BOOK CLUB PICK #2 It Starts with Us: the highly anticipated sequel to IT ENDS WITH US. 

Hello, Turning Pages readers, It’s Melissa here, and I am happy to announce the next book club pick.



During the pandemic, I went on a book-buying binge, and of course, “IT STARTS WITH US” was in my shopping cart.

Colleen Hoover became one of my favourite authors after I read three books from her and was not disappointed.

When the news came that there was a sequel to her bestseller “IT ENDS WITH ENDS” I was like yes, yes, yes, yes.

So, of course, her new book, IT STARTS WITH US is the next book club pick.

I would love for you to join me on my reading journey.

Follow @turningpageswithmel on Instagram to join in on the fun.

Recap of Last Month’s Book Club Pick

I had the pleasure of reading our last book club pick, which was a very eye-opening experience.

For sure, Blackout by Candace Owens was not an easy ready in terms of it was shocking to see a black woman call out so many things that I only dreamed of saying out loud.

As a coloured person myself, I saw first-hand how we as a coloured community are brainwashed into thinking better is being done for us when in fact, the system is designed to keep us stuck, the same system we think of as “liberating.”

Finally, I loved when she called out the “Feminist Movement.” Gosh, I thought I was the only one who hated saying, “I am a feminist.” I do not stand for what the feminist movement represents.

I’ll be honest I still have about 20 pages left in the book, and maybe I’ll get to it.

The examples can be a bit repetitive at times, but they are still worth reading.

Overall I will give our first book club pick four stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Last Book Club Pick: BLACKOUT

New York Times best seller

It’s time for a Black exit. Political activist and social media star Candace Owens addresses the many ways that Democrat Party policies hurt, rather than help, the African American community and why she and many others are turning right.

Black Americans have long been shackled to the Democrats. Seeing no viable alternative, they have watched liberal politicians take the Black vote for granted without pledging anything in return. In Blackout, Owens argues that this automatic allegiance is both illogical and unearned. She contends that the Democrat Party has a long history of racism and exposes the ideals that hinder the Black community’s ability to rise above poverty, live independent and successful lives, and be an active part of the American dream. 

Instead, Owens offers up a different ideology by issuing a challenge: It’s time for a major Black exodus. From dependency, from victimhood, from miseducation – and the Democrat Party, which perpetuates all three. Owens explains that government assistance is a double-edged sword, that the left dismisses the faith so important to the Black community, that Democrat permissiveness toward abortion disproportionately affects Black babies, that the #MeToo movement hurts Black men, and much more. Weaving in her personal story, which ushered her from a roach-infested low-income apartment to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, she demonstrates how she overcame her setbacks and challenges despite the cultural expectation that she should embrace a victim mentality. 

Well-researched and intelligently argued, Blackoutlays bare the myth that all Black people should vote Democrat – and shows why turning to the right will leave them happier, more successful, and more self-sufficient(taken from Amazon)

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