I wrote “totalitarian bunnies” but that was just, well, wrong. Our bunny rabbit friends forgot to bring one major item to the new warren: female rabbits. Oops.
Thus, their next quest is to find some “does” and bring them back to the warren. They hear of another warren not far off with loads of lady bunnies to spare. But, they find a warren that’s focused on one thing and one thing only: safety. “And the one fear of every rabbit in it is that men are going to find them and infect them with the white blindness. The whole warren is organized to conceal its existence, the holes are all hidden and the Owsla have every rabbit in the place under orders. You can’t call your life your own: and in return you have safety–if it’s worth having at the price you pay.” (emphasis added) And then it gets even better: “Every rabbit is marked when he’s a kitten: they bite them, deep….They then can be told by the scar for the rest of their lives.”
Think these cuddly bunnies might not want to share their lady friends? I love this book.
I just finished Drinking from a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson-Brown. This fulfills the prompt to read a book “by a person of color.” The back cover describes the book as follows: “After the death of her mother, Sylvia Butler’s father, a man she knows only from an old photo, takes her from Louisville, Kentucky to Ozark, Alabama to live with his family. But his wife resents everything about this intruder, from her out-of-wedlock conception to her dark skin and nappy hair. When the wife’s younger brother Charles returns from Vietnam, Sylvia thinks she has found a friend and confidante, only to be hurt again, but this time, in a manner she never could have imagined.” So, no big mystery what’s going to happen with Uncle Charles, right?
I became re-acquainted with a Dear Friend about four or five years ago. During that visit, she declared she was done reading books where a young girl gets raped by an uncle. I didn’t disagree. This book changed my mind.
Angela Jackson-Brown creates a character so engaging, you’d stick with her through anything. Through a first person narrative, her character shares heartbreaking secrets with a pragmatic sweetness that’s free of judgment and anger. Her characters are believable and likable. Those who hurt her are still loved by her, and she makes you care about them, too, even when you don’t want to.
Read this book.
Yesterday, a friend handed me a copy of the 2017 Reading Challenge from our local library here in Rural, Kentucky. While drinking my mid-afternoon coffee (strong, sweetened with honey) I decided to give it a go. Since I’d forgotten to bring the list home–in typical Augusta fashion–I googled it, and found the same one here: 2017 Reading Challenge. Then–inspiration! I’d start a blog to share the experience! Had I ever blogged? Nope. But, hey, I’m a writer (3 unfinished novels in the works…so what if one is only three chapters…). How hard can this be? Forty-five minutes later I was up and running…started writing a witty and clever post…then somehow lost it in it’s entirety. I remain undeterred.
So, the first category : “A book recommended by a librarian.” Seems simple enough. I’d ask my local librarian for a suggestion. But…what if I didn’t like what she suggested? Or just didn’t want to read it? What if she told me her very favorite book ever and I hated it? I’d have to avoid the library for months lest I hurt her feelings! And really, would she ever forget? Googling librarian suggested books seemed safer. After perusing a few sites, I decided to go with an older one, hoping I’d find one available from my local library via my overdrive app. (I’m a notorious cheapskate.) Check out Nancy Pearl’s recommendations here: Nancy Perl’s Picks from Summer 2009. As it so happened, I already had the Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. I hadn’t read it, nor seen the movie. (See the movie before reading the book? Never!)
You might think, isn’t Augusta starting this challenge a little late in the year? It’s February 25! There are 40 books –52 on the advanced list! But I’m best under pressure–and you, internet readers–are my accountability partners. So let’s do this!
Okay, internet. Let’s get reading!