October Wrap-up & Review


I had a pretty good reading month in October with a total of 8 books read. I did deviate away from my tbr, but most of my reads were satisfactory so I have no regrets.

Here is some of what I read and my thoughts.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

2018-09-30-074220-388.jpgIt’s hard for me to review this book. There is really no way to rate a book about the destruction of innocent black and brown lives. Granted, everyone in this book wasn’t innocent, but the level of their punishment was unwarranted and a blatant crime against them. The lack of accountability made me literally sick to my stomach.

Bryan Stevenson is a savior to many and worked tirelessly to help people who have been condemned and sent to their death. The reasons some of these people ended up on death row were astounding. Some had never even hurt anyone else and some were totally innocent with proof of their innocence all over the place.

For more on this book, check it out on Good Reads

5/5 stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This book was so much more than I expected. This is my first book from Reid and I think I will enjoy other books from her.

One of the first things I noticed about this book is the diversity in the characters. I also love how it wasn’t a sappy love story and Reid tackled some complex issues that when looking at the cover you would not expect. Reading this book I was shocked, angry, sad and in love with Evelyn Hugo. I would have loved to know more about the antagonist, Monique and I’ll say that that was my only complaint. She was not very likeable because she didn’t play an intricate role.

For more on this book, check it out on Good Reads.

4/5 stars

Passing by Nella Larsen

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I read this book with Diverse Classics (definitely check them out if you’re interested in a book club inspired by classic diverse reads) on bookstagram.

This book was ok and at first I found the dialogue to be boring and pretentious. Once I began to understand what was going on between the characters, I started to enjoy the book. I found the characters hard to understand at times, and very frustrating also. I wanted Irene to have more of a backbone when it came to Clare. I felt that Clare’s lifestyle afforded her to have a sense of “white” privilege and she barged herself into Irene’s life with no regard to the danger she presented to the people who were living in their truth.

I also wanted this book to be longer. I really think there could have been so much more to this story. I am looking forward to the adaption coming to theaters starring Tessa Thompson.

For more on this book, check it out on Good Reads.

3/5 stars

The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

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This book reads like fiction and so many times throughout I had to remind myself that this was real. Clemantine Wamariya gives an account of the struggles she experienced during her childhood in Rwanda. The constant struggle to survive.

Reading these stories makes me check my privilege. Although I am a black woman in America and I deal with many levels of oppression and marginalization daily, I have never had to experience the struggles of some. This book left me so sad and angry. It also made me so proud to see how Clemantine overcame all these obstacles and ended up with wonderful opportunities in this country. Her story os what makes me proud of America. I plan to go and find the episode where her and her sister Clare visited the Oprah show. I would like to know more about their story.

For more on this book, check it out on Good Reads.

4/5 stars

All of the books I read are not included in this wrap-up. Check out my good reads for more on the books I read. I also plan to do a separate blog; more like a spotlight review,  on one of the books I read in October.

Have you read any of these books?

Happy reading

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