Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Professor Tracey Is Crafting A Summer 2009 Reading List - Any Suggestions?

For the first time in many, many, many summers, I will be able to get back to doing something I truly love - READING!!! I have an extremely ambitious goal of reading 100 books between June 1 and August 15th. Anything and everything is on the table - children's books, graphic novels, history, self-help, mysteries, cookbooks, westerns, plays, financial, hip hop, poetry, education, sports, religious, film, black folks, etc.........

I will post my list on June 1st and I will be sharing my progress and my opinions throughout the summer. Your suggestions are welcome and I will happily have a discussion with anyone that wants to join me in reading any of the books on my final posted list.

P.S. -

To Chris "Uncle Nat" Chambers - one of your damn books is already on my list, so don't say nothin' - ya' heard! Unless you're gonna send the shit to me for free! LOL!


Harlepolis May 19, 2009 at 4:46 AM  

Trey Ellis' "Platitude".

Shady_Grady May 19, 2009 at 4:52 AM  

"Infected" by Scott Sigler
"Lion's Blood" by Steven Barnes
"The Blade Itself" by Joe Abercrombie.

Tami May 19, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

"The Book of Night Women" by Marlon James. MUST. READ.

Devious Honey May 19, 2009 at 10:52 AM  

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz

Brick Lane - Monica Ali

The Interpreters of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri

Happy Reading!

Anonymous,  May 19, 2009 at 1:08 PM  

When you mentioned children's books immediately the one i loved the very most is:

"Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis....

Promise you will LOVE IT!

tasha212 May 19, 2009 at 2:52 PM  


I suggest these books-

Midnight: A Gangster Love Story by Sister Souljah

Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris

Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington

Gotta Keep Tryin by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant

I'll be back later to make more suggestions

Mista Jaycee May 19, 2009 at 3:37 PM  

The Between - Tanarive Due,
The Shirt off his back- Perry Ebony Satin Brown
The Snake-Odie Hawkins
The Twilight Streets- Torchwood Series
Minion- LA Banks!

Miriam May 19, 2009 at 5:36 PM  

celestine prophecy!

Its about a guy who gets led to South America in search of a secret. The closer he gets to the secret, the more goons from..... are after him.

Each time he finds friends to help him along the way.

Only problem is that at the end it really pushes its religion (but its Christianity).

msladydeborah May 19, 2009 at 6:08 PM  

Three of my suggestions are already posted.

So I'll suggest The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates

New England White by Stephen Carter

Carla May 19, 2009 at 8:57 PM  

Anything by:

Tayari Jones
Colson Whitehead (he's got a brand new one, Sag Harbor)

MusicLover May 20, 2009 at 1:49 AM  

Son of a witch (sequel to Wicked)
The Emperor of Ocean Park
The Fire Next Time
Cane River

DaViE May 20, 2009 at 9:22 AM  

>>Leon Uris 'The Haj'
>>Iain Pears 'An Instance of the Fingerpost'
>> Nelson DeMille 'The Lions Game'

quarter-life-crisis May 20, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

Lucrative Love by Tom Feltenstein.

I would love to get your prespective on this book. I am currently reading it.

LorMarie May 20, 2009 at 5:13 PM  

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

La♥Youtube May 20, 2009 at 9:36 PM  

Um, ProT, how do you find all this time to watch those interesting flix, work, blog and find time to read on top of it? You must tell me what your secret is. These days I could barely finish a movie, much less a book (they're are piled up watching me). Is there a condition for what I have?

Anyway, I have to check out all those book recommendations above.

RuThless May 23, 2009 at 12:02 PM  


Mrs. Peel May 25, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

I would love to join you in this challenge! I have some books to add to your list:

Honky - Dalton Conley
Slumberland - Paul Beatty

Literanista May 26, 2009 at 9:00 AM  

America Libre By Raul Ramos y Sanchez
The Evolution of God By Robert Wright
Stand the Storm By Breena Clarke
Fledgling: A Novel by Octavia E Butler
Obama's BlackBerry By Kasper Hauser

CiCiwryter May 26, 2009 at 9:16 AM  

Looking forward to the summer reading list. my suggestions:

'This child will be great'-Pres Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
'Deep Economy'-Bill McKibben
'Leaving Atlanta'-Tayari Jones
'Tropical Fish'-Doreen Baingana
'So Long a Letter'-Mariama Ba
'Without Lying Down'-Cari Beauchamp
'Half a Yellow Sun'-Chimimanda Adichie

quarter-life-crisis May 26, 2009 at 10:20 PM  


I also started a book blog this year and just posted my reading list for the summer. So if you cannot gather all 100 books, take a list at the 25 I have posted. I hope by setting this goal, it will take me away from the TV (after the playoffs of course!! LOL).


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