The A.I. Who Loved Me, Alyssa Cole

(Buy it HERE). I have to admit–I wasn’t sure what to think about this romance novella at first. The premise seemed like it could easily go very wrong. Trinity, a Black data analyst is home on admistrative leave recovering from PTSD from a mysterious work accident when she falls for Li Wei, a Chinese…robot? Correction–he’sContinue reading “The A.I. Who Loved Me, Alyssa Cole”

WAP: Seven Books About Black Women, Pleasure and Sexuality

(The following blog post is for grown folks and the generally mature. Words that could be considered sexual and vulgar as well as NSFW links will be included without warning.) The internet is such a weird place. One minute you’re surfing along, watching Chinese uncles criticize gloopy rice and the next you’re tumbling down aContinue reading “WAP: Seven Books About Black Women, Pleasure and Sexuality”

A Good African Story: How A Small Company Built A Global Coffee Brand, Andrew Rugasira

(Buy it HERE.) As an American who travels a lot, I’ve learned not to be surprised by finding random brands from my homeland, but I am still startled by what I sometimes find. (Randy’s Donuts in Korea? Hubba Bubba in Indonesia? Ok then…) I live in an Asian country obsessed with foreign brands despite itself,Continue reading “A Good African Story: How A Small Company Built A Global Coffee Brand, Andrew Rugasira”

The Land, Mildred D Taylor

(Buy it HERE.) In the run up to the January release of All The Days Past, All The Days Yet To Come, I did myself a favor and re-read all the of books in the Logan Family Saga by Mildred D. Taylor. The evocative 9-book series follows a Black American family in Jim Crow-era MississippiContinue reading “The Land, Mildred D Taylor”

Last Week In Books, July 27th – August 2nd: Wait, what? August? Already? How?

Whew,fellow readers. The more I blog the more I realize just how much is going on in the world of publishing and good books. The world of reading is busy, and while sometimes I have to dive a little deep to find info about diverse books, it’s out there for the finding. If you don’tContinue reading “Last Week In Books, July 27th – August 2nd: Wait, what? August? Already? How?”

All The Days Past,All The Days To Come, Mildred D Taylor

(Buy it HERE.) When I bought this book, I immediately told myself I was going to cry buckets over it. I lied. I cried rivers. Seas. OCEANS, even. None of the reviews on this site are objective(how could they be?) but this one is a little less objective than usual. The family in this bookContinue reading “All The Days Past,All The Days To Come, Mildred D Taylor”

Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu

(Buy it HERE.) “The question is: Who gets to be an American? What does an American look like?“~Willis Wu, Interior Chinatown⠀🥋⠀Imagine if Spike Lee was Taiwanese-American and wrote novels in strange, semi-screenplay format. That’s the best way I can think of to describe this book and the way it shifts through unreliable realities while alternatingContinue reading “Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu”

Last Week In Books, July 20th – 27th: Follow Me On Social Media!

Last weekend I racked up my 1000th Instagram follower. For those of you who don’t know, this blog grew out of an Instagram account that became a Facebook page and then expanded to include a blog, all in the space of less than a year. I’m not sure exactly what I did to get thisContinue reading “Last Week In Books, July 20th – 27th: Follow Me On Social Media!”

The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull

(Buy it HERE.) At first this book seems like a simple alien invasion with a little interspecies love gone wrong subplot, set in author Cadwell Turnbull’s native US Virgin Islands. Not an unusual story, but set in an unusual(for sci-fi) place. An alien race called the Ynaa descend on Water Island in a conch-shell shapedContinue reading “The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull”

Happy Black People: The Most Anti-Racist Booklist Ever

Sometimes, I feel like the most revolutionary thing Black people can do is be happy. At this point, we are 8 weeks deep into some sort of Great Global Awakening, or perhaps just a very long Nap Interruption.(#hashtagwoke) Protests continue worldwide, as do stunning acts of bravery, kindness, and well…fascism, infuriatingly. The world is changing,Continue reading “Happy Black People: The Most Anti-Racist Booklist Ever”