Bitchie Book Club


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Necole Bitchie is starting a book club!  A lot of people know Necole from her super popular celebrity gossip blog but I follow her personal Tumblr more. 

The first book selection will be The Dream Giver because Necole said it helped her to pursue her dreams back in '07.  I picked up the book from the library last week and will start reading it this weekend.

Be sure to "like" her book club page for more information.

Also, Youtuber WhoisSugar is thinking about starting her own book club, too. Check out her blog for more info.

Happy Reading!!

The Joy of Books

I've been reading a lot lately for a few reasons. I want to become a better writer, for self-education, and mainly because I live next door a brand-new library with over 700,000 titles in their database.  I'm obsessed with collecting titles for my "to read" list.

I was one of those people who said e-readers killed the hardcover book industry, but I'm eating my words today. The library is where it's at! One word: FREE! Sure, sometimes I have to wait several weeks to come off the waiting list for popular titles, but I have too many options to choose from to really care.

I know what it's like to live in a county was a deplorable library system.

Been there, done that, had the original 1960s book to prove it. So, I say all of this to say, take advantage of your local library. :-)


I'm still giving my Kindle love, though. I will dust it off next month while on vacation. I'm not lugging around all those hardcover books on the beach. :-)

What's on your reading list?

Just Read: Seriously...I'm Kidding

Since I prefer light (and often humorous) books to fall asleep to, I thought Ellen's Seriously...I'm Kidding would be perfect.  Ellen talked a lot about life, Idol, meditation, and living in the moment (all the things I love reading about).

I love Ellen but she could've kept this one.  I laughed a few times, but overall she had waaay too many fillers and she rambled like no other. lol  The chapters were super short (a plus) and she seems really cool, but...umm, no. lol

On a positive notes, here are some quotes:

" The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself."

"The secret to life-KALE."

"I really do think it's important to let go of things and give things away, to declutter and get out from under that pile of papers and old cereal boxes and harmonicas.  It's cathartic.  It's freeing."

"I just wish we could hold on to that sense of wander becasue sometimes we don't notice some of he most incredible things in the world."

"I personally like being unique.  I like being my own person with my own style and my own opinions and my own toothbrush. I think it's so much better to stand out in some way and to set yourself apart from the masses."

Just Read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks



I cried. I gasped. I wanted to fight.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is not just the story of Henrietta Lacks having her cells taken for cancer research without her content; but also the journey of her daughter to find out about the mother & sister she never knew.  Lacks was a beautiful woman who loved red nail polish, dancing and her 5 children.  She sought treatment from John Hopkins Hospital in the early 50s for cervical cancer and her cancer cells lead to scientific discoveries such as: a cure for polio & several STIs, gene mapping, and were even taken on space missions for research.

Lacks children grew up in poverty and couldn't even afford health insurance as adults; despite their mother's major contribution to science.  Lacks' daughter, Deborah said, "Truth be told, I can't get mad at science, because it helps people live, and I'd be a mess without it.  I'm a walking drugstore!  I can't say nuthin' bad about science, but I won't lie, I would like some health insurance, so I don't got to pay all that money every moth for drugs my mother's cells probably helped make."

I understand a lot of the ethics that have been established since this situation didn't exist in the 50s, but the part that bothers me, is how Dr Gey LIED about asking Lacks for her consent.  I personally don't believe he respected her enough to ask for permission.  This young black, uneducated woman was receiving free treatment from Hopkins and he likely felt her cells were a fair exchange. I will say that I don't think Dr Gey did it for profit though, because he wasn't a wealthy man. Also, when he was diagnosed with cancer himself, he asked for his cells to be researched on. Overall, a lot of what was done in this situation was in the name of science. That doesn't mean I think it's fair or right.

There's a lot of science talk (of course) but the author did an excellent job of making it down to earth.  Also, I appreciated the short chapters and how thoroughly researched and well-written this book is. 

Lacks' daughter, Deborah just wanted her mother to get the recognition she deserves. More than 60 years later, she finally has. :-)

I highly recommend this book.

This story reminded me that I also need to read Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present.

Looking for Something to Read?

Clutch magazine released their 2013 list of books by Black women for Black women list.

I found a lot of great ones and added them to my growing "to read" list.

Some include:

Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis

Sula by Toni Morrison

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Various

Ain’t I A Woman by bell hooks

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe


Ones from the list I've already read and recommend:

Caucasia by Danzy Senna

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Gathering of Waters by Bernice McFadden

Black, White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Before You Suffocate your own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston


Happy Reading!