Biggie. Tupac. Lauryn Hill. Lil Kim. Hip Hop. Late 90s. Let Me Hear a Rhyme was published in 2019 for today’s youngsters, but it was a trip down memory lane for this child of the 80s and 90s.
Well, it’s March. No better time to take down and put away my Christmas tree. Relax. It’s not what you’re thinking. A dried out pine or fir tree was not sprinkling its dead needles all over my living room rug. Au contraire, my first ever Christmas tree of my adult life was a book Christmas tree. In 2017, I was tagged by at least two different people in the comment section of separate posts showcasing Christmas trees made of stacks […]
Sometimes it seems like people don’t even try when it comes to customer service. I recently wrote about how I’m weary of paid monthly subscriptions for things that I can get for free. For that reason, I stick to the free versions of Pandora and Spotify and had to bid adieu to Tidal once my free trial was over, among other things. Once I got over my snobbery of reading only bound books, I allowed myself to enter the world […]
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a work of fiction, but to borrow from the beloved and long-running NBC show Law & Order: SVU, it’s a story line, or several storylines quite frankly) that’s ripped from the headlines. Starr Carter has suffered the trauma of witnessing the shooting deaths of not one, but two close friends a few years apart. The sixteen year old lives […]
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes My rating: 4 of 5 stars Shonda Rhimes is a liar. Her word, not mine. She calls herself this because she likes to make up stuff, all the time. Lucky for her it’s paid off. The highly successful ABC shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and Private Practice (no longer on air) are spawns of what […]
I stopped setting New Year’s resolutions. Not only is it cliché to set new goals at the start of a new year, but it’s too much self-imposed pressure. Besides, I don’t think I should wait for a new calendar year to eat better, exercise more or be a better me. That didn’t stop me from joining the Goodreads reading challenge. I set my goal to fully read 36 books in 2016. It seemed reasonable. As a book nerd, I leave […]
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling by Rosie Pérez My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was completely in shock and awe throughout Rosie Perez’s memoir Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair). I knew Perez as a sassy Nuyorican dancer, choreographer and actress, and was not prepared for what she shared […]
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins My rating: 1 of 5 stars I’ve got to stop giving in to peer pressure. And by peer pressure, I mean best seller lists. Over and over, I read about how The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was comparable to Gone Girl. So wrong, and so false. Gone Girl was a page turner that made me forsake dinner, my DVR’d shows and sleep to continue reading. The Girl on the […]