Month: June 2016

Top Ten for the Weekend (06/24/2016)

Top Ten for the Weekend is a collection of some of the most interesting bookish things I’ve seen lately.   1 and 2) In case you missed it, I posted TWO reviews this week, each of the Science Fiction genre. If you haven’t done so yet, check out my review on Kings of Earth (2015) by Joe Ponder and Parable of the Sower (1993) by Octavia Butler. Ponder is a newly publish author living in Texas. His book deserves some praise! Butler is well-known as not only a great writer but an icon in the genre. 3) After reading Remembering Octavia Butler, I wanted to honor her myself. I hope I did with my book review. 4) I also found out that talks started last year to turn Butler’s book, Dawn, into a tv series. This article from IndieWire gives you some more background. 5) If you need a pick-me-up, Blavity.com has a list for you. 11 Self-Help Books Written By Black People That Will Get You Through Anything. Making the cut is one of my current reads Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. 6) And reminder of why …

Kings of Earth by Joe Ponder (Book Review)

*Note: This post contains affiliate links. A Life Devoid of Fiction Fiction was my everyday reading, and Science Fiction was usually my pick. I love Sci-Fi. Futuristic, robotic, technological stories are my go-to. Throw in some catastrophic dystopian events, and I am sold. Unfortunately, my life has been lacking in novels for a while. It’s not that I had turned my back on Fiction, I was too busy. I didn’t have the time. I had thesis papers to write and Nonfiction anthologies to annotate. In my youth, I read all kinds of fiction books, for all ages. But once I went off to college, my majors revolved around theories and commentaries which left little space for novels. Now 5 years after my final days of coursework, I’m changing my tune. A New Normal About three months into my #yearofblackbooks project, independent author Joe Ponder emailed me. He asked if I would read and review his new novel, Kings of Earth. I was shocked that anyone would want me to do anything and had a tiny freak out moment. A REQUEST!!! What if I read his book and hated it? What he hated …

Challenge Accepted: Reading and Photo Challenges Explained

Every year I make a list of reading goals, but like New Years Resolutions, I don’t always stick to them. It’s usually just read x-number of books and maybe more than last year. For 2016 I decided to have focus and make my hobby more memorable.  2016 Reading Goals Read at least 20 books (more than last year). Buy and read books exclusively by black authors to broaden my own perspective on blackness. Celebrate womanhood by reading mostly books written by black women. Learn about black history from the actual voices of the movements and not abridged commentaries (like news articles or mainstream history books). Add novels to my repertoire because creative writing is another way to express ourselves. Read and review children’s books written by black authors. Children of color are underrepresented in  publication and do not see themselves represented as “normal.” These goals lead me to start Black and Bookish. As I explain in an earlier post, my own miseducation of black literature prompted my #yearofblackbooks. Since then, I have had so much positive feedback, I thought I share …