Obsidian Blue

Government drone by day and book lover and geek girl by night!

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

The Bonesetter's Daughter - Amy Tan

Finished and just need to write a review. I ended up just raiding my shelves at home and found this older Amy Tan book. 


We follow two women in this book. Ruth Young is married and trying to deal with some of the scars she had from being raised by her mother LuLing. Ruth at times I found a bit much to take. I get where she is coming from, but it's obvious she has no idea what her mother had to deal with and her experiences. When an incident occurs that causes Ruth to realize that something dark has happened to LuLing I felt so sorry for her.


The book goes back and forth between these two women and i found myself more engaged with LuLing's story. 


This book touches among so many things. What to do when you are the only child and having to care for an ailing parent. How do you forgive your mother for doing the best she can under difficult circumstances. 


The book skips back and forth from China to California and though the ending was not as I would have wished it to be (a happily ever after) I did like where Tan went with it. 

 

Paperback: 368 pages

$6.00

Total: $ Balance: $179

 

Overwhelmed in a Good Way

Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay

I don't know what else to say about Roxane Gay besides run and find all of her books and sit down and enjoy. I loved her collection of essays. Some of them were humorous, some sad, and some just made me want to sit in a room by myself all day and not talk to a person. She has a way of drilling down on an issue and just making you realize that someone out there has the same thoughts as you and you don't feel wholly alone.

 

I will say one thing though, the flow of these essays does not go from point A, to point B, etc. seamlessly. Instead it feels like we get dropped in at various times when Gay could be just talking to a friend about a subject she wants to discuss.

 

The book goes from broad topics such as Gender & Sexuality, Race & Entertainment, Politics, Gender, & Race, and then goes back to Gay speaking about herself and what makes her a "bad" feminist. Within these topics she has some essays speaking on things. I will say that if you haven't read some of the books she is discussing (she dislikes Fifty Shades of Grey as much as I do) or watched some of the movies, you may not get what she is talking about. Since I have read the books in question, or at least heard of them, and watched all of the movies, and television shows I was better off than most of the other readers who I saw had comments about that. 

 

I also think that according to the modern day rules I am probably a bad feminist. I don't think my being a woman equals I cannot criticize another woman. If anything, I hope, that most women's comments are more constructive than what most men say about us to our faces and behind our backs. 

 

I also know that even though I am black, I too do not care for Tyler Perry's movies and just like Gay think his messaging needs to be fixed. 


Things I highly encourage potential readers to review:

 

"The Careless Language of Sexual Violence", "Dear Young Ladies Who Love Chris Brown So Much They Would Let Him Beat Them", "The Trouble With Prince Charming, or He Who Trespassed Against Us", and "1960s Mississippi: Thoughts on The Help".  

Wept Tons of Tears

Watership Down - Richard Adams

Seriously! How is no one on Booklikes or Goodreads going to give a girl a warning about making sure she had some tissues! I was a mess. Over rabbits!

 

I have been meaning to read this book in 2017 so am glad I finally got it completed. It was a pain though since my Overdrive borrow only allows me to read it via my Kindle or cell phone. It doesn't work on Amazon's Cloud Reader (via computer) so keep that in mind when you are borrowing this book.

 

"Watership Down" starts off with Fiver who has a terrifying vision. He is scared almost to death that the warren he currently lives in is not long for this world. He goes off to tell his brother Hazel (yes the names did mess with me) who then decides to go and tell the chief rabbit they need to evacuate. They of course like many men/women playing Cassandra are ignored. 


Eventually Fiver and Hazel convince some other rabbits (Bigwig, Dandelion, Silver, and others).

 

I really liked the dark fairy tale aspect of this story. A story about rabbits should not mess with you as much as this did with me. Honestly it reminded me a little of The Secret of NIMH. And that damn movie scarred me for life. 

 

I really enjoyed all of the characters and they felt like living and breathing people. I wanted our gang of rabbits to be okay and was scared to death that they were about to be ripped from me in some brutal way. Also why are kids reading this book? I would have been a mess at 7 or 8 reading this. 

 

The writing was top notch. There is a language that Adams makes up called lapine that is rabbit speak. So a few times I had to stop and say wait what is this word. But other than that, no big issues. I did think that the flow was off here and there, but I ignored it. I think the tales of the mystical El-ahrairah just got a bit much and that's the parts of the book I did skim towards the end.

 

The setting of something that in my eyes equals peace and tranquility (the woods, a meadow, etc.) becomes something dark and sinister in this book. I kind of loved it.

 

A great ending that had me sniffling and reaching for my tissues. 

 

 

Kind of Tired

I just finished a few books that gutted me emotionally and I am just a bit blue. I am also exhausted because the Game of Thrones showrunners decided that they just have to have a new show that will focus on what would happen if the South had won the first Civil War and slavery was still a thing.

