Shannon’s Reading List: Brown Girl Dreaming, Bad Feminist, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson I read this book in preparation for the author’s visit to Albuquerque for a public library fundraising event. It’s a multi-award winning memoir written in verse style, which I had to get used to. But after a few pages I was devouring chunks in one sitting. If I were … More Shannon’s Reading List: Brown Girl Dreaming, Bad Feminist, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Notes on the Stephen King and George R.R. Martin Conversation

So this happened: Stephen King came to li’l ol’ Albuquerque as part of his End of Watch tour, and got interviewed by George R.R. Martin. All thanks to our local indie bookstore, Bookworks. Here are some notes from that June 16, 2016 conversation. “They saved my life.” –Stephen King on George R.R. Martin’s Song of … More Notes on the Stephen King and George R.R. Martin Conversation

Shannon’s Reading List: Black Water Rising and Pleasantville

One of the highlights of my summer was listening to the audiobooks Black Water Rising and Pleasantville by Attica Locke. This list from Bookriot turned me on to these books, and I recognized the author’s name as being one of the writers from the show Empire. Once I read the synopses on Goodreads, I knew … More Shannon’s Reading List: Black Water Rising and Pleasantville

Shannon’s Reading List: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Facebook, Twitter, AND Instagram tag from Dia: “Let’s read MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL, Moreau. I have my book and everything.” After recovering from shock that Dia actually went out and bought a book, I replied, “Okay.” I couldn’t let her show me up in the reading department, let alone the diverse books reading department. … More Shannon’s Reading List: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Shannon’s Reading List: Not That Kind of Girl

I put a library hold on Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham because the book is on all kinds of “must read” lists and also because my actress/filmmaker friend Dia told me all about Dunham just before she became so well-known for her HBO series Girls. When a copy finally became available three months after I put … More Shannon’s Reading List: Not That Kind of Girl