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********* Shared Thoughts Book Club 5 Star Rating *********

* One Star - Would not recommend

** Two Stars - May recommend, with caution

*** Three Stars - Would recommend

**** Four Stars - Would Happily recommend

***** Five Stars - Would DEFINITELY recommend 

June 2020 Book Club Selection

Black Sunday, A Novel

Author: Tola Rotimi

Hostess: Marilyn

STBC Rating: TBD

August Book Club Selection

The Mother of Black Hollywood

Author: Jennifer Lewis

Hostess: Monica

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis od Book:  

Jennifer Lewis' memoir provides us with details of her childhood and how she knew she would be a star since the tender age of 5 years old.  Jennifer describes lustful affairs, sex addition and discovering she is bi-polar.  She delves in to going to therapy and talks about her love for Black people.  Jennifer is a trained singer, broadway performer and film and television actress.  

July's Book Club Selection

Black Girls Must Die


Author:  Jayne Allen

Hostess: Andrea

Star Rating: 2 Stars

Book Synopsis:

Tabitha Walker is a Black woman with a thriving career, has money in the bank & is in a relationship with a man. However, she discovers that she might not be able to conceive, and this brings about a lot of stress, that affects every area of her life. Also, she has 2 friends, Laila and Alexis who have problems of their own.

June's Book Club Selection

and then there was me

Author: Sadeqa Johnson

Hostess: Marilyn

Star Rating: 3.6


As a favor to husband’s favorite cousin, Bea has agreed to be a surrogate, although she has an eating disorder that no one knows about, and against her husband’s wishes.  Her husband, Lonnie, has cheated on her numerous times, and Bea suspects that he is continuing in his unfaithful pattern. Bea shares with her best friend only to learn of the worst betrayal she could imagine.

May's Book Club Selection

Praise Song for the Butterflies 

Author: Bernice L. McFadden

Hostess: Alethea

Star Rating: 4.5


While Praise Songs for the Butterflies is considered a fiction book, it focuses on key elements that are non-fiction in certain parts of Africa.  This book was based in a fiction country, Port Masi, in Ukemby Africa.  Ukemby is a nation which very little is known; and the Portuguese used Ukemby as a slave trading post for Europe and the Americas until 1807.  The main characters in the book were a small family:  Wasik (dad), Ismae (mom), Abeo (daughter), Serafine (sister of Ismae) and Grandmother (mother of Wasik).  The immediate family was considered well off financially until they experienced a domino effect of setbacks that lead them into financial ruins which caused Wasik to make a decision that his wife, Ismae was totally against, taking Abeo to a shrine to become “Trokosi”. 

April's Book Club Selection

Rabbit:The Autobiography 

of Ms. Pat

Author: Patricia Williams

Hostess: Tami

Star Rating: TBD

March's Book Club Selection

Bookstore Chronicles

Books 1,2 &3

Author: Zyla Turner

Hostess: Shelly

Star Rating: 4.0 Stars


Book 1 –  Dyna and Kane meet in a bookstore. Their attraction is magnetic.                 Dyna tries to escape Kane’s strong hold on her, but it appears to               be impossible.

Book 2 – The saga of Dyna and Kane’s story continues. Their friends, Tyler                                                      and Melanie, become a part of the tale.

                                       Book 3-  Melanie & Tyler’s love story is highlighted

February's Book Club Selection


Author: Brenda Hampton

Hostess: Krishna

Star Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis:  After a brutal divorce, Abigail Wilson vowed to never love again, but when Brent Carson crosses her path, she simply can’t resist his good-guy persona that exemplifies perfection. From A to Z, Brent appears to have it all. Abigail falls head over heels for him—until the unthinkable happens

January's Book Club Selection


Author: Wanda B. Campbell

Hostess: Tracey

STBC Start Rating: TBD

Synopsis: After three years of marriage, Denise Hightower discovers that her husband, Pastor Bryce Hightower, has a secret addiction that not only jeopardizes his marriage, but impairs his ability to effectively preach the gospel.

Yielding to pressure from her mother and her husband, Denise agrees to keep his addiction a secret, although her self-esteem plummets. Her life as the perfect First Lady is falling apart at the seams.

Self-centered and determined to uphold his pastoral image, Bryce is oblivious to his wife’s emotional state. He’s convinced that he can overcome his “little problem” on his own, so he rejects the spiritual help God sends him. But when his secret is discovered, will he be able to come clean with himself, God, and his congregation?

