A Book Review by Vernitra Jones
Friday, October 19, 2018
I first started listening to GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE by psychologist Angela Duckworth back in the spring of 2017 when I was living in New York City. I remember listening to the beginning of the book during my morning jogs/walks at the Riverbank State Park across the street from my apartment on Riverside Drive. In this well-researched work, Duckworth expounds on the life-changing power of dogged determination and follow-through.
In this video, I share the three books I’m currently reading:
1) Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
2) In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limit of Computation by William C. Cook
3) The Glamour Factory: Inside Hollywood’s Big Studio System by Ronald C. Davis
In this episode, I share my review of the book IF THIS WAS HAPPINESS: A BIOGRAPHY OF RITA HAYWORTH by Barbara Leaming.
In this video, I share my January TBR which includes the following books:
THE BLUEST EYE by Toni Morrison
SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION WRITING by Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin
BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL: GOD’S PEARL GIRL by Fiona Mellett
ROSES by Leila Meacham
BORN STANDING UP: A COMIC’S LIFE by Steve Martin
THE MOTHER OF BLACK HOLLYWOOD by Jenifer Lewis
In this episode, I share the status of my beginning-of-the-year book purge as well as my reading and channel goals for 2018.
Well, according to the countdown app on my phone, I have 9.5 weeks left of school before I am free for the summer. (Hallelujah!) You see, that is one of the wonderful things about teaching–in addition to all the rewarding moments and molding of young minds, of course. After 9 months of working yourself crazy, you get to spend an extended period of time in the summer exhaling. What the students probably don’t know is that the teachers are itching for summer just as much as they are!
To help get myself through the next 9 weeks, and to distract myself from focusing too much on the finish line, June 2 (the students’ last day; my last day is June 3), I’m going to try to read as many books as possible. Now, this is quite a task I am setting for myself, considering my job as a teacher leaves me with very little free time to read. I guess that will be the fun part of the whole thing, challenging myself to do something I really don’t have time to do. I think it would be pretty neat if I could knock out 9 books over the next 9 weeks, but to be completely honest with you, completing ONE book in the midst of my current schedule would be quite a feat.
Update: I was so incredibly busy with work during this time that I did not finish a single book.