Book Review: Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP by Mirin Fader

The Antetokounmpo family left Nigeria in order for the father to pursue a career in soccer. A life altering injury destroyed those dreams and left the family as poor immigrants in a racist country. Food, shelter, clothes and shoes were barely, but the family persevered. In order to help his family, they accepted an offer of 500 euros, and Giannis along with brother Jonas, began playing basketball. They were so poor, friends, teammates, coaches and certain members of the community would give Giannis and his brothers food to eat. His older brother Kotas would play his game first, then turn around and hand Giannis the same pair of sneakers, to play his game (along with two pair of socks). Thru it all, the family kept smiling.

A student of the game, Giannis and his brothers would go to the internet cafe and study YouTube videos of Allen Iverson, followed by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. He was determined to play in the NBA.

To date, this is one of the best biographies that I’ve ever read. The brothers are each other’s biggest supporters. Younger brother Thanasis is Giannis’ best cheerleader from the sidelines, although he should be playing more (in my opinion)… not sitting down ONCE. They all believe the youngest brother Alex, is going to be the best athlete yet.

This is why I will continue to sing praises for this young man! Go Bucks!!

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Today’s book is one of the most humbling biographies I’ve ever read.

The story of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s extraordinary rise from poverty in Athens, Greece, to superstardom in America with the Milwaukee Bucks—becoming one of the most transcendent players in history and an NBA Champion—from award-winning basketball reporter and feature writer at The Ringer Mirin Fader.
As the face of the NBA’s new world order, Giannis Antetokounmpo has overcome unfathomable obstacles to become a symbol of hope for people all over the world; the personification of the American Dream. But his backstory remains largely untold. Fader unearths new information about the childhood that shaped “The Greek Freak”—from sleeping side by side with his brothers to selling trinkets on the street with his family to the racism he experienced. Antetokounmpo grew up in an era when Golden Dawn, Greece’s far-right, anti-immigrant party, patrolled his neighborhood, and his status as an illegal immigrant largely prevented him from playing for the country’s top clubs, making his NBA rise all the more improbable. Fader tells a deeply human story of how an unknown, skinny, Black Greek teen, who played in the country’s lowest pro division and was seen as a draft gamble, transformed his body and his game into MVP material.

Antetokounmpo’s story has been framed as a feel-good narrative in which everyone has embraced him—watching him grow up, sign a five-year supermax contract extension worth $228 million, and lead the underdog Bucks to the NBA Championship in 2021. Giannis reveals a more nuanced story: how lonely and isolated he felt, adjusting to America and the NBA early in his career; the complexity of grappling with his Black and Greek identities; how he is so hard on himself and his shortcomings—a drive that fuels him every day; and the responsibility he feels to be a nurturing role model for his younger brothers. Fader illustrates a more vulnerable star than most people know, a person who has evolved triumphantly into all of his roles: father, brother, son, teammate, and global icon.

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*Book of the Day*

Today’s book is an emotional journey, that will stay with you for a long time, by @ash3nicole.

Something always brings me back to you…
Cevyn has more responsibility on her shoulders than should be legal. It’s fine because she was built for this. She’s the strong one, and she’ll carry the world on her shoulders alone if it means her sister is okay.
Cevyn and Kas have been jumping in and out of each other’s beds for years. Up to now, they’ve enjoyed a string and love-free affiliation. No matter what happens, though, they always end up back in each other’s beds.
Tragedy strikes, and she’s no longer able to bear the brunt of the world alone. Suddenly, her friend with benefits is starting to look like her knight in shining armor. Can they help each other through this dark, painful time and come out the other side as something more?

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Book Review: Gravity by Ashley Nicole

Cevyn, Ayte…Nine, Ten!

These words will forever hold a special place for me, because of this book.

Cevyn has practically put her life on hold, in order to be there for her mentally unstable older sister, Ayte.

Meanwhile, her situationship with Kas encourages him to want to be there for Cevyn.

To top things off, there are children involved, who are all being affected by certain behaviors of the adults. This, by far, was the saddest part to me…witnessing the after effects of mental illness, on children. Seeing how people treat those affected by the disease, is even worse.

Reading this 💎💎💎💎book by @ash3nicole taught me so much, and also opened my heart to others. Thank you for that.

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*Book of the Day*

Today’s book is a spin-off of the Bambi series by @author_nesha.

Henry Jr. aka Henny has always been a playboy. Through his 2 year stint in college, he made it his personal challenge to knock down as many girls as he could…after all, college was for experimenting. With dapper features paired with an outgoing personality, Henny thinks he is God’s gift to women. That was the old him though. Henny is now ready to settle down with his on-again-off-again girlfriend Jessica, but because of his checkered past, moving forward is proving to be harder than he thought.

