Buddy the Cockatoo

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So, I’ve been out of school for a few weeks now and I have yet to read a book! I know, I know. Shame on me! To be honest, I have the entire summer to read. Right now, I’m just enjoying watching TV for hours on end.

So in the last post I mentioned that I was going to be displaying a couple of pieces that I wrote in my creative writing class this semester. One of them being this Villanelle poem. It’s kind of hard to explain but a villanelle poem is a poem where the last word of the lines of the stanzas rhyme with other words in the other lines (or something like that). Click here for a better explanation. Typically, the poem has 19 lines but it can be longer. So without further ado, here is my villanelle poem: Buddy the Cockatoo. Enjoy! Until next time!

In a cage that was speckled with blue

and golden marble like paint

live Buddy, a small cockatoo.

 

He liked playing with worn out shoe

strings. A cute fellow, quite quaint

in a cage speckled with blue.

 

This weird hobby was somewhat new.

Takes the patience of a saint

to raise Buddy, the cockatoo.

 

Sometimes, loudly, he would chew

his food. His feathers, you can bank

on, swirled, whenever the wind blew.

 

He’d fly around in circles. “Shoo,”

you’d say. “Move along. Don’t taint

my work, Buddy the cockatoo.”

Alas! what else can you do?

Nestled warmly, at any rate,

in a cage that was speckled with blue

lived Buddy, a small cockatoo.

IT’S OVER!

This semester is finally over! My finals were on Thursday and I’m 100% sure I passed my psych final. The math…not so sure. Anyway, now that school is officially done I can get back to my pleasure reading. I’ve also decided to try something a little different with my blog. The purpose of this blog is to do book reviews. However, I’m always sharing anything that has to do with writing in general. So, I have decided to do some posts containing either poems, short stories or other pieces I’ve done this semester in my creative writing class. I hope you enjoy them. Continue reading

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It’s Been So Long!

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Omg! I can’t believe its been two months since I last posted. I have been so swamped with school I have absolutely no time for anything else…except watching the entire series of Charmed, but that’s not the point. The point is I have been so busy with classes that I haven’t read a single book in two months. There is one book that I’ve started reading but haven’t finished: Here Comes the Sun. 

It is told from the point of three woman who live in Jamaica and what their lives entail. It’s a very fascinating read so far and its relatable. At least for me.

As some of you may know (or don’t) Pinterest is my favorite app and a couple of days ago I came across a list of items that every reader would want to have. You can view the list here.

Hopefully, once school is over I can get back to my pleasure reading.

Until next time!

This entire post made me laugh!

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by Crowcombe Al Girl Scout Cookie season is upon us, and I’m scared. A bunch of Girl Scouts formed a gang that hangs out in front of my neighborhood grocery store. As I’m heading to my car, they step in front of me and say, “Hey, hey, hey. Not so fast, lady. We’ve made you…

via A Girl Scout Cookie Addict Speaks Out — The Gloria Sirens

Day and Night Book Tag

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I haven’t been able to read a book for  about a week because of my school and work but that’s not the point. The point is, as long as I do a book review life will be sweet.


D: Do you read more in the morning or at night?

More so at night. And late afternoon.

A: Are there any books that changed the way you thought about things?

The one that I really found “life-changing” was We Need to Talk About Kevin. You can see my review here. The book was more-so a psychological thriller that made me ponder about genetics and the whole nature vs nurture argument.

Y: YA or not?

I like YA every once in a while.

A: Are there any characters you honestly believe to be real?

Not really. I always think to myself if the character I’m reading about is based on a real person. Bu that’s about it.

N: Nobody borrows my books or I don’t mind lending them out?

I don’t mind lending a book out. To certain people.

D: Do you ever smell your books?

Um…of course!

N: Not everyone likes books, is this a positive or a negative?

It is what is it. I’ve learned everybody has different tastes and hobbies.

I: I keep my books in the best condition or maybe not? Which are you?

I try to keep my book sin the best condition.

G: Gosh I have too many books! True or False?

False. Compared to other readers my bookshelf is pretty puny.

H: Have you ever spilled or stained your books before with something, and if so how?

The only thing I can think of is noodle sauce!

T: Toned or untoned while reading? . . or in other words. . .Do you read and workout at the same time?

No, I do not.

Thirteen Reasons Why

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A few days I finished Thirteen Reasons Why and I enjoyed it.

One day Clay Jensen receives a bunch of cassette tapes wrapped in brown packaging with no return address. As he starts to play the tapes, the voice of Hannah Baker begins to speak. A classmate who committed suicide. Throughout the book Hannah gives thirteen reasons why she ended her life and Clay is one of them. But why?

This piece of writing was so simple and yet so captivating. I like the fact that Jay Asher, the author, chose to write the book in Clay’s point of view. Someone who is neither first nor last on the tape. It was very interesting to see how Clay perceives the events that led up to Hannah’s death. I also like the idea of cassette tapes as her suicide notes rather than the typical pen and paper note.

The events the happened to Hannah were very relatable and at times I understood what she was going though. I felt bad for Clay, however. He liked Hannah and he kicked himself for not seeing the signs or talking to her before it was too late.

I think the book could’ve ended differently. I don’t want to give too much away but at some point Clay realizes that he’s going to have to encounter the people on those tapes. And that he’s going to view them differently. I would like to see Clay interact with at least one of those people.

