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Rhyme to the Reason, Method to the Madness

Over the weekend I came across an article written by Sarah S. Davis @BookRiot. The headline article, 10 Books That Break Genre Rules, naturally caught my attention, and then really revved up my thoughts when I saw one of Truman Capote’s books included in the article. Following with the flow of the article, Capote’s book apparently broke a genre rule by mixing fact with fiction.

Now, I read ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote years ago...way back when the book was categorized True Crime. Fast forward two decades and I learned the book was a novel, which had me scratching my head, save for waving off the narrative until this article where incidentally, in the same paragraph citing how Capote’s book mixed fact with fiction, also referenced ‘A Million Little Pieces’ (by James Frey).

Without expounding too far on the subject, since this is not exactly where I’m going, yet important to include what inspired writing this post; All literature, strictly classified and by default, break ‘genre’ r…

One Holiday I Celebrate Passionately—365 Days a Year.

Today I’m thinking of a slogan I used to hear tossed around on the King holiday. “A day on, not a day off,” —the one day I made a point (to point out) I Take Off, as I honor Dr. King 365 days a year.

I was six years old when Dr. King was assassinated; and years beyond then before I came to truly understand his work. Politics was something heavily debated in our home, yet I was so busy trying to make sense of the arguments that it took a lot of questions, and analyzing, and reading and living before I could see ‘over the mountain.’

None too ironic, while many around me debated what they would do if mistreated, I was glued to them sit-ins my family had showing on the TV, thinking about what I would NOT DO. No way would I beg anyone to take my money in exchange for inhumane service. It was years later before I came to respect the altruistic lessons behind nonviolent sit-ins, Freedom Rides and such, even if...and still to this very day, customer service is my Achilles’ heel.

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If It Ain’t Broken, Don’t Fix It

Since I’ve never been one to reflect over spilt milk, I’ve also never been one caught up with making (and keeping) New Year’s resolutions. My motto is, ‘If it Ain’t Broken, then leave it alone.’

And so, with 999 ways to get a point across, I’m continuing in the pursuit of curating, reading and recommending books I genuinely vouch ARE THE RIGHT BOOKS. I believe leisure reading of the right book, meaning right for the individual reader, not only motivates a love for reading, but translates over into our daily lives as well.

Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes by reading his or her experience is a great way to gain a richer account of narratives we may have learned via 3rd parties, or assumptions internalized through our own core beliefs. There simply is no greater time than now to embrace stimulants that fosters an understanding of heritages, cultures, interests, careers, perspectives and walks of life other than the one, or ones we are more familiar.

My reading and writing goals fo…