December's Book Club Selection

Better Left Unsaid

Author: Sabin Prentis

Hostess: Sabrina

STBC Overall Ratings: 3 Stars

Synopsis of Book

Stokely Robeson had just been dumped by a married woman. Another woman quickly shows up, that has stolen his heart. Unbeknownst to Stokely, the two women he love, share something in common, creating quite a triangle.

November  2018

The Banks Sisters

Author: Kim Brooks

Hostess: Larrie

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 2.5

Synopsis of Book: 

Simone, Bunny, Tallyha and Ginger’s grandmother dies, leaving the house & all her money to the church. The reverend wants them out of the residence immediately, unless they can come up with the money to purchase the house from him. The sisters develop a scheme to rob banks. The plan becomes more messy when their mother arrives on the scene & the pastor doesn’t want to give the house back to them. The Banks sisters have to band together to get what they want.

October 2018

She That Findeth

Author: Kim Brooks

Hostess: Desiree

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating:  3 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

4 friends, Shenita, Jackie, Danielle and Pippa are on a quest to find love while living Christian lifestyles.  Faced with everyday challenges and past hurt, they show that true friendship is the bond that helps them though their loneness and pain.

September 2018

The Underground Railroad

Author: Colson Whitehead

Hostess: Monica

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

Story of Cora and Caesar, slaves who escaped their plantation in Georgia, using The Underground Railroad (a real railroad), with the assistance of traveling secret routes and getting help from abolitionists. After reaching freedom, the experiences that they went through will keep you in suspense.

August 2018

Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Hostess: Andrea

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

Once upon a time in Orisha, born were the white haired babies who were called “Maji” and were gifted with different types of “magic”.  When the king suspected the Orishans of killing his family, he ordered anyone with the power of “Maji”, to be killed. He allowed the babies to live since their “Maji” can only be birth after they turn 13 and will need the 3 special artifacts to bring the magic out, which he possessed one of, the MAP .  This fairy tale follows the family of Zelie, who was left motherless after the “Raid”.  Zelie was approached by the Kings daughter, Amarie, the Princess, after she stole the “MAP” from the palace and ventured off to bring magic back.  Between Zelia, Amarie and Zelie’s brother, Tzaine, the scavenger hunt is one to find the other 2 artifacts to bring magic back to all of the Maji’s.

July 2018

Like a Fly on the Wall

Author: Simone Kelly

Hostess: Shelly

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 4 Stars 

Synopsis of Book:

Jacques Berradi likes to call himself and "Intuitive Counselor", because he has the ability to communicate with spirits & pick up on people’s energy, and is making quite a good penny at it. However, Jacques’ skill doesn’t give him the answer as to why he is starting to have dark dreams about his father.

Kylie Collins and Jacques are brought together by accident. Seeking to find out more about her family, she visits Jacques, one night when a black-out occurs. She is unemployed, but that night, she becomes employed by Like A Fly On The Wall detective agency… Jacques intuition can help Kylie uncover the secrets of her parents, and Kylie’s detective skills can assist Jacque’s into discovering what  happened to his father.

June 2018

Scattered Pieces 

Author: Nannette Buchanan

Hostess: Marilyn

Shared Thoughts Overall Ratings:  2.75 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

Janet Robinson’s husband has left her with 3 children to raise. With no marketable skills, she is tired of being rejected from job after job.  Feeling alone in the world, Janet finds herself hospitalized after she swallows some pills. As she tries to pick up the scattered pieces to her life, with a new job and a new man, she seeks therapy, to attempt to heal herself.

May 2018

An American Marriage

Author: Tayari Jones

Hostess: Alethea

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 4.75 Stars

Synopsis:    Celestial and Roy, newly married, and before you know it, Roy is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Thus, begins Celestial’s and Roy’s journey to see if love can stand the test of time.

April 2018

Stay With Me

Author: Ayobami Adebayo

Hostess: Tami

Shared Thoughts Overall Ratings:  4.5 Stars

Synopsis of Book: 

Yejide has married the love of her life, Akin. But she cannot seem to get pregnant. Years into her marriage, Akin takes a second wife from pressure of his family. Yejide feels threatened, and wants to conceive badly. She consults fertility doctors, drinks strange teas, perform weird rituals. Akin is hiding a secret from Yejide. He seeks his brother’s help in getting Yejide pregnant. The ramifications of Yejide & Akin’s brother illicit act bring about enormous consequences. 

March 2018

Born a Crime

Author: Trevor Noah

Hostess: Sabrina 

Meeting: H2Ocean, Glen Pine, NJ

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

Synopsis of Book:

Trevor Noah's narration of his childhood as a 'Colored' child in his native South Africa.

