So it’s been over a month since first joining in with the Friday 56 over at Freda’s Voice.
There were many a time I intended too, but by the time the kids were in bed after a long week, I just didn’t have a blog post in me.
But I was home with two sick kids this past Monday and they had the decency to nap at the same time… FOR THREE HOURS … and I got into such a good book that I knew I wanted to make an extra effort this week.
Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56, or 56% in your eReader.
Find a sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it)
Then join the link up.
The book I’m reading right now is Lawrence Hill‘s The Book of Negroes:
I picked it up, honestly, because my husband came home with an autographed copy as a gift for me.
Benefits of being The Photographer’s Wife. He was shooting an event with the author and the some of the cast of the new miniseries on January 27, and they were giving out signed copies. So he thoughtfully got one for me. Because he’s awesome like that.
It sat on my “to read” pile until this past Saturday when I got started.
I was about 150 pages in by Monday and then got through most of the rest. Then life got hectic, so I’m looking forward to finishing tomorrow morning while the girls watch Dora.
Briefly, the story is that of Aminata Diallo, told in her voice as she writes her autobiography in London, England at the beginning of the 19th century. Abducted at age eleven from her village in Africa, she is enslaved in South Carolina; her life then brings her to New York; and then Nova Scotia before returning to Africa; and then, I must presume because I am not there yet, London.
It’s one of the most memorable books I’ve read in ages.
Here’s my selection from Page 56:
Our captors stood and watched. Thinking of my mother and what she would do, I opened my palm wide, and shoved it at them with elbow locked and arm straight. They raised their eyebrows, and the toubab stared at me again. He muttered something to one of the captors, who passed it on to another captor, who asked me in Bamanankan if I was sure that I knew what I was doing. I gestured once more for them to go, and this time they retreated.
I rubbed Sanu’s shoulders and back with shea butter. “You will be a fine mother,” I said to her, and she smiled gently and told me I would make my mother proud.
I made a resolution this year to read more and am tracking my progress on Goodreads. Links on the side for anyone interested.
I look forward to seeing what others are reading. I started this year on a vampire fiction kick and have since moved on to a number of other genres (14 books so far this year; my goal is 50).
Looking forward to finding my next great read!
Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense said:
Signed copies are always fun to have. I don’t have kids, but I do have a niece, so I understand the importance of having something to do while Dora is on. I do a pretty decent impression. Do you want to help find Boots?………………………….Great!
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It’s more like finding something for them to do so I can have a moment….I aim to empower them to find Boots on their own for a few hours on Saturday mornings. We all relax a bit, and then I take the girls to the gym, I work out, they play and then we go to lunch and get on with the day. 50 pages in the morning. That’s all I’m asking for….
Lisa @ The Meaning of Me said:
I need to remember to do this link-up – I just read three other posts plus yours and it’s really a fun way to see what people are reading, get ideas, etc.
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I discovered it late January and keep meaning to do it more regularly. Tonight it was good for adding to my reading list given the pile by my bed is thinning and it is about time to figure out what’s next…
Great excerpt, and the book looks wonderful. Autographed copies are great. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
I love your blog header!
Thanks for the visit and kind comment – as for the header – yeah, he always makes me feel better!
I hope the miniseries comes to the US soon, I am going to look for it on Netflix. It makes me think of the YA book At Her Majesty’s Request about an African girl rescued from being a sacrifice by one of Queen Victoria’s admirals, who went to live at the palace.
I’m impressed that you have 2 little kids and a job and still managed to read 12 books this year and maintain a blog. If you have some time, here’s my post. http://ebogie.blogspot.com
I only started reading again this year – I certainly didn’t have time last year. I think my girls hit the stage recently where they can entertain themselves and play together and suddenly I had enough time to read again! It was a nice moment.
I’ll be sure to visit your blog.
What a great way to acquire the novel! It is one I do want to read too.
I hope your kids feel better soon!
Thanks! Kids are fine now (yay!) As for the book – hope you get a chance to read it soon. Well worth it!
Reese Speaks said:
I finished reading this book…It was a great read! I was up late late at night because I could not put it down. You are a lucky lady! I’m also happy your girls are feeling better. It’s never fun to have sick kids at home. It’s as if the fun is sucked out of your home when they’re under the weather.
I’ve now loaned the book my mom who was also looking forward to reading it. Glad you liked it too – easily one of the best books I’ve read in ages.
And yes – so nice that both kids are better now. Sigh. Relief.
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