Jessica on the other hand is over it. Just when she’s at wit’s end, Henny decides to act right, but for her, the damage is already done. Even though she forgave him, forgetting is the hard part. With their relationship already on the rocks, a friend from the past has Jessica wondering about life outside of her relationship with Henny.

In the midst of all of this, Henny is looking to start a business and he needs money. With a point to prove, he finds himself treading uncharted waters and quickly learns easy money isn’t always good money.

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Book Review: Emotionally Scarred by Ladii Nesha

We were first introduced to Henry Jr. aka Henny and his girlfriend Jessica in the Bambi series. This on again, off again couple have dealt with everything from side chicks, STD’s and physical violence. He’s from the streets and she’s from a well to do family. With so many driving forces against them, how can they win?

Jessica’s parents have taken her life into their hands and offer a solution that may not be the happily ever after that they expected. This entire family pissed me off with their judgemental ways, and I’m so glad things ended the way they did. Go get some business of your own people!

Once again, I laughed until I cried reading this book. The characters are still hilarious and I can’t help but think the author is, too. I loved the cameos from some of our favorite characters from previous books, and that little Lia. Two words.…Stranger Danger!

I highly recommend this 💎💎💎💎💎 book and series by @author_nesha. Go get them today!

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*Book of the Day*

Today’s book is proof that a woman can do anything that she wants to. Thank you @nakosreadinggroup.

Warning: When opening Pandora’s Box be very careful. Kasim Moreland was totally unprepared to deal with Giselle Braxton. Not only was she out of his league but the woman was brilliant. Every time Kasim thought he finally was ahead of her she showed him that he wasn’t. Checkmate. Giselle Braxton isn’t looking for love or help, the twenty-five year old multi-millionaire is simply focused on expanding her empire. In this self-titled novel from national best selling author Nako, experience a woman who has everything but at the same time nothing at all. All the money in the world couldn’t make her happy or change the one flaw that kept her from being open to love, or so she thought. Kasim wanted to love her flaws and all, her imperfections didn’t keep him away. But she couldn’t see that. Giselle is a story that connects with every woman who never felt good enough. Behind closed doors, after the makeup is removed and once the work day ends what is left on your mind? When looking in the mirror at your natural self are you okay? Giselle challenges readers to bring it all to the forefront while opening up hearts and minds in this heartfelt story.Author’s Note: This book is a standalone novel, not a series.

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*Book of the Day*

Today’s book is a heartbreaking story by @_latoyachandler_.

Could you survive when life is set on punishing you for existing? When you’re backed up against the wall, do you continue to fight, or do you crumble in defeat? Secrets are revealed, betrayal is exposed, trust is damaged, and bonds are broken. Can Candice succeed when all the odds are stacked against her?

“In my family, misery didn’t just love company; it wanted hostages!”
All Candice Brown ever wanted was to belong, but when your mom resents you, that’s not a reality. Turmoil seems to follow Candice. She dreams of feeling the one thing she lacks in her life–love–but love only leaves Candice alone as a teenage mother.
Being sent away by her mom seems like the escape she needs, but is it? She is placed with a case manager who appears to be a source of solace and acceptance, but who, in reality, could leave Candice more damaged than she already is.

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Book Review: Giselle (Creme De La Creme) by Nako

I was first introduced to Giselle in “In She The Reason”, and immediately became intrigued by her. In this book, we get the backstory of parents who gave her the world, at a young age. A sudden loss, ruined her dreams of becoming an equestrian, but ushered her into greatness as the Queen of a winery. For far too long, her revolved around work, work and more work. That is, until she met Kasim Moreland. From jump, there was an instant attraction, and she learned that work without play, makes Giselle a miserable woman.

Kasim Moreland knows two things…the street life and family, including three kids by three different women. What first started out as a plot to acquire land, suddenly became a whirlwind romance. Each time tragedy struck, Giselle was right by his side.

This 💎💎💎💎💎book by @nakosreadinggroup will take you on the highest high and then down to the lowest low. I kept asking myself, “How much pain can one family endure?” Let’s not forget the plot twists at every turn! This book will definitely make a reappearance later this year for my wrap up of best books read this year.

Please go get this book!

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*Book of the Day*

Today’s book is the final installment of the Luminous Cruise Chronicles, by @_nicolefalls.

Juliette Taylor’s living her best life—she’s been blessed with her dream job and the perfect cutty buddy situation with the Captain of her ship. A little disturbance in the waves of her life, however, causes her to reassess just how perfect it is is as is and whether or not she needs to change it up to make things even better.

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