Sunday Evening Reads

There’s been a lot of baking, writing, and reading this weekend. I’m currently making my way through Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah. Admittedly, the time has gotten away from me, so here’s an evening edition of “Sunday Morning Reads.”

My creative writing class has started and I’ve been thinking critically about what makes a good story. Coincidentally, Literary Hub shared a collection of insight from Jamaica Kincaid on living and writing.

I’m a huge fan of Roxane Gay and inhaled her short story collection, Difficult Women. (If you haven’t read it, yet, definitely add it to your Goodreads “To Read” list!) Gay chatted with Ms. about Twitter, feminism, likability, and more. Read the full interview here.

Speaking of must-reads, summer is nearly upon us. It’s time to get the beach reads ready. If you’re feeling a little nervous about what books to bring with you, here are 7 Reasons You Should Never Feel Guilty About What You Enjoy Reading, No Matter What Genre It Is from Bustle!

Drooling over Betty Liu‘s dumplings!

I had to miss out on National Doughnut Day, this year, and Adrianna Adarme’s “S’mores Doughnuts” post gave me serious FOMO.

Sunday Morning Reads

Good morning and welcome to the first installment of “Sunday Morning Reads.” In a perfect world, my Sunday mornings would be completely dedicated to reading. It doesn’t always work out that way, but occasionally I’m able to sit down and read through the many pieces I’ve bookmarked throughout the week. “Sunday Morning Reads” is an opportunity for me to share a selection of those pieces with you, the reader. I hope you enjoy.

In a little over a month, I’ll be taking my first creative writing class since college. While thinking about my decision and how long it had been since I had written for myself, I remembered Elif Shafak’s Ted Talk, “The Politics of Fiction.” Below is one of my favorite moments from the talk.

Stories cannot demolish frontiers, but they can punch holes in our mental walls. And through those holes, we can get a glimpse of the other, and sometimes even like what we see. — Elif Shafak

Currently making my way through this amazing roundup of articles about the late Prince curated by Buzzfeed culture writer Doree Shafrir.  

I read “My Boyfriend Weighs Less Than I Do” by Ashley Ford almost a month ago and still think about it. It’s a beautiful and honest reflection on the love she has for herself and the love she shares with her partner, Kelly.

I recently listened to Erica Williams Simon interview with“filmmaker, writer, and organizer from Detroit,” dream hampton during the latest podcast episode of The Call. Topics range from her love of Detroit, being unafraid, writing, and finding new dreams.   

I’ve been following Alexandra Elle on Instagram for a few months and I look forward to her daily affirmations on self-forgiveness, self-love, happiness, and growth. She recently shared “Fools Have Wings,” a poem from her book Neon Soul and it’s a great message to start the week with.