Book Review: “You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain” by Phoebe Robinson

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“You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have To Explain” by Phoebe Robinson (2016)

Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Essay, Memoir

Page Length: 318 pages (electronic review copy)

Synopsis:

A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, which means that, often, her everyday experiences become points of comedic fodder. And as a black woman in America, she maintains, sometimes you need to have a sense of humor to deal with the absurdity you are handed on the daily. Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she’s been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend,” as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she’s been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel (“isn t that . . . white people music?”); she’s been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she’s been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she’s ready to take these topics to the page and she s going to make you laugh as she s doing it.

Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is “Queen. Bae. Jesus,” to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, “2 Dope Queens,” to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, “You Can’t Touch My Hair” examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.”

Review:

You Can’t Touch My Hair is a book that sets out to entertain and educate its readers about being a POC (person of color) in today’s society. Being that I could relate to this topic, I eagerly sought out this book as I was excited for the topics it would discuss.

The introduction for this book sets up the topics that will be discussed throughout the text. Not only is the intro is funny, but Phoebe’s casual voice make readers feel at ease while getting to know a little bit about her background. She tells her readers that while this book will make you laugh out loud, it will also touch on some serious issues in today’s society.

Each chapter is its own essay on a variety of topics. One chapter is set around the politics of black hair and the choice to have natural hair vs. relaxed hair. Phoebe talks about her own personal hair journey and urges readers to do whatever makes you feel beautiful inside and out. Another chapter discusses things that need to change for the better: racial profiling when shopping, the NFL’s treatment of women, gender equality, etc. And some chapters have a more lighthearted tone when she talks about her guilty pleasures such as ordering too much food at McDonald’s.

I loved her sarcastic, but realistic and comedic tone on the topics she discusses, from issues that are lighthearted to the more serious. At times, I wish she had explained things more in-depth or gave better background to the historical and pop culture things she references as it led to some confusion. A few things that she mentioned I was unfamiliar with and I think giving a more detailed explanation would have helped.

All in all, I enjoyed this book so much! Many of the topics were relatable to my own life experiences and I liked that while it was humorous it was also thought-provoking. Even though she rambled in her writing at times, it didn’t stop me from devouring this book. I highly recommend reading this book!

Final Verdict:

4 star rating

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Booktube Bites: Top 10 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Based on Books

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Booktube Bites is a weekly segment in which I spotlight cool bookish videos on the internet. I will discuss some entertaining videos and Booktubers which you can check out. Feel free to participate as well, and send in your own recommendations of videos you would like spotlighted.

Today’s Video: Top 10 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Based on Books

Found At: WatchMojo.com

Hello everyone! This week’s Booktube Bites features a video that discusses book to film adaptations. There are so many of these types of films now that I can barely figure out which came first: the movie or the book? I was really shocked to see some of the titles featured in this video and 70% of the movies discussed I had no idea were actually books. I was really surprised to hear the Pitch Perfect, was actually based off a non-fiction book about researching acapella groups.

Question of the week: What movies have you seen that you found out were actually books after you watched the film?

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Book Tag Thursday: Burn, Rewrite, or Reread Tag

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As always for this segment, I will find awesome book tags throughout the vast, wide inter-webs and complete mini-challenges. I’ll hope you’ll have fun and participate with me as well! Leave your own answers in the comments or write your post and link it back to me. (You are also free to use the picture if you’d like, just credit me.)

Today’s Topic: Burn, Rewrite, or Reread Tag

Found At: Shanayah @ The Scarlet Bookkeeper

THE RULES:

-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)
-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.
-Repeat until you completed three rounds.

Round 1

Burn: Erasing Time by C.J.Hill – This dystopian novel about two sister that are transported to the future had great promise, but quickly fell into the all too familiar tropes. It was enjoyable, but way too predictable.

Rewrite: The White Rose (The Lone City #2) by Amy Ewing – I felt that this book was a very good sequel to the first book in the series, but was lacking in some parts of the plot. I wanted a little bit more from it.

Reread: While We Collided by Emery Lord – This was such a fantastic book and I like how Lord explored mental illness among a coming of age plot. While this book does have romance, I appreciated that it didn’t romanticize mental illness.

