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Im part of a reading challenge on NING and I thought I would share my list I will read over the next 90 days:

1. Betsey Brown / Ntozake Shange

2. The Street / Ann Petry

3. The Salt Eaters / Toni Cade Bambara

4. Brown Girl, Brownstones / Paule Maeshall

5. Blood On The Leaves/Jeff Stetson

6. Sinful / Victor McGlothin

7. Trail Of Crumbs / Kim Sunee

8. Sweeter The Juice / Shirlee Taylor Haizlip

9. Destination Romance /6 authors

10. Standing At The Scratch Line / Guy Johnson

11. Echoes Of A Distant Summer / Guy Johnson

12. Keeping the Faith / Faith Evans

13. Red Hats / Damon Wayans

14. Who Fears Death / Nnedi Okorafor

15. Buying Time / Pamela Samuels Young

16. Shadow Tag / Louise Erdrich

17. Small Island / Andrea Levy

18. The Cheating Curve / Paula T Renfroe

19. What Mother Never Told Me / Donna Hill

20. Jesus Boy / Preston L Allen

21. Diary Of A Stalker / Electa Rome Parks

22. From Cape Town with Love / Blair Underwood/ Due/Barnes

23. Big Girls Do Cry / Carl Weber

24. Be Careful What You Pray For / Kimberla Lawson Roby

25. Stepping Out On Nothing /Byron Pitts

26. Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go / Lucille O’Neal

27. Brother West Living and Loving Out Loud / Cornel West

28. My Fathers House / E Lynn Harris

29. Island Beneath the Sea / Isabel Allende

30. A Million Blessings / Benson, Griffith, McCollors

31. 32 Candles / Ernessa T. Carter

32. Sins of the Mother / Victoria Christopher Murray

33. Duplicity / Oasis

34. Murder In The Hamptons / Danita Carter

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Hello All,

Linda: Overall that's not a bad list. There's a couple on there I would not want to touch with a ten foot pole. But, there is several good ones on the list. Good luck with it, let me know how it turns out.

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Wonderful, literate, uplifting.

It makes my blood boil.

Where is the Janelle Monae?

Im weird. I dont listen to music when I read. Now the TV is on..though depending..I may turn it down low..but for some reason my mind wanders to much if muisic is playing HA HA B)

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All those books in 90 days Linda, impressive.

I always recommend Standing at the Scratch Line to dudes looking for a good read.

Chris who is Janelle Monae?

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All those books in 90 days Linda, impressive.

I always recommend Standing at the Scratch Line to dudes looking for a good read.

Chris who is Janelle Monae?

Im on my 18th book and I havent read most of those books LOL I have to post my new list...

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Updated list of books read so far:

What Mother Never Told Me / Donna Hill

Big Girls Do Cry / Carl Weber

In My Father’s House / E. Lynn Harris

The Cheating Curve / Paula T Renfroe

Duplicity / Oasis

Everything You Owe Me / Shay Nolon

A Million Blessings / Angela Benson/Marilynn Griffith/Tia McCollors

Island Beneath The Sea / Isabel Allende

Be Careful What You Pray For / Kimberla Lawson Roby

From Capetown With Love / Blair Underwood

Buying Time / Pamela Samuels-Young

Diary Of A Stalker / Electa Rome Parks

Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go / Lucille O’Neal

Sins Of The Mother / Victoria Christopher Murray

Songs of Deliverance / Marilynn Griffith

Holy Rollers / Reshonda Tate Billingsley

Secrets of Newberry / Victor McGlothin

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You know, it's pretty good to read a lot of books.

But what are you retaining?

Is this just some marathon excercise? What good to read a book, forget everything you read, and start all over again?

There are some great books and great writers I read over and over again--the great ones you always discover something new.

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You know, it's pretty good to read a lot of books.

But what are you retaining?

Is this just some marathon excercise? What good to read a book, forget everything you read, and start all over again?

There are some great books and great writers I read over and over again--the great ones you always discover something new.

Some of the books are in fact more memorable than others. Are you trying to imply that I cant read this many books and get anything out of it? I've been reading since I was born..and frankly I have no idea what in da hail your talking about. I have a suggestion..why dont you join me..instead of trying to figure it out..

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That is an interesting list. Like Thumper, there are some that a person couldn't pay me to read. But as I was reading the list, I got a little sad. Really, I read the comments and the names of the authors, and it took me back.

I saw the name Electa Rome Parks, who visited this site when she was trying to sell her first book. She joined right in with the conversations. E Lynn Harris's books always inspired great discussions. I once printed those discussions and stored them in a huge folder (still have it). Guy Johnson's Standing At The Scratch Line is also one of my favorite books. We talked about that one and his Echos of a Distant Summer.

