Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Here's My Summer Reading List, What's On Yours?

Occasionally I get questions from the Twitterverse about what books are must reads.  My must read won't be everyone else's must read, but with a gentle nudge from the Twitterati, I'm giving you the list of what I'm reading this summer.  I'll also throw in a few "already reads" that I've enjoyed and think you will to.  I'm behind on my 144 books in 12 months challenge and my African Diaspora challenge, so I'll be reading at least 12 books a month, if not more.  Look for my list of books on the 1st of each month.

2010 Summer Reading List (June)
Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of An American People by Helen Zia
32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
Sima's Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin
Colorblind by Precious Williams
Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African-American History In and Around Washington, DC by Jesse J. Holland
A Taste of Honey: Stories by Jabari Asim
Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black by Gregory Howard Williams
Persian Girls: A Memoir by Nahid Rachlin
Under the Dome by Stephen King

Already Reads

Laugh Out Loud Hilarious

Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
the Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel
Mossy Creek by Deborah Smith
Honey Hush: An Anthology of African American Woman's Humor by Daryl Cumber Dance

Contemporary Lit
Children of the Waters by Carleen Brice
Glorious by Bernice McFadden
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots by Susan Straight

Historical Fiction/Memoirs
The Black Rose: The Dramatic Story of Madam C.J. Walker, America's First Black Female Millionaire by Tananarive Due
Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Russka: The Novel of Russia by Edward Rutherfurd

Non-fiction
What to Say and How to Say it: Models, Speeches and Letters for All Occasions by David Belson
Why Black People Tend to Shout: Cold Facts and Wry Views from a Black Man's World by Ralph Wiley
Cool Pose: The Dilemmas of Black Manhood in America by Richard Majors
When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip Hop Feminist by Joan Morgan
Straight Up, No Chaser: How I Became A Grown-Up Black Woman by Jill Nelson

Have you started drafting your summer reading list? What's on it? What one book do you have to read this summer?

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