birthday books.

birthdaybook haul

Last month was my birthday and, at my fiance’s expense, I went book shopping!! All of the books I got costed less than $5; I got most of them online at ThriftBooks (I bought one from a local used bookstore). I don’t know about you, but I always get excited seeing what books other people are reading. So, let me show you what I got!


The Joy Luck Club-1

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
I’ve been meaning to read this book since 2005/2006. I had to read and analyze an excerpt from this book, titled “Two Kinds,” for a freshman level English class in college. I enjoyed the piece and made a mental note to check out the entire book. Here I am 10 years later and I’m one step away from reading this book: I now own it, now I just need to read the damn thing.

HeLa Immortal

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (nonfiction)
I remember learning about HeLa cells during college, but there wasn’t much said about Henrietta Lacks (besides the fact that the cells were named after her). I studied health & science in college and I’ve always told myself that I would spend more time learning about Black people and the medicine/science in America. When I ran across this book at work, I instantly knew I had to read it.

I Tituba

I, Tituba, Black With of Salem by Maryse Conde
A Black witch? Say what now?! I stumbled across this book on Goodreads. The title had my attention, but once I read the blurb I knew I had to buy it.


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
I watched a YouTuber do a convincing review of this book. My favorite genre of books fall in the suspense/thriller category, so when she described this book I threw it on my TBR list with the quickness. This is the story of a man who has an incredible sense of smell. He goes into the perfume industry, but becomes obsessed with the smell of women.

The Between

The Between by Tananarive Due
I want to read more science fiction novels and in my search for Black science fiction authors, Tananarive’s name kept popping up. I have several of her books on my TBR and decided to pick one at random to purchase and start reading. The Between was the one I picked.


Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
Yet another YouTuber is the reason I grabbed this book. She was doing a book haul and gave a quick overview of what the book was about. It sounded good, so I checked it out on Goodreads and the reviews sold me.


Fledgling by Octavia Butler 
Another science fiction writer that I want to get into. I picked this novel because several people I’m friends with on Goodreads have given this book high ratings.

in a dark dark wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
This book has been a bestseller at my job for a very long time. Brand new, the paperback is $16; I got it as a used hardcover for $6 AND it’s in great condition! I bought it simply because I want to see what all the hype is about. I read the advance reader copy of The Woman in Cabin 10 by this author and it was okay (3 out of 5 stars), so Im hoping this book is enjoyable.

Delicious Foods

Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
Yall, I was told that this book is narrated by crack cocaine. I’m not sure if the entire novel is narrated that way or just a chapter or two, but what the fuck?! That’s right up my alley!!

White Oleander

White Oleander by Janet Fitch 
This book was an accidental freebie that I got from Thriftbooks. Instead of sending me Delicious Foods, I was sent this book. When I contacted Thriftbooks to get the mistake corrected, they told me they would send me the correct book and that I could keep White Oleander (or give it to a friend, donate to a library, etc). How cool is that? I’m not familiar with this book (or the author), but it has pretty good reviews so I think I will give it a read. I’ll let you know what I think of it. Not a big fan of the movie cover, though…


Let me know if you have read any of these books or if you’re interested in reading any of them. Or let me know what books you recently bought.


dirty 30.

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Birthday Cake” by psd used under CC / modified from original

During the summer of 1986 I decided to burst onto the scene. That’s right, I turned 30 this month! To celebrate, I decided to write 30 facts about me. Maybe we have some things in common.

I can not sleep in a room with the closet door open. Having it open or cracked gives me an uncomfortable, eerie feeling.

I love watching real crime show documentaries. like The First 48, Snapped, and Cold Case Files. Anything on the ID channel.

My favorite color is red. Deeper the red, the better.

One of my goals is to work from home. I don’t have anything to add. I like the idea of working in my pajamas.

I don’t have a best friend. The best friend I had back when I was in elementary school, we stopped talking sometime during college (6 years ago). haven’t talked to in about 6 years. I talk and hang out with people who I consider friends, but I don’t have anyone who I consider a best friend.


