New to the Bookends Shelf

I’m trying to get better about letting y’all know what I’m reading, what I’m contemplating reading, what recommendations I’ve gotten, and what I’ve added to my bookshelf recently. Amazon is my new best friend (except on Prime Day when I’m stuck looking at dog photos instead of getting my Fire TV, but hey), though I…

Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is going to be made into a mini-series by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, and for that, we are lucky. It took me so long to review this novel mainly because I suck at life sometimes, but trust me, I whizzed through the book itself. Reading this novel was…

June Bookend Wrap-Up

Is it just me, or did June basically not exist? The time period that is typically occupied by June each year seems to have been put down, flipped and reversed because it was basically just a long ass weekend. I am almost surprised that I accomplished anything in the month of June outside of hanging…

Hollywood, We Have a Problem

If you haven’t seen the new Jurassic World movie yet, run (don’t walk) … … to the nearest trash-can and put this whole movie inside of it. The entire thing. As a matter of fact, we may need to call those junk removal people who show up on Hoarders with the big trucks and a…

Crazy Rich Devil Wears Asian Prada

When I was 15, I was in Sam’s Club with my mom (who I’m sure was off somewhere buying 67 rolls of toilet tissue for the price of 13 while I was browsing in the book section). Back then, the book section of Sam’s was basically a swap-meet table set up with a bunch of…

5 Books to Read When You Think the World is Burning

Seems like everything is going to crap, huh? Well, on one hand…yes, it is. On the other hand, we’re still here, aren’t we? Listen. I’m a Black women, descended from American slaves, who went to Harvard Law School and practices at one of the top firms in D.C. 200 years ago, my ancestors were likely…

Her Body and Other Parties

This collection of short stories by Carmen Maria Machado is a work of ambition. That it falters, at points, doesn’t detract from the heights it reaches at others. Any work of ambition is a risk, and the entire collection of Her Body and Other Parties is most certainly a risk. The stories are absurd, magic,…

Power to the P***y

How do I write this review without fanning out? I have written glowing reviews of books I have loved before, but I just finished reading something that was perspective-shifting and I’m not sure I have the words (yes, I know, I always have plenty of words, but still). Y’all. Why the hell had no one…

When Keeping It Real Goes…Right…I Mean Wrong

Please, if you haven’t yet watched this snippet of your president making comments following his meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, I invite you to watch Exhibit A: https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/trump-kim-jong-un-meeting-summit/h_97ccc50308b493e9f22e108ef7402249?utm_source=fbCNN&utm_term=video&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-06-12T09%3A48%3A25 Yes. You watched that. Yes. He said that. Uh huh. Your president, the leader of the ostensibly most powerful nation in the world, said that…

May Bookend

May wasn’t nearly as prolific as I would have liked it to be, but I learned some powerful lessons, did some awesome things, and oh yea…I bought a house! *Cheers* So excuse me for not reading as much as I would have liked. I did somehow manage to get 5 books in this month, and…