Blog Updates (11/01/19)

Blogger on Books 2019 has begun with a Storm.

CREATIVE SPACE has not but I hold out hope for its return – I’ve even been receiving suggestions re things to cover since the start of 2019, but to continue the Antigua and Barbuda arts and culture series is seeking sponsors. Businesses (operating in Antigua and Barbuda) are invited to sponsor a post, boosting local art and culture while boosting your brand. Posts are syndicated to Antiguanice.com to reach thousands more after its original posting on Jhohadli.

Another series on the blog, this one a limited series, is She’s Royal. In which I offer up some royal women outside of the two (or three) usual (usually European) options Hollywood prefers.

There’s a new Reading Room and Gallery (the 32nd installment in that series) over on the Wadadli Pen blog.

While you’re there, check out the in memoriam for Caribbean writers we lost in 2018.

Monday Meme (September 10th 2018)

The It’s Monday, What are You Reading? meme is a space to share what you have been, are, and are about to read.

hiddenDidn’t get much reading done this week but did finish and post a review of Hidden Secrets of St. Croix by Clarice C. Clarke, and start listening to The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I am still struggling with the audio book format – I miss stuff and have to go back because it doesn’t hold my concentration the way turning the pages does. That said, like the World War Z audio book (my second successful go of an audio book this year or ever after Born a Crime), it is the type of book that lends itself to the format with all of its unsettling atmospheric spookiness. We’ll see how I get through. The only other reading I did this week was the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books. Not finished but the last couple of articles were interesting and there was an article on my books of which I am deeply appreciative. Finally, in bookish news, I didn’t read these books but I did revisit them, my contributions to the 7 days 7 covers facebook challenge.

Also feel free to check out another of my throwback reviews; this one for Vegas Bites.

What am I reading…today, well, Sunday, I did plan to clear my head by reading (it’s a stressful time and I thought it was just what the doctor ordered) but the day didn’t work out that way. So I suppose the only reading I’ve gotten done today was one or two articles on the women’s finals of the US Open – like this one (Of Course, Serena was Fined $17,000. Of Course) at The Root and this one (Billie Jean King: Serena is Still Treated Differently than Male Athletes) at the Washington Post:

(from the latter)
“Women are taught to be perfect. We aren’t perfect, of course, and so we shouldn’t be held to that standard. We have a voice. We have emotions. When we react adversely to a heated professional situation, far too often, we’re labeled hysterical. That must stop. Tennis is a game, but for (Serena) Williams and (Naomi) Osaka, it’s also their job, their life’s work. Yes, Williams was heated during the match because she felt Ramos wasn’t just penalizing her, but also attacking her character and professionalism. Her true leadership and character were revealed after the match, in the trophy presentation, when she shifted the spotlight to Osaka. She didn’t have to, but she did. I know her — that’s who she really is, and she knew it was the right thing to do.”

I actually agree with King (another tennis legend’s) take. Not here to debate it, just sharing what I was reading and won’t tolerate any Williams sisters hate on my blog (FYI). Disagreement is one thing but I’ve seen some really hateful language lobbed at her and willful obliviousness to the realities King articulates. Besides this is Naomi Osaka’s moment (so charmed by her), kudos to her for a match well played. If I’m annoyed at anyone its the media which insists on erasing the Haitian half of her heritage; get it right – this is the first US Open win for someone who by her own words was born in Japan, and raised in America by a Japanese mother and a Haitian father and a Haitian grandmother in a Haitian household.

Champions both.

both champions

“She played well and this is her first grand slam and I know you guys were here rooting and I was rooting too but let’s make this the best moment we can…let’s not boo anymore….congratulations, Naomi.” – Serena Williams during the 2018 US Open awards ceremony.

As for what I hope to read, anything sitting in the active reading pile by my bedside would do. Plus I’ll be reading up on and prepping the stories I’ve selected for my Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop Series which has been pushed back one week and begins September 15th 2018.

JWP Sept 2018

Shout out to Britain-based Jamaica-born writer Leone Ross on the publication of her story Meat Kind (still tickled to see such a Caribbeanism making it in to the literary lexicon) in The Mechanics’ Institute Review 2018: 15: Short Stories

Check out the music in the current edition of my CREATIVE SPACE series (singer Joss Stone with local Antiguan and Barbudan artist Asher Otto) and… happy reading.

