Awareness Is Important

Welcome to Book It Brunch Sunday! This week’s book, Cherophobia is written by the first time author, Ismail M Taher from Cario, Egypt.

This book discusses mental illness of several important characters while also telling a love story of John and Isabelle. This book is well thought out, creative, and it’s a good one!

What I loved most about this book is that all the character’s stories end up tying back up together in some way. It was well though out when it came to how each twist would come about. It created a response from myself that wanted to keep me flipping the page. It was a great lesson and it gave awareness to things that people do not always take into consideration. It is a great learning experience and it creates a better understanding for people want to learn about something that highly impacts individuals lives today.

I would have like for there to be more of the individual’s stories included. I felt that the reader is able to get enough of the information to keep the book flowing but I didn’t enjoy how the story just suddenly jumps to the next thing out of no where. There was never enough information to build up and ease in to the next situation, event, or time lapse. It just felt rushed most of the time. The final issue that I had with the book was closer to the end where I felt that the part of the story was unnecessary. It was either that or it needed to be included in the book in a different way or a different time. But the way that it was written just made the book drag a bit.

I would also like to note that June is my favorite character in the book. I just hope to see life in the way that he sees it and truly live that way. I just think that there is something special about people like June in reality.

Over all this book was good and I think that it could have been amazing if only there were more elaboration and better pacing in the story. I would suggest giving it a read for the awesome twist and beautiful lesson that is included!

Have a great Sunday, People!

Family Values

It is Book It Brunch Sunday and Mama Flora’s Family is our book of the week! I chose this book simply because of the author Alex Haley. There’s a brief introduction for ya! Ha!

This book gives us a look at an African American family that has several different ideas on how they want to make it out of poverty. This story talks about Flora specifically and shows how she was raised in poverty and made efforts to provide for a family that raised her and the family that she raised herself. This book reminds me a lot of A Raisin In The Sun, a book that I was required to read in high school. I enjoyed both books and their similarities because it really did focus on the value of family

This is the story that discusses what it is like for parents to have a path for their children so that they may have a better life for themselves in the future. And while having those dreams for their children, their children have a path of their own in mind as well. It really identifies how a person can change for better or for worse have to go through life in general. This change and realization is seen in the book as each character goes through a timeline of events that happen over year and years.

The main thing that I have learned from this book and in my life now is that some people have an idea about how they want life to go. They have an idea about how to make a better life for both themselves and their family. But sometimes it does not happen that way because of it is not always in ones control. It does not necessarily mean that it is a bad thing but it does create and understanding that people are just doing the best they can and making the most of what they have.

If you have a thing for family value and looking for an old book to read. This one is it! I appreciate the message because is definitely a great one.

Have A Fantastic Week!

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover!

Just FYI, I am having issues trying to figure out exactly how I want to write my review. I have just started this and I am still trying to find my way. I feel like the reviews probably give too much away. I haven’t had any bad responses yet but I would like to do the best I can when presenting the reviews each week. So please hang in there with all the writing styles. I will get it soon enough.

Book It Brunch Sunday is back! Finally!

So this week I have chosen to read The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. It’s a biography written by Jeff Hobbs, who tells the story of a young man, Robert Peace.

I really enjoyed this story about Robert Peace, told by a friend and college roommate, Jeff Hobbs. To me this book felt like I was listening to a person who took the time and effort to really learn about someone rather than putting them into a box to be labeled to better identify the person. Something most people do today.

This books gives the reader a chance to sit down and learn about Robert as a person and his background. The reader also gets to understand what goes on in the city of Newark in the 80s. The description and details were so good that I felt like it would be hard for anyone to judge a poor community with high, violence, and crime. I believe this helps a reader to understand why some people have certain mind set when a person comes from a place like Newark. Jeff made an effort through this book to tell the story about Robert and  his life and struggles and a child and a man. In a way Jeff also tries to tell the story of the community Robert was surrounded by.

The reader will get a chance to learn about what it means to put on a face in certain places to hide from judgment of people from back home and people in a complete different setting. (It’s something that I am guilty of doing myself. Jeff explains Robert’s upbringing and his journey through manhood and his fight to deal with it all.

