Participating in:  

BookLikes-opoly (May 20th - August 10th)

COYER Summer Hunt (June 1st - August 31st)

Bout of Books Cycle 26 (August 19th-25th)

Halloween Bingo (Sep 1st - Oct 31st)

Dewey 24hr Readathon (October)




PSA for Flat Book Society Members

In a couple of weeks the September read will begin. I finally got time to look over the choices for the next round and voted However, the vote counts are low...my vote was the second for that particular book; almost all the other choices have just one vote. So let's help out our awesome moderators for the group and get voting! This allows time to tally the votes, name the book that won, and gives time for members to acquire the book. 



Pre-Party Prompts - Day 14 Reading Snacks and Drinks



1. Trail Mix that does not contain raisins. I prefer to make my own, as prepackaged trail mixes usually are too sweet or too salty and full of dreaded raisins. 

2. Dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa), especially with mint or orange extracts or pretzel pieces.

3. Baby carrots and hummus

4. Snickerdoodles

5. Apples with peanut butter

6. Bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon sugar



1. Hot tea/chai - mostly from my stash at home, but SB's chai lattes and London Fogs are my go to when I am out and about. When I am in need of caffeine (morning), I go strictly black breakfast teas (PG Tips or Twinings breakfast teas or Assam). Afternoon reading is green teas with jasmine or citrus undertones. Reading at night I go for fruity/seasonal herbals. I like Celestial Seasonings and Bigelow too. I am mainly a grocery store tea drinker. 

2. Sparkling diet cranberry juice - a nice pick me up that is balanced between tart and sweet. I like the diet version better than the original just because it is less sweet. Also makes a great wine spritzer when added to Barefoot's Pink Moscato (the only wine I like).

3. Apple cider - hot with a little caramel sauce.

Pre-Party Prompts - Day 13 New Releases
A Very Mummy Holiday (Tourist Trap Mysteries #11) - Lynn Cahoon Vendetta in Death - J.D. Robb


I have just two new releases, one that I pre-ordered and one that I will get from the library. The one I pre-ordered is A Very Mummy Holiday (Tourist Trap Mystery #7.25) by Lynn Cahoon. This is going to be the last (for a while) of the holiday novellas, as Cahoon is working on the new full length novel for publication early next year. The other is a stand-by of September, the new In Death book titled Vendetta In Death. I am putting myself on the library's waitlist this weekend and hope to get to it sometime during the bingo but that is highly unlikely.

TSR's Halloween Bingo Reading List


Reading List:

Supernatural - Hot and Badgered (Honey Badgers #1) by Shelly Laurenston

Dead Lands - Crazy (Crazy #1) by Eve Langlais

Int'l Woman of Mystery - The Tuesday Night Club (Miss Marple Short Story)

by Agatha Christie

Magical Realism - Copycat Killing (Magical Cats Mystery #3) by Sofie Kelly

Vampires - The Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls #1)

by Kristen Painter


Black Cat - The Witches of Enchanted Bay (The Witches of Enchanted Bay #1)

by Amelia Morgan

Grave/Yards - Transfiguration Card/TBD

Sleepy Hollow - Risky Relics (Rose Hollow Mystery #1) by E.Z. Pennington

Country House - The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery #1) 

by Anna Lee Huber

Dystopian - Year One (The Chronicles of the One #1) by Nora Roberts


Locked Room - Gone with the Ghost (Murder by Design #1) by Erin McCarthy

Creepy Crawlies - Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy #1) by Mira Grant

Free Space - One Haunted Evening by Ava Stone, Jerrica Knight-Catania,

and Jane Charles

New Release - A Very Mummy Holiday (Tourist Trap #7.25) by Lynn Cahoon

Doomsday - After the Fog by Kathleen Shoop


Creepy Carnivals - Transfiguration Card/TBD

Relics & Curiosities - Dead Eye (Tiger's Eye Mystery #1) by Alyssa Day

A Grimm Tale - Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Cozy Mystery - His Majesty's Hope (Maggie Hope #3) by Susan Elia MacNeal

Dark Woods - Nocturne for a Widow (Sybil Ingram #1) by Amanda Dewees


Pysch - Jane Doe (Jane Doe #1) by Victoria Helen Stone

Genre: Mystery - The Darkness Knew (Viv and Charlie Mystery #1) 

by Cheryl Honigford

Spellbound - Witches Brew (Vampires and Wine #1) by Morgana Best

Amateur Sleuth - A Sip Before Dying (Wine and Dine #1) by Gemma Halliday

Romantic Suspense - Secrets to Reveal (Highland Wolves #1) by Tilly Wallace

Pre-Party Prompts - Day 12 The Classics (Recommendations)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Graphic Novel) - Bo Hampton, Tracey Hampton, Washington Irving The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings - Edgar Allan Poe The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allan Poe Doctor Jekyll and Mr.Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson Frankenstein - Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales - Bram Stoker, Kate Hebblethwaite Tales of Mystery & the Macabre (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural) - Elizabeth Gaskell


The last of my pre-written posts. 


