Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This Reader's Review: Part III "Midnight: A Gangster Love Story" & "Summer & the City"

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is NOT reading them." - Ray Bradbury

Reading is fundamental. Cliche saying but it's so true. I have been reading as usual. I wanted to share with you guys a review of the books. Reading is always a great way to spend some time. It takes me on a journey through the author's words. I decided to do a small review of the last few books I've read. I'm also wondering if anyone else has read them.

Sister Souljah released the follow to "Midnight: A Gangster Love Story," it is titled "Midnight and the Meaning of Love." Midnight is a character who was first introduced in "The Coldest Winter Ever." He was a very quiet, stoic, cute chocolate man whose eyes held a story. The response to him was immediate and loud. Sister Souljah decided to finally tell us his story. The first book tells of how Midnight is basically the patriarch of his family. He's new to New York but takes to the city quickly. The first book ends in a cliffhanger. The second book picks up right where the first one left off. "Midnight and the Meaning of Love" is a good book. The first half is very descriptive and a bit to superfluous. It just seemed a bit excessive in the minute details. The heart of this book is a rescue mission of love. I loved Midnight and Chiassa's character. It was an amazing tale. It is mostly set in Japan. There is a scene set in Harajuku that I absolutely loved. The author described everything perfectly. If you are a fan of the first book, this one is a must read. I believe that there could actually be a third installment. I need to know how Midnight got from the life he was living to working under Ricky Santiaga in TCWE. I have my fingers crossed for another book.

The other book that I just finished is Candace Bushnell's "Summer & the City." This is a follow-up to last years "The Carrie Diaries." By now, most have guessed that this series is about Carrie Bradshaw of "Sex & the City" fame. This book tells the tale of Carrie's first summer in NYC. Carrie is straight out of a little town and has just graduated. The first person she meets in New York is Samantha Jones. She becomes her first friend. Carrie is in NYC to take a summer writing course before starting at Brown in the fall. Carrie meets a interesting set of friends over the course of the summer, including Miranda Hobbs. Carrie falls in love twice during this summer, helps Samantha through a major change, and gets to understand Miranda. At the very end of the book, she meets Charlotte York. I love that this series is giving a fan like me some insight into how Carrie became the Carrie I loved on the show & movies. It's a great coming of age story.

I am currently searching for the next book to catch my eye. Until I find something, I will be back on my Bible reading. I have been slacking big time. I need to remedy that. What are you guys reading? I need some suggestions. I am open to just about anything except for sci-fi. I cannot get into, I tried and failed. Send me suggestions, people!!


  1. Crazy! I just finished Midnight last week! I was also going to write a post on it but had mixed feelings about it so I decided not to. I loved the book first and foremost and enjoy Sister Souljah's writing but secondly, wish the story was a little, just a little more realistic or believable. There were a few happenings that maybe just challenged my thinking a bit too much (know what I mean?). But I'm already waiting for the next chapter! ..I like that you also read it. We have a lot in common!

  2. We def do have a lot in common. I am intrigued by Midnight. Cannot wait to read more of his story. Hopefully, Sister Souljah has another one in store for us.

  3. This is a super read. I loved the book. If you read her previous books "coldest winder and I can't remember the name of the other" you will enjoy where this book goes. I gained a serious appreciation for other cultures and the Muslim faith. I won't get into the story and spoil it for you but this was easily one of the best stories of love I've ever read.

  4. @ Espana - Thanks for the comment. I def learned a lot about the Muslim religion. I loved how thorough she was in this book. It's an awesome read.