Category Archives: A Reader’s Diary

On Reading Abroad

Since the end of June, I have been to Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. At the moment, I’m writing to you from Bangkok, Thailand. It certainly has been quite a journey — by turns ecstatic, overwhelming, hilarious and challenging — to say the least.

I’ve written a bit about my adventures for Ebony and will continue to do so as I go along, but I just wanted to take a moment and note all of the wonderful books I’ve been reading along the way. Earlier this year, I was able to see Toni Morrison read from Home. During the Q & A that followed, she remarked that “words are [her] home.” As readers and writers, I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

I certainly do and have found that reading novels while traveling has allowed me to create maintain a sense of familiarity while surrounded with the unfamiliar. In any case, here’s what I’ve been reading:

My Dear Friends in America by Daisaku Ikeda

Big Machine by Victor LaValle

Pym by Mat Johnson

Black Cool edited by Rebecca Walker

Erasure by Percival Everett

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Beautiful Tiny Things by Cheryl Strayed

The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle

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Most Recent Reading Diary Entries

by Guido Mocafico

April 10, 2012 

April 11, 2012 

April 12, 2012

April 13, 2012

  • Sula by Toni Morrison

April 14, 2012

  • Sula by Toni Morrison

April 15, 2012

April 16, 2012

April 17, 2012

Reading Diary: Day 7 -16

Sorry for the delay. I’m just getting over a nasty stomach virus that owned me for the last week. Also, I’ve decided that trying to record every news article I come across will in fact will be the death of me. Seeing as how I’d prefer to be eternally youthful, just assume that up to date on current events thanks to publications like Mother Jones, Think Progress, New York Times, The Economist, etc.

Day 7: March 31, 2012

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Day 8: April 1, 2012

Day 9: April 2, 2012

Day 10: April 3, 2012 

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Day 11: April 4, 2012

Day 12: April 5, 2012

Day 13: April 6, 2012

Day 14: April 7, 2012

Day 15: April 8, 2012

Day 16: April 9, 2012 


Reading Diary: Day 3

Karl Blossfeldt, Nigella Damascena Spinnenkopf, c. 1932.

Day 3: March 28, 2012

Reading Diary: Day 3

by Mathilde Roussel-Giraudy

I’m just gonna go out on a limb here & bet that most of my day will be devoted to reading Cheryl Strayed’s memoir. Really, I can’t help myself. I’ve been waiting for this book & had no idea until I read the first page last night.

Day 3: March 27, 2012

Reading Diary: Day 2

by Lisa Congdon

Trying to faithfully record everything I read is trickier than I thought mainly because it’s difficult (and a bit tedious) to record every news article I come across.  In any case, here’s what I’ve got for today so far.

Day 2: March 26, 2012

I’m Keeping a Reading Diary

Recently, after I complained about my less than admirable eating habits, a friend suggested that I keep a diary of what I eat. The idea is that the process of recording my meals would allow me to become more conscious of what I’m taking in and, presumably, push me toward better eating habits. This is a great idea.

I’m not doing it.

Instead though, I’ve decided to keep a Reader’s Diary  of the various poems, essays, news articles, book chapters and blog posts I consume on a daily basis. Sure, I could use Good Reads, but the thought of joining one more social network is just more than I can take. I don’t know if keeping this diary will make me read “better,” but – at a minimum – it will be interesting to see if, in retrospect, I’ll be able to identify direct connections between what I read and what I eventually write. I’ll try to provide links to what I’ve read when possible.

The individual diary entries will initially appear as blog posts, then appear on the “Reader’s Diary” page as a kind of archive. I’m excited! Are you excited? I mean, it’s okay if you’re not excited, but – honestly – you probably should be.

Day 1: March 25, 2012