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

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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Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

Abis Book Blog and Reviews : Ghana Must GoGhana must go was recommended based on my past purchasing history on Amazon. I do have a number of books from Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie so I was excited to read a book similar in nature to their books. I read the reviews and a number of them indicated that the story was good but a bit complicated to follow. I would definitely agree with that assessment. I started this book a few weeks ago and it requires a bit of concentration to follow the details of the story. The authors writing and thought patterns are very deep, intricate and lovely in one sense. But they are also quite confusing and difficult to follow.

When I saw the title, I assumed this book would be about the travails of folks having to leave Nigeria after the infamous Ghana must go ordeal (Click here for more details), but it had nothing to do with that.

The book starts out with a family tree which proves useful as you read the book as there are so many names/characters to follow. You would have to refer back to this chart several times to remember who is who.

Here are a few details about major characters in the book

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