There just isn't the time to read as much as I'd like or even as much as I did only a couple of years ago. These days I'm too busy writing, marketing or skimming other things (like magazines, newspapers or blogs) to even garner the energy it takes to hunker down with a good book. As painful as it is to admit, sometimes I'll go for weeks, without reading a single book and typically, I don't even finish half of the books I start.
But as the following list suggests, when I do find the time and the engery, I'm very much an eclectic reader. Even though I lean decidedly toward literary fiction, I'm pretty open to some of everything. If you'll look closely, you'll find on my list books by women, men, African Americans, Canadians, dead authors, etc. You will also find a bit of poetry, a couple of essay collections, a mystery, a childrens' book and a love story, penned by none other than yours truly (smile).
While visiting Cleveland in July, I met a young Black woman who'd only recently started reading books that weren't written by African Americans. She said when she'd bring home the non-African American titles, some of her friends & family members would tease her about her reading selections. My jaw dropped when I heard that. The thought that anyone might actually limit themselves to a certain type of book, based on someone else's opinion astounds me. Why limit yourself or care. The world is full of all kinds of books. When it comes to reading, just like eating, the joy for me is sampling a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Anyway, the following list is in no particular order, but I believe it's a fairly accurate accounting of the books I've read (from cover to cover) over the past year or so.
1) Trading Dreams At Midnight (Diane McKinney Whetstone)
2) Savoring The Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara (Linda J. Holmes & Cheryl Wall, editors)
3) Family Bible (Melissa J. Delbridge)
4) I Wish I Had A Red Dress (Pearl Cleage)
5) Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Jeff Kinney)
6) No Time To Die (Grace F. Edwards)
7) The Last Days of Dogtown (Anita Diamant)
8) Wise Blood (Flannery O'Connor)
9) Moral Disorder: And Other Stories (Margaret Atwood)
10) After The Dance (Lori Johnson)
11) Weather Central (Ted Kooser)
12) D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths (Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire)
13) Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions: Fiction, Essays and Conversations (Toni Cade Bambara)What was the last book you read? Have you read any of the titles on my list?