What’s scheming? Love yourself and love your books!

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hello beautiful schemers!

February is here! And it is all about love!

Thank you for all your suggestions last week! I added all your ideas to my “Spread the Love 2018” calendar of events and we will spreading LOTSA in February, starting this week!

February Week 1 – Books of course! LET’S LOVE ALL THE BOOKS!

  • Love a book and love yourself! Treat yourself and buy that top book on your wish list! If your budget is tight it doesn’t have to be new! Used books are very affordable.
  • Love a book and love someone else. Ask a loved one what is the top book on their wish list and buy it for them. Again, it doesn’t have to be new! Used books are very affordable. Or just gift one of your own books!
  • Give books some tender loving care. Fix them if they are broken. Not only your books but any book that needs some TLC!
  • Do the same for your bookshelves. Clean them and organize them. Find new creative ways to display your books.
  • Promote books! Recommend books to other bookworms! Tweet about your favorite books. Fill your Instagram account with beautiful pictures.

Can you think of other ways to love books? Let’s talk!

February is also Black History Month. Race and inequality are not easy topics to tackle so I want to thank you all that participated in the discussion about black history month! If you miss the discussion is not too late to voice your opinion! Let’s talk!

Do you think is fair to designate a month to a specific group of people?


Do you think, like Morgan Freeman that Black History Month is “ridiculous” the way to get rid of racism is to “stop talking about it.”?


Do you think [as I do] that unfortunately we are not there yet and that, until there is more equality, we need “reminders” to recognize how otherwise forgotten groups of people influence and enriched our world?

Here is a very interesting article about the irony of banning prisoners from reading a book that argues that mass incarceration targets African-Americans in order to keep them in an inferior position both socially and economically. [Read the article here]

What do you think of banned books? Especially this one?

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

“Jarvious Cotton’s great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole.”
As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status–much like their grandparents before them.
In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community–and all of us–to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.




If you want to add new releases to the 19 books by Black authors I suggested check out these available Netgalley ARCs:

Hidden Women: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win the Space Race, by Rebecca Rissman

Tells the gripping story of four female African-American mathematicians who literally made it possible to launch US rockets–and astronauts–into space. Tells the thrilling tale of how each woman contributed, the struggles and resistance each experienced, and the amazing results. Consultants currently work for NASA.







Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that’s been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing.
Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father’s actions.
Once again Jewell Parker Rhodes deftly weaves historical and socio-political layers into a gripping and poignant story about how children and families face the complexities of today’s world, and how one boy grows to understand American blackness in the aftermath of his own death.




The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row, by Anthony Ray Hinton

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.
But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.
With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.



And what else is scheming at Nocturnal Devices?

BOOKS of course!

Books finished in January

Reading Now

Reading Next

What about you? what are you reading now? What are you reading next?

his post is part of the Sunday Post Meme @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Thank you for visiting!

Daniela Ark

Bookworm, book blogger, writer, collector of stories that matter and passionate about feminism, diversity, and equality.

email: contactme@danielaark.com

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