Friday, October 4, 2019

More quotes on reading

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all. ~Abraham Lincoln

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross

I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. ~Charles de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, Pensées Diverses

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations — such is a pleasure beyond compare. ~Kenko Yoshida

Sometimes, looking at the many books I have at home, I feel I shall die before I come to the end of them, yet I cannot resist the temptation of buying new books. Whenever I walk into a bookstore and find a book on one of my hobbies... I say to myself, "What a pity I can't buy that book, for I already have a copy at home." ~Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)
Childfree and Loving It!Childfree and Loving It! by Nicki Defago
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If the book chooses the person, then bless this book! I willfully don't have children because 1) I cannot afford them at this stage of my life and 2) I am working on school. I am an only child because my mother didn't want to endure the physical agony of childbirth again. Therefore, my only options were to complain about my status or enjoy it. I selected the latter. In my adulthood, many of my cousins have become mothers and I don't know how they can say they enjoy life with so many children. None of them have become wealthy. (I say this because if they had money, we would all know it. No humility.) Why struggle with growing children?

I am keeping this for my Sociology courses.


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Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Goodness of Ordinary People: True Stories from Real AmericansThe Goodness of Ordinary People: True Stories from Real Americans by Faith Middleton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fascinating display of patriotism. I wasn't aware of Faith Middleton or her radio program until reading this book which had lingered in my bookcase for more than three years. Middleton hosts a public radio show in Connecticut, which pulls the beauty from humanity. A serene empath, she manifests compassion for the caller and the audience. It's an assurance that her listeners adore. My aunt would love to hear this lady. But we live on the West Coast. Maybe in the next life.


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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. PatRabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So grateful that this woman climbed from dismalness to prosperity. I couldn't believe what a trifling mother she had. Ms. Pat knows she's had guardian angels and I believe her. I refuse to spoil the story but for those who feel their life is in a state of impossible circumstances, you need to read this book.


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Monday, August 5, 2019

Day #2 of 20-Day Water Challenge

So far, I have drunk 66 ounces of water today. Hopefully, I can exceed 100 ounces. On Instagram, there's a description of the water challenge: 20 days of drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water to the exclusion of other drinks. Try to eat as healthily as possible. 

I am capable of 20 days with only water.
DaytripperDaytripper by Fábio Moon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The drawing style seems surreal. Yet, the stories feel truthful. I mourned and celebrated the tales. Is that how life is? This book arrived in my life at a sound time. The fact that Fabio and Gabriel come from Sao Paulo entices me evermore.


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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Life Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black WomenLife Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women by Patricia Bell-Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's not apt to describe this book as draining but the emotional depth can render it laborious. I usually finish books in less than a week. But this one, I purposefully didn't rush through it. I often learn myself through the offerings of others. That's what took so long. It is not wise to rush knowledge of self.

I encourage black women who seek to learn of themselves to read this book.


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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Romance of LibrariesThe Romance of Libraries by Madeleine Lefebvre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An optimistic and reassuring book that love and romance avail themselves to all with open minds and hearts. I feel blessed to have read this collection. The entries proved short and sweet without preachiness. I intend to buy this in the near future. It astounds me how the best literature often lives unpraised.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Scorpion's Sweet VenomThe Scorpion's Sweet Venom by Bruna Surfistinha
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I learned of Bruna Surfistinha from an Essence article to which she contributed comments. Some people would consider this book smut but a juicy read doesn't disappoint me. I plan to get another copy if I allow my friend to have it. I love abundant sex lives! This book won't depress you if you're the same way.


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Saturday, June 29, 2019

This Day: Diaries From American WomenThis Day: Diaries From American Women by Joni B. Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I bought this from thriftbooks.com a few weeks ago. On top of that, I checked out more than ten books from the public library. The intrigue from the library books usurped much of my interest in this one. It's not dissatisfying. Aisha Tyler's contribution pleased me. I am glad she is not smitten by celebrity but still enjoys her profession. Many of the women had similar days: kids, coffee, groceries, dinner, ennui.

No rest for women!


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Monday, June 17, 2019

Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?: From the Projects to Prep SchoolDo I Dare Disturb the Universe?: From the Projects to Prep School by Charlise Lyles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The ending disappointed me. I wanted to learn how Charlise adapted to prep school. I am a black woman who attended a white high school and I'd hoped to more deeply identify with her journey. I was saddened to see that her father influenced her to be an agnostic. How could one man have so much power for doing so little? I plan to give this book to my friend who embraces ethnic cultures.


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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Reading is my window : books and the art of reading in women's prisonsReading is my window : books and the art of reading in women's prisons by Megan Sweeney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book builds much on her previous work, The Story Within Us . (Several of the women interviewed in that work were featured in this one.)The women, considering their circumstances, articulated their opinions soundly. The discussion and interview process edified Sweeney and the prisoners:"... I was buoyed by the realization that it meant a great deal, to some women, to be greeted by a friendly face who cared about them and considered their thoughts and stories important enough to record (Sweeney 249)." I think many individuals ought to read this book to gain knowledge and empathy for those incarcerated. 


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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful ChaosKid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos by Lucy Knisley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What would've been a dull Saturday morphed into an elated day reading this delight. I laughed at Lucy's candor about her discomfort during the pregnancy. (Those drawings with greenface and the facial expressions from her and John after witnessing their colicky niece--something to think about, folks!) I have mixed feelings about motherhood. I am at zero risk for it to happen in this stage of my life but I don't relish repeated agony as many women endure. But that's the key word--endure. Plus, Lucy chose a wonderful, supportive man for a husband and that provides much hope. I think Lucy and John would still have a loving union even if they had remained child-free. But it's heartening to know the love deepened once their son entered the world.

That's something to aspire to.


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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Book Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading LifeBook Girl: A Journey Through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life by Sarah    Clarkson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book centers on Christian spirituality. It warms me to see sound, healthy subjects discussed and presented. I am a woman who needs light and love to feel healthy and full. This book illuminates.


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on ReadingThe Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading by Megan Sweeney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I did not anticipate loving this book so much. Obviously, it's sad because they're locked up but the women express themselves with such candor. These women would be jewels in society. So much wisdom and intelligence. They're also plentiful in resources and patience. I am grateful that no one laid blame on others for the actions but they did pinpoint that people triggered certain responses.

A must read for feminists or anyone with empathy.



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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Frida  Diego: Art, Love, LifeFrida  Diego: Art, Love, Life by Catherine Reef
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This would be a sweet introduction to the lives and art of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo for young people. It displays their frailties and strengths without judgment. I am an admirer of Frida so there was nothing here I had not known before.

Cheers!



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Saturday, April 20, 2019

I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading LifeI'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anne Bogel has written a charming book with substance. In one chapter, she describes how reading choices informs the woman she is. In her childhood, the decision of what to read was elected for her and then in adulthood, she moved to governing her reading habits. This differs from my experience. Only when I was a toddler did my elders choose books for me. Once I learned to read, I was free to read what intrigued me, provided it wasn't gruesome or explicit. She admits she rereads books. Once I turned 30, I ceased this habit. So many books, so little time. I record my opinions of a book along with the dates read. But I've lost the interest to reread books. 

This book fits springtime.


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Friday, March 29, 2019

Cécile: Gates of Gold (Girls of Many Lands)Cécile: Gates of Gold by Mary Casanova
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've been occupied with school so this book took longer than it should have. An engaging reimagining of Louis XV's early childhood. I was relieved at the ending. It gave Cecile the opportunity to grow beyond the confines of court life for which she was not suited.


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