I think I’ve still got time to get in on Book Date’s It’s Monday! What are you Reading? literary lime; so here goes.
What have I been reading?
So far for October, I finished Dreamland Barbuda, a book about the communal land rights issue in Barbuda –sister island to my home country Antigua. It’s been a contentious issue going back more than a century but got even more contentious in the wake of hurricane Irma in 2017 when the island was completely evacuated after being decimated by the storm. In this book, a Barbudan makes her case for the traditional communal land rights over the free hold land ownership preferred by the central government. This book review is written up in my Blogger on Books series and is also the first installment in my #bookchat #unscripted booktube series.
I also watched I know why the Caged Bird sings, a 1979 TV movie based on the book by Maya Angelou, the first book in her compelling series of memoirs. I know why the Caged Bird sing was an instant favourite when I read it so many years ago. Yet, I didn’t even know this film existed but it was pretty good (the timing was great too, watching it felt like a great way to pay tribute to the late great Diahann Carroll who featured in it; it just had so many of the giants of Black entertainment from that time in it too – Esther Rolle (of Good Times fame), Ruby Dee (of too many classic films to mention but let’s start with A Raisin in the Sun), Madge Sinclair (of Trapper John MD), and a number of other familiar faces from the late 70s/early 80s film and TV. Co-written by Angelou it was really faithful to the book and as such really well done. Also viewed this October and worth checking out the Sam Cooke documentary on Netflix, The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, another stumble upon.
I have also been digging through my active reading pile depending on interest (most to least interested): Greyborn Rising by Derry Sandy, Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal, Wartime at Woolworths by Elaine Everest, and The Secret (still). Greyborn is an ARC I wish I had time to just sit and read because it’s really interesting, action-packed and different, I’m almost done with Wartime (women at home during WWll) and The Secret – the former I’m moving through at a fairly good clip, the latter considerably slower, and I actually just started Of Noble Family. I’ve read it before (before it was published) and the author explains why – I didn’t even realize she’d done this.
She breaks down why she brought me on board to assist with language editing on her book: “I hired Joanne Hillhouse to translate the dialogue. I also rewrote sections because she made suggestions about places where the communication would be nonverbal. Language is complex and not simply what is say, but also what is not said.”
You can read more re books finished in my last round up.
Meanwhile, I want to shout out a vlogger who finished my book, Musical Youth, Giselle Mills – listen to what she had to say:
If you’re in a reading mood yourself check out my latest CREATIVE SPACE, Research Matters & the Archive Digitization Project (this is the Antiguanice.com edition), which ropes in one of my recent client projects, research, something I don’t normally do unless it’s connected to my reporting; two poems written recently for blog prompts – The Moon’s Mistress, linked on my poetry page, and The Wedding Project, posted to my Wadadli Pen blog; also at the other blog, a write-up I did on the Canadian non-profit CODE and the Burt Award which has made such a difference in the Caribbean and in my own publishing journey – producing 18 books which you really should check out. Speaking of my Burt book, shout out to Felicia for sharing it with her readership. BURT AWARD POST from my other blog, and thanks to Felicia again for sharing Musical Youth with her readership for #freestyleFriday.
As for what I’m about to be reading …why same thing I read last week Pinky…lol. I’m slow, distracted, stressed, and busy, I’ll be on my active reading pile for a while. But reading does help lift my spirits which I need whenever I can get it, so I don’t mind the slow.
I did get in two new books this past week, one from an editing client who said “I’m so excited to announce the launch of my novel. Thanks for all your help. Digital version should be out soon”, and one a graphic novel August, from a fellow local writer; looking forward to reading that one – I think it just might be the first graphic novel from Antigua.
How about that.
It’s already Tuesday as I write this so how about I link it up with Rainy Day Ramblings’ Tell me Something Tuesday, because I think I said a mouthful.
ETA: This week’s Tell me Something Tuesday asks if you would stay in a haunted house for money…Joanne’s answer, no.