African American Literacy and the “A.A. Community” Page

Heya,

As an African American writer I’ve realized just how much I need to portray ‘us’ as we want to be seen, need to be seen, in all of my books. I am dedicating a category to Black Authors because I want to lift up my community and support them in anyway that I can. Awareness is a great way to do so.

One of the first things I plan to highlight in this tab are black owned bookstores. It is important for black people to be given the gift of reading. Historically, it’s not something we are supposed to do. It’s a different day and age now. We have a chance to rise up and become better than we were. Catering to communities without reading and writing materials should be a priority. We should have every opportunity available to enhance our minds, souls and to educate ourselves. This isn’t something we can expect to be given to us. As current standards show, we must do it in our own communities.

That being said, we also have to use the resources given to us. Them being there for us to take is not enough! If we are given a bookstore but we never go in…how does that help us? If we are given a safe place to read and to enjoy the company of other scholars but we defile it, trash it and destroy its sanctuary…how does that inspire other would-be black business owners? Please share your thoughts on this. Comment what you think is the best way to help with literacy in the African American Community.

So keep watch of the “African American Community” page! If you want to support a black author or find a black owned bookstore follow the blog and hit this tab! I’ll be updating soon!

If you’ve read any books by black authors lately that you really enjoyed, feel free to write them in the comments below! Send me a link! Share the love! I’m always looking for great suggestions and plan to keep this tab up to date with new posts.
Happy Readdance,
Jade

Book Review: Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan

Hey guys! So I have a weird review to write today. I was not really a fan of this novel. In my honest opinion, I would not recommend it for anyone to read. This is the first novel of the Shadow series and I believe the newest Christine Feehan novel.

I’m not sure if the reason I disliked the novel was because I just went through a victim and domestic abuse class or something else but it seems pretty logical. I spent almost the entire novel cringing at how often the relationship reminded me of Stockholm Syndrome, verbal abuse and uncontrollable behavior. Stefano spent most of the book threatening to chase her down if she tried to leave, threatening to tear anyone’s head off should they dare to look at her for too long or having his family members chase her around.

Hey, I understand that she was scared and that she needed to be protected but gosh…like, can a girl breathe? At one point, he even told her that she could feel free to speak her mind but it wouldn’t matter because he’d do what he wanted. I also understand that since the Fifty Shades of Grey women came out of the woodworks, “romance” authors are starting to make their alpha men even more controlling and strong willed. They have to feed into the fantasies of the women who want to be dominated, told what to do and forced to stay.

I am not one of these women.

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The actual story plot seems to have a very great foundation. It does seem like it has a lot going on, though. It’s as if someone took a jumble of ideas, narrowed them down to…100 bullet points and crammed them into one novel. I like the idea of shadow riding and using the tubes but…I’m not sure, its something about it that’s just…too much.

If you’ve read this novel, please let me know how you felt. Did you get the same vibes I did or were you completely taken away by the novel?

Tell me, tell me!!!

Jade

Long Little While

You’d be surprised how much you missed something when you’ve been away for a while. I talked to someone recently about my love of reading and they mentioned how I should write reviews. I thought to myself ‘I do!’ but I knew that I hadn’t been consistent with writing them. I don’t think there is any real science behind it, I just think that my love for reading has suddenly outweighed my love for writing reviews.

Don’t get me wrong! I love love love to review novels but I just get so caught up in the stories that I end up reading the next novel and not writing the review. I have sooooo many book reviews to write. I’ve at least read 4 books a week for the last month and a half. Each of them will be getting a review, it’s just a matter of time.

I look forward to the long nights until I get them all done and I hope that you enjoy them.

I love feedback guys! If you hate my reviews, let me know! If you love my reviews, let me know! If you have read the book before, please…let me know and tell me how you felt about it!

 

Jade

New Friends! Thanks Bumble!

I am definitely in need of new friends. I moved to a  new city and state a little over a year ago and with being in school, work and my guy I haven’t really had any time to go out and make actual friends. Not only that but initially, face to face, I’m very shy. So it’s been a hard time to really open up to new people in a new place and make great connections. I am definitely one of those people who at first is very shy or introverted but once I get to know someone I really open up, talk nonstop and relax.

Fortunately for others like me, the app system I’ve been waiting for has arrived! For the longest of times, I used to joke with old friends saying what if there was an app that would kind of be like Tinder (whatever dating website was avaialble at the time) but it would just be for making friends.

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Bumble has made this happen. Changing your profile over from the dating format to the BFF format allows you to see women in your area that have similar interests to you. You can chat with them and then go out for drinks, coffee or catch a movie. It’s perfect! Below are a few articles that were written up on the app and it’s new adventure!

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I’ve already talked to so many cool people and I am definitely open to meeting and finding my new bestfriend! I even met another writer! We are going to meet up for a writing session! I’m so excited, haven’t done anything like that since I was back home!

Check it out for your area! Tell me if you have any luck! 🙂 So excited!

