For awhile, I forgot that I could read books. And this sounds crazy and all but I would gripe and complain about how I never had the time to read when um…I never made the time. Back in the day I ADORED books. I lived for them. I remember spending Saturdays curling up with a book and not moving for hours. I loved books so much that I decided to write my own. And I did. I have notebooks of handwritten stories filled of teen angst and lust. I still have them, y’all.
I stopped reading around the tail end of high school because I was more focused on studying for tests and college entrance exams. In college, I was too busy reading for class to read for pleasure and after college I discovered blogging and spent more time writing than reading. In December of 2014 I decided to read again. I was inspired by Powerhouse Myleik Teele.
A wise person once said that in order to be a good writer, you should also be a good reader.
I am a writer first. I was writing before I blogged. I’ve been writing since I was 7 years old and like with any skill and passion, you’ve got to work on it. So jumping back into reading is my attempt to strengthen my writing game.
That said, here’s what I’ve read so far and here’s what I’ve got on my list to read.
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Girl Gone – Gillian Flynn
5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
SEO: 2015 – Adam Clarke
Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl – Issa Rae
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
On the List
The Book of Unknown Americans – Cristina Henriquez
Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing – Mira Jacob
The 12 Tribes of Hattie – Ayaan Mathis
And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons – Tamu Smith
Purple Hibiscus: A Novel – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Redefining Realness – Janet Mock
The Summer We Got Free – Mia McKenzie
Falling into Forever – Phyllis Bourne
The Underground Girls of Kabul – Jenny Nordberg
Mom and Me – Maya Angelou
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
Got any suggestions for books that you think I should read? Please share! I’m really not picky although I am not interested in reading Fifty Shades of Grey. I love Black literature and really I love diving into books that talk about life/culture from the Black, Indian, Asian, Hispanic-whatever point of views. I dig chick lit, mystery, self-help, finance and inspirational stories. But I run from poetry and Shakespearean-type stuff.