I decided to do sort of a weekly digest instead of a post for every book I read as a way to keep blogging fresh and interesting for me. I’m still tweaking it, but here goes:
The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the studio, and in the streets with Ol’ Dirty Bastard by Buddha Monk, Mickey Hess
Although I was never a big Wu-Tang Clan fan, you really don’t need to be in order to find member Ol’ Dirty Bastard and his antics fascinating. It’s been 10 years since he died at the young age of 35 and besides the many media stories about his brushes with the law and drugs, there’s very little known about Russell Jones, the man. The Dirty Version is written by his best friend Buddha Monk who is also a rapper and producer. On the one hand it’s great to get a first hand account from someone who was with Dirty sometimes 24/7. On the other hand, that makes this more of a story about their friendship rather than a straight biography. Buddha can come off as a little self-serving at times when talking about all of the work he did for Dirty and was never paid for or anecdotes about his own rap career. If you a hip-hop fan, this will be an interesting read, but will ultimately leave you wanting more.
Hunger’s Mate by A.C. Arthur
Book #5 in the Shadow Shifters series continues the saga as the Shifters advance their mission in America. As half humans and half cats, they work hard to shield themselves from the general public and keep them safe from a rogue delegation of Shifters who want to use their powers to dominate and take over the world. I am a huge fan of this series as each one tells a hot love story while also advancing the overall story of the Shifters. Ezra Preston and Jewel Jenner have both been mentioned in earlier books: Ezra as a bodyguard to the head of the Shifters and Jewel as a secretary to one of regional leaders. When Ezra goes on an undercover assignment to New Mexico to get more information about the Rogues plans, he also discovers that Jewel has secrets, too, that may impact the Shifters and their future as well. As always, Arthur keeps putting out interesting tales in this series and I can’t wait for the story of Eli, Ezra’s twin.
Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy
The Man From Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women by Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards
It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy by Quanie Miller
From the Vault:(Reviews from the vault are of books that I’ve read a while ago and never got around to blogging about)
Another Woman’s Man by Shelly Ellis
I’ve read a couple of the books in the Gibbons Sisters series and I really like them. The sisters have been trained by their mother to be golddiggers in a sense. They must never love a man who doesn’t have enough money to support them in having the finer things in life and they must never get their heart involved. Of course, in every book, each sister manages to fall in love with someone who their mother disapproves us and despite this, find happiness. In this one, when her father reappears and wants to reconnect with Dawn Gibbons, she falls for the fiance of her half-sister.
New Arrivals: (Books I’ve received this week)
In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes From Grandmas Around the World by Gabriele Galimberti
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
Stitched: (Happenings from my sewing room)
Nothing happened in here this week. I did buy a few patterns and one piece of fabric because I just couldn’t help myself.