I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi

I'm judging you by Luvvie AjayiNigerian born, American raised author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi wows us with her keen sense of humor and truth in I’m judging you. She states a lot of things you’ll consider common sense but one has to realize that common sense isn’t always very common. Luvvie touches on many different topics and gives us advice in a humorous way.

As a Nigerian woman living in the States, I can relate to all the issues she’s brought up but I especially appreciate her appeal to a wider audience. She is real and unabashedly herself. Luvvie says all the stuff you’re thinking but can’t say cause you’re too polite or perhaps afraid of the backlash. I love that she’s so real and calls folks out for bad behavior.

Here are four reasons to read I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi:
  1. Honesty / Candidness : Luvvie tells it like it is. She says that stuff we can’t say cause we have day jobs and reputations to protect. We are thinking it and are glad someone finally said it. For instance, in one chapter  she calls out folks on social media who post ridiculous things or overshare.
  2. Humor : She is hilarious; Luvvie describes events in a comical and entertaining manner. She’ll keep you engaged with her humor.
  3. Advice: She tells you what to do. Luvvie suggests behaviors and ideas to do better.
  4. She’s Nigerian: Hey, I’m Nigerian and I love to see and shout out other Nigerians doing well! I’m especially proud that she’s from Ibadan, my home town.

Overall, of course I recommend this book 😉 it’s a great, light and funny read. Pick this up for your next plane ride; you won’t be disappointed.

Have you read I’m judging you? what are you thoughts? Leave me a comment below.
Luvvie Ajayi’s Blog: http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com
Publishing Date: September 2016

The Man in 3B by Carl Weber

The Man in 3B Book Review - Abis Book BlogI stopped by my neighborhood K-mart to pick up a few things the other day and noticed an African American/Urban books section. I perused the author names and decided to read some of the reviews on Amazon. This was when I discovered Carl Weber and his books. I decided to start out by reading “The Man in 3B” and boy was it a great read.

The Man in 3B follows the story of several black folks living in an apartment complex in an urban neighborhood. A new guy, Darryl moves into apartment 3B and immediately starts causing drama all over. All the ladies are swooning about him and would love to hook up with him. He eventually starts relationships with several of his neighbors, one thing leads to another and Darryl is suddenly killed in a gruesome way. The book follows all his relationships to determine who the killer is.

The drama in this book was intense, I loved the pace and the speed. The author wove the story and the details so well, you were left wondering what would come next. Reading this book was like watching a move unfold. The words leapt out of the page and left you in a daze. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for some real drama. Do keep in mind that there were several sexual scenes, so it would probably be rated R as an adult drama.

This book was made into a movie in 2015, but I believe the book is always better than the movie. That’s a personal belief, plus a friend confirmed that the movie was just alright. I look forward to reading other books by Carl Weber.

Author: Carl Weber
Link to book: The Man in 3B
Publishing date: Aug 2014
Pages: 384
Audio Version: The Man in 3B
Other books by the authors: The Family Business

Five Life Lessons Frugal Millionaires Teach Their Children

Abis Book Blog: The Millionaire Next Door is one of those books that really opens your eyes on how to manage your finances. The authors Thomas Stanley and William Danko are college professors who have conducted extensive research on millionaires and their lifestyles.The Millionaire Next Door is one of those books that really opens your eyes on how to manage your finances.  The authors Thomas Stanley and William Danko are college professors who have conducted extensive research on millionaires and their lifestyles. The most important lesson to learn is that most millionaires do not live flashy lifestyles like those you see on reality TV. In fact, a good portion of them live in the same neighborhood as you and drive regular cars. Here are five key lessons millionaires teach their children.

1. Don’t tell your children that you are rich/wealthy. Children that are told they are wealthy are more prone to spend money on lavish lifestyles. They think ” hey! we are rich, we can afford it” without realizing how difficult it is to earn money. These children grow up feeling entitled and spoiled, they become accustomed to a certain standard of living and when they become adults, they aim to maintain the lifestyle even when their income does not support it.

2. No matter how wealthy you are, teach your children discipline and frugality. Financial habits are picked up from parents. If you’re a spendthrift, it’s very likely your children will also be excessive spenders. Teach them to work hard and not waste. Teach them the value of a dollar and the effort that goes into earning it.

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First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Abis Book Blog First Comes Love Emily Giffin Book ReviewBrief Summary: First Comes Love is a novel about family and relationships. It follows the life of two sisters Josie and Meredith 15 years after their brothers tragic death. They both have to come to terms with his death and how it affected their lives.

Meredith, the quiet one, originally had aspirations of being an actress but later settled with the steadier paycheck and lifestyle of being a lawyer. Josie is the unconventional party girl of the family. She is in her late thirties and is now considering starting a family. After the death of Daniel, their parents relationship when south and ended in divorce.

Emily Giffin invites us into the Garland’s World. She touches on sibling rivalries and familial bonds. She reminds us that in the midst of all the turmoils and troubles of life, First Comes Love.

What I enjoyed about this book: I generally like Emily Giffin’s writing style. It’s very easy and light reading serves as a welcome distraction from the daily grind. The story line and dialog are quite fluid and kept me engaged.

What I didn’t enjoy: Although I enjoyed this book, I didn’t like the ending. It wasn’t the happy go lucky ending that I love to see in romantic comedies and it didn’t have much closure.

Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for a nice, light easy beach read. I  predict that this will be made into a movie very soon.

Source: Library Hardcover copy – I got on the wait list very late and had to wait about a month and a half to get this book
Author: Emily Giffin
Link to book: First Comes Love
Publishing date: June 2016
Pages: 400pgs
Audio Version: First Comes Love
Other books by Emily Giffin

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

babasegiswivesThe Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives was recommended by a dear friend. This book reads so simply but yet it’s so entertaining and engaging. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book and was so afraid to finish it. So much so that I dragged out my reading time. The story is set in Ibadan, Nigeria. The city where I was raised. Even as the author describes the streets and places, I can recall them so vividly. It brought back nostalgic memories.

The story is about Baba Segi and his relationship with his wives. Baba Segi is wealthy but illiterate. He is proud of his wealth and his family size. But a secret lies within his family which he is oblivious to. Only when he takes a new wife, Bolanle, are the secrets slowly unraveled.

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