Wednesday, February 02, 2011

What Are You Reading in 2011?

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

So yesterday I wrote a blog post for the Girlfriends Book Club about my New Year's Resolution to read more books in 2011. Now, those of you who know me, know that I already read a heck of a lot of books, but I'm doing something a little different this year. I'm reading with purpose. I'm reading to prepare myself to write my next novel. I'm reading only really good novels that will both inspire and instruct. So far this is what my list looks like:

Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Room by Emma Donoghue
What is the What by Dave Eggers
If Sons, Then Heirs by Lorene Cary (Release date May 2011)

I would love to have anybody else's suggestions of books that changed your life (fiction only please) and/or books that you deem the best of the best. And people, you know I have a penchant for books that feature colorful characters, although I'm not against a good story with only White people :) I love White people too.

I have to admit, that this plan for deliberate reading was actually inspired by BrownGirl Speaks' Quirky Brown Book Challenge. I love her list, but I decided to create one of my own. My dear readers, what's on your list for 2011?



MissAttitude said...

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter, it's quirky. I think it inspires for being chick lit but going even deeper.

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans shows how short stories should be done.

The Long Song by Andrea Levy illustrates how to really write the cadence of different voice and culture, while having some lighthearted moments about slavery (well not light hearted but funny)

Oscar Wao is one of my favorite books of all time, it's stunning.

soy yo said...

I would recommend "Sea of Poppies," or "The Glass Palace," by Amitav Ghosh. The books are both full of history and people of different backgrounds coming together in interesting ways.

Amitav Ghosh is now one of my favorite authors, I am waiting for his latest book to come out!

LT said...

Miss A,
Loved, loved, loved 32 Candles and The Long Song. I have to pick up Danielle Evans book. I will def. add it to my list.

Soy Yo,
I read an article about Amitav Ghosh. Thanks for reminding me that I wanted to read his books!

Waiting for Zufan! said...

I'm sure you've already read Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone. Loooooove that book, for oh so many reasons.

LT said...

No I haven't read it. Should I add it to my list?