The Office Party By Whitney G. | Book Review

Synopsis:

I can’t believe that I pulled my boss’s name for our company’s annual Secret Santa tradition…

As the devil incarnate, this infuriating, cocky bastard never gives us the holidays off, and he honestly expects us to be grateful for his generous alternative: The Office Party.

It’s a mandatory, all-expenses trip for two weeks at a surprise luxury resort—where we still have to work twelve to fifteen hours a day.

I’m so over this…

So, I put zero percent effort into his gift. I tear the tag off whatever my sister gifts me, add a five-dollar amazon gift card, and hand it off to him.

It’s not until my sister sends me a text that I realize how terrible of a decision that was.

Georgia: Why haven’t you sent me a ‘LOL’ about the brand-new vibrator I got you? I really do hope that you use your boss’s face as a muse, like my note says. 🙂

If that’s not bad enough, this year’s “luxury trip” will be in my hometown–the place I’ve avoided for years. At the resort that my grandmother owns…

If the universe gets me out of this, I will never ‘regift’ anything ever again..

Book Review:

I enjoyed this, I liked the banter between Savannah and Garrett. Savannah works at a big company with a stuck up boss. Savannah just deals with it because Garrett is her boss but she feels she doesn’t have to like him.

It’s around Christmas time and savannah has Garrett’s name for a secret Santa. And she feels yet another yet she is tied to this man she doesn’t care for, she just wants to do her job and go home. 

Garrett is basically sending so many messages to savannah that he wants her and will be with her. But savannah still sees him as her boss. Even though she starts to feel some of the same feelings as Garrett later on.

This was my first book by this author and I liked her writing. I read this for the black author readathon 2021.

Rating: 4⭐⭐⭐⭐

Black Girl Unlimited By Echo Brown | Book Review

Synopsis:

Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.

Book Review:

This won’t be a standard review like I normally write but more on my feelings towards the story. 

Echo Brown has gone through so much, so much I can relate to. I feel Echo’s mother in the beginning just gave up and didn’t want to deal with life anymore. I felt upset with her mom because of what Echo had to go through at an very early age. But reading more into the story it makes sense. 

I was upset to read that Echo was raped at a young age and she had to deal with this basically by herself. In the black community when it comes to sexual violations people in the community sweep it under the rug and it’s never to be dealt with. It’s one of those things as if saying “yeah it happened get over it” or “don’t say anything no body will believe you”

Echo had to be the strong one in the family while still trying to go to school and get into college. It was hard for her. I enjoyed the magical realism through the story especially during Echo’s younger years. It shows how young children see tough situations and it flowed well into the story nicely.

Reading about Echo’s life, there were times I didn’t want to stop reading. It was a real life well written memoir and now I want to read more from Echo Brown. I’m glad I chose this for black history month and for buzzwordathon. I’ll definitely be re reading this again soon.

Rating: 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Synopsis:

This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
 
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.


Review:


Between the world and me is very well written. It’s a letter written to the author son. In this letter the author talks about growing up in the hood of Baltimore Maryland and seeing kids his age with guns. He also talked about the injustice system against black people in America. 


In this letter the author also talked about how hard it is being black in America and how life is rigged for a lot of black men. Reading this made me think about about my own son and how having this talk is very important. 


This letter set the stage for young black American kids to learn and understand that being born black is a automatic crime and there’s really nothing to do about it. But I plan to  instill this same knowledge to my son that you are black first before anything else. 


Be proud of who you are yet live life definely. I enjoyed the writing this was also an emotional read for me because everything stated in this letter is true. Definitely a 5 ⭐ star read and I’ll will be re reading this again soon.

Rating: 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#RecentReads | July Recap 2020

SulweSulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a great representation of self love for young black children. Sulwe although didnt love her dark skin once she saw that her dark black skin is just as beautiful as having light black skin, she saw the beauty in herself. 

I remember when I was younger going to school hearing the light black skin vs dark black skin argument as a child you dont understand. But now as an adult with a child of my own that way of thinking, that complex just keeps people back within the black community. Black is beautiful no matter how light or dark the complexion.

I now have a son who realized that he has dark brown skin, darker than his mommy. He came to me and said “Brown…like me, I have dark brown skin!”  And I said “yes you do always remember that” 

This book is great for young kids to understand self love and I love the illustrations and the bright colors too, very inviting for children and for adults when reading to them. I will be buying a hard copy of this book to read out loud to my son at night. Awesome story great message! 

“My Black is Beautiful!!” 