I prefer classic horror because it deals with ghost stories being told at a holiday party or other ways to distance the story from the reader enough so I can enjoy the story without putting myself into nightmare situations.


Some favorites include The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Fall of the House of Usher. I read two Great Illustration of the Classics versions of classic horrors that work with my brain (Frankenstein and Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). Last year's pick, The Turn of the Screw, was much too wordy for me to enjoy the story. I have tried to read Dracula in the past, but I made it all of 25 pages and noped out of it.This year I am reading Tales of Mystery & the Macabre by Elizabeth Gaskell.



Pre-Party Prompts - Day 11 Bring on the Horror


This post is pre-written as the family is taking an overnight trip to St Louis to pick up my car from the point of entry. On my bucket list is to see the Arch (NERD ALERT).


Since I don't do horror, the scariest books I read are romantic suspense and cozy mystery. Not remotely scary, more adventurous. On a scale of 1 (lullabies) to 10 (never sleeping again), those are like a 1 or 2. 

BL-opoly 2019 Wrap Up
Gentleman of Her Dreams - Jen Turano A Change of Fortune - Jen Turano A Talent for Trouble - Jen Turano On Distant Shores - Sarah Sundin In Perfect Time - Sarah Sundin Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon & Spiro Agnew - Jules Witcover All the President's Men - Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day - Mimi Milan The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian - W. Kamau Bell Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars - Nathalia Holt

First of all, to MM/MR and OB - 

Image result for thank you space

(I went with a space theme in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.)



Earned $75.00 and donated $3.00 to the bail fund

Landed on Race Car twice, The Cat once

Read 11 books

Read 5 historical romances (3 Gilded Ages, 2 European-set WWII era)

Read 1.5 contemporary romances (1 novel and 1 novella)

Read 4 nonfiction titles

Read 2 books off my Nixon Reading List

DNF 3 Books

Read 5 books by women authors

Read 3 books by male authors (1 book had 2 male authors)

Read 2 books by AoC (one woman and one man)

Authors who were read multiple times:

Jen Turano (2 novels and 1 novella)

Sarah Sundin (2 novels)

One series completed (Wings of the Nightingale trilogy)




Pre-Party Prompts - Day 10 Most Anticipated Read for 2019 Halloween Bingo
Year One - Nora Roberts The Anatomist's Wife - Anna Lee Huber The Darkness Knows (Viv and Charlie Mystery) - Cheryl Honigford His Majesty's Hope - Susan Elia MacNeal Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badgers) - Shelly Laurenston Copycat Killing - Sofie Kelly Jane Doe: A Novel - Victoria Helen Stone Clean Sweep -  Ilona Andrews After the Fog -  Kathleen Shoop One Haunted Evening - Ava Stone, Jerrica Knight-Catania, Jane Charles


This post is being pre-written because the family and I are headed to a local comic con, specializing in authors and artists from the greater Wichita area. 



The Anatomist's Wife by Anna Lee Huber (historical mystery)

The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honingford (historical mystery)

Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly (magical realism, cozy mystery, cats)

Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston (shifters)

Gone with the Ghost by Erin McCarthy (cozy mystery with ghost)

After the Fog by Kathleen Shoop (historical mystery)

One Haunted Evening by Jane Charles, Jerrica Knight-Catania, and Ava Stone (paranormal romance)

Hungry Like the Wolf by Paige Tyler (werewolves/paranormal romance)

Secrets to Reveal by Tilly Wallace (vampires/paranormal romance)

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone (thriller)

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (paranormal)

Year One by Nora Roberts (paranormal)

His Majesty's Hope by Susan Elia MacNeal (historical mystery)







Pre-Party Prompts - Day 9 Book Suggestions for the New Squares


This post is being pre-written due to my household goods arriving today as well as our new kitchen table. My books are back with me again! So I may update this post late tonight to add to the newest square announced.


Film at 11

Warm Bodies comes to mind as well as my favorite It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! A lot of Disney movies are being adapted into books, such as their villain series - check with MR and OB first though.


