a jarful of moonlight by Nazanin Mirsadeghi

August 21, 2017
InToriLex, a jarful of moonlight, Nazanin Mirsadeghi, poetry, Book Review
Published By: Bahar Books on February 13, 2017
Format Read: Paperback Edition (72 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ Nonfiction
Series:  Standalone
Source: Publisher Request
a jarful of moonlight
This is a series of short love poems.






This was a wonderful short collection of poetry. The author is able to succinctly summarize and explain emotions through her work.
I love you with all my being
but loving you
is not my being. 
The author's creative use of words and expressions aren't easily described. The style reminds me of other prominent Poets such as Rupi Kaur andNayyirah Waheed. I wish the volume was longer to experience more of the author's voice. I hoped to read more about the authors experience as a immigrant. The immigrant experience was alluded to but not fleshed out.
the pain
you received as a gift
wrapped in a shiny paper
that said, I love you!,
you re-gifted to me
carefully wrapped in a shinier paper
that said, I love you more!
I would recommend this to readers who enjoy short stanza  poems. The author explores healing, grief, relationships and writing throughout this volume. I will read more writing by this author in the future. I expect with time the author's talent will expand and and develop further.

I received a copy of this book from Bahar Books in exchange for an honest review.


Monday Musings:"Recent Racism" 8/21/17

IntoriLex, Monday Musings, Recent Racism  


I've been doing a lot of soul searching and transitioning between positions at work. The current US administration has given me the motivation I need to fight against it's racist and detrimental policies. No one is going to make the world better alone, and we all have to figure out how we can help. I've been writing again and slowly catching up on the towering books I need to read. Thank you readers for your comments and encouragement on Twitter when I feel like my blogging isn't even meeting my own expectations.

I wasn't able to make it to the Counter Protest that happened in Boston this weekend. But I was proud so many came out to stand against white supremacist spewing hate. We can show that racist beliefs can't be tolerated and we need to. No one should feel like they can stay out of politics. The heavy cost of apathy became clear after the election.

"Recent Racism"

I've learned and adapted to the racist reality that I live in my entire life. I have had upsetting experiences of being talked to like I was sub-human. That's why it was such a shock to see people surprised that Nazi's would run over a young woman standing up against racism with a car. Heather Heyer's mom has urged that we take righteous action going forward.

America's history has never not included racism and the subjugation of another. Racism is as American as apple-pie, pretending that it's a unthinkable monster being unearthed does nothing to change that. 

I hope that as more people become engaged we keep the momentum going. White supremacist groups have been a threat and taking down monuments that honor them is a small step toward change. Racism thrives when people ignore it, now is the time to stand up against it in all of it's awful forms.


Book Scoop August 12- August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017
Book News, InToriLex, Links, Short Stories
Book Industry News, Links to Sift Through & Short Stories 


2017 Hugo Award Winners Announced

The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever.
It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy.
It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last.
The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken.

Texas School Official Removed After

Writing White Supremacist Book

Chinese Novelist Arrested for Murder

Hillary Clinton's Pastor Plagiarizes in New Book


12 of the Best Women in Sports Books

In this candid and ultimately uplifting memoir, Olympic medalist Amanda Beard reveals the truth about coming of age in the spotlight, the demons she battled along the way, and the newfound happiness that has proved to be her greatest victory.
At the tender age of fourteen, Amanda Beard walked onto the pool deck at the Atlanta Olympics carrying her teddy bear, Harold, and left with two silvers and a gold medal. She competed in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, and enjoyed a lucrative modeling career on the side. At one point, she was the most downloaded female athlete on the Internet.
Yet despite her astonishing career and sex-symbol status, Amanda felt unworthy of all her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain beneath a megawatt smile. With no other outlet for her feelings besides the pool, Amanda expressed her emotions through self-destructive behavior. In her late teens and twenties, she became bulimic, abused drugs and alcohol, and started cutting herself.
Her low self-esteem led to toxic relationships with high-profile men in the sports world. No one, not even her own parents and friends, knew about the turmoil she was going through. Only when she met her future husband, who discovered her cutting herself, did Amanda realize she needed help.
Through her renewed faith in herself; the love of her family; and finally the birth of her baby boy, Blaise, Amanda has transformed her life. In these pages, she speaks frankly about her struggles with depression, the pressures to be thin, and the unhealthy relationships she confused for love. In the Water They Can’t See You Cry is a raw, compelling story of a woman who gained the strength to live as bravely out of the water as she did in it.