February 2018

Higher is Waiting

Author: Tyler Perry

Hostess: Larrie

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 3.2 Stars

Synopsis of Higher is Waiting

Tyler Perry’s spiritual guide on how to live a better life.  

A collection of examples from his life experiences followed by "gems' and bible scriptures.

Happy New Year

January 2018

The Perfect Find

Hostess: Desiree

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 2.75 Stars

Synopsis of The Perfect Find – 

Hot romance of Jenna, who is in her 40’s and falls for Eric, a young man in his 20’s.   

December 2017

A Lesson Before Dying

Hostess: Monica

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating:  4.5 Stars

Synopsis of A Lesson Before Dying: 1940s. Louisiana. Jefferson, a young, uneducated Black man, is about to go to the electric chair for murder, though Jefferson did not kill the white man, nor had he been armed. Grant Wiggins, a teacher, has been asked by Miss. Emma, to teach Jefferson how to die like a man. As Grant attempts to teach Jefferson to have pride, the pair embark on an unforgettable journey.

November 2017

Beyond the Messy Truth

Hostess: Andrea

Shared Thoughts Overall Ratings: 3.0 Stars

Synopsis for Beyond A Messy Truth – Van Jones book deals with the hypocrisy of political parties & attempts to come up with solutions that would unite us & make America better.

October 2017

Nappily Ever After

Hostess - Alethea

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating - 3.0 Stars

Synopsis for Nappily Ever After: Venus Johnston chops off her long, pretty hair, after her boyfriend comes home with a puppy as a gift instead of an engagement ring. This bold act of independence, has her questioning what she wants out of life, and coming to terms with what truly makes her happy.   

September 2017

Damsels In Distress 

by Nikita Lynette Nichols

Hostess - Marilyn

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating : 3 Stars


3 Women & their problems. Celeste, unable to have a baby, keeps a secret from her adoring husband. Ginger, abused woman who finds a man who adores her but has trouble accepting love. Portia, always involved with married men, even gets her behind beat by man when she messes around & leaves details letting wife know of their affair.   

August 2017

The Hate U Give

Hostess - Shelly

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Starr Carter, 16 years old, sees her childhood friend, Khalil get killed by a cop. He was unarmed. His death draws a lot of media attention. Khalil is being labeled a thug and a drug dealer as if he deserved his death. The only person who can shed some light on what really happened that night is Starr, who is too afraid to speak out. Finally, Starr realizes that to be silent in our society, is to give consent to the way minorities are being treated. She learns that through our voices we can stand a stand. Being quiet doesn’t make changes. It is with our voices that  The Black Lives Matter movement is formed.

July 2017

The Ex-Chronicles 

Hostess - Tami

STBC Overall Rating 2.5 Stars

This was a book of short stories with one thing in common..."EX's"

Relationships that do not last have one thing in common, they all end up with Ex' matter what type of break-up it is!

June 2017 - Hostess - Sabrina

Shared Thoughts Overall Rating - ***5 Stars***

Jende Jonga, his wife, Neni and their son are immigrants from Cameroon, Africa, who recently migrated to Harlem, NY. When Jenda lands a position as a driver for the rich Mr. Clark Edwards, his luck starts to change with a decent salary that affords him the luxury to be able to take care of his family & send money home to his kin in need. Jenda & his employer become close, and during rides, Jenda can hear some of the things going on in his boss’s life. His wife, Neni, also lucks up & works for his boss’s wife for a while. However, things start to unravel & their American dream begins to fizzle.

Past Book Club Selections

  • April               No Disrespect                                 Sister Souljah
  • May                Here and Now                                Kimberly Lawson-Roby
  • June                Men Cry in the Day                       Michael Baisden
  • August            In Search of Satisfaction                J. California Cooper
  • September      Tapping the Power Within              Iyanla Vanzant
  • October          Shades of Jade                                Gloria Mallet
  • December      Ain't Nobody's Business if I Do     Valerie Wilson Wesley

  • January         Casting the First Stone                    Kimberla Lawson-Roby
  • February       A Day Late A Dollar Short             Terri McMillan
  • March           Getting to the Good Part                 Lotita Files
  • April             Warm Hands                                    Margaret Johnson Hodge
  • May              The Great Investment                      T. D. Jakes
  • June              Addicted                                           Zane
  • July               SoulMate Dissipate                          Mary B. Morrison
  • September    God Don't Like Ugly                        Mary Monroe
  • October        Reinventing the Woman                   Patti Rice
  • November    The Reinventing of Hip Hop           Bertice Berry