My April Bookshelf: Parables and Secrets

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Spring has sprung! My April bookshelf is filled with parables and secrets. Last month, I read Debbie Macomber’s newest release If Not for You. You will have an opportunity to read my review in the May issue of the Midwest Book Review.

I’m taking a leadership course that is reading intensive. It has really cut into my leisure reading time. I’ve gone from reading about 8 books per month to 2 books. Time constraints compel me to be more selective about what I read.

Parables and Secrets

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

I’m always open to reading good science fiction. I read Frank Herbert’s Dune annually and I even watch “can’t look away” sci-fi train wrecks like Sharknado. Don’t judge me. I love exploring “what if’s”, especially when they involve extraordinary situations. As I’ve gotten older, the desire to read science fiction that relates to my culture intrigues me. A few years ago, I stumbled upon works by Octavia E. Butler. She never disappoints. So, this month’s science fiction selection is Parable of the Sower.

From  Amazon

Award-winning science fiction author Octavia Butler’s groundbreaking dystopian novel presents an all-too-real look at a world spiraling into chaos

Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, war, and chronic shortages of water, gasoline, and more. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.

When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is facing apocalypse. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.

Multiple Nebula and Hugo Award–winning author Octavia Butler’s iconic novel is “a gripping tale of survival and a poignant account of growing up sane in a disintegrating world” (The New York Times Book Review).

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Octavia E. Butler including rare images from the author’s estate.

Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren

Full Disclosure: I met Tiffany through author Rhonda McKnight. Since then, I’ve followed her online, laughed at her antics on family, career, and relationships. When I pay attention, I also receive golden nuggets for building a writing career. I’ve purchased Tiffany’s books before but never settled into reading them. When Her Secret Life appeared on NetGalley, I knew I had to grab a copy so that I would read it.

I’m glad I did. I started this book a few nights ago and I’ve nearly completed it. So, I’m sure that in June, when I’m done with my leadership class, I will read the books by Tiffany L. Warren that are sitting on my Kindle.

Parables and Secrets

From  Amazon

“When I read a Tiffany L. Warren novel I know I’m going to get two things—a riveting story and a faith boost!” –ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Scarred by poverty and life with a crackhead mother, Onika Lewis had a rough start. Still, thanks to her sharp mind, and hard work, she graduated with honors from a prestigious college. But her achievements weren’t enough to earn her the elite status she craved. So she leveraged her gorgeous looks to become a rich man’s trophy…and was eventually dumped her for a younger model. Now Onika is unemployed, broke—and homeless. She’s making a fresh start through a unique women’s shelter, but when she meets Graham, a kind-hearted commuter with whom she has an instant connection, she can’t bring herself to tell him her secret…

Suddenly Onika has someone who cares about who she is beyond her looks. Graham’s unselfish love gives her the kind of hope she’s never had. But when Onika’s wealthy ex wants her back, she plays one deception too many trying to have it all. Now present lies and past secrets are tearing her world apart. And Onika will need to educate herself once more—to learn what really matters, find faith, forgiveness—and build a life she truly deserves.

I’ve committed myself to writing more book reviews. They are extremely important to authors. Both Parable and Secret  will be submitted to the Midwest Book Review.

What are you reading this month? Will you write a review?

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

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