I had the nerdiest weekend ever.

Saturday was BookCon. It was so much fun! The got a gallery of Dark Matter coming from Penguin Random House. They also gave away copies of The Wrath and the Dawn. Eeeeekkkk! 

I purchased Wytches: Volume One. I read the first three pages while waiting for a panel to begin. Big mistake. I’m going to have the worst nightmares. 

A portion of the floor at BookCon

A portion of the floor at BookCon

Lunch with friends.

J, per usual was the mastermind behind this whole thing. I just went along with her. I’m grateful she included me.
I met Daniel José Older! If you recall, I gushed about how much I love him and his books in my 2016 preview post. He was so sweet! Please go read all his books if you haven’t. 
The author of this blog with author Daniel José Older.

Daniel José Older, my shiny forehead, and I.

I’m now on my way to see Captain America: Civil War. Have a great weekend all!

#SmashYourStack: Week 1 Update

The goal is eight books. So I should have read two…

I read two!


I started the week with Paper Girls: Volume 1 written by Brian K. Vaughn of Saga fame. There may be time travel and aliens and a group of bad ass paper girls. It rocked my world. I can’t wait for volume two.

the cover of paper girls volume one

Look at that beautiful art.

I purposefully chose short books to get through this weekend and jump start my reading stats for #SmashYourStack Week 2 and in preparation for #BoutofBooks. More on that in another post.

These are the shortest books I own (each under 200 pages). I decided to start with The House on Mango Street. It was the shortest, contained vignettes, and is set in Chicago. That sound you hear are all my bells ringing. Cisneros did not disappoint. Esperanza, the narrator, is so perfect. I totally identified with her. I knew that pain, that joy. Yes and yes.

I’m going with Sula next because I am in the mood to have my life changed. This is my fourth Morrison, after The Bluest Eye, Beloved, and A Mercy. I feel it my duty as a black person, a woman, a book nerd, and a Howard University alumna to read all of her books.

I met up with some of my book club people on Sunday afternoon for reading and general nerdy socializing and, of course, drinks. It was a great way to wrap up the week.

Here’s to two more books next week!

A Lot of Book Clubs: Fourth Digest

Wired Book Club  reading The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemison. It is their inaugural book. I’m probably not going to get to it this month, but I will try to get it soon. Maybe even write a review…?

My virtual book club, The Blissful Bookworms, is reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I was addicted after about 20 pages. Look at that cover!


Black Girls are from the Future is reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston. This is a childhood favorite of mine and I have endless feels, which I will not go into now, about Zora Neale Hurston. For now, know that she was the bomb and did/does not get the credit she deserves.

Veronica Roth’s new book. Make. your. money. honey! Take all my little coins. Also, Ms. Roth will be at BookCon and maybe, hopefully, so will a few ARCs.

I’m still trying to get over Game of Thrones. I just watched episode 3 this morning and I’m just like…


So, that’s all for me this week.

Still Drinking #Lemonade-Third Digest

I am still sipping on this ice cold, refreshing #Lemonade that Beyonce served us all. Some profound writers and thinkers are drinking it too.

Brittany Luse, a fellow Bison, wrote for Refinery 29

Roxanne Gay via The Guardian

Janet Mock gave me chills with her epic rundown of Lemonade, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and the burden of black womanhood.

The New Yorker even had commentary

Also, April 27th, marked 100 days until the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I love the Olympics. The Olympics ads are, to me, just as good as the Superbowl ads. P&G has been winning for several years with their Thank You Mom campaign. The SoChi ad is still available here, but the one for the 2016 Summer Olympics is heavier and brought me to tears at my desk at work. It’s amazing. Not only is P&G sending a powerful message about the strength and importance of mothers, but they do it by showing ALL the moms (read: colorful moms). This is way to make ads people. Follow them.

#IndependentBookstoreDay was April 30th. J and I spent the day on a self-made book crawl. It may have been the best thing to happen to me this year. So many good books! It’ll get a separate post soon.  Here’s J’s post and we were together, so it’s kind of the same.

Hot drinks and new books. That is living your best life

Me going into The Book Cellar. Third Bookstore of the day.

That’s all for me. Have a great week!

P.S.: If you have an iPhone, I set up a Litsy account. Litsy is the child of Goodreads and Instagram. It’s great. You can find me there as Lucky_LaDee.

#SmashYourStack Read Your Own Books in May

I am not the best at spending money wisely. I am really bad at impulse buying and my favorite implies buy are books. In the last six months, I’ve attended three huge book sales and acquired too many books to count or store. I have got to do something so I’m at least reading and then, hopefully, giving away all these books.

Enter Andi, Melissa, and their pragmatic book challenge. 

smash your stack challenge art
The concept is simple:

Set a percentage of your own books to read for the month. 

Pick a number!

Go hard and read ALL your own books!

Considering that I have library holds I have to read in May as well, I’m setting my goal at six books. It seems low, but I like to under promise  and over perform. If the first half of the month goes well, I’ll increase my goal. I know that’s technically cheating, but it’s all I got.

Shoutout to The Shrinkette for bringing  this challenge to my attention when I truly needed it.

Let’s see how this goes!

#Lemonade and Other Things- Second Digest

Mondays are hard for me. I promise I’m trying.

A steaming cup of coffee with  words  ,

Image credit: Bookwitty


On to the big news, #LEMONADE!

I doubted, but I’ve been converted thoroughly. Beyoncé is everything. Lemonade made me feel like I could take over the world. I’m used to being invisible. The brands, performers, and politicians I love hardly see me, or at least hardly openly admit to seeing me. On national television, for an hour,  Beyoncé said to every black girl and woman in the world, “I see you. I am you. I am proud. You should be too.” I just can’t stop watching and listening to it.