A few books I got for my birthday!

is a favorite hobby. As of right now, the last book I’ve read is 72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell. I’m starting The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack today.

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is my favorite book from childhood. Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is my favorite book that I’ve read as an adult.

I haven’t added any songs to my iTunes since 2014. Most of the songs in my library are really old. I can’t take many of the songs that are out currently seriously (says ever person as they get older).

Even when it’s 80 degrees in the morning I have to drink coffee. I keep the air in the house and my car cold just so I have an excuse to drink it hot. If I don’t have coffee, then it’s green tea.

Rice, pasta, and potatoes. I eat one of these whenever I eat dinner.

Im more comfortable communicating through writing than I am through speaking. When I speak, I don’t feel that my thoughts come out as concise as they do when I write.

I love being outdoors, but I can’t stand being around squirrels, birds, stray cats and dogs, and insects. Im afraid of them all. They’re sneaky!

I embarrass easily. The embarrassing situation could be happening to me, someone Im with, or a stranger who is next to me I will feel embarrassed no matter what.

I used to LOVE Archie comics as a child. Every time my mom went to the grocery store, I left with an Archie comic.

Im really nosey and curious. Thanks to books and the internet Im able to satisfy my curiosity and be nosey at the same time.

I rarely drink, but when I do my go-to beverage is a Long Island Iced Tea.

As a child, I wanted to be a writer. My teachers praised my writing throughout school, always encouraged me to continue to write, but when I mentioned I wanted to be a writer, I was told not to focus on that as a career. I was encouraged to get a STEM degree. Now as I’m approaching the age of 30, I wish I would’ve followed my heart. I changed my major four times before I eventually withdrew from college.

I enjoy playing videos games
. I grew up with 2 (of 4) brothers and in order to spend time with them I had to do what they liked to do. One of those things was playing video games. Some of my favorite (that I still play now) include The Sims, Legend of Zelda, Tomb Raider, Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and Animal Crossing.

I read a lot of urban/street literature and erotica in high school. Most of my peers were reading Zane, Sista Souljah, and Omar Tyree, and other well-known street lit authors; I’d never heard of these authors until then. A friend let me borrow The Coldest Winter Ever and I was hooked. Teen/Young adult novels be damned!

Im a hardcore procrastinator. Seeing that I barely keep this blog up-to-date, you already knew that, didnt you? I intended to have this posted on my birthday (the 11th).

I watch YouTube more than I watch TV. BookTube. Gaming channels. Hair gurus. How-to videos. I YouTube just about any and every thing.

I love R&B from the 80s and 90s. Trap music (the southern kind from the 90s ‘00s is my guilty pleasure.

My favorite genre of books and movies are suspense/thrillers. I love being on the edge of my seat, wondering what’s gonna happen next.

I taught myself to play piano when I was 12. I played for maybe a year and stopped all together.

I was a decent artist during my four years of high school. During 12th grade my art teacher submitted some of my work to an art show the school board host annually. After high school I stopped drawing; now if I attempt to draw anything, it looks like 1st grade art.

Im engaged! I’ve been with my fiance for 6 years, we’ve been engaged for a year. We’re not planning a wedding; we’re having a small ceremony and spending the rest of our money on a nice honeymoon.

My fiancé and I are the odd couple. He’s extroverted, talkative, unorganized, inconsistent, witty, and loud. I’m an introvert.

I threw my glasses in a wooded area during elementary school because I hated them. They were the BIG welfare glasses that poor kids wore and I didn’t want my classmates to know that my parents couldn’t afford nice glasses for me. My mom refused to get me another pair, so I from 4th grade to 12th grade without a pair of glasses.

I love being near water. I can’t swim, but I love going to the beach.

I have no fashion sense. If it wasn’t for Pinterest, I would dress extremely basic.

BONUS: Most of the time when people forget my name, they describe me as “the girl/lady who smiles a lot.”

I hope you enjoyed. Let me know if we have some things in common!