For January, I bought 11 physical books. Three of them were written by people of color. Star Wars fever struck me in a huge way earlier in the year, as you can see by the 5 Star Wars books in the background. The others are also fantasy and sci-fi novels. If you would like to know what I’m reading every week, please add me on Goodreads.
Every time I go into a bookstore, I make it my goal to buy at least one book by a person of color. The three books below represent three separate trips to Barnes & Noble or BookPeople, an Austin independent book store.
The first one is “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini, who has written two of my favorite books ever: The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Please read these books! I hear his latest novel is receiving mixed reviews from fans, but I figure he has set the bar so high previously that his fans can’t help but feel some disappointment. I admit that both novels that I’ve read have made me BAWL. That’s something you have to know about me. Books can bring me to tears, and when that happens, that usually means it’s a very good book.
The second, “Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club” by Benjamin Alire Saenz,I bought while at my local book store for a fantasy/sci-fi book club meeting. I saw it and immediately picked it up because I LOVED his YA novel, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” –which is getting a sequel!!!! Anyway, Mr. Saenz is a beautifully honest and eloquent writer and I highly recommend his work.
The last book, “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James, I also bought because my bookstore has a book club meeting for it in 2/25/2016. I’ve read 1000+ page books in a week or two before, so I figured this 600+ page book would be no problem. Little did I know how horribly wrong I was. The narrative is convoluted, there are a myriad characters to follow, and the Jamaican Patois is a tough barrier to get through. It’s simply a language I’m not fluent in, but I will try my hardest to get through this one even if it takes me months.
I’ve already reviewed 1 of these books, so reviews for the other two will come later this month..Hopefully I can finish “A Brief History of Seven Killings” because so far I’m making slow progress.
That’s it for now!