Mashable did a fantastic breakdown of other the other wonderful Black women featured in Lemonade. I needed it.

In other big news, #GameofThrones. Quick recap:

  1. The. Red. Woman! What?!?!
  2. Jon Snow…
  3. Yes Theon! (A phrase I never thought I would say)

Nerdette Podcast, that I love with many loves, does a delightful recap podcast every Monday. They’re recap is much better than mine.

Last, but certainly not least, Prince made is final exit this week. I just can’t. I seriously can not say any more about him. I can not even try to do his life, his work, and his/it’s importance any justice at all.

This New Yorker Magazine cover is the best I can do.

Have a great week!

P.S.: If you have an iPhone, I set up a Litsy account. Litsy is the child of Goodreads and Instagram. It’s great. You can find me there as Lucky_LaDee.


Living in the “Physical Real”… Or not

Response to Turkle’s Alone Together, Chapters 8-10:

Of all the reading I am doing for my graduate studies, and trust me, that’s a lot of reading, Alone Together is the most interesting and engaging. Turkle uses anecdotes of individuals she interviewed in order to illustrate particular concepts about new media and culture. For me, what makes this book fantastic, and thusly, helpful on my journey to learn new media, is that I can put myself in the shoes of those described in the book. I understand what they are going through and I get why they do what they do.

One particular story stood out to me. In chapter 8, Turkle designates a segment called, “The New State of Self: From Life to Life Mix.”

It is not uncommon for people who spend a lot of time on Second Life and role-playing games to say that their online identities make them feel more like themselves than they do in the physical real. This is play certainly, but it is serious play.

Turkle describes Pete a man who has a wife and children in the “physical real” and another wife in the game Second Life. Yep, you read it correctly… Two. Wives. Pete calls it his “life mix.” The idea that he can have multiple lives, a new one in every internet realm, gives him an opportunity to make his physical real self better because he can construct it from pieces of his other selves. Turkle says,

We have gone from multitasking to multi-lifing.

His story is fascinating and although I think it’s very very wrong, I totally understand. The Internet provides this whole realm where you can be whomever you want. You can experience a completely different set of environments because through the Internet you are someone else. Someone who is not beautiful, can be. Those who lack courage, are emboldened.

Later, Chapter 9, Turkle addresses what she calls, “presentation anxiety.” She talks to high school and college students who antagonize over what information should and should not become part of the online image. Every social media network requires us to create a profile. These profiles need to be constantly updated and for some this is a strenuous exercise. It reminded me of a meme I came across on Facebook a while ago (shown below).

Why are we so concerned with our online "image?" Why do we worry about how it compares to others?

Why are we so concerned with our online “image?” Why do we worry about how it compares to others?

The quote above is a great summation. Online profiles are highlight reels. We only include the most flattering pictures, the most exciting vacations, the most dynamic tidbits of our lives. Every element is hand picked by us in order to present our best selves. For some reason, we don’t take those same factors into account when we view the profiles of others. To us, those people are that interesting naturally. We can’t imagine [insert perfect person you know, love, but secretly envy] taking 50 pictures and only using 1 the way we do. But the truth is that’s exactly what [insert same person from above] does.

To be yourself to great but to be someone else is altoegther greater.

I Read Other Things Too – My First News Digest

I’m a journalist by trade, technically, and I do spend a lot of time each day reading articles and  newsletters from my favorite outlets. I’ve decided to compile a collection of news I think is interesting, relevant, and/or problematic. I’m basically making a digest each week.

It’s new. Just go with me.

The Washington Post’s, “In 6 graphs, here’s why young women don’t support Hillary Clinton as much as older women do” for obvious reasons.

The Post also did another great story about how long commutes are the worst. I know from personal experience.

HuffPost Black Voices, “Gospel Singer Tasha Cobbs Says Black Church Can Help With Depression. I thought this headline was misleading. It’s a wonderful story, though. This hit home for me because I am hyper aware of the dangers of untreated mental illness, especially in relation to people of faith and people of color.



In the last year, I’ve become more sensitive to feminist language and themes in (or absent from) popular culture. I’m preparing to participate in a panel later this month at #ACES2016 about feminist language and when I saw this commercial for Ariel — called Tide in the U.S. — I was floored.

I almost cried at my desk. After the series of disasters that Super Bowl 50 commercials were, this was pure delight. This video was especially powerful because it was a man, recognizing his complicity and making a CHANGE in his BEHAVIOR. ALL ON HIS OWN! *Muppet arms*

A couple of years ago there was the Tanishq Jewelry commercial with the blended family and now this.

I’m. Here. For. It. ‪#‎ShareTheLoad‬

Grammar Nerd Heaven aka American Copy Editors Society Conference

I’m a member of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). I spent several days in Pittsburgh for their annual conference. For months I have been participating in their #ACESChat every other week. I was so excited to meet my copy editor friends in the physical real, so excited to discuss grammar, editing, and inclusionary language. ACES 2015 did not disappoint. It was like living my favorite dream for three days.

These are my people.

It was a sentiment that rang from every session, swept through the halls, and surged from the chests of all the attendees. Copy editors, are notoriously introverted. We spend most of our days in cubicles and offices, alone, reading, writing, reading about writing, and writing about reading. We are often surrounded by people who do not understand how much we love the English language.

But — for three glorious days — we are engulfed by people who get it.

For three days, we didn’t have to hide our nerdiness. For three days, we didn’t have to explain what “decompress” means or why we need to do it every day. We were free to love language and punctuation and there were no apologies necessary. In fact, we reveled in it. Continue reading