Last month was my birthday and, at my fiance’s expense, I went book shopping!! All of the books I got costed less than $5; I got most of them online at ThriftBooks (I bought one from a local used bookstore). I don’t know about you, but I always get excited seeing what books other people are reading. So, let me show you what I got!
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
I’ve been meaning to read this book since 2005/2006. I had to read and analyze an excerpt from this book, titled “Two Kinds,” for a freshman level English class in college. I enjoyed the piece and made a mental note to check out the entire book. Here I am 10 years later and I’m one step away from reading this book: I now own it, now I just need to read the damn thing.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (nonfiction)
I remember learning about HeLa cells during college, but there wasn’t much said about Henrietta Lacks (besides the fact that the cells were named after her). I studied health & science in college and I’ve always told myself that I would spend more time learning about Black people and the medicine/science in America. When I ran across this book at work, I instantly knew I had to read it.
I, Tituba, Black With of Salem by Maryse Conde
A Black witch? Say what now?! I stumbled across this book on Goodreads. The title had my attention, but once I read the blurb I knew I had to buy it.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
I watched a YouTuber do a convincing review of this book. My favorite genre of books fall in the suspense/thriller category, so when she described this book I threw it on my TBR list with the quickness. This is the story of a man who has an incredible sense of smell. He goes into the perfume industry, but becomes obsessed with the smell of women.
The Between by Tananarive Due
I want to read more science fiction novels and in my search for Black science fiction authors, Tananarive’s name kept popping up. I have several of her books on my TBR and decided to pick one at random to purchase and start reading. The Between was the one I picked.
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
Yet another YouTuber is the reason I grabbed this book. She was doing a book haul and gave a quick overview of what the book was about. It sounded good, so I checked it out on Goodreads and the reviews sold me.
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
Another science fiction writer that I want to get into. I picked this novel because several people I’m friends with on Goodreads have given this book high ratings.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
This book has been a bestseller at my job for a very long time. Brand new, the paperback is $16; I got it as a used hardcover for $6 AND it’s in great condition! I bought it simply because I want to see what all the hype is about. I read the advance reader copy of The Woman in Cabin 10 by this author and it was okay (3 out of 5 stars), so Im hoping this book is enjoyable.
Delicious Foods by James Hannaham
Yall, I was told that this book is narrated by crack cocaine. I’m not sure if the entire novel is narrated that way or just a chapter or two, but what the fuck?! That’s right up my alley!!
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
This book was an accidental freebie that I got from Thriftbooks. Instead of sending me Delicious Foods, I was sent this book. When I contacted Thriftbooks to get the mistake corrected, they told me they would send me the correct book and that I could keep White Oleander (or give it to a friend, donate to a library, etc). How cool is that? I’m not familiar with this book (or the author), but it has pretty good reviews so I think I will give it a read. I’ll let you know what I think of it. Not a big fan of the movie cover, though…
Let me know if you have read any of these books or if you’re interested in reading any of them. Or let me know what books you recently bought.