Round 2

Burn: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – This is actually a cute book and it wasn’t half bad. But compared to the other two books in this round, it doesn’t fare well.

Reread: Passion, Betrayal, and Killer Highlights (Sophie Katz #2) by Kyra Davis – This is one of my favorite mystery series of all time. The Sophie Katz books are fun, action-packed, and full of thrills! It’s my go-to series!

Rewrite: A Mercy by Toni Morrison – I loved this book a lot, so the only reason I would say that I would like a rewrite is that I wished it could be longer. I wanted Morrison to explore more of the characters backgrounds.

Round 3

 

Rewrite: Street of Eternal Happiness by Rob Schmitz – This book was interesting, but it had a tendency to go from being intriguing to being really dry. I felt that there needed to be a better balance of the stories, history, and cultural background that was being told.

Reread: Friday Night Bites (Morganville Vampires #2) by Chloe Neill – One of my top favorite fantasy series!Morganville books are an automatic reread for me!

Burn: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella – Though this book was fun to read, it’s probably one of my least favorite out of Kinsella’s standalone novels. I prefer her other standalone books such as I’ve Got Your Number.

Tag! You’re it! Share your thoughts in the comment section below or participate by writing your own post and link back to me. :)

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My Favorite Things: December Edition

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My Favorite Things” is a monthly segment where I share my personal and current favorites in seasonal products, health & beauty, food, decor, movies, TV, and more. Hope you enjoy these personal picks!

Music

Lifted by CL

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CL of the (sadly disbanding, but we saw it all coming) group 2NE1, breakout song Lifted is fantastic! It’s got a good beat, solid hip-hop vibe, and it definitely matches CL’s signature style. I’m not sure if there’s an official choreography for this song, but I’d like to see it.

Ain’t My Fault by Zara Larsson

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I’ve started to listen to more of Zara’s music after I had her song Lush Life on replay. This song is catchy, the beat is great, and I like the lyrics. As for the music video, I thought the aesthetics and the choreography go together well.

Moana Soundtrack

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After seeing the Moana movie I’ve been playing this album non-stop. I can’t even count how many times I’ve sung How Far I’ll Go at the top of my lungs. The songs are so catchy and you find yourself dancing along with the music!

Home

Holiday Candle by Michael Design Works

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As you might already know, I’m obsessed with candles! This Holiday candle by Michael Design Works smells absolutely lovely (their soaps are amazing too!).

Movies

No Filter 

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No Filter is a Spanish comedy film about a woman visits a Chinese doctor and discovers her pain is due to pent-up rage. The doctor says the only cure is to fully express herself, whatever may come. This is a great comedy film and I like how it touched on the issue of expressing yourself. The main character is a normally quiet person and is given the freedom of speaking her mind, but we see the price of saying whatever you feel.

While You Were Sleeping

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I’m a big fan of rom-coms and this film has been sitting in my Netflix queue for a while. Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite actresses so I was really excited to watch her star in this film about a hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector who is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient. It was funny, sweet, and romantic, all at the same time. Bullock gets caught in this super cringe worthy situation and she has to try to go along with it in order to not mess everything up. This is such an enjoyable, feel-good film!

Total Messed Family

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Total Messed Family is a fun South Korean comedy film about a dysfunctional family.Five years ago, Baek Se-Ju’s older brother Baek Chun-Bong ran away from home and then her mom separated from her father who is involved money-making scheme involving turning in companies and people who break the law in some small manner. One day, her older brother finally returns home, but with his pregnant girlfriend and things become chaotic. This is a funny film about the ups and downs of family, but I liked that it ended with a positive message.

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Aquaporin Moisture Foam Cleanser by Tony Moly

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I’m a big fan of Tony Moly’s skin care line an on a recently trip to Ulta I bought the Aquaporin Moisture Foam Cleanser. It’s the first face wash I’ve tried by the brand and I wasn’t disappointed with it. Since I use quite a bit of acne products, I’ve found it easier to use lighter/gentler cleansers on my skin. I found this foam cleanser to be gentle on my skin and moisturizing too!