Overall, the book was sad but also entertaining. It gave us a peek inside the mind of a person contemplating suicide. In the back of the book, at least the copy I have, there is a copy of an interview with the author. He got the inspiration from a relative who tried and failed to commit suicide. So, Asher himself has a personally connection here. He also asked his wife and other female relatives for stories about their time in high school. So he can get a real idea of how to write from Hannah’s point of view. As I said before, Hannah was relatable and Asher did a great job of talking from the female perspective.

I give the book a 5 out of 5.

PS- If you or anybody you know is thinking about suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Or at least talk to someone. You’re life is worth more than you know.

INTO THE WATER

I hope this book is a little more thrilling than Girl on the Train.

Tales From An Open Book

9780735211209_a3de4Paula Hawins’ first book, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, exploded onto the scene with her unreliable narrator, and characters we didn’t quite like. But the book continues to be a regular circulator in the library, and her follow up novel, INTO THE WATER, looks like it might do just the same. It’s already hitting many of the expected-best-sellers list. (Psssttt….if I were you, I’d get your name on a holds list NOW!)

The cover of INTO THE WATER is slightly deceiving at first, until you realize it is a face that is sunken beneath the surface. It’s actually an update from an older UK version which just features rippling water and spooky looking trees. I think this one is much better, and hints at what the story might entail.

water_ukHere is a little blurb about INTO THE WATER:

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river…

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Black Pain

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I finally finished Black Pain by Terrie Williams. It has been in my possession for about a month now and I believe it took me I would say at least 3-3.5  weeks to finish it. So let’s get started with the review.

Black Pain is a book that brings to light depression in the black community. Terrie Williams is a clinical social worker with a degree in psychology who wrote who herself has suffered from depression.

This book was very informative and relatable. As someone who is African American I understand first hand the issues that can lead a fellow African American to depression. The problem is, getting help is considered a stigma in the black community. You can’t show weakness no matter what. And because of this many people in our community don’t get the professional help they need. Which then in turns causes them to make bad life choices along the way. This is the kind of stuff Williams discusses in her book. Another thing I found interesting is that so many of our people don’t trust white doctors. Or they feel the need to try and impress them. Then again some people don’t trust doctors at all. I remember when my doctor (a black woman) told me I was at risk of having high cholesterol. Now she didn’t prescribed me any medication but she did give me a list of things I should and shouldn’t eat. However, my mother made it abundantly clear she didn’t want me to take any medication for fear I was going to get hooked on them! What?! I can barely swallow an Advil. But what if she did prescribed me medication? Then what? My mother is so convinced that medication is not always the answer and that all doctors know how to do is take take take. Now, me, my mother nor Terrie Williams is saying all doctors are bad. However, not all doctors have your best interest at heart. And you should keep pushing until you find the right doctor to help you. One aspect I found particularly disturbing was that in the 1970s over 300 African American men were killed in an experiment to figure out the effects syphilis had on the body. The worst lart is that these men had no idea what was going on. They thoufht tey were being treated when it fact they were being killed on by on. The doctors had no regard for the value of a black man ( can you see why we don’t trust doctors).

My perspective has changed as well. Many people who are mentally I’ll suffers from depression. At least some of them do. You may know a woman who is know for sleeping around, or a man who drinks too much, or a fellow friends who smokes too much weed. These people all have their own pain. They depressed in some way and it’s our job to take heed to it.

This book is not to make anyone feel bad. Black or white or otherwise. This book is simply to inform fellow African Americans that they are not alone in their pain. Famous celebrities that Mary J Blige and even Mariah Carey have gone through some stages of depression. So, if you are feeling down, can’t get out of bed, or overeating…please, PLEASE! Read this book or talk to someone.

Because this book is nonfiction I can’t really give it a rating. All I can say is that this book has really changed my perspective on life. As I’ve gotten older I’ve tried not to be so judgmental of people. After reading Black Pain I can say I will try even harder to understand people’s pain.

Until next time!

The 100

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Happy Holidays, all! I have just finished The 100 by Mass Morgan and I need to do a review before I forget.

It has been 3 centuries since the apocalypse on Earth. Now people live in a spaceship know as the Colony. After so much time has past, the Chancellor has now decided to send 100 of the Colony’s expendable juveniles to Earth to see if it is stable enough to return to.

The story is told from 4 points of views: Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass. Telling a story from multiple points of views is not easy but this book pulled it off. I like how the character’s stories overlap but they were different. I didn’t feel like I was rereading anyone else’s journey. It was evenly paced. The plot was rushed or lagging in certain areas. There is some history between Clarke and Wells and I feel like they’re going to have an ongoing on again off again situation throughout the series. To be honest, this book didn’t give off a level of suspence I was hoping for but I still enjoyed it.

Overall, I give it a 3 out of 5.

Until next time!

Back on Track

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Omg! I miss this blog! With school and work I haven’t had time to read and review. But now that the semester is over I can get back to pleasure reading and reviewing! As of right now, I have two books in my possession that I’m going to read and review soon.

The first one is The 100 by Mass Morgan. This read was long overdue. I wanted to read this series when they came out with the show. It seemed like a very interesting concept and I was intrigued. The next second book is Black Pain by Terrie M. Williams. This book is different from other books I have read because it tells the real story behind pain in the black community and how Williams’ herself has experienced it.

Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself but of course I will. The next two stories I am interested in reading are Throne of Glass and Court of Thorns and Roses. I have heard so many greats things about these two books, I can’t stand it! I’m very very excited to read them!

Well, with 4 books on my list I should busy for the next few weeks. I hope to have a new post up by next week. Stay tuned!

Until next time!