The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own
Book Review / December 28, 2017

Title: The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own Genre: Essays Publisher: St. Martin's Press Release Date: January 10th, 2017 Format: eARC Pages: 220 Source: NetGalley Editor: Veronica Chambers Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world. What is remarkable is that, at 52, she is just getting started. While many books have looked at Michelle Obama from a fashion perspective, no book has fully explored what she means to our culture. The Meaning of Michelle does just that, while offering a parting gift to a landmark moment in American history. In addition to a tribute to Michelle Obama, this book is also a rollicking, lively dinner party conversation about race, class, marriage, creativity, womanhood and what it means to be American today. Contributors include: Ava DuVernay, Veronica Chambers, Benilde Little, Damon Young, Alicia Hall Moran and…

State of the ARC: November 2017
State of the ARC / November 29, 2017

            State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers. My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s right–we both have ARCs which are over a year old. SUPER guilty! Evelina decided to take matters into her own hands! Not only did she start this lovely meme, State of the ARC, for people to try to grapple with their love-hate ARC relationship, but she also started #ARCsAnonymous on Goodreads. This group is geared towards just pushing through the ARC pile and making a difference. All are encouraged to join! November Progress This month I read an ARC! I know, I know, little victories, right? Plus, I also managed to read and review the book before publication day! This has only happened one other time for me over my blogging career (not quite two years), so I am giving myself a big pat on the back for this one….

#ThanksgivingReadathon Wrap-Up
Book Review / November 27, 2017

  I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already flown by. This means the first official #ThanksgivingReadathon has sadly come to a close. It was an amazing 5 days of reading and sharing the books we were reading. #ThanksgivingReadathon was a beautiful blur of thankfulness I needed in my life. I am thankful to everyone who participated so readily! We had over 20 people take part in the readathon!! I cannot believe it. After last year where 3 of us read together, this feels amazing. I loved following along on social media with #ThanksgivingReadathon — it was amazing reading the sign-up posts and Tweets, plus all the photos! Thanksgiving meals, cozy reading corners, and beautifully framed book covers dominated my social media feeds. Check out the list of participants at the bottom of this post to see for yourselves! Jackie B’s #ThanksgivingReadathon Successes My own Thanksgiving Readathon participation was more successful than I imagined it was going to be. I didn’t have as much time to read paper or eBooks as I predicted. I spent a lot of time with my family. But, David and I listened to a book during our 16-hour round-trip car ride to my parents, and I listened to books whenever…

The Hidden Face
Book Review / November 25, 2017

Title: The Hidden Face Series: Fifth Unmasking, #1 Author: S.C. Flynn Genre: Fantasy Publisher: The Hive Release Date: November 25th, 2017 Format: eARC Pages: 350 Source: Author Request A face without a face – an unmasking that leaves the mask. Once every few hundred years the sun god, the Akhen, takes on human form and descends to earth. Each Unmasking of the Face of the Akhen ends one era and begins another; the last one created the Faustian Empire. Where and when will the Face next appear, and who will he – or she – be? Dayraven, son of a great hero, returns to Faustia after years as a hostage of their rivals, the Magians. Those years have changed him, but Faustia has changed as well; the emperor Calvo now seems eccentric and is controlled by one of Dayraven’s old enemies. Following the brutal murder of his old teacher, Dayraven is drawn, together with a female warrior named Sunniva, into the search for an ancient secret that would change the fate of empires. The Hidden Face is an epic fantasy novel drenched in the atmosphere of the early Middle Ages and in Kabbalistic riddles and is the first book in…

#ThanksgivingReadathon : Goals and TBR
Read-a-thon / November 20, 2017

I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting the #ThanksgivingReadaton this year with Ottavia @ Novels and Nonfiction. A little over a year ago, we got together and decided to make time for ourselves and our reading during a traditionally hectic time. Now– we share that with you! The #ThanksgivingReadathon is a stress-free way to get caught up with your reading and prioritize me-time during a family-packed week. If you’d like to be involved you can participate in any or all of the following: Read as many books as you can in those 5 days Use the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon to share your participation and progress using Twitter and other social media sites Publish a Sign-Up Post between Monday the 20th and Wednesday the 22nd with your readathon TBR and goals. Bonus: Share some of your holiday traditions or what you are excited about this Thanksgiving week! Publish a Wrap-Up post on between Monday the 27th and Wednesday the 29th sharing your readathon victories! Bonus: Share what you are thankful for this year. Comment on Ottavia’s and my own posts with your post links to link up and share the comment love This means no self-shaming over what you read or…

State of the ARC: I’m joining up!
Meme , State of the ARC / October 30, 2017

            State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers.   My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s right–we both have ARCs which are over a year old. SUPER guilty! Evelina decided to take matters into her own hands! Not only did she start this lovely meme, State of the ARC, for people to try to grapple with their love-hate ARC relationship, but she also started #ARCsAnonymous on Goodreads. This group is geared towards just pushing through the ARC pile and making a difference. All are encouraged to join! See, the thing is that Evelina and I are both strong supporters of young. newer, and debut authors. We realize there are many authors out there trying to find their big break– so who are we to get in the way?! We request ARCs to help spread the good word of their art… only sadly we often…

The Best We Could Do
Book Review / August 12, 2017

Title: The Best We Could Do Author: Thi Bui Genre: Graphic Memoir Publisher: Abrams ComicArts Release Date: March 7th, 2017 Format: eBook Pages: 330 Source: NetGalley Illustrator: Thi Bui An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam from debut author Thi Bui. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home. In what Pulitzer Prize–winning…

A Very ARCish Readathon
Read-a-thon / April 5, 2017

The amazing Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks has come up with a wonderful April challenge! As a kick off to my own personal Spring Cleaning efforts, I will be participating in her A Very ARC-ish Readathon! (Complete with super-sweet banner above. I am so impressed!) This is a low-pressure readathon during the month of April with the sole goal of getting through the ARC backlog. And what book blogger doesn’t have an ARC backlog?! My ARC backlog is daunting and overwhelming.  I have a pathetic 41% feedback ratio on NetGalley right now. Actually, in reviewing my NetGalley archives I’ve noticed that some are books I’ve read, but never posted the review for, and others are already published now! O_o (I honestly drank too much wine one night and went on a requesting RAMPAGE – I have minor regrets. The wine was delicious. The backlog is not.) In honor of this glaring stupidity, here are my goals: Read as many ARCs as I can (TBR below) Post reviews on NetGalley for all ARCs read this month, as well as the ones I’ve already read Publish at least one ARC review on my blog and link back to NetGalley Read my outstanding…

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