 

 

An Ode to the Pan Man

By Joanne C Hillhouse

This one is for the pan man
The beating his pan all night
At the pan yard man

Working overtime
In the engine room, an’
Keeping the rhythm tight
While the wiry bass man
Bend like a rubber band

This one is for the pan man
The beating his pan all night
At the pan yard man

An’ the woman
Can’t forget the pan sistren
tek dem ‘tick tu’n tune
Create a musical meal
De people can feast pan

This one is for the pan man
The beating his pan all night
At the pan yard man

The yout’ man ‘strumming’ the guitar
While the tenor carry
Ah melody the people can ride pan
‘Cause nutten sweeter
Than de Antigua Benna rhythm

This one is for the pan man
The beating his pan all night
At the pan yard man

Because he’s a kind of magician
A oil drum, a pair of sticks
Produce music like this?
Music with symphonic range
Even the elite can hang on pan?

This one is for the pan man
The beating his pan all night
At the pan yard man

Den cum ah stage
An’ tear ‘um dung
With swagger an’ bounce
Fu trounce all comers
And re-proclaim demself champion

This one is for the pan man
The beating his pan all night
At the pan yard man

He stick an’ dem mek man cry, man,
Musical licks as the notes soar
High, man, then tumble down to rest
In the heart ah man
Where it drum drum drum a new rhythm

***

POST NOTES:

1, this poem is mine; do not re-use without permission.
2, it has been published; in The Caribbean Writer, Volume 27 (2013)
3, reading it, I see so many things I would change (the writer’s dilemma) but
4, I have performed it a couple of times (it plays well) – most recently during my reading (2018) at Celebrating Ourselves

5, and I felt like sharing it now in celebration of our pan/panorama (congrats to the 2018 winners Panache (amazing!) tied with Hell’s Gate (solid), and second runner-up Halcyon playing Burning Flames’ A Rudeness Mek Me)
6, which, if you played the clip above you’ll realize as the song in the clip
7, snatched during the pan crawl/s I went on while hyping up for panorama this Carnival season (p.s. if you’re non-Caribbean and reading this, this is Carnival)
8, but held for posting until after (and posted only in joyful appreciation)
9, as you can tell, I was joyfully appreciating the rehearsal
10, no apologies – music is the food of life, play on – Happy Carnival!

 

Because Rounding Up Beats Rounding Down

33403333_10155321700632633_3227424024636162048_nSo this is a quick-ish round-up of recent posts of mine that you might have missed. You’re welcome (lol).

Ten times I thought a female emcee was fire! (this is in Joanne’s Picks which is just for fun and changes with the mood so catch it quick and get your rap on)
I added a single page author kit in pdf format to my BiO page (because it’s another of a million ideas I’ve come across for authors to boost their brand and … it’s not like I was writing, right?)
CREATIVE SPACE update (I’m still excited about this series and hopeful that businesses in Antigua and Barbuda will embrace it as an opportunity to boost their brand while boosting local art and culture)
CREATIVE SPACE #4 of 2018 (…in which I make a credible case that tennis qualifies for this series)
The Writing Life (it sees, it saws; and every now and again someone lifts you up)
Appearances (this page hasn’t been updated in a while so take a look to see what I have coming up, and see you there)
Re Beach Access in Antigua and Barbuda (how many years in to this blogging thing I’m still trying to find the right balance tone and content wise. I’m clearly in my zone talking about my own journey writing, discussing books and TV shows/movies, sharing music I like and other things that grab my interest…and that latter category is the bug because I could literally rant about a million things a day…I don’t but I could. Yet this is my second rant about beach access on my islands)
More Jhohadli Writing Project Creative Writing Workshop Series (An invitation to register interest in future sessions by sharing what the experience was like for the last round of participants in their own words; to be clear this is a paid workshop series on the craft of fiction writing open to anyone whether based in Antigua-Barbuda or not)
Reviews – Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (this book, relative to my other books, has never had the kind of sales it merited based on the reader and critical feedback; so every chance I get to remind you to check it out, pass it on, even if due to only a minor update to the reviews page, I’m going to take it)Dancing 10 cover
Blogger on Books Vl (2018) (I had a reading burst right after finishing A Brief History of Seven Killings, the latest addition to this page review here, almost like I’d been backed up…this book and I have been trapped in it for a while #notaquickread In fact, I shared my linked review with a friend with whom I’d been discussing the book and she confessed that she’d tapped out a while ago, and I sense some side-eyeing on her part in my #bothsides approach to the review…but this is what I really thought). ETA: Oh the reading burst has seen me make progress on The Black Rose by Tananarive Due (loving it), Straight into Darkness by Faye Kellerman (getting into it), Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal (slow start compared to others in the series but okay so far), Rogue and Gambit (one of my favourite comic couplings) – ETA: read the review, and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (which is still blowing my mind); and two new books came in the mail Wartime at Woolworth’s by Elaine Everest and the Nakedness of New by Althea Romeo-Mark. Yay!

