July 8, 2011

On The Night Stand

It’s Summer, which for me means nothing more than the anticipation of reading countless books, after books….after books. Wait, what? Is that you calling me a nerd, bibliophile etc.?

Yes, well. I am that indeed! Compared to the Winter months were I’m known to canoodle under the blankets and read for hours at a time, during the Summer you’ll find me outdoors, flipping through a page turner while at a coffee shop, at the local garden or in between train rides here in NYC. It’s an absolute must for me to have a to-read book on deck, and because it’s Summer many publishers adhere to the Beach Reading fanatics.

Here are just a few picks that I’m currently reading/will read again/or on the wish list

  1. The Best of Simple: Picked this up while visiting the Schomburg Museum in Harlem a while back, and loved reading every minute of these short stories by Langston Hughes. You’ll meet Jess B. Semple, a ‘character’ if there ever was one who is anything but simple.  It’s a lighthearted read that will make you smile as Jess takes you through the ups/downs of his many love affairs, money woes and life in the bustling city of Harlem, NYC
  2. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter: This one really is a no brainer if you’re interested in a fun, hysterical, keep you up all night because it’s JUST that good and juicy…type read. I’ve mentioned this gem on the blog before, and now that’s officially out in PB, I will continue my devout adoration. Seriously, the worst part about reading this book is the anticipation of waiting for something new from Ernessa…*fingers crossed.*
  3. Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon:  This was a highly rated suggestion from just about everybody in my book circle for many years, yet I always bypassed…until now. Granted it took me several chapters to get into the crux of the story, yet after that was secure I was able to appreciate the almost magical world Zafon creates for his audience. It’s captivating because there is Love seeping from every page, the sentences are crafted so beautifully…you’re almost tempted to stop, take note and refer back. In a nutshell…this one’s for the Book Lovers, & the journeys they take to ensure their passion is sustained & carried on through the generations. Loved it!
  4. Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones: Picked this up at the bookstore (yes, I still BUY books;) while on lunch break several weeks ago and could not wait to dig in. As someone who has mysteries hidden behind every nook in her own family, I related to this coming of age story centered around two sisters growing up in the late 60’s. Both are of the same age, live in the same town…yet have never met. The one thing they do have in common is their father, a man who knowingly married each of their mothers while ignoring the inevitable consequences for all those involved. Tayari is a wonderful writer, and connects with the reader without preaching tales of morality…which I appreciated. Great read no matter the season.

*On the to-be-read list*

Any (if not all) books from the Octavia Butler collection. It’s difficult for me to admit, but I have yet to read any of her works & jumped (squealed really…) at the chance to participate in the Octavia Butler Book Club being hosted by Racialicious. First up is Wild Seed, which I’m anxious to get started on for my next trip to Florida in a few days.

*Reading anything page-turner-ish? What’s on your Night Stand? Head over to the FB page and let me know to win a copy of SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones!!*

15 Responses to “On The Night Stand”

  1. KB

    Silver Sparrow made me cry at 1:30 in the morning on the E train. I’m such a nerd– I went to a mixer, but I’d been reading it earlier that day and couldn’t put it down, so I brought it with me…after the mixer, I headed home and sat there blubbering the whole way back to Queens. It was sooooooo good. Tayari is an amazing writer.

    • chai

      that really is the mark of a great book….I live for those moments! I catch myself sometimes on the train too, either laughing or just grimacing at what the characters are doing, at the end of the day it’s all worth it;)

  2. mysskay

    i had to come and see what you posted earlier! these books sound pretty good. will have to add them to the list – thanks for sharing!

  3. Chinye

    I’m currently reading Half of a Yellow Sun, which is really really good so far! Can’t wait to finish it.

  4. Miss Moon

    Where was I when you initially posted this?!?!? I love Octavia E. Butler and “Wild Seed” is my favorite of her works!!! I think you will really enjoy it. :)

    • chai

      yay! I’m excited to get started, heard so many great things. Boo for me being so late to the Octavia party!

  5. Carla

    You’re not the only one that still buys books. I go to thrift stores just to get books at a “cheap” price for my children and I. I wish I had more time to read like I used to, but it’s hard to really read like I want to with a 2-year-old whirlwind. But, from time to time, I get a chance to sneak away and read via the Kindle app for Android.

    Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of slave narratives. I’m not sure how this came about, but this type of literature sparked my interest. I’ve also read a short story on Kindle by Karen Jerabek called Tuned in to Love. It was a very cute story with an interesting and relatable story line.

    I might have to check out 32 candles. I’m starting my own little book collection and I’m sure the used book warehouse out here has this book.

    • chai

      you won’t be disappointed with 32 Candles, hands down favorite book! Never thought to check out thrift stores for books, what an awesome idea! I try to head to the library when the chance comes up, that’s still my go-to spot other than the book store.

  6. Beverly

    I went out and bought 32 Candles based on your recommendation. I had it sitting on my table for the last week and finally started reading it today. 6 hours later I haven’t put it down! I love this book!!! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve literally LOL. So glad you posted this. Had to come on and say Thanks. Back to reading…

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