King of Horror

So I perused the Book Riot list and came out with two books I would be interested in reading - The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber (nonfiction) and Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult. My husband's vote is for American Gods.


Dystopian Hellscape

I found this article while searching for dystopian novels on Book Riot https://bookriot.com/2019/07/02/bring-back-dystopian-ya/ which goes beyond The Hunger Games and Divergent to showcase more diverse dystopian authors. I am interested in Internment by Samira Ahmed and the Legend series by Marie Lu (which is also getting another book added to the series).


Truly Terrifying

I am SO EXCITED for this one because it's NONFICTION BABY! My top three:

1. The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman

2. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

3. Flowers of the Killer Moon by David Grann


Dark Academia

I am probably going to go with Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead unless I found something on my library's YA shelf that fits. I have read in the past Bingos Death and the Girl Next Door by Daryna Jones, two Vampire Academy graphic novels, and Eighth Grade Bites: The Chronicles of Vladmir Tod by Heather Brewer et al (graphic novel).



I am looking at reading Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19-Century New York by Stacey Horn (nonfiction) or Blue Asylum by Kathy Hepinstall (historical fiction). Then there is Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford (m/m paranormal romance) and several Batman: Arkham Asylum series (graphic novels).


International Woman of Mystery

I'm just going to read the next book in the Maggie Hope series His Majesty's Hope.


Paint it Black

1. If She Knew (A Kate Wise Mystery #1) by Blake Pierce - contemporary psychological thriller

2. A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell - historical fiction


Blake Pierce has a number of free books in the NOOK store that have black covers. This one interested me the most. The historical fiction choice was also free. I picked up both because price; I'll decided during the game which one I will read.






Pre-Party Prompts - Day 8 Favorite Past Halloween Bingo Squares


Darkest London - there is just something about the city that makes it perfect background to go spooky. Also shout out to Set in New England square (the American version of Darkest London).


All the Witch squares - Spellbound (2018), Witches (2016 & 2017).


Diverse Authors & Terrifying Women - kicks me out of my comfort zone and makes me try new authors outside the ones always mentioned in book lists and blogs.


Black Cats - my favorite Halloween symbol. Leos recognizes domestic Leos.


Read by Candlelight/Flashlight - because you can choose whatever book and just do the task. It broke up the process of reading strictly for the square. Also the pictures posted were great.


Murder Most Foul/Cozy Mystery - easiest to knock out.

Pre-Party Prompts - Day 7 Favorite Halloween Bingo Authors
Connections in Death - J.D. Robb Under Currents - Nora Roberts A Deadly Brew (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon A Very Mummy Holiday (Tourist Trap Mysteries #11) - Lynn Cahoon Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston The Mane Event - Shelly Laurenston The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings - Edgar Allan Poe The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales - Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen Marlowe The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle


JD Robb/Nora Roberts 

Lynn Cahoon

Susan Elia MacNeal

Shelly Laurenston

Edgar Allen Poe

Victor LaValle

TSR's Bout of Books 26 Sign Up Post

Grab button for Bout of Books


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Last one of 2019, and it starts after the kids are back in school full time and husband is working full time. So there is no excuse for me not to knock this readathon out of the park. 



1. 4 Daily Challenges

2. 4 IG Challenges

3. Participate in both chats (live in the same time zone as readathon hosts)

4. 2500 pages - I went with pages rather than a number of books because I plan on reading novellas and short stories that have been gathering dust on my NOOK. Plus, I will be reading from The Final Days throughout the week. 


I am going to try and write the reviews of books I've read within a day of finishing them so I am not overwhelmed by so many pending reviews the last week of August. I'm trying for a relaxed yet productive read rather than take on big projects.



Pre-Party Prompts - Day 6 Favorite Seasonal Covers
Mr. Churchill's Secretary - Susan Elia MacNeal Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal Brighton Belle (A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery) - Sara Sheridan The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted - Marguerite Bennett Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City - Kate Winkler Dawson Witches' Brew - Morgana Best



Rather than go spooky or gory, I went vintage fashion (Brighton Belle) plus a background that is less fashion and a bit more gritty (Mr. Churchill's Secretary, Princess Elizabeth's Spy, and Death in the Air). I love the AU version of Wonder Woman as Rosie the Riveter. The last two covers are for the upcoming bingo (the true crime square and a square to be named later). The last cover screams autumn and I love it. 

