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2016-2017 To be read list

Here it is ny To Be Read List for October 2016-October 2016 I think it will be shorter next year because I have books within a series I like to review so that doesn't count them all the timeA Dictionary of Mutual Understanding
    By Jackie Copleton2. A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman

3. That Thing I Never Told You
     By Celeste Ng4.God Help the Child by Toni Morrison5.Here Comes the Sun
   Nicole Dennis Benn6.Still Alice
   By Lisa Genova7.Imagine Me Gone
    By Adam Haslett8.After You by Jojo Moyes9.Another Brooklyn
   By Jacqueline Woods on10. The Country of Ice Cream Star
By Sandra Newman11.Let's Go Crazy :Prince and the Making of Purple Rain by Alan  Light12.Summer of the Cicadas by Cole Lavalais13.Dark Places by Gillian Flynn14.Eileen by Otessa Mosh Legh15. The Perks Of being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky16.Orange is The New Black by Piper Kerman17.Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams18.Ghana Must Go  by Taiye Selasi19. Between The World and Me by…

Philosopher by Edna St Vincent Millay

And what are you wanting you I should be kept awake As many nights as there are days With weeping for your sake? And what are you that missing you, As many days crawl I should be listening to the wind And looking at the wall? I know a man that's  a braver man And twenty men as kind And what are you, that you should be The one man in my Mind? Yet women's  ways are witless ways As any sage will tell- And what am I ,that I should love So wisely and so well?

Sienna St.James series:Book one Losing Hope

Leslie January Sherrod has written an Urban Christian Series on Sienna St.James
,who like the author is a social worker.  As a writer,I can see the benefit of writing from your experiences. JOHN Grisham doesn't write about being a flame of dancer or scientist. Why? We readers can tell when something isn't the authors experience. The nuances of the story always give it away (or the lack therof) . By Mrs.Sherrod writing a novel based on the life of a social worker, we get to live vicarously--experience the sense of fulfillment, the frustrations and what's it like for a social worker.  Sienna gets the client that would make any social worker rethink their purpose in life!Hope Diamond  has been placedar in many homes she is bipolar with PTSD. Her boss is putting pressure on Sienna to make it work. The couple who care for Hope are upstanding memberserk at their churc6house. Is her boss blinded by this? Do they have something  to hide? Sienna b seems to think so.Why did this pla…

2016 National Book Award for Fiction Longlist

1) Colson Whitehead The Underground
2)Karen Mahajan The Association of Small Bombs
3)Adam Haslett Imagine Me Gone
4)Lydia Millet Sweet Lamb of Heaven
5)Garth Greenwell What Belongs to You
6)Jacqueline Woods on Another Brooklyn
7)Elizabeth McKenzie The Portable Veblen
8)Brad Watson Miss Jane
9)Paulette Jules News of The World
10) Chris Bachelor The Throwback

Part two of Challenged Books: A definition and a list of 20 most challenged books

Q: What is a book challenge?
A: According to Media & Culture: Mass Communication in a Digital Age, It's a formal request made by an individual or group to have a book removed from a school or public library.  Here are the Top
20 Banned Books
1.The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
3.The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
4.To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
5. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6.Ulysses by James Joyce
7.Beloved by Toni Morrison
8.The Lord of the Flies William Golding
9.1984 by George Orwell
10.The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
11.Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
12.Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
13.Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
14.A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
15.Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
16.Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
17.Animal Farm by George Orwell
18.The Sun Also rises by Ernest Hemingway
19.As I lay dying by William Faulkner
20.A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Top ten frequently challenged books of 2015

Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).The Holy Bible
Reasons: Religious viewpoint.Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”…

Poem: Mother's habits by Nikki Giovanni

I have all
My mother's habits
I awake in the middle of the night
To smoke a cigarette
I have a terrible fear of flying
And I don't like being alone
In the dark
Sleep is a sport we all
Participate in
It's the scourge of youth
And a necessity of old age
Though it only hastens the day
When dissolution is inevitable
I grow tired
Like my mother doing without
Even one small word
That says I care
And like my mother I shall fade
Into my dreams
No longer caring

Poem: Bean eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks

They eat beans mostly,this old yellow pair.
Dinner is a casual affair
Plain chipware on a plain and freaking wood,
Tin flatware.

Two who are Mostly Good.
Two who have lived their day 
But keep on putting on their clothes
And putting on their clothes
And putting things away

And remembering...
Remembering, with twinklings and twinges 
As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that
Is full of beads and receipts and dolls and clothes,
Tobacco crumbs,vases and fringes.

Author spotlight: My literary crush on Junot Diaz

Doesn't hurt that  I find him attractive I tend to find smart guys sexy! Wow when a guy can hold his end of an intellectual conversation your sexiness factor just went up, but I digress.
    Besides, he is more than eye candy to .
I am enthralled/enamoured with a writer who draws from his life experiences.  I feel like I'm eavesdropping on someone's conversation, when I read his work. Love his style.