Pirate Librarians by Danielle Evans

An Evening Out by Garth Greenwell

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Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff , Marie Lu (Illustrator)

August 16, 2017
Gemina. The Illuminae Files #2, Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff , Marie Lu, InToriLex, Book Review
Published By: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18, 2016
Format Read: Hardcover Edition (608 pages)
Genre: Young Adult/ Romance/ Sci-fi
Series: Book Two of the Illuminae Files
Source: Purchased
Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.



This was a lot of fun, the romance, action and sci-fi worked well. This book gave me all those great feelings I had when I read the first book in series Illuminae. Hanna and Nik are two teenagers that are grappling with life and death decisions while dealing with their own feelings of inadequacy.  Nik is the typical brooding anti-hero who has tried and failed to lose his conscience because he belong to a organized crime family.  Hanna is a martial arts master who has to outsmart people who like to solve things with violence and deceit. Hanna and Nik compliment each other well, and their banter displayed through short bursts of texts to each other kept things light-hearted, in the midst of crossed out faces informing us who had died.
“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.”
The thrills were all here, but at times there were far to many characters being introduced for you to follow without having to flip back through the book. The illustrations were great (thanks to another awesome YA author) they broke up the tediousness of deciphering intentions through bureaucratic reports. Even though Hanna and Nik are slowly unveiled as characters to root for, the piecemeal way it happened in the midst of the action, meant the character development came later. All of the characters have to grapple with the consequences of choices led by self interest. The changing perspectives worked well as dimensions changed throughout the book. I was overjoyed some characters returned to give insight only they could.
“And blood and tears and screams did not matter anymore, because at least they are together.”
Every thread that was introduced was addressed and the science was explained well, so I never felt confused or removed from the wormhole and space time continuum plot points. If you haven't read and loved the first book Illuminae yet, your missing out. If you have read Illuminae, this book has more of the humor, surprises and well described action that made Illuminae so memorable. The book  ends on a cliff hanger, but it's clear from the pace of this series there is so much more to learn. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages who enjoy reading about hard choices made by courageous people. I will patiently be waiting to read book three.
Reviews in Series 
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)


Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is a winner of multiple Aurealis Awards, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. Being the holder of an arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

Book Scoop August 4- August 12, 2017

August 12, 2017
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Dawn By Octavia Butler to Be Adapted for TV 

Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)
 Lilith Iyapo has just lost her husband and son when atomic fire consumes Earth—the last stage of the planet’s final war. Hundreds of years later Lilith awakes, deep in the hold of a massive alien spacecraft piloted by the Oankali—who arrived just in time to save humanity from extinction. They have kept Lilith and other survivors asleep for centuries, as they learned whatever they could about Earth. Now it is time for Lilith to lead them back to her home world, but life among the Oankali on the newly resettled planet will be nothing like it was before.

The Oankali survive by genetically merging with primitive civilizations—whether their new hosts like it or not. For the first time since the nuclear holocaust, Earth will be inhabited. Grass will grow, animals will run, and people will learn to survive the planet’s untamed wilderness. But their children will not be human. Not exactly.
Children's Authors Take on the Refugee Crisis 

Vulture Attacks the YA Community for Having Opinions

ACLU sues Washington D.C. for Removing Milo Ad


Lack of Diversity Forces Cancellation of Writing Conference

BOMB Fall Book Preview

Arab American Book Award Winners 

A Social Media Fueled Poetry Best Seller List
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Book Scoop July 28- August 4, 2017

August 4, 2017
Book Scoop, Weekly Feature, InToriLex, Book News, Links to Click
Book Industry News, Links to Sift Through
Legendary James Baldwin was Born on August 2, 1924


 World's Highest Paid Authors 2017 

Winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing 

Expanding Free Lunch at the Library 

We Need Diverse Reviewers

Men Pursuing Women Bylines to Sell Thrillers

Man Booker Prize Longlist 
Solar Bones
Marcus Conway has come a long way to stand in the kitchen of his home and remember the rhythms and routines of his life. Considering with his engineer's mind how things are constructed - bridges, banking systems, marriages - and how they may come apart.

Mike McCormack captures with tenderness and feeling, in continuous, flowing prose, a whole life, suspended in a single hour.