Pre-Party Prompts - Day 5 Favorite Series with Supernatural Elements


Call of Crows series

Midnight Breeds series

DC Bombshells series

Magical Cats Mystery series

From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series

TeaStitchRead's Booklikes-opoly Tracking Post - Roll #12
Match of Wits, A (Ladies of Distinction Book #4) - Jen Turano

Monday, August 5, 2019

1. Current Bank Value:$75.00

2a. Today's Roll


You rolled 2 dice:

3 5

Timestamp: 2019-08-05 05:18:36 UTC

2b. Space 28 - Summer Romance. I chose A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction #4) by Jen Turano because finishing it means I am complete on two series this BL-opoly (261 pages = $3.00).



Saturday, August 3, 2019

1. DNF'd London Belles at 26% mark = $1.00

    Read In Perfect Time (432 pages) = $4.00

    Read All the President's Men (336 pages) = $3.00

    Read All I Am (384) = $3.00

    Passed Go! 2x = $10.00

2. Current Bank Value: $72.00

3. Today's Roll

You rolled 2 dice:

2 5

Timestamp: 2019-08-04 03:21:06 UTC

4. Space 21 - The Cat. Since I can read anything for this space, I'm going to use the book I just finished today. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell is 340 pages long, adding another $3.00 to the bank. My next (and probably final) roll will be on Monday.

5. New Current Bank Value: $75.00 - this is the amount I was hoping to reach by the end of the game and a week early to boot!


Saturday, July 6, 2019

1. Finished A Talent for Trouble on June 30th; 264 = $3.00 to the bank

2. Current Bank Value: $51.00

3. Roll #10:  6+1 = 7 which lands me on Space 35 - Set in Europe. I choose London Belles (Article Row #1) by Annie Groves (292 pages); currently reading.

4. Fourth of July Rolls:

    1a) You rolled 2 dice:

         4 6

          Timestamp: 2019-07-06 23:42:21 UTC

    1b) Space 8 - Race Car. I decided to use the card and went around to Space 34 - When? in title or historical fiction. I choose In Perfect Time (Wings of the Nightingale #3) by Sarah Sundin so that I can finish the trilogy. 432 pages. +$5.00 for passing Go.

     2a) You rolled 2 dice:

           3 6

          Timestamp: 2019-07-06 23:50:17 UTC

     2b) Space 6 - Set in hometown, state, or country. I started reading All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward after the game began but need to put more effort in reading it (I am at page 47 out of 336 reading pages). Here's my opportunity! +$5.00 for passing Go.

     3a) You rolled 2 dice:

           6 4

          Timestamp: 2019-07-07 00:10:17 UTC

    3b) Space 15 - Tree(s) on the cover or set in a mountain community. I choose All I Am (Farmers' Market Story #2) by Nicole Helm (384 pages).


Well, that should hold me over until my household goods arrive to our new house. Thanks MR for the extra rolls!


Tuesday, June 11th - Roll #9

1. DNF at a little over 17% (page 61) Hearts of Gold. Trigger Warning for violence and violence against women (on the page and a bit graphic). 80s romance didn't catch or keep my attention - I ended up cross stitching and binge watching season 11 of Big Bang Theory and season 3 of The Good Place rather than read the book.

2. Current Bank Value: $48.00

3. Roll #9

You rolled 2 dice:

1 5

Timestamp: 2019-06-11 16:13:35 UTC

4. Space 34 - When? Time Travel, Historical Fiction, or has When? in the title. I chose A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction #3) by Jen Turano (historical romance). I really enjoy the series thus far and can count on the author to give me a great and fast read. 264 pages = $3.00 book value


Sunday, June 9th - Roll #8

1. Finished Rise of the Rocket Girls today. 326 pages = $3 to the bank.

2. Current Bank Value: $42.00

3a. Roll #8

You rolled 2 dice:

3 3

Timestamp: 2019-06-09 17:16:13 UTC


You rolled 2 dice:

2 3

Timestamp: 2019-06-09 17:17:44 UTC


You rolled 2 dice:

3 5

Timestamp: 2019-06-09 17:21:25 UTC

4. So first roll, I landed on Space 32 - The Nordic Express. I have no books that fit the prompt. So I am skipping this space. Continuing on, I moved to the GO! square, pocketing $5.00. Continuing on, I move to Space 8, the Race Car and I decided to move to a space of my choosing, which is Space 28 - Summer Romance. I choose Hearts of Gold (The Hearts of California #1) by Phoebe Conn; 343 pages = $3 book value. The cover of my NOOK copy is not so 80s as the cover in BL's database. 


