The Dog Days of Blogging
I think I have entered into what are for me the dog days of summer. I haven’t felt like posting anything lately, so I have just been going with that. I have a few giveaways that I would like to post and at the end of this month I will be wrapping up The Color Purple read-a-long that I did with Heather from Age 30+…A Lifetime of Books.
I have read a lot of great books this month. Two were classic novels – The Color Purple, by Alice Walker and To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, which I read over the weekend. I also got my first taste of Crime and Punishment via graphic novel and read two fabulous upcoming books Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin and Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer.
July has been such a great reading month that it put me in a bind when I had to choose what was next on my list. I spent two days not reading anything while I considered all the possibilities. To Kill A Mockingbird is an extremely hard book to follow up, and I was afraid that unless I chose something radically different, anything I chose couldn’t possibly be any good by comparison. I read a lot of first chapters and put aside lots of books that just weren’t right for me to read right now.
At the suggestion of Mary Sharratt (whose Daughters of the Witching Hill is fabulous and had me in raptures earlier in the year), I had picked up a book called Song Yet Sung, by James McBride. It’s been hanging out on the shelves for a couple of weeks. She said that she really enjoyed it, and when I was trying to decide what to read next, it kept catching my eye. McBride is best known for his memoir, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother in which he recounts his experiences as a black man growing up with a white mother. While I had heard of his memoir, I had no idea that he had even taken a turn at writing fiction. But he has not only written Song Yet Sung, but also Miracle at St. Anna, which was optioned for a movie.
So far this has been the perfect read and I am so grateful to Mary for her recommendation. It has complex characters and presents different perspectives than I am used to in slave narratives. History is so intriguing because you always run across people that you never dreamed could have existed because of the seeming unlikelihood of their experience, and yet in Song Yes Unsung I have met a female slave trader and hunter and learned about the black men who assisted her in her work. The complexities facing those operating the Underground Railroad were enormous. Whom do you sacrifice to ensure the safety of the operation. Tough decisions, right?
The rest of the month will be rounded out with How Dolly Parton Saved My Life, by Charlotte Connors for my Skype Book Club on Sunday afternoon, and Justin Kramon’s Finny.
My Got Books? Giveaway ended on Sunday and Sophia won the YA Giveaway pack. My signed giveaway of Shiver and Linger ended on Sunday as well and Kathy from Bermudaonion won that prize. Congratulations to the winners! I will e-mail you today for your addresses.
Contemporary Fiction Starter Library Giveaway
I also have several books that I would like to get to a good home. And by several I mean a lot, a lot. I have grouped them by category and the first pack that I want to give away is a collection of contemporary fiction. Take a look at the list and if you are interested, fill out the form for a chance to win. The books are a mixture of new book and unread and really gently read ARCs. I will pick one winner to receive the whole pack, and I will ship by media mail anywhere in the United States.
Never Let You Go: A Novel, by Erin Healy
The Local News A Novel, by Miriam Gershow
Goldengrove: A Novel, by Francine Prose
Mr. Rosenblum Dreams In English: A Novel, by Natasha Solomons
Little Bee: A Novel, by Chris Cleave
I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story, by Pete Nelson
Neverland: A Novel, by Douglas Clegg
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel, Tom Franklin
Readers looking for other giveaways of either books or a wide variety of products should check out Giveaway Scout. They literally have hundreds of giveaways listed and they also offer you the ability to be notified via e-mail when a new giveaway in either a specific category or all categories are posted.