 

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Look I have read speculative fiction before (Stephen King, Octavia Butler, etc.) but based on the history of these two men who just ignored criticism that there show devolved into women being naked and raped it seemed I don't see them handling a sensitive topic like slavery very well. 

And yes, I know they have two black writers. I still don't trust them.

 

It took me many months to even sit through 12 Years A Slave and no thank you. I can't see enduring a weekly show that is showing black men, women, and children as less than a white person. I won't sit down and watch fictional characters be raped, flogged, and have body parts removed. Cause guess what, that was what was going on in the U.S. when we had slavery. And as smarter women and men said the other day, we already got this show, go see 13TH by Ava DuVernay sometime. 


And what really makes me sad about this whole thing is that I had to have a couple of conversations with friends in my real life who wanted to know why this was seen as bad by many in the African American community.

 

Yes, I have become the all knowing black woman in my friend group. That also gets old.

 

In no particular order this is what we discussed: 

 

1. I quit GoT a while ago because of the depictions on screen. I still read recaps on Pajiba. Or at least I did until a tone deaf article they published about this yesterday. I am moving onto places like The Root. I just don't have the energy to be part of a community where people go around screeching censorship who don't know what the hell they are talking about. I have issues because these two men have chosen to ignore criticism about things they have shown on screen and then had their fans screeching about historical accuracy. Whispers to everyone: "Dragons are not real."

 

2. I really wish that African American actors could actually be cast in something that does not show them as a villain, maid,  slave, drug dealer, etc. and get a damn Oscar. Seriously. Octavia Spencer won best supporting actress for The Help. Come talk to me where she portrays a CEO, an inventor and also gets an Oscar win.

 

3. Just in case you have not looked around, hate crimes are on the rise again in the U.S. Blacks interactions with the police have never been so close to just unspooling. I am not joking that I have had conversations with friends about what to do when the riots break out again. And I mean L.A. type riots where the whole city is burning for days on end. And yeah, I said when. Cause if people can't see the forest for the trees I am just going to keep my head down and mind my business. 

 

4. Maybe if we didn't still have states in our Union who ignore their history (no the Civil War was not about states rights) or people holding KKK rallies in DC and setting up shop in Old Town, Alexandria I could get past the whole idea of this show. But that's where we are right now as a country. We put a man in charge of the Department of Justice who is racist. Full stop. Who is enacting policies that is going after the poor and the people of color. I feel like I woke up in the 1950s based on some of the goings on in our country right now. I don't feel safe anymore. Heck, maybe that safety I thought I had all along was just an illusion and I needed it to be ripped away.

 

Either way the show has been greenlit and I am sure that someone somewhere will watch. Not me though, this is a hard pass from me. 

Reading progress update: I've read 16%.

Alex, Approximately - Jenn Bennett

Good lord. I want to drown Porter. Seriously. If he ends up being Alex (and all signs point to yes) I will kick something. Cause Porter blows and if he was talking to me the way he is talking to Bailey, he would be getting kneed somewhere. 

 

One of my pet peeves are people who get too familiar with me when they just meet me or want to dissect me. Go the hell away. I always get some guy saying I so know who you are because you don't like to eat french fries with ketchup. FYI, I loathe ketchup unless it's Heinz. I am from freaking PA, ketchup that is not Heinz is gross. It doesn't mean I have commitment issues or means that I am afraid to live a little. 

 

 

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Trigger Warning: This is Why I Haven't Listened to R Kelly in Years

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/r-kelly-cult-women-abuse-parents-claims-sex-houses-response-tour-dates-a7845461.html

 

This is gross and terrible. And this links back to the shit show I had of reading about FSOG this weekend. If everyone's reaction to this is terrible in real life, why do we think this is romantic via book form? 

 

According to the parents and former crew members, Kelly - who is currently on a tour of the US - keeps the young women at his rented homes in Atlanta and Chicago, orders them to call him "daddy", films their sexual encounters, and punishes them verbally and physically when they break his "rules". 

 

Asante McGee, a former member of Kelly's inner circle, claimed there are currently six women living in properties rented by Kelly, who controls “every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records”.

 

 

Suggestions for Booklikes-opoly Ring Card

Lisey's Story - Stephen King Prince Charming - Julie Garwood The Heiress Effect - Courtney Milan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realizing now that we didn't have any suggestions for this one when we were putting together lists. FYI, every time I Google looking for books that fit this card Fifty Shades of Grey pops up. Help a reader out guys. Let's post some good books for this one.

 

I was thinking that actually a good horror book that would count towards this is "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King. The main character gets married in that book during a flashback. 

 

A good romance that I enjoyed was "Prince Charming" by Julie Garwood where two characters get married and also "The Heiress Effect" by Courtney Milan.