And, who can forget chat night. Man, I miss those evenings. Well, not only did it give us a chance to talk directly with the authors, I got a chance to beg for autographed books, and I got quite a few. In fact, just today, a person was visiting and said they wanted something to read. While looking through my books, I ran across one entitled Where I'm Bound by Allen B. Ballard. He came by for a chat night and autographed his book for me. I didn't give them that one. I finally gave them Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes.

On the list I also noticed The Street by Ann Petry. That was my wife's name (Ann), and I still have that book... it was hers.

Great memories and great times.

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Hey Lili - I've read some of the books on your list since you posted it:

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter – a fun coming of age story. I enjoyed the characterization of the heroine and Nicky and Mama Jane were favorites.

Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young [buying Time was on the list but I got this one instead]. This is a sista-girl book with the downlowbrother twist. I haven’t read this type of book in quite a while and liked it well enough.

Small Island by Andrea Levy. Jamaicans trying to make it work in England after WW2. Same crap different country.

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich – just about the most depressing book I’ve read in a long time. I had to finish it just to see who would survive.

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende – love an historical novel. Slave stories, not so much.

Thanks again!

Crystal

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This is what I ended up reading during the challenge:

30 Books/90 Days 2010 Reading List

1. The Living Blood/ Tananarive Due

2. Blood Colony / Tananarive Due

3. 32 Candles / Ernessa T Carter

4. Murder in the Hamptons / Danita Carter

5. Blood On The Leaves / Jeff Stetson

6. Secrets of Newberry / Victor McGlothin

7. Holy Rollers / ReShonda Tate Billingsley

8. Songs of Deliverance/Marilyn Griffith

9. Sins of the Mother / Victoria Christopher Murray

10. Standing At The Scratch Line / Guy Johnson

11. Echoes Of A Distant Summer / Guy Johnson

12. Keeping the Faith /Faith Evans

13. Red Hats / Damon Wayans

14.Who Fears Death / Nnedi Okorafor

15. Buying Time / Pamela Samuels Young

16. Shadow Tag / Louise Erdrich

17. Small Island / Andrea Levy

18. The Cheating Curve / Paula T Renfroe

19. What Mother Never Told Me / Donna Hill

20. Everything You Owe Me / Shay Nolon

21. Diary Of A Stalker / Electa Rome Parks

22. From Cape Town with Love / Blair Underwood/ Due/Barnes

23. Big Girls Do Cry/ Carl Weber

24. Be Careful What You Pray For / Kimberla Lawson Roby

25. Stepping Out On Nothing / Byron Pitts

26. Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go/ Lucille O’Neal

27. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives/ Lola Shoneyin

28. In My Fathers House/ E Lynn Harris

29. Island Beneath the Sea / Isabel Allende

30. Duplicity / Oasis

31. Known To Evil / Walter Mosley

32. Black Diamond 2:Nicety / Brittani Williams

33. Unspoken Lies/ Darrien Lee

34. Lets Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice / Paul Butler

35. Still Wifey Material: Part 4/ KiKi Swinson

36. My Soul To Keep/ Tananarive Due

37. Jesus Boy /Preston L Allen

38. The Other Wes Moore/Wes Moore

39. Mother Wit / Angelia Vernon Menchan & Dera R Williams

40. The Personal History of Rachel DuPree/ Ann Weisgarber

41. Unraveled/ Maxx Kilbourne

42 Unnappily In Love /Trisha R Thomas

43. The Bourne Objective / Eric VanLustbader

44. Tempted by Trouble / Eric Jerome Dickey

45. More Church Folks/ Michele Andrea Brown

46. The Path To Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey/Walter D Greason

47. A Million Blessings / Angela Benson-Marilyn Griffith-Tia McCollors

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Hey Lili - I've read some of the books on your list since you posted it:

32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter – a fun coming of age story. I enjoyed the characterization of the heroine and Nicky and Mama Jane were favorites.

Murder on the Down Low by Pamela Samuels Young [buying Time was on the list but I got this one instead]. This is a sista-girl book with the downlowbrother twist. I haven’t read this type of book in quite a while and liked it well enough.

Small Island by Andrea Levy. Jamaicans trying to make it work in England after WW2. Same crap different country.

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich – just about the most depressing book I’ve read in a long time. I had to finish it just to see who would survive.

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende – love an historical novel. Slave stories, not so much.

Thanks again!

