Anticipated Book Releases 2024
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
1M ago
We’re already 16 days into the new new year and I’m already anticipating the new book releases of 2024.  I don’t usually search them out so early. I prefer waiting to hear about them as the year unfolds. I’ve chosen a mix of books that I genuinely find interesting and that I would love to read. These are not all of the new book releases that I’ll be interested in. I’m quite sure there will be plenty others. However, we should always choose new releases wisely.  As you should all know by now, they are sometimes overrated and disappointing. So purchase early at your own risk. Hopefully ..read more
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February 2023 Reading Wrap Up
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
7M ago
The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope. Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, in debt, and unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a ..read more
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My Normandy Book Club Final List 2023 – 2024
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
7M ago
I have loved reading for so long that it isn’t a surprise that I’m now running 2 book clubs – one here in Normandy where I live (It’s been going now for over 15 years) and the second one is  called the Read Soul Lit Book Club and it’s on its third year over on Patreon. Choosing what to read in a book club is always challenging. This year the Normandy Book Club went back to our previous way of choosing books which occurs in the following manner.  Each member suggests 2 books for our longlist. We are 15 members strong but sadly have lost two members who have moved away. So our longlis ..read more
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Runwright Reads Summer Reading Challenge
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
7M ago
I’ll be trying to participate in the Runwright Reads Summer Reading Challenge which is June 21 – September 23, 2023. Now I’m already participating in a few more reading challenges but if I could read at least 5 books to tick off five of these 14 prompts I’ll be thrilled. What I’m looking forward to is reading a few backlist books from my TBR. So far I’ve read two of  the five prompts I’m considering reading for. For the prompt SET: Read a book that is set in the Caribbean I read The God of Good Looks by Breanne Mc Ivor and it was fantastic! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for an e ..read more
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January 2023 Reading Wrap Up
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
7M ago
  “An irresistible comic novel from the master storyteller Percival Everett, and an irreverent take on race, class, and identity in America I was, in life, to be a gambler, a risk-taker, a swashbuckler, a knight. I accepted, then and there, my place in the world. I was a fighter of windmills. I was a chaser of whales. I was Not Sidney Poitier. Not Sidney Poitier is an amiable young man in an absurd country. The sudden death of his mother orphans him at age eleven, leaving him with an unfortunate name, an uncanny resemblance to the famous actor, and, perhaps more fortunate, a staggering n ..read more
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My Top Books of 2022
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
7M ago
  “So begins Imbolo Mbue’s powerful second novel, How Beautiful We Were. Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, it tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of clean-up and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The country’s government, led by a brazen dictator, exists to serve its own interest. Left with few choices, the people of Kosawa decide to fight back. Their struggle would la ..read more
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Reading in Caribbean Heritage Month
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
9M ago
June is Caribbean Heritage Month! I always get so excited about reading a huge stack of books by Caribbean authors but somehow about a week or two before I get anxious and torn over which books to put in my TBR stack of the month. As a habit I always put my planned reading for my book clubs and buddy reading on the stack first. That seems to be setting the tone for what gets put on top next.  We are currently 9 days into June and I have only finished 2 books. Neither are Caribbean themed but both are nonfiction. That’s a first. I’ve decided to join the #CaribAthon group read of The God of ..read more
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The Classics Club Spin #33 lands on…
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
11M ago
The Classics Club announced #18 yesterday for its 33rd Classics Club Spin!  That means I’ll be reading Un Coeur Simple by Gustave Flaubert from my classics list. I’m really excited about that. Love that I’ll be reading another book in French and it’s only 69 pages!  If you haven’t heard of this French classic originally published in 1877, rest assured it has been translated into English under the title A Simple Heart. I’ll be back with a review by April 30th.  Hope it’s a good one. Synopsis: “In A Simple Heart, the poignant story that inspired Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot ..read more
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The Classics Club Spin #33
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksenglish
11M ago
I’m back y’all and I plan on staying. I’m going to be participating in the next Classics Club Spin #33. What is the spin you might be asking yourself? write your blog post before Sunday, March 19, 2023, which is tomorrow In the post create a list of 20 classics of your choice that you would like to read You could use Classics Club books You could also consider favorite authors, re-reads, books in translation, and even nonfiction This reading challenge consists of you reading the book that corresponds to the random number chosen between 1 and 20, which will be announced on Sunday the 19th ..read more
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The Read Soul Lit Photo Challenge – Day19: Song and Book Pairing
Brown Girl Reading
by didibooksandenglish
2y ago
www.instagram.com/reel/CaKiDB0ABKz/ Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore by Walter Mosley was a book that I enjoyed surprisingly enough. I could feel all the work Mosley did to try to right his lead female character authentically. He didn’t do too badly. This book was interesting and had that vibe of someone trying to do things differently but nobody else is in accord. What’s Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore about? Millions of men (and no doubt many women) have watched famed black porn queen Debbie Dare—she of the blond wig and blue contacts-“do it” on television and computer screens every which way with ..read more
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