Happy Black History Month! | Book Recommendations

Happy Black History Month! | Book Recommendations

My name is Maya and I am a proud African American Woman. I get even more proud during Black History Month when African Americans get a front seat and being African American is celebrated. Today, I feel it is my duty to highlight some of my favorite books by African Americans. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

❤ Maya

 

 

M<3: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Book recommendation)

M<3: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger (Book recommendation)

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I finished The Devil Wears Prada right before I finished Secrets. If you want an in-depth summary of what The Devil Wears Prada was about, you can find that here.

Now for my thoughts: I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book, but I’m pleasantly surprised that I liked it. Scratch that. I am utterly amazed by how much I liked this book. I loved how we are able to see Andy (or Ahn-dre-ah’s) growth throughout the book and how by the end, you see her finally stand up for what she believes in and what she stands for. I won’t give away any spoilers though I really want to, especially about the ending. I loved the ending that much and literally wanted to applaud Andy for what she did and how she stood up for herself. I may or may not have given it away. You’ll have to read it to find out. Also, and I may be the only one that feels this way, but I hated the Alex character (Andy’s boyfriend.) I know he’s this perfect guy and he’s totally understanding, but he annoyed me to no end. He had this self-righteous, pretentious, holier than thou thing that rubbed me the wrong way. This doesn’t take anything away from the book and was one of the few things that I didn’t like about this book. Other than that, it’s a good read and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love about it.

If you want to read it or have read it, tell me what you thought in the comment section below.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. If you can’t wait for my next recommendation on this blog, I’m also posting recommendations on my goodreads page, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12096934.Lara_Sean.

M<3: Secrets by Danielle Steel (Book recommendation)

M<3: Secrets by Danielle Steel (Book recommendation)

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I just finished reading Secrets by Danielle Steel. You’ve probably guessed from the title of this post that I liked it and it will be the book of the week that I will be recommending to you all today (and I’m actually posting this on a Tuesday, I should get an award 🙂

If you want an in depth summary of what Secrets was about, you can find that here.

Now for my thoughts: Danielle Steel has done it again. She did it again!  I have always been a fan, so I knew what to expect but wow! Applause are in order. Secrets was  a great book. For me, a great book is one that keeps me interested and has a satisfying end. This one does both phenomenally. I will warn you that this book has some mature subject matter. I would advise you only read this if you are mature enough to read scenes of a sexual nature and one of the main characters experiences some mental and sexual abuse. The abuse scenes were particularly heartbreaking to read and stomach, but when you think of the number of men and women that are going through this everyday, I’m sort of glad that Danielle didn’t just sweep it under the covers and made it an important part of the book. The abuse scenes weren’t excessive, so you don’t have to worry about every other page being about it. The best way I can describe it is that they were like pulling off a band-aid, they were quick in that the pain was over before you knew it, but like taking off a band-aid, it still stung for a minute afterwards, and the words still left their effect. (I hope that made sense.)

This book is a different format from the other books of hers that I’ve read. Usually, she has one main heroine and you follow that person’s journey, but with this book there is a cast of characters and you get to read each of their stories. It was interesting to see how each of their lives played out, how they were brought together, and how the relationships grew and drifted apart. I especially loved how she made you hate certain characters while loving others. She knew exactly what to write to make you feel what she wanted you to feel. I loved reading this format and seeing how Danielle takes you piece by piece through each person’s story and she slowly but surely, revealed everyone’s secret. It was a gradual progression that was very well done. I expected nothing less. She’s an excellent writer.

Obviously, I am biased in this recommendation. This is Danielle Steel and I would recommend all of her books, even the ones I haven’t read. For me, this one is especially good because of the writing. With her words, Danielle Steel takes you from place to place. She gets you so invested in these people’s lives that for a moment you forget that they’re not real, but you still want to know what happens to them. She’s almost too good in making you care about these characters. I stayed up until 5:30 in the morning, because I needed to know what happened to them. I can’t promise you’ll stay up as late as me, but if you’ve read to this point, you’re invested and want to see what happens. If you read Secrets by Danielle Steel, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. If you can’t wait for my next recommendation on this blog, I’m also posting recommendations on my goodreads page, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12096934.Lara_Sean.

“Storytime with My” Page 4 w/ finished response

“Storytime with My” Page 4 w/ finished response

Welcome to “Storytime with My” Page 4. The only big change this week was that I took out the break for you all to write during the show. The break felt weird and the music was even more weird so I took it out. Hopefully, this allows the show to flow a little better. Let me know if it does…

Now first the live stream…

And now an outline of what I talked about…

First, as always, we had a little chat. I hope everyone’s day is going well and you are meeting your writing goals.

  • Main points:
    • my website is live! Check it out at larasean.wix.com/author
    • I discovered Bookoutlet.com. OMG, this website is amazing. Books for read-iculosly low prices (their words, not mine). I ordered 4 books for 20 dollars and that included shipping and some of the books were hardcover. This website is amazing. You have to check it out.
    • I introduced “M<3: Book recommendations.” As you know I love to read and this year, I’m trying to read more. I like to talk about books, too, but I usually have no one to tell about the books I especially enjoyed. That is, until now. Hopefully, every Tuesday, I’ll have a book recommendation for you all. Either a book from the past that I especially liked or a book that I just finished. I’m super excited to be able to tell you all about my most favorite books.

