Books I am reading this weekend

It’s a Saturday and aside from chilling and spring cleaning, Saturdays are meant for reading and listening to music in my world.

I requested to read so many book off NetGalley this Thursday and as sad as it may seem, I cannot wait to get started on a couple of books. These are three books:

I’ve been blessed by Hillsong music and to get to read this when I know there’s an inspiring worship album with the same title to be released this April is goals. I was so excited that I couldn’t hold back on posting it on twitter:

The second book is one that caught my attention because of the cover and well…it involves a character who works at a funeral parlor and I thought, why not?

The final book takes me back into the Soviet and I was intrigued both by the cover and the author.

What titles are you reading this weekend?


You’ll want to read these some day

Thank heavens it’s Friday! How’s your week been?

I managed to get to 200 reviews on NetGalley which means I had the opportunity to read and share my thoughts on 200 free books in a span of one year.

Here are some titles that I read this week:

  • The Scandal of Redemption: Life of Oscar Romero
  • Blessed are the Misfits by Brant Hansen
  • The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo
  • Champion by Craig Johnson
  • The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Scandal of Redemption by Oscar RomeroBlessed Are the Misfits by Brant HansenThe Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'BarboChampion by Craig   JohnsonThe Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

Have a lovely weekend!

Books I’ve read this week

It’s a Friday and I thought a better way to celebrate and usher in the weekend would be to share with you some of the interesting books I read this week. So here goes:

Deadly Recall by T.R. Ragan

Rating: 4 stars

If you are looking for a captivating read that’s action packed, even paced and one that’ll break you heart then I’d recommend this book. You’ve got Jessie who specializes in finding the missing. She’s so good at what she does that when someone threatens a top official at DHI about an experimental drug and how he lost his daughter, the official goes in search for Jessie. The race against time begins and you cannot help but wonder who’ll come out whole at the end of the story.Read full review here

Came Back to Show You I Could Fly by Robin Klein

Rating: 4 stars

A touching tale of an unlikely friendship between an eleven year old boy, Seymour, and Angie- the charismatic, fun and always energetic neighbor who in time turns out to be an addict.
This realization and the fear of losing a close friend shatters Seymour’s world and forces him to confront it. Read full review here

The Hawkman by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

Rating: 4 stars

From the moment I read This is a story about a man who thought he was a bird and the woman who helped him find his humanity again I knew that this book would be the kind of trip I needed. I knew with those few words that something in me was going to be challenged.
If you’ve ever wondered why it’s easier to say we salute our war heroes but even more difficult to accept that they may suffer from PTSD, hallucinations, that some may never walk, see, touch or hear again…then read this book!
If you seek another reason to be compelled to read it, I fear I have no higher humane reason than that.

REBELLION by Ethan Proud

Rating: 3 stars

If you are into epic fantasies, then this book would be one of the recommendations I’d make. If you are into war, kingdoms, and you wouldn’t mind reading a bit of people bashing each other to make way for common good then you’d love this.
Now, I’ll admit, this was not all the way to my liking but I had that tingling feeling that Jergle should not have listened to Seruke, or embarked on conquering Cenock as yet.

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Rating: 5 stars

I don’t know what took me so long to read this book because when I finally did get down to it today, I couldn’t part with it, not even to take lunch!
It’s a chronicle of Margaret’s life. One minute she’s with Chip, he’s flying and proposing to her, the next they’re crashing and she wakes up with third degree burns and with time learns that she’s paralyzed. She goes from getting the dream job and man to never being able to walk, and learning that he’s cheated on her with his ex. (Full review)

That’s it for now. Have a lovely weekend and keep reading!

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum

This book is so refreshing, you cannot help but love the drama.

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

Carter gets in invite to vie for a scholarship in one of the places she longs to earn her mark as a Chef. Whilst there, her first run in with Reid, sparks a rivalry and it’s all about who’s going to come up top.

While, their back and forth made for more details to the story, I would say that I found it a bit too dramatic. What I loved was the author’s use of gender neutral names: Carter and Reid, who would have thought?

Remember me starting off by saying that this book is refreshing, well, after a night conversation with Reid, Carter storms back to her room and tells her room mater, Riya It’s just…he’s been a total asshole to me. Riya, smirks and she asks Do I need to kill a boy? I can relate to that and wouldn’t mind having Riya for a room mate. The girl’s a great listener, has lots of confidence, makes friends easily and she can cook…who wouldn’t live for that?

  • The other thing that I loved in this book was a conversation between Reid and Carter.

I love when two glorious things happen in any book I am reading:
1. If I come across the mention of Kenya or Nairobi.
2. If the characters mention an author or book that I absolutely love.
Well, Reid and Carter talk about N.K. Jemisin and at the mention of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms I nearly fell off my bed.

This is the part where I also graciously add that I got to read this as a digital copy, thanks to Netgalley, and there tiny request was that I share my honest- real-down to earth- views about it. Now, I’d better get back to work. It’s almost lunch time and I do wish I’d get some of the duck they made in this book for lunch!

Reviewed also on: Goodreads

Click here to Pre-order The Art of French Kissing for $8.54 on Amazon

About the author:

Brianna’s on Goodreads! Yay! She’s also published two other awesome novels: Never Never and How to Make Out. Visit her author page: here Brianna R. Shrum

Book Review: A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality and the Law

This, right here is what I call, truth.

A Perilous Path: Talking Race, Inequality, and the Law

Truth has power and with that kind of power, it has the ability to create a paradigm shift that’s needed today, not just in the American society but in every society.

