2019 Book Goals

Whew!!!!! 2018 is finito and 2019 is here. Praise the Lordt!! I am ready for all the goodness that 2019 has to offer. Of course, that’s going to include some awesome reads (I hope). Annnnnd, not being furloughed for too long…but I digress. So, last year my goals were very clear. It was a year…

2018 in a Bookend

2018, what can I say? I came. I saw. I read the shit outta some books. At the beginning of 2018, I set my mind on one reading goal: to read one book every week of the year. There were 52 weeks in the year, so there you go. By my final tally, after I…

Under the Udala Trees

Chinelo Okparanta wrote a book for those people in Nigeria who live hidden in plain sight. Under the Udala Trees. In 2014, as the world was expanding beyond the pink and blue we had traditionally assigned the different halves of our population, Nigeria was moving towards one color: scarlet. That year, the Nigerian governmant banned…

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Back in October, I was in California visiting my sister, when I suddenly felt myself going into a mood. Sometimes, I just get like that. The mood is coming, I know it’s coming, I feel it coming, but I can’t get enough of a handle on it to avoid it. I consider these moody bouts…

November Bookend

November was a hard month. On the first day of November, shortly after 5 o clock in the morning, I held my grandfather’s hand as he took and let out his last breath. That last sigh ended a chapter of my life. The chapter was filled with love, with memories, with embarrassment over my grandfather’s…

Cane River

Somewhere, back in time, a little light-skinned (but still Black) girl finished the last page of Alex Haley’s epic Roots and thought to herself….”I wonder what my light-skinned roots are?” And Cane River was born. Just as Roots was an exploration of how we as a family, a people, a force, maintained even the smallest…

October Bookend

I’m slowly getting back on track with keeping y’all up to date on my reading life (yes, I know it’s almost the end of November…shut up). October was actually a pretty interesting (and wildly varied) month of reading for me. It’s only fitting too, because I was travelling to some extremely diverse places in October….

Erotic Stories!!!

Listen, Linda. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal. This book right here was one of my favorite things. Let me just give you the premise: Punjabi widows living in a Sikh neighborhood in London join what they thought was an adult literacy class taught by a “modern” young Sikh woman named Nikki….

White Teeth

Here’s a pic of me cheesing, because my white teeth are better than this book… Y’all, I’ve tried. I really have. I have tried SO hard to like Zadie Smith. I first heard about her when she released her book Swing Time, which I bought off the strength of her reputation. Boy, did I not…

The Girl with Seven Names

I’ve noticed a pattern amongst the stories of oppressed people I have read (and the ones I’ve lived/seen firsthand): family is everything. When you have nothing else, you have your family. When your family is stripped or severed, you have the memory and the drive to reconnect with them or build anew. Reading a work…