Crystal

Hi Crystal. I really enjoyed 32 Candles. Im a member of RAWSISTAZ and I believe we are having a Twitter chat with her soon, so if your on Twitter look out for it. You can follow me: LindaChavis to find out when. Our chats are #Blackbookchats

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Im part of a reading challenge on NING and I thought I would share my list I will read over the next 90 days:

1. Betsey Brown / Ntozake Shange

2. The Street / Ann Petry

3. The Salt Eaters / Toni Cade Bambara

4. Brown Girl, Brownstones / Paule Maeshall

5. Blood On The Leaves/Jeff Stetson

6. Sinful / Victor McGlothin

7. Trail Of Crumbs / Kim Sunee

8. Sweeter The Juice / Shirlee Taylor Haizlip

9. Destination Romance /6 authors

10. Standing At The Scratch Line / Guy Johnson

11. Echoes Of A Distant Summer / Guy Johnson

12. Keeping the Faith / Faith Evans

13. Red Hats / Damon Wayans

14. Who Fears Death / Nnedi Okorafor

15. Buying Time / Pamela Samuels Young

16. Shadow Tag / Louise Erdrich

17. Small Island / Andrea Levy

18. The Cheating Curve / Paula T Renfroe

19. What Mother Never Told Me / Donna Hill

20. Jesus Boy / Preston L Allen

21. Diary Of A Stalker / Electa Rome Parks

22. From Cape Town with Love / Blair Underwood/ Due/Barnes

23. Big Girls Do Cry / Carl Weber

24. Be Careful What You Pray For / Kimberla Lawson Roby

25. Stepping Out On Nothing /Byron Pitts

26. Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go / Lucille O’Neal

27. Brother West Living and Loving Out Loud / Cornel West

28. My Fathers House / E Lynn Harris

29. Island Beneath the Sea / Isabel Allende

30. A Million Blessings / Benson, Griffith, McCollors

31. 32 Candles / Ernessa T. Carter

32. Sins of the Mother / Victoria Christopher Murray

33. Duplicity / Oasis

34. Murder In The Hamptons / Danita Carter

I did end up reading the following in Oct:

Betsey Brown / Ntozake Shange

The Street / Ann Petry (Really enjoyed this one. SOME Urban writers need to pick this one up and read :angry: )

The Salt Eaters / Toni Cade Bambara

Brown Girl, Brownstones / Paule Maeshall

Destination Romance /6 authors

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This is what I ended up reading during the challenge:

30 Books/90 Days 2010 Reading List

1. The Living Blood/ Tananarive Due

2. Blood Colony / Tananarive Due

3. 32 Candles / Ernessa T Carter

4. Murder in the Hamptons / Danita Carter

5. Blood On The Leaves / Jeff Stetson

6. Secrets of Newberry / Victor McGlothin

7. Holy Rollers / ReShonda Tate Billingsley

8. Songs of Deliverance/Marilyn Griffith

9. Sins of the Mother / Victoria Christopher Murray

10. Standing At The Scratch Line / Guy Johnson

11. Echoes Of A Distant Summer / Guy Johnson

12. Keeping the Faith /Faith Evans

13. Red Hats / Damon Wayans

14.Who Fears Death / Nnedi Okorafor

15. Buying Time / Pamela Samuels Young

16. Shadow Tag / Louise Erdrich

17. Small Island / Andrea Levy

18. The Cheating Curve / Paula T Renfroe

19. What Mother Never Told Me / Donna Hill

20. Everything You Owe Me / Shay Nolon

21. Diary Of A Stalker / Electa Rome Parks

22. From Cape Town with Love / Blair Underwood/ Due/Barnes

23. Big Girls Do Cry/ Carl Weber

24. Be Careful What You Pray For / Kimberla Lawson Roby

25. Stepping Out On Nothing / Byron Pitts

26. Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go/ Lucille O’Neal

27. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives/ Lola Shoneyin

28. In My Fathers House/ E Lynn Harris

29. Island Beneath the Sea / Isabel Allende

30. Duplicity / Oasis

31. Known To Evil / Walter Mosley

32. Black Diamond 2:Nicety / Brittani Williams

33. Unspoken Lies/ Darrien Lee

34. Lets Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice / Paul Butler

35. Still Wifey Material: Part 4/ KiKi Swinson

36. My Soul To Keep/ Tananarive Due

37. Jesus Boy /Preston L Allen

38. The Other Wes Moore/Wes Moore

39. Mother Wit / Angelia Vernon Menchan & Dera R Williams

40. The Personal History of Rachel DuPree/ Ann Weisgarber

41. Unraveled/ Maxx Kilbourne

42 Unnappily In Love /Trisha R Thomas

43. The Bourne Objective / Eric VanLustbader

44. Tempted by Trouble / Eric Jerome Dickey

45. More Church Folks/ Michele Andrea Brown

46. The Path To Freedom: Black Families in New Jersey/Walter D Greason

47. A Million Blessings / Angela Benson-Marilyn Griffith-Tia McCollors

(And what did we gain from this excercise?)

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