A brief summary of the book: This blisteringly candid discussion of the American dilemma in the age of Trump brings together the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the former attorney general of the United States, a bestselling author and death penalty lawyer, and a star professor for an honest conversation the country desperately needs to hear. Drawing on their collective decades of work on civil rights issues as well as personal histories of rising from poverty and oppression, these leading lights of the legal profession and the fight for racial justice talk about the importance of reclaiming the racial narrative and keeping our eyes on the horizon as we work for justice in an unjust time.

My motive for reading this book is very selfish and personal. I admire Loretta Lynch and have read as much as I can about her and especially when the whole Policing Reform was being initiated in New York, and when I saw that she was part of the conversation that is this book, I had to read it off NetGalley. I am glad that I get to share my honest views on it after soaking up every word.

Now I want to buy myself a paperback copy because their discussion pointed out the power of a narrative and I am challenged to look into that and explore what impacts it’s had in Kenya in terms of shaping our political affiliations.

  • I’d recommend this book first to Americans because it comes at a time when the rights of others do not seem to come first, and with a president lacking a modicum of control and empathy, and utter disregard of the constitution “government of the people, by the people and for the people” seems like a dream that’s got to be actualized.
  • I’d recommend it second to every reader because we are citizens of nations that have laws, social challenges and issues with the justice system and this book provides insights on slavery in America, Prosecution and Poverty and you get to understand the role “the voice of the person” plays in shaping a narrative.

Also reviewed on: Goodreads

The Elephant Keeper’s Daughter by Julia Drosten: A Review

If this is how my year’s going to be in terms of books that make me come undone, then, by all means, bring it on. 

The Elephant Keeper's Daughter by Julia Drosten

Historical romance/ Coming of age/ 295 pages/ Expected release date: April 10th 2018, Amazon Crossing

About the book: 

Ceylon, 1803. In the royal city of Kandy, a daughter is born to the king’s elephant keeper—an esteemed position in the court reserved only for males. To ensure the line of succession, Phera’s parents raise her as a boy.
As she bonds with her elephant companion, Siddhi, Phera grows into a confident, fiercely independent woman torn between the expectations of her family and her desire to live life on her own terms. Only when British colonists invade is she allowed to live her true identity, but when the conquerors commit unspeakable violence against her people, Phera must add survival to the list of freedoms for which she’s willing to fight.
Possessed by thoughts of revenge yet drawn into an unexpected romance with a kindly British physician, the elephant keeper’s daughter faces a choice: Love or hatred? Forgiveness or retribution?

My review: 2615 2615 2615 2615 2615

This book unravels a disruption that Phera’s family never imagined would come upon them with the British invasion. Their heritage, their homes, their faith, dignity and life all become undone on one night when one of their own betrays their King and has him exiled to create room for the British.

In all this, Phera stood out as the youngest child to be born to the Elephant Keeper of the Palace. She’s born female but has to live the first twelve years of her life as male because of a lie her family told the King. She cannot declare the truth too because according to their custom only males would be Elephant Keepers and she loves Siddhi-her elephant cow, too much to jeopardize that.

The authors invite you into Sri Lanka, into Phera’s world and you see it through her eyes, feel it through her heart beat and her anguish becomes your own and her people’s death and brutal treatment at the hands of the British makes you wonder just how much a person could take.

It is a tale that reminds me of an African proverb, Until the story of the hunt is told by the lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
I am glad to have gotten the chance to read this book courtesy of NetGalley. My views on it are on the tale and for such a long time colonization has often bragged about introduction of civilization into colonies but with this tale, and as with many more, I beg to differ.

If you are into historical fiction, then I’d recommend you read this book. It’ll break your heart, challenge your beliefs, but it’s a well told story that’s bound to make you want to walk through that jungle with Phera and her elephant cow.

Pre-order today: Amazon

Interesting books I’ve read this week

The Prince of Mirrors by Alan Robert Clark

Historical Fiction/ Paperback pages 352/ Published by Fairlight Books

I could not put this book down . Set in the 1860s to 1890s, it tells the story of Prince Albert Victor, the would be Uncle of Queen Elizabeth II.
Albert is known as Eddy and he is the heir while his younger brother Georgie is what you’d could the spare, but everyone sees Eddy as weak, naive, and undecided- and his ability to reign is unknown to everyone including his parents. They send him to university at some point.
It’s at the university that he meets Jem, his new tutor, but it’s at that first sight that Jem knows he could never walk away from Eddy. “For most of his life, his heart is a passive, sleepy thing. Then it sees a young face peeking out from under a floppy hat in the morning sun. And when his heart awakes, it roars. He panics. He does not know what to do….to reach out towards it might bring discovery, scandal, and disgrace.” Read more…here

PS: The Prince of Mirrors is set to be released soon.

Touch of Ice by Mary Auclair

Sci-fi alien Romance/ Kindle Edition, 315 pages/ Published by Eclipse Press

When Endora is faced with her daughter’s terminal illness, she takes the only chance she’s got. She braves the potential risks and signs a mating contract with the Delradon Draekon Lords, intent on using the payment to buy the aliens’ cure to save her daughter’s life. Lord Aldric Darragon rules over his land with an iron fist until one day the only woman who is genetically compatible with him agrees to his offer of mating. As his all-consuming passion for Endora explodes, an ancient threat looms heavy over humans and Delradons alike. With the lives of everyone he cares about hanging in the balance, Aldric has to fight the demons of his past if he wants to defeat the enemies of the present.

I love any book that has dragons in it maybe it’s because I was born in the Chinese year of the Dragon, or maybe it’s just one of those mythical beings that fascinate me, but this book was one I couldn’t put down. Read my full review (here)

Get a copy of this book today on Amazon.