Monthly Archives: February 2011

What genres of books do you enjoy the most?

Every Wednesday we are going to give you readers a chance to tell us about different aspects of books and reading in your life. One or more of the Page Turners will answer the question and then we would like to hear from you!

I most enjoy books written about women of the African Diaspora set pre-1960’s.  Probably 70% of the fiction that I read is of that genre.  Also I am a huge mystery/crime story buff.  I would call them my guilty pleasre but that would require guilt, lol.

 

What genres of books go you enjoy the most?

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Who is your favorite book character?

Every Wednesday we are going to give you readers a chance to tell us about different aspects of books and reading in your life. One or more of the Page Turners will answer the question and then we would like to hear from you!


My absolute favorite book character Dominick Birdsey the protagonist from I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb.  I mostly loved this character because he was written so complex, yet believable.  His reactions to extreme  adversity and the writing of his relationship with his schizophrenic twin brother is some of the most brilliant character development and storytelling I have encountered in my reading history.

Who is your favorite book character?

Teaser Tuesday: Group Post

As part of a weekly feature, The Page Turners are here to share a piece of what we’re currently reading. Anyone can participate! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title, page number & author, too, so that other readers can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“In few other professions are you required, each and every day, to weigh so many competing claims —  between different sets of constituents, between the interests of your state and the interests of the nation, between party loyalty and your own sense of independence, between the value of service and obligations to your family. There is a constant danger, in the cacophony of voices, that a politician loses his moral his moral bearings and finds himself entirely steered by the winds of public opinion.         pg. 65,  The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama   –Nakia

 

 

“My grandfather laid the blame for the state of his herds and his dwindling wealth upon the fact that all his sons had died at birth or in infancy, leaving him nothing but daughters. He gave no thought to his own sloth, believing that only a son would turn his luck around.” pg. 20, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant – Cashawn

 

“Just as the ancestor of the American Negro came from no single region, so he was of no single tribe or physical type. The “West Coast Negro,” the predominant type that came to the New World, was marked by such characteristics as tall stature, woolly hair, broad features, full lips, little growth of hair on face or body, and a skin color approaching true black. But there was no such thing as one African ‘race.'”  pg. 16, The Negro in the Making of America, by Benjamin Quarles-Miss Spinks

 

“The clientele who patronized the Five Moons weren’t there to socialize.  From the smell that slapped Eve the moment she stepped through the door, buring off stomach lining was the order of the day. ” pg. 39, Glory in Death, by J.D. Robb, –Alise

 

 

 

 

What are you reading?

 

Wednesday Lit Roundup

Who is your favorite author?

Every Wednesday we are going to give you readers a chance to tell us about different aspects of books and reading in your life.   One or more of the Page Turners will answer the question and then we would like to hear from you!

Gloria Naylor

 

My favorite author of all time is Gloria Naylor.  She is most famously known for The Women of Brewster Place which was also a very popular TV-Movie.  I have read all of her books multiple times.  Some of my favorites include Mama Day (which I reviewed here), Bailey’s Cafe, and Linden Hills. I love her intricate story telling, depth of character development, and realistic dialogue and subject matter.  I feel she is one of the most important and dynamic 20th century American writers.

 

Who is your favorite author, and why?

Teaser Tuesday: Group Post

As part of a weekly feature, The Page Turners are here to share a piece of what we’re currently reading. Anyone can participate! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title, page number & author, too, so that other readers can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“It’s clear as an unflawed diamond that I fucked up big-time by dropping my ass out of school.  There was jobs out there for people without a drop of experience and no high school, but shit, them motherfuckas worked twice as hard and made less than half the money. “

pg. 101, Real Wifeys on the Grind by Meesha Mink – Notorious Spinks

“She called Ma a whore. Pow! Ma sucker punched Chicki, knocking her to the ground, and Ma couldn’t bend over with her pregnant stomach and all, so she let Chickie get up and then grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head against the brick wall.”

pg. 104, All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald – Alex

“He stood with his knees slightly bent, his lips partly open, his shoulders stooped; and his eyes held a look that went only to the surface of things. There was an organic conviction in him that this was the way white folks wanted him to be when in their presence; none had ever told him that in so many words, but their manner had made him feel that they did.”

pg. 48, Native Son by Richard Wright  – Nakia

 

What are you reading?