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Showing posts from September, 2017

Turning the Spotlight on Good Energy

This post was inspired after reading Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, (other thoughts here). A large part of the message I took from reading his memoir collared around introducing people to unfamiliar cuisines, namely ‘staple (black) African' food. He also weighed in on Harlem, New York, describing the city’s colors (as in landscape), its mood, his love for the city and other points often missed by those whose only familiarity with the city is in what media captures. This part of his observations got me to thinking about why I read and review books written by other LOUD as I do.

A few people have asked why I support other books the way I do, instead of focusing on my own work... a question I’ve answered before but don’t mind re-answering, perhaps a lot more direct this time.

1. Regardless of whether a book displays a “New York Times Bestseller’ badge on the cover, and irrespective of whether an author has sold (or given away) a few hundred copies to millions of books.…

Fall Reading List

Ok, so I shaved my reading challenge for 2017... down by 10 books. It was hard, and for more reasons than missing the pure joy of reading.

At any rate, I’ve been looking over my to-read pile (again), which includes adding more books to ensure I am able to construct A STRONG Top 10 Favorites’ List this year. Now, I don’t have money but I’m throwing all the coins I do have on the list below. These are the stories I hope to credit for putting my mood in a good place. Bet on.

10. Money by Tris Dixon 😎
9. Crazy Rich by Jerry Oppenheimer 🤔
8. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson 🤣😛
7. The Family by David Laskin 😐
6. Bedlam by Dominick Bosco 👀
5. My Mistake by Daniel Menaker 🤓
4. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela 😓
3. Ghandi’s Autobiography 😇😌
2. Love Don’t Live Here No More by Snoop Dogg and/or The Doggfather by Snoop Dogg 😲😳
1. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson 🤗

Note: I don't care who published the book; whether traditionally or self-published... be-it a …