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

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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
Rating: 

= 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

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

This year I’m participating in several reading challenges, and this week’s Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is an added book to my Diversity Reading Challenge.

I remember hearing about the Awkward Black Girl YouTube series when the book came out and watched a couple of episodes and laughed til my gut hurt. I also related to everything she talked about. 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

Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – Their Eyes by Zora Hurston

This weeks Book Beginnings and Friday 56 is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Their Eyes is doing triple duty. I’ll be reading it for book club next month and it’s part of my Diversity Reading Challenge and Back to Classics Challenge. It’s been on my reread list for a long time having read it some 15 years ago in college.

cac55-bb-buttonBook Beginnings is hosted over at Rose City Reader. It’s simple to join in the fun. Continue reading