An Ordinary Day...

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Why are some people mean?

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Book Review #1

Posted on by Gigi in Books 9 Comments

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. –Richard Steele, Tatler 1710

Reading has always been one of my passions. It is one of those guilty pleasures that I take time out of my busy life to do. For many years I had a book club with a delightful group of women, we met bi monthly and shared a delicious meals together and had lively book discussions. Our club after a few years fizzled due to life changes, and conflicting schedules ie. soccer games etc.. I now am in another book club that was formed by a few ladies from my original club. Silver Sparrow was one of our selections a few meetings ago, my friend Angela reviewed the book, check it out.

Silver Sparrow

The Silver Sparrow is overall a very well written and descriptive novel. The story chronicles the life of two teenage girls with the some father. Each girl has a very different life however, as one girl originates from the father’s legitimate marriage and family, while the other girl comes from the father’s shameful illegitimate life. The story is told from each girls’ point of view contrasting their lives their struggles, and their relationships. The manner in which the book is written and the way in which the conflict is dealt with creates a more engaging and realistic novel. In addition, the time setting of the novel reflects the explanation of world events and situations during that time frame. This allows a reader that experienced these same events to connect to the characters on a deeper level. Likewise, a personal connection with the characters is further established through each character’s explanation of life situations and struggles. As the reader, you assume that you can distinguish between which character is right and which character is wrong. Yet, as the novel goes on, you begin to establish a personal relationship with each character that causes you to understand and relate to each feeling and emotion that the characters describe. Overall, I enjoyed this novel and I would suggest it to anyone who takes pleasure in understanding social relationships and family dynamics.

Guest Blogger Angie

Angie is my neighbor, walking/workout partner, fellow natural curly girl and friend. Angie will be sharing her curly routine in the near future, stay tuned.

Do you have an E reader? Or do your prefer books? I was a slow convert, but now I don’t know what I would do without my Kindle. With all the weight constrictions on luggage, I can now take as many books as I like when I travel on my Kindle. Also it is nice to read without disclosing what you are reading, you may or may not want the passenger next to you know that you are reading 50 shades of grey.  I now save my book budget and splurge on art books which I love, and download everything else.

What are you reading?



“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”–Mark Twain 

It’s Summertime and the Reading is Easy…

Posted on by Gigi in Books 4 Comments

It’s Summertime and the reading is easy. Summer is the best time of year for book lovers, whether on the beach, on a long transcontinental flight, the car, or a lounge chair by the pool, we look forward to curling up with a delectable book. I still prefer “real books”, but I have slowly transitioned to a Kindle. I do appriciate the anonymity of reading an e-reader book, one that you may not want your seat mate to see ie. Fifty Shades of Grey, and the ease of traveling without having to carry a stack of books. I still occasionally splurge on beautiful coffee table books and art books. My list is varied and perhaps there is something that will peak your interest.

Why You're Not Married Yet

Why You’re Not Married Yet

“If you’re looking to get married and you’re not, there’s most likely a very good reason: you.”

How to Be Black

How To Be Black

“A hilarious look at the complexities of contemporary racial politics and personal identity.”

Fendi Baguette

Fendi Baguette

“Fendi celebrates the iconic Baguette Bag with the worldwide launch of its dedicated Baguette Book.”

American Tapestry

American Tapestry

“Prodigiously researched, American Tapestry traces the complex and facinating tale of Michelle Obama’s ancestors, a history the First Lady did not even know herself.”

Catcher in the Rye

the Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye is on my son’s reading list, so I decided he and I could have a little mommy son book club experience.

A Cupboard full of Coats

A Cupboard full of Coats

“Edwards elegantly braids together the lives of three people whose entangled love for the same woman turns sour in this gut-wrenching and gorgeously lyrical debut novel”

Native Guard

Native Guard

New Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway reflects on the south.

Silver sparrow

Silver sparrow

“Tayari Jones, has chosen an unusual structure to reveal her story of two African-American teenage girls sharing the same father in the same Georgia Town” This is my book club selection for next month.


The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles

“This haunting and soul-stirring novel about apocalypse is transformative and unforgettable.”

In One Person

In One Person

“A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love–tormented, funny, and affecting–and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences.”

What is on your summer reading list?



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