Category: Books

Books, Philosophy, Product Reviews, Reading, Reviews

American Gods Analysis: Exploring What It Means To Be American

“If you are to survive, you must believe…Everything.” Faith is certainly an integral theme in Neil Gaiman’s Hugo Award-winning fantasy novel, American Gods. The earliest immigrants arrived with little more than faith, and it was their belief in the new world that has made this country what it is. In what can only be described …

Books, Poems

Poetry Analysis “I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing” by: Walt Whitman

**I wrote this for a class, and thought I’d share it here.** “I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing” is a short lyrical poem from Walt Whitman’s poetry collection “Leaves of Grass.” To understand its meaning, it’s important to read all the poems from the section “Calamus,” which are poems that exalt the “the manly …

Books, Reading

Story Analysis of “Sonny’s Blues”

**This is a piece I wrote for a “composition in the humanities” class. I figured why waste my papers when I can publish them here. Spoilers ahead.** At its core, James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues,” is about the suffering that is native to everyone, and how there’s healing in talking about it (Baldwin). The …

Books, Entertainment, Humor, Movies, Products, Reviews

The Top 10 Sequels that Never Should Have Been

Hollywood frequently ignores common sense and churns out sequel after unwatchable sequel while failing to make smart sequel choices. I mean the new ghostbusters would have been awesome if it was a sequel rather than a remake, right? And, if you base a film on a book, the film’s sequel should only exist if there’s …

Alisia Compton, Books, Politics

Self-Love is Self-Preservation so Be Your Authentic Self

One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to be true to who we are. Before we can do that, however, we have to find out who that is. This process often takes a season, a stretch of time, to become familiar. There is no set time frame for this powerful phenomenon, …

Alisia Compton, Books, Giveaways, Reading

An Excerpt from my New Book “Blood on the Vine”

The following excerpt is taken from an all-audiences portion of my book. If you’d like a peek at the steamier scenes, head over to Racy Reads Blog: “Blood on the Vine” Sample for an R-rated excerpt. The excerpt is below, but here’s a brief synopsis so you can get a feel for this story: Miranda …

Books

“A Birthday Cake for George Washington” Recalled and I Couldn’t Be Happier

“A Birthday Cake for George Washington” has been recalled. This is the first time I’ve actually championed the banning of a book. The children’s title, written by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, tells the story of happy slaves who bake a cake for their master, George Washington… You read that correctly… The book …

Books, Reading

Hashtags for Book Lovers

Ooh, I just learned some cool hashtags for tweeting and Instagramming the books I’m reading. It’s like a virtual book club; I love it! I can’t wait to start uploading photos of whatever I’m reading and see who in the world shares my tastes in books. Here’s a tip, you can take a screenshot of …

Books, Product Reviews

The Last Five Books I Read

This collection is eclectic because I only recently subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, so I’m reading whatever has the best reviews. Except for The Dark Monk (sequel to The Hangman’s Daughter) and Wool, these are fast-paced novels that can be completed in under 10 hours. Oh, I should also mention the The Dark Monk isn’t on …

Books, Reading

Books & Blogs: My January Reading List

Part of my New Year’s Resolution is to read more. These are the books, magazines and blogs I’ll be reading this month. Leave a comment and let me know what you’re reading, and whether or not you have a title to recommend for next month. Finish Veronica Roth’s Divergent I started Divergent a while back, …