Happy New Year!
I know there hasn’t been a recommendation post since October but to be fair, this isn’t the longest I’ve gone without one. Progress, right? I have to be honest and admit updating regularly is not one of my resolutions. Then again, I decided against making any resolutions. Looks like I am already doing 2017 well.
My first post of the year is the 12th ‘kfromdabay shares’ because my reading obsession has not gone away and probably won’t any time soon.
I read 35 out of 38 books for my 2016 reading challenge. My goal would have been met if I didn’t spend the last two weeks of December sick and traveling. Oh well. The number wasn’t the challenge; I tried to pick books I actually enjoyed. I ended up pleasantly surprised with most of my book choices last year. That is probably due to reading more poetry. My favorites, which I have read several times since first reading in September:
- Dated Emcees by Chinaka Hodge
- Salvation on Mission Street by Cathy Arellano
As for novels, I really enjoyed The Border of Paradise by Esmé Weijun Wang. Non-fiction I loved: The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson and So Sad Today by Melissa Broder.
In 2017, I look forward to reading these books, which are currently on their way to me thanks to gift cards I received:
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
- Around The Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson
- The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
- Bluets by Maggie Nelson
I am waiting for the following books to be released and in my hands ASAP:
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
- The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra
- We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
- There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker
This year’s goal for the reading challenge is 35 books. It should be easy enough but who knows, my life gets hectic and my attention span shortens when I am stressed. Reading is my therapy (until my new job benefits kick in), hopefully I keep up with it.
Some quick-ish reading recommendations
- My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area’s Most Prolific and Respected Rapper (As an East Bay native, I forever hold a place in my heart for E-40)
- How Solange and Morgan Parker Inspired Me to Write My Heroine
- The Year in Power
- The Pieces of Zadie Smith
- Mychal Denzel Smith on committing to difficult work
- The Work Continues: Hannah Black Interviews Mariame Kaba
I finally signed up for a library card! My bank account has been pissed at me for awhile and I am running out of space for books. Until I buy new bookshelves and build up a book buying fund, I will go to the library. Don’t quote me on that since it’s winter and tax return season, but I will try my hardest.(I will continue to go no matter what but I like writing in my books so….) If you’re thinking, Oh gee, K totally deserves books, let’s buy some fort them. You are so welcome to do so. Here is my Amazon wishlist. Gift cards for Chicago-based bookstores are also appreciated since I try to shop local as often as possible.
Much appreciation to you all.