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Organized Reading

I have many composition notebooks and legal pads with notes for my book reviews. However, this system is organized chaos. I decided to organize my notes so that I would no longer have to figure out which notebook or legal pad contained these notes. In need of a new system, I found these two items on Amazon.com: one to keep the notes on books that I will read and the other for the book club of which I am a member. I am excited to have these journals; now my organized chaos can be an organized system. 

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Have You Ever?

Have you ever read a book and you disliked a character to his or her core? For me, that character is in this book. You will find out why I dislike this particular so much in the upcoming book review. I would love to hear which character(s) that you do not like.

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Waking with Enemies

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Read the Book or Watch the Movie

Lately, I have heard a lot of conversation about whether to watch a movie that is based on a book or to read the book. I have heard both pros and cons regarding this debate. After listening to these conversations, I thought that this blog would be the perfect platform to discuss this debate. To read the book or to watch the movie, that is the question. 

The answer to this question is subjective because it is based on a person’s personal preference. Some people may prefer watching a movie based on a book while others may prefer to read the book. In the article, “Why Books are Better Than Movies,” Ivette Gonzalez identifies why she thinks books are better than movies. She states,  

  • “You can imagine the setting/events happening in the story;
  • books are more detailed;
  • we can visualize the characters a certain way;
  • books have a plot twist that may not occur in the movie.”

These arguments are valid because there is truth to them.

When reading a book, I imagine the events that happen in the story. For me, this helps to bring the book to life. It also allows me to feel as if I know the characters on a personal level. For example, I felt this way when I read Eric Jerome Dickey’s novel, Naughtier than Nice. From the first page to the last page, the McBroom sisters became my friends and just like with friends, you are there for them through the good and the bad times.

In novels, the author describes the characters for his or her audience. If the descriptions are clear, then they can help readers to understand the characters from a physical, mental, and sometimes, a spiritual point of view. Based on the descriptions, I close my eyes to visualize the characters in my mind. For example, I read the novel and watched the movie, Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan. In both mediums, four friends deal with the highs and lows of the men in their lives. When reading the book, I visualized what these men looked like. When I watched the movie, the images were already created due to the actors playing the role of the characters. Needless to say, I preferred my images as opposed to Hollywood’s version.

Most recently, I watched the movies, True to the Game 1 and True to the Game 2, which is based on Teri Woods’ book series. I did not know that this movie was based on a book, but I absolutely loved the movies. After watching both movies, I decided to buy the Kindle version of the first two books. I immediately began to notice the differences between the books and the movies. Now, even though I loved the movies, I loved the books even more; there were many more details, the action was greater, and there were noticeable differences with some of the characters in both books and in both movies. Finally, because I watched movies first, I did not get to visualize the characters in my mind. While I was reading the books, I kept picturing Columbus Short. He played the role of Quadir Richards in both movies. Although he delivered outstanding performances and is extremely handsome, I still would have preferred to create my own image of Quadir Richards.

To my readers, which do prefer? Do you prefer reading the book or watching the movie? I would love to hear your thoughts.

https://highschool.latimes.com/university-prep-value-high-school/why-books-are-better-than-movies/ (for the HS Insider Los Angeles Times. 

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African American Music Appreciation Month

The King of Pop

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Did You Know?

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Thank a Teacher

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Who Knew?

Reading has been a part of my world since childhood. Hence, I am passionate about reading, and that will never change. Because I wanted to connect with other bibliophiles, I became a member of Litsy, Goodreads, and Instagram. I even began a blog, so I could share my book reviews and engage in stimulating conversations.

Through the Instagram community, I met LaQueisha Malone, editor of Strawberry-Lit Magazine.  When attending one or her Instagram lives, she asked me if I was an author. My response was simple, “No.” At the time, the thought of becoming an author never crossed my mind. Although she told me that I could become an author, I still had no interest in trying to become one.

Well, one day, that changed. Little did I know that these authors were having an influence on me. Due to the grade level that I teach and students that I tutor, I read a lot of children’s books and young adult literature. Therefore, I aspire to become a children’s author. Having decided on the type of writer that I aspire to be, an idea instantly came to mind, so I will be working on my new book. Having met many authors on Instagram has been a blessing in disguise. Stay tuned!

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Eric Jerome Dickey

Sister Sister. Between Lovers. Thieves’ Paradise. Naughty or Nice. Naughtier Than Nice. Drive Me Crazy. An Accidental Affair. These are just a few of the many novels that Eric Jerome Dickey wrote. It is with sadness that I write the post. On January 3, 2021, Eric Jerome Dickey, a literary giant, departed this earth, and his death came as shock to his audience.

When I saw the first Instagram post about Dickey’s passing, I immediately searched the Internet to find out if this news was true; I found nothing. A few hours later, I saw another post. I searched the Internet again, and again, I found nothing. I saw a third post. For the third time, I searched the Internet. This time, I found an article confirming his death. and no, it was not fake news. I could not believe it. I stared at my phone; I was hurt. This man was my favorite author. Although I never had the opportunity to meet him, I felt like I had lost a friend.

As I processed this news, my phone rang. It was a friend calling to see if I was okay. She knew that I would be sad about Dickey’s death. When I answered the phone, she immediately asked, “Are you okay?” I totally appreciated that call, so to my friend, LaQueisha Malone, thank you for your act of kindness.

The literary world lost an icon. He had the power of the pen. He was a master of words. He made his readers feel like they knew the characters in his books He made his readers feel emotion while reading his books. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. Eric Jerome Dickey, thank you for sharing your talent. God rest your soul.

