Wordless Wednesday



These pictures were taken a couple of years ago at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The art was created by local artists, unfortunately I don’t know who the names.

Top Ten Tuesday – Character Driven Novels

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a recommendation list.

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels


I like a good character driven novel just like anybody else. I actually just finished reading a couple of character driven novels for Banned Books week (reviews coming soon). The first five are books that I’ve already read and the second were recommendations I haven’t yet read.

Have Read

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

To Read

  1. Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  3. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  5. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvrez

You can also catch me at I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club. If you live in the Washington, DC metro area come out for our first meetup on Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 pm and  join the discussion — Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. If you’re not in the DC metro area feel free to join the online discussion at I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club or on Goodreads

I Read Banned Books Meetup Group

ETtnE9[1] I’m so excited my Meetup went live today, just in time to kick off Banned Books Week. It’s called the I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club. So, obviously if you live in the Washington, DC metro area, please join us or if know someone who lives in the area that loves to read and is so inclined to make a few new friends than by all means them our way. If you don’t live in the area you can still be a part of the group. I will post the upcoming month’s book under the I Read Banned Books Club tab and you can read right along with us. After we meet I will upload a post that will contain my critique, a group discussion summary, and a few group comments. Feel free to share your thoughts on the banned book of the month. I would definitely love to continue discussing the book. Our first meet up is October 18th and we’re reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Enjoy! I hope you’ll stop by I Read Banned Books Club and give us your thoughts.

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I want to Read

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet
from the Broke and the Bookish



I try my best to keep my arsenal of books pretty diverse. Perhaps that’s because when I was in college as an English Lit major the primary focus was on British and American Literature. In other words mostly European white males. Not very diversified at all. There was an African-American Literature course but that was it. As a result of not having a lot of literary variety, I feel like I’ve missed out on some pretty spectacular authors and it’s true, I have.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Why not read the book that holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most translated novel? I also want to read it because folks I’ve to about it say it’s awful. Kind of morbid curiosity.

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
I have the movie and refuse to watch it until I’ve read the book.

3. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
I’ve always wanted to read this to find out why this novel sparked so much controversy and why Ayatollah Khomeini put a bounty out for Rushdie. Continue reading