So this has been the worst reading year for me ever. I think I’ve literally read three books this year. I used to read a book a week when I was young, fun, and rode the train from New Jersey to New York for my sexy publishing job. Now, I’m a kids’ chauffeur and I’m lucky to get in a few pages of reading while waiting for someone to get in the car. I’m putting a challenge out there to read a book a month to end the year strong. Have you been reading? Would you like to join me? Don’t laugh at me if you are still young and fun reading a book a week. Humor me, please! Okay, here are my selections. Please share yours!
Citizen Creek by Lalita Tademy – I picked this book because I’m currently writing a pre-Civil war book of Richmond in 1850. Reading books in the same genre gets my writing juices flowing.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – This writer had me at her book Salvage the Bones, where she wrote about a family who was already struggling before Hurricane Katrina hit and how they made it through. She’s such a good writer; I’m talking about sentences that you just want to chew on and suck ’till all of the flavor is gone!
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy – I’ve heard great things about her. She’s a friend of a friend and I’m all about showing my fellow authors love. Plus, do you watch Insecure on HBO? Issa was reading it on the couch a few episodes ago when she was mourning her failed relationship with Lawerence. I’m halfway through this one and really enjoying it.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – This is the bonus book. It’s not coming out until February 6th but I am over the moon that she has something new. I read Silver Sparrow and loved the book so much I wanted to eat it. I can still remember whole passages in that book and how it made me feel.
Well that’s all. Hope I’ve inspired some reading! Love ya!