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Review: An American Marriage

The Stats Title: An American Marriage Author: Tayari Jones Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 1st Edition edition (2018) Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary, African Literature, Literary Fiction, Social Justice Trigger Warning: Rape, Incarceration I bought An American Marriage as a part of my January Book of the Month club box.  All opinions are my own. The Review A year into their marriage, Celestial and Roy are excited about their future. Roy is a young business executive in charge of selling textbooks, and Celestrial is an artist about to make it big. All they want is a beautiful child to share their joy. However, everything goes array when, on a trip to visit Roy’s parents, the cops rip Roy out of their hotel room and arrest him for a crime Celestial knows he did not commit. Faced with 12 years of imprisonment, Celestial struggles with the idea of attempting to maintaining a marriage. Instead, she seeks comfort in her childhood friend, and Roy’s best man, Andre. But, when Roy’s conviction is overturned after five years, Celestial must decide …

Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

The Stats Book: The Heart’s Invisible Furies Author: John Boyne Publisher: Hogarth (August 22, 2017) Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Literary Fiction, LGBTQA+, Fictional Memoir Awards: Book Of The Month Book of the Year (2017), Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction Nominee (2018), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction (2017) Trigger Warnings: Hate Crimes The Review If you have not heard of this book yet; then listen up. I quite possibly have found my favorite book of 2018. Yes… this novel was published in August 2017; but, for whatever reason (my wallet), it took me longer than it should have to finally read The Heart’s Invisible Furies. I am beyond thankful that I did. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a fictional memoir about Cyril Avery’s life. Told in the perspective of Cyril, the story begins in 1940s post-war Ireland. Cyril’s mother, young and pregnant with an illegitimate child,  is banished from her home parish of Goleen. With nowhere to go, she heads to Dublin to fix her situation with an ingenious plan – to give Cyril, upon birth, to a hunchback Redemptorist nun. This …

Audible Review: We are Legion (We are Bob)

Title: We are Legion (We are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1) Author: Dennis E. Taylor Narrated by: Ray Porter Time: 9 hrs 30 mins Release Date: Sep 20, 2016 For those of you that don’t know, my daily commute to work is anywhere from 50 minutes to an hour and a half one way. That means I spend more than ten hours a week in my Chevy Sonic. Since I can only listen to the same Billboard Top 10 songs to an extent, I have taken accustomed to listening to Audible books. For those that do not know Audible, it is a subscription “book on tape” service run by Amazon. Each month you pay a set fee to receive one credit. These credits allow you to select any Audible book to add to your bookshelf to listen to on your phone, tablet, or laptop. The best part about it is, when you sign up for the free trial, Amazon gives you two free Audible credits. We are Legion (We are Bob) was a suggestion from my brother. Growing …

Top 5 Books I Wish I Read in 2017

There are only so many books one person can read during a year. Then, at the end of the year, we find ourselves looking back and thinking “dang, maybe I should have read that one.” Now that we are comfortably into the third week of 2018, here are the top five books I wish I had read in 2017. 5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon. “This wacky, charming novel…draws you in with humor, then turns out to contain both a suspenseful subplot and a sweet romance….Hilarious and moving.”—People No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.  Eleanor is thirty, flirty, and fun – or so she thinks. Her life includes plenty of dinner for ones, weekly calls to her mother, and she certainly does not have any friends. It isn’t until Eleanor rescues an old man that collapse outside of her office that she realizes maybe he life is not “completely fine.” Why I Didn’t Read It: I was …

Book Review: The Widow

A mystery thriller regarding the sanctity of marriage and the dark secrets hidden between husband and wife. The Widow begins in the perspective of “The Widow” aka Jean Taylor hiding in her home from the press. Last week, her husband, a man at the center of a three-year criminal investigation, was struck by a bus and died on impact. Throughout the trials, Jean Taylor stood by her husband’s side. Now that he is gone, Jean struggles with her place in this mess. Should she speak her truth? After all, the one thing everyone in London wants to know is, what did Glen Taylor do with Baby Bella? I was excited when I saw The Widow on the bargain shelf at my local Meijer. I had read Fiona Barton’s sophomore novel The Child as one of my Book of the Month selections and I enjoyed Barton’s take on the “who-done-it” motif (I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads). I was interested to see what lay beneath her debut novel, as it was being compared to the likes …

My 5 Best Reads of 2017

My 2017 New Year’s Resolution was to read one book a month – a task that would have been a piece of cake for me when I was 11. As I got older, however, reading for pleasure became a thing of the past. Throughout my entire college career, the only book I managed to read for fun was Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (an accomplishment really if you have seen the size of Anthony’s autobiography). Thankfully, I stumbled upon the Book of the Month club on Pinterest. It is a subscription book service offering 3-months, 6-months, or 12-months in which you can select one of 5 books each month. You can then pay an extra $9.99 per book to add up to two other selection to your box. A complete steal when all of their books are hard-backed and have an MSRP between $16-$30 dollars. I figured if I subscribed to the 12-month plan then I would be forced to complete my goal. After all, the hardest part of reading is selecting a proper book. With …