Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2014 Reading Update #1 and A Few Thoughts!

This year started with what seemed like the winter that was never going to end. But while everyone else was griping about freezing temperatures and endless snow, being tucked away in the house propelled me into some type of literary vortex. And it's been euphoric! Here is a rundown on my 2014 reading progress.

Books Finished

The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reading this book was a great way to start the year. It is a book that should be read by African American men and boys and I recommend it to each one that I know. It is also a book for readers. It’s difficult to explain. It’s the reason I haven’t written the review. You just have to read it.

The Wealth Choice by Dennis Kimbro

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty: This isn't a book I would've chosen but I read it because it was a book club selection. It had a bit too much going on for me. I had to draw a diagram in order to remember all of the characters. But it makes you think about how one event can cause you to question everything that happened before it. What did you miss? What did you ignore? The book was okay but it was 400 pages. I would've been good with 250. 

Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga: This book is about the endurance and oppression of women. I became a fan of Tambu, the main character, immediately. She's what could be considered a rebel and I found myself cheering for her. This is a powerful story about women trying to make their way in a society that tells them to stay in their place. It deserves so much more than the few sentences I just put together so please follow-up on this one!

Migrations of the Heart by Marita Golden

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore: The review is coming!

Foreign Gods by Okey Ndibe

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie

Don't Play in the Sun by Marita Golden

Try to Make Your Life by Margot Friedlander

Redemption Song by Bertice Berry: This book is set in a bookstore. The owner prides herself on knowing what books her customers should read better than they do. It turns into a love story when a man and a woman both enter the store on the same day looking for the same book. A journey of self discovery unwinds when they start reading the book and painful family histories are revealed. They eventually learn that their fates were determined long before they were ever born. 

Currently Reading
'Til the Well Runs Dry
The Rat-boys of Karalabad

Ditched It

Open City by Teju Cole: After reading Every Day Is for the Thief and loving it, I dove right into Open City which is the first of Cole’s two novels. Fortunately I didn't read this one first or I may not have given Every Day Is for the Thief a chance. I didn't find the main character of this book interesting enough to keep reading about.

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife by Cindy Chupack - After reading The Between Boyfriends Book, I was looking forward to this one. I wasn't expecting this book to read like a memoir; I don’t believe it is classified as such. I expected the book to be an entertaining take on life as a wife, not about Chupack's life as a wife. By the time I got to page 65, I didn’t want to see Ian’s name again.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith: This book. Oh gosh. It just wasn’t working for me. I didn’t make it through the first chapter but I'm not giving up on her. I will try to read one of her other books.

Excited About

An interesting discussion on Goodreads has me paying closer attention to the number of book that I read by Black male authors. I conveniently received two novels courtesy of Atria Books just after making this declaration. Red Now and Laters:A Novel was released on March 11, 2014. Forty Acres:A Thriller will be released on July 1, 2014. Both are written by Black men.

So what have you been reading!?

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The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood on Amazon

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates on Amazon

Redemption Song: A Novel on Amazon

The Husband's Secret on Amazon


Toni Campbell said...

I really enjoyed Redemption Song. Sort of reminded me of a J. California Cooper book.

Shannon @ Reading Has Purpose said...

As soon as I read the synopsis I went right to my reader and downloaded it. It was a quick refreshing read. I haven't read anything by J. California Cooper. I plan to read "In Search of Satisfaction " this summer.