      My two favorite books by Mr.Diaz "Drown" and "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' I don't remember being so enthusiastic to read the footnotes but he was so good even that was enjoyable! The novel not only resonated I thought about the characters long after I read the story.
     I think the fact that there is a ten year gap between publishing " Drown" and "The Brief Wondrous..."  Adds to this elusive quality. Kinda like when Sade releases an new CD we're going to break our collective necks trying to buy it because God on…

Book to film series: Silver Lining Playbook

Thank goodness Mathew Quick made the decision to leave his teaching job to write full time in 2004 or we wouldn't have Silver Lining Playbook or "Forgive me Leonard Peacock" and "Every Exquisite thing" his latest book "The Reason You Are Alive" will be out in 2017 All of his books have been optioned for film ,which I thought was cool. I will be reviewing other books that have been made into film as a part if a new series here  on the blog. Now to clarify I'm not a film  critic so any points made about the films are my opinion as a regular everyday person's point of view. I decided to start with "Silver Lining Playbook" because: A) I already saw the movie B) Most important I read the book after seeing the movie. In the past, I would read the book first then watch the movie ,and inevitability spend a lot of time comparing the movie to book which ends up being less fun(except for The Hunger Games I liked both the books and movies prett…

Six Minutes by Kadija Sesay (poem)

That first day
Was the longest,
The day you left.
I spent
Sixhours sleeping
Six hours reading
Six hours eating
Six hours sitting

Six hours writing

Every inclination in me 
To convince the 
Holiday company that
I was too I'll to stay

Away from you.

I wasn't homesick
Just you sick
Which annoyed me.

Until today I didn't believe
That it's not where you are
But who you're with
That makes the difference between
Being content and being happy

Christian book series : The Promise by Tony Evans

I have decided to kick off my Christian book series with the Promise by Tony Evans.There will be other series such as Books- to-Film,The Last Jihad by Joel c Rosenberg will kick off our Political Thriller series,Sienna st James series starting with Losing Hope by Leslie J.Sherrod and the What I like about  you series where we will look at the Authors we like and/or up and coming.Well back to the Promise by
Tony Evans.This book is about the third person in the Trinity: the holy Spirit. Perhaps I like the idea of having guidance 24/7.However I felt I needed to learn more.
   While Tony Evans may not have the name recognition of a Joel Osteen or TDJakes,I feel like his contribution  to my spiritual growth has been immense.(Check out his book Who is the king of Glory)  I like the Fact that this book is organized and very detailed. A few terms may he over my head a little,He makes up for it by using down to earth analogies. As a Christian I do not want to be mislead by people who either don&…

Poem By Rita Dove " I have been a stranger in a strange land

I have been a stranger in a strange land” “I have been a stranger in a strange land” By Rita Doveb. 1952Rita Dove Life's spell is so exquisite, everything conspires to break it.
Emily Dickinson
It wasn't bliss. What was bliss    but the ordinary life? She'd spend hours    in patter, moving through whole days    touching, sniffing, tasting . . . exquisite    housekeeping in a charmed world.    And yet there was always   
more of the same, all that happiness,    the aimless Being There.    So she wandered for a while, bush to arbor,    lingered to look through a pond's restive mirror.    He was off cataloging the universe, probably,    pretending he could organize    what was clearly someone else's chaos.   
That's when she found the tree,    the dark, crabbed branches    bearing up such speechless bounty,    she knew without being told    this was forbidden. It wasn't    a question of ownership—    who could lay claim to    such maddening perfection?

Purple Hibsicus by Chimanda Adichie Book Review

Kambali's Father has shunned his traditional Nigerian ways , in order to become a devout Catholic.  So much so that he never visits his Father who has held   on to his beliefs and his family  is secluded  from the outside world.    Only Kambili and her brother know the strife that exists behind the luxurious mansion that are imprisoned in .     Her well educated Aunt takes them in when Nigeria falls under a coup. It's the beginning of the end Kambili and her brother experience life outside of their suffocating atmosphere at home.  Will they live life on their own terms? If so at what cost?     I am a huge fan of Chimamanda Adichie she just won the Best of the Best (decade) Bailey's Women's Prize in Fiction for Half of the Yellow Sun which is my favorite by her as well.  I love how her writing has progressed she has become a master of description and no matter the story I relate to her characters struggles. I thought it was a good first effort and give it 4 out of 5 stars

What we 're reading on Goodreads

Of course I can't speak for the entire Goodreads community but here is what we are reading in the groups I am apart of

First Group : Around the World in 80 books
Travels in Mauritania by Peter Hudson
Start Date 1/15/16
End Date 2/15/16
My Lord John: A tale of intrigue, Honor and a Rise of a King
by Goeorge Heyer
Start Date: 1/15/16
End Date: 2/15/16

Upcoming Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway
Start Date:2/15/16

The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami
Start Date: 2/15/16

Second Group:The Life of a Bookaddict
Rosemary:The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson
Start Date: 1/1/16
End Date: 3/31/16

Here is a sample of what some of us are reading on Goodreads if you are also from Goodreads and want to share what you are reading or whatever book you are currently reading leave a comment in the comment section

My10 favorite books

Here is a list of my favorite books. I would say all time favorite but that could change.So  tell me what your favorite book/books are in the comment section. Have your favorites changed over the years?
1. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
2.Jazz by Toni Morrison
3.The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
4.Drown by Junot Diaz
5.This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
6. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisnernos
7.The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
8.Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
9.The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
10.The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy