A Meme About Books

Ok, I found swiped this from someone’s site and decided I’d do it for myself, especially since I’m an avid book reader. Books have sustained me and educated me when the real world wasn’t enough. For that I’m grateful. Read on about my reading.

1. ONE BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

It has to be Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. It was the first book I read as a child that talked explicitly about racism. As a 10 year old reading it really opened my eyes to how black people were treated. The story of the Logan family in the Depression Era totally exposed me to how Blacks are treated as second-class citizens in this country.

2. ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MORE THAN ONCE?


I read this Toni Morrison book when I was about 13. Although I understood it well, it took on a whole new meaning when I read it at 20. The symbolism and pain resonated more with me. I love it.

3. ONE BOOK YOU WOULD WANT ON A DESERT ISLAND?

If I’m alone, probably Mama Day. If I’m with someone, probably any Zane book.

4. ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU LAUGH?

Scenes from a Sistah is hilarious. Best friends Misty and Reesy are two crazy sistahs getting into even crazier messes. Chile, I laughed till I wet my pants. (Okay, not literally.) From men issues to friendship woes, it rings true. Lolita Files puts her foot in it. Her other two books following the women, Getting to the Good Part and Tastes Like Chicken, are just as great.

Honorable Mention: Anything Carl Weber

5. ONE BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult was one of the few books I bawled at the end of. It was so sad, but I won’t give away anything. The story is simply about Anna, a healthy girl conceived to be a genetic match for her older sister Kate who has leukemia. So Anna has to endure all these tests and medical procedures just to keep Kate alive, and she’s sick of it (pardon the pun). It’s such a beautifully written, complex story with no right answers.

6. ONE BOOK YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Never has a book been more compelling. I wish I had just an ounce of this woman’s talent.

7. ONE BOOK YOU WISH HAD NEVER BEEN WRITTEN?

Don’t really know because I try to find the good in all books. But I guess Caught Up by Nevada York, one the worst edited books I’ve ever read–and the plot wasn’t all that either.

8. ONE BOOK YOU ARE CURRENTLY READING

I Say a Little Prayer by E. Lynn Harris. I’m a big E. Lynn fan so I had to get this one. I’m right in the middle…and it’s getting good. I’m waiting for the climax cause E. Lynn always delivers.

9. ONE BOOK YOU HAVE BEEN MEANING TO READ?


Alex Haley’s Roots. Never seen the movie (okay, bad I know) because I’ve wanted to read the book first. It’s one of those Black classics that you have always wanted to get into but just haven’t. Like Native Son or The Mis-Education of the Negro. Which are both on my TBR (To Be Read) Pile.

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