What Should I Read?

What Should I Read?

According to Shelfari, I’ve read 27 books this year. Whoa! That’s awesome. Last year, I read 19 books. So I wonder if I really need to know that or I may embark on an everlasting competition with myself on how many books I can read per year. LOL.

So anyway, help me decide what I should read as my last book of 2012. 🙂

Note that all of these are on my reading list, and I’ve actually read the Kindle samples (which is about 3 chapters each) of 11/22/63 and The Litigators, so I’m kinda leaning toward those. I have the sample for 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, but I’m not in a rush to read that one. I also have some nonfiction books on my list, but I need something fiction and entertaining for my vacation next week. Here are the Amazon links in case you really want to help me decide and need the synopses. 🙂

I Love Reading

I Love Reading

So I participated in this Top Ten book listing on Shelfari today so I just wanted to share with youse all.

The top ten books of those I read this year are:

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest Gaines
Blackgammon – Heather Neff
Soul Identity – Dennis Batchelder
Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary – Jasmine Guy
The Godmother – Carrie Adams
Saint Training – Elizabeth Fixmer
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Them – Nathan McCall
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks

I also read:

Soul Intent – Dennis Batchelder
Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle – Jeanne Theoharis and Komozi Woodard
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Dirty Little Angels – Chris Tusa
From the Browder File – Anthony Browder
The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
The Help – Kathyrn Stockett
The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

I’m currently reading:

The Witching Hour – Anne Rice
Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy – Peter S. Canellos
The Last Empress – Anchee Min

What are you reading?

Feature Friday: Afrika Book Café

Feature Friday: Afrika Book Café

I hope all of you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, I visited the Afrika Book Café, located at 404 Mitchell Street in my hometown Jackson, MS.  This much needed black-owned book store is in the Fondren area and has books, African inspired jewelry, African clothing, music, incense, and oils at great prices.  I had the fortunate opportunity to talk at length with one of the store owners Dr. Sizewe Chapman, who is originally from Jackson and wants to see and help the city of Jackson grow and prosper.  After discussing economic development in Jackson, he recommended I read Black Labor, White Wealth by Claud Anderson.

Another book, The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke, caught my eye, so I purchased those two and look forward to reading them.

Now I wish I were flying back to Atlanta so I could get started!

After browsing through all Afrika Book Café has to offer, I sat on the porch with the store owners (a beautiful married couple!) and Skipp Coon and his wife (another beautiful married couple! Black love lives!).  One of the things I miss most about home is the simplicity but profundity of sitting on a porch learning from each other and talking about the world and what we can do and are doing to make it better.  Skipp, Sizewe, and I talked strategy, history, our reality, and dreams.  Sizewe, a former African history professor at Jackson State University, really inspired me to keep reading and finding historical significance and lessons as I move forward in trying to affect positive change in the black community.  Skipp, who is a rapper who speaks the truth (and someone whom you should support!), and I finished a conversation we had awhile back about colonies, and we shared stories about our experiences as blacks traveling in Europe.

Lemme tell you, my visit to Afrika Book Café is one of the highlights of my trip home.  If you’re in or near Jackson, I encourage you to check this treasure out.  It’s still a new business, so let’s make sure it stays open, serving our community by providing educational and mind-expanding resources and a space for community interaction.  Go support this small business! And while you’re at it, support Skipp Coon!

I GOT MY KINDLE!!

I GOT MY KINDLE!!

I received the Kindle I won yesterday!!  Can you tell how excited I am?  I have already uploaded 72 books!  I love love love reading.  My first book will be Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa, who has asked me to read and write a review.

And since I’m on the subject, here are the other books I’m reading right now:

  • Want to Start a Revolution? Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle, edited by Dayo Gore, Jeanne Theoharis, and Komozi Woodard

  • Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy by Peter Canellos

Thanks again to Faydra for hosting the contest and to everyone who voted for me!  And for anyone who hasn’t read it, here’s my winning essay!

Travelling and reading are my two favorite pastimes.  Exploring the world, considering new ideas, and expanding my mind, imagination, and consciousness are invaluable to me.  Someone once said that to change how you live, you must change what you know—that we live our knowledge, so we must strive to increase our knowledge.  I agree with that someone.  We must read, study, learn, and understand.  With a Kindle, I would have an easier time reading as I travel.

Currently, I take every chance I get to read.  My reading list consists of hundreds of books so I try to read any time I have a free moment.  I read on MARTA on my way to and from work.  I steal away at lunch and read as I eat.  In the evenings, I read before I go to bed.  Sometimes, I focus on one book, but in any given time frame, I may be reading 3 or 4 books at one time.  That’s where the usefulness of a Kindle comes in.  Instead of lugging around 3 books at a time, I’d be able to stow away this device and read as many books as I want at my leisure.  When I travel to new places, I will be able to read my books without adding extra weight to my luggage.  I can just put my Kindle in my purse!  How convenient for a book lover like me!  Winning a Kindle will make my pastimes even more enjoyable!

You can win a Kindle too!

You can win a Kindle too!

As I excitedly wait for my Kindle to be delivered, I am happy to share the news that @faydra_deon will be hosting another Kindle giveaway next month!  This time the winner will be picked based on who writes the best short story!  So think about what you want to write, and enter!  Never know, you could be the next winner!!

I won!!

I won!!

Thanks to all of you out there who voted for my essay and spread the word.  I’m getting a Kindle!! I guess it’s time for me to start actually publishing my book reviews, huh?  🙂

I know I’ve been ghost lately. No worries–I’ll be posting up a storm in just a little while.  Until then, make everyday a positive, productive day!