Monday, February 4, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Hosted by Book Journey.
This is a great way to add books to your Wish List and TBR pile. What a wonderful way to find out about all great books you never knew existed!
(Oh how I LOVE book blogs!!)
Book Journey also sponsors a great prize drawing for those that visit 10 or more blogs in the Meme.

I am currently reading

The Year the Colored Sisters Came to Town by: Jacqueline Guidry

 From Publisher's Weekly on Amazon:


The racial divisions of the 1950s South as seen through the eyes of a young girl achieved quintessential expression in To Kill a Mockingbird. Guidry, then, is courageous in exploring the same situation. In her first novel, she eloquently captures the reality of black and white relations in Louisiana before the civil rights movement. Her characterizations and insights into family life are strong and believable, and her young female narrator's voice is convincing. Narrator Vivien Leigh Dubois, like Harper Lee's Scout Finch, is coming of age in a changing world. A 10-year-old about to go into fifth grade, Vivien Leigh knows that there are differences between whites and "coloreds," unlike her younger sister Mavis, whose best friend Marydale Arceneaux is the daughter of the Dubois family's black housekeeper. When two "colored" nuns (the "sisters" of the title) arrive in Ville d'Angelle to teach at Holy Rosary, the all-white, private Catholic school that Vivien Leigh attends, she slowly begins to see these divisions in a different light. Guidry's characterization is nuanced; not everyone is portrayed as a hate-mongering racist, and she makes it clear that it required bravery to speak out against bigotry. Yet whereas Lee's classic pulled readers into its plot, Guidry allows her story to meander. Only in the last hundred pages does the story propel the reader toward a conclusion where there are no easy heroes, no easy compromises or truths. Though uneven, the novel is written in fluid, assured prose and gracefully drives home its message: that life is not black and white, but rather painted in shades of all colors. 



One Crazy Summer by: Rita Williams Garcia


From Amazon:

Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, One Crazy Summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them. It's an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia.



What are you reading?


  1. The Year the Colored Sisters Came to Town sounds very good. Happy reading this week!

  2. Ooh nice! Those are new to me but I hope you enjoy them both!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. Nice choices. I have heard of One Crazy Summer but the other book is new to me. Since I still haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird, I don't think a meandering tale on the same theme would be the right book for me. My Monday Report is here. Happy reading!

  4. Interesting and good mix of book themes -- here are my reads: 4 reads: desert books & fairy tales

  5. You have two books that sound perfect for Black History Month! Good for you.

  6. One Crazy Summer sounds like a great read. I've never heard of the author, so I will have to check her out!

  7. Both books sound interesting. I like the idea of the library challenge too. I may sign up. Thanks for visiting my blog, Beth. Have a great week!