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Synopsis:
Arianne’s birthday goals aren’t the kind you wish for when blowing out your birthday candles. They’re the kind you put in work for. Except that one about getting Kammal in her bed…


#birthdaygoals#birthdaygoals by AshleyNicole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#BirthdayGoals was perfect and hilarious. AshleyNicole got a banger with this one. This is Ari and Kammal story. Basically every year for Ari’s birthday she has two goals she wants to accomplish for a year. For her birthday one crazy goal was to get with Kammal. 

Ari is the type to go bed early and don’t live life as much. I think the push she needed from her sisters to get with Kammal was all that she needed.

The sex scene with Kammal and Ari was bomb yet funny too, how you playing Savage by Meg Thee Stallion in your head and jump to another wild as song ….LMAO I was laughing so much reading this.

This was a true birthday gift for a 31 year old single woman. I enjoyed the story and plan on reading the next in the series. 

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Synopsis:
Shana Harris keeps it sexy at home, cooking in stilettos and being a freak in bed. Still, her man, Rome doesn’t seem satisfied, and Shana suspects he’s cheating. The evidence against Rome is overwhelming: late nights with the boys, sexually explicit texts and pics, and he frequently comes home smelling like perfume. So, what’s a girl to do? Shana’s best friend suggests she should get even by having a one night stand. And Shana agrees. But she’s in for the shock of her life when a one-time encounter turns into much more than she ever bargained for. Rome or the sexy stranger…which one will claim her heart? 



One Night StandOne Night Stand by Allison Hobbs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was crazy and I felt bad for Shana. But at the same time she shouldn’t had listened to her best friend telling her to cheat on her man to get back at him. As I was reading this I truly thought Rome was hiding something like he had a side chick or something and I was waiting for that to happen but it never did.

Relationships are hard enough but to have revenge sex on your partner is not the way to do it. Amir is sick asshole who needed to be locked away for good. If he’ll do it to Shana he’ll do it to any other woman. And it’s people are really like this in reality, crazy and sick minded.

I like that this was fast paced kept me guessing the whole time and it was written by my favorite author Allison Hobbs. This was quick and has a message at the end which is dont listen to your friends and dont go sleeping around because you can lose everything. Overall great story. 

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Synopsis:
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. The poems weave between personal narrative and pop-cultural criticism, examining and confronting modern media, consumption, feminism, and Blackness. This collection explores femininity and race in the contemporary American political climate, folding in references from jazz standards, visual art, personal family history, and Hip Hop. The voice of this book is a multifarious one: writing and rewriting bodies, stories, and histories of the past, as well as uttering and bearing witness to the truth of the present, and actively probing toward a new self, an actualized self. This is a book at the intersections of mythology and sorrow, of vulnerability and posturing, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence. 



There Are More Beautiful Things Than BeyoncéThere Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful writing and relatable! This collection of poems was what I needed at this moment. The author touched on a lot of things and used Beyonce as a metaphor. Like stop looking for something from another pretty female when you should having that same energy for yourself. The women we see on IG or TV are not the equivalent of what real beauty is. It’s all marketing and fake. Morgan Parker talks about mental illness, and accepting her the way she is and not being ashamed of her sexuality (or being overly sexual)

I enjoyed everything about this collection I want to re read it because it was just that strong and powerful. Morgan also talked about women rights and not being at fault for being a woman and doing what women do on the daily. 

This is something I want my son to read when he is old enough to understand it. I really enjoyed reading this and I got a lot from it. Great poetry collection with a strong message at the end. 

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Synopsis:
Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When mommy does Zuri’s hair, she feels like a superhero. But when mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to step in! And even though daddy has a lot to learn, he LOVES his Zuri. And he’ll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy.

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair—and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.



Hair LoveHair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very cute children’s book, something I can definitely see myself reading to my son.
This story is about Zuri and she has thick kinky curly hair and she feels special with her hair because it can do so much on its own.

Zuri wanted a cute hairstyle for her mom but needed help so her dad decided to help. This was a good story that showcased motivation and self-esteem in children. Zuri learned at a young age to love her hair because she knows that her hair is not just hers but from her mom and dad. I loved this story very cute and I loved the illustrations too. 5 star read!

What I actually Read for the Month of June | June 2020 Monthly Wrap Up

    











For the month of June, a lot was going on with the riots and protests of George Floyd and the racist statements I seen online by other people and companies that I honestly couldn’t focus on my June TBR. So I did read a couple of things but something is better than nothing. Hope you enjoy this month’s reading wrap up.



 
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Synopsis: Will their romance fade with the music?



