Diversity Reading List for 2017

“Beware! Reading can seriously damage your ignorance.” I’ve no idea who said those words. But I agree. So, I read as much as I can. If I can’t completely kill ignorance, I plan to keep it maimed and twitching and screaming for mercy.

I just finished my self-imposed Goodreads reading challenge for 2016. I didn’t add specific titles to that list… I just danced through my to-be-read mountain. This year, I have added 9 books—fiction and nonfiction. And, as usual, I’m reading/rereading a handful of books written in Spanish.

At the end of this post, there is an empty list. I would like to fill it with the title of a book read by you. Not just any book, I want to read one of your favorites. Would you please leave the title of one of your favorite books in the comments? I will throw all the titles in Random.org and read the winner.

One more thing, I’ll write a poem review for each of the books on the diversity list.

Diversity Reading List:
Borderline, by Mishell Baker
* Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older
* The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg
* The Silver Linings Playbook, by Matthew Quick
* The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi
* Size 12 Is Not Fat, by Meg Cabot
* Dhalgren, by Samuel R. Delany

Books in Spanish (some of these are rereads):
* Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude), by Gabriel García Márquez
* La casa de los espíritus (The House of the Spirits), by Isabel Allende
* Vivir para contarla, by Gabriel García Márquez

The Favorite Book of One of My Wicked Darlings:
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

* Read, but not reviewed.



Chivo guisado and arroz con coco for The Boy’s Birthday

I spent last Sunday afternoon cooking with The Boy. We made chivo guisado (goat stew), arroz con coco and guandules (coconut rice with pigeon peas), and potato salad. He ate until he nearly burst. I was pleased. Few things make me happier than watching those I love enjoy my food.




For dessert, we had pineapple and carrot spiced cake. Then, the next morning, I warmed up a piece of cake, crumbled it, and had it with passion fruit tea. My mind can still taste all the spicy fruity yum.

It was a great Sunday—love, food, laughter…—the best. What have you been up to, my Wicked Luvs?

P.S. When it comes to cooking, I use the eyeball method. So here are links for similar Dominican recipes, from Simple, by Clara: Chivo Guisado Picante (Spicy Goat Meat Stew), Moro de Guandules con Coco (Rice, Pigeon Peas and Coconut), and Ensalada Rusa (“Russian” Potato Salad).