Donut Race

Donut race

The above linked article is about a race that requires you to eat a dozen donuts along the 5K course. The title says miles, but it becomes clear in the article that it meant 5K. It originally took place in 2004 as a fundraiser in Raleigh, North Carolina. It has been put on pause, it seems, for now.

The article says that you can try it on your own. Running a 5K with a box of donuts or a stomach full of sugary, fatty donuts does not sound like a great idea to me, but to some, it might.

Perfect Memories by Lindsey Powell

Perfect Memories by Lindsey Powell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the series. If I hadn’t read the first book right before starting this book, I wouldn’t have known what was going on. The story seemed forced after the memory part of the story was done. I enjoyed this story less than the first one, but I felt that I needed to know how the first story ended up after the cliffhanger ending. 

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Perfect Memories

Contemporary Writing by Black Authors

Contemporary writing by black authors

Here is a great list of books by black authors, as discussed in the above linked article. I have read many of them, and they are great books. Period. Some others are on my TBR list. I haven’t been disappointed with any of these books that I’ve picked up.

HOMEGOING

SING, UNBURIED, SING: A NOVEL

WASHINGTON BLACK

AMERICANAH

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER

THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE

THE WATER DANCER

AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

THE NICKEL BOYS: A NOVEL

RED AT THE BONE: A NOVEL

THE VANISHING HALF: A NOVEL

WHITE TEETH: A NOVEL

DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book for bookclub. I don’t know that I would have read it otherwise, but I am glad I did. The book was a little strange, but the story’s pieces all fit together by the end. 

This was well worth the read. I wouldn’t call it fun, but it sucked me into the story right away. It kept me guessing for most of the book. I enjoyed it and may reread it one of these days. 

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Perfect Stranger by Lindsey Powell

Perfect Stranger

Perfect Stranger by Lindsey Powell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed almost everything about this book. I had to suspend belief that a writer could completely forget about her phone and laptop for several days. Also, I was not thrilled about the ending. I had no choice but to get the next book in the series. I needed to know what happened. If you’re willing to invest in the whole series, then I’d recommend this mostly romance, somewhat suspenseful mystery book. 

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Books to Read Once In Your Life

Thirty books to read once in your life

Here are the books listed in the above linked article. The author of the article thinks that everyone should read each of the books at least once in their lives. I have read 10 of them. More if you count the whole series of Harry Potter.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

2. 1984, by George Orwell

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

4. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

5. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

6. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

7. The Diary Of A Young Girl, by Anne Frank

8. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

9. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

10. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

11. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

12. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

16. Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White

17. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

18. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

19. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

20. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

21. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

22. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

23. Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare

24. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

25. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

26. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

27. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll

28. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

29. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

30. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

The Watermelon Woman

This movie was recommended to me many times. When I took a film class last semester, I ran into a zoom meeting with the writer and director. I really enjoyed the short films by the director. I decided that it was time to actually watch the movie, especially since it was free this week, due to a special by the cable company.

The story is about a filmmaker researching an actress from the 30s who was not given proper film credit in several movies. It’s fiction, but still it is eye-opening.

I definitely recommend this movie. I would have enjoyed it even if it hadn’t been on the free movie list.