 

Post any suggestions in the comment boxes below. I cannot do the second book in FSOG. I cannot. I got asked to, but I don't love you all enough to suffer through that right now. I may set something on fire. 

Suggestions for Booklikes-opoly Ring Card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realizing now that we didn't have any suggestions for this one when we were putting together lists. FYI, every time I Google looking for books that fit this card Fifty Shades of Grey pops up. Help a reader out guys. Let's post some good books for this one.

 

I was thinking that actually a good horror book that would count towards this is "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King. The main character gets married in that book during a flashback. 

 

A good romance that I enjoyed was "Prince Charming" by Julie Garwood where two characters get married and also "The Heiress Effect" by Courtney Milan.

 

Post any suggestions in the comment boxes below. I cannot do the second book in FSOG. I cannot. I got asked to, but I don't love you all enough to suffer through that right now. I may set something on fire. 

Booklikes-opoly: Turn 26!

Having issues with loading the dashboard and commenting again so sorry if any of you are commenting on my reviews/posts. I can't get to them right now.

 

I also can't read "Watership Down" via my computer grr. Won't load to my Amazon Cloud Reader. So going to skip to another book instead. 

 

 

Landed on:

 

 

Please let me know if any of you have any suggestions for this one. Otherwise I will aim to get a Pearl S. Buck or Lisa See book from the library. 

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

Watership Down - Richard Adams

So far enjoying. Though the rabbits name are a bit much. I like Hazel and Fiver. Now the group that has left the warren has come across other rabbits. 

Booklikes-opoly: Turn 25!

 

Landed on BL space 20 again. 

 

 

That means I have to:

 

4. You are in time out for two days. Wait for your chance to roll again.

 

With pleasure. Back to it on Monday. 

You're a Terrible Book and Should Feel Bad

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

This book is hot garbage left out in the sun for six months that has maggots squirming all over it. 

 

Short summary, college student meets millionaire/billionaire with vague job description and proceeds to obsess over him for no reason. He obsesses over her for no reason. Surprise he's into BDSM. Or really he's into what the author thinks is BDSM. Cause it's not. Christian Grey is the patron saint of men's rights activists everywhere. He stalks, bullies, and abuses said college student and she thinks she can make him love her cause of Disney cartoons. I don't know. This book had every red flag known to man and then it came to a terrible ass ending. I refuse to read and review books #2 and #3. 

 

Besides the lack of development of the two main characters (Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele) and their general assholiness (don't care if it's not a word) everyone else in this book was underdeveloped. 

 

Christian because he's an alien who never met real people thinks that him being a dominant means Ana must obey him inside and outside of bed. She's not allowed to say no. She has to eat what he wants, work out when he says so, and he even picks her damn OBGYN. He also decides he doesn't like her going by Ana and calls her Anastasia or Ms. Steele at all times. I had flashbacks to Tom Cruise and Katie (her name is Kate) Holmes. 

 

Ana because she's a moron thinks this is love. And she's no prize either. She asks Christian if he's gay, proceeds to spread a rumor he is and just generally acts like a dick towards anyone else who may be having sex. She thinks can control Christian because love and whatever. She also calls Christian control freak and Fifty Shades at different places. I wanted her and her inner goddess to die a horrible death in a desert while someone read out loud from a better book than this mess. 

 

Everyone else wasn't worth mentioning. There are other people who are merely there to distract Ana from Christian and that's it. 

 

The plot was a joke. Millionaire/billionaire 26 year old meets a college student who asks him if he's gay during an interview and a whole host of terrible ass questions and he says that there is a submissive. Proceeds to stalk her at her job, at her graduation, and to freaking Georgia cause even though he says that he doesn't do relationships what he means is that he can't take not having her under his creepy ass gaze all damn day. 

 

The writing was awful. Besides that inner goddess crap I realized this book was littered with Britishims all over. Plus James is a snob and that shines through with her through Ana looking down on people who read books that are not classics written by British authors (eyeroll). Guess what? "Far From the Maddening Crowd" sucks. 

 

Back to the terrible writing, at different times in this book you realize you should be reading present tense but the way something is described only works if it's past tense. I just gave up. Most of the book is just the dominant/submissive contract, the contract revised, and terrible ass emails between Christian and Ana. There is barely any dialogue besides "laters baby" being uttered by Christian and his brother. 

 

The flow was awful. There's really no plot so you stumble from terrible sex scene to terrible sex scene. Shoot, go read Jenny Trout's "The Boss" if you want some hot BDSM. I tapped out on that series, but the sex scenes were good. Hell go read some of your mother's bodice rippers. This book takes everything we tell our daughters about how no one owns them or their bodies and just laughs at it and goes well if he's hot and rich than it's okay. 

 

The setting is Seattle, but besides a few references it really seems like the author had never been there. Maybe she watched a few Real World episodes for research and called it a day.

