On November 23, 2013, I declared, It’s official: I am reading America. I dedicated myself to reading three books set in each US state and written by someone who had lived in that state. I also wanted to read men, women, and authors of color from every state in order to be exposed to a … Continue reading I finished my Andrea Reads America project!
I turned the final page last night on my third book set in South Carolina, and now I am in the home stretch of my Andrea Reads America tour of the United States. I’ve read three (or more) books from 40 states and the District of Columbia so far, and I’ve got these states left … Continue reading Ten states remaining on my reading tour of the US
I’m not sure when the desire to read a great Russian novel made its way onto my bucket list, but when I attempted Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and did not get it, and did not finish it, I knew a Russian novel was on the list as surely as traveling to Italy is. When I completed Mikhail Bulgakov’s … Continue reading One from the bucket list: Anna Karenina
I’m not sure what happened, but I’ve been tearing through books — and their writeups — for my Andrea Reads America reading project. Maybe it was the realization that I’ve been at this for five years now. Maybe it’s the time of year. Or maybe I just needed to unblock myself by reducing the number … Continue reading Reading spree
A few years ago, I wrote about research that suggests literary fiction helps us understand one another. In making a concerted effort to read beyond the authors I typically read, I think now it’s not just literary fiction that helps us understand one another: it’s diversity of perspectives. With my Andrea Reads America project, I’m … Continue reading The humbling experience of reading diversely
I finished Maryland on my reading tour of the US — three books set in each state and written by an author from that state — and as I do every time I finish a state, as soon as I finished Maryland, I made a list of books from the next state I plan to read. … Continue reading I’m about to read Massachusetts, and I’m overwhelmed by the possibilities