Monday, January 26, 2015

Mailbox Monday 1/26/15

More books came in the mail last week, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

All three of the books came from Harper Books and will be released in March.

A Reunion of Ghosts
The Unravelling of Mercy Louis
The Bookseller (Note: the cover looks different on the website.)

Do any of these peak you interest?  Hit me up in the comments section!  Thanks Harper for the ARCs!

P.S. I got the list for Harper's ARC list for April and I'm excited about it.  You'll have to wait until I get them to see what I've selected!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book News You Can Use 1/23/15

I know many of you watched the Bobby and Whitney movie on Lifetime last week.  And you probably saw the commercials for With This Ring.  Did you know it was based on a book called The Vow? I didn't until this week. Did you also know that Baggage Claim was also based on a book?  Let's hope that Hollywood is starting a trend where African American books become TV and featured movies.  Let's also hope that With This Ring is better than the Aaliyah and Brittney Murphy movies. Neither one of them deserved that, even if they're no longer here.

Relax in Paradise John Bayley.

Congratulations to all of the National Book Critics Circle and Edgar Award nominees!

Mitchell S. Jackson received the Ernest Gaines Award last night.  And here is a story about the man who the award was named after.

An investigation has started into whether poet Pablo Neruda was poisoned.

Here is another list of books to look forward to in 2015.

The Barnes and Noble CEO is retiring.

Can computers write cookbooks? If you're Watson (the computer who won Jeopardy!), you can.

Another book has been selected for the Facebook Book Club. Meanwhile, we are still waiting on Oprah's next selection.

More details have emerged in the Boy Who Came Back From Heaven scandal.  Looks like the boy and the mother have been calling the book fake for years.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote a new short story to help the vaccine cause.

Sharon Draper talks about her love of libraries and her new book.

The Stuart Scott memoir, which was completed before his passing, has been pushed up to March.

Alec Baldwin is writing a memoir... without a ghostwriter or co-author. This should be interesting.

LaLa Anthony is the latest celebrity to release a book about career advise.

These African-American LGBT writers deserve your attention!

Here are reviews of Citizens Creek , The Book of Negroes and One Night by fellow book bloggers.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Book News You Can Use 1/16/15

Relax in Paradise Robert Stone.  Word also just came in that Gwynne Forster has passed away.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Ruth Rendell, who just suffered a stroke.

Here is a list of six upcoming books by African-American women to look forward to this year.

If there is a Gone Girl sequel, I hope involves a main character being locked up in prison or in a mental institution.

Speaking of Gone Girl, you can get a copy of an Amazing Amy book if you buy the Blu-Ray.

Books turned into movies and TV shows did well in this week's Golden Globe Awards.

The Man In 3B movie will be featured in the Pan African Film and Arts Festival.

Idris Elba is developing a movie trilogy where Edgar Allen Poe is an unlikely hero.  I know it's unlikely, but can Idris play Poe?

Celeste Ng dispels the myth that there are a lack of female Asian-American writers and provides a list to prove it.

Roxane Gay talks to Salon about her nonfiction book, Bad Feminist.

It's not Oprah numbers, but the book Mark Zuckerberg has selected for his book club has sold well.

The child who wrote The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven (with his father) now says the story was made up.

Your child can get a book with their Happy Meal until next week.

As a person who was reading at the age of 3, I am offended by this article.

Kid President has a book trailer!

Move over Harlequin: a new publisher is coming out with African romance books.

Ray Bradbury's house is being torn down.

Here is an article on why physical books are better for you than e-readers.

Here is a Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

Are any of these eleven types of people are in your book club?

It looks like the couple that reads together, stays together.

Here are 11 TV show characters that love books.

And just in time for Dr. King's birthday, LeVar Burton reads a book about King during Reading Rainbow story time.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Book News You Can Use 1/9/15

Corduroy was always one of my favorite children's books. Time Magazine just named it one of their 100 Best Children's Books of All Time.

Relax in Paradise Miller Williams,  Michelle SerrosRobert San Souci and Lee Israel.

Looking for new books to read in the new year?  Here you go!  And here you go again! And here are some YA books to look forward to.  And Lisa at Reads For Pleasure announced her colorful lit alert for the quarter.

Mark Zuckerberg has started a book club on Facebook.  Can he become the next Oprah with his book club selections?  And when is Oprah going to select her next book?

Nicholas Sparks is known for his romantic tales.  Looks like his personal life isn't as romantic as his books.

Can someone please tell Ben Carson that plagiarizing is a bad idea, especially if you are thinking about running for President?

Ron Rash is lucky because two of his books recently became movies.  Here's a story about one of the movies, "Making The World Straight," which was made in Western North Carolina.

Driving the King, which was featured in Mailbox Monday a few weeks ago, has gotten press and kudos from the New York Times and Shelf Awareness.

