Review (Sort of): Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Before I get to the review, I want to remind you of the Jane Eyre giveaway that’s going on right now. If you’d like to win a copy for yourself or someone else click HERE to enter.

Title: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Author: Issa Rae
Format: Paperback, 204 pages
Genre: Humor
ISBN-13: 978-1476749075
Publisher: Atria
Release Date: 2015
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= 4/5 – Really Liked It. Add to your TBR list.

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I’ve tried to get this and three other reviews done albeit not very hard because I keep finding other things to do. Right now I’m in the process of deconstructing my apartment. Here’s just a sample of what’s going on in my quaint and not so cozy abode.

I dare not show all the turmoil that’s going on. I made the decision to get rid of some of the bulky furniture and visually free up space.

I bought The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl (ABG) about a month or so ago and devoured it in a couple of days. Rae is witty, sarcastic, funny (there were some serious laugh out loud moments). Continue reading

[17] Frazzled by Booki Vivat

Title: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom
Author: Booki Vivat
Format: Paperback, 219 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062398796
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: September 2016

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Disclaimer: I received this ARC for free in return for providing my honest and unbiased review.

I actually received this last year and forgot I had it – life happened. I found it the other day and decided to read it as an interim break from William Faulkner’s A Fable. It’s a super quick read. I read it Continue reading

[16] The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

murakami-cover-us-201x300Title: The Strange Library
Author: Haruki Murakami
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Genre: Magical Realism
ISBN-13: 978-0385354301
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: December 2014

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I was supposed to read this as part of a novella challenge I was going to do, but life happened and the challenge didn’t get done. This past weekend I decided to take it with me on my trip to Vegas and read it on the plane. It only took about an hour – the plane ride and the book.

. . . if you don’t know something, go to the library and look it up.

A teenage boy takes his mother’s advice Continue reading

[15] The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura

Title: The Gun
Author: Fuminori Nakamura
Format: Hardcover, 198 pages
Genre: Crime Fiction
ISBN-13: 978-1616955908
Publisher: Soho Crime
Release Date: 2016

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Last year I decided to diversify my reading, so this year I created a Diversity Reading Challenge

I found The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura at my local library’s book shop, Red Chair Bookshop. I had gone in not expecting much as it had just opened, but was pleasantly surprised by the selection. I spotted this and thought, ‘Oh what a simple yet powerful title.’ After reading the summary I put it with the rest of my book booty. When putting together my reading list for the Diversity Reading Challenge this was one of the first books I included.

The Gun is Nakamura’s first novel and it’s a super fast read. Continue reading

[14] Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Hi all just in case you I decided to take up the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) challenge this month by posting my thoughts on a few novellas. You can read about my challenge here and see the books I’ll be reading throughout 30 days.

So on to the challenge. Enjoy and I hope you’ll share thoughts, too or I’ve at least inspired you to give it a go.

Title: Memories of My Melancholy Whores
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Translated: 2005 by Edith Grossman
Format: Hardback, 115 pages
Genre: Magical Realism
ISBN-13: 9781400044603
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York
Release Date: 2006

As I was compiling my NaBloPoMo reading list, I wanted to make sure it was as diverse. I was acquainted with Gabriel Garcia Marquez from One Hundred years of Solitude, but had never read any of his other works. Memories of My Melancholy Whores popped up during my search for novellas by Spanish authors. I read the description and was quite intrigued.

The narrator as well as his “love” go unnamed. Marquez is very descriptive to the point where you can feel yourself lying naked in a hammock in the sweltering heat. One of my favorite descriptions is on one occasion that he meets her. Continue reading