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Bookmarks Anyone?

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Trethewey’s On the Blog Today

American poet and author; 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; 2012 U.S. Poet Laureate

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Personal Achievement

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Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown, and Me: A Memoir by John A. Stokes

It is the era of Jim Crow, and segregation is rearing its ugly head. From transportation to education even to drinking from water fountains, there is a division between blacks and whites; in other words, everything is separate.

John Stokes chronicles his experience of racism growing up in Kingsville, Virginia, which is located in Prince Edward County. Stokes focuses his attention on education because he and his sister, Carrie, “walk four and a half miles to attend school in Farmville, Virginia.” In contrast, white students ride the bus to a nearby school, a whites only school. The “separate but equal” law is not only in effect but also strictly enforced.

It is 1927, and Prince Edward County finally builds its first high school for black students. Robert Russa Moton School provides education for students in grades 8-12, and they walk to school until “their” bus service begins in 1939. Ironically, the school board opens another Robert Russa Moton School, and the first building becomes an elementary school. Sadly, the school is not large enough to educate over 180 students. “The white school board’s solution to this overcrowding was to add three wood-frame structures with tar-paper walls…it is heavy paper covered in tar that is used for waterproofing and wind proofing buildings. No brick, mortar, or wood covered the wall. Tar paper provided the only insulation.” (Stokes 50). Unfortunately, when it rains, more problems exist; the building leaks. “They are inadequately insulated. There are not toilet facilities in them. We have an enrollment of more than 450 students in a school that was set up for 180 students.’” (Stokes 51).

Fed up with Jim Crow Laws influencing their education, on April 23, 1951, students of Robert Russa Moton School decide to take a stand and fight the powers that be! These “good troublemakers” fight for equality in education in Prince Edward County, Virginia, more specifically, in Kingsville, Virginia. Due to the racism that exists and being tired of it, the students execute the “Manhattan Project.” Read about how these students fight the school board in search of a better educational system for black students.

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from Naughty or Nice Eric Jerome Dickey


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Grand Opening: A Family Business Novel by Carl Weber

How It All Started

In Grand Opening: A Family Business Novel, readers are introduced to Lou, L.C., Larry, and Levi – the infamous Duncan brothers. There is also a story line focusing on Chippy, Donna, and Alejandro Zuniga. Overall, I like the novel because I now know how the Duncans got started with their businesses and how L.C. and Chippy’s relationship began. However, I hated reading about cockfights, dog fights, and helpless piglets because I am an animal lover.

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Currently Reading: Missing by Brenda Z. Guiberson

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“The Cask of Amontillado”

You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; You are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter.

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Adventures with Liyah Presents: Colors at First Sight by Vallean Jackson

Are you a parent who wants to teach your child about colors? Are you an educator who wants to teach your students about colors? Whether you are a parent, an educator, or both, Adventures with Liyah Presents Colors at First Sight is a book that all children should read. Just as the title suggests, this book focuses on Liyah’s adventures through the world of colors. Whether primary, secondary, or tertiary, Jackson’s book brings colors to life so much that young children will want to read it. In fact, it could be the book that children will continuously want to read for their bedtime story or during story time at school.

Liyah, the main character, loves colors, and no matter where she goes on her journey, she sees an item that represents its particular color. For example, when the story opens, readers see Liyah sitting at her bedroom window, looking upward. Readers do not know what she is viewing, but they do know that she has a smile on her face. When they turn to the next page, readers discover that Liyah is viewing the sky, and it is the blue sky that makes her happy. Similarly, each page in the book follows this format. Readers will view an illustration of Liyah in a different location (her adventure), then read about it, which features a new color.

Navi Robins, the illustrator, brings Liyah’s adventure to life. On the first page, readers see Liyah surrounded by the colors that are featured in the story. Each page’s background is in color, and the words are written in white. However, the featured color is written in its particular color. For example, when Liyah tells readers about the color red, every word with the exception of red is written in white. This is an excellent strategy to use because readers can visualize the difference between the colors. In addition, because the illustrations are so detailed and vivid, young readers will not have to guess what the pictures are about. Hence, these illustrations will strengthen readers’ learning because they will be able to identify the pictures and colors as they see them in their every day lives. 

Overall, this book is definitely worth purchasing. It promotes learning, it is well-written, and the illustrations are easy to understand for the targeted audience. It is evident that Jackson devoted much thought about the content of this book and had fun writing it, and Robins’ illustrations clearly depict the words on each page. Hence, children will have fun reading while learning.

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Gena’s Thought

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Introducing D.B. Bray

Upon reading the first page of this novel, I was reminded of The Walking Dead because in both of these stories, the world is not how it used to be. In this novel, Jack and Toby Madison must navigate their lives in an apocalyptic world without the guidance of their parents due to a ruthless group called the “Slavers.”

As descendants of James Madison, a former president of the United States, Jack and Toby must complete a challenging task that seems entirely impossible to complete. However, if they do not accomplish this mission, then the world in which they live will never return to any normalcy.

Bray does an excellent job making American history interesting, especially for pre-teen and teenagers. This story teaches its readers about the United States Constitution in an exciting manner; in fact, it makes U.S. history fun to learn. Therefore, American history + apocalypse = adventurous. 

If you want to read about a journey filled with many twists and turns that will keep you guessing, then The Last Tribe: A Post Apocalyptic Constitution is the novel to read. I cannot wait for Bray to release the second book because I want to know if Jack and Toby’s mission is successful and if the different tribes will to come together as one. 

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2021 Reading Challenge

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The Hottest Summer Ever

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Staunch

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