Ways Being A Reader Helps Your Career 

14 Books to Read This August
Sour Heart
Centered on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang’s exhilarating collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up. From the young woman coming to terms with her grandmother’s role in the Cultural Revolution to the daughter struggling to understand where her family ends and she begins, to the girl discovering the power of her body to inspire and destroy, these seven vibrant stories illuminate the complex and messy inner lives of girls struggling to define themselves. Fueled by Zhang’s singular voice and sly humor, this collection introduces Zhang as a bright and devastating force in literary fiction.
Literary Would You Rathers  

Vulture's 100 Best Dystopian Books   
In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue.

Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny--to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture-and eventually death itself. 
William Gibson's Theory About our Obsession With Dystopia's

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Monday Musings: Women in Translation + Black Women's Equal Pay 7/31/17

July 31, 2017
Monday Musings, InToriLex, BookBlogger, Black Women's Equal Pay, Women in Translation Month


 I have not posted on my blog since June. In that time I have been working on more writing and dealing with an ankle injury. My ankle injury put me really behind at work as well as personnel changes at my law firm. 

Long story short just going to work and taking care of my home life has monopolized a lot of my time for the past few months. I have been reading but very slowly, and I have many reviews I will be writing this month. For authors and publishers who have been contacting me, I sincerely apologize but plan on getting to your emails sometime this week.
In other news I did win an award for my work and I am proud. It's hard to photograph because it is very glossy


August is women in translation month. #WITMonth began in 2014 to raise awareness about women in translation receiving less attention for their works. You can participate in the conversation by using the hashtag on twitter and following  Women in Translation on Twitter: @Read_WIT.

The Women in Translation website is a great resource for announcements and suggested works that you should check out.
The Organizers have included the following suggestions for how you can participate.
  1. Booksellers and librarians: Make a #WITMonth table and promote your favorite books by women writers in translation, alongside newer releases. If someone is looking for some different recommendations, help guide them to some of the brilliant women in translation out there.
  2. Bloggers and journalists: Talk about the issue! Look at your own stats and ratios, question your reading biases. Address the issue and help raise awareness.
  3. Reviewers: Review new and backlog titles by women writers in translation, from all languages and from all over the world. Help bring these books to the public’s notice.
  4. Publishers: Release your existing ratios and acknowledge any imbalances you might have. Try to find more of the brilliant women writers we all know are writing in all sorts of languages, all over the world. If you’re struggling, see the lists compiled by women critics and translators for LitHub.
  5. Readers: Read, discuss, and share. Please use the #WITMonth tag as much as you can.


July 31st is #BlackWomensEqualPay Day it is a campaign being promoted by Equal Pay Today, that seeks to raise awareness about the troubling wage gap black women face in the workforce.

Visit www.blackwomensequalpayday.org for more details. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @equalpay2dayorg and at https://www.facebook.com/EqualPayToday/.

Facts from the National Women's Law Center

Black women’s wage gap has persisted for decades.
  • In 1967, the earliest year for which data are available, a Black woman working full time, year round typically made only 43 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • By 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, that gap had narrowed by 20 cents, but Black women working full time, year round were still only paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
Black women are over represented in low wage jobs, and underrepresented in high wage jobs.
  • Black women make up 10 percent of the low wage workforce, or jobs that typically pay less than $11 per hour, or about $22,880 annually, while they make up just 6.2 percent of the overall workforce.
  • Black women’s share of the high wage workforce—jobs that pay more than $48 per hour, or about $100,000 annually, is less than half their representation in the overall workforce. They make up only 2.7 percent of workers in these jobs, but 6.2 percent of the overall workforce.
As a young black attorney this reality reminds me of just how much work is left to do to end the wage gap and address institutionalized racism. Black women excel and work just as hard as their counter parts but the wage gap contributes to the wealth gap in black communities. The wage gap doesn't even address the emotional toil experiencing racism while working and dealing with clients has on minorities in the work place. Support those who are marginalized around you and remember that although the world is not fair, but you can still make a difference in it.


Book Scoop May 26- June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017
InToriLex, Book Scoop, Book News, Weekly Feature
Book Industry News, Links to Sift Through & Short Stories 

Happy National Pride Month!!


American War
Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be.

Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
 In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.


Miraculously, He Escapes” by Sean Adams
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