I feel like without this book if someone just heard about Robert randomly most people in the would find themselves judging him because of how he was raised and who he was raised by. I also feel that others would probably say that Robert was different from the people he grew up around. However, this book makes you question that thought.  It really goes to show that people are a product of their environment and that it takes a lot to get out of that. Even though you are capable to succeed in a way there is always a little peace of home that can hold you back and sometimes it is not in your control.

I was actually able to relate to this because I knew someone who had the same story as Robert. He didn’t attend an Ivy League school but had did attend college and was almost finished. For other people in his neighborhood that was not the typical route. I actually think this is a lot more common than most may think. It is nice to get a story out there that people usually would judge whiteout thinking. It is hard to do that with this book. I suggest this read to anyone. It is sad but I find a little light in it too.

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Family Values

It is Book It Brunch Sunday, and the book of the week was on The Wide Circumference of Love: A Novel written by Marita Golden. (Yes, I misspelled her name in my Insta post….Sorry!) Anyway, I am so glad you’re here!

A book that allows a reader to explore each character and their mindset. It goes into several different time settings that the reader gets to see each character develop into their present self. It really helped to identify and understand the characters on a personal level. In each book I read I like to know as much as I can about each person. It just makes it so much better for me when I read a book.

This book also gives the reader an insight on how much a family has to care for another important family member because of Alzheimer. This story shows how Alzheimer can take away everything that once was great in a sense. A person does so much in their lifetime and suddenly it does not matter because that very person can not remember those thoughts, or feelings any more. But then again you have a family that appreciates and loves this man for those same things and you see it pain them to place him in the care of a facility because it almost seems degrading but yet, it is the best option to provide the best care and take away some heavy responsibility of the family.

Another aspect that was enjoyable throughout the book, is that it talks about the success of the African American family. Most people are familiar with the negative portrayals and struggles of an African American family. It was nice to step away from that and see the other side because success does happen for us and it is realistic and relatable.

This book is full of family values and it brings awareness to Alzheimer. And I do not often read about Alzheimer because it has not really effected my life and I have not actively searched for books on that topic. However,  I am glad I found and  read it because I learned something new and received a new perspective, which is what I want out of any book I read. Also, it just came out this year! Hopefully I will be able to read more from this author.

I hope this was not too much of a spoiler. I did the best I could! Make sure to come visit next week!


Leave It To The Imagination…

Another note that did forget to mention in the first post is that I did not post a #tbt. I plan to do better this week! And if you have any ideas, send them my way! Happy Book It Brunch Sunday!

Waking Lions is written by a female Israeli, Ayelet Gundar – Goshen. Also this was her first novel!

Eitan Green is a talented surgeon, who accidentally hits a man with his car and drives off not knowing what is coming for him in the long run. Through out this book we see how he manages with this choice and the events that follow after.

When this book was picked up. I just knew in my soul how this book was going to play out. Even when reading the description, it gives the whole run down of the plot.  However, the book did not go in the direction that it was hoped to go in. This book gives a very interesting look on consequences. Instead of the general consequence that most people think about. Jail time. The author gives us the emotional and physical consequences that people receive from their wrongdoings? This book gives a different look on how one thing can effect the next even when it is not intended to do so.

One surprising thing about reading this book is the strong dislike for all the characters except one. This fact does not mean that the book was disliked.  That is actually the opposite of what was felt for this book. There is just a personal feeling that the character’s actions were just very upsetting. This is similar to the thoughts about people that are encountered throughout life in reality, and people that are brought up in the media.

When reading the book there was understanding, and empathy for everyone who is somehow involved, however, the choices and and actions that the characters made were just not favorable. It is actually funny because it is a new feeling to have towards characters that the book focuses on.

After reading this book there are a few questions that were developed and left unanswered by the end of the book.

  1. Did the author agree with the actual consequences that the characters faced or did she think that it would be a great way to end the book with a different point of view.
  2. Did the author think that the characters needed to be a little more honest with family, or loved ones about the events that were encountered? Or was that too, an another look at an alternative view?
  3. I don’t want to give too much of a spoiler, but just know that there is a third question burning in my mind!

So, there are some open ended questions that I was left with. Sometimes that’s a good thing because it leaves room for imagination. But based on previous assumption that were set from the beginning, there is doubt that imagination would bring the correct answers. Ha!

