The Healing Power of Cats

I agree with all of these amazing healing powers that cats have. They don’t mention the others that come out much more often.

Cats have an amazing ability to sense if your bladder is full. They are great at telling you that it’s time for a meal. They are pointy and manage to find the most sensitive spots to step on. These aren’t healing abilities, just the natural abilities of the species.

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

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

10 Benefits of Reading Every Day

Benefits of Reading Every Day

The above linked article goes into more detail, but here are the 10 benefits that it lists. Reading every day to me is just part of my day. I look at it as accomplishing something, also, but that is not on the list. When I finish a book, I feel like I can check it off of my list. The other things listed below are part of what I am getting out of daily reading, but they aren’t the main thing.

1. Mental Stimulation

2. Stress Reduction

3. Knowledge

4. Vocabulary Expansion

5. Memory Improvement

6. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

7. Improved Focus and Concentration

8. Better Writing Skills

9. Tranquility

10. Free Entertainment

Black girl magic fantasy

Black girl magic fantasy books

Here’s a list of fantasy books that bring Black Girl Magic to life. The above linked article gives more detail.

1. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson:

2. Conjure Women by Afia Atakora:

3. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor:

4. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn:

5. A Blade So Black by L.L. Kinney:

6. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older:

7. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton:

8. Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron:

9. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler:

10. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:

1. The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson:The Year Of The Witching Book Cover