Southern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks --great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one! The SIBA Okra picks offer a curated reading list for every season.
Here are this year's picks:
We're back at the end of week two with another novel crossed off our list! Michelle and I have just finished up Alice Walker's beautiful novel, The Color Purple, and we're ready to give our thoughts on this much-loved classic.
V: I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't always a happy book, but it gave me good feelings, mostly, to read it, if that makes any sense. The novel is filled to the brim with sayings, characters, and situations that make you think and make you reconsider your own viewpoint on life, and reading it was a wonderful experience.
M: Welcome back to the CHB Summer Book Club! Hopefully you are following along with #CHBSummer on our various social media (links below). Victoria and I are super excited to be highlighting southern women this summer and we wanted to kick it off with Kate Chopin's The Awakening. There has been a lot written about The Awakening (and indeed all of the books we are reading this summer have mountains of criticism behind them) and so my first question to you is, do you read introductory materials before beginning a classic novel or do you prefer to dive right in and make your own way?
So the Paper Towns film comes out next month, and, as I did with The Fault in Our Stars when it came out last summer, I’ve been planning to reread Paper Towns before going to see it in theaters. My goal was to wait until we were a bit closer to the movie’s release, but that didn’t work out. I’ve been at a loss recently for what to read (I’m still having a book hangover from finishing the first two books in Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series), and I just wanted something kind of fun and hopeful.