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You still there?

Any interest in updates to the other blog?

Real quick, and not just because I’m loving the new banner, which features Antiguan and Barbudan book covers randomly selected and rotated every quarter, and want to show it off.

Current Caribbean Controversies – Linked (just keeping you in the loop)
Reading Room and Gallery 28 (where I share short stories, poems, interviews, vids etc. that grabbed my interest; this is number 28 in the series)
Mailbox – Dame Nellie Robinson Scripted! (a dope woman who did dope things in a very oppressive time for marginalized groups…no not 2018, 1898…she is Antigua and Barbuda’s lone female national hero)
Mailbox – Commonwealth Short Story Prize (I keep it all the way real!…nah not 100, more like 98, but close enough)
Also peep the additions to the Antigua and Barbuda bibliographies (the record I try to keep of books published by and about Antigua and Barbuda), so be sure to check those out as well. Let me start you off, here’s the non-fiction page.

ETA: Link-ups (because all of these won’t be of interest to everyone but I haven’t done a link up in a while and, *shrug*, all it takes is one thing and one person to make a connection): Sunday Salon, the Caffeinated Reviewer’s Sunday Post, Tynga’s Staking the Shelves, Mailbox Monday, It’s Monday What Are You Reading?, and probably some other ones (so many memes, so little time, like this one I found recently but haven’t participated in yet)…which reminds me, is there a link up for Caribbean book bloggers (books being blogged by Caribbean people but not necessarily limited to Caribbean books…you know, like me)? Maybe I should look in to how to do one some time if there isn’t…hmmmm (pauses to consider if she’s ready for that kind of commitment when she doesn’t even blog on a regular schedule). We’ll see. Anyway, on TV I’ve been watching The Chi (uneven but engaging) and on film, though I haven’t felt driven to watch anything since Black Panther, recently re-watched Ang Lee’s The Wedding Banquet (his fun and mildly angsty take on forbidden love pre-Brokeback), and watched both Avengers Infinity War and Deadpool 2 (the latter did what it did before but with a bigger budget – so it was funny but also felt a bit been-there; and the former had a lot more heart than I anticipated…so, team…Avengers?) hope you read + enjoy one or more of the links.

JHOHADLI – That’s What’s Hot

Gotta stay up on those stats to see what’s trending and what’s not, so you can blog better. So here’re my top posts for the past day, week, month, quarter and of all time. You can consider this your in case you missed it post. It’s a good mix of what I offer here on this site – dope! Tell a friend.

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Day Week Month Quarter All time
Student Exchange re Amelia at Devil’s Bridge Home Page Home Page Home Page Home Page
Home Page Student Exchange re Amelia at Devil’s Bridge Student Exchange re Amelia at Devil’s Bridge Student Exchange re Amelia at Devil’s Bridge BOOKS
Antigua and Barbuda Page 11 CREATIVE SPACE CREATIVE SPACE Tata and the Big Bad Bull by Juleus Ghunta (Monday Meme-ing) Island Living: a Response
CREATIVE SPACE Antigua and Barbuda Page 11 Speaking Intention BOOKS Writing, Editing, Workshop/Course Facilitation, and Coaching Services
Reviews – Musical Youth Performance Reviews Performance Reviews Queen of Katwe – *spoiler alert* – I loved it! BiO

The Sunday Post (March 25th 2018)

This is my Sunday Post, shout out to the Caffeinated Reviewer. The Sunday Post is weekly which provides the opportunity to recap and look ahead, re books, blogging, and life. ETA: Also making this my post for the meme It’s Monday, What are You Reading?

