Monday, November 1, 2010

What books are you reading?

Since I'm a writer, it's extremely important that I read anything that I can get my fingers on. After all, good writing comes from good reading.
So lately, I've been spending lots of my free time reading books for leisure.
And to increase my exposure to different types of authors, I've joined the book club at work.
The first book we read was Lorrie Moore's "A Gate at the Stairs," which both amazed and perplexed me.
The next book on our list is Kathryn Stockett's "The Help."
I just finished reading books on reflexology, detoxing, inner simplicity, financial security and meditation.
As you can see, they are all self-help books; I'm trying to improve my life so don't judge me:)
Since I'm curious to see Tyler Perry's film adaption that's coming out next week, I recently read Ntozake Shange's "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf."
The choreopoem was both depressing and beautiful. It will be interesting to see how it translates on film.
Currently, I'm reading the classic Frank McCourt book "Angela's Ashes."

And I hope to go to Barnes & Noble soon to use this $50 gift card I won at work to read more classics- and new treasures:

My father was an avid book reader and he had stacks and stacks of books in his apartment and would read everything from pop culture to politics.
He was intelligent to the tenth degree, and he retained all of the information that he read. He could tell you what the third paragraph of whatever book said, that's how smart he was.
This sounds crazy but I guess me reading is my little connection to him and his spirit, especially since he passed a couple of years ago.

What are you reading?? What's on your reading list?