TV

Dramaworld

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When I first saw this scrolling through Netflix’s website, I rolled my eyes and thought this seemed like the stupidest show ever. I decided to give it a second chance and ended up binge watching the entire season in a matter of hours. Dramaworld is a show that follows a fan of K-dramas (Liv Hewson) who is transported to a realm where she has the power to alter her favorite show’s story line. Sound like it would be awful, but this show pleasantly surprised me by how well it was written. The comedy, acting, cameos, and plot are well done! The show is definitely made for viewers who enjoy K-dramas as it pokes fun at common tropes, among other things!

Crazyhead

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Another awesome binge-worthy show I recently watched is Crazyhead. It’s a British show that is about two girls, Amy and Raquel, who attempt to navigate their way through the choppy waters of their early twenties whilst simultaneously kicking demon ass. This show is similar to Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but with raunchy dialogue. It’s hilarious and each episode is equally action packed as well. Part of what makes this show so entertaining besides its dialogue and plot are the leading actresses Cara Theobold and Susan Wokoma! With anyone else playing these roles, I don’t think this duo would have been as dynamic. I’m already looking forward to a second two. If you like comedy/horror style shows, this one is for you!

And that concludes “My Favorite Things” for December! What are some of your favorite things from the past month? Comment below! :)

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Book Review: “A Change of Heart” by Sonali Dev

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“A Change of Heart” by Sonali Dev (2016)

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Page Length: 352 pages (electronic review copy)

Synopsis: Dr. Nikhil ‘Nic’ Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.

Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen’s heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala’s story as absurd, but there’s something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.

Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son, Joy.  She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication. (description from Goodreads)

Review:

A Change of Heart follows the story of a man named Nikhil who is mourning over the death of his wife, Jen, who passed two years ago. One day he meets a woman named Jess, who looks similar to his wife and she is coincidentally the organ donor recipient of Jen’s heart. Their mission to find the truth behind Jen’s death brings up many questions shrouded in mystery.

Nikhil can’t seem to move on after Jen’s death and is haunted daily by his treasured memories of her. Jen was is other half and now he feels incomplete without her. Meeting Jess stirs up feelings that he has tried to keep buried for so long in order to live day-to-day. Though he eventually gives into helping Jess figure out the mystery, he still can’t cope with the events that surrounded her death.

Jess, on the other hand, is torn between taking advantage of a broken man and saving her own son, Joy, from danger as she is being blackmailed by mysterious person who wants Jen’s secrets. Though she hates being apart from Joy she is fueled to complete her mission in order to return to him safely while (like Nikhil) battling her past.

Both Nikhil and Jess continue to hide from one another ever after they develop an acquaintance type of relationship. They are reluctant to share their pasts and both of their secrets start to eat at each other. The tensions between the two not only intensify as they get closer to the truth, but as the bad guys (who Jess is “working” for) further develop their plans in order to continue their black market operation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I liked Dev’s writing style and how her words are descriptive, yet poetic. The plot shows strong character development and I appreciated that the romance didn’t happen in the beginning, but rather took it’s time to form. Nikhil and Jess need time to work on their own broken hearts and pasts in order to heal and help each other move on.

This was the first book I’ve read by her and I found it to be a satisfying story. The story was entertaining, the characters felt real, and while there were some difficult (trigger warning) topics that arose within the plot I like how they were discussed. It was also very interesting to read about some aspects of Indian culture that I was unfamiliar with. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books in the future!

Final Verdict:

4 star rating

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Booktube Bites: How To Annoy A Reader

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Booktube Bites is a weekly segment in which I spotlight cool bookish videos on the internet. I will discuss some entertaining videos and Booktubers which you can check out. Feel free to participate as well, and send in your own recommendations of videos you would like spotlighted.

Today’s Video: How To Annoy A Reader

Found At: readbyzoe

Happy 2017! In the first featured video of the year Zoe from the Booktube Channel “readbyzoe” shares some things that will annoy any reader. From dropping water on the pages of your precious book to trying to explain a book to someone who is a non-reader, Zoe hits this topic head on! I was chuckling throughout her entire video since it was so relatable.

PSA Time! I’m always looking for new content to share on this feature so if there is a Booktuber, bookish video, animated film short, song, or any other bookish video you would like to see please feel free to send recommendations!

Question of the week: What are some bookish things that annoy you?

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