it shifted the way I thought about my life and it definitely shifted the way I believed in the power of the written word. When I was a teenager Stephen King was the man that inspired me to write. But it was maxes work that inspired me to live. It inspired me to enjoy life more fully, to give more, to love more and to read more.
I feel now at 33 that books have shaped my life; I carry the work of Max Lucado, Rob Bell, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, J.K. Rowling and so many others in my heart. He Choose the Nails is just one example of how one book can change someones heart. Books have made me life whole; so much so that I want to create my own so that I can perhaps touch someone the way other authors have touched me. So....my birthday wish this year is to SAY YES to writing and to SAY YES to continuing to live my life with books in it. Here's to another fabulous year of writing, reading and loving.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

When your TBR is Lit!


We all know I read a lot; in fact i average about 50 books a year. But when you look at my TBR list of 1701 books you know I simply am not reading at a fast enough pace! I've got to do better.

You can check out your TBR time results here:
http://www.readitforward.com/tbr-time/

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Bookbabe's Social Justice Reading Project


There are certain things in my life I will never forget. Meeting my first best friend, the first time I got stitches, my highschool and college graduations. Completing my Masters Degree. And Feburary of 2012 the month a 17 year old African American man was killed in Sanford, Florida while walking home in a hoodie with skittles and a drink. I won't forget Mike Brown, Philando Castile, Freddie Grey, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, John Crawford lll, Tamir Rice, Jordan Evans....and the list goes on and on. Each case was different but each death left a lasting impression on me. For those of you that know my personally you know I studied Criminal Justice in college; and have a masters in Homeland security. I love politics and can and will debate the issues of the day with anyone at anytime. However, the deaths of so many African Americans (mainly men) at the hands of law enforcement (the man that shot Trayvon Martin was neighborhood watch) really shook me to my core and made me question some of the beliefs I had in the justice system.
Believe me when I say I have always been aware of the inequality that exists in the system. I'm aware and have seen what happens when communites of color do not trust law enforcement. I am also very much aware of why communities of color (especially the African American community) are leary of cops - I know the history and I've heard the tales. But never had I really felt scared. I laughed off the "talk" my grandparents gave me when I was old enough to drive my car by myself. I thought "yeah right...we don't live in the times you grew up in". Only I never realized that now the thing they inherently knew to be true would still be going on and in my generation would be all over the place and anyone would be able to see it.
So all of that brings me to this moment...this reading list. It is my goal to learn more about social justice as it pertains to the African American experience so that I can better serve my community and have a more intelligent conversation about how things effect us. The more I know the better ally, friend and advocate I can be. I would like to invite anyone who wants to to read along and discuss each book on the list with me. I'll be posting a blog post bi-weekly on what I'm learning as I read.


And without further adieu here is a list:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wings, War and Mating Bonds....The Bookbabe Reviews A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas



Last month the third installment in Sarah J. Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses series was released. I didn't jump right into the book because I had a lot going on and frankly I wanted to take my time with the novel. This book starts off with Feyre back at the spring court awaiting a time to ruin Tamiln's life make him pay for the betrayal of her and her family to Hybren.
Throughout her time at the Spring Court she is attempting to keep Tamlin and Lucien at arms length. She plays this well; its an Oscar winning performance, at least where Tamlin is concerned. Lucien, however, is expecting something. He is suspicious of her from the moment they leave the Cauldron and King of Hybren to come back to the court. It's not until Dagdan and Brannagh (the niece and nephew of the King) that Feyre is able to spring her trap and escape; but not before the pays back Ianthe for her role in the betrayal and for her constant in wanted sexual advances on Lucien and several other males around her. Feyre and Lucien escape to the court of Night together. Lucien only leaves with her because he wants to see his mate; Elain, who happens to be Feyre's sister. As they escape the run into characters from the winter and autumn courts that will play a much bigger role in the storyline as we go on. Once they are back in Velaris Lucien quickly comes to understand that all he thought and knew about Rhysand and his court is untrue. Rhysand is more caring and loving and honorable then Lucien has been made to believe and the leads him into becoming a reluctant ally of the Night Court. During the book we see a love hate relationship start between Nesta and Cassian. We also see Azriel and Mor's relationship become more strained; and most of that is Mor's doing. She is sitting on a secret that she needs to share with Az. We also find out the Amren has a love interest who lives in another court; we also find that she will betray Feyre and her friends in order to save not only the court but their world.
Amren's betrayal was frustrating for me; I found myself cussing her when I read it. I truly did not see that coming and she had put Feyre in danger. However, Maas cleans it up and the end and we find that Amren is still a friend of the group and is still within the courts ranks at the end of the novel. If the betrayal was not bad enough Maas could not resist harming Rhysand; but this one moment was also a chance for Tamlin to redeem himself. This did not change my views of Tamlin. I still don't like him; but it does mean that we will see him in the future. We will also see Queen Vassa in the upcoming novels, however, I have a feeling that her tale is going to be full of drama and danger. I think this queen is going to be a piece of work; something tells me she's putting on a front to those around her so that she can be freed from the man that holds her captive. There is so much that went on in this book and its way to much to discuss without spoilers.

Best Scenes:
Death of a really bad character at the hands of Nesta and Elain.
Amren lives.
We have a LQBT character

Worse scene:
Cannot tell you due to chance of spoiling it - sorry!

I gave this book 5/5 stars on goodreads.

Quotes that I loved: