I’ve Been Reading….Lots of Fiction

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I’m finally getting back into reading more fiction. When I was a kid I LOVED fiction and I NEVER ventured into the non-fiction books for leisure reading. However, as I’ve gotten older I LOVE reading non-fiction books. I feel like there is so much stuff to learn about so I read lots of non-fiction. But I’ve been feeling like reading fiction again lately. So I’ve been actively looking for good books to read and I’ve read some great books this month.

 An American Marriage

I read An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. It’s an Oprah Bookclub 2018 selection and there has been a lot of hype about this book. I can say that I personally feel like it’s worthy of all the hype. This book tells the story of a recently married couple who struggle with what marriage and commitment mean to them when the husband is wrongly imprisoned for rape.  It’s a great story that I really enjoyed reading. I want to read this book again, because I feel like I would probably catch some things that I missed the first time that I read it.

An Extraordinary Union

I also read An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. This book is a historical romance novel and it’s the very first romance novel that I’ve ever read. When I checked this book out from the library I didn’t even know it fell under the romance genre. I thought it was strictly historical fiction. I had written off romance novels without even giving them a try. This one wasn’t at all how I imagined a romance novel would be. The main character wasn’t a damsel in distress. She was actually a spy during the Civil War. She is a free black woman, but she enters into slavery to complete a spying mission in the South. She hesitantly falls in love and enters into a relationship with another spy who happens to be pretending to be a Confederate soldier. I really enjoyed this story a lot it was interesting to learn about the spy networks that existed during the Civil War.

Halsey Street

This month I also read Halsey Street by Naima Coster. I didn’t love this book. It was an ok read. I took me a while to finish it. I actually started reading this book before I started reading An American Marriage and An Extraordinary Union, but I stopped reading it twice so I could read those books. This was the story of a woman who moves back to her hometown of Brooklyn and she has to deal with the family issues she has been running from. The story was really slow and I didn’t love the characters in the book. But I was determined to find out the why behind the characters actions so I finished the book.

Crazy Rich Asians


I’m currently reading Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. So far I’m enjoying reading this story about two professors who are dating. They decide to go on a summer holiday to Singapore for a wedding. And this is when to the surprise of the of the female lead character, Rachel, she finds out her boyfriend belongs to a crazy rich family. I’m excited to finish reading this one because they just released the trailer for the movie based on the book.

Have you read any good fiction books lately?


  • Reply Akaleistar April 29, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    I’m excited to see Crazy Rich Asians!

  • Reply Nerline May 1, 2018 at 1:19 am

    All of the books sound very interesting. I have seen the trailer about crazy rich Asians. I really thought it was going to be a TV show. But a movie is even better. Thanks for sharing these books with us.

    • Reply Sonya May 19, 2018 at 2:48 am

      I’m really excited to see Crazy Rich Asians the movie.

  • Reply robincharmagne May 2, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    I’m listening to an American Marriage on Audible and I am really enjoying it. All the references to Atlanta warm my heart!

    • Reply Sonya May 19, 2018 at 2:48 am

      An American Marriage is so good. All the Spelman references made me happy. 🙂

  • Reply Tamara May 9, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I actually haven’t read any of these but I am mostly a fiction reader. I occasionally read the right nonfiction but I love to be swept away.

    • Reply Sonya May 19, 2018 at 2:46 am

      It’s a lot more fun to be swept away with some good fiction. 🙂

  • Reply Dre May 11, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians! I’m so excited about the movie, too! I have Halsey Street, but haven’t read it yet. I’ve seen so many people reading An American Marriage, but I haven’t gotten to that one yet. Seems like there’s so many great reads coming out lately that I can hardly keep up! I’ve been reading a lot of YA Fiction lately, though.

    Looks like you’ve been getting into some good books! What do you have up next on your reading list?

    • Reply Sonya May 19, 2018 at 2:36 am

      I’m glad to hear you also enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians. I just finished reading China Rich Girlfriend yesterday, it’s the 2nd book in the series and today I started Rich People Problems. I just love this series.
      An American Marriage is soooo good!!!! I hope you get a chance to read it soon.
      I haven’t read any YA Fiction lately, but I loved the movie version of Everything, Everything.
      I’m not sure what I’ll read after Rich People Problems, but I should probably figure it out so I can request something from the library. 🙂

      • Reply Dre May 25, 2018 at 7:52 am

        Are you finished with Rich People Problems yet? It’s the only book I haven’t read in the series yet. I was trying to save it until summer vacation, but you’re making me want to bump it up on my list! I’m making a mental note to go to the library when school gets out so I can get An American Marriage (or at least add it to my list). Fingers crossed!

        • Reply Sonya May 25, 2018 at 1:19 pm

          I just finished Rich People Problems earlier this week. It was just as good as the first two books. I hope you don’t have to wait too long for An American Marriage. I just started reading Sula by Toni Morrison. I have NEVER finished reading any of her books. When I was in junior high and high school my mom would pass on her books to me when she finished reading them. She read a couple of Toni Morrison books, but I couldn’t get into them. Even when we had to read Paradise in college. I couldn’t finish it. So I’m going to see if I enjoy her writing now that I’m older. After Sula I think I’m going to need to read something fun. Any suggestions?

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