Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank

Rhodes hired mercenaries to slaughter the Matabele people who lived along the South Africa-Zimbabwean boarder, clearing the land for his mining endeavors. Diamonds are ubiquitous. They are in fact not a precious stone. This is the story of how the De Beers corporation turned diamonds into a "girl's best friend," while they oppressed the people living… Continue reading Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Named as one of the 10 Best Books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review. After Macdonald's dad passes away she decides to put all the sadness from her grief into training a Goshawk. Everything about the hawk is tuned and turned to hunt and kill. Yesterday I discovered that when I suck… Continue reading H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

RITA Award-I’m Watching You

Award Who: Rita Clay Estrada, Romance Writer’s of America’s first presidentWhat: Novels and novellas - best first book; contemporary; historical; erotic; romanic suspense; paranormal; young adult; religious or spiritual elementsWhen: 1982-2019 replaced by the Vivian Award in 2020 because it was receiving criticism for a lack of diverse authors Prize: NAOther winners: https://www.rwa.org/Online/Awards/RITA/Past_RITA_Winners.aspx Novel I'm… Continue reading RITA Award-I’m Watching You

Man Booker International Award- Satantango

--Dystopian adj: relating to or denoting an imagined state or society where there is great suffering or injustice. Starting Book it Babe's Project 2021 with this dystopian novel. To get acquainted with my project check out https://bookitbabe.com/ Award Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2015. Written originally in Hungarian by Laszlo Krasznahorkai. Translated by… Continue reading Man Booker International Award- Satantango

Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World by Emily Balcetis

The entire book is summed up on page 221: “In this book, I offer four strategies intended to quite literally reshape the way we see the world.  A narrow focus.  Materializing. Framing. A wide bracket.” (Italics from original) Of course, to get to the summary, you have to wade through the other 220 pages of somewhat… Continue reading Clearer, Closer, Better: How Successful People See the World by Emily Balcetis