Bailey’s settled for working in her mother’s salon instead of pursuing her dream. Music. She has the soul of a singer. Melodies speak to her heart. She could face her fear, but that would take courage and ignoring the disapproval of those close to her. When an incredible opportunity comes her way, she must decide whether to take the risk or live in regret.

Jackson’s a musician determined to make it into the business with his band. After years of hard work, his dreams may come true. He can make amends for the past. He can let go of his guilt.

When Jackson and Bailey meet online, their love for music forms an extraordinary bond. Once they both pursue their passions, including the one between them, there’s no going back. But there’s a secret. A secret that will make Bailey question everything.




Christmas Connection (A Bridge Point Romance, #1)Christmas Connection by Daria White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a sweet romance and it took place around my favorite time of year the Christmas season. This is Bailey and Jackson love story, they actually met on an online dating service. Bailey’s best and closest friend needed that push for Bailey to meet someone new and worth it.

Bailey also deals with a lot surrounding her dad and music. Bailey loves music and loves to sing but has always been scared to try it in public because of her strict mom.

Jackson had his fair ups and downs with relationships and before getting on the dating app he really wasnt going to try looking for love anymore. Jackson puts all he has into music he just wants whoever will be in his life to understand that. 

Baily and Jackson made a great pair I enjoyed reading about them. This story was a very sweet romance that didnt have the traditional romance tropes which I enjoyed. This is also my first time reading from this author and I plan to read more and continue this series as well.

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Synopsis: When the kids are away, Mom and Dad will play. But what happens when the kids have nowhere to go?


Like any other happily married couple, Taness and her husband Syvad arranged a romantic weekend getaway for their wedding anniversary. What they didn’t count on was their sitter becoming unavailable at the last minute. Determined not to let their intimacy take a back seat to their children, as usual, Taness proposes that the two of them create opportunities for passion whenever possible. Confident that his wife is getting her hopes up, Syvad is reluctant to play along.

Can these parents celebrate their love while stuck at home, tending to their kid’s constant needs? Will they make time to do what grown folks do?

“Making Time” is a novelette. Shorter than a novella, as sweet as a short story, and spicy all around.




Making TimeMaking Time by Moon Bey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Basically when you have kids and are married trying to make time for each other can be hard and tricky. Syvad and Tee are a loving married couple with 3 children trying to have time for themselves to rekindle their love while still parenting.

This was a sexy erotic story and I loved how well it was written. The author made every scene and every detail real to the mind. 

My only gripe is that I want this to be a little longer. But it was a great story exactly what I needed to read especially now since we are still in quarantine this was perfect. I will be reading much more from Moon Bey.

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Synopsis: I needed relief. With so much going on in the world, we found each other. Two black men in pain emotionally, needing the balm of physical touch and pure intimacy to soothe our aches. Too bad, everything between us had to be done on the low. He’s my little big secret.



Boo'd UpBoo’d Up by Pierre Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Boo’d up is not your everyday lgbtq+ erotica. This was a ride …lol. Now this story isn’t going to be for everyone you definitely have to be open minded to a lot of things or you just won’t enjoy the story. 

The author takes the MC and side character and basically makes them confess the fact they like each other but during sexually activities. I found this story to be interesting and straight to the point and the sex scenes were written very well.

I’ve never read gay erotica like this before but this author definitely made me want to look into the genre more and check more of his work out. I loved this and I can see myself re reading this too, super hot!

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Synopsis: Dark liquor made Greg do crazy things. That’s why, whenever he got that curious itch to do something freaky with a dude, he avoided it. But one night, the lust was too strong and he needed something smooth to calm his nerves. When the Henny and the weed settled in his system, he went from being a solid, masculine acting dude, to a pantie wearing slut. He loved every bit of it, but how will he react when he wakes up from the high?


Hennything: Blame it on the AlcoholHennything: Blame it on the Alcohol by Pierre Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As an adult I think a lot of people have been in situations were alcohol and or marijuana has made them do crazy things. But Greg this just made him explore a side of himself he always wanted to explore.

Greg wants to try something new but swears he’s not gay just wants to explore another side of himself. He then finds Ray Ray at the infamous park where the “boys” be at and he wanted to try his luck.

Ray Ray basically turned Greg out!…lol but can Greg really blame it on the alcohol and weed? I don’t think so, I believe Greg wanted this sexcapade more than anything.

The author is amazing with bringing realistic scenes to life. It kind of makes the reader feel like their in the room with the characters.

I had fun reading this! 2 books down by this author that I enjoyed so far and I plan to pick up more!!