September 2011 Reading Wrap-Up
Books Read: 17
Pages Read: 4633
Hours Listened To: 0
- Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Opening Spaces - Yvonne Vera
- A Million Nightingales - Susan Straight
- The Virgin Cure – Ami McKay
- Globetrotter & Hitler’s Children - Amatoritsero Ede
- Mistress of the Game – Asabea Ashun
- Queer Questions Straight Talk – Abby Dees
- for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf - Ntozake Shange
- Frost – Wendy Delsol
- Unformed Landscape - Peter Stamm
- The Witness House - Christiane Kohl
- White is for Witching - Helen Oyeyemi
- Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow - Jacqueline Jones
- The Beauty Myth - Naomi Wolf
- Mr. Toppit - Charles Elton
- The Upside of Irrationality – Dan Ariely
- Born Liars – Dan Leslie
- The Truth About Sex – Gloria Brame
- The Book of Night Women – Marlon James
This has been a hectic but also very fun month. I spent the first two weeks at home and was lucky enough to attend a few films at the Toronto International Film Festival. Next year I’ll definitely be planning ahead to try to catch a few more fantastic shows. I then went to Gaborone, Botswana for a week of work, and then from there to Johannesburg, South Africa for two weeks of work. I just left Johannesburg Friday the 7th and am now visiting Carina in Abu Dhabi. From here I’ll be stopping in London to visit Ana and Iris - I’m so excited!
September was also a busy month in terms of reading projects. Nominations opened for the Indie Lit Awards and I’m going to have to start reading the GLBTQ list soon! BBAW was last month as well and it was great seeing so many bloggers interacting in a way that sometimes gets lost in the busyiness of real life. I posted about community, an interview with Marie, community again, and readers. I created a database of reviews of Nigerian literature and we’re already at over 100 posts linked – it’s really a bit selfish of me as I’m using the list to find great new recommendations. Some fantastic books listed. The list got many new additions as part of the Nigerian Independence Day Reading / Reviewing Project that I hosted October 1st - it was great to see so many bloggers participate – thank you again.
Also, Amanda and I launched a new project titled The Real Help in which we are reading and discussing the books recommended by the Association of Black Women Historians. I posted the third review yesterday, but you can see all the details on the dedicated page I created. I’m really enjoying the books we are reading as part of the project and also the discussions of the titles that Amanda and I have been having both on and off the blog.
In terms of the books that I read, I got quite a few review copies read that had been on my shelf for some time and that feels pretty great. I took a stack with me and left them at the guest house in Johannesburg for others to read. Of course, my luggage is just as heavy as I purchased quite a few books while in Johannesburg that I’ve already started reading. I’m looking forward to sharing them with you!
I hope everyone is having a great October with lots of bookish excitement. Personally I’m looking forward to lots of great International Festival of Authors events in Toronto when I return!