Read this book and tell me what you think. It was a great read with a new perspective. That is why we’re here, right? For the perspective. Also if you think you have an answer to my two burning questions please let me know. I am open to anything at this point.

Reunited, And It’s Not So Good!

It’s About That Time! Book It Brunch Sunday has come again and I have two reviews today. I feel like last week’s review was a little long so I tried to make each of these reviews as short as I could. I would also like to note that these reviews do contain a bit of a spoiler for those who plan on reading these books. Anyway! I hope you enjoy and are inspired to read something that will make you think and reflect this week!

The book of the week, They Tell Me of a Home: A Novel (Tommy Lee Tyson) is written by Daniel Black, an African American, Kansas native.

The main character, Tommy Lee Tyson returns from New York to Arkansas after 10 years with no communication with his family during that time. Through out the novel he ends up take himself down a rabbit hole of lies from a family he never even felt connected to in the first place.  It is easy to identify with him if a reader is an individual who tends to run away from problems and believe that it will alleviate any current or past issues. For an individual who does not identify in the same way, there is still value that may be taken from this writer.

Going into the book the thoughts are that there will be a lot of love and connections through an unexpected reunion. However, as one reads through each chapter it just seems to become worse and worse for him and everyone one else in the story as well. Even so, the memories bring bits and pieces of happiness and laughter as along the way.

I really enjoyed most of the relationships that the main character had and developed with others in the book. Even the community itself had an impact on the story and it just created a realistic view of the small town African American culture. Through the details and and thoughts of the character it was easy to feel connected.

The connection felt with this book is strong and powerful and I think that a lot of people would benefit from this. Read this book and learn a valuable lesson about family, community, and self awareness.

A History Book You Need

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It is Sunday! I have finally reached the day of my first review. I call this… Book It Brunch Sunday! I just envision my visitors sitting down at Sunday brunch reading my reviews for some reason. And also it flows with the word play a little! Anyway, I hope you get something from this. If not, do not be afraid to tell me why in the comments.

The work that I chose to be the the book of the week is Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (National Book Award Winner) It is written by Ibram K. Kendi, an assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida.

Yes, this book is a history book. It is difficult to read because like a history book you would read for educational requirements, it includes a lot of information about dates and location which may be a bore. However, it is also hard to read because of the information recieved  about the thoughts and ideas that people had and developed based on theories that world travelers would record in their journals and have published. Although it is a difficult one, this is the history book that you want to read. While it does speak on slavery, that is not the main focus. The author really gets into the importance of understanding why racist ideas ever existed in the first place and how they lead to the horrific actions of racist individuals. Before this book, I had only ever thought of a racist being emerged from ignorance and hate. This book introduces a new perspective that explores racist ideas developed from world travelers who are trying to justify the growing and popular slavery market. It also explores regulations and laws put in place to justify generations and generations of slavery and segregation. Speaking of perspective, there is a portion that identifies of the three different views/arguments of racist ideas in this book, including, segregationist, assimilationist, and anti racist (One of the aspects I really appreciated about the book).

It is a real eye opener, when it is realized that famous, poets, historians, and scientist were mostly under the same umbrella of racists ideas because of these “expert” world travelers. The individuals included in the group of famous, poets, historians, and scientist, are people who grade school kids (then and now) are required to study, review, and discuss heavily in basic classes. Kids present projects about how great they are, recite poems, and perform plays written by these individuals because that is all that is learned, and all that is required to learn in school. There is no knowledge of the racist ides they held. All of the negative information learned from this book is swept under the rug in all schools across the nation.

Reading this book placed me in a very emotional and upset state during some portions of the book. It is one thing to have to read about the torture and pain that was physically done to slaves. But it is another to know what white people thought of slaves then, and think of African-Americans now. It is belittling and degrading and sick. It is terrifying!

If you want to gain additional knowledge about the influence of slavery, this is the book. It is unlikely that information shared in this book would be shared in a basic history class. It is also unlikely that information with a full insight on these ideas and how they came to be developed would be shared in a history class like it is shared while reading this book. Open your eyes through this book and understand that these ideas are far from in the past and are still in the minds of racists currently. This is the history book that should be a mandatory text in schools today. People deserve to know this information and not be blind to it, which is why applause this author for presenting the people with this amazing book.