This Sunday I’ve mostly been reading through submissions to the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize’s annual writing challenge, which is part of its mandate to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. I’m not the main judge – she’s at work, but several members of the team, including me, spent some time over the past month or more benched by the flu and other illnesses – but I will be singling out some submissions for mention/encouragement, it being a winner-take-all year (normally, the prize breaks down in to categories along age lines and then a top three overall). We’re doing this in part because we just couldn’t cope with taking on the full scale challenge this year but didn’t want to shelve it and have it lose momentum. We’re behind our usual schedule but in addition to the late start re planning and illness, there’s work, life, and growing pains…there’s probably even some election hangover (it was election week in Antigua and Barbuda); but we’re working toward having the results out as soon as possible (Wadadli Pen not election, those results are already out). We’ve already started to receive follow-up queries.

As I write this, I’ve got to get ready to leave shortly for an event. More about that another time…maybe. ETA: Read about that event on my other blog.

And that’s my Sunday.

Last week on the blog

I did the 50 Questions you’ve never been asked Tag

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A Study Guide (Author Edition) for my book The Boy from Willow Bend (which is read by students in the Caribbean)

Speaking Intention (which I described in my reply to a comment as the scariest post I’ve done in my blogging life)

And though written a year ago, a poem that fits right with my mood, post-election, Antigua

I also added some throwback reviews from my My Space days (now back online) to my Blogger on Books series – most recently With Silent Tread by Frieda Cassin

Cassin

Around the Blogosphere

The posts by other bloggers that caught my interest (well, there were a few but especially) were:

The Merchant of Venice as a Once Upon a Time Book set in Venice at Definitely Lorna

Zeezee with Books post on The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark

Art Exhibition: Jacqueline Bishop’s “By the Rivers of Babylon” at Repeating Islands

And *shameless plug* Protest magazine published my article Where’s Storm’s Movie?

Other stuff

Be sure to check out my services, my books, my media page, and other things.

I’m still reading all the books I’ve been reading, most actively this week A Brief History of Seven Killings, All the Joy You can Stand, Outliers, and Nobody owns the Rainbow. Fingers crossed I finish one soon.

2017 End of Year Book Survey

I’m doing this because books are my happy place (one of them) and 2018 started to lose its new year smell today (which no bueno since my new year doesn’t officially begin until after my birthday). One way to hold on to that new year smell is to limit contact with the real world but the real world will not be denied! Come in, books, to give me a happy.

Thanks, ZeeZee, for inviting me down that rabbit hole with you. Nod to the creator, Jamie, the Perpetual Page-turner. Jamie said she isn’t sure she’s going to participate because she didn’t read a lot this year. Ha! I see your ‘didn’t read a lot this year’ and raise you ‘welcome to my life pretty much every year’ – because I swear the book blogging community makes me feel like a slug. These are some fast reading, plentiful reading people. But, still, I’ll play.

2017 Reading Stats

Number of Books read: 19
Number of re-reads: 0
Genre you read the most from: Fiction (various)

Best in Books

1. Best Book you read in 2017: I’m going to stick with the one from my year end Top 10, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t: I’m reading it; will see how it turns out.

3. Most surprising (in a good or bad way) book that you read: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. This one actually ended up in my hands after I complained about the movie in a facebook group and a book blogger decided to send the book to me because the book is always better. It was. So much better it’s in my year end Top 10.

4. Book you pushed the most people to read (and they did): I didn’t push a lot of people to read this one but it is the book that I talked about a lot, prompting someone else to read it and fuelling much discussion between us. The Known World by Edward P. Jones. Number 2 in my year end Top 10.