Wednesday, June 5th - Roll #7

1. Finished Very Strange Bedfellows last night. 365 pages = $3 to the bank.

2. Current Bank Value: $39.00

3. Roll #7

You rolled 2 dice:

2 4

Timestamp: 2019-06-05 07:22:28 UTC

4. Space 27 - that has a word related to space in the title, such as star, planet, rocket. I chose Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt. 326 NOOK pages = $3 value.


Saturday, June 1st - Roll #6

1. Finished The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day (The 12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Brides #9) by Mimi Milan; 158 pages = $2.00 to the bank

2. Current Bank Value: $36.00

3. Roll #6

You rolled 2 dice:

2 5

Timestamp: 2019-06-01 19:19:51 UTC

4. Space 21 - The cat: Be the cat. Read whatever the hell you want. So I chose Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew by Jules Witcover. 365 pages (the rest is end notes and index) = $3.


Thursday, May 30 - Roll #5

1. Finished Gentleman of Her Dreams and Then Came You for a total of 239 pages and $3.00 to the bail fund.

2. Current Bank Value: $34.00

3. Roll #5

You rolled 2 dice:

4 5

Timestamp: 2019-05-30 10:43:33 UTC

4. Space 18 - Read a Western, a book set in the West, or by an author from the region

I chose The Dancing Lady: The Ninth Day (The 12 Days of Christmas Mail Order Bride Series) by Mimi Milan, set in Colorado in 1876. 158 pages = $3.00 value.


Tuesday, May 28 - Updates and Roll #4

1. Finished reading A Change of Fortune ($3.00) and On Distant Shores ($5.00); DNF Summerset Abbey at the 25% mark (pg. 70) and taking my $1.00 + $5.00 for passing GO

2. Current Bank Value: $34.00

3. Roll #4

You rolled 2 dice:

1 2

Timestamp: 2019-05-28 16:14:04 UTC

4. Just Visiting Space - read enough for $3.00 donation to bail fund. I'm reading Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction #0.5) by Jen Turano (81 pages) and Then Came You (Bradford Sisters #0.5) by Becky Wade (158 pages).


Friday, May 24 - Memorial Day Rolls

A. Current Bank Value: $20.00

B. Used Random Dice Generator for roll #1

You rolled 2 dice:


Timestamp: 2019-05-24 20:20:44 UTC

C. Space 35 - We Took the Ferry to France, Crossing the English Channel

I chose On Distant Shores (Wings of the Nightingale #2) by Sarah Sundin (433 pages). It takes place in Sicily in 1943. 

D. Used Random Dice Generator for roll #2

You rolled 2 dice:

3 6

Timestamp: 2019-05-24 20:27:36 UTC

E. Space 7 - Read a book with a house on the cover

Passed GO, so when I finish this book I will add the $5.00. I chose Summerset Abbey (Summerset Abbey #1) by TJ Brown (322 pages).


Sunday, May 19th/Monday, May 20th: Day 1 of Game!

A. Current Bank Value: $20.00

B. Used Random Dice Generator

You rolled 2 dice:

3 5

Timestamp: 2019-05-19 20:28:45 UTC (yeah, I finally figured out how to do this image thingy)

C. Space 8 - The Race Car - sped along the game board until I came to the Summer Romance region. I picked Space 28 and I chose A Change in Fortune (Ladies of Distinction #1) by Jen Turano. 






4 Stars
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian - W. Kamau Bell

Date Published: May 2, 2017

Format: Print

Source: Library

Date Read: July 29th - August 3rd

Read for BL-opoly



You may know W. Kamau Bell from his hit show on CNN. Or maybe you've read about him in The New York Times or The New Yorker, about his intersectional progressivism gimmick: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable.

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.




I knew of Bell from his FX tv show Totally Biased and his two podcasts (Kamau Now! from a local NPR radio station in the Bay Area and Politically Re-Active). He won an Emmy for his CNN show United Shades of America, which admittedly I have never watched. Side note: Bell and the sci-fi/fantasy author N.K. Jeminson are cousins and have a close relationship both as children growing up in Alabama (for Bell it was half in Alabama, half in a number of major cities) and as adults.


I really enjoyed this memoir, both the personal life as well as his professional trajectory. Bell uses humor to defuse situations in the moment, but afterword he does reflect deeply on the emotions and the sociological aspects of the situations and how we need to do better. My favorite part is his loud love proclamation for Doc McStuffins - my daughter loved Doc too and he hit every point I made to other moms in the hopes they would let their kids watch it too. I wanted him to go into more about the processes and backstage to his now ended podcasts, which is where I think he shines professionally. 


Highly Recommend.

currently reading

Progress: 135/261pages