Attica Locke did a review of An Untamed State for the British publication The Guardian. Roxane Gay looks so bad ass (in a good way) in that picture!

Jesmyn Ward did a interview with Kiese Laymon for Esquire and it was magic.

There was an article about a white man who was having such a hard time breaking in the publishing world that he decides to publish his own book. Now he knows how everyone else feels, as demonstrated in this GIF-filled response.

Time just named their list of 100 Best Children's Books and 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.  (In Kanye voice) OF ALL TIME!!

Mark your calendars for National Readathon Day, which will be on the 24th. #timetoread

Picture is from Wikipedia.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mailbox Monday 1/5/15

Happy New Year! New books came in the mail over the holidays, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received two book from Harper Books.  They will be out in February.

Girl Runner
Eye on the Struggle

I also received five books from Kensington Books.  They are:

I'd Kill For You
The Forever Bridge
Hold Me Down
Across A Green Ocean

And for Christmas, I received a book from my sister.  Someone recommended it to her and since she wants to read more in 2015, she suggested that we read it together.

How To Be Both

Do any of these books have your interest?  Hit me up in the comments section!  Thanks to the publishers for the ARCs!

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Best of 2014

2013 was an eventful year in my literary adventures. 2014...not so much.  I did go to two literary events in Charleston: Nina Foxx (which I helped bring to my local library) and Pearl Cleage during the MOJA Festival.  And as of this writing on Christmas Eve, I have only read 35 books, which is low for me.  Somehow, I lost my reading groove this year.  But I was able to select my favorite books of 2014.  So here they are (in no particular order).

Anybody's Daughter: This book was one of my book club selections earlier in the year.  This book about a teen girl who is kidnapped and is forced into the world of sex slavery and trafficking (and the efforts of her uncle and his girlfriend to get her back) was a great read. No wonder it won the NAACP Image Award for Best Fiction of 2013! And it reminded me of the stories I heard about sex trafficking in a conference I was at a few months before I read the book.

The Prodigal Son: This is one of my favorite books from the Curtis Black series! This book about Curtis' sons Matthew (poor, poor Matthew) and Dillon (which I am convinced that's not his son, but that may be addressed in another book) was a great page turner. I can't wait to read the next book of this series that comes out next summer which will feature daughter Alicia (and I hope she goes back to the former drug dealer).

What's Done In The Dark: I should have known something was up when my friend Flash text me and said something to the effect of  "You need to read ReShonda's book. It is so good." Since I was on vacation, I decided to read it. MAN LISTEN. I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. ReShonda Tate Billingsley out did herself with this book about a woman who sleeps with her BFF's husband...and he dies of a heart attack!  I later recommended the book to a woman who goes to the same hairdresser as I do.  When I saw her a few weeks later, she told me she had read the book and couldn't put it down either!

An Untamed State: This book was another book club selection, even though I didn't make it to the meeting where the book was discussed (dang flat tire). Even though this book took me a while to read, I was really enthralled with the story about a woman who was kidnapped and held hostage in her father's homeland of Haiti.  I am currently reading author Roxane Gay's book of essays, Bad Feminist.

Big Little Lies: I read Liane Moriarty's last hit, The Husband's Secret, and though it was OK.  But Big Little Lies, which was about three mothers whose kids are in the same Kindergarten class, was really good.  And wait until you find out the big little lie!

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace:  How can one man was able to survive the streets of Newark, graduate from Yale, and yet died on the same streets?  This is what Jeff Hobbs wanted to find out about his former roommate Robert Peace.  This nonfiction work read like a fiction book and kept my attention the whole time.

And I have a some honorable mentions: A Pinch of Ooh La La, Shake Down the Stars, Redefining Realness, I've Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, The Single Woman and Cosby: His Life and Times. I read the Cosby biography before the sexual allegations came out (again), but in my honest opinion I believe the author was shut down when he asked Cosby about them (this was an authorized book). Autumn Jackson barely got a page, so you know the allegations wasn't going to be in the book.  It will be interesting to see how the paperback version will reflect recent events.

I don't know what literary events I will be going to in the new year.  Delta will have another national convention in July and there will be another National Book Club Conference in Atlanta in August.   Delta is also doing regional author tours, with the one for my region happening in late January in Raleigh, NC.  I will just play it by ear.  Enjoy the rest of your holiday season and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mailbox Monday 12/22/14

Look what came and arrived under the tree for today's Mailbox Monday!

The book on the left, Driving the King, came from Harper Books.  This book will come out in January.

The book on the right, Brown Girl Dreaming,came from Rock Inked! As many of you know, this book just won the National Book Award for Young Adult Fiction!

Are you interested in any of these books? Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to those who provided the books! Happy Holidays!