I don’t know what I was expecting when I picked up Dark Matter, but it certainly wasn’t this. By reading the blurb I was intrigued. I knew there would be mystery and thriller elements tied into my science fiction, and I was excited about that. But for me, Dark Matter has an extremely strong start which eventually tapered off and annoyed me. That said, this is a hugely contrary opinion to most of the bookish world at this poi...

  A fantasy novel about an albino girl in Nigeria who, on the cusp of adolescence, discovers she is a witch and works to save the world with her newly found best friends. On the surface, Akata Witch sounds like it will be ripe with predictability and poorly represented characters filling tropes. But it is so much more than that. Prejudice begets prejudice, you see. Knowledge does not always evolve into wisdom. Sunny is twelve-years-old an...

  When I was in middle school, I adored binge reading series books. In fact, I had decided in 7th grade I would read EVERY SINGLE Star Wars Universe novel (now called Star Wars Legends; don’t get me started). One of my favorite authors during this time was Kevin J. Anderson. The Jedi Academy trilogy got me hooked on these books. His Tales From… Star Wars books introduced me to the idea of the short story. But, as most middle school ...

American Born Chinese is the story of a first-generation American boy, Jin, growing up struggling with the stigma that comes from his Chinese ancestry. It’s also the story of the Chinese legend surrounding the Monkey King. It is also a sitcom featuring stereotypical American-white-jock-superstar Danny who is plagued with a yearly visit from his cousin Chin-Kee, the ultimate stereotypical Chinaman. It is also the first graphic novel to ev...

A variation on a traditional Azerbaijani fairy tale, The Sigh is a breath of fresh air for those used to the saccharine-sweet Disney tales. More in line with traditional Grimm and Scheherazade tales, Satrapi’s interpretation isn’t completely gruesome but contains all the iconic fairy tale details a lover of this genre would appreciate. The Sigh tells the story of Rose, the youngest daughter of a merchant who promises to bring his d...

  I don’t know why I seem to adore the celebrity memoir so much. I am particularly drawn when these are written by comediennes, or well, any female celebrity, who wants to empower their audience. For some reason, I am surprised that every time I read one of these books, I find myself screaming, “YES, <insert famous female name here>! You are my SPIRIT ANIMAL!” And basically, I just want to know that there are kick ...

C.S. Lewis is known as a Christian apologist. This means he presents reasoned, logical, evidential bases for Christianity. In fact, he is known as one of the most influential Christian apologists of his time. Interested in presenting a reasonable case for Christianity to the world, he wrote many books and essays on the matter. While Mere Christianity is considered his definitive work on the matter, The Screwtape Letters is his only fictionaliz...

  I am typically not someone who is interested in hype. I like to avoid it, honestly, particularly when it comes to new books. However, I somehow couldn’t resist requesting The Blazing Star from NetGalley. This book is diverse historical magical realism featuring a black female protagonist. Everyone has been talking about this book and with its gorgeous cover no wonder it has been getting a ton of attention! Unfortunately, even thou...

When this book arrived on my doorstep, I knew it was something special. Inspired by her daughter asking, “Mama, why does the Moon always follow me?” author Jennifer Rustgi explores this idea within the pages of A Moon of One’s Own. A young girl in goulashes and carrying a stick is wandering the world having a conversation with the moon. She asks if the Moon is lonely or playing hide and seek. She compliments it’s bright...

My friend Dr. Cupcake  started her blog in May, and I’ve been an avid follower since day one. As a med student, she doesn’t have a lot of time but she loves cooking. If she can find the time to make amazing recipes, so can I! I’ve been really into Indian food lately, and it’s put quite a strain on my wallet to constantly be going out to eat O_o . But thanks to Dr. Cupcake, I decided to branch out and learn to cook this ...

Dark Matter
Book Review / January 16, 2017

Title: Dark Matter Author: Blake Crouch Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Crown Release Date: July 26th, 2016 Format: Hardcover Pages: 342 Source: Library “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says...

Akata Witch
Book Review / January 12, 2017

Title: Akata Witch Series: Akata Witch, #1 Author: Nnedi Okorafor Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Viking Children's Release Date: April 14th, 2011 Format: eBook Pages: 369 Source: Library Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits. And then she discovers s...

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To
List , Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / January 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve been meaning to get involved for a while but I never rose to the challenge. Why? I felt like it was ALL IN or nothing. Fortunately, Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction set me right. I can participate whenever and how frequently I want! So, let’s get to it! 2016 Releases I Meant To Read but Didn’t Get To (and TOTALLY plan to read eventually)   There...

Bout of Books 18 Wrap Up
Read-a-thon / January 9, 2017

Bout of Books was my first real social-heavy readathon. I’ve participated in readathons with friends in small groups, in person, and over the internet. But I’ve never participated in a readathon so public, so popular and so… involved. This was definitely a learning process for me. Lessons Learned Posting daily is not for me. I am a very busy person who is bad at saying no. Blogging and social media are a hobby of mi...

Bout of Books 18 Recaps Days 4-6
Read-a-thon / January 8, 2017

Well. That didn’t go completely as planned, but when does life every follow the straight and narrow?  Let’s get the bad confessions out of the way: I obviously missed some things through social media and blogging the past few days. This is why I don’t post daily, people! I’ve learned that in the future, I should give myself some more flexibility with my social interactions in readathons. Twitter only? Sure. I ...

Bout of Books 18 Recap Day 3: Book to Movie
Read-a-thon / January 5, 2017

Poor Day Three. I barely got to read anything! Bout of Books – I need you to keep me on my game! And while it was a shame, I can’t wait until Friday night when things lighten up a bit. I’ve been so busy the past few days! Friday through Sunday will be nice and filled with reading, however. 🙂 January 4th – Day 3 Review Books Read: Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou, Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor Completed B...

Clockwork Angels
Book Review / January 5, 2017

Title: Clockwork Angels Series: Clockwork Angels, #1 Author: Kevin J. Anderson & Neal Peart Genre: Steampunk Publisher: ECW Press Release Date: January 1st, 2012 Format: Hardback Pages: 315 Source: Borrowed from Friends Illustrator: Hugh Syme A remarkable collaboration that is unprecedented in its scope and realization, this exquisitely wrought novel represents an artistic project between the bestselling science fiction author Ke...

Bout of Books 18 Recap Day 2: 2017 in a Picture
Read-a-thon / January 4, 2017

Day two was a less eventful day, but that’s because I went to work. Le sigh. That’s okay! I managed to make some good progress on Bout of Books. It’s time for my daily update! January 3rd – Day 2 Review Books Read: Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo, Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou, Akata Witch by  Nnedi Okorafor Completed Book: Jazz Day: The Mak...

Bout of Books 18 Recap Day 1: Introduce Yourself
Read-a-thon / January 3, 2017

And we are off! I have wrapped up the first day of Bout of Books 18. A brand new year and a brand new Jackie B.– I thought it was a good idea to start off the year by pushing myself a bit. I feel like things fell off for me at the end of the year and I want to get back on track. I’m hoping this readathon will give me the strong start I need to be successful throughout the year. For those of you unfamiliar with Bout of Boo...

2016 Year in Review
About the Blog , Year in Review / January 3, 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2016 has ended and we are into 2017 already! 2016 was a hallmark year for me. In real life, I had some great adventures with my friends and got engaged. In the blog world, well, I created my blog and began my journey to make friends and better understand books. I think it’s only appropriate to do a high-level reflection on the previous year, as well as set some dreams for 2017! Without further ad...