Hi! I’m Laila. I’m a life-long voracious reader who wants an outlet for my passion. I work in a small public library branch in a medium-sized Southern city. I have a few core library customers with which I can discuss books and recommend titles, and I belong to a fun, smart book group. (We’ve been together for almost ten years!) But I realized that I need another way to share my love of reading. So here it is.
I read pretty widely – literary fiction, mystery, non-fiction, memoir- but there are definitely still gaps in my reading. I want to stretch myself. I want to read more authors of color and more works in translation. I’m not hung up on genre anymore, but I don’t really read a lot of Romance or Christian Fiction. Just not my thing – at the moment. Who knows, maybe my tastes will change? I DO NOT JUDGE. Judging is lame.
Some of my favorite authors include Margaret Atwood, Kate Atkinson, Marlon James, Barbara Pym, Jess Walter, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Connelly, Jane Austen, and Ruth Rendell.
My favorite books of:
Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
the Area X Trilogy – Jeff Vandermeer
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
The Book of Night Women – Marlon James
Mr. Splitfoot – Samantha Hunt
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
At Mrs. Lippincote’s – Elizabeth Taylor