Jade

 

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/04/bumble-launches-bff-a-feature-to-find-new-friends/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bff-bumble_us_56e033d8e4b0b25c91803919

WAITING TO BUY BOOKS

Ok…so yes. I’m addicted. It’s nothing like any drug that you’ve ever had or any drink you’ve ever tasted. It’s something you can feel and grasp and shake in your hands. The smell of the old flutters my heart and the new gives me the giggles. You can purely see in my face how excited I get each time a favorite author comes out on the shelves and I just “stumble” upon them.

I am addicted to books! I’m addicted to reading them, writing them, holding them and I even love it when I see other people reading. I guess that would mean a book review blog would be the perfect place to shout about my love and spread it to others! While walking through Walmart the other day I came across Runaway Vampire, the new Argeneau novel by Lynsay Sands. I, unforunately, wasn’t in a place where I could buy it but I will definitely be adding it to my collection of novels by the end of next week.

I wish that I could show you the large  piles of books and large reusable bags of books that i have. I have a very large walk in closet and due to me not having a bookshelf, I cant really “walk in”. Back home, in my two bedroom apartment, I had two very large bookshelves that I used. When I moved to Florida I bagged everything I owned, put it in my car and drove like crazy. Sadly, my compact car couldn’t handle the bookshelves and I was forced to leave them behind.

I love buying new books. I used to go by this weird philosophy that I was going to read every book that I own. Aparently I never took into consideration that I buy books faster than I read them. I used to leave Barnes and Nobles with four to five books and sometimes more depending on the sale. Now, as I dive deeper into buying books from thrift stores, Targets, garage sales and more; there’s just no way I can keep up. Nevermind the amount of books that have been donated to me because coworkers or friends of friends have found out how much I love reading. (btw…if you ever want to get rid of books, I am willing to take them, whatever they are).

 

You could even say that….I’m addicted.

Jade

Book Review: Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy

Hey guys!

I’ve read a lot of books lately and unfortunately I haven’t been able to bang out the reviews the way i want. Luckily, tonight has been a very good night for me so please expect a few more awesome reviews than usual!

I thought this was a great novel to an extent. I was definitely interested in Rafe in this novel. His character was loving, straight forward, hard around the edges but also hard in the inside (unlike a lot that i’ve seen as of late). This is another novel (in addition to the previous review) that had a bunch of sex in it. I mean…when i say pages and pages, I mean…paaaaaaages. I mean one time I covered my face a little and just skipped until at least they had their clothes back on.

 
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I disliked the main character female. I just couldn’t deal with her. She annoyed me thoroughly. I just wanted to tell her to shut up a lot. I just couldn’t get her constant “crying”. She is like a 24 year old acting like a 3 year old and it frustrated me. I’ve dealt with some of the issues she goes through in the beginning of the novel and I just felt like saying “Girl!! Get over it!”

Anyway, if you have read this novel and you DID enjoy it let me know!

Jade Elyzabeth

 

Hello Again! I’m back!

Hey all!

So, I’m sorry that I haven’t been on here for a few months. My life has been hard these last few weeks. I was in a happy phase of my life, reading books, working, making plans for the future and being with my guy. Then everything took a turn for the crazy. I found out I was pregnant in August and outside of the usual surprise and terrifying thoughts I was happy. My guy was reserved and eventually happy and we began making plans for our future together and that of our child.

8 weeks into my pregnancy I had to rush to the ER due to severe bleeding. I thought I’d had a miscarriage but instead it turned out I was diagnosed with SCH. It’s a Subchrionic Hematoma. It happens basically when the placenta slightly detaches from the uterus. I was so scared and I cried alot. This was pretty consistent over the next three weeks. I was in and out of the ER and finally the last time I went I was told that my child had died; that I had miscarried. I don’t know if any of you have ever experienced it but it was the most devastating thing I’ve ever had happened. I’m still grieving now and it’s been the wildest turn of events that are still effecting me. I hadn’t read any books, I hadn’t written any of my new novel, I really hadn’t done much of anything.

While I was pregnant I had started a Youtube pregnancy and natural hair vlog, I have since turned it just into my natural hair blog but I will insert the links below so you guys can check them out or any future uploads. It was indeed an outlet for me. I have slowly been picking the pieces of my life back up. I moved into a new apartment, I just enrolled at Aveda Institute and made plans for my future. Despite the grief and the hurt of the miscarriage my guy and I are stronger than ever. I’ve read a few books since then and I’ve even reached out to a few guest writers to do a book review for the site! I am determined to heal and not let my emotional state stop me from doing the things I love!

Please be patient with me! I will be uploading more reviews and posts soon! Be prepared to see more of me!

Natural Hair Vlog!!

The Pregnancy Vlog- from start to finish

ENJOY!!

Jade!!

Reviews by Other Readers/Writers

Hi all!

So I’ve been thinking and I finally decided to do it! I’m going to have a category on my blog where you can read book reviews by other readers and writers. I think that this will definitely help you guys broaden your horizons with different books that I haven’t read yet or that I missed. I plan to do some featured reviews (people that I asked specifically to write a review for me) and also follower reviews (these are reviews that are sent to me to be featured!

If you have any reviews that you would like to be featured on my blog please send me a message, write a comment or send me your contact information and I will reach out to you. This could very well be a  fun thing for everyone!!

I will also add the link to featured blogs or social media so that you can check out any other reviews by that reader! I look forward to meeting more reviewers!

Jade