Reading more than a magazine…

In an effort to spend as much time as possible outside the apartment before I go back to work, I packed up my son and we headed out to explore our city. (Well, “city” might be overstating it, but I refuse to believe I live in a “town” so let’s just call it a city, shall we?)

While we were out, we stopped at the library. Even though we’ve lived here for almost six months now, I’m just now making my way there.

Due to the current economic conditions, and my desire to save as much money as possible, I signed up for a library card. My habit of buying books is getting to be expensive, and if I’m going to keep up with all the latest bestsellers, I need to take advantage of the fact that there’s a place in our community that let’s you have books. That you can take home. For free. No charge. WHO KNEW?

I really want to begin reading more. The past two years I’ve read a book here or there, but I remember a time in my life where I would regularly plow through a book or two a week. I liked those days. I felt smarter when I was able to sit down with something longer than a magazine article.

But now I’m not sure where to begin. Any suggestions, dear readers? Any books out that made you think, gave you a new perspective on something? Let me know. I’m ready to put my card to good use.


2 thoughts on “Reading more than a magazine…

  1. Ean says:

    It depends on what type of books you are looking to read. I really enjoyed freakonomics ( its not a X rated book), Good to Great is also a good read. I just finished the economic naturalist I can recommend that. You might also enjoy Who’s your city by Richard Florida

  2. Willie says:

    Since college has ended for me I’ve been doing a lot of reading. While in school I read for the 2nd time, Fabulosity: Kimora Lee Simmons, You’ll love it because it gives you new ways to become your woman warrior and goddess and business savvy. I met E. Lynn Harris and read 4 of his books: If This World Were Mine, And This Too Shall Pass, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, I Say A Little Prayer, and I’ll start on his latest book Just Too Good To Be True. I just finished reading Hung: The Measure of Black Men in America. Author Scott Poulson-Bryant (There is a black man on the cover shirtless with a ruler going down his chest with the words Hung on it). This book really made me think about myself as a man, sexuality and how its portrayed in the media as it relates to black men, dick size and the pressures places on the male anatomy, and how we as black men must progress if we want a future that allows us to be shown beyond sex objects and mandingo warriors. Bryant really talks about a lot that goes on with black males that many people don’t know about. You’ll find this book interesting especially since you like books that play on your intellect and challenge how you think. You may even see TJ in a new light after reading this book and begin a different kind of dialogue than what you both may normally talk about. Get this book.

    I have been doing a lot of reading too and yes, I’ve felt much smarter after finishing a book. Especially since I’ve been finishing them in at least a week or less. My reading game has definitely stepped up, now I find myself reading as much as I can. Plus now I have more time to do so. Let me know what you think of the books. I’ll have more recommendations later.

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