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Blog, Interrupted. 

Hello guys,

I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that I will be taking about two weeks or so off. I’ve been given an amazing opportunity to work as a counselor at Wricampia. Wricampia is a two-week sleepaway camp for children that offers incredibly artistic programs like screenwriting, filmmaking, poetry, memoir writing, graphic design, and so much more. 

Writopia Lab is an inspirational company that works with children to foster their imagination and creativity. I am extremely humbled to be a part of this organization even briefly as a counselor. I’m leaving tomorrow and will be back in about two weeks. I will try and post based on what I’m reading from my Kindle but no promises. 

Thank you guys for your incredible patience. Let me know what you guys are reading too, maybe I’ll do an author spotlight soon. 

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Here’s a random and unnecessary post featuring my newest lock screen photo because I’m obsessed.  The pages of books can really take you on adventures just like the birds flying out of it. I put this as my lock screen to remind myself that every chance I want to check social media, is a time I could pick up a book instead. It’s a reminder that no matter how busy I get, I can always take a moment to read. Don’t be surprised if I repost this as my next tattoo! #BibliophileProblems #NoShameInMyGame

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Silver Sparrow

Hello again, so I apologize for that unannounced hiatus — but I am back.

Luckily enough during my hiatus, I did still get to read a bit. I actually just finished reading Tayari Jones’ novel, Silver Sparrow. I actually had the opportunity of meeting Tayari Jones last year and not only is she an incredible talent, inspirational speaker but she’s also just a genuinely relatable human being. Last summer, I heard her speak to my Columbia Publishing Course class in a time that I desperately needed to hear everything she had to say. I could probably gush for ours about how much of a role model she is to me but let’s concentrate on her book.

I actually purchased her book when she came to visit the Publishing Course and she signed my copy for me. I knew that I was desperate to read it but with little to no free time within the course – it kept getting postponed. During my hiatus, I had been off and on reading the novel and was a little unsure about the general direction of the plot. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to happen or where I wanted the plot to go.

Silver Sparrow is the alternating narrative story of two girls who live in the south and how their circumstances have impacted them. The narrator of the first chapters is Dana Lynn Yarboro who is the daughter of James Witherspoon. Even in her childhood, Dana is acutely aware of the fact that she is a secret. Her father, an already married man, participated in bigamy by marrying her mother, Gwen, and fathering her. Although older than her sister, Chaurisse, Dana as the product of that bigamy and must learn to take a backseat in all things. The narrator to the second half of the novel is Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon, James Witherspoon’s daughter from his first marriage. These chapters highlight the complex circumstances and truly cast a shade of gray on things that are generally seen as black and white.

I think that Tayari excelled in making the depth of each character’s turmoil apparent. There are so many conflicting feelings and opinions, that even the reader is swept into the conflict. This novel is very different from what I usually gravitate toward the shelf but I enjoyed reading it as a whole. It was an escape that I was happy to turn to and I look forward to reading more of Jones’ works.

 

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*Hiatius*

HI GUYS!

I’m terribly sorry for that extended hiatus. Life was getting a bit hectic so my reading temporarily hit the back-burner. Hopefully, things are officially slowed down to a manageable pace so I can get back to doing what I love: reading, writing and reviewing!

While my posts may have stopped temporarily, the growth of my TBR pile never wavered. I still have a bunch of books that I can’t wait to review for you guys and pick up right where we left off.

So, keep an eye out for my next post which is going to be a book review on Tayari Jones’  Silver Sparrow.

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Happy Haitian Flag Day!

Today is Haitian Flag Day! I’m a proud first generation Haitian-American woman, raised by proud Haitian parents. My parents left Haiti, to come to America and make a better life for my sister and I. Despite the move, they have always kept the Haitian culture alive within us from the language (Kreyol) to the delicious cuisine.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been trying even harder to learn more about the culture since I will have my own family soon enough. I want to make sure that whether they are completely Haitian or mixed, that they have a complete understanding of their culture. From January 1 which is Haitian Independence Day to May 18 Haitian Flag Day, I want them to understand and appreciate the sacrifices their ancestors made for them.

With that, I’ve decided to announce my next book up for review: Roxane Gay’s Ayiti. Be sure to check back for the review.

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Q: Name three books that have changed your life and why. 

A: Picking three is extremely difficult because I feel like every book I read changes my life. I’m just going to go with the first three that come to mind:

1.) Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Why? It’s a book that really just hit me hard. It reminded me that life is hard for everyone but we can all push through it because none of us are ever truly alone. We all hurt sometimes but have to remember that the pain doesn’t last forever, it makes us stronger. 

2.) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas Why? It’s probably the greatest revenge story ever written and also is a constant reminder that good will always prevail even if you’re charged for a crime you didn’t commit, end up in a cavelike prison for 20+ years, God is faithful and will get you through it. 

3.) The Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann Why? I was genuinely shocked by how much I loved this novel which you can tell in my review of it. It just showed how we all want things and have this ambition for money, riches or fame and sometimes once we achieve those things it’s not what we expected. Sometimes, you have to find peace and acceptance in the now because those things you yearn for might not make you any happier than you are now. 

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