Monthly Archives: December 2012


#FridayReads: I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage

I’ve had this book for awhile. Finally tossed it into the Currently Reading stack and cracked it open. Happy to continue the story of Idlewilde! This weekend will be full of reading (among other things) since I’ve decided to get back on the Goodreads Challenge horse. My goal will take some effort to achieve but isn’t insurmountable. I’ll have plenty of time during the holiday break to get some reading in. Maybe I should pick up some novellas. Those totally count for me! ;) Hope everyone has a great weekend.  



Review: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

Review: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

My first impression of author Ayana Mathis is that she is skilled in the art of showing-not-telling. Her words paint a picture of her world so vivid that I feel like I walk the streets with one and sit in the park with the other and perch on the side of the bed of yet another. I loved the idea of intertwining vignettes of each of her children. Part of the reason I avoid anthologies is because I’m a novel reader at heart. I need each chapter to have something to do with the one before it. This was done perfectly.

The chapters themselves… well I found some of her children wildly intriguing: Six, Bell, Alice… I couldn’t read fast enough. Sala and Cassie’s stories were heartbreaking and riveting. Some chapters I just couldn’t grasp enough of an understanding and I moved on feeling confused and unfulfilled.