2012 at 5am Posted by Rebecca Joines Schinsky
Yesterday at Book Riot, we announced the first Riot Reading Day–a holiday we’ve invented to give ourselves (and the reading community) an excuse to take a day off to celebrate the release of a book we’re excited about. Toni Morrison’s forthcoming novel Home is the inaugural selection, and it’s a good thing, too, because I was going to be calling in with a case of the can’t-stop-readings on May 8th whether it was work-approved or not.
In preparation for the big release, I’m re-reading Morrison’s entire backlist, all the way from The Bluest Eye to A Mercy. I’ve been batting around the idea for several years and think I’m finally ready to make good on it. The first time I read any of Morrison’s work was in a senior seminar in college (how did I make it to my last year of college without reading her? HOW?), for which we did exactly what I’m doing to do here–started with the earliest work and read straight through to the most recent, with stops along the way for criticism and commentary. It was an intense and life-changing experience, and I’ve wanted to do it again since the moment I closed the back cover of Love almost seven years ago. I walked out of that seminar rendered inarticulate by the power of Morrison’s work, and I’m hoping that, since I know what I’m getting into this time around, I’ll be better able to give voice to what these books mean to me.
I’ve stocked up on my favorite note-taking pens, picked up The Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison at Jeff’s suggestion, and already completed my re-read of The Bluest Eye (we’ve been planning this for a while, and I couldn’t wait any longer!), so I’m off to a good start. But I’d love some company! Whether you want to join me for all nine novels (HOLY CATS THERE ARE NINE!) or just one, you’re invited. I’m not planning reading deadlines for this because life just won’t allow for it, so this will be all about reading at our own paces and having discussions on our blogs, Twitter, and wherever else we interact. I’m still working out exactly how I’m going to blog my way through this and divide the material between here and Book Riot, but those are just details. The important thing is that I’m going to do this, and I want you to do it, too. I promise you won’t regret.
So, who’s coming with me?