A Few of My Favorite Reads

I read all types of fiction. I really do. But when asked to list a few of my favorite reads….look what happened. All of these books are about oppressed people. Females oppressed by men and boys in the hood oppressed by society. I’m not sure why these books resonate with me, but for better or worse here’s a list of some of my favorite reads. Books I didn’t want to put down. Stories that gave me pause. Characters, who remained on my heart and mind long after I’d read the last page.

1. The Book of Night Women by Marlon Thomas
2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hussieni
3. Douglass’ Women by Jewel Parker Rhodes
4. The Pursuit of Happiness by Chris Gardner and Quincy Troupe
5. The Air Between Us by Deborah Johnson
6. Touching Snow by Sandy Felin
7. A Taste of Power by Elaine Brown
8. Mr. Untouchable by Nicky Barnes
9. 47th Street Black by Bayo Ojikutu
10. The Street by Ann Petry
11. Kindred by Octavia Butler

Other books I’ve enjoyed:
Open by Andre Agassi
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
All Over But the Shouting by Rick Bragg
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

I used to keep a list of all the books I read. In 2007, I read 38 books. In 2008, I only read 24. In 2009, I barely read. In 2010 I've already read more than I did in 2009. What can I say? Even with thousands and thousands of titles in Barnes & Noble, a good book is still hard to find.

If you read one my favs listed above, let me know what you think. Valerie@valeriejoyner.com

Or post a comment if my website lets you. (smile)

A good book deserves some discussion.

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