5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist series. Technically, I started this some years ago as I had a role in editing a later book in the series but I started at the beginning this year and am two books in. I like it so far.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I know I read some people I haven’t read before but I can’t think of any new author I discovered.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I think a vampire mash up with historical fiction featuring a well known former US president (Lincoln) is pretty far out of my comfort zone though anyone who knows my joy of speculative fiction might disagree.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

None. I’m not much of a re-reader.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

None of the covers really wow’d me.

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

I think maybe the boy, Free El Salvador, in the Lizard Cage because his fate is what had my guts twisted up in worry during most of the reading.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Wide Sargasso Sea. Beautifully descriptive and textured prose.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

Probably The Known World. The writing in this had a way of surprising at times, without being showy, but what was even more profound was the way it made me question and/or re-discover what I thought I knew about slavery.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?

Probably Wide Sargasso Sea. I am Caribbean. Jane Eyre which it responds to is one of my favourite books from girlhood. It’s a Caribbean classic – one of the rare Caribbean classics by a woman, one that everyone has read; but like so many classics, it’s one of those books that you feel like you already know and half-convince yourself you’ve already read. And maybe you have.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

I can’t pull an exact quote or passage off the top of my head but …Marlon James’ Brief History of Seven Killings…I’m not finished reading it by half (it’s very long), but so many passages are vivid and violent and don’t allow you to look away.  Back in September when I was only 36 pages in I posted this to my facebook: ‘How many times can you say “oh f*ck, that was intense!” when reading a book? Well, I’m only 36 pages in so I don’t know yet. But “oh f*ck, that was intense!” #HistoryofSevenKillings #whatimreading …’ So you get the idea.

I’ll also share something from a book I’ve actually finished: “She couldn’t out-run Glendon, she had to wrong-foot him.” – from Skinning Up by Jacqueline Crooks in Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories. This was one of my favourite stories in the collection, the tension pulled tight and the situation all too relatable, if you’re a woman.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest was Go de Raas to Sleep and longest is (still in progress). See above.

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Probably The Lizard Cage. It was so unrelentingly brutal that I didn’t see the ending coming.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

My One True Pairing…hmmm…you know what, the regency era glamourist couple in the glamourist series. They work and she doesn’t lose herself in the process.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The Singer in The Lizard Cage (not to be confused with the Singer in A Brief History…) and Free El Salvador.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I guess this would have to be Shakirah Bourne’s In Time of Need. I’ve only read her short stories, some of which are in this collection, before; but this book delivered on the promise of those stories.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I guess that would have to be the Abraham Lincoln Vampire book.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

No crushes. Alas.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

I didn’t read any 2017 debuts.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

LOL probably Leone Ross’ world of hymens, hymens, hymens everywhere in The Müllerian Eminence in the story collection Closure.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Go de Raas to Sleep.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Probably a tie between The Known World and The Lizard Cage. Both were rough.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Well, it wasn’t published this year but In Time of Need, maybe.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

See 26.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

I’m going to say Closure because there were so many stories in there just kind of pushing the boundaries of form and subject. See Now Then given its fluid relationship with time and its narrative form would be in there though.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Known World. Loved it. But our history (as African/Africa-descended people in the Americas) has not been easy.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Oh wow…Zeezee? And not just because she’s tagged in this post.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Do You Know Eileen Hall? about The Fountain the Bough by Eileen Hall. Because I was the only one writing about her, because she’s so obscure, because there was so much research and excavation involved it felt like a proper investigation as much as a review, because once I started it felt like a mission to discover this Antiguan and Barbudan writer and return her to her people (she is described as an American poet on Wikepedia)…and of course nobody cares really, the hours on hours of research are in the end just my self-indulgence…but it was fun.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

After the Storm which was my first post after the passage of hurricane Irma. So many people reached out via email, facebook, and here on the blog, it was a beautiful reminder that sometimes we’re not as alone as we feel.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Okay, I have three. The first is the Wadadli Stories Book Fair. My favourite moment at that was when a little boy asked me if I was a pirate. Costume win! The second was Carnival where a couple of friends and I built a mas of our own, Grace’s Merrymakers, inspired by the mango tree faerie from my book With Grace. Costume win times three! The third was pre-Christmas, the book signing for my newest picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

