What Are You Reading?

Do you keep track of what you’ve read on Goodreads, like I do? Do you reach out to fellow readers on Goodreads? If so, I’d love to connect there with you and hear about your recent favorites! I also have a Goodreads author’s profile. I’m currently reading two books: Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America by Karine Jean-Pierre and 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster. Over the past few weeks, I’ve read some amazing books. A few favorites: All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny, The Rent Collector by Camron Wright, In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn, and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

I’m Listening

A couple of days ago, I posted a request that black Americans share book recommendations with me, in my effort to better educate myself about their experience. Since then, I’ve read articles by black women, pointing out in so many words that white people can do their own damned research and they’ve already got enough to deal with right now without having to spend time educating us, thank you very much. So, basically, it’s MY responsibility, not theirs. And they’re right. I apologize for any insensitivity I displayed. I now plan to make a concerted effort to find reading material that will teach me more about the American experience from an African American’s perspective. I do want to learn, and contribute however I can to a more equal, just, and loving country. All my life, I have found solace and knowledge in the words of others, so reading is my way of initiating a better understanding on my part. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Keep Calm & Read On

Imagine how much more difficult our self-isolation and social distancing would be without books. Missing your friends? How about reading a book that celebrates friendship? A few suggestions: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Bummed because you can’t hang out with your sisters? For now, hanging out with Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy might help – yes, the characters of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Wish you could travel? There are tons of novels out there, set in places you can experience through their characters and your imagination. I’d love to hear how books are helping you through this challenging time, along with your book recommendations.

Keep Calm and Read On poster for encouraging daily reading ...

Buy Locally

I’m excited to announce that my books can now be purchased at 410 Collective in Denison, Texas for $10 each! This unique shop,  located at 410 Main Street, offers many delightful items from local craftsmen and entrepreneurs. I hope you’ll stop by, purchase a book (or two!), and enjoy shopping from the other vendors, as well. Oh, and be sure to check out their coffee shop…I enjoyed a yummy latte there!