October Wrap-Up!

October came and left without much fanfare in my library’s life. I read a total of eight books. One entertained me beyond belief, while most of them simply received a “meh” from me. Am I slumping? I think not. But, book premises trick me more nowadays than they should. Hopefully, November will offer me more […]

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#FridayReads

Hello. Bonjour. Good Day. It’s the last #FridayReads of September. October approaches. Cooler evenings. Cozy blankets. Warm drinks as we nestle for our reading. Next month also ushers thriller after thriller and maybe, some horror, from my bookshelves. At the moment, I’m finishing two thrillers, The Lies We Told by Camilla Way and Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent, […]

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Hue’s Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Honest chat. I’ve never read Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Did I lose my writing and reading credentials? Do I stand to continue my bookworm status? No. Good. I’ve survived over forty years of not reading the story nor watching a film adaptation while thriving on pop-cultural osmosis. In other words, I feigned knowledge of […]

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I Do Not Trust You – Blog Tour #BLOGTOUR #BOOKISH #BOOKWORM

There’s a new addition to my TBR list (It’s overflowing, I tell ya!). Check it out. Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, authors of Sanctuary Bay and the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong, are back with a story that features their signature plot twists and uneasy ever-changing alliances. I DO NOT TRUST YOU is […]

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#FridayReads

Hello, Fellow Bookworms! It’s that time again. A new weekend. The end of a tiring week. Or, maybe the end of a great week. Let’s be optimistic, am I right? Back to work. Back to school. Back to whatever joy makes you awake and get on with the day. As a bookworm, I’m nosy about […]

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Hue’s Reviews: Memphis, Martin, and The Mountaintop by Alice Faye Duncan

Dreamers never quit. Watercolor paintings and free verse support a child’s recollection of an oft-forgotten portion of history: The 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike in Memphis, Tennessee. Little Lorraine Jackson witnesses her parents, including her father, a garbage worker, fight for a freedom that’s never free, while gaining hope and peaceful support from Dr. Martin Luther […]

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#FridayReads

Happy Friday, Everyone! Another week’s passed. More books conquered. Hungry bibliophiles seek books to feed their ravings, especially as they – me – beat this incredulous heat. The days grow hotter with proper abandon. Ugh! I feel sticky writing this!! But, with each passing Friday, I know my time’s ticking as I will return to my […]

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July Reading Wrap!

Hello! Hello! Hello! New month. New TBR. Yet, I cannot forget the lovely TBR I enjoyed in July. Summer’s a touchy topic when it comes to reading for me. I tend to slump often because of the heat, outside activities, my children’s daily presence at home, instead of school, and other summery moments snatching attention. […]

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Hue’s Reviews: Good Me, Bad Me

Gripping tale of a young teen’s desire to overcome her mother’s homicidal shadow. Meet Milly aka Annie. She doesn’t want to be her mother like many daughters. But, they share a bond that one’s actively trying to cut, while at the same time, running towards. As she awaits her mother’s trial, and stays with a […]

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Hue’s Reviews: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

It’s not often that I read a book, expecting one thing based on its blurb, and foreclosing on an entirely different experience. Yet, when such an occurrence sits on my doorstep, I sing its praises until my voice no longer roars. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo stole my voice and I’m happy for the […]

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A Chock Full of Mini-Reviews (Just Kidding Four!)

I’m reading a lot this month. For some reason, autumn kick-started a glutton of books arriving at my door, via Overdrive and my overloaded TBR (More so, the former – yay, book apps!). Perhaps, one of these books will perk your gluttony also. Peer pressure’s a constant struggle, ya’ll. Gillian Flynn screwed me. She’s done […]

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The French Girl/Shirley Jackson Mini-Reviews

For this week’s mini-reviews, I introduce two books with stories where everything in front of us may not be what they seem, peeling at veneers set and in need of cracking. Lexie Elliot’s tale, The French Girl’s tagline: We all have our secrets, illustrates how far some will go to protect them. It debuts February […]

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Hue’s Reviews: The Weight of Lies

Emily Carpenter’s The Weight of Lies suffers from weighty absurdity and unrealistic measures. While the blurb promises an enthralling ride via a book within a book, its actuality gifts predictable ending, forcing me to push through to get to a ridiculous “twist”. Megan’s pretty unlikable. She’s selfish, easily swayed, annoying and naïve. Granted, I adore […]

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Hue’s Reviews: The Summer We Got Free

“Don’t tell me what I am,” she said. “I get to say what I am.” Ghosts manifest via various entities. They exist in haunted, roaming room to room, seeking aimless shelter until their needs in their former world jibe with their spectral form. Sometimes those haunted dwellings consist not of brick and mortar, but of […]

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Hue’s Review: Ultra-Luminous (ARC)

Meet K. New Yorker. Drugstore sushi lover. Heroin-addicted prostitute. With every nihilistic moment she invited you to witness, you found yourself whirling and begging to stay until next day’s light. In Katherine Faw’s next book, she painted a picture of a thirty-something woman with rigid patterns: dinners, waxing, snorting Heroin, clubbing, and waxing. Alongside those […]

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Hue’s Review: Some Hope

Wildly uneven, Some Hope promises what’s said on the tin for the series’ protagonist, Patrick Melrose. However, we’re provided sheer boredom and a cast of characters without compulsion to follow them. Tis, the problem with book series. They start great. But once you reach the middle, they meddle. Patrick possesses potential. Yet, as his series […]

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Hue’s Classics: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

An unflinching account of Harriet Jacobs’ life as woman “living” as a slave. I place living in quotations to demonstrate the difference between living a life, which connotes freedom, and surviving a life, which illustrates a resemblance of a life within another’s desire to wrap cruel albatrosses around your neck, proverbial and literal. Ms. Jacobs’ […]

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Top Ten Hidden Gems By African-American Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week’s topic revolves around hidden gems or underrated books in any genre. I selected ten underrated fictional works by African-American authors, classics and modern. To learn about perspectives, we must give time to the marginalized as their stories offer fresh […]

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Hue’s Reviews: Little & Lion

Am I my brother’s keeper? If so, how far am I willing to go to prove my love for him? In Brandy Colbert’s latest young adult novel, she asks her readers to consider how far a sibling goes to prove her love for her brother in the midst of securing a semblance of identity. Plot […]

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Top Ten English Books I Hated/Loved Seeing on My Syllabus

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. School’s here. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday offers a freebie topic and includes ten books I either hated or loved seeing in my English syllabus throughout college. While I majored in Journalism, English courses served to round our education into deeper […]

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