 

The ending was terrible. Ana is left howling in pain cause Fifty Shades can't love her. Whatever girl. 

 

 

 

Electronic pages: 530

$10.00

Balance: $173

 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

This book is hot garbage left out in the sun for six months that has maggots squirming all over it. 

 

Short summary, college student meets millionaire/billionaire with vague job description and proceeds to obsess over him for no reason. He obsesses over her for no reason. Surprise he's into BDSM. Or really he's into what the author thinks is BDSM. Cause it's not. Christian Grey is the patron saint of men's rights activists everywhere. He stalks, bullies, and abuses said college student and she thinks she can make him love her cause of Disney cartoons. I don't know. This book had every red flag known to man and then it came to a terrible ass ending. I refuse to read and review books #2 and #3. 

 

Besides the lack of development of the two main characters (Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele) and their general assholiness (don't care if it's not a word) everyone else in this book was underdeveloped. 

 

Christian because he's an alien who never met real people thinks that him being a dominant means Ana must one him inside and outside of bed. She's not allowed to say no. She has to eat what he wants, work out when he says so, and he even picks her damn OBGYN. He also decides he doesn't like her going by Ana and calls her Anastasia or Ms. Steele at all times. I had flashbacks to Tom Cruise and Katie (her name is Kate) Holmes. 

 

Ana because she's a moron thinks this is love. And she's no prize either. She asks Christian if he's gay, proceeds to spread a rumor he is and just generally acts like a dick towards anyone else who may be having sex. She thinks can control Christian because love and whatever. She also calls Christian control freak and Fifty Shades at different places. I wanted her and her inner goddess to die a horrible death in a desert while someone read out loud from a better book than this mess. 

 

Everyone else wasn't worth mentioning. There are other people who are merely there to distract Ana from Christian and that's it. 

 

The plot was a joke. Millionaire/billionaire 26 year old meets a college student who asks him if he's gay during an interview and a whole host of terrible ass questions and he says that there is a submissive. Proceeds to stalk her at her job, at her graduation, and to freaking Georgia cause even though he says that he doesn't do relationships what he means is that he can't take not having her under his creepy ass gaze all damn day. 

 

The writing was awful. Besides that inner goddess crap I realized this book was littered with Britishims all over. Plus James is a snob and that shines through with her through Ana looking down on people who read books that are not classics written by British authors (eyeroll). Guess what? "Far From the Maddening Crowd" sucks. 

 

Back to the terrible writing, at different times in this book you realize you should be reading present tense but the way something is described only works if it's past tense. I just gave up. Most of the book is just the dominant/submissive contract, the contract revised, and terrible ass emails between Christian and Ana. There is barely and dialogue besides "laters baby" being uttered by Christian and his brother. 

 

The flow was awful. There's really no plot so you stumble from terrible sex scene to terrible sex scene. Shoot, go read Jenny Trout's "The Boss" if you want some hot BDSM. I tapped out on that series, but the sex scenes were good. Hell go read some of your mother's bodice rippers. This book takes everything we tell our daughters about how no one on them or their bodies and just laughs at it. 

 

The setting is Seattle, but besides a few references it really seems like the author had never been there. Maybe she watched a few Real World episodes for research and called it a day.

 

The ending was terrible. Ana is left howling in pain cause Fifty Shades can't love her. Whatever girl. 

 

 

Electronic pages: 530

$10.00

Balance: $173

Reading progress update: I've read 61%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

 

Reading progress update: I've read 58%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

It's not 3 pm but I'm sitting this aside from now. My rage at this book has me yelling out loud.

 

 

That's me pretty much after reading every sentence in this book.

 

Well Christian finally spanks Ana and she cries about him being "fifty shades of fucked up.". I laughed hysterically. Honestly this book is awful. The plot is a joke and the dialogue is terrible. This fool bought her a car and Blackberry so he can keep tabs on her at all times. And she's crying every five seconds since she wants a real relationship and I just want to shake her by saying you don't have to keep seeing this mess of a dude. 

 

Also how is he in business when he spends most of his time stalking Ana and emailing her back? 

 

And Ana blaming her roommate is just so appealing. Eyeroll. She has no idea that Ana is in a bullshit lie of a relationship with Christian.

 

Also most of this book has been reading a contract or emails. There's not a lot of there there and it's not straining my brain at all. I'm actually just bored. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 45%.

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

 

Jesus wept. They have a terrible dinner where Ana refuses food and Christian acts like an ass. Also her inner goddess needs to die. 

 

To sum, Christian is garbage and before you have any sympathy for Ana she tells some girls that she has heard he is gay cause she's jealous they are talking about him. 

 

Oh he's showed up at her graduation without permission so that's incident whatever where he comes uninvited where she is. 

 

 

 

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