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It’s that time of year for gift giving. I thought I would share a few of my favorite things this week for gift ideas. I wrote about how I failed my summer reading list, but I was able to read one of the books a month or so ago. “The Roving Tree” by Elise Augustave was a heartwarming read.

“Elsie Augustave’s novel The Roving Tree has a surreal opening. Its narrator Iris Odys is giving birth to her daughter Zati and—hanging between life and death—she drifts into a deep sleep and receives a visit from a Vodun goddess. Her bed seems to be floating as the daughter she’s given birth to lies in an incubator. Little by little her story is sown together for the reader.”  http://kreyolicious.com/haitian-book-club-the-roving-tree-by-elsie-augustave/9549/

As a young Haitian girl, Iris is left with a white American family, due to unfortunate circumstances. She must learn where she comes from, to know where she is going. I teared up at the end of this book. I felt connected to Iris as she went through her journey of self-discovery, love, and family. This book is a good gift for the reader in your life 🙂

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Summer Break/Summer Reading

Wow, I need a break!

The blog will be on summer hiatus starting today until early September. I will pop in if anything controversial happens (which should be sooner than later) or if there’s something interesting I want to share. Otherwise, I’m cooling the keyboard.

I’m going to be busy this summer, but I hope to catch up on my summer reading. Last summer, I tried to read 3-4 books. I’m going to challenge myself again 😉

Speaking of books, rest in power to author Walter Dean Myers. His death was reported last night.  I used to love his books as a kid.  My favorite was “The Young Landlords.” I’m surprised some of his books haven’t been turned into movies. Oh wait, they are about black youth :O/ Myers will be missed.

Here are the books on my summer reading list.  I encourage folks to read along!

Wish me luck! And I wish y’all a fabulous summer!

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