I’ll share one of my favourite comments (from Anne at Books, Baking, and Blogging) “as a white woman I think it’s important to be educated on intersectionality. I think “my” feminism is intersectional, but I do of course need to keep my eyes open and I also need to be open to learning from others. There’s so much I don’t know yet, or that I could do better. It’s posts like these that help me learn.” It was in response to my post on the movie Suffragette  and I like it because sometimes it’s not clear that we’re hearing each other across the barriers of our individual identities, and it was a nice reminder that sometimes we are.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Time. Also still navigating how to monetize the blog.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I actually did a Top Ten Posts of the Year and it was Ancestral Remembrance on Emancipation Day. Most popular book review page would probably be Closure going by page views – probably boosted by the publisher sharing the link to the review on their website.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

A Year of Grace. I worked a long time on that video.

My Pre-Teen and Teen Lit Heroines. It seemed the kind of topic we could pick apart for hours.

Why With Grace. Where I discuss fairytale tropes alongside my own efforts to craft a Caribbean faerie tale.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

So many. I think especially the blogs (too numerous to mention) that I discovered doing memes like the Caffeinated Reviewers Sunday Post and Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday. Blogs like yours.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Just to read more. Life gets in the way.

Looking Ahead

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

I don’t know if it’s my number one priority, but I do really want to read Kei Miller’s Augustown because I’ve liked everything of his that I’ve read so far. And he made me ackee lasagna one time (lol).

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Well, I have a to-read list of pre-2018 books that I’ll need a few lifetimes to read. Pulling some from that list at random…. Decoded by Jay-Z (moreso after this year’s 4:44), The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (I like alternate histories and this one hit my radar after its Man Booker win), Handbook for an Unpredictable Life by Rosie Perez (celeb bios are a ‘guilty’ pleasure), Unbelievable by Katy Tur (I can’t believe I want to read this after the sh*tshow of the last US election but I kinda do), Women Heroes of WWll: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn Atwood (because the WWll period fascinates me and usually the histories fictional and non-fictional are usually so testosterone heavy), The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesy (really I’m overdue to read something from this writer whom I’ve both met and studied with), The Night Rhonda Fergusen was Killed by Edward P. Jones (I’m game to read anything else of his), Anne Rice’s Wolf’s Gift series (love-love-love her Vampire Chronicles), Leone Ross’ Come Let us Sing Anyway (because she colours outside the lines), The Repenters by Kevin Jared Hosein (I like his short fiction and have used it in some of my workshops and his earlier book got my reluctant reader nephew to finish a book)…just to name a few.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Probably Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage. I liked Silver Sparrow and I like her.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

You know what, it’s been too long since I read an installment from Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware (detective) series. I’ve been reading it for a couple of decades, but I’ve missed a few lately, and I haven’t been able to source locally (so if anybody wants to send me one of his newer ones…).

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Read more. Finish more. Enjoy it more. Network more with other bloggers – it’s such a rich community that I’m happy to continue discovering. Figure out how to monetize and boost this blog effectively.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Well, Brenda Lee Browne’s London Rocks is technically a 2017 release  but she’s indicated that it goes in to wide release in 2018. I was one of its editors and while I haven’t had the opportunity to read the final version as yet, I liked it enough to recommend it when asked by a regional journal to be part of a special issue nominating another Caribbean writer we “feel needs to get on”.

Shout out as well to Floree Williams Whyte’s The Wonderful World of Yohan (yes, another one that I had a hand in editing) which I recently voted for as my Antiguan and Barbudan book of 2017 – an informal poll on my other blog. It’s a late 2017 release and as I said there, I voted for Yohan, among other reasons, “because he is a boy with a Walter Mitty-esque way of seeing the world which we really should encourage more – dream, dare, be your unique quirky self. Our boys need to know there’s not just one way to be or just one way to be a boy.”

(image leading in to this section is me and Floree, who came out to my signing for Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, both flashing our books)

Read reviews of any of the 2017 (or older) reads referenced in this post in my Blogger on Books series.