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Oct 11

My little book club celebrates 5 years this month! @booktini

Super sad Hurricane Odile ruined our planned celebration in Cabo San Lucas next week 😭😭😭, but still very proud of what we’ve accomplished since our inception in 2009.

"Good books. Good drinks. Great friends!"

My little book club celebrates 5 years this month! @booktini

Super sad Hurricane Odile ruined our planned celebration in Cabo San Lucas next week 😭😭😭, but still very proud of what we’ve accomplished since our inception in 2009.

"Good books. Good drinks. Great friends!"

Sep 13

#LocEnvy Thanks to these beauties as inspiration, I decided not to cut my locs, but to color them for fall, instead.

#LocEnvy Thanks to these beauties as inspiration, I decided not to cut my locs, but to color them for fall, instead.

Sep 06

Library haul: was in the mood for some VERY lite reading, so I picked up “His Significant Other” because of @ladyeic’s review (cute, funny, chick lit); “It’s Not You” because of @joymarilie’s review (I dont normally read relationship books but 2 chapters in and this one is already the most sensible and realistic I’ve ever read); and “Bedrock Faith”, a funny novel about church folk that has been on my list to read for a while.
Also picked up “An Untamed State”. Everyone has been raving about its goodness but it also sounds extremely disturbing (a woman is kidnapped and repeatedly tortured in Haiti and her family wont pay the ransom for her freedom). Saving that for last.  (at Alameda Free Library)

Library haul: was in the mood for some VERY lite reading, so I picked up “His Significant Other” because of @ladyeic’s review (cute, funny, chick lit); “It’s Not You” because of @joymarilie’s review (I dont normally read relationship books but 2 chapters in and this one is already the most sensible and realistic I’ve ever read); and “Bedrock Faith”, a funny novel about church folk that has been on my list to read for a while.
Also picked up “An Untamed State”. Everyone has been raving about its goodness but it also sounds extremely disturbing (a woman is kidnapped and repeatedly tortured in Haiti and her family wont pay the ransom for her freedom). Saving that for last. (at Alameda Free Library)

Sep 04

Re-reading “Americanah” for @booktini’s International Setting month, and I’m trying not to be perturbed at the non-American editions having much better covers than the plain, reminiscent-of-a-paper-bag American edition (upper right). 

Why you treat us like that, Chimamanda? 😐😕👎 #IJudgeBooksByTheirCovers

Re-reading “Americanah” for @booktini’s International Setting month, and I’m trying not to be perturbed at the non-American editions having much better covers than the plain, reminiscent-of-a-paper-bag American edition (upper right).

Why you treat us like that, Chimamanda? 😐😕👎 #IJudgeBooksByTheirCovers

Aug 09

Ledisi betta saaaaaaang! (at Main Stage At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest)

Ledisi betta saaaaaaang! (at Main Stage At San Jose Jazz Summer Fest)

Jul 22

A birthday gift from my boss. I had eyeball allergies for 34 seconds after I opened it. Completely unexpected.

A birthday gift from my boss. I had eyeball allergies for 34 seconds after I opened it. Completely unexpected.

Good morning, 33. 🎂🎉🎉🎉💐🎁😍 (at Best Day of The Year)

Good morning, 33. 🎂🎉🎉🎉💐🎁😍 (at Best Day of The Year)

Jul 20

Phonte and this creeper face he gave… lawwd he is so silly. Love him and @zo3hree5ive. Last night was too awesome. #theforeignexchange #BirthdayWeek  (at The New Parish)

Phonte and this creeper face he gave… lawwd he is so silly. Love him and @zo3hree5ive. Last night was too awesome. #theforeignexchange #BirthdayWeek (at The New Parish)

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Jul 19

Foreign Exchange concert with the homies @ksan23 and @pinkivy81 #BirthdayWeek (at The New Parish)

Foreign Exchange concert with the homies @ksan23 and @pinkivy81 #BirthdayWeek (at The New Parish)

Jul 18

I listen to The Read podcast during my runs (which has nothing to do with books, btw lol), but I’m so far behind in episodes, I had no idea they were coming to the Bay. Kid Fury is my spirit animal. He is hilarious. Gotta check this out.

I listen to The Read podcast during my runs (which has nothing to do with books, btw lol), but I’m so far behind in episodes, I had no idea they were coming to the Bay. Kid Fury is my spirit animal. He is hilarious. Gotta check this out.

Jul 14

#14 “Forty Acres: A Thriller” by Dwayne Alexander Smith (@bookTini’s July Selection) - a group of wealthy elite Black businessmen create a secret society of slave masters, kidnapping white folks and keeping them in bondage. When up and coming lawyer, Martin Grey, is asked to join them, it’s either do it or die. 

Never thought a book like this would pop up on the literary scene. Just a few chapters in. So far so good. Meeting to discuss this Sunday.

#14 “Forty Acres: A Thriller” by Dwayne Alexander Smith (@bookTini’s July Selection) - a group of wealthy elite Black businessmen create a secret society of slave masters, kidnapping white folks and keeping them in bondage. When up and coming lawyer, Martin Grey, is asked to join them, it’s either do it or die.

Never thought a book like this would pop up on the literary scene. Just a few chapters in. So far so good. Meeting to discuss this Sunday.

Jul 11

Goals.

Goals.

Jul 07

#13 “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” || Started this weekend. Really interesting to read of the western transformation from a society focused on character, to one focused on personality, leading to the extrovert ideal being lauded as superior. Great book so far.

#13 “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” || Started this weekend. Really interesting to read of the western transformation from a society focused on character, to one focused on personality, leading to the extrovert ideal being lauded as superior. Great book so far.

Jun 13

If someone would write this, I’d read it - “How To Build Friendships As an Adult: A Step-By-Step Guide For Those Who Are Shy, Introverted, StandOffish, or Can’t Be Bothered Until They Want Something To Do and Need Someone With Similar Interests To Do It With”

If someone would write this, I’d read it - “How To Build Friendships As an Adult: A Step-By-Step Guide For Those Who Are Shy, Introverted, StandOffish, or Can’t Be Bothered Until They Want Something To Do and Need Someone With Similar Interests To Do It With”