I decided last year that I spend way too much time online, generally being enraged by Facebook, so in 2018 I’m turning off the computer and picking up my books. (Yes, I know, I’m working on this site right now instead of reading, but I have been good so far!) I’ll keep track of the books I finish here, and hopefully by December 31st the list will be better than it was in 2017.
February is Black History Month, and it seems the perfect time to pick up Helen Oyeyemi, whose work I’ve been dying to read for ages now. I’ll follow with some work by Toni Morrison, which I should have read years ago and am embarrassed to admit I never got around to picking up.
(See my January reading list here!)
1.) Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel, by Helen Oyeyemi. Relationships, racism, domestic abuse, overtones of Snow White and Cinderella. Readers may debate about the ending, but Oyeyemi’s writing is beautiful. UPDATE: Damn, the ending. I hated it.
2.) A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet), by Madeleine L’Engle. This is another bedtime read with my kids. If I want them to love all of my old favorites, I realized that I need to read them together. Next after this will probably be The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising Sequence), Susan Cooper.
3.) Sula, by Toni Morrison. It’s Toni Morrison. The writing is perfect. Grief, anger, betrayal, love, loyalty. Enough said.
4.) Home (Vintage International), by Toni Morrison. Just getting started.
5.) The Secret Grave: A Hauntings Novel, by Lois Ruby. I picked this up at a Scholastic Book Fair at my daughter’s elementary school. The cover and description seemed like something my kids would like, so I brought it home and did a quick read-through. I still think my 10-year-old might like it, but I really didn’t – and I LOVE middle grade fiction. Hmph.
Comments are open if you’d like to add your input and suggestions. More to come!