Okay, now it’s time for the prompt:

Incorporate this quote into a short story or scene. Use it as the first sentence, last sentence or somewhere in the middle. The sentence in its entirety has to be somewhere.

“If my future were black, it was better surely to face it like a man than to attempt to brighten it by mere will-o’-the-wisps of the imagination.”  -pg 108 (The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume I)

And now for my response:

“If my future were black, it was better surely to face it like a man than to attempt to brighten it by mere will-o’-the- wisps of the imagination,” Fawn said sadly. His head dropped and he averted his eyes. He couldn’t bear to look at her.

Lisia breathed. Tears flowed slowly down her cheeks , but she stayed strong. “If you were a man,” she said. “You wouldn’t let me go.”

“You don’t understand…” he began.

“No, I understand,” she said, interrupting him. “You’re afraid of loving me because of your curse. Your stupid curse.”She spit out the words angrily.

“It’s not some stupid curse,” he told her. “Who knows what will happen to me because of it …or you. I can’t let anything happen to you.”

“I don’t…” she tried. “I know you’re scared. That’s all the more reason to have me with you.”

“And if you get hurt?” he asked her. “I’d never be able to forgive myself. You need to go,” he said  sternly.

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said softly.

“You need to go,” he said and he tried to push her as gently as he could out the door.

“I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE!!!” she screamed and she burst into a bright blue and iridescent figure. Her skin became translucent and her body began to glow.

Fawn jumped back from her, afraid. This was the moment that his powers would’ve awakened. He would’ve killed her instantly, but that didn’t happen. Nothing did.

“What are you?” he asked looking at her astonished.

“Did it ever occur to you that your mere will-o’-the-wisps of the imagination were powerful than you could ever imagine? That they could help you.”

It didn’t make sense. “My powers,” he said. “What’s happened?”

“Fawn, I am the last chance you have at beating this curse and I am NOT going anywhere!”

If you would like to listen to me read it, fast forward to the 11 minute and 12 second mark. (It’s a little choppy because of the G+ on Air internet connection, but you get the idea.) Also, expect a bookoutlet haul very soon, I’ll probably post it on my instagram @luv2rite1922.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. If you have any writing prompts you would like me to try out, please let me know in the comment section below.

P.P.S. I wrote a book! It’s called Last Look Back (of course you already knew that). If you want to purchase it, click here for the paperback and here for the ebook. Thanks in advance for your support.

Presenting “M<3: Book Recommendations"

Presenting “M<3: Book Recommendations"

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My to-be-read shelf. I have a lot of reading ahead of me.

One of my unwritten resolutions for the new year was to read more books. I had unintentionally taken a break from reading because I was working on my book. Even though all the great writers say that in order to be a great writer you have to read. I think I got it in my mind that I didn’t want to read anything while I was writing because I didn’t want to accidentally or subconsciously make my work sound like whatever I was reading. So, I was basically refusing myself one of my favorite past times because I was afraid that my book was going to start sounding like someone else’s. I have read two books so far this year and my work hasn’t strayed from its path at all. There’s also nothing wrong with adding a reference to what I’m reading so as long as I don’t plagiarize word for word. And if my book starts to sound exactly like another book, then hello, that’s what editing is for and I can change the similar passage so it’s completely different. No harm, no fowl. I have no idea what my problem was, but I definitely know that I will be reading a lot more books this year. The only thing now is that with all of the books that I’ll be reading, I won’t have anywhere where I can talk about them.

Oh, wait, I totally do!

Now, is the perfect time to segue into the whole point of this post. (I sure take forever to get to the point, don’t I?) As you know, I’ve read a lot of books and I’m planning to read even more this year. I also love talking about books, but I’ve never been sure how to go about it on this blog. I’ve been hesitant to review books, mostly because I don’t want to turn reading into a job. So, what’s left? Recommendations!!! This way, I’ll only be writing about the books that I like and recommend books that I think you all might like. It won’t be an obligation, just something I’d like to share. Every Tuesday (hopefully), for as long as there’s a book that I really like, you’ll be getting a book recommendation from me. They’ll either be a book that I’ve read recently or a book I’ve read in the past that I especially enjoyed. I’ll give you my honest opinion of the book and since it’s a recommendation, you’ll already know I love it and maybe you’ll love it, too. And I’ll try my best not to do too many spoilers, but I’ll warn you in advance if there are any. This will be a new layer for this blog and I genuinely hope you all like it.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. I wrote a book! It’s called Last Look Back (of course you already knew that). If you want to purchase it, click here for the paperback and here for the ebook. Thanks in advance for your support.

 

How am I doing?

How am I doing?

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I’ve been posting for over a year and have slowly but surely, been learning and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Since you all are as much a part of this blog as I am, I thought it would be nice to take this time to ask you all for a little feedback. What do you like about this blog? What don’t you like? What type of posts would you like me to do (i.e. more short stories, writing advice, life advice, vlogs, book recommendations, whatever you can think of.) The main reason I would like your feedback is to make sure I don’t continue working on something that’s not working for you all or stop doing something that you all really like. This is all to make sure I’m actually catering to my audience and writing posts that you would like to read. So, any feedback you have for me you can either put in the comment section below or fill out this contact form. I look forward to hearing from you all.

From the #1 Rule-breaker,

My

P.S. I wrote a book (of course you already knew that). If you want to purchase it, click here for the paperback and here for the ebook. Thanks in advance for your support.