Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Reading: What's on Your Shelf?

Hello fellow bookies! Tracey here!

I know it's been a while since we've consistently posted here on I'd Rather Be Reading, but thanks for still following us! Currently, I'm finishing up my first year in a Masters program (Speech Language Pathology) and manage my personal blog, sharing that journey. It is INtense (to say the least) but I am looking forward to the next couple of months when the work/school load will get a little lighter before the fall is upon us once again.

What have you all been up to? Reading anything interesting?

Miss Anika has shared her journey through The Game of Thrones and I've been attempting to read A book all semester (with no luck). This summer I'm setting my goals very low in terms of a reading list. I hope to read 3 books by August!

I'm currently in the middle of:

The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake. This is the story of a 7th grader named Maleeka that battles with her dark skin and "nappy" hair in terms of realizing her beauty and worth.

I want to read:
1. Tayari Jones- Silver Sparrow
2. Laurent Dubois- Haiti: The Aftershocks of History
3. Sonia Sotomayor- My Beloved World (maybe the Spanish version)

What are you currently reading? or What was the most memorable read so far this year?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Game of Thrones: A 5 book journey

     Game of Thrones is a 5 book series dealing with the rulers, families, fates and stories of royal families within The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. At first glance I was doubtful. I haven't read a series this long since The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Would another series excite me; engage me; keep me up reading until the "quality" hours of the morning? Verdict: Game of Thrones is a winner!
     This story has depth, history, culture, plot twists, good, evil, a fair amount of boredom but overall it is engrossing. I am currently on book 3: A Storm of Swords and my mouth has dropped at least 4 times. It is thrilling to see how the characters have changed, to read expecting one thing to happen and a whole other event occurs. My favorite character thus far is Arya. She has spunk, insight, intelligence and above all GUTS!

     If you are looking for a book that is interesting, deep and fun; I highly suggest Game of Thrones because "winter is coming".

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Book Review: Paperdoll House

Author: Dr. Lisa M. Masterson

Pages: 261

Reading Group Guide: No

Gist: This autobiography written by Dr. Lisa (as she is affectionately known on the Emmy Award-winning TV show The Doctors) follows the determined path of a Black girl who made it. Originally from Louisiana, Dr. Lisa tells the tale of growing up with a single mother and their super-close relationship. Her early life did not have privilege written all over it, and that makes it easy to relate to her story. The book chronicles her early life all the way to present day, but it's not bogged down with too much 'fillers'-- she basically shares her foundational upbringing, educational experience and professional climb to becoming an Obstetrician and Gynecologist- an inspiring Black woman, indeed!

Best Line: ¨And the more examples that young black girls-- or any girls-- can see of a dream they thought was out of reach, the more possible their dreams become. Yes, I want to tell them, be a doctor.... Yes, take a chance on a wild idea. Yes, give your skills to the people who need them the most. Yes, I believe in you."

Recommend: YES! If I was to ever pen a memoir, I would want it to read like her book. Let me start by saying that I had never heard of Dr. Lisa before visiting the Wendy Williams show, where she gifted the studio audience a free copy of her book. The first time I saw her (she stands about 5'2) I thought 'She's so cute, she reminds me of the Black girl from Saved By the Bell!' Lisa from Saved By The Bell she is not! Dr. Lisa has come a long way and is very established in her own right. While reading her book, I looked at her like any other person (and not necessarily a TV personality) who made it in the struggle. The book reads very easy and Masterson traces her life effortlessly. It never feels like she's overwhelming you with details or information. It's a must-read if you're looking for inspiration, even to give to anyone you know who needs that pat and reminder to Keep At It!
Paper Dollhouse can be purchased on Amazon.

Next Book on